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There was excitement in the air today in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con when Miss Minutes popped up to introduce Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios and chief creative officer of Marvel, who was joined on stage by moderator Ash Crossan to deliver Marvel Studios’ long-awaited live-action panel. 

Feige didn’t disappoint the enthusiastic crowd, showcasing the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s upcoming slate with trailers, special looks, Q&As with talent and filmmakers, major announcements and a live, show-stopping performance. 

MULTIVERSE SAGA: Two Avengers Films to Culminate the Saga

Fans were the first to learn that Phases 4, 5 and 6 are officially part of the Multiverse Saga, which will conclude with two all-new Avengers films, including AVENGERS: THE KANG DYNASTY, releasing May, 2025, and AVENGERS: SECRET WARS, which is slated for November, 2025. 

PHASE 4: Trailers and Talent Introduced, Plus Stunning Performance

Fans won’t have to wait long for the next Phase 4 title with “SHE-HULK: ATTORNEY AT LAW” debuting exclusively on Disney+ August 17, 2022. Directors Kat Coiro and Anu Valia, and head writer Jessica Gao, were joined by cast members Tatiana Maslany, Ginger Gonzaga and Jameela Jamil for a lively Q&A about the new series. The audience saw a new trailer, which is also available to download and share now.

In Marvel Studios’ “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law,” Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany)—an attorney specializing in superhuman-oriented legal cases—must navigate the complicated life of a single, 30-something who also happens to be a green 6-foot-7-inch superpowered hulk. 

The nine-episode comedy series welcomes a host of MCU vets, including Mark Ruffalo as Smart Hulk, Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky/the Abomination, and Benedict Wong as Wong, as well as Jameela Jamil, Ginger Gonzaga, Josh Segarra, Jon Bass and Renée Elise Goldsberry. 

“BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER” capped the Hall H presentation to thunderous roars and applause, beginning with a live performance by Baaba Maal (vocals), Massamba Diop (tama) and dancers and drummers. Feige was joined on stage by director Ryan Coogler and cast members Mabel Cadena, Michaela Cole, Winston Duke, Danai Gurira, Tenoch Huerta, Florence Kasumba, Alex Livinalli, Lupita Nyong’o, Dominique Thorne and Letitia Wright for a Q&A and first look at the film’s first trailer, which is now available to download and share. 

  

In Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba), fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda.Introducing Tenoch Huerta as Namor, king of a hidden undersea nation, the film also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livanalli. 

Feige also shared that the film is the final title in Phase 4. “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” opens in Australian cinemas Nov. 10, 2022.

PHASE 5: Talent Takes the Stage, Plus New Titles and Dates Revealed

Feige revealed that Phase 5 kicks off in 2023 with ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA, opening Feb. 16, 2023. Director Peyton Reed and stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Jonathan Majors and Kathryn Newton engaged in a spirited Q&A with the host. Epic in scale and tone, “Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania” is a sci-fi adventure that is decidedly unique to the franchise. Fans in the room were given a special look at the upcoming film.

Super Hero partners Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) return to continue their adventures as Ant-Man and The Wasp. Together, with Hope’s parents Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), the family finds themselves exploring the Quantum Realm, interacting with strange new creatures and embarking on an adventure that will push them beyond the limits of what they thought was possible. 

Next up, the thrilling new series SECRET INVASION launches on Disney+ in 2023. Cobie Smulders, who reprises her role of Maria Hill—a decorated spy and Nick Fury’s loyal #2—was on hand to talk about the new show. To the audience’s delight, a clip was shown to give a glimpse of what’s in store.

Marvel Studios’ “Secret Invasion” stars Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn as the Skrull Talos—characters who first met in “Captain Marvel.” They are joined by Kingsley Ben-Adir, Emilia Clarke, Olivia Colman and Regé-Jean Page.

The crossover event series showcases a faction of shapeshifting Skrulls who have been infiltrating Earth for years.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3 heads to cinemas on May 4, 2023. There were a lot of Guardians on hand to dish about the highly anticipated third instalment of “Guardians of the Galaxy.” With director James Gunn taking the lead, cast members Chris Pratt, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Sean Gunn, Will Poulter and Maria Bakalova took part in an engaging discussion. Chukwudi Iwuji arrived on stage in costume, revealing to excited fans that he’ll be portraying High Evolutionary in the film. The audience was treated to a special look at the upcoming feature film. 

In Marvel Studios “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” our beloved band of misfits are looking a bit different these days. Peter Quill, still reeling from the loss of Gamora, must rally his team around him to defend the universe along with protecting one of their own. A mission that, if not completed successfully, could quite possibly lead to the end of the Guardians as we know them.

New details emerged regarding a host of previously announced titles in Phase 5. Streaming exclusively on Disney+ in 2023 are highly anticipated series currently in production, including ECHOLOKI SEASON 2 and IRONHEARTAGATHA: COVEN OF CHAOS will also begin filming later this year.

Phase 5 theatrical releases include THE MARVELS, directed by Nia DaCosta, which hits cinemas July 27, 2023;andBLADE, which begins shooting this October and opens in cinemas November, 2023.

Feige revealed for the first time today a trio of captivating projects debuting in 2024 that garnered a huge response from fans.

·         CAPTAIN AMERICA: NEW WORLD ORDER  opens in cinemas May, 2024. 

·         DAREDEVIL: BORN AGAIN, an 18-episode season with Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio returning, streams on Disney+ in 2024.

·         THUNDERBOLTS, featuring an exciting new group of heroes, is slated for cinemas July, 2024. 

PHASE 6: Fantastic Four Precedes New Avengers Titles

Looking ahead, Phase 6 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe promises compelling storytelling and Marvel Studios’ signature style of adventure.

·         FANTASTIC FOUR hits cinemas November, 2024. Production kicks off next year for the feature film that introduces Marvel’s most iconic family.

·         AVENGERS: THE KANG DYNASTY opens in cinemas May, 2025. 

·         AVENGERS: SECRET WARS is slated for release November, 2025. 

Summary:  Thor enlists the help of Valkyrie, Korg and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster to fight Gorr the God Butcher, who intends to make the gods extinct.

Year: 2022

Cinema Release Dates:  6th July 2022 (Australia), 6th July 2022 (Thailand), 7th July 2022 (UK), 8th July 2022 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: Australia, USA

Director: Taika Waititi

Screenwriter: Taika Waititi, Jennifer Kaytin Robinson

Cast: Jaimie Alexander (Sif), Samson Alston (Teenage Thor), Christian Bale (Gorr), Dave Bautista (Drax), Simon Russell Beale (Dionysus), Jonny Brugh (Rapu), Ava Caryofyllis (Young Jane), Cameron Chapek (Baby Thor), Bradley Cooper (Rocket (voice)), Russell Crowe (Zeus), Stephen Curry (King Yakan), Matt Damon (Actor Loki), Vin Diesel (Groot (voice)), Kieron L. Dyer (Axl), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Carmen Foon (Minerva), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Brett Goldstein (Hercules), Chanique Greyling (Young Frigga), Sean Gunn (Kraglin/On-Set Rocket), Bobby Holland Hanton (Habooska The Horrible), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Luke Hemsworth (Actor Thor), Tristan Hemsworth (Kid Thor), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Eliza Matengu (Grace (Axl’s Mother)), Melissa McCarthy (Actor Hela), Sam Neil (Actor Odin), Simon Paparelli (Bao, God Of Dumplings), Natalie Portman (Jane Foster/The Mighty Thor), Daley Pearson (Darryl The Tour Guide), Chris Pratt (Peter Quill/Star-Lord), Carly Rees (Miek), Brooke Satchewell (Indigarrian Woman Glenda), Tessa Thompson (King Valkyrie), Taika Waititi (Korg/Old Kronan God (voice))

Running Time: 119 mins

Classification: M (Australia), u13+ (Thailand), 12-A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

OUR THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Thor: Love And Thunder Review:

So far this year we have seen Marvel Studios go on a huge film rollercoaster. While the execs at the studio are quick to point out that Spider-Man: No Way Home was a box office success, they seem to forget that Morbius and Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness never reached the heights that they should of. But whenever somebody asks if the Marvel bubble has burst the answer nearly always seems to be people want to see films about the original Avengers. Well now the time has come to test that theory because the latest Marvel sees the return of one of the originals – the mighty Thor.

Thor: Love And Thunder begins with Thor (Chris Hemsworth – Spiderhead) getting back in shape and fighting alongside some very well-known Guardians. But when he hears about the rise of Gorr The God Butcher (Christian Bale – The Dark Knight) he decides that this is the right time to return back to the now earthly New Asgard which in his absence has become a tourist attraction.

Upon his arrival though he finds Asgard under attack with Gorr doing what he can do to destroy Asgard and its Gods. Thor instantly takes up arms with Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson – Creed) and soon surprised to realise that there is another hero keeping Gorr at bay – his ex-girlfriend Jane (Natalie Portman – Black Swan) and she is wielding Thor’s very own hammer.

As the trio fight off Gorr he flees taking Asgard’s children with him – this soon results in the trio having to seek out the mighty Zeus (Russell Crowe – Gladiator) for help while Thor has to come to terms with the fact that Jane is in fact the new Thor.

If Marvel are hoping that Thor: Love And Thunder is going to be their next blockbuster success then they may have a nervous wait to see how it goes because the film itself is so up and down it is going to split audiences. Early on director and screenwriter Taika Waititi (JoJo Rabbit) infuses his style of comedy into the film and like it did in Thor: Ragnarok it at times falls flat and feels out of place with the subject matter at hand. But it feels that later on in the movie Waititi lets that fall away and the result is a fairly decent action film with some impressive battle sequences.

It does feel a shame though that Waititi persists with the comedy in the Thor films because the result sees the once powerful God from the first two Thor films reduced to a bumbling fool at times. It is so refreshing to see that we get a glimpse of the once Mighty Thor towards the end of Thor: Love & Thunder… let’s just hope that continues in the future.

There are times throughout the film that works remarkably well. We have already mentioned some of the acting sequences but there is also a great deal of suspense to keep the audience engrossed in the movie as well. The inclusion of Gorr certainly helps with that – this is one time were we get to see the origins of the villain and once it is established just how brutal he is you get a strong feeling that not all of our Marvel heroes are going to make it out of this film alive. While Marvel has struggled with bringing memorable villains to the screen over the years they certainly shrug off that issue as Gorr will certainly stay with most people for a long time after the films ends.

Some of that credit must be paid to Christian Bale who seems to forget that he is in a comic book movie and delivers a near award winning performance. His strong performance seems to life those around him and once he shrugs off the comedic elements Chris Hemsworth seems to raise his acting stakes to match those of Bale.

Natalie Portman is also a refreshing change for the Marvel franchise with the emergence of Jane as the new Thor and Portman seems to grasp her action sequences amazingly well. She is well supported by the often over-looked Tessa Thompson whose performance as Valkyrie here is so good that it leaves the audience wondering whether or not this is the right time for Valkyrie to have her own stand-alone film. Sadly the same can’t be said for Crowe’s performance as Zeus, the usually brilliant actor will leave audience members scratching their heads at what kind of accent he is trying to pull off.

Thor: Love & Thunder is not one of Marvel’s finest hours but it is well worth a look. A must-have soundtrack of rock and metal mixed with one of the Marvel’s best villains to date makes up for the fact that at times the humour at hand seems out of place. Let’s hope in the future we see more of the Mighty Thor and less of the bumbling fool we’ve put up with for awhile now.

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Summary:  A former Navy SEAL officer investigates why his entire platoon was ambushed during a high-stakes covert mission.

Year: 2022

VOD Release Dates: Available in all regions now.

Country: USA

Directors M.J Bassett, Antoine Fuqua, Tucker Gates, Ellen JurasFrederick E.O. Toye, Sylvain White

Screenwriters: Max Adams, Tolu Awosika, David DiGilio, Lisa Long, Olumbide Odebunmi, Brook Roberts, Hennah Sekandary, Daniel Shattuck

Cast: Riley Keogh (Lauren Reece), Taylor Kitsch (Ben Edwards), Arlo Mertz (Lucy Reece), Chris Pratt (James Reece), Jeanne Tripplehorn (Secretary Hartley), Constance Wu (Katie Buranek)

Episodes: 8

Classification: R18+ (Australia), 18+ (Thailand), 18 (UK), R (USA)

OUR THE TERMINAL LIST REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ The Terminal List Review:

I love the fact that we live in an era of television where the small box now has the power to draw big name stars to its product, but that it is also a time where producers and directors seem to want to make each episode of a television show feel like you a feature film.

The latest offering from Prime Video, The Terminal List, certainly ticks both of these boxes. This feels like someone has taken an episode of NCIS and infused it with the action and budget of Liam Neeson’s Taken franchise… and I’ve got to say that this is the perfect mix for me.

Based on a novel by Jack Carr The Terminal List opens with decorated NAVY Seal James Reece (Chris Pratt – Jurassic World) leading an attack to bring down a notorious chemical warfare expert. The whole mission goes horribly wrong and only Reece and one other soldier survive, Boozer (Jared Shaw – The Tomorrow War)… or at least that is how Reece remembers it.

I saw that because once Reece gets back to the USA he is told that Boozer actually killed himself two days previously, something that is news to Reece who had a beer with him the night before. Then the audio of the actual attack seems to go against Reece’s account of the events and what he remembers happening.

Soon everyone around him is saying that Reece’s PTSD is causing him to have issues with his brain while he becomes convinced that the hierarchy above him are out to get him. He turns to his best friend, a man he considers his brother, Ben Edwards (Taylor Kitsch – Friday Night Lights) and dogged journalist Katie Buranek (Constance Wu – Crazy Rich Asians). Soon as Reece’s bid to seek out the truth intensifies the body count begins to rise and he finds himself a wanted felon suspected of multiple murders.

I will admit that I am junkie for these kinds of shows. The fact that I can sit down and watch shows like Jack Ryan and Jack Reacher where it feels like every episode is an action film is some kind of utopia for me. The same can be said for The Terminal List. It didn’t take long for this series to have me salivating over it – the moment that the screenwriters delivered the twist of Reece’s best mate Boozer killing himself when Reece clearly remembers seeing him the night before I was hooked.

There was another event that drew me in even more, but I can’t talk about that here because it would be a major spoiler. Let’s just say that the writing and directing of the show is so good that you don’t see it coming and the result hits you a John Reece butt of the gun punch to your face. It changes everything with the series and certainly raises the stakes with the story at hand.

I found The Terminal List so captivating that there is no way that you could just sit down and watch one episode. I love the fact that it has been written so that every episode finishes with a cliff-hanger, although given my need to binge watch the series episode after episode I can safely say that my sleep patterns were not a fan of it… but that does give a testament to just how well this show is written.

I’ll admit that I did go into the show wondering how believable Chris Pratt would be in a dramatic role and how believable he would be as a NAVY Seal, but I need not have worried because this is perhaps the series that shows us just how far Pratt has come with his acting. His performance here is well and truly beyond what we have ever seen him do in the Marvel or Jurassic World franchises. Whether it be a fast paced action sequence or a scene of real emotion as his character is put through emotional hell he delivers perfectly.

He is well supported by Taylor Kitsch who I still feel is one of the Hollywood’s most under-rated actors. His performance here hails back to the real dramatic skills that he had to show in Friday Night Lights and to me he plays one of the most interesting characters in The Terminal List.

I found The Terminal List to have a little bit of everything for its audience. In some parts it is a well written emotional drama, it depicts political spin in a serious yet scathing manner but best of all as an audience it constantly has you guessing whether Reece is the right or whether or not everything that is happening is a figment of his imagination.

With the right mix of intense action and all the suspense of a good crime thriller this is one series that needs to be on your ‘To Watch’ list.

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Summary:  Four years after the destruction of Isla Nublar, dinosaurs now live–and hunt–alongside humans all over the world. This fragile balance will reshape the future and determine, once and for all, whether human beings are to remain the apex predators on a planet they now share with history’s most fearsome creatures in a new Era.

Year: 2022

Cinema Release Dates:  9th June 2022 (Australia), 8th June 2022 (Thailand), 10th June 2022 (UK), 10th June 2022 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: USA, Malta

Director: Colin Trevorrow

Screenwriter: Emily Carmichael, Colin Trevorrow

Cast: Ben Ashenden (Tyler), Mamoudou Athie (Ramsay Cole), Teresa Cendon-Garcia (Farmer Perez), Jasmine Chiu (Gemma Zhao), Glynis Davies (Carolyn O’Hara), Laura Dern (Ellie Sattler), Joel Elferink (Jeffrey), Bastian Antonio Fuentes (Ramon Perez), Jeff Goldblum (Ian Malcolm), Scott Haze (Rainn Delacourt), Caleb Hearon (Jeremy Bernier), Bryce Dallas Howard (Claire Dearing), Emilie Jumeaux (Rosa Delgado), Dichen Lachman (Soyona Santos), Manuel Mora (Alicia Perez), Sam Neill (Alan Grant), Alexander Owen (Angus Hetbury), Freya Parker (Denise Roberts), Daniella Pineda (Dr. Zia Rodriguez), Mo Brings Plenty (Shep Wauneka), Kristoffer Polaha (Wyatt Huntley), Chris Pratt (Owen Grady), Campbell Scott (Lewis Dodgson), Isabella Sermon (Masie Lockwood/Young Charlotte Lockwood), Varada Sethu (Shira), Ahir Shah (Sundar Kumar), Aisling Sharkey (Madison), Justice Smith (Franklin Webb), Enzo Squillino Jnr. (Wigi), Omar Sy (Barry Sembene), Elva Trill (Adult Charlotte Lockwood), DeWanda Wise (Kayla Watts), BD Wong (Dr. Henry Wu)

Running Time: 146 mins

Classification: M (Australia), G (Thailand), 12-A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

OUR JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Jurassic World: Dominion Review:

When you ask a lot of serious movie fans when was the moment that they fell in love with cinema they will tell you it was the moment that the T-Rex appeared in Jurassic Park. For a generation of movie fans that iconic moment changed cinema forever. It was the moment that movies stopped being something that you could watch at home and suddenly blockbusters once again had to be seen on the big screen.

Steven Spielberg’s original Jurassic Park film changed everything when it hit screens in 1993. It not only sparked a new generation of film fans but also taught Hollywood a whole new way to do special effects for those fans. Oh and of course like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles it sparked a wave of merchandise with everything from lunch-boxes to collector’s cards.

The Jurassic franchise has just seen the release of its sixth film with Jurassic World: Dominion and while none of the following five films have ever gone anywhere close to capturing the magic of Jurassic Park the Jurassic World half of the franchise has been pretty damn entertaining. Now to try and inject some of that old school magic back into the franchise director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guranteed) has decided to bring back some of those much loved characters from the first film.

The world we see Jurassic World: Dominion is very different to what has existed previously. The events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has now seen dinosaurs lose right around the world and humanity has had to learn to co-exist with them. For Owen Gardy (Chris Pratt – Guardians Of The Galaxy) that has been pretty easy – he has simply traded his job at Jurassic World into now finding and helping dinosaurs in the wild. Likewise his partner, Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard – The Help) has been rescuing dinosaurs that have been mistreated. Meanwhile they also share the responsibility of hiding and protecting their ‘daughter’ Maisie Lockwood (Isabella Sermon – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) from those who want her for scientific purposes.

This crazy new world also sees people such as Lewis Dodgson (Campbell Scott – The Amazing Spider-Man) finding a way to profit financially and that is what brings Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern – Wild) back into the picture. She is convinced that Dodgson’s company have created genetically modified locusts that are destroying the world’s crops and she reunites with Alan Grant (Sam Neil – The Piano) to help her investigate.

However, when they arrive at Dodgson’s new ‘Jurassic’ base they discover that an old friend, Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum – The Fly), is now working for him.

With dinosaurs out and about amongst humanity this should have been the most epic film of this franchise – the mind instantly goes to a T-Rex bringing down the Eiffel Tower or a raptor chasing people through Times Square. But instead Trevorrow and fellow screenwriter Emily Carmichael (Pacific Rim: Uprising) let the film take on a more serious tone – it almost feels like they wanted this film to have a social conscious.

Amongst dinosaur attacks and daring rescue missions the film makes a pretty powerful comment on animal welfare and organisations wanting to use a worldwide emergency as a way to make profit. Those are not what holds this film back from becoming a classic though – no that is down by the fact that too many interesting characters, such as Soyona Santos (Dichen Lachman – The 100) are introduced to the audience hastily and then just disappear. Then there is also the fact that the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World casts are kept apart for far too long and when they are brought together it almost feels clunky.

Mind you there is still a lot to like about this film. Dinosaur fans are going to love the re-emergance of Blue and her new baby Beta (who often steals the show) while there are pretty suspenseful moments of characters having to find unique ways to prevent themselves from becoming dino-lunch. Perhaps the most memorable part of this film though will be the dinosaur battles that certainly don’t disappoint.

Cast wise it feels like everybody just turned up and did their job without doing anything special. It is great to see Laura Dern and Sam Neil back together on the screen and they play their parts well while once again Chris Pratt does his action hero shtick remarkably well.

.Jurassic World: Dominion is an okay film but to be honest it not only doesn’t capture the magic of the original film, it also isn’t even the best film in the Jurassic World trilogy. The more serious tone that the film takes on makes it really only a film for those who are complete Jurassic tragics.

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Summary: 
A family man is drafted to fight in a future war where the fate of humanity relies on his ability to confront the past.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates:  TBA

VOD Release Dates: 2nd July 2021 (Australia), 2nd July 2021 (Thailand), 2nd July 2021 (UK), 2nd July 2021 (USA)

Country: USA

Director: Chris McKay

Screenwriter: Zach Dean

Cast: Ryan Kiera Armstrong (Young Muri Forester), Rose Bianco (Rose), Piper Collins (Chelsea), Matthew Cornwell (Frank), Kiley Casciano Davis (Yoga Teacher Alexis), Patrick Fleming (Ben), Seychelle Gabriel (Sgt. Diaz), Betty Gilpin (Emmy Forester), Angel Giuffria (Veteran Susan), Caden Graham (Ted), Eric Graise (Veteran Terry), Clyde H. Harris (Larry Sutton), Amanda Hatfield (Samantha), Edwin Hodge (Dorian), Chris Holloway (Lieutenant Marks), Joshua Israel (Jayden), La’Toya Kirkland (La’Toya), Alexis Louder (Diablo), David Maldonado (Dodd), Patrick Malone (Kyle), Jasmine Mathews (Lt. Hart), Mike Mitchell (Cowan), Ashlyn Moore (Katie), Keith Powers (Major Greenwood), Chris Pratt (Dan Forester), Mary Lynn Rajskub (Norah), Sam Richardson (Charlie), Michelle Rivera (Jodie), Zachary James Rukavina (Veteran Palo), Clark Sarullo (Traci), Seth Schenall (Martin), Jared Shaw (Tank), J.K. Simmons (James Forester), Terrence Smith (MEPS Tech Officer Sams), Yvonne Strahovski (Colonel Muri Forester), Amere Stewart (Tina), Felisha Terrell (Conscription Officer Paveza), Alan Trong (Lt. Tran), Chibuikem Uche (Lt. Ikemba), Gisette Valentin (Conscription Officer Dean), Olalu Winfunke (Captain Woods)

Running Time: 138 mins

Classification: 16+ (Australia), 12 (UK), PG-13 (USA)

OUR THE TOMORROW WAR REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ The Tomorrow War Review:

With cinemas still not fully opened around the world one of the biggest movies of the year has just landed straight in everybody’s lounge-rooms. At a budget that topped the $200 million dollar mark The Tomorrow War is no low-budget feature, in fact it is possibly one of the biggest blockbusters to go straight to a streaming service since the Covid outbreak started.

Directed by Chris McKay (The Lego Batman Movie) the film gives obvious nods back to the great action films of the 1990s with some pretty amazing similarities and visuals as films such as Starship Troopers and Waterworld. The good news is though the film also has a screenplay that is much better than the films just mentioned, thanks largely to the work of Zach Dean (24 Hours To Live).

The film itself centres around former Green Beret Dan Forester (Chris Pratt – Guardians Of The Galaxy) who finds himself working as a biology teacher as he struggles to find work within the scientific community. While de-stressing with his family after another employment knock-back he witnesses a major interruption during a World Cup broadcast that alerts today’s society to the fact that in 2051 humanity will be wiped out after a three year war with alien invaders known as Whitespike.

When it is decided that people from today will be sent to the future to help save humanity Dan finds himself drafted. His wife, Emmy (Betty Gilpin – Isn’t It Romantic) and his young daughter beg him to do anything he can to stop himself from being sent. In a last bid effort he goes to see his conspiracy theory loving, ex-military father, James Foreter (J.K. Simmons – Whiplash), to see if he can find away to prevent him from that going.

But when that fails he soon finds himself being sent off to the futuristic war where he finds himself fighting alongside his now fully grown daughter, Colonel Muri Forester (Yvonne Strahovski – The Handmaid’s Tale), who reveals to him that they have been estranged for years.

It is hard not to notice the similarities between The Tomorrow War and Starship Troopers as you watch the film but while the 90s classic tried to create an anti-war storyline The Tomorrow War does nothing of the kind and instead in a way follows the formulas of films like Independence Day that centre around wars against some intergalactic visitors.

The thing that prevents The Tomorrow War becoming just another dull all action affair is the storyline that revolves around Dan and adult Muri. Dean’s screenplay drops little breadcrumbs throughout the film that suggests that the perfect Forester family that we saw at the start of the film have been ripped apart by something. When Muri tells Dan in 2051 that they have been estranged for years it opens up a storyline that is a lot more suspenseful than any of the alien versus human battle sequences throughout the film.

That is not to say that Chris McKay doesn’t make the action sequences quite a spectacle on the screen but to be honest there is nothing here that we haven’t seen previously, and in fact many of the battle scenes look a lot like what we saw in Monster Hunter earlier this year.

A mentioned earlier though it is the father-daughter storyline that makes this film so special though and that vision first planted by Dean in the screenplay is brilliantly brought to life by the performances of Pratt and Stahovski. We know though his work in the Marvel universe that Chris Pratt is an actor that can blend genres together seamlessly. And while the comedic skills that come into play as he portrays Star-Lord are not needed here he does show a more dramatic side to his acting as his character is faced with questions about his future that leave him completely confused. As usual Pratt also comes to the fore during the action sequences.

He is also well supported by Australian actress Yvonne Strahovski who portrays his daughter Muri. The very under-rated actress has been making a name for herself over recent years with her performance in the hit show The Handmaid’s Tale but is was her performance alongside Noomi Rapace in Angel Of Mine that revealed just how talented she is. She again brings the intensity of that role to this film as she mixes dramatic sequences with action brawn with ease.The Tomorrow War is not the most original film to be released this year but if you are looking to waste some time with a big dumb action film it will certainly fill that void. Well worth a look though for the performances of Chris Pratt and Yvonne Strahovski.

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Summary: Set in a suburban fantasy world, two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, go on an journey to discover if there is still a little magic left out there in order to spend one last day with their father, who died when they were too young to remember him.

Year: 2020

Australian Cinema Release Date: TBA

Thailand Cinema Release Date: TBA

Australian Home Entertainment Release Date: 1st May 2020

Country: United States

Director: Dan Scanlon

Screenwriter: Dan Scanlon, Jason Headley, Keith Bunin

Cast: Kyle Bornheimer (Wilden Lightfoot (Dad)(voice)), Grey Griffin (Dewdrop (voice)), Tom Holland (Ian Lightfoot (voice)), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Laurel Lightfoot (voice)), Chris Pratt (Barley Lightfoot (voice)), George Psarras (Officer Avel (voice)), John Ratzenberger (Construction Worker Fenwick (voice)),  Mel Rodriguez (Colt Bronco (voice)), Octavia Spencer (The Manticore (voice)), Tracey Ullman (Grecklin (voice)), Wilmer Valderrama (Gaxton (voice)), Lena Waithe (Officer Spector (voice)), Ali Wong (Officer Gore (voice))

Running Time: 102 mins

Classification: PG (Australia) TBC (Thailand)

 

 

OUR ONWARD REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Dave Griffiths’ Onward Review:

Twelve months ago if you asked any film fan if they were excited about any animation films that were set to be released the answer most likely would have been a resounding ‘no.’  Hollywood was getting slammed from pillar to post because it felt that the animated films that it was producing where all mirror images of each other or just another instalment in what were becoming tired franchises.

Even the animation leaders Pixar were not immune from the backlash with many believing that films like Toy Story 4 and The Incredibles 2 were inferior films in what had once been brilliant film universes. The question seemed to be ‘why can’t Hollywood be making animated movies with the creativity being shown by their Asian counterparts?’

Well it seems like the Hollywood filmmakers were listening. Earlier this year we had the surprisingly creative Spies In Disguise starring Will Smith and Tom Holland and now Pixar has just released one of the most intriguing films of the year – the very creative Onward which again stars Tom Holland (Spider-Man: From Far Home) this time alongside his Marvel universe co-star Chris Pratt (Guardians Of The Galaxy).

Together they voice Ian (Holland) and Barley Lightfoot (Pratt). Two teenage elf brothers growing up in a land that resembles The Shire from Lord Of The Rings but also contains all the modern day suburban comforts that you and I are used to in everyday life. It is those modern day comforts that have led to serious issues though for the inhabitants of the land that the Lightfoot’s call home. Technology means that the ancient magic of the wizards of that has been long forgotten, while characters like pixies and fairies have even forgotten what their wings are for.

Some people live in hope though. Barley preciously lives the lives of his ancestors through this dungeon and dragons style role-playing games while at the same time trying to look after Ian and their mother Laurel (Julia Louis-Dreyfus The Seinfeld) who was left a widow after the death of her husband shortly after the birth of Ian.

The two boys have always wondered what their father may have been like but nothing prepares them for what happens on Ian’s sixteenth birthday when Laurel gives them a gift their father had prepared before he passed away. The staff that he leaves them tells them he was in fact a wizard and the spell that goes with it allows them the opportunity to bring their father back for a day. However, when Ian only manages to bring back half of their father (his legs) he is forced to team up with Barley to go on an odyssey that will see them have to revert back to the ways of their ancestors before them.

Onward is like nothing Pixar has ever created before. Director/screenwriter Dan Scanlon (Monsters University) has delved deep into his creative bank to create what could be loosely described as a ‘stoner’ film for families. While the film’s plot does at times feel a little light on you can’t help but fall in love with it as it introduces you to characters and a world that you simply just want to know more about.

While they are elves most audience members will find themselves drawn to Ian and Barley from the very beginning. There is something so natural about Ian – a young boy who feels that part of his identity is missing because he never knew his father and Barley – an almost lost teenager who society frowns up because of the energy that he puts into his faithful van and his path of discovering the lost arts of those that came before him.

As a filmmaker Scanlon doesn’t allow Onward to become a lazy film because of its supernatural elements either. No amount of great visual effects can ever make up for the connection that an audience can get from well-rounded characters. Here that connection is made straight away and throughout the film Scanlon plays on that garnishing suspense from putting the loved characters in peril  while also allowing a more emotionally touching side of the film to shine through as the characters learn some valuable morals revolving around what they are going through as a family. Scanlon also weaves some true comedic moments into the film with some great sequences featuring Ian and Barley’s battle with the biker pixies and their distrust of their mother’s boyfriend Officer Colt Bronco (Mel Rodriguez – Little Miss Sunshine).

Perhaps the biggest weakness of Onward is the fact that Scanlon at times seems to make the brother’s quests just a little too easy to overcome, something that seems to be highlighted even more so due to the fact that the world the boys live in is so interesting that you can’t help but feel you want to see more of it and know more about it.

Still at the end of the day this is the kind of animated film that audiences have been waiting for. To be honest it is kind of unexpected that Pixar would deliver a film that seems to have a Gothic edge while embracing the quirkiness of a film like Planet 51, but they have and it works wonderfully well. Many asked for more creativity when it comes to the kind of animated films that we are singing in cinemas and if a film is like Onward is anything to go back it looks like that request has well and truly be delivered. Onward is the kind of film that can be enjoyed by family members of all ages – so sit back and enjoy a little bit of Pixar magic.

 

 

 

 

Kyle McGrath’s Onward Review

 

 

 

 

 

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IMDB Rating:  Onward (2020) on IMDb

 

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Our Onward review that appeared in ‘The Phuket News’ can be read at this link – https://www.thephuketnews.com/onward-puts-animated-movies-back-on-track-75875.php

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Normally when a sci-fi film featuring a cast of the calibre of Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt hits Australian cinemas it is big news. Yet somehow, possibly due to the fact that it opens in Australia on that awkward 1St January New Years slot, Passengers is right upon us. Well we here at Heavy decided that it was time to do something about that and we thought you would like to hear what Lawrence and Pratt have to say about this great new sci-fi.

Lawrence beings by saying that was attracted to this film because it really intrigued her. “I found the characters that are involved with this story really intriguing because it is such a huge decision to make,” explains Lawrence. “When you think about it if you take a 120 year long journey when you arrive everybody that you know will be dead so you have to start a whole new life on a planet that you have never been to. So of course there are going to be interesting characters that are involved when there is a decision like that.I thought the script was such an interesting concept that I hadn’t seen anything like it. I loved the world, I loved the two characters and I loved just the sheer idea of the whole thing. I thought it was so creative and interesting because when I closed the script I thought people with leave the cinema with a million different opinions and that’s what I really like about the film, that nobody is telling you how to feel that it is all ‘what would you do?’, it’s a real conversation starter.”

So that leads straight into the question of why her character, Aurora, decides to make that big decision. “Aurora is very driven,” says Lawrence after thinking for a few seconds. “She is also very curious and is the daughter of a very famous author which I think always keeps her wanting more and wanting her to have her name so I think all of these combine with her adventurous spirit and that sends her off.”

Lawrence also says that the predicament that the characters find themselves in also affects the way the film looks. “This film is visually interesting because really these two characters are trapped,” she says. “But it is the space that makes the visuals so large and they are so lost in this huge space that is so much bigger than them. SO I thought that was interesting with the dynamics of what the characters feels and what the characters are going through emotionally. All that versus this large, gaping space that they are stuck in.”

Of course most of the female audience out there are once again going to fall in love with Chris Pratt when they sit down to watch Passengers, so what does Jennifer Lawrence have to say about working with the talented star. “Chris Pratt is the hardest working person on a movie, including the crew and I mean including everybody. He is the hardest working person that I have ever met in my life and he has such an amazing attitude. Chris and I were also always thirsty to know what Morten (the film’s director, Morten Tyldum) was thinking and of course his opinion of our characters but we were all really dialled in together.”

Now of course Chris Pratt doesn’t need any introduction to most movie goers these days. Over the past few years he has made big budget films like Guardians Of The Galaxy and Jurassic World his own so what is his take on Passengers. “Well there are about five thousand passengers on the Avalon and they are travelling to this new planet called Homestead 2. They are travelling in what are called hibernation pods, and they are pretty much what they sound like, they are cocoons with the passengers inside where they are kept in suspended animation where they don’t age, they don’t grow, they don’t get sick, they just stop all metabolic function and may character’s pod malfunctions and he wakes up ninety years early. When i read the script I could not believe that I had been given the opportunity to be in this movie. Sometimes you read a script and it just grabs a hold of you and does not let go and I was never going to let anybody else do this movie. From the moment I read it i wanted it and that was how it was going to be and i was really so fortunate that it came together the way it did. I’m a huge fan of talent and when I see the sets that the people on this crew have built I can not help but be in awe. There are so many artists, literally hundreds and hundreds of people that have worked on this film and that’s not even counting the post-production people. I am always going to be awe of the magnitude of this type of film. ”

So does he believe that audience will also be left in awe? “This is the kind of movie that blows people away,” he says with a smile. “I think that is what we like in movies, movies are entertaining, movies can be scary, they are entertainment and that is okay but sometimes a movie will blow you away… and I think that is this movie.”

Anyone who has watched the trailer for Passengers has seen that Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt have to interact with actor Michael Sheen playing a robot called Arthur and Pratt says that brought an interesting dynamic to the film “Of course we had to try and work out this interesting dynamic of how human Arthur should be,” he explains. “We are really far into the future, at least far enough to have created fusion drive and travel at light speeds and have suspended animation and of course with that technology available you have to imagine that we have made  some big jumps in artificial intelligence so I think Michael did a really good job, with the help of Morten, in working out just how human he would make this android character. He did just enough to make my character forget sometimes that he wasn’t a human.”

When a film leaves people like Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt in awe you know that is going to be something special. So despite the lack of attention that has been given to Passengers so far now is the time to sit up and take notice because this may well be one of the sleep hits of this summer.

Passengers is released in cinemas on 1st January, 2017.

Passengers

Sci-fi fans gets ready because Passengers arrives in cinemas on New Year’s Day. Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt this is one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the holiday season. So, sit back and enjoy our Passengers interviews.

 

Jennifer Lawrence

 

Chris Pratt

 

Michael Sheen

 

Laurence Fishburne

The Magnificent Seven

 

 

Summary: Seven gun men in the old west gradually come together to help a poor village against savage thieves.

Year: 2016

Australian Cinema Release Date: 29th September 2016

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Antoine Fuqua

Screenwriter: Nic Pizzolatto, Richard Wenk, Akira Kurosawa (original script), Shinobu Hashimoto (original script), Hideo Oguni (original script)

Cast: Alix Angelis (Clara Wintrhop), Mark Ashworth (Preacher), Walker Babington (Dicky), Jackson Beals (One Eyed Lucas), Emil Beheshti (Maxwell), Haley Bennett (Emma Cullen), Thomas Blake Jr. (Earl), Matt Bomer (Matthew Cullen), Sean Boyd (Topper), Sean Bridgers (Fanning), Vic Browder (Arcade Jones), Ryan Brown (Ken Pigeon), Vincent D’Onofrio (Jack Horne), Griff Furst (Phillips), Manuel Garcia-Rulfo (Vasquez), Cam Gigandet (McCann), Luke Grimes (Teddy Q), Ethan Hawke (Goodnight Robicheaux), Clint James (Fenton), Cedric D. Jones (Curtis), Vinnie Jones (uncredited), Jonathan Joss (Denali), David Kallaway (Turner/Blacksmith), Derek Lacasa (Len Pigion), Dylan Langlois (R.L. Garrett), Carrie Lazar (Leni Frankel), Byung-hun Lee (Billy Rocks), Heath Lemme (Heath), David Manzanares (Referee/Eddy), Rictchie Montgomery (Gavin David), Jody Mullins (Caleb Frankel), Matthew Posey (Hank Stoner), Chris Pratt (Josh Faraday), Dodge Prince (Anthony), Chad Randall (Bartender/Powder Dan), Dane Rhodes (Sheriff Harp), Peter Sarsgaard (Bartholomew Bogue), William Lee Scott (Moody), Martin Sensmeier (Red Harvest), Billy Slaughter (Josiah), Denzel Washington (Chisolm), Kevin Wayne (Monday Durant)

Runtime: 133 mins

Classification: M

OUR THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

One question always has to be asked when a remake of a film surfaces… why was the remake made? Was it because a director thought he had a more creative or ‘modern’ way to tell the original story? Was it because a team of filmmakers thought that current day technology could improve on what was made decades ago? Sadly, none of these questions seem to answer that question about the remake of the legendary western The Magnificent Seven (which itself was a remake of Seven Samurai).

Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) this remake sees honest lawman Chisolm (Denzel Washington – American Gangster) recruited by innocent widow Emma Cullen (Haley BennettThe Equalizer) whose husband was murdered when he stood up against corrupt gold mining company owner Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard Green Lantern) who has taken a town hostage as he takes land via violent means.

When Chisolm is convinced to take on Bogue and his men in a bid to rescue the town he puts together a group that includes gambler Josh Faraday (Chris Pratt – Guardians Of The Galaxy), burnt out Civil War veteran Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke – Good Kill), tribe hunter Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio Law & Order: Criminal Intent), knife expert Billy Rocks (Byung-hun Lee Terminator Genisys), native warrior Red Harvest (Martin SensmeirLilin’s Brood) and the wanted outlaw Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo Cake).

There are of course positives and negatives to this remake. One of the positives is getting to see Denzel Washington play yet another strong leading man, and I would be lying if I said it’s not great to see a big budget Western back on the big screen, hopefully this is a start of a lot more.

Sadly though the negatives outweigh the positives. While the film holds up its entertainment value and looks visually good the disappointing thing is that this is modern remake doesn’t offer the audience anything different to what we have been watching in this genre for the last fifty years. There’s no new tactical ways for a battle to be fought out or even any new creative ways to shoot the movie by Fuqua and his team.

The other big disappointment is the screenplay. While the film does at times raise the suspense and tension it misses other key moments that really could have made this a better film. It is really believable that a native American warrior would fight on the same team as a tribe hunter without any form of hostility or tension? Likewise there needed to be a better explanation to why Chisholm joins the fight in the first place… the explanation comes way too late in the film. Don’t even get me started on the weak CGI graves at the end of the film either.

Perhaps the biggest disappointment though is how the screenplay lets down the cast. Denzel Washington gets a chance to star in this film… the rest don’t. Chris Pratt is obviously there for comic relief (a hat that certainly doesn’t fit his character) and ends up just playing the same character he did in Guardians Of The Galaxy. The rest of the cast seem to end up playing clichés though with Manuel Garcia-Rulfo completely wasted in his role. The only other upside with the acting is with Emily Bennett who does more than enough to suggest that she can be a leading lady in the future.

The Magnificent Seven may be enough to entertain a modern audience and provide the odd bit of suspense throughout. But for seasoned fans of the Western genre the film offers nothing new and will easily be seen as a fair bit weaker than the original.

Stars(3.5)

 

 

 

Greg King:

John Sturges’ classic 1960 western The Magnificent Seven made stars out of Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and James Coburn (who all later appeared in Sturges’ epic WWII adventure The Great Escapein 1963). Sturges’ film was inspired by the Akira Kurosawa’s classic The Seven Samurai, regarded by some critics as the greatest action movie ever made. Kurosawa was inspired by the Hollywood westerns of the 50s, and, ironically, his film influenced many westerns that followed including the spaghetti westerns of the late great Sergio Leone. The 1960 film was a huge success and spawned a couple of sequels and even a short lived television series. And now we get this remake from director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Olympus Has Fallen, etc) who knows his western tropes and has in turn borrowed heavily from some the great directors of the genre, from John Ford through to Eastwood, Peckinpah and Leone.

It’s 1879. The small but peaceful farming town of Rose Creek is under threat from ruthless and greedy mining magnate Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), a robber baron who is desperate to corner the market on all mining activities in the region. Anyone who opposes him is either viciously beaten or killed, and the megalomaniacal Bogue has assembled a veritable army of mercenaries and lawless types to enforce his will. But the newly widowed Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett, from The Equalizer, Hardcore Henry, etc) wants to stop Bogue. She approaches bounty hunter Sam Chisholm (Denzel Washington) and pleads with him to help. Chisholm agrees and sets off to round up an assortment of gunslingers to make a stand in what could well be a suicide mission. (Sounds familiar? It was a key plot device of films like The Dirty Dozen and the recent Suicide Squad.)

This time around the seven he assembles are a much more racially diverse bunch. Apart from Chisholm himself there is Faraday (Chris Pratt, from Guardians Of The Galaxy and Jurassic World), a wise cracking card sharp and gunslinger; the boozy Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), a sharp shooter who is still damaged by his experiences of fighting in the Civil War; his knife wielding offsider Billy Rocks (Korean action star Byung-hun Lee); the hulking John Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio, from Full Metal Jacket, etc), a renowned and feared Indian hunter; the Texican gunman Vasquez (Mexican actor Manuel Garcia-Rulfo); and the comanche warrior Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier), who has been cast out of his tribe. This motley crew have just seven days to train the frightened townsfolk in the skills necessary to fight back against Bogue and to defend their village.

The build up to the key siege of the town is a little slow. There are several scenes of the men sitting around in a saloon and drinking and talking, and these scenes slowly tease out character details and backstories, and show the slow camaraderie that develops between them before all hell breaks loose. There is fair amount of humour here to leaven the violence.

Unlike many recent remakes that have tarnished the memories of the original film (think Ben Hur, etc), this new take on the classic The Magnificent Seven is quite good. It exploits the tropes of a traditional western in its formula. Many of the classic westerns of yesteryear explored the myth of one good man standing up to evil on the wild frontier and dispensing justice. But writers Richard Wenk (The Equalizer, etc) and Nic Pizzolatto (True Detective, etc) also effectively use the formula to explore some more contemporary themes of corporate greed, courage, loyalty, heroism, sacrifice, and even a hint of feminism that will resonate strongly with modern audiences.

As he showed with Olympus Has Fallen, Fuqua knows how to stage some exciting and spectacularly visceral action sequences. There is an early gunfight in the dusty streets of Rose Creek that is tense and well-staged, and it sets the scene for the climactic attack on the town. This rousing 30 minutes action sequence is the highlight here, a gritty and violent and superbly choreographed set piece full of gun play, carnage and pyrotechnics that doesn’t disappoint. In the original, the villainous Calveros brought just thirty bandits to attack the village; here Bogue brings a veritable army of a hundred men, plus a deadly Gatling gun, to the fray. This version of The Magnificent Seven has the highest body count of any western since The Wild Bunch.

The film looks good thanks to the widescreen cinematography of Fuqua’s regular cinematographer Mauro Fiore that captures the harsh beauty of the epic landscapes. The film also features the last soundtrack composed by the late James Horner, and the music also pays homage to Elmer Bernstein’s memorable theme music for the 1960 original.

Performances are a bit of a mixed bag. This is Washington’s third collaboration with Fuqua (following his Oscar winning turn while cast against type in Training Day and The Equalizer) and the director seems to be able to tap into the meaner side of an actor known for playing essentially decent characters with strong moral fibre. Pratt brings a jocular and easy going charisma to his role and he provides most of the comic relief. Sarsgaard comes across as the cliched bad guy with no redeeming features whatsoever, and he does all but twirl his moustache with a cliched performance as Bogue, who is filled with contempt for the poor struggling and hardworking farmers. Hawke brings some pathos and nuances to his performance as the former soldier wrestling with a form of psychological disorder following his experiences, and he is the most complex character here. Bennett’s performance as the feisty Emma reminded me a little of Hailee Steinfeld in the recent remake of True Grit.

As a genre, the western has been dead for many years despite some attempts to bring it back to life on the big screen with films like Tarantino’s superb and violent Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight, and the visually stunning The Revenant, etc. This reimagining of the classic The Magnificent Seven is a solid western, full of action, gunplay, and featuring a strong ensemble cast that should appeal to audiences.

Stars(3.5)

 

 

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

 

IMDB Rating:  The Magnificent Seven (2016) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment The Magnificent Seven Reviews: You can also listen to our The Magnificent Seven reviews on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #195.

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