G.I. Joe: Retaliation
By ignoring everything that made 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra a hugely entertaining guilty pleasure, the all-new writers and director of this sequel have made one of the most abrasively annoying action movies in recent memory. And even worse, they have indulged in exactly the same over-serious idiocy that the first film was gently lampooning. Instead, this is just a bombastic, incoherent, offensive mess.
Since the US President (Pryce) has been replaced by an evil doppelganger from the villainous Cobra organisation, he now sets about destroying his enemies, the elite G.I. Joe force. Led by Duke (Tatum), they're sent to collect some rogue nukes in Pakistan, and everything goes wrong. Now it's up to three off-the-grid Joes - meatlead leader Roadblock (Johnson), shy muscle-boy Flint (Cotrona) and tough-sexy Jaye (Palicki) - to stop Cobra's nefarious plan, whatever that might be. Their key opponents are Cobra goon Firefly (Stevenson) and ninja Storm Shadow (Lee), who's more complex than he looks. And the Joes have secret allies in Asian pals Jinx (Yung) and Snake Eyes (Park), as well as the original Joe himself (Willis).
The main problem here is that producer di Bonaventura forgot that it takes a lot of skill to make a stupid movie that's actually entertaining. Instead, this film is predictable and inane, with action scenes that stretch the limits even of stupid-movie plausibility (such as a ludicrous Spidey-style aerial battle in the Himalayas). And the fist-fights are impossible to see because they are confusingly directed, jarringly edited and then converted into unnecessary 3D. When everything explodes in every single chase scene, it becomes a bit boring really. And while there are gadgets everywhere, none of them are very cool.
In other words, the key ingredient missing from this sequel is irony, which was the original movie's ace card. Preposterous plot points aren't any fun when the characters are this thin and uninteresting. And there's also the problem that the film is deeply racist and sexist, as the heroes are the ones who kill foreign-looking people without thinking (OK, the baddies want to liquify London, so they're even worse). And poor Palicki is so exploited that it's painful to watch. First she lectures the boys on misogyny, then she heads out to distract the villains with a revealing jogging outfit or evening gown. But by playing these scenes dead straight, the whole film feels rather sad.
28th March 2013
14th August 2012
Jed Eckert is a marines soldier visiting his police officer father and football playing younger brother Matt. All seems well in their normal American town before the blackout. There is a sudden mass powercut across a large chunk of the country and before long, a squadron of aircrafts fill the sky with hundreds of North Korean soldiers parachuting from them. It's an invasion rendering the country powerless and under the threat of a powerful weapon that the Korean government has somehow obtained. Jed and Matt's father order them to hide out in a small cabin that they own in the wilderness; they do so and gather a group of likeminded teenagers along the way. Their father gets captured by the military forces while they hide and he uses a megaphone to bravely tell his sons to kill the soldiers holding him prisoner and he is subsequently shot and killed. The teenagers later find the cabin has been torched and Jed vows to fight back. The others join him and call themselves the Wolverines after their high school mascot. They make plans, along with experienced American soldiers, to steal back the weapon and win back their homeland.
This epic war action movie is based on the 1984 movie of the same name directed and co-written by John Milius ('Conan the Barbarian', 'Apocalypse Now', 'Magnum Force'). Directing this re-make is action expert Dan Bradley in his directorial debut having previously worked as stunt coordinator on 'Independence Day', 'Donnie Darko', 'Spider-Man 2' and 'The Bourne Supremacy'. Red Dawn is set for release in the US on November 21st 2012.
Directed by: Dan Bradley
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Connor Cruise, Brett Cullen, Michael Beach, Kenneth Choi, Edwin Hodge, Alyssa Diaz, Will Yun Lee, Matt Gerald and Ron Yuan
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
15th December 2011
After the events of the first film, which saw them take on an organisation called COBRA and a notorious arms dealer, the G.I. Joe Team are back in a new adventure.
The team are sent to a conflict involving surviving COBRA members Storm Shadow; Firefly and Zartan. While fighting in the desert, a bomb falls from the sky and explodes, killing the Joes, or so COBRA thinks.
Zartan assumes his guise as the President of the United States and announces on live television that the Joes have been terminated. Unbeknownst to him, however, Duke; Roadblock; Snake Eyes; Flint and Lady Jaye are all still alive, having miraculously survived the explosion.
The five surviving Joes quickly realise that the entire mission was a set up by COBRA. They devise a plan to bring the evil organisation once and for all but they are severely outnumbered. The Joes can't do it on their own - so Roadblock enlists the help of their last hope: General Joseph Colton, the original G.I. Joe.
Directed by: Jon M. Chu
Starring: Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis, Dwayne Johnson, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Stevenson, Joseph Mazzello, Arnold Vosloo, Ray Park, Walton Goggins, Jonathan Pryce, RZA, Matt Gerald, Robert Catrini and Byung-hun Lee.
18th February 2010
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The Apocalypse is coming, the human race seems intent in destroying itself and what lies ahead is full of horror. Charlie is a heavily pregnant waitress, who works in a diner in the Mojave Desert, the father of the baby is absent but her employers do a good job of looking after her. Suddenly all the power goes and it seems the people inside the eatery are abandoned. When an old lady enquires about Charlie and her pregnancy she doesn't expect to be told that 'her baby will burn', the situation escalates when the woman develops super human strength, a patron of the cafe shoots her down.
When a mysterious stranger turns up and tells Charlie that her baby is the only hope for the human race, the news is too big to comprehend. The stranger must protect Charlie and the unborn from death. As time passes the cafe becomes ground zero as the world is eaten up by dark angels sent to wipe out civilisation.
Starring: Paul Bettany, Adrianne Palicki, Dennis Quaid, Lucas Black, Tyrese Gibson, Kate Walsh, Charles S Dutton, Jon Tenney, Kevin Durand, Willa Holland
Directed: Scott Stewart
Women In Trouble
19th October 2009
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Given Sebastian Gutierrez's previous work (including Snakes On A Plane) Women In Trouble could be seen as quite an odd choice of film for Gutierrez to work on. Based around the lives of 10 women from LA who all lead very different lives, Women In Trouble takes a glimpse at a 24 hour period in each of their lives, including a porn star who finds out she's pregnant, a therapist struggling to cope with her cheating husband and an airhostess who finds one of her passengers a little too tempting.
Starring: Carla Gugino, Connie Britton, Marley Shelton, Sarah Clarke, Adrianne Palicki, Rya Kihlstedt, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon, Cameron Richardson , Caitlin Keats , Josh Brolin, Simon Baker, Joseph Gordon-Levitt,
Directed by: Sebastian Gutierrez