Saturday, 23 August 2014

DVD Bank Holiday Round-Up Reviews

A quick round up of the recent crop of DVD's watched (just in case it's a really wet Bank Holiday weekend...).

Tracks  (12) ~ Woman on a mission to walk across the 1,700 mile western deserts of Australia with camels and a dog in the 1970's. A quirky true story.  Five out of five stars.
*****
Calvary (15) ~ Beautiful cinematography and scenery do little to help this horrid tale of murder. One out of five stars.
*****
I, Frankenstein (12) ~ Gargoyles, fallen angels, Frankenstein's monster, it's all thrown in... you'll like this if you're a young teen. Two out of five stars.
*****

Divergent (12) ~  As good as The Hunger Games. Intelligent teen sci-fi action. Four out of five stars.
*****

Chasing Mavericks (PG) ~ True story of how a surfing legend started out. Slow start but compelling by the end. Five out of five stars.
*****


Friday, 22 August 2014

The Expendables 3 ~ movie review

The Expendables 3 (12A)

Director : Patrick Hughes


The third in this action series solidly thumps it's way through the action but still fails to deliver in both pace of plot and in the fight scenes which are diminished by shaky-cam. While the huge cast clearly have a blast the whole plot slows down, muscle-bound by the amount of new characters and cameos. This movie franchise should be an all-out action fest but somehow manages to be too knowing with several of the jokes falling flat to a silent cinema audience... that said, there is plenty to love, lots of explosive action and Antonio Banderas (Galgo) and Mel Gibson (Conrad Stonebanks) reminding us of just how good Desperado and the Lethal Weapon series were. Barney (Sylvester Stallone), Christmas (Jason Statham) and a stellar cast of many (see website for details) set out to capture ex-Expendable arms dealer Stonebanks and deliver him to the Hague to stand trial for war crimes. Barney decides he needs a new team of Expendables and so sets out recruiting new talent only to end up needing his old team as well... An explodable three out of five stars. 

*****