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Snowpiercer (Import)
Snowpiercer (Import)
Dvd ~ Chris Evans

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Loads of great ideas, 16 April 2014
This review is from: Snowpiercer (Import) (DVD)
This one might warrant a spoiler mention albeit by association.

The premise echoes that of the city of ember (or logans run, or the colony) in that some form of disaster sends a group of people complete with societal hierarchy into a confined space, in this case a perpetually moving train. Fed up with overcrowding and their impoverished existence, the lower class passengers who occupy the rear of the train stage an insurrection; this forms the thrust of the plot. Snowpiercer has lots of inventive moments, a particular form of punishment is especially cruel and a small, odd looking hand gesture holds more gravity than it's appearance would first suggest and language is deftly handled via a nifty voicebox thingy. Added to this is a fair amount of brutal action which is well staged within some expensive looking sets.This is an intriguing film in more ways than one but at times it feels as if the premise is bigger than the story and the film commits the cardinal sin of allowing us to care for the characters before mercilessly doing away with them. Some things didn't sit well with me, I can enjoy utter rubbish like "After the fall of New York" and revel in its juvenile nonsense but I got the feeling from prior research and during the first viewing itself that Snowpiercer was trying to deliver something more than a popcorn timewaster which I should veiw with respect and keep the brain engaged. With my motor running, I couldn't help asking questions and having "hang on" moments where I would ponder and pick holes in how the screenplay was unfolding. I'll avoid saying more for fear of any real spoilers. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it, I found it really engaging and the production values are high and the acting was good but It isn't a disk my friends and I will rush back to on movie night. The blu ray looked amazing courtesy of via my cousin, Cheers Gary!

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Blade [DVD] [1998]
Blade [DVD] [1998]
Dvd ~ Wesley Snipes
Price: £2.69

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh Meat, 16 April 2014
This review is from: Blade [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
As vampire action movies go, Blade felt fresh. Snipes was at his best, cool, athletic and totally ruthless. The production values were high so the locations and SFX didn't look cheap. The fight choreography is as good as it gets and the story about a half vampire stalking his prey is littered with dry humour and interesting characters. The screenplay never lets up and rather than just give us relentless action, we actually get to understand the vampire society as well as Blade and his motivations. Chris Kristofferson lends ample support as the grizzled weapon tech Whistler and Stephen Dorff doesn't let his size (relative to snipes) get in the way of being a really decent enemy. It spurned two sequels which kept the high standards and a TV show which appears to have been well received by our Amazon friends!
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Ator the Fighting Eagle/Invincible (Video Tape/PAL)
Ator the Fighting Eagle/Invincible (Video Tape/PAL)

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Madness of the highest order! , 16 April 2014
This italian made conan (or rather beastmaster) rip off achieved something of a cult following after its sequel got the Mystery Science Theatre treatment. I rented Ator from the local video shop when I was a teenager and trust me, no one could've prepared me for this kind of hell. Viewers of Ator must have coined the phrase "so bad its good" because almost everything is proper dodgy, the script, cinematography, you'd hope they would get the fight coreography right but oh no. There's little to speak of in terms of sets but there must be a multi gym hidden somewhere because Ator, played by the great Miles O'keefe is a chunky specimen. This came out the year after Conan and you can imagine my bewilderment after seeing that lavish, fantasy extravaganza at being faced with this, which looks like it was filmed down the local park. That's a bit unkind, there are sets but they were made on blue peter. The final fight involves a hugely unimpressive monster spider which is no match for our Ator. It's utter tosh but has a kind of plucky charm which envokes more warmth and tongue in cheek fondness than I project on uber budget rubbish like Immortals. It also must have some subliminal magic because I tracked down two of the three sequels. 

Tuff Turf [DVD] [1984]
Tuff Turf [DVD] [1984]
Dvd ~ James Spader
Offered by Rapid-DVD
Price: £14.73

4.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of fun here., 15 April 2014
This review is from: Tuff Turf [DVD] [1984] (DVD)
A youthful James Spader heads up this urban tale which echoes elements of west side story and culminates in a high noon scenario where the new kid falls foul of the local gang leader. The soundtrack is pure eighties and we even get to see Spader sing whilst pretending to play the piano. Robert Downey Jr lends very able support as his sidekick and Kim Richards has a strong screen presence as the love interest. There's nothing new to the screenplay and once things get going you could write the conclusion yourself but its a fun ride all the same and well worth a look. Watch out for the glaring error during the final fight where a member of the production crew sticks their arm in shot to steady a wayward piece of rope! Its yonks since I've seen this but Spader's superior turn in the Blacklist has rekindled my interest in his varied and interesting career. There seemed to be a bunch of these movies during the eighties; 3:15 a time to die is another fitting example starring the ever popular Adam Baldwin.

Timebomb [DVD]
Timebomb [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Biehn
Price: £4.80

4.0 out of 5 stars I'd make time for this again., 15 April 2014
This review is from: Timebomb [DVD] (DVD)
After rescuing a woman and child from a fire, bookish clock repair man Eddie Kay (Michael Biehn) is so plagued with mysterious flashbacks that he visits psychiatrist Dr Nolmar (Patsy Kensit). His selfless act starts a chain reaction and unlocks a deadly political conspiracy buried deep within Eddie Kay's mind. I always find Biehn watchable and he ably carries this cracking action conspiracy towards a statisfying conclusion. It doesn't have blockbuster financing but it moves at breakneck speed and is littered with chases and shootouts. Richard Jordan is on hand as the dark government man who along with a posse of bad guys including Billy Blanks and Tracy Scoggins must run down their old colleague before he scuppers their plan.

Bad Company [DTS] [DVD]
Bad Company [DTS] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Anthony Hopkins
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £2.64

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't sparkle but it's not too shabby., 14 April 2014
This review is from: Bad Company [DTS] [DVD] (DVD)
I found Chris Rock to be really good in this. As well as the wisecracks he was given some space to show a little charm, something many others in his position just couldn't pull off. The espionage tale is engaging enough and Hopkins is watchable although at one point they dress him in a baseball cap and jeans complete with sunglasses and a toothpick which is laughable more than casual! Despite the wambam premise of a sibling taking his dead brothers place in the CIA so a mission can go ahead the script is actually fairly subtle and Rock effortlessly slips in the one liners when his character or the situation warrants it. Critics hated it which is always a good sign in my book.
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Timeline [DVD] [2003]
Timeline [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Paul Walker
Price: £3.75

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bonkers but brilliant, 14 April 2014
This review is from: Timeline [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
You might need to know where I'm coming from. I like adventure films and still enjoy the old Doug McClure "At the Earths Core" and "Warlords of Atlantis" features. To me, this carries on their tradition of being a bit mad but going for it anyway. I couldn't give a tuppence for plot plausibility or pseudo science, I just want to be entertained and I find this does that rather well. There are a couple of love stories going on and plenty of action. Walker and Butler lead a scooby gang of archeologists back in time courtesy of David Thewliss "3d" fax machine. Before you can say chain mail, they're knee deep in cannon fodder as an English army lays siege to a French castle. There's some hokum about changing the past and Billy Connoll turns up for a bit along with the dependable Neil McDonough. I understand that they left out plenty of Crichtons source material and that made his fans very cross but I don't give a monkeys about that because this had a decent enough budget and made me forget about work for an hour or two. I lapped up every mad minute of it.
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Eraser [1996] [DVD]
Eraser [1996] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all, 13 April 2014
This review is from: Eraser [1996] [DVD] (DVD)
Even with the cuts this isn't a bad Arnie vehicle. As a US marshall specialising on witness relocation Arnie (John Kruger) is brought in to hide a company exec turned FBI whistleblower who has uncovered some dodgy dealings at the arms firm where she works. The movie dishes up all you would expect in terms of action and firefights and Williams is a particularly well drawn and sympathetic character rather than a lazy love interest. Arnie almost does some proper acting in this. This isn't an explosion extravaganza but there are a couple of particularly satisfying set pieces, an escape from an aircraft is quite tense and a crocodile infested shootout at the zoo is pretty cool althought the CGI isn't great at times. The ending delivers plenty of action alongside some high tech weaponry. You can compare various versions over at where it does a scene by scene compairson.
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Angels Fall [DVD] [2007]
Angels Fall [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Heather Locklear
Price: £5.58

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sunday afternoon slush!, 13 April 2014
This review is from: Angels Fall [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
This murder mystery makes the most of a rural, small town location. After witnessing a killing whilst walking in the wilderness she tries to piece together the mystery of why there's no body, no missing person and a handful of suspects; added to this is her own past as a victim of a violent crime and she wonders whether it is all imagined. The excellent Heather Locklear heads a dependable cast in a so-so tale that doesn't tax the viewer but is filmed well enough to hold ones attention. This is another of Nora Roberts adaptations so romance is high on the agenda but so is characterisation and you get a fair sense of isolation in the Wyoming countryside.

Deep Star Six [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Deep Star Six [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £3.49

3.0 out of 5 stars B movie hokum, 9 April 2014
If you're considering watching this because of the horror pedigree of its director Sean S Cunningham then don't, this is not a horror movie, it's much more of an action adventure. In view of all that I can say that this busy bit of hokum provides decent, mindless entertainment. I saw it on release and enjoyed it and as its nearly thirty years old I still view it favourably against the CGI laden offerings we get from the likes of the syfi channel. This lives in b-movie heaven but the set dressing is rather good and although the monster isn't particularly well presented it does a good job of picking off the loosely drawn crew of the stricken station. Speaking of crew, the script telegraphs as to who will survive as well as a handful of character traits that tell you who people are; you recognise the love interest, the snivelling cheat, the hero etc. The pacing is spot on and there's plenty of action on offer. It's at the lower end of Deep Rising and Deep Blue Sea but it covers similar ground. Greg Evigan has plenty of appeal as the square jawed hero and although the rest of the cast are cardboard cutouts of every other gang in these types of movies, at least they give it their all before getting killed! Relax, grab a beer and enjoy!

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