James Bond: Skyfall

James Bond: Skyfall. Bond’s biggest opening weekend ever – and if you’ve seen it, you’ll understand why.
★★★★★

So I have managed to sneak out and catch Bond as it was a film I just couldnt bare to miss and for good reason, with Bond coming back with more enjoyment than I thought it could manage. What a way to signify the milestone Bond has reached, from the opening scenes in Istanbul to the final moments of Skyfall, Daniel Craig manages to become the Bond I had always hoped he would and so much more. With good locations, a good villain, some very good acting, some even better action and fantastic writing, this Bond film can definitely be put down as one of the best yet – some may even say the best in the history of all Bonds…

Image from: James Bond: Skyfall, (2012), [ONLINE]. Available here

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Repo Men (2010)

Repo Men: Jude Law and Forest Whitaker go on the hunt for organs…
★★★★


I feel like it’s turned into an Action/Sci-Fi type week over here – In Time, Looper and now Repo Men reviews. I was just in that sort of mood, I guess. I like these, maybe a little too much 😮

When it comes to actors I really enjoy watching, both Jude Law and Forest Whitaker would be placed somewhere near to the top and for that reason, as well as the intriguing storyline of Repo Men is what initially enticed me to catch this speculative Sci-Fi film, and neither failed in impressing me again. Once the characters are established, Repo Men manages to provide a satisfying and enjoyable ride full of action that tells an intriguing story of morality where Law & Whitaker repossess artificial organs from those who can no longer keep up with their payments in a violent and often humorous manner that keeps you hooked from start to finish. There is more to this film than what’s on the surface though, and taking a minute to think about the ending and what the film is trying to say about Remy (Jude Law) makes this a respectable film that I personally enjoyed quite a lot.

Image from: Repo Men, (2010), [ONLINE]. Available here

Safe

Safe: Typical hard hitting Statham action film
★★★½

To summarise, Jason Statham plays Luke, an ex cage fighter turned super man on a mission to help save Mei, a young Chinese girl who is on the run from your typical bad– there is the corrupt police, the Triads and the Russian mafia. The basics of the plot are simple and it is indeed your typical Statham film in every sense – its hard hitting with high-octane action and unbelievable stunts that could never be achieved in real life, but that’s all part of the fun; I mean, who would want to see our action hero walk away with any form of injurywhen he launches himself out of a building window? It’s filmed at a good pace with quality camera work and a surprisingly solid script, and although the plot is typically predictable, Safe manages to provide some enjoyable dialogue and a slick sequence of scenes that gives us Statham at his best.

James Bond – 22 Film Collection [Blu-ray]

James Bond: The Biggest collection of Bond, all on glorius Blu-ray
★★★★★

I’ll start by saying that this is my first ever Bond collection, having owned just two Bond films on DVD (I feel ashamed in that fact) so this was always going to be a fantastic collection for me and for just over £3.50 a film, it was a bargain. It includes 22 films covered in Blu-ray goodness, nine of which have never been released on Blu-ray, each coming with a nice set of extras that shouldn’t be missed – it looks beautiful, it sounds beautiful, it is beautiful. Bond is Bond and there isn’t much more one can say that hasn’t already been said, but the stunning way in which this is packed and the massive amounts of extras makes this a must have for Bond fans in need of a collection box – now one must wait for Skyfall by watching Bond back to back – I can’t wait.

Image from: James Bond, (2012), [ONLINE]. Available here

The Sweeney (2012)

The Sweeney: Action equals enjoyment, right?
★★½

The Sweeney comes with the tagline ‘act like a criminal to catch a criminal’ and frankly, that probably does well to sum up the film as Ray Winstone plays Jack Regan in this modern take on Sweeney that features plenty of action sequences with bullets flying around and the odd funny line, along with its share of car chases too. It does, however, lack any form of a decent plot or character development, but I suppose this is about action, not plot – I mean, who cares about plot and character development when there is a gun fight in the middle of London, an enjoyable car chase and Ray Winstone chasing justice in a new take on Sweeney? Me actually, it meant that the plot lacked in suspense and enjoyment and I was left feeling very little for those involved, but that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy some of the action.

Image from: The Sweeney, (2012), [ONLINE]. Available here

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games never quite lives up to the books brutality or detail no thanks to the 12A rating.

The Hunger Games is set in a beautiful dystopian future and tells the story of survival, courage and love – a tale that is tough, exciting and serious, but less intense and violent than initially hoped/expected, no thanks to the 12A rating it was given. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) lives in District 12 and hunts squirrels to stay alive whilst hoping she is not one of the two names called from her district to go to the 74th annual Hunger Games; a televised tournament where 24 young teenagers from 12 districts battle it out for the vibrantly coloured, powerful and wealthy class’s amusement, where the last person standing wins – inevitably, we see Katniss Everdeen ‘battling’ it out in the Hunger Games and so it all begins. Director Gary Ross does well to create some anxious scenes and the screenplay is generally great throughout, delivering an exciting but moderate production that fails to capture or detail many of the characters, traits and relationships which when coupled with a reduced intensity and brutality that the book gave, the film fails to reach its maximum potential.

Image from: The Hunger Games, (2012), [ONLINE]. Available at: http://hungergamesmovie.org/images/katniss-fireballs-hunger-games.jpg.