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Review: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

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Director: Kenneth Branagh.

Starring: Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kenneth Branagh, Kevin Costner.

Running Time: 105 minutes.

Certificate: 12A.

Synopsis: Jack Ryan (Chris Pine), a young C.I.A. analyst, finds himself uncovering a potential terrorist attack whilst investigating a Russian plot to crash the American economy.

With nearly as many incarnations as Bond, SHADOW RECRUIT marks Jack Ryan’s fifth screen outing. But where Ian Fleming’s smooth operator works in a very knowing, tongue in cheek world, Kenneth Branagh has managed to sap any sense of fun from proceedings, delivering a film that rarely rises above a jumble of BOURNE-pinching boredom.

Introduced to Jack at University, the events of 9/11 spur him on to join the Marines. After saving two of his comrades in Afghanistan and coming to the attention of Thomas Harper (Kevin Costner purely there to push the story forward), this exemplary serviceman finds himself on a fast track to the C.I.A. Yes, this is all very impressive (well done, Jack), but it soon becomes apparent that this is an origin story without spark or originality. Continue reading

2012 Satellite Award Nominations

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Well this is a bit more fun.

Yes, all the familiar faces are here, but the Satellite nominations are peppered with some rather more exciting choices in the form of Emilie Dequenne, Samantha Barks and Eddie Redmayne. Whether this is set to be one of a small selection of nominations for the actors is yet to be seen, as is whether The International Press Academy will favour their more obscure choices over the current frontrunners. Either way, it makes an interesting read and it’s exciting to see Les Mis leading the way when there’s only just over a month to wait for us UK folk, now.

The winners will be announced on December 16th, so check out the full list of nominations below, minus all the TV stuff: Continue reading

2012 Saturn Awards – Nominees

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films has announced the nominees for this year’s Saturn Awards. Coming on the tail-end of the Oscars, they almost hold two fingers up to the Academy, nominating the sort of film that wouldn’t usually get a whiff of recognition, all leading to a rather interesting set of nominees. If the presence of Limitless, Thor and The Lincoln Lawyer doesn’t get you interested then there’s something wrong with you and check out that Best Supporting Actor category! However, I must warn you that Hugo has a vast dollop of nominations, but it’s alright when there’s so much love for Tintin and a nom for Attack The Block. Check out the full set of nominees below: Continue reading

Trailer Talk: Spidey Rebooted, Wheelchair Dancing, Doctor Who And The Apocalypse

Yes, yes, yes, I apologise again for my laptop not loving me. As I posted a while back, it gave up on me, so I haven’t been able to post anything! So I’m sorry they’re so late, but I wanted to put them up anyway! So, soldiers, spiders, Jeremy Renner, Doctor Who, crazy Nazis, wheelchairs, Osama Bin Laden and the apocalypse – let’s talk trailers. Continue reading