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Skyfall
Skyfall (2012)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

After Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace's good use of gritty realism that put Bond on a par with the Jason Bourne series, Skyfall is a sad disappointment. Reverting back (why!!) to the lighter hearted, poorly scripted days of old, it mashes together some completely random, albeit stunningly beautiful scenes, that hide a poorly conceived and painfully boring, standard revenge plot. It's made all the more insufferable by the fact that it took three people (or do I mean stooges) to come up with its tedious storyline.
There are some excellent action scenes to keep attentions from wandering too far, but the whole film has a reek of the cringeworthy nonsense that involved the queen at the Olympic games. Like that ill-conceived foolishness, Skyfall is equally farfetched and appeals generally to foreign audiences who want to see snapshots of Brits being British, rather than follow an engaging story.

SPOILER ALERT!!!!!

Not only do we have to deal with this tilt of the hat to days of Bond gone by, but there's also the totally unnecessary reintroduction of Q and Moneypenny in over the top campy stereotypes, the relocation of the base of operations from the MI6 building to the more traditional interior ministry, and even the rehashing of the Goldeneye storyline, made personal by Javier Bardem's rogue agent.

I give the film three stars because amongst this stinking pile of self satisfied garbage there are some stunning backdrops, engaging action sequences and also a visionary use of camera and lighting to create some masterful, captivating imagery.

Prince of Darkness
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Beware the green goo! No really.
Even in 1987 people were underwhelmed by the basic premise and delivery of what turns out to be some bastardised version of the Thing and Assault on Precinct 13 rolled into one.
From the get go scientific ponderings and vague references to theories of particle physics are dipped into a sauce of pseudo religious texts, with the idea of lending the film some apocalyptic forewarning; think Mayans and 2012.. then forget it just as quickly. This serves to generate the 'What if' factor that the film relies heavily upon to build up to its frustrating anticlimax.
Despite some great characters -hell, Peter Jason can play the same character in every (John Carpenter) film he's in and he's still fantastic- the film suffers from a distinct lack of direction. And when it does start to gather pace it falls back on traditional monsters, demons and scary homeless people (they don't wash!) to try hold the audience's attention.
John Carpenter should try acting as he can play hero and villain equally well. Unfortunately it's always in respect to the films that he puts out.

The Sweeney
The Sweeney (2013)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Pretty dull affair that tries to recapture elements of the classic 80s shoot 'em up/cop film, but fails miserably. Not only is the plot completely unbelievable, but it's boring as hell too.
The characters are plastic and unlikeable, the acting is wooden and the casting director must have owed some agents a favour, as there are far too many people who look at out of place in their roles.
After reading an interview with the director and cast I had high hopes for this film of the popular series, but I think it took less than five minutes to realise their combined enthusiasm was hiding an absolute stinker.
Some credit to the cinematographry and colouring, which makes bland footage look interesting, but even that is overly 'Twilight blue' - that's the colour you bleach a film with to make it look more expensive than it is, popularised by some piss poor teen film about staring.
Avoid and forget.

Headhunters
Headhunters (2012)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Definitely not what you're expecting!
A superbly layered film, whose many pieces all fall nicely into place as the impending finale rolls, dives and blasts its way on to the screen. The entire film sets up for a showdown reminiscent of the Usual Suspects, where allegiances are not what they seem and the fine lines between the good and the bad blur into a splendidly muddy pool of ambiguity.
There isn't much not to like about Headhunters. The look, the execution, the acting; all a joy to watch. If I'm being picky, which I like to be, there is a lens flare mid way through the film that flashes across the screen. It is supposed to be from a car's oncoming headlights, but it's actually from the camera lens. It's not a major concern but it did take me outside the film's events for a second.
The film's strongest element is its story. The sheer weight of the plot alone grips the viewer and compels them to second guess each action and motive behind it. The risk is that an over active imagination gets way ahead of where the film's going, but fear not, the variables remain in play right up to the film's final minute.
Aksel Hennie's performance is going to have me looking through his back catalogue. What a mesmerising actor! He reminds me of Russel Crowe in Romper Stomper or Christian Bale in American Psycho or even Richard Attenborough in Brighton Rock. I'll be contacting him with a part tailor made for him as soon as I can.
I'd watch this again with other people just to watch their reaction as the twisting narrative unfolds before them.

Taken 2
Taken 2 (2012)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Taken 2 or RE-Taken. If the writer can't be bothered to change the first script why should I bother writing a second review? Read my review of Taken if you want to know what to expect.