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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

Summary:When long-term congressman Cam Brady commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district. Their man: naive Marty Huggins, director of the local Tourism Center. At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest possible choice, but with the help of his new benefactors support, a cutthroat campaign manager and his family s political connections, he soon becomes a contender who gives the charismatic Cam plenty to worry about. As Election Day closes in, the two are locked in a dead heat, with insults quickly escalating to injury until all they care about is burying each other. Because even when you think campaign ethics have hit rock bottom, there s room to dig a whole lot deeper.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 9th August, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: 12th December, 2012

Country: United States

Director: Jay Roach

Screenwriter: Shawn Harwell, Chris Henchy, Adam McKay

Cast: Dan Aykroyd (Wade Motch), Sarah Baker (Mitzi Huggins), Elizabeth Wells Berkes (Mrs. Mendenhall), Wolf Blitzer (himself), Mika Brzezinski (herself), P.J. Byrne (Rick), Brian Cox (Raymond Huggins), Randall D. Cunningham (Cam Jr.), John F. Daniel (Giant Marty), Millard Darden (Moderator Carl Terry), Peaches Davis (Mrs. Cutler), Dylan DePaula (Young Cam), Will Ferrell (Cam Brady), Zach Galifianakis (Marty Huggins), Willie Geist (himself), Grant Goodman (Clay Huggins), Kya Haywood (Dylan Huggins), Amelia Jackson-Gray (Becky), Kate Lang Johnson (Shana), Rowan Joseph (Reporter Gary), Katherine LaNasa (Rose Brady), Heather Lawless (Diane), Josh Lawson (Tripp), John Lithgow (Glenn Motch), Parker Lovein (Jared Mendenhall), Tzi Ma (Mr. Zheng), Bill Maher (himself), Rob Mariano (Boston Rob), Scott A. Martin (Wes), Karen Maruyama (Mrs. Yao), Chris Matthews (himself), Gerry May (Carter Baines), Jack McBrayer (Mr. Mendenhall), Dylan McDermott (Tim Wattley), Thomas Middleditch (Travis), Dennis Miller (himself), Mike ‘The Miz’ Mizanin (The Miz), Piers Morgan (himself), Lawrence O’Donnell (himself), Aaron Jay Rome (Intern Jason), Joe Scarborough (himself), Ed Schultz (himself), Billy Slaughter (Dermot), Catherine Stevens (Anchor Rachel), Jason Sudeikis (Mitch), Taryn Terrell (Janette), Ramona Tyler (Reporter Brenda Britton), Danny Vinson (Elder Dan), Steve Wilkins (Reporter Darren), Bill Martin Williams (Senator Lloyd), Madison Wolfe (Jessica Brady)

Runtime: 85 mins

Classification:MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘The Campaign’ Review:

American comedy has hit a purple patch at the moment. With the releases of brilliant films such as Bernie and Ted already this year it’s like everybody is just waiting for the bubble to burst and next bad comedy to be released (aside – when is Adam Sandler releasing his next film???), but luckily for everyone it doesn’t arrive in the form of The Campaign. Yet again it’s time to line up at the cinemas for another American comedy that is guaranteed to make you laugh.

The Campaign follows an election campaign for a small Congress seat in North Carolina between the sitting member, Congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell – Casa de mi Padre, TV’S Eastbound & Down) and his surprise opponent Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis – The Muppets, Puss InBoots).

While Brady is in it for the fame and fortune, Marty actually wants to get elected in order to help out the people he is representing. Soon both Cam and Marty are involved in a dirty tricks campaign, spurred on by their right hand men Mitch (Jason Sudeikis – TV’S Eastbound & Down, The Cleveland Show) and Tim Wattley (Dylan McDermott Nobody Walks, TV’S American Horror Story). Also lurking in the background are corrupt businessmen Glenn (John Lithgow – New Year’s Eve, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes) and Wade Motch (Dan Aykroyd – TV’S Happily Divorced & The Defenders).

Director, Jay Roach (Dinner For Schmucks, Meet The Fockers) does an amazing job with this film. He skims quickly over the jokes that bomb and lingers just long enough on the ones that work. There are literally scenes in this film, for those who have seen it think of Cam trying to recite The Lord’s Prayer, that seem to keep going and going but they work amazingly well and have you laughing throughout.

The screenwriters also do an amazing job, not only for delivering some zinging jokes but also remembering that even comedy films need characterization. Both Cam and Marty are well established (and likable), and even the minor characters are explored enough to make them work. But the big job that the screenwriters pull off is the fact that they deliver a powerful message about big business leading to political corruption but still make the film funny.

The clear standouts here are the leading men. This is one of the times when Will Ferrell is at the top of his game, he has a good script to work with and relishes it. Alongside him we also see Zach Galifianakis once again showing why he deserves to be called as Hollywood’s best current comedic actor. Together in The Campaign these two are an absolute riot.

The Campaign is guaranteed to make you laugh. Sometimes it reaches for the crass comedy gutter, but at the end of the day it’s an intelligent comedy that works well.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘The Campaign’: http://www.helium.com/items/2357477-movie-reviews-the-campaign-2012

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

IMDB Rating: The Campaign (2012) on IMDb

Super 8

Summary: In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth – something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.

Year: 2011

Australian Cinema Release Date: 9th June, 2011

Australian DVD Release Date: 17th November, 2011

Country: USA

Director: J.J. Abrams

Screenwriter: J.J. Abrams

Cast: Jack Axelrod (Mr. Blakely), Caitriona Balfe (Elizabeth Lamb), Gabriel Basso (Martin), Dan Castellaneta (Izzy), Kyle Chandler (Deputy Jackson Lamb), Graham Clarke (Airforce Airman Korne), Joel Courtney (Joe Lamb), Michael Crawley (Airforce Airman Taylor), Dale Dickey (Edie), Jonathan Dixon (Airman Nevil), Thomas F. Duffy (Rooney), Ron Eldard (Louis Dainard), Noah Emmerich (Colonel Elec), Elle Fanning (Alice Dainard), Britt Flatmo (Peg Kaznyk), Amanda Foreman (Lydia Connors), David Gallagher (Donny), Ben Gavin (Deputy Milner), Michael Giacchino (Deputy Crawford), Bruce Greenwood (Cooper), Jade Griffiths (Benji Kaznyk), Riley Griffiths (Charles Kaznyk), Tony Guma (Sergeant Walters), James Landry Hebert (Deputy Tally), Michael Hitchcock (Deputy Rosko), Richard T. Jones (Overmyer), Beau Knapp (Breen), Ryan Lee (Cary), Teri Clark Linden (Mrs. Babbit), Kate Lowes (Tina), Scott A. Martin (Sal), Jake McLaughlin (Merrit), Koa Melvin (Baby Joe), AJ Michalka (Jen Kaznyk), Andrew Miller (Kaznyk Twin), Jakob Miller (Kaznyk Twin), Joel McKinnon Miller (Mr. Kaznyk), Zach Mills (Preston), Alex Nevil (Rick), Bingo O’Malley (Mr. Harkin), Tom Quinn (Mr. McCandless), Brett Rice (Sheriff Pruitt), Marco Sanchez (Hernandez), Jay Scully (Deputy Skadden), Jessica Tuck (Mrs. Kaznyk), Glynn Turman (Dr Thomas Woodward)

Runtime: 112 mins

Classification:M

OUR REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘SUPER 8’:

David Griffiths: Stars(4.5)

It’s funny that Steven Spielberg is attached to the movie Super 8 because one of the things that hits you during the movie is that same feeling you felt the first time you saw E.T. The fresh-faced kids, a young actress that you know is going to be a star and even an alien that just wants to get home. It’s all there, but you can’t really say that J.J. Abrams has copied a single thing from the classic… because what he has done is create an individual film that shines for about 90% of its running time.

Super 8 sees a group of kids, led by Charles (Riley Griffiths) and Joe (Joel Courtney) trying to make a zombie film, but in doing so they accidentally catch a massive train crash on camera. However, this isn’t any ordinary train crash because soon the town is haunted by the disappearance of people, dogs and lots of things made by metal. Convinced that something is going on the kids decide to investigate. Meanwhile Joe’s father, Jackson (Kyle Chandler) is called to investigate the crash. He also suspects the military is covering up something but is also worried about his son’s budding relationship with Alice (Elle Fanning)

J.J. Abrams really has outdone himself here. He doesn’t fall into the trap of introducing the alien too early… after all the main part of this story is the relationship between Joe, his friends, Alice and his father. To his credit Abrams never lets the sci-fi aspect of the film overshadow those relationships… perhaps the right way to describe this film is a drama with some sci-fi thrown in. The train crash scene is enough to show anyone that J.J. Abrams is one of the finest directors we have around at the moment. It’s intense and stunning (without going over the top) and you do genuinely find yourself worried about the characters as they run through it. The only let down is the final 15 minutes of the film. The flowery end has ‘Spielberg’ written all over it and is ultimately what prevents Super 8 from being one of the finest films to surface over the last couple of years.

The other stroke of genius Abrams reveals is in his casting. Those who are fans of the TV series Friday Night Lights know what Kyle Chandler is capable of, and he certainly doesn’t fail to deliver here. Chandler is brilliant and it is a shame that his character kind of fades away into nothing towards the end of the film. But where Abrams really has made the right choice is with the kids. They are all brilliant but Joel Courtney seems to be the one that will have the massive career ahead of him… he is a natural talent. He is also well supported by Elle Fanning who seems to be following in her sister’s footsteps and is blossoming into a fine actress.

The first 90% of Super 8 are brilliant and Abrams really needs to be congratulated for his skill and vision, but the last 15 minutes of this film really do leave a bad taste in your mouth, it’s a shame it ends with such a PG ending rather than live up to its convictions. Still, Super 8 does more than enough to impress and is certainly worth a look.

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(4.5)

IMDB Rating:Super 8 (2011) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Super 8′: Nil.

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