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Review: World War Z (2013)

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***THIS REVIEW WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED OVER AT THE HOLLYWOOD NEWS, HERE, ON JUNE 20TH, 2013***

Director: Marc Forster.

Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Ludi Boeken, Fana Mokoena, Pierfrancesco Favino, Ruth Negga, Peter Capaldi, Moritz Bleibtreu, Abigail Hargrove, Sterling Jerins, David Morse.

Running Time: 116 minutes.

Certificate: 15.

SynopsisUnited Nations employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is at the forefront of a race against time to stop a zombie pandemic that is toppling armies, governments and threatening to destroy humanity itself.

Attempting to breathe new life into the zombie realm with his adaptation of Max Brooks’ 2006 book, Marc Forster has directed a relatively fun ride that will struggle to appease fans of the supernatural due to a steadfast commitment to family values and blatant lack of gore.

Strongest when itching towards 28 DAYS LATER territory in its far quieter final third, WORLD WAR Z spends most of its time floating somewhere between disaster movie and family drama. Hopping from continent to continent may not leave us dizzy, but events never reach tangible levels of worldwide panic when personal elements cause such an infuriating distraction. A Muse-assisted opening montage sets things off on a realistic path, but it’s soon undermined by a reliance on big budget CGI. Up close and personal zombie encounters are haunting due to their authenticity, but the choice to amp up the effects stakes often adds a B-movie feel that is hard to take seriously. Continue reading

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Review: Iron Man 3 (2013)

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***THIS REVIEW WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED HERE FOR THE HOLLYWOOD NEWS ON APRIL 24TH, 2013***

Director: Shane Black.

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Don Cheadle, Rebecca Hall, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Ty Simpkins, Jon Favreau, William Sadler, Stephanie Szostak, Paul Bettany (voice).

Running Time: 130 minutes.

Certificate: 12A.

SynopsisWhen Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) finds his world challenged by a terrorist simply known as the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), he embarks on a mission to protect those he loves, no matter the cost.

After Joss Whedon set the Marvel bar to dizzy, Asgardian heights, Shane Black’s first venture into the superhero realm was always primed for comparison. With the director’s second feature with Robert Downey Jr. to be viewed as the fourth part of Tony Stark’s metallic journey and a direct response to how, “Nothing’s been the same since New York,” many will feel it suffers for not necessarily belonging to the IRON MAN canon. But the decision to honour its central story instead of competing with its bigger, brassier AVENGERS predecessor makes it a surprisingly personal tale about the testing of our favourite mechanic’s mettle. Continue reading

Flight: Knitting, Sick Bags And Piers Morgan – The Questions I Really Want Answered

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Have Your Cinema Provided Chairs With Sick Bags And Oxygen Masks?
If not, well, you’ll probably wish they had. With the events of the plane crash almost unbearably intense, Zemeckis ensures you feel every bump, bone crack and jolt of turbulence along with those in the fuselage. It’s safe to say this is one film that will be left off the inflight entertainment list for the foreseeable future.

What’s With The Music, Bob?
Whether it’s jangly elevator music or soft rock while Reilly shoots up, the hilariously clichéd cues are either Zemeckis having a tongue in cheek pop at addiction or quite clearly admitting on celluloid that he has never listened to any Red Hot Chili Peppers lyrics before. Continue reading