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Sicario

Summary: When FBI Agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt), her partner Reggie (Daniel Kaluuya) and her boss, Jennings (Victor Garber) accidentally uncover a Mexican drug cartel’s house of death Kate suddenly finds herself thrust into a brand new, very dangerous world.

With Jennings’ blessing Kate finds herself recruited to join a black-op mission led by special Agent Matt graver (Josh Brolin) and a Columbian operative known only as Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro). The mission soon sees Kate very much in the middle of the borderland drug war in a word where there seems to be no rules whether you are on the side of good or evil.

Year: 2015

Australian Cinema Release Date: 24th September 2015

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Screenwriter: Taylor Sheridan

Cast: Edgar Arreola (Guillermo), Jon Bernthal (Ted), Emily Blunt (Kate Macer), Josh Brolin (Matt Graver), Julio Cedillo (Fausto Alarcon), Benicio Del Toro (Alejandro), Laurence Scott Deveraux (Alex Driver), Jeffrey Donovan (Steve Forsing), Victor Garber (Dave Jennings), David Garver (Bob Fisks), Maximiliano Hernandez (Silvio), Daniel Kaluuya (Reggie Wayne), Lora Martinez-Cunningham (Jacinta), Jesus Nevarez-Castillo (Eliseo), Hank Rogerson (Phil Coopers), Bernardo P. Saracino (Manuel Diaz), Boots Southerland (U.S. Marshall Keith), Adam Taylor (U.S. Marshall Kevin), Matthew Tompkins (Jessie Garza), Raoul Trujillo (Rafael), Kevin Wiggins (Burnett)

Runtime: 121 mins

Classification: M

 

OUR SICARIO REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

No I’m not chucking in my card to the Comic Book And Cult Film Lovers Association but one of the films I was most looking forward to this year was Sicario. Yes I am not too embarrassed to admit that the fact that a certain director is at the helm of a movie is sometimes enough to make me wanna see a film and that was certainly the case here. See to me Denis Villeneuve’s last film was a cinematic masterpiece. I can watch Prisoners over and over again and find something new that I like about each time, add that to the fact that Villeneuve was directing a borderland crime film starring Josh Brolin and yes Sicario had me at hello. My biggest fear for Sicario was that Hollywood would have claimed Villeneuve and that he would decide to rope in his grittiness and harshness, luckily that certainly isn’t the case here.

Many have labeled Sicario a blockbuster for this year, yet that title just doesn’t seem to fit comfortably with this film. This film is harsh, bloody harsh and it’s not hard to see that the popcorn set are going to struggle with the film’s brutal opening in with Kate finds a house that contains more dead bodies than your local morgue. And in typical Villeneuve fashion he doesn’t make it easy watch for its audience, no as he goes in for the close-up on a decaying man’s face you are well and truly aware of the fact that while he is making a Hollywood film he certainly hasn’t been claimed by Hollywood.

Visually Sicario is a blessing. Villeneuve along with DOP Roger Deakins have made this movie look like some kind of modern day western with it’s yellow tinge and cinematic aerial desert shots, and somehow that works wonders with Brolin and Del Toro cruising around like modern day Sherrifs seeking vengeance. Sadly though Sicario’s screenplay isn’t always as good as the visuals the audience are being treated to. Unlike Prisoners this film has some weak points that leave the audience shaking their head, nothing major but little moments like Kate picking up the Police Officer in the bar… isn’t it just too much coincidence that her partner would just happen to be good friends with the guy?

Still there are powerful moments in Sicario, moments that are so powerful that they will stick in your mind for ages. From the fact that this is a very much anti-Mexican tourism video as Villeneuve takes you past bodies hanging from Mexican border-town overpasses to suspenseful scenes such as the border battle which will have any cinema lover watching with baited breath. Then there is the magnificent finale with Del Toro and a dining table… I’m not going to say anything else but that as I don’t want to spoil the film… but hell it is one of the most suspenseful scenes you are going to see in cinema for a long, long time. Adding to the suspense all throughout this film is the pounding soundtrack that simply becomes a character upon itself.

Now you may have heard some people criticize Emily Blunt’s acting performance in Sicario. Don’t believe it. She puts in a great effort and those complaining about her performance are simply looking for something that doesn’t need to be there. Kate is not Lara Croft in a Police uniform. She’s a very innocent but good at her job cop normally used to dealing with hostage situations who suddenly finds herself thrown into a world she just doesn’t understand. Anyone that goes into this film expecting Blunt to be the gun-ho character she was in Edge Of Tomorrow is going to be disappointed, it’s just not what Kate is.

Then there is Brolin and Del Toro who knock their performances out of the park. Brolin is gruff and rough as you expect him to be and is well backed up by Del Toro who has an air of mystery about him from the moment he first appears on the screen here. Some of the Del Toro’s performances have been a little questionable recently (no I still have not recovered from that scene with him, Diaz and a windshield in The Counselor) but here he bounces back with a brutal performance and for once he doesn’t over act his way through it. He’s just on song.

If you’re a fan of Denis Villeneuve’s past films you are certainly not going to be disappointed by Sicario. It is brutal, rough and in-your-face, just the way a crime thriller should be. Brolin and Del Toro bring their A-Games and this is one film that is a must see for 2015.

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Adam Ross:

You can hear Adam’s full Sicario review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #147

 

 

 

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Greg King:

You can read Greg’s full Sicario review on www.filmreviews.net.au

 

 

 

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Nick Gardener:

 

You can hear Nick’s full Sicario review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #147

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

IMDB Rating: Sicario (2015) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Sicario reviews: You can listen to our full Sicario  review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #147. You can also read our Sicario review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

Trailer:

Captain America The Winter Soldier Poster

Summary: Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 3rd April, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Screenwriter: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Ed Brubaker (concept), Joe Simon (comic), Jack Kirby (comic)

Cast: Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Dominic Cooper (Howard Stark), Alan Dale (World Security Committee Member), Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America), Frank Grillo (Brock Rumlow/Crossbones), Chin Han (Councilman Yen), Maximiliano Hernandez (Jasper Sitwell), Demetrice Jakson (Marty), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), Toby Jones (Arnim Zola), Thomas Kretschmann (Baron Wolfgang von Strucker), Stan Lee (Guard), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/The Falcon), Callan Mulvey (Jack Rollins), Robert Redford (Alexander Pierce), Garry Shandling (Senator Stern), Jon Skarloff (XO Commander Russo), Colbie Smulders (Maria Hill), Georges St. Pierre (Georges Bartoc/Bartoc The Leaper), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier), Emily VanCamp (Sharon Carter/Agent 13), Bernard White (Councilman Nagendra Singh)

Runtime: 136 mins

Classification:CTC

OUR CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER REVIEWS & RATINGS:

David Griffiths:

There was a time when the original Captain America film was the weak link in the Marvel film franchise. Then came along Iron Man 3 which seemed to disappoint a lot of critics and fans alike… there were also a few (present writing company not included) that was disappointed in Thor 2 as well. So really there was a fair bit of pressure on Marvel with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, would the franchise just keep going downhill after the mountain peak that was The Avengers.

To be honest what scared me the most about going into Captain America: The Winter Soldier was who was directing it. Now I have nothing personal against Anthony and Joe Russo, in fact I admire the fact they are part of the team behind one of my favourite television shows of all time – Community, what I was more worried about was the fact that they are largely comedy directors and it didn’t seem right that the men behind You, Me And Dupree were now in charge of a big blockbuster action franchise film. Well, I’m here to admit that I was wrong, because aside from putting this franchise back on track Captain America: The Winter Soldier also reveals The Russos as a hidden talent in the action directing stakes.

The film opens with a seemingly adjusted Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) who now outwardly seems to have settled into his new role as a full-time agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. However we soon learn, that on the inside his feelings are completely different. Aside from trying to come to terms with the modern generation he is also trying to get his emotions and feelings in check after ‘thawing out’ and is having some serious trust issues with his boss Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).

This comes to the forefront after a mission in which he learns his good friend Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) had different commands from Fury to which he had been told about and the end result is the two of them narrowly escaping with their lives. Steve’s trust in S.H.I.E.L.D. is at an all time low when a raid on the organisation, seemingly led by the mysterious Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) leaves the entire team in danger and not trusting each other.

With S.H.I.E.L.D. very much divided it is up to Captain America, Black Widow and Steve’s newfound friend Sam Wilson/The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to try and piece together exactly what has happened while they try to save the world that is now treating them as fugitives.

It really does feel that the team behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier have gone for the whole ‘bigger is better’ philosophy when putting together the film. Some may question the fact that many of the smart quips that worked in the previous films seem to be missing this time around but instead The Russos have completely revamped the series with a series of big action blockbuster sequences that certainly wouldn’t have looked out of place during any of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek movies. Surprisingly, due to their lack of action film experience, The Russos pull these scenes off remarkably well and the sight of giant flying battleships crashing into buildings isn’t going to be something that fans of the franchise are going to forget for a long time to come.

In fact in some ways it is strange the script works at all. The screenwriting team seem to pay very little regard to things such as characterisation, something that most screenwriters would have thought to be a must with the introduction of The Falcon, yet somehow as an audience you never ever really feel that it lets down the film. On the other hand though they have really upped the action and in a rarity for Marvel films there is also quite a bit of gunplay this time around. I won’t give way much but Captain America’s shield seems to be deflecting a hell of a lot of bullets this time around while Aussie actor Callan Mulvey has the dubious honor of actually holding a gun to the head of Captain America.

To pay credit to the screenwriters they also bring in some other surprises as well. The fact they dwell on Steve’s mistrust of S.H.I.E.L.D. brings a great feel of suspense to the film, while it is easy to see that one of the other storylines that surfaces during the film seems to take direct aim at Governments who believe that they have the power to be Big Brother to whomever they feel as well. Perhaps the biggest surprise of all is though that even while the script works feverishly to try and introduce a romantic interest for Steve it also seems to inadvertently bring in some sexual tension between himself and Natasha, whether it was deliberate or just seemed to flow from some natural chemistry between Johansson and Evans it was certainly there for all to see.

The fact that the script didn’t go to deep of course meant that there isn’t really any scenes that are going to stretch the acting capability of the cast. Evans as usual plays the sullen Captain America well; some call him bland although I prefer to think that he has grown into the role well. Scarlett Johansson once again brings a true sexual feel to one of the toughest female characters to ever grace the screen in Black Widow while Anthony Mackie is likable as The Falcon. Mackie’s inclusion must also have fans of the franchise chapping at the bit to see what kind of quips can be created when he has to share scenes with Robert Downey Jnr.

The old brigade of Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Redford also bring a sense of style and respectability to the cast. Redford is playing a very against type character while Jackson seems to relish that this time around the screenwriters have brought a more ‘human’ feel to Nick Fury. Australian film lovers will also wear a smile when acting great Alan Dale appears on the screen as well, it’s not a massive role but he is there.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier certainly puts the ‘BIG’ back into big action blockbuster. Its out-of-this-world special effects and great action sequences plus this franchise back at the heights it deserves to be at.

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3.5)

IMDB Rating:  Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier′: Nil.

Trailer:

The Avengers

Summary:  Marvel presents Marvels The Avengers, the Super Hero team up of a lifetime. Iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America assemble for the first time ever in this new action-packed Marvel saga, staring Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson, and directed by Joss Whedon. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself needing a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Marvels The Avengers is packed with action, adventure and spectacular special effects thatll knock your socks off.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 25th April, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: 29th August, 2012

Country: USA

Director: Joss Whedon

Screenwriter: Joss Whedon, Zak Penn

Cast: Paul Bettany (Jarvis (voice)), Alexis Denisof (The Other), Robert Downey Jnr (Tony Stark/Iron Man), James Eckhouse (Senator Boynton), Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America), Lou Ferrigno (The Hulk (voice)), Clark Gregg (Agent Phil Coulson), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Maximiliano Hernandez (Agent Jasper Sitwell), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), Pat Kiernan (himself), Stan Lee (himself), Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton/Hawkeye), Thomas Roberts (himself), Romy Rosemont (Shawna Lynde), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/The Hulk), Stellan Skarsgard (Selvig), Jerzy Skolimowski (Georgi Luchkov), Cobie Smulders (Agent Maria Hill)

Runtime: 143 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘The Avengers’ Review:

As far as movies go Avengers comes, sees and conquers! Nothing more needs to be said… well actually it does because this is a review! While The Avengers isn’t a cinematic masterpiece like Dark Knight it is certainly more than just your average action flick, due largely to the fact that screenwriter/director Joss Whedon (TV’S Glee & Dollhouse) gets everything (yes everything!!!) absolutely right. It is seriously hard to fault this film.

Using characters from the Marvel Comics vault The Avengers sees Loki (Tom Hiddleston – War Horse, The Deep Blue Sea) sets out on a plan that will see the whole of Earth bow down before him. And his plan gets off to a stellar beginning when he ‘forces’ Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner – Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, The Town) and Professor Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Melancholia) to work for him.

This forces Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson – Meeting Evil, The Samaritan) to call together Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson – We Bought A Zoo, Iron Man 2), Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jnr. – Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows, Due Date), Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans – What’s Your Number, Captain America: The First Avenger) and Bruce Banner/The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo – Margaret, Date Night) in a bid to stop him. And when Thor (Chris Hemsworth – The Cabin In The Woods, Thor) shows up The Avengers are finally all together.

The story may not sound like much but Whedon really has created an exceptional script. The film may be a little hard for those who have not seen the previous films in the series to comprehend, but Whendon keeps the story following well, drops some suspense when it’s needed and captures the characters so well that comic book fans will be beside themselves with joy. Given that Whedon has also written and directed some amazing fight scenes, Iron Man vs Thor vs Captain America comes straight to mind, this film is certain to be nirvana for anyone who frequents shops like Alternate Worlds or Minotaur.

Whedon’s script captures the characters so well you may even find yourself warming to The Hulk, a character that has been at times hard to connect with in previous films. And as was the way with Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Firefly Whedon has created some one liners of pure wit. Such is Whedon’s ability as a screenwriter he also incorporates some genuinely funny moments into The Avengers without ever having it seem out of place.

The one thing that does stand out in The Avengers is the acting of Robert Downey Jnr. He is head and shoulders above the rest of the cast… he seriously seems to morph into Tony Stark. Cudos must also be paid to Mark Ruffalo who puts in a fine effort and Chris Evans who has really stepped up his abilities since Captain America. Fans will also be happy to know that Gwyneth Paltrow (Contagion, Country Strong) stops by to portray Pepper Potts, but sadly Natalie Portman does not.

The Avengers is epic in every form of the word. Whedon is edgy with his directing style, there is some brilliant cinematography and the CGI (even of The Hulk) is out of this world. Add all that to a script that reminds us what a genius Joss Whedon is and you are left with a film that raises the comic book/action genre bar just that little bit higher. A must see on the big screen!

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘The Avengers′: Nil.

Rating: 5/5

IMDB Rating:The Avengers (2012) on IMDb