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Dvd ~ Ashley Judd
Offered by DaaVeeDee-uk
Price: 20.69

4.0 out of 5 stars Great action comedy, 5 July 2014
This review is from: Kuffs (DVD)
This action comedy is a overlooked gem of a film. Very much of it's time, with a soundtrack to match that late 80's early 90's action genre vibe, it features a music score from Harold Faltermeyer (Top gun, Beverley Hills Cop) and lots of quotable dialougue.

In fact this resembles the first Beverley Hills Cop in the fact that it mixes razor sharp humour with drama and just enough action to not be to over the top.

Even the story is similar, as Christian Slater as Kuffs, our reluctent and some would say screw up hero must chase down the villain that killed a loved one whilst fighting against by the book officials.

Slater plays likeable slacker Kuffs who inherits his brothers rent a cop, neighbourhood protection service after the brother is brutally killed by the local gang kingpin.

He then has to prove himself to not only his own staff but also residents and local police.

This sets up the plot perfectly as he makes comical mistake after mistake, but does it in an oh so cool manner.

Throw in some romance, some decent gun shoot outs, chases and explosions as well as a quirky twist in that Slater often turns to talk to the camera/audience mid whatever chaos is going on, and this is a really good, sparkling action comedy that perhaps was ahead of it's time, which is a shame, because much worse films got recognition and sequals,and this deserved both.

Interview With The Vampire -- Special Edition [DVD] [1994]
Interview With The Vampire -- Special Edition [DVD] [1994]
Dvd ~ Brad Pitt
Offered by Discs4all
Price: 3.58

4.0 out of 5 stars Near perfection as a dark gothic tale gets, 5 July 2014
When Tom Cruise as vampire Lestat takes on a young apprentice in the form of Brad Pitt's Louis, it sets in motion a story of two lost souls wandering the earth for eternity, having to kill innocents to survive, something Pitt's charachter is conflicted by.

The story has Pitt tell his tales of living through the centuries to reporter Christian Slater in modern day America, where he recounts his various adventures/horrors, and thusthe stage is set for a lotbof period flashbacks as we learn of his and Lestat's life (should we say death - they are vampires after all).

Director Neil Jordan creates a beutiful and dark gothic period drama, visually it jumps off the screen, from huge sets to historical costumes, not to mention some very big action set pieces, the film flows at a great pace.

Not quite a horror, though blood does flow a plenty, this is period drama meets slight horror by way of a thriller, that all blend perfectly together.

With an all star cast, who give excellent performances, a small amount of very black humour, a great music score this is right up there amongst the best vampire films made.

The Crow - City Of Angels [DVD] [1996]
The Crow - City Of Angels [DVD] [1996]
Dvd ~ Vincent Perez
Offered by Jasuli
Price: 11.75

3.0 out of 5 stars Reaonable sequel, 23 Jun 2014
A sequel that follows the original to a tee.

Once again a crow resserects a dead man to exact revenge on his killers.

Not even close to the original in terms of being a great comic book revenge movie, it does stillbhave a dark gothic style, some good action and has some pace.

The soundtrack is not as good, and the lead villian borders on the annoying.

Our lead played by Vincent Cazivel is passable but not a patch on Brandon Lee in the original.

Out of all the sequels so far this is the best follow up.

The Crow : Special Edition [DVD] [1994]
The Crow : Special Edition [DVD] [1994]
Dvd ~ Brandon Lee
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: 3.82

4.0 out of 5 stars Possibly one of the best comic book films made, 23 Jun 2014
A bold statement to say this is one of the best comic book films made, but this dark, violent revenge thriller is packed full of so many moments of greatness, from the visual almost Blade runner like dark and rain filled night scenes to the exceptional sound track, both score and rock music onto huge action and stunts, mixed with romance, a quotable script, and Brandon Lee giving a career best performance (sadly his last lead role) it's near perfection.

Only some scenes of gratuitous violence let it down, violence is fine in an adult film but in The Crow it occasionally pushes it a little two far (The villain's sister has a particulary gruesome demise) and seems to cheapen the film, thankfully not too much.

Brandon Lee turns in a manic performance as the make up clad hero (much in the tone of Heath Ledger as the Joker in Dark knight) stuck in despare, turmoil and rage.

The plot is simple Eric Draven a young musician is brought back from the dead to exact tevenge on the criminal gang that killed him and his girlfriend.

The story sets the stage for a lot of graphic, massivly stylish action scenes as he tracks the gang one by one and sends them to there maker.

Michael Wincott (Robin Hood prince of thieves) plays the main villain so well and supported by a good cast of charachter actors, the various interactions between the villains with a great script make for a thrilling story.

Alex Proyas director of later hits such as I Robot has put together a mash up of genres and as near a good film as you get, tinged with the sadness of the tradgedy that surrounded it.

A film ahead of it's time? Maybe, one things for sure, Brandon Lee could have been the next big thing based on his tragic, tortured perfomance.

4.5 out of 5.

The Marine 2 [DVD]
The Marine 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ted DiBiase Jr.
Price: 3.19

3.0 out of 5 stars Passable action, 23 Jun 2014
This review is from: The Marine 2 [DVD] (DVD)
Wrestler Ted Dibiase takes over the role of a tough as there is marine who gets caught up with a hostage situation, and sticks it to the bad guys in gun fights, shoot outs and explosions.

Completly non original, mildly well acted and quite well directed, this is a typical wham bam action movie.

Fun but quite forgettable, this works as a short sharp bit of escapism.

The Marine [DVD]
The Marine [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Cena
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: 2.62

3.0 out of 5 stars Good action, 22 Jun 2014
This review is from: The Marine [DVD] (DVD)
John Cena makes a good hero as he tracks down diomand heist thieves led by no other than the liquid terminator himself Robert Patrick after they take his girl hostage.

Plot wise thats pretty much it so what you get is gun shoot outs, fights and explosions galore to fill the readonable short run time.

The attempts at humour sometimes fall flat and feels forced and the film is B movie matirial, but the action scenes are spot on, it's stylish, looks great as it was filmed in gorgous Austrlian sunshine and has for the most part good performances.

Not original but simply a good action flick to slob out to.

3.5 stars out of 5.

Identity [DVD] [2003]
Identity [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ John Cusack
Offered by gowingsstoreltd
Price: 3.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 21 Jun 2014
This review is from: Identity [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
Almost a 5 star movie if watching for the first time, although a bit like dark thrillers from the 90's like seven or,American beauty as examples once you know the dark ending/twist it loses a little impact, but no denying this really packs a punch in terms of thrills until the ultimate twist ending.

A big cast headed by the excellent John Cusack as a down on his luck driver get stranded in a down trodden motel, andare bumped off one by one.

A simple and well tested story formula done in many books and films over the years is given a fantastic surreal air as each victim dies and the scenario gets stranger and stranger as bodies dissapear and each charchter suspects the next.

Well acted, well directed and a brilliant twisty plot make this must see, it's just a shame that as with other thrillers once you know the twists you can never have the fun of the first viewing.

The Big Hit [DVD] [1999]
The Big Hit [DVD] [1999]
Dvd ~ Mark Wahlberg
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: 2.76

3.0 out of 5 stars A reasonble action flick, 21 Jun 2014
This review is from: The Big Hit [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
Not quite a B movie but not quite an A list affair this action 'comedy' falls between being very crude and somewhat inapropriate humour and very, very good stylish action scenes.

Mark Whalberg is the main highlight as a put upon hitman who with his bunch of misfit gang members ends up kidknapping a smart and pretty, yet sassy young ladie that turns out to be the daughter of the main big boss, insuring lots of slapstick and random situations.

Lou Diomand Philips plays a crazy but over the top villain who though lacks intelligence makes up for it with guns and fights.

Made just as Whalberg was on the edge of being the star he is today this is a fun but muddled mix of action and comedy was produced by none other than John Woo and the chaotic Hong Kong cinema influence is stamped all over it.

A curious film, not bad, not so bad it's good, but still very watchable if only for the chaotic action.

Nowhere To Run [DVD]
Nowhere To Run [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jean-Claude Van Damme
Offered by qualityfilmsfromuk
Price: 3.99

3.0 out of 5 stars One of Van Dammes better efforts, 15 Jun 2014
This review is from: Nowhere To Run [DVD] (DVD)
Riding high in the early ninties on the back of big budget hit Universal solider, after some low budget but acceptable action films from the late eighties, Van Damme was now getting onto the A list of action stars.

Nowhere to run is much less of a martial arts out and out action flick, more a modern day western as our hero Sam, a man with a shady past and on the run from the law befriends single mother Patricia Arquette and her two kids.

She's up against ruthless developers trying to move her from her old fashioned but quaint farm home.

So thats the plot put simply, man protects family from various bad guys, whilst finding some redemption for his past crimes.

Theres not lots of action compared to other Van Damme efforts, but the pace is good, there are chases, fights, explosions, however it appears this is more an effort to mix action/thriller/drama/romance all into one, and thankfully itmostly works, due to good performances, stylish direction and good writing.

Given some of the output from the star this is a very watchable film.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit [DVD]
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit [DVD]
Dvd ~ Chris Pine
Price: 9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, 8 Jun 2014
A reeboot of a franchise is a hard thing to achieve, to satisfy old fans and pull in new ones is tricky balanncing act, but this film suceeds well mostly, thanks to a good cast and fast moving plot.

It's funny that the cast and crew are at pains to say they were not trying to make Jason Bourne style film, yet at least pace wise and style wise it feels very much like Bourne had some influence. To be fair most spy genre films have evolved under the shadow of the Bourne trilogy due to them setting the bar for intelligent action thrillers so high, so it's a compliment to compare this at least visually to them.

The plot is very different as we follow a young Jack Ryan from being a smart but dull background anylyst, to a full on action man in the second half.

There is a nice build up as we watch the man grow into his role and start a romantic relationship, whilst his mentor drags him deeper into the field work aspect of the job and away from his desk.

The second part comes thick and fast with gun shoot outs, car and motorcycle chases, fights and lots of running around.

Chris Pine is very good as our weary hero pitted agaist Kenneth Brannagh's stereotypical Russian villain come terrorist intent on manipulating economy and blowing up America.

Kevin Costner is perfectly cast as Pines mentor who guides himthrough his stealthy mission and Kiera Knightly is good as Ryan's wife come damsel in distress.

Brannagh as director knows how to film good action, tense stand offs and the script has some vefy good exchanges between the leads.

3.5 stars, not quite 5 star as it seems to have come a bit late to the game after Skyfall or the Matt Damon Bournes, but still a fun spy thriller and a good start at getting Jack Ryan on the big screen.

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