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The Net [DVD] [1995]
The Net [DVD] [1995]
Dvd ~ Sandra Bullock
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £5.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Back of the Net, 23 July 2013
This review is from: The Net [DVD] [1995] (DVD)
Sandra excels as the socially awkward computer expert who falls foul of a big business conspiracy. As a freelance programmer who deals with particularly knarly viruses she comes across some major misdeeds on the part of a massive software company. With the bad guys desperate to keep her knowlege a secret, they erase her identity and send out the contract killers. This is a glossy, fast paced chase movie with more than a few thrills thrown in. Irwin Winkler is a steady hand in the director's chair and Jeremy Northam is engaging as a slippery killer.


Temple Grandin
Temple Grandin
Dvd ~ Claire Danes
Offered by AVALON
Price: £26.48

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not my usual cup of tea!, 23 July 2013
This review is from: Temple Grandin (DVD)
Despite this being a boipic the pace of the tale is sprightly, it's never boring and generally speaking it steers well clear of melodrama. It was a pure joy to see Clare Dane's towering performance as Temple; her awkward and gangly engagements with humans are cleverly juxtaposed with more serene encounters with livestock. Rather than appearing distant, I found Clare's portrayal very engaging, her personality traits endearing and her bumpy ride through life an emotional rollercoaster. The story is interesting and the movie treatment is both touching and funny at times. The supporting cast are uniformly excellent, Julia Ormond shines as Temple's loving mom as does Catherine O'hara as her equally patient aunt. The school scenes and Temple's graduation towards academic excellence are really well handled where scenes of personal peril and mild trauma are mixed with those of friendship and self discovery. I found the hug machine a particular highlight along with her wonderful address to the Autism conference in the final reel. Like I said, this is not my usual cup of tea but I found myself enjoying every minute.


World War Z [DVD]
World War Z [DVD]
Dvd ~ Brad Pitt
Price: £3.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it., 19 July 2013
This review is from: World War Z [DVD] (DVD)
Given some of the harsh reviews at the time of its release, I was pleasantly surprised by this. It's big and it's loud when it needs to be, for instance there are hordes of undead teaming about the place, smashing into doors and generally making life miserable for those not yet infected. This latest celluloid affliction is a cross between 28 days later and any zombie gang you care to mention. Once bitten, the madness takes hold instantly and with the global population turning into rabid nut jobs the authorities take to the seas and ask their former top investigator (Bradders) to find the point of origin. His reluctance retreats when his family are offered board and shelter on the basis that he pitch in, so he sets off globe trotting looking for clues. It's all a bit daft of course but everyone's represented, the budget is huge and there's excitement aplenty. There are marvelous set pieces, along with some screenplay stupidity, the top medical adviser is dispatched within seconds by falling over and shooting himself which was a bit daft and then a ringing mobile phone cuts the air during a very inappropriate moment, having said that, these plot devices do move things along. The visuals are absolutely stunning; Brad's journey includes the sight of a mushroom cloud in the near distance, his grim reticence at the apparent nuclear explosion is well handled and the CGI certainly left an impression on me. The final reel includes an attack on board a plane and there are some tense moments as Brad gets closer to finding a cure.


Walking Tall [DVD]
Walking Tall [DVD]
Dvd ~ The Rock
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.74

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Throwaway stuff, 19 July 2013
This review is from: Walking Tall [DVD] (DVD)
A competent if uninspired remake sees Dwayne Johnson clean up the criminal element that has taken hold of his old town. The fight scenes are well choreographed but the Rock faces similar problems to Arnie in that unless he's fighting five guys, he doesn't appear to be in much trouble. His saving grace is that he can act a fair bit, certainly moreso than other musclebound hulks who grace the silver screen; he's also charismatic which gives him plenty of screen prescence. The movie is well shot, the sets are fine and the cast do a good job of convincing us who they are. Johnny Knoxville does what he's always asked to do as the dependable sidekick and Neil Mcdonough can do a menacing bad guy standing on his head. The movie nips along to a satisfying conclusion without becoming bland or boring.


A Man Apart [DVD]
A Man Apart [DVD]
Dvd ~ Vin Diesel
Price: £3.31

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Punisher reworked, 19 July 2013
This review is from: A Man Apart [DVD] (DVD)
Following the relatively well worn steps of the aformentioned franchise this sees Sean Vetter (Diesel) avenging the killing of his wife by members of a drug cartel he thought he'd seen the back of. The screenplay meanders a little in the middle as Diesel makes his way through the various underworld lackeys before finding his Mr Big. Despite the revenge theme and plenty of action, the drama is high in this one and Diesel gives a more nuanced and understated performance beyond his usual blockbuster muscle and bluster. It doesn't have the polished sheen of an high octane action picture and the subject matter isn't the suff of strong drama but the movie does a good job of walking a fine line between both genres.


The Punisher 2: War Zone [DVD] [2009]
The Punisher 2: War Zone [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Ray Stevenson
Offered by Entertainment Direct
Price: £3.02

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Best adaptation so far?, 19 July 2013
This hyperviolent effort is a welcome addition to the series and is bolstered by a suitably dark and yet very human performance by Ray Stevenson. The comic book villain is deliciously manic and the action scenes are second to none. The wafer thin plot about bringing down a crime syndicate is simple but well paced and the slick set pieces are exciting enough to lift this beyond the normal level of what might be regarded as just another action picture.
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Aliens Vs Predator - Requiem [DVD] [2007]
Aliens Vs Predator - Requiem [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Steven Pasquale
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £2.70

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't mess with a franchise!, 18 July 2013
This lukewarm entry is shoehorned into the tale between the prequel and the original predator movie. It delivers sub par shocks, some of which are nasty rather than scary. A toned and suitably wet vested Reiko Aylesworth is enough of a ripley to carry this off but we just don't see enough of her due to the screenplay being awkwardly bogged down following a bunch of townsfolk who get picked off along the way. There's very little in the way of nods to the francise and the visual style clumsily prefers to deliver much of the action in near darkness. You can easily see the appeal of the screenplay but the execution doesn't offer much in the way of big bangs, exciting fights or stylish cinematography. It's not a dog of a film, but it's easily the weakest link in an otherwise entertaining series.
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Eight Legged Freaks [DVD] [2002]
Eight Legged Freaks [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ David Arquette
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £8.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Freaking great, 16 July 2013
There's a huge slice of fun to be had here as Arquette's bungling hero blasts his way around and Wuhrer shares centre stage as the dependable small town cop. The effects are above par, there's plenty of energy and the acting is spot on for this type of feature. If Tremors, Slither or Evolution hit the spot for you, then you'll be right at home with ELF. When an Arizona town is besieged by massive spiders contaminated by toxic waste it's upto the sheriff and a mining engineer to mobilise the townsfolk and do battle with the army of arachnids. It provides hokey b-movie madness on an A movie budget and it's a shame for the likes of Wuhrer that it wasn't a bigger hit.


Red Planet [DVD] [2000]
Red Planet [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Caroline Bossi
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £14.11

4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad little movie at all., 16 July 2013
This review is from: Red Planet [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
The sets and CGI are outstanding in this engaging scifi adventure but as ususal the tension is brought about by a combination of technical catastrophy and the resulting human fallout. Kilmer shines in an understated performance as a relatively normal guy (for a world saving astronaught) who finds himself on a mission with the finest brains on the planet. With Earth's resources running out, an ambitious plan to "terraform" Mars with life growing algae culminates with a manned mission to check on progress. An emergency landing and the harsh environment take out two of the crew before they realise their habitable module is wrecked, the algae is under threat and their experimental guidance robot is damaged and now sees them as enemies. When the robot goes rogue and starts picking off the humans, Kilmer finds himself trapped and hunted across the surface of the red planet; his only chance is to hotwire an ancient Russian capsule and blast back into space where the stunning Carrie-Anne Moss awaits him.


Tron Legacy [DVD]
Tron Legacy [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Sheen
Offered by wantitcheaper
Price: £3.62

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stunning visuals, 16 July 2013
This review is from: Tron Legacy [DVD] (DVD)
This highly sylised reboot sees Flynn's gravel voiced offspring sucked into cyberspace on a quest to find his dad. The wonderful visuals and a thundering score take precident over a lukewarm script which goes to the enth degree to explain its own pseudo science but is far less capable at entertaining the viewer. Flynn seems to have morphed into Jesus and a series of exposition segments try to explain how the current cyber world of Tron came to be. Olivia Wilde decorates the stunning vista and the action segments are thrilling at times but there isn't nearly enough substance to the script. The action comes to a crashing halt during the climax when all seems lost before Flynn effortlessly dispatches Clu without any explanation as to how he did it, or why, after his years away, he decides to sacrifice himself at the last moment. Stunning to look at, not much to think about, and what there is doesn't make an awful lot of sense. I will watch this again in the hope that I missed something and will update my review accordingly.


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