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Summary: 
The bodyguard Michael Bryce continues his friendship with assassin Darius Kincaid as they try to save Darius’ wife Sonia.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates: 10th June 2021 (Australia), 14th June 2021 (UK), 5th August 2021 (Thailand), 16th June 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: Out in all regions.

Country: USA, UK

Director: Patrick Hughes

Screenwriter: Brandon Murphy, Phillip Murphy

Cast: Michael Aston (Giuseppe), Barry Atsma (Moreno), Ivor Bagaric (Young Bryce), Antonio Banderas (Aristotle Papdopolous), Bekka Bowling (Stewardess Clare), Brian Caspe (Wlter Fiscer), Anna-Maria Everett (Elena), Morgan Freeman (Senior), Caroline Goodall (Crowley), Michael Gor (Livtin), Richard E. Grant (Seifert), Frank Grillo (Bobby O’Neil), Salma Hayek (Sonia Kincaid), Tom Hopper (Magnusson), Samuel L. Jackson (Darius Kincaid), Jonny James (Johan), Tine Joustra (Renata Casoria), Kristofer Kamiyasu (Zento), Alice McMillan (Aislo), Dragan Micanovic (Vladimir), Gary Oldman (Vladislav Dukhovic), Ryan Reynolds (Michael Bryce), Blake Ritson (Gunther), Tsuwayuki Saotome (Kurosawa), Venice Smith (Gary), Gabriella Wright (Veronika), Milos Yerolemou (Carlo)

Running Time: 100 mins

Classification: MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

OUR THE HITMAN’S WIFE’S BODYGUARD REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard Review:

I’ve noticed over the years that often one of the reasons why sequels fail is because the filmmakers behind them try to make them too different to the original. There is often a hint of ‘well the hero learnt his lesson so he is different’ or ‘we wanted to go bigger and bolder than the first film.’ The end result is often a film that the fans of the original film end up giving a thumbs down.

Luckily Australian filmmaker Patrick Hughes (Red Hill) did not have any of those notions in his head when he approached The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard. I said in my review for the original film – 2017 The Hitman’s Bodyguard – that it was a big dumb yet fun action film and that is exactly the same way that the sequel should be described.

Set a couple of years after the events of the first film legend-in-his-own-lunchbox bodyguard Michael  Bryce (Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool) finds himself de-registered as a bodyguard, something that he is having a difficult time trying to accept.

Just as a therapist talks him into taking a holiday Bryce suddenly finds himself in the middle of a blood-bath caused by the demanding and possibly psychopathic Sonia Kincaid (Salma Hayek – Dogma) who orders him to come with her and rescue her husband, notorious hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson – Pulp Fiction).

As that rescue takes place though the trio soon find themselves being roped into an Interpol investigation being headed up by Bobby O’Neil (Frank Grillo – The Grey) who believes that Aristotle Papadopolous (Antonio Banderas – The Mask Of Zorro) is about to conduct a huge terrorist attack that could potentially affect the whole of Europe.

I’ll be honest this certainly isn’t a classic nor is it a film I’ll probably ever watch again but did I have fun while I was watching it – yes!!! Screenwriter Tom O’Connor (The Courier) brings the same recipe to the table that made the first film so enjoyable. As I watched this film I found myself laughing one second and then gasping the next as O’Connor again finds the right mixture of comedy and action an brings it all the table.

His screenplay does provide good laughs for Hayek and Jackson but as I was watching the film I found myself beginning to wonder whether Ryan Reynolds will ever get the opportunity to play a character that isn’t ‘cocky’ anymore. With the trailer for Free Guy seemingly showing him play another character in this realm it really is starting to feel like he has been reduced to a one trick pony – a shame when you know that he is capable of so much more.

I would also be lying if I said there isn’t another major flaw with The Hitman’s Bodyguard’s Wife. It almost seems as if having both the characters of Aristotle Papadopolous and Vladislav Dukhovic (Gary Oldman – The Dark Knight) a bit redundant. Both characters seem pretty similar and while it is fun to watch two legendary actors having fun with their characters it does seem at times throughout the film like we are being inundated with characters that only have limited screen time, so surely melding the two in together would have been a great option.

For the most part though The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is a fun film to watch. It’s wise cracks actually did make me laugh – which rarely happens in action comedies – and the action sequences were just enough to keep an action junkie happy. Unlike many action-comedies the action here is pretty full-on with head shots galore but what else would you expect from a director that gave us the very under-rated Red Hill. If you were a fan of the first film then chances are you are going to like this one as well. The same wit and action is there to please and this time around Salma Hayek steals the show.

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

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Summary:  An agoraphobic woman living alone in New York begins spying on her new neighbors, only to witness a disturbing act of violence.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates: TBA

VOD Release Dates: 14th May 2021 (Australia), 14th May 2021 (Thailand), 14th May 2021 (UK), 14th May 2021 (USA)

Country: USA

Director: Joe Wright

Screenwriter: Tracy Letts, A.J. Finn (novel)

Cast: Amy Adams (Anna Fox), Donat Balaj (Jacob), Maria Bozeman (Olivia), Haven Burton (Shelly (voice)), Anna Cameron (Alex (voice)), Liza Colon-Zayas (Bina), Rand Guerrero (McNamara), Fred Hechinger (Ethan Russell), Bryan Tyree Henry (Detective Little), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Jane Russell 2), Tracy Letts (Dr. Landy), Anthony Mackie (Ed), Julianne Moore (Jane Russell 1 (Katie)), Gary Oldman (Alistair Russell), Wyatt Russell (David), Jeanine Serralles (Detective Norelli)

Running Time: 100 mins

Classification: MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

OUR THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ The Woman In The Window Review:

The notion that Hollywood takes an old idea and puts a modern twist on it is not new. With the recent release of director Joe Wright’s (Atonement) new film The Woman In The Window on Netflix it seemed like everybody wanted to point out that this was a story that they had all seen before.

Despite the film’s screenplay actually being based on a novel by AJ Finn the film does mirror the general storyline of Hitchcock’s classic Rear Window and its millennial remake with Shia LaBeouf Disturbia, but having said that The Woman In The Window does have enough differences to be its own film.

The film is told from the perspective of Dr Anna Fox (Amy Adams – Justice League) who is separated from her husband and child and lives suffering from agoraphobia trapped in a house with her boarder David (Wyatt Russell – Overlord) who lives in her basement.

Her life takes a turn for the worst though when she meets her new neighbours Jane Russell (Julianne Moore – Still Alice) and son Ethan (Fred Hechinger – News Of The World), both of which who mention that husband/father Alistair (Gary Oldman – The Dark Knight Rises) is a violent man.

Anna then witnesses Jane murdered in the Russell’s living room but after she reports it to the Police Alistair denies that any murder has taken place and introduces Jane to a new Jane (Jennifer Jason Leigh – Single White Female), but then things another turn when Anna finds a photo of herself sleeping inside her home.

The film relies on the idea that its audience is going to get caught up in the twists and turns of the story which rightfully should see the film become one of the top modern day psychological thrillers. But what the filmmakers don’t seem to take into account is that with similar stories told in cinema over the years that some audience members will see right through those turns. Then as the studio found out in early test screenings there are also so many twists in this film’s plot that some audience members lost track of what was happening and became confused.

As far as being an intelligent psychological thriller The Woman In The Window works but it may not be the kind of film that the average cinema goer will enjoy. Like you would expect from a Joe Wright film there is an artistic edge to the film which some may dislike but at least it isn’t as predictable as recent thrillers like Fatale and Every Breath You Take.

The stand-out of The Woman In The Wndow though are the performances of the cast. Amy Adams is brilliant in the lead role and she is well supported by Gary Oldman playing the vilified Alistair.  Another shining light is Fred Hechinger as the mysterious Ethan. Hechinger is very much the ‘rookie’ of the cast – over the past few years he has had small roles in films such as New Of The World and Eighth Grade but it is here where he really shines and never allows himself to be over-awed acting alongside some of Hollywood’s A-Listers.

The Woman In The Window is an intriguing film. It perhaps is not the best thriller to have surfaced over the past few years but it is a film that certainly will hold the attention of fans of the genre, while casual viewers may not want to see it through to the final credits. Still the film is well worth a look, especially if you are an Amy Adams fan.

The Woman In The Window is available now on Netflix.

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The Woman in the Window (2021) on IMDb

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The brand new trailer for The Woman In The Window has just been released. Directed by Joe Wright and starring Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Julianne Moore the film will be released in Australian cinemas on May 14th, 2020.

In “The Woman in the Window,” an agoraphobic child psychologist befriends a neighbour across the street from her New York City brownstone, only to see her own life turned upside down when the woman disappears and she suspects foul play. A stellar ensemble cast brings Tracy Letts’ screenplay based on the gripping, best-selling novel to life, where shocking secrets are revealed, and no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

Avengers; Age Of Ultron

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

  1. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  2. Batman v Superman (2016) – Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg
  3. Daredevil (2015) – Charlie Cox, Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson
  4. Games Of Thrones (2011) – Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke
  5. Stars Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  6. Furious Seven (2015) – Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham
  7. Fantastic Four (2015) – Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell
  8. Jurassic World (2015) – Chris Pratt, Jude Greer, Ty Simpkins, Bryce Dallas Howard
  9. The Age Of Adaline (2015) – Blake Lively, Michael Huisman, Harrison Ford, Kathy Baker
  10. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  11. Unfriended (2014) – Heather Sossaman, Matthew Bohrer, Courtney Halverson, Shelley Hennig
  12. Vikings (2013) – Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgard, Robert MacDomhnail
  13. The Flash (2014) – Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett
  14. Ex Machina (2015) – Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Sonoya Mizuno
  15. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  16. Grey’s Anatomy (2005) – Ellen Pompeo, Justin CHambers, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr.
  17. Jupiter Ascending (2015) – Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean
  18. Interstellar (2014) – Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy
  19. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015) – Kevin James, Raini Rodriguez, Eduardo Verastegui, Daniella Alonso
  20. The Water Diviner (2014) – Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko, Jai Courtney, Isabel Lucas
  21. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  22. The Longest Ride (2015) – Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Alan Alda, Jack Huston
  23. Black Mass (2015) – Johnny Depp, Dakota Johnson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juno Temple
  24. Once Upon A Time (2011) – Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parilla, Josh Dallas
  25. Child 44 (2015) – Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman

 

Daredevil

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

 

  1. Daredevil (2015) – Charlie Cox, Vincent D’Onorfrio, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson
  2. Games Of Thrones (2011) – Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke
  3. Furious Seven (2015) – Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham
  4. Avengers: Age Of Ulton (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  5. Stars Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  6. Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) – Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg
  7. The Longest Ride (2015) – Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Alan Alda, Vivien Hines
  8. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  9. The Flash (2014) – Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett
  10. Interstellar (2014) – Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy
  11. Cinderella (2015) – Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter
  12. Vikings (2013) – Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgard, Robert MacDomhnail
  13. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  14. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  15. True Detecitve (2014) – Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Potts
  16. Unfriended (2014) – Heather Sossaman, Matthew Bohrer, Courtney Halverson, Shelley Hennif
  17. Terminator Genisys (2015) – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke
  18. Insurgent (2015) – Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Theo James, Kate Winslet
  19. Daredevil (2003) – Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell, Michael Clarke Duncan
  20. Ex Machina (2015) – Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Sonoya Mizuno
  21. Ant-Man (2015) – Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Hayley Atwell, Michael Pena
  22. Jurassic World (2015) – Chris Pratt, Judy Greer, Ty Simpkins, Bryce Dallas Howard
  23. Home (2015) – Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez
  24. Better Call Saul (2015) – Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian
  25. Child 44 (2015) – Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Summary: Survivors of the simian plague trigger an all-out war between humanity and Caesar’s growing forces.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 10rd July, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Matt Reeves

Screenwriter: Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Pierre Boulle (novel)

Cast: Kirk Acevedo (Carver), Lombardo Boyar (Terry), Jason Clarke (Malcolm), Jon Eyez (Foster), Judy Greer (Cornelia), Toby Kebbell (Koba), Richard King (Stone), Karin Konoval (Maurice), Scott Lang (Luca), Enrique Murciano (Kemp), Douglas Murray (Maurice), Terry Notary (Rocket), Keir O’Donnell (Finney), Gary Oldman (Dreyfus), Kevin Rankin (McVeigh), Lee Ross (Grey), Keri Russell (Ellie), Andy Serkis (Caesar), Larramie Doc Shaw (Ash), Jocko Sims (Werner), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Alexander), Nick Thurston (Blue Eyes)

Runtime: 130 mins

Classification: M

 

OUR DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Adam Ross: You can check out Adam’s Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #87

Stars(4)

 

Greg King: You can check out Greg’s Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes review on www.filmreviews.net.au

Stars(4)

 

Nick Gardener: You can check out Nick’s Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #87

Stars(3.5)

 

David Griffiths:

When you scan over the list of blockbusters due in the cinemas in 2014 Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is probably one that most would skim over. The first film in this re-booted franchise, Rise of The Planet Of The Apes, was a good film but never seemed to quite gain the traction that its producers obviously hoped that it would. But it only takes watching Dawn of The Planet Of The Apes for a few minutes to see that there is something pretty special about this film.

Set a decade after the events of Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes Caesar (Andy Serkis) leads a group of genetically evolved apes as they have formed a colony of their own on the outskirts of the old San Francisco.

With most humans eradicated by the virus that spread right around the world the Apes now feel completly safe, but they feeling is eroded when a group of humans including Malcolm (Jason Clarke), Ellie (Keri Russell) and Alexander (Kodi Smit-McPhee) venture into the colony in a bid to restore electricity to San Francisco.

Their arrival causes the Apes to wonder about the true intentions of the human leader Dreyfus (Gary Oldman) and makes Koba (Toby Kebbell) decide that it is time to question Caesar’s authority due to his closeness to humans.

Surprisingly early on Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes seems to go against everything that Hollywood wants from a film these days. It’s been long known that American cinema audience have an aversion to subtitles yet here we are with a mega-blockbuster film that opens with discussions between a group of apes which of course have to be portrayed to the audience with only the use of subtitles. It almost seems eerie to be watching these scenes with no humans in sight, but boy as a film lover I loved it.

It almost seems like director Matt Reeves (who has brought as genre classics such as Cloverfield and Let Me In in the past) wants the audience to side with the Apes from Day One, a surprise move but one that is pulled off with absolute brilliance. The fact that it seems that the screenwriters have worked harder on giving characterisation to apes such as Caesar, Koba and Blue Eyes (Nick Thurston) rather than to any of the human characters only seems to push this point any further.

In fact that is the biggest weakness of Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, the lack of characterisation for most of the human characters. One Ape snarls at one point “humans are all the same, how can you tell them apart?” and sadly that is also the case when it comes to the audience trying to separate the human characters portrayed in the film. Some work has been done giving the character of Malcolm some characterisation, he’s caring and lost his wife amid the mayhem a decade earlier but that is about all the audience is told. His son, Alexander and girlfriend Ellie and treated in the same way by the screenplay while Gary Oldman’s Dreyfus almost becomes your stereotypical clichéd bad guy.

As a film Dawn Of The Planet OF The Apes works best when the relationships between the Apes and Humans is first beginning and then tested. This brings an element of suspense and drama to the film and that point the film remains a ‘thinking persons’ film, but that quickly evaporates when the guns come out and the last quarter of this film becomes dangerously close to becoming just another shoot-at-each-other action film. It even has its own sky-high battle on a building site which almost seems to be mandatory in the modern day action film. To be honest it almost feels like this is a film that has been directed in two parts.

Still the early parts of this film is what makes the film so memorable and it also becomes a visual delight for any film fan that likes good CGI. For the most part Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is a visual delight, the Apes themselves look eerily realistic, as does their colony, although it does seem like some dodgy last minute CGI work was done especially in some scenes that involve the Apes swinging on the remains of the Golden Gate Bridge. Still that is a very little gripe to have when you consider how good other parts of this look – it seems to even go a step further than anything even Peter Jackson has even done.

This is a film where CGI is the big winner. Often CGI generated characters are hard for the audience to develop feelings for, but here it seems that the audience ends up loving Caesar and co but struggling to identify with some dangerously underwritten human characters. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes does have some weak moments but for the most part it keeps afloat the tradition of most of 2014’s blockbusters being fairly decent films.

Stars(4)

 

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

 

IMDB Rating:  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes′: For our full Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #87. You can also read Dave Griffiths’ Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

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Robocop Poster

Summary: In a crime-ridden city, a fatally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg with submerged memories haunting him.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 6th February, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Jose Padiha

Screenwriter: Joshua Zetumer, Michael Miner (1987 version), Edward Neumeier (1987 version)

Cast: Philip Akin (Dr. Alan), Jay Baruchel (Tom Pope), K.C. Collins (Andre Daniels), Matt Cook (General Monroe), Abbie Cornish (Clara Murphy), Wayne Downer (Marcus), Jennifer Ehle (Liz Kline), Aimee Garcia (Jae Kim), Patrick Garrow (Antoine Vallon), Maura Grierson (Kelly), Zack Grenier (Senator Hubert Dreyfuss), Noorin Gulamgaus (Navid), Jackie Earle Haley (Rick Mattox), Samuel L. Jackson (Pat Novak), Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Chief Karen Dean), Jordan Johnson-Hinds (Jerry White), Daniel Kash (John Lake), Michael Keaton (Raymond Sellars), Joel Kinnaman (Alex Murphy/RoboCop), Dwayne McLean (Thomas King), Meysam Motazedi (Arash), Marjan Neshat (Sayeh), Gary Oldman (Dr. Dennett Norton), John Paul Ruttan (David Murphy), Evan Stern (Walter Karrel), Robert Thomas (John Biggs), Douglas Urbanski (Mayor Durant), Michael K. Williams (Jack Lewis)

Runtime: 117 mins

Classification:M

OUR ROBOCOP REVIEWS & RATINGS

Adam Ross: Stars(3)

Please check Adam’s RoboCop review of that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #67

Greg King: Stars(3)

Please check Greg’s RoboCop review of that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #67

David Griffiths:

The curse of the remake finally hits the classic RoboCop and while the end result isn’t exactly the absolute dog of a film that many people expected it is certainly very different to what you imagine director Jose Padiha had in mind when he took this project on. While Padiha might have made some pretty decent action films in his time here he finds himself well and truly blocked by a studio that were hellbent on making a PG rated film.

Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) is a righteous cop in the 2028 version of Detroit City that is now completely over run by criminals and violence. To make it worse it now seems that corruption is also now running rife in the Police Department as well. Just how corrupt that department is becomes painfully obvious when local gangster Antoine Vallon (Patrick Garrow) is able to get two Police Officers to blow up Murphy’s car critically wounding him.

The news couldn’t be merrier for business Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton) who has been looking for a cop in this position so that he can sell the idea of having robotic cops to the American people and the Senate. While initially Murphy’s wife, Clara (Abbie Cornish) and son, David (John Paul Ruttan) think it is great that the technology designed by Dr. Dennett Norton (Gary Oldman) can bring their husband/father back to them, that all changes when the ulterior motives come to the surface and it is becoming more obvious that RoboCop is an experiment that could easily spiral out of control.

The behind the scenes battle between studio and director really seem to have affected RoboCop as a film. First of all aiming to get a PG rating for this film is completely ridiculous. The film aims to tell a story in a violent city where violence is a key to the main themes at hand, yes this needed to be a film in the vein of the remake of Dredd yet instead we end up with a ham-fisted PG rated action film that will only disappoint fans of the original.

The film itself does have its moment, at times it brings out some suspense but then at other times, including the disappointing ending, the film turns to Hollywood clichés that sadly let it down. Then there is the whole Novak storyline. Sure the idea of having snippets, interviews and footage from a fictitious television show fronted by the Andrew Bolt inspired Pat Novak (Samuel L. Jackson) may have seemed a good idea on paper but when it comes to the screen the idea at times becomes annoying and seems to be a lazy screenwriting tool for bringing out the film’s agenda on drone strikes etc.

What saves this film however is the screenplay’s handle on characterisation. The character of Alex Murphy is an interesting character and watching him battle to save his humanity is one of the highlights of the film. Again the characterisation of Dr. Dennett Norton is also a highlight and watching the inner turmoil his character goes through provides the elements of suspense that this film lacks during some of its action sequences.

Like the rest of RoboCop the acting performances of the cast are also up and down. Gary Oldman overcomes a fairly lacklustre beginning to really hit his strides when his character faces some inner turmoil. Likewise Michael Keaton delivers when the script provides him with some good dialogue but then seems to flounder when his lines and actions become a terrible cliché. The great Samuel L. Jackson just seems to glide through his role while Abbie Cornish really should have been given a much stronger role. The big casting problem however is Joel Kinnaman who just doesn’t have the acting range to pull off a role that requires both action and drama. Most of the time he just seems to spend his time in RoboCop looking like a second rate Michael Shannon.

RoboCop ends up being one of those forgettable action flicks that you see at the cinema once, talk to your mates about and then never bother with again. Let’s hope that some of the other remakes that are due to hit our screens this year are a little bit better than this one.

Stars(2.5) 

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3)

IMDB Rating:  RoboCop (2014) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘RoboCop′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #67 for our full RoboCop review.

Trailer:

Robocop Poster

The second trailer for ‘RoboCop’ (in cinemas Feb 6th, 2014) has just been released by Sony Pictures.

In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the centre of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years – and it’s meant billions for OmniCorp’s bottom line. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) –  a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit – is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine pursuing justice.

Cast: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Jay Baruchel, Abbie Cornish

Genre:  Action

Director: José Padilha

 

Gary Oldman

The boys from ‘The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show’ take a look at the best and worst Gary Oldman films.

 

ADAM ROSS’ LIST

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

BEST

  • Sid & Nancy
  • State Of Grace
  • JFK
  • Dracula
  • True Romance
  • Leon: The Professional
  • Murder In The First
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • Lawless

WORST

  • The Fifth Element
  • Air Force One
  • Hannibal
  • Backwards

 

DAVID GRIFFITHS’ LIST

 

Harry Potter & The Order Of The PhoenixBEST

  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
  • Harry Potter & The Order Of The Phoenix
  • The Dark Knight
  • The Book Of Eli
  • Sid And Nancy

SURPRISINGLY GOOD

  • The Unborn
  • Planet 51

OVERRATED

  • Air Force One

WORST

  • Red Riding Hood
  • Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Lost In Space
  • Paranoia
  • Hannibal

NICK GARDENER’S LIST

Rosencrantz

BEST

  • Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
  • JFK
  • Romeo Is Bleeding
  • Air Force One
  • The Dark Knight
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
  • Harry Potter Franchise
  • Sid And Nancy

WORST

  • Lost In Space
  • The Fifth Element

 

GREG KING’S LIST

Leon

BEST

  • Sid And Nancy
  • Leon: The Professional
  • Air Force One
  • The Dark Knight
  • Lawless
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
  • Nil By Mouth

WORST

  • The Fifth Element
  • Lost In Space
  • Red Riding Hood
  • The Unborn

 

The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

The boys from ‘The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show’ take a look at the best films performances when an actor has gone against type.

NICK GARDENER’S LIST

Jim Carrey Eternal

  • Morgan Freeman – ‘Now You See Me’
  • Morgan Freeman – ‘Nurse Betty’
  • Jennifer Aniston – ‘Horrible Bosses
  • Jennifer Aniston – ‘We’re The Millers
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – ‘Django Unchained
  • Don Johnson – ‘Django Unchained
  • Vanessa Hudgens – ‘Spring Breakers’
  • Charlize Theron – ‘Monster’
  • Kisten Dunst – ‘Melancholia’
  • Cameron Diaz – ‘Being John Malkovich
  • John Wayne – ‘The Conqueror’
  • Robin Williams – ‘One Hour Photo’
  • Robert De Niro – ‘Meet The Parents’
  • Christopher Walken – ‘Hairspray’
  • Tom Cruise – ‘Collateral’
  • James Stewart – ‘Vertigo’
  • Michael Keaton – ‘Desperate Measures’
  • Jim Carrey – ‘Kick-Ass 2’
  • Jim Carrey – ‘Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind’
  • Jim Carrey – ‘The Truman Show’
  • Vince Vaughn – ‘Domestic Disturbance’
  • Adam Sandler – ‘Punch Drunk Love’

 

ADAM ROSS’ LIST

Tom Crusie Interview With

  • Ben Kingsley – ‘Sexy Beast’
  • Edward Norton – ‘American History X’
  • Jack Nicholson – ‘About Schmidt’
  • Sean Penn – ‘Milk’
  • Michael Douglas – ‘Behind The Candelabra’
  • Charlize Theron – ‘Monster’
  • Harrison Ford – ‘What Lies Beneath’
  • Tom Cruise – ‘Tropic Thunder’
  • Tom Cruise – ‘Interview With The Vampire’
  • Jim Carrey – ‘The Truman Show’
  • Jim Carrey – ‘Kick-Ass 2’
  • Robin Williams – ‘One Hour Photo’
  • Robin Williams – ‘Insomnia’
  • John Travolta – ‘Pulp Fiction’
  • Russell Crowe – ‘A Beautiful Mind’
  • Pierce Brosnan – ‘The Matador’
  • Halle Berry – ‘Cloud Atlas’
  • Hugh Grant – ‘Cloud Atlas’
  • Tom Hanks – ‘Cloud Atlas’
  • Hugo Weaving – ‘Cloud Atlas’
  • Nicole Kidman – ‘To Die For’

GREG KING’S LIST

Henry Fonda

  • Morgan Freeman – ‘Hard Rain
  • Vince Vaughm – ‘Psycho’
  • Gary Oldman – ‘Prick Up Your Ears’
  • Gregory Peck – ‘The Big Country’
  • Gregory Peck – ‘The Boys From Brazil’
  • Gregory Peck – ‘The Omen’
  • Steve Carell – ‘The Way Way Back’
  • Ashton Kutcher – ‘Jobs’
  • David Koencher – ‘Cheap Thrills’
  • John Travolta – ‘The Punisher’
  • John Travolta – ‘Broken Arrow’
  • Nicole Kidman – ‘The Paperboy’
  • Nicole Kidman – ‘Stoker’
  • Michael Keaton – ‘Batman’
  • Henry Fonda – ‘Once Upon A Time In The West’
  • Frank McMurray – ‘Double Indemnity’
  • Frank McMurray – ‘The Apartment’
  • Elijah Wood – ‘Maniac’
  • Elijah Wood – ‘Sin City’
  • Jack Palance – ‘City Slickers’
  • Michael Cera – ‘Youth In Revolt’
  • Brad Pitt – ‘Inglorious Basterds’
  • Ernest Borgnine – ‘Marty’
  • Albert Brooks – ‘Drive’
  • Matthew McConaughey – ‘Killer Joe’

 

DAVID GRIFFITHS’ LIST

Leonardo DiCaprio Django Unchained

  • Steve Carell – ‘The Way Way Back’
  • Jim Carrey – ‘Man On The Moon’
  • Henry Fonda – ‘Once Upon A Time In The West’
  • Robin Williams – ‘Insomnia’
  • Robin Williams – ‘One Hour Photo’
  • Bill Murray – ‘Get Low’
  • John Stamos – ‘Captive’
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – ‘Django Unchained’
  • Ewan McGregor – ‘Moulin Rouge!’
  • Russell Crowe – ‘Les Miserables’
  • Michael Cera – ‘This Is The End’
  • Ben Affleck – ‘Jay + Silent Bob Strike Back’
  • Matt Damon – ‘Jay + Silent Bob Strike Back’
  • Melissa Gilbert – ‘Ice House’
  • Matthew McConaughey – ‘Mud’
  • Matthew McConaughey – ‘Magic Mike’
  • Matthew McConaughey – ‘Bernie’
  • Tom Cruise – ‘Rock Of Ages’
  • Tom Cruise – ‘Tropic Thunder’
  • Seth Rogen – ‘Take This Waltz’
  • Heath Ledger – ‘The Dark Knight
  • Liam Neeson – ‘Batman Begins’
  • Robert De Niro ‘Stardust’