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Having had this recommended to me by a friend, and having seen the first one, I was quite hopeful when I put the disc into the DVD player. Unfortunately, 84 minutes later I was looking for my friends’ number to tell him never to recommend a film to me again! I think you can guess I was not impressed with what I saw.
Walter Weed an ageing government analyst has had a hit put out on him. Several assassins have been invited to try and kill him on a specific date and at a very specific time. The FBI reacts quickly and moves him into a secure location in a bunker under a Jazz club in Chicago. The assassins, however, seem to have been appraised of his location and move in for the kill. It’s every man, and woman, for himself and so there is no team play as they move in for the kill. With time running out, will any of them make it to the prize and collect the three million dollars on offer? I’ll leave my short summary here.
Apart from Tom Berenger as Walter Weed, none of the rest of the cast put in a decent performance. Maybe not entirely their fault because the script didn’t really give them much to play with. The plot, as an idea, was quite clever, but if it had been made as a spy thriller instead of a stupid gun-fest I suspect it would have worked a lot better. I feel sorry that Tom Berenger has had to stoop so low, he deserves better material than this. Over all, really not recommended.
My score: 5.1/10
Director: Marco Van Belle
Running time: 10 mins (approx)
Certificate (UK): N/A
Watched via Internet Saturday 15th May 2010.
PLEASE NOTE: POSSIBLE SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW.
I saw the trailer for this short film a few weeks ago and was quite intrigued. A man who can help you find the perfect gift is not something to be taken lightly. And with the added weight of someone like Brian Blessed in the cast, well I just had to see it.
A woman, carrying a package, enters the establishment if Mr Bojagi. He is up a ladder checking items on a very high shelf. He comes down and motions that the woman puts her package in a box marked ‘Returns’. He tells her that in order for him to find the perfect gift, he must see the recipient, her granddaughter, as she does. To facilitate this he puts the woman into a kind of mind reading device and asks her a series of questions. As he asks each question an image of the granddaughter appears on a screen. Does she like what Mr Bojagi has to say? Does she find the perfect gift? Well, in the interests of discretion, I won’t say right now, but there’s a link on the official site where you can watch for yourselves. It’s only there for a few days, so don’t miss out!
This is a very nice short film, only ten minutes, very well made and nice performances from both Brian Blessed as Mr Bojagi and Hildegarde Neil as The Woman. I liked the story, it’s well written and tells us something about ourselves and our attitude towards choosing presents for friends and loved ones. Very enjoyable to watch (I saw it twice) and highly recommended.
My score: 8.3/10
Official Stie: http://www.mrbojagi.com/
Film Review: STAR RUNNERS (2009)
Director: Mat King
Running time: 88 mins (approx)
Certificate (UK): 15
UK Release Date: 13th June 2009
Watched on Sky+ Sunday 2nd May 2010.
PLEASE NOTE: POSSIBLE SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW.
This is one of those ‘made for TV’ Sci-Fi movies that are made on a tiny budget, and it really shows. It’s mostly shot in a quarry and, like most films shot in a quarry, it has to rely on a decent script to carry it off. Unfortunately, this film doesn’t have one of those either. But I digress; let me tell you something of the plot before I really rip into it.
Two smugglers, Tycho ‘Ty’ Johns and Lei Chen are captured by the government and blackmailed into collecting a crate from a distant space station. They arrive and locate the crate only to find their ship is being watched by some rebels. They open the crate and find a young woman, Asta, inside. Booking a flight on a commercial transport, the three make their escape. They soon find they are being followed and, after the pilot is killed, make a dangerous jump into hyperspace. They emerge in an uncharted region of space and crash-land on an unknown planet. The survivors make for a man-made structure. They search it and find they are not alone, there are eight foot bugs living there with a taste for blood. The rebels soon follow; they are very keen to get their hands on Asta. As time goes on we discover more about Asta and why she is so special. So special indeed that military ships also arrive to retrieve her. Just on the off-chance that someone might want to see this, I’ll end my summary here, so as not to give the ending away.
To be honest I really didn’t care for this very much. Don’t get me wrong, I like Sci-Fi a lot, but decent Sci-Fi, not this pulp. The story was too predictable, the dialogue was diabolical and the effects were pretty poor. The one thing in its favour was the acting wasn’t too bad, but how they brought themselves to deliver some of those lines is beyond me. So, honourable mentions go to Connor Trinneer as Tycho ‘Ty’ Johns (you may know him better as Charles ‘Trip’ Tucker from TV’s ‘Enterprise'), James Kyson-Lee as Lei Chen (again, you may know him better as Ando Masahashi from TV’s ‘Heroes'), Toni Trucks as Asta and Aja Evans as Jenessa.
Over all it’s a pretty poor TV movie shot in a quarry that doesn’t hit the mark. There’s some acceptable acting but that’s about all I can say about it. Definitely NOT recommended.
My score: 3.6/10