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I'll Sleep When I'm Dead [DVD]
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead [DVD]
Dvd ~ Clive Owen
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.17

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Get Carter instead, 11 Nov. 2013
An ponderous and unispired re-imagining of that gritty crime classic. This has less pace than an elderly snail. The sad demise of a small time crook brings his brother back from self imposed exhile. Clive Owen is the brother who returns to his old stomping ground, shaves his beard, puts on a snappy suit and deals with crook who done his brother wrong. Some idiot cast Charlotte Rampling as Clive Owen's grandmother, er I mean love interest and McDowell is a shadow of his former self. This plodding affair is ultimately unsatisfying in terms of storytelling and it's attempt at gritty drama is just plain boring. The real shame is that it could have been so good.


Into The Blue [DVD]
Into The Blue [DVD]
Dvd ~ Paul Walker
Offered by qualityfilmsfromuk
Price: £2.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, stunning location, 11 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Into The Blue [DVD] (DVD)
This sprightly re-imagined version of the Deep gives off a stronger dose of action and adventure. The Bahamanian locations and stunning underwater cinematography compete with asthetics of the cast who spend a lot of time in their skimpies! The tale involves treasure hunters who come into conflict with drug runners and is an entertaining romp which doesn't tax the brain one bit. The characters are very familiar, most of whom tread a fine line between good and bad, all except Scott Caan's character, he's fairly well written, his moral compass spinning out of control, moreso than the fairly standard villians. This has some great underwater scenes and plenty of excitement. Overall, a really decent movie and one I'll watch more than once.


The Presidio [DVD]
The Presidio [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sean Connery
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £9.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying buddy cop movie, 10 Nov. 2013
This review is from: The Presidio [DVD] (DVD)
The premise is that of a multi jurisdictional murder investigation; the perpetrator kills someone on base and then kills a cop off base during the escape. The San Fransico locations are used to good effect and the music which was also used on Hyams' excellent thriller Narrow Margin compliments the visual style. Harmon and Connery make an agreeable team in this twist on the buddy cop duo. Their characters have some history and Harmon strikes up a relationship with Connery's daughter which adds to the tension but doesn't move the story along. The mystery element isn't particularly taxing but there are a handful of good chases and action scenes. This is a competent thriller which would have been even better with a tighter script.


Exocet
Exocet
by Jack Higgins
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars A cracking read., 6 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Exocet (Hardcover)
Higgins usually employs a linear and uncomplicated style which gets right to the action and I'm pleased to say this familiar aspect appears once more. Having said that, he does devote a bit more time to the relationship between two of the protagonists but it is central to the story so no worries there. After ploughing through the rather dry Nigel West factual account of the exocet arms race I was please to pick up this gripping, breezy read. Higgins gives us engaging heroes in who thwart the Argentinian efforts to obtain exocet missiles during the Falklands conflict. As usual, he wraps the tale up with an action packed finale in another short novel which is easy to pick up and storm through.


Inside Intelligence: The Revelations of an M16 Officer
Inside Intelligence: The Revelations of an M16 Officer
by Anthony Cavendish
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Just passes muster!, 6 Nov. 2013
Despite the title, don't expect a groundbreaking expose of the intelligence world; I didn't and I found this a pleasant read. Cavendish presents an interesting account of his journey through an interlinked world of intelligence, journalism and international banking. I thought the writing style was punchy and informative although I understand that he can't tell you everything (can any of these guys?) I found more than enough to satisfy my curiosity. Why do the marketing people have to make such outlandish claims on the jackets though?


The Secret War For The Falklands: The SAS, MI6, and the War Whitehall Nearly Lost
The Secret War For The Falklands: The SAS, MI6, and the War Whitehall Nearly Lost
by Nigel West
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a gripping read exactly., 6 Nov. 2013
An interesting and informative investigation into the Argentinian Exocet arms race during the Falklands conflict; the text gives focus to that and to the efforts of British (and allies) Intelligence to thwart the Argentinians in their efforts to obtain that most deadly weapon. At the time of reading I had little understanding of international relations and although I find that West has a rather dry writing style I remember being fascinated by an important aspect of the conflict that had been played out by people who weren't in uniform and who operated far away from those boggy little islands.


Eleventh Hour [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Eleventh Hour [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £34.78

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gone too soon, 5 Nov. 2013
Rufus plays the enigmatic Dr Jacob Hood; scientific advisor to the US government whose planet sized intellect is called in to at the eleventh hour to save the day. He's so important he needs a 24/7 bodyguard who just happens to be a butt-kicking blond with eyes like a disney princess. Their weekly adventures were reminiscent of x files but without the complicated back story which made for some excellent episodic TV. Rufus is a chaismatic fellow and he made the bookish Hood seem acessible and fun. The script was sprightly, there was enough variety in the sets and locations and the pseudo science didn't bog things down. I enjoyed this as much as the UK show on which it was based; both of which should've enjoyed a much longer run.


The Wrong Mans - Series 1 [DVD]
The Wrong Mans - Series 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ James Corden
Price: £6.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny., 3 Nov. 2013
Our reluctant heroes are forced into thriller type situations which they somehow manage to get through. They're not your typical leading men, not by a long shot but their heart and guile is sufficient to keep you rooting for them. The tale involves spies, corruption, the triads and a particularly tricky project for the council planning department. The production values are top notch, the clever script never stops and also manages to turn these two bunglers into actual heroes.


Last Days on Mars [DVD] [2013] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Last Days on Mars [DVD] [2013] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £8.34

25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Familiar stuff, but well done., 3 Nov. 2013
This entertaining Mars set thriller delivers a decent hour and a half's viewing. When scientists exploring Mars make a groundbreaking discovery they need all their resolve to overcome the perils their find brings with it. Liev Schreiber is perfect as the stoic leading man and the rest of the cast do a great job with characters that are familiar but surprisingly well written. The Mars landscape looks vast, the fx are good, the dust storms are particularly well rendered. The music really helped to rack up the tension and the frantic shooting style complimented the action scenes without being too jumbled and shakey. The sets are terrific and the story tips a wink to similar movies like Aliens, Red Planet and The Colony. I was really pleasantly surprised with this, even with the ambiguous ending.
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The Americans - Season 1 [DVD]
The Americans - Season 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Keri Russell
Price: £10.00

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inventive and interesting, 3 Nov. 2013
This strongly scripted show delivers the goods in every department. Action and suspense are woven into a series of adventures where the two heroes are soviet agents operating in 80's America. The two leads make a strong screen pairing and their strengths and voulnerabilities are portrayed with commitment and emotion without falling into melodrama or cliche. As well as an uncompromising look at the darker side of spying the show even manages to provide a unique twist on the will they / wont they scenario. The idea that two people are basically forced into marriage and parenthood whilst being given outlandish tasks by their KGB masters is deftly handled in some of the best TV I've seen in years.


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