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x-men Days Of Future Past

Summary: The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 22nd May, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA, UK

Director: Bryan Singer

Screenwriter: Simon Kinberg, Jane Goldman (story), Matthew Vaughn (story)

Cast: Andreas Apergis (Col. Sanders), Shawn Ashmore (Bobby/Iceman), Halle Berry (Storm), Mark Camacho (President Nixon), Massimo Cannistraro (Ramone), Adan Canto (Sunspot), Chris Claremont (Congressman Parker), Daniel Cudmore (Colossus), Larry Day (General Caris), Peter Dinklage (Dr. Bolivar Trask), Bingbing Fan (Blink), Michael Fassbender (Erik Lehnsherr), Jan Gerste (Gwen), Josh Helman (Maj. Bill Stryker), Gregor Hlady (General Petrov), Nicholas Hoult (Hank/Beast), Hugh Jackman (Logan/Wolverine), Famke Janssen (Jean Grey), Evan Jonigkeit (Toad), Jennifer Lawrence (Raven/Mystique), Thai-Hoa Le (General Nhuan), Michael Lerner (Senator Brickman), Zehra Leverman (Ms. Maximoff), Morgan Lily (Young Raven), Gregg Lowe (Ink), James Marsden (Scott Summers), James McAvoy (Charles Xavier), Ian McKellan (Magneto), Francois Paquette (Congressman McCarter), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Anna Paquin (Rogue), Evan Peters (Peter/Quicksilver), Booboo Stewart (Warpath), Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Omar Sy (Bishop). Lucas Till (Havok), Len Wein (Congressman Davis)

Runtime: 131 mins

Classification: CTC

OUR X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST REVIEWS & RATINGS:

Adam Ross: You can check out Adam’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #80

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Greg King: You can check out Greg’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past review on www.filmreviews.net.au

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Nick Gardener: You can check out Nick’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #80

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David Griffiths:

It’s not exaggerating to suggest that X-Men: Days Of Future Past is one of the biggest projects ever attempted by Marvel. The idea of bringing together the casts of the original X-Men franchise and X-Men: First Class is enough to make comic book fan begin drooling, actually delivering it to the screen though was something that could have gone horribly wrong. Luckily though director Bryan Singer (Jack The Giant Slayer, Valkyrie) was up to the task and what has been delivered is a visually spectacular comic book film that doesn’t forget about the fact that characterization is something that shouldn’t be left out of a screenplay.

Like most of the films in the X-Men series X-Men: Days OF Future Past is set in the not too distant future. But the world is a very different place. Large robotic creatures known as Sentinels have scoured the Earth killing off any mutants that they have come across while doing the same to any human they find that has the potential of passing down the Mutant X gene to other generations.

A small group of mutants made up of Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page – The East, Touchy Feely), Iceman (Shawn Ashmore – Breaking The Girls, The Barrens) plus others have managed to use Kitty’s time travel skills to escape the Sentinels but even that means living on the run. When they are found by Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart – Match, Hunting Elephants), Magneto (Sir Ian McKellan – Miss In Her Teens, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug), Storm (Halle Berry – The Call, Movie 43) and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman – Prisoners, The Wolverine) it is quickly decided that something must be done or soon they will soon be facing their deaths as well.

When it is realised that the whole Sentinel program got off the ground when the world panicked after Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle, The Devil You Know) killed a leading scientist named Dr. Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage – Low Down, The Angriest Man In Brooklyn) it is decided that Kitty must pull off the dangerous procedure of shifting the modern day Logan back into his 1970s body so he can stop Mystique in her tracks.

The task doesn’t only pose physical risks to Logan but also means that he is going to have to convince the younger Charles Xavier (James McAvoy –  Muppets Most Wanted, Her), Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender – The Counselor, 12 Years A Slave) and Hank (Nicholas Hoult – Young Ones, Jack The Giant Slayer) that he is who he says he is and that he needs there help.

The massive amount of characters from the X-Men universe that feature in this film could have really caused some problems in the script. But luckily the screenwriting team was up to the task. It doesn’t feel like any character gets left out of the action and to that team’s credit there are some seriously touching moments throughout the film and that all comes down to the characterization of the characters and the relationships between them.

One of the things that will shock fans this time around though is the way  that Singer establishes early on that nobody is safe in this film. An early mutant massacre seems some franchise favorites get killed and as a result of that the audience sits on the edge of their seat throughout wondering who may not actually make it to the end credits. By the time Magneto is picking up a whole sports stadium and dumping it down where Hank, Wolverine and Xavier are you can only wonder if any of them will make it out of there alive.

The well written screenplay also means that some of the actors can really bring their A-Game to this film. James McAvoy is a standout as he portrays the young Charles Xavier as a battling ‘drug addict’ who must either choose between his mutant abilities or being able to walk again. Nicholas Hault again takes a massive step in his career and carries on his good work from Warm Bodies while it seems that the likes of Jackman, Page, Lawrence and co are simply in cruise control but still deliver good performances.

With X-Men: Days Of Future Past is seems that Bryan Singer has brought everything, a great screenplay and amazing special effects to create one of the best films of this franchise. The film also closes with a finale that would have been the perfect way to close off this franchise but the after credit teaser suggests that it will continue on. Still this is a great film that certainly won’t leave fans of the series disappointed. At last one of the blockbusters of 2014 lives up to its hype.

 

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(4)

IMDB Rating:  X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past′: For our full X-Men: Days Of Future Past review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #80

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Blinder

Summary: There’s nothing more tightly-knit than a small town footy club. So when a scandal blows apart the Torquay Tigers, lives are thrown into chaos. After ten years away, one-time Torquay legend Tom Dunn (Ackland) returns to face his demons and pull the club back together. To reunite their team and rebuild their lives Tom and his mates will have to dig deep, face up to past mistakes and rekindle their love of football. After everything is done and dusted, it’s not about giving your best, it’s about doing your best.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 7th March, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Australia

Director: Richard Gray

Screenwriter: Michele Davis-Gray, Scott Didier, Richard Gray

Cast: Oliver Ackland (Tom), Zoe Carides (Ally), Nick Farnell (Joe), Josh Helman (Morts), Anna Hutchison (Rose), Finn Ireland (Young Tom), Lisa Kowalski (Dee), Declan McGovern (Irish), Rose McIver (Sammy Walton), Bob Morley (Nick), Angus Sampson (Franky), Miranda Skerman (Julie), Charlie Terrier (Glenn Hyde), Jack Thompson (Coach Chang)

Runtime: 119 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Blinder’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘Blinder’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Blinder′: Check Episode #23 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘21 & Over’.

Rating: 3/5

IMDB Rating: Blinder (2013) on IMDb

Jack Reacher

Summary: One of the most compelling heroes to step from novel to screen: ex-military investigator JACK REACHER. When a gunman takes five lives with six shots, all evidence points to the suspect in custody. On interrogation, the suspect offers up a single note: “Get Jack Reacher!” So begins an extraordinary chase for the truth, pitting Jack Reacher against an unexpected enemy, with a skill for violence and a secret to keep.

From Academy Award Winning Directory Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) comes the action-packed thriller JACK REACHER, based on the New York Times best-selling novel by Lee Child, starring Tom Cruise, Robert Ducall, Rosamund Pike and Australia’s own Jai Courtney.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 3rd January, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Christopher McQuarrie

Screenwriter: Lee Child (book), Christopher McQuarrie

Cast: J. Bizel (Matt), Jai Courtney (Charlie), Joe Coyle (Darren Sawyer), Tom Cruise (Jack Reacher), Kristen Dalton (Mindy), Robert Duvall (Cash), Tristan Elma (Macos Coronado), Alexia Fast (Sandy), Tammy Felice (Anne Yanni), Nicole Forester (Nancy Holt), Peter Gannon (Mr. Archer), Josh Helman (Jeb), Werner Herzog (The Zec), Richard Jenkins (Rodin), James Martin Kelly (Rob Farrior), Dylan Kussman (Gary), Scott A. Martin (Wesley), Alicia Murton (Mrs. Sawyer), David Oyelowo (Emerson), Delilah Picart (Rita Coronado), Rosamund Pike (Helen), Michael Raymond-Jones (Linsky), Joseph Sikora (Barr), Vladimir Sizov (Vlad), David Whalen (Mr. Holt), Julia Yorks (Chrissie Farrior)

Runtime: 131 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Jack Reacher’ Review: 

You have to feel for Tom Cruise. Over the years he has done nothing but deliver brilliant movie after brilliant movie yet he still considered a public pariah and comedians are always lining up to have another go at him. His fans however have relished in the fact that movies such as those in the ‘Mission Impossible’ franchise have only gone further to enhance him as a true action hero… now that stature is about to be justified even further with ‘Jack Reacher’.

Lifted straight from the series of novels created by Lee Child, Tom Cruise (Rock Of Ages, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) plays Jack Reacher an ex military cop who disappears from the face of the Earth and then re-appears when somebody is in need of his help.

The people needing his help this time round are alleged mass-murderer Barr (Jospeh Sikora – Safe, TV’S Boardwalk Empire) and his defence lawyer, Helen Rodin (Rosamund Pike – Wrath Of The Titans, Devil You Know). Barr has been blamed for a random mass murder that has left a number of people killed, and sadly all the evidence found by Homicide Detective Emerson (David Oyelowo – Lincoln, The Paperboy) seems to point at Barr, but Barr isn’t going to go down without a fight and just before he is placed in a coma due to a in-custody beating he hands Emerson a note that says ‘get Jack Reacher’.

With the audience already knowing that the shooting was done by a hit-man organized by The Zec (Werner Herzog – TV’S Metalocalypse & The Simpsons) the suspense is raised when Emerson seems to take an instant disliking for Reacher whose knack of getting into trouble seems to make Emerson’s job even easier. With Helen eager to ‘defeat’ her D.A. father (Richard Jenkins – The Company You Keep, Killing Them Softly) she knows she has to keep Reacher on the straight-and-narrow in order to have any chance of defending Barr at all.

The fact that the audience knows who the killer is from the very start would make you think that the film should lack a little bit of suspense but luckily director/screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (The Way Of The Gun) knows what he is doing and instead he shifts the suspense on to whether or not Reacher is going to be brought down by a corrupt Police Officer.

McQuarrie’s script works amazingly well (a lot better than a lot of crime thrillers) and in the end the film ends up feeling like you are watching an episode of ‘N.C.I.S.’ mixed in with the action of ‘Mission Impossible’. Obviously Cruise was impressed was McQuarrie’s work on the film because it looks like he will be handed the directing reigns of ‘Mission Impossible 5’ and is currently writing the script for ‘Top Gun 2’.

As previously mentioned Cruise is a real standout in ‘Jack Reacher’. There are few actors that have the ability to pull off physical stunts and then delivered a powerful dramatic performance the way that Cruise can… and here he is in his element. Poor Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo are reduced to being ‘back drops’ as Cruise puts in one of his better performances. The only actor who comes close to him is Robert Duvall (Jayne Manfield’s Car, Hemmingway & Gellhorn) and the scenes between them are sensational to watch.

‘Jack Reacher’ is one of the best written crime thrillers to surface for a long time and while the opening of the film seems to have upset a few Americans nobody should put off seeing the film because of it. ‘Jack Reacher’ is a must see.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Jack Reacher′: Check Episode #13 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Jack Reacher’. Dave’s other review of ‘Jack Reacher’ can be found at http://www.helium.com/items/2401587-jack-reacher-review

Rating: 4.5/5

IMDB Rating:Jack Reacher (2012) on IMDb