All posts by Grant Watson

Grant Watson is an Australian film critic and writer. He lives in Melbourne.

“It is not too late to undo this madness” | Masters of the Universe (1987)

In 2007 Paramount Pictures released Transformers, a glossy big-budget science fiction film based on a range of action figures. It was a massive commercial hit, grossing more than US$700 million theatrically and inspiring an entire franchise with four sequels to date and a total worldwide theatrical gross of US$4.4 billion. Transformers was, of course, not ...

REVIEW: The Void (2016)

Police deputy Daniel Carter (Aaron Poole) finds a young man covered in blood on the side of the road. He takes him to the nearest rural hospital, which is immediately surrounded by masked cultists. Breaking through the cult is a father and son bearing weapons and murderous intent. Meanwhile in the bowels of the hospital ...

REVIEW: Deep Rising (1998)

Freelance captain Finnegan (Treat Williams) accepts a contract to take a group of mercenaries across the South China Sea to an undisclosed location, not realising that he is aiding the group in a heist aboard a massive luxury cruise liner. When they arrive at the liner, however, they find it deserted with signs of a ...

REVIEW: Enemy at the Gates (2001)

During the Battle of Stalingrad, young Russian soldier Vasily Zaytsev (Jude Law) demonstrates a gift for sharp-shooting. He soon becomes the Russian army's most effective sniper, with his exploits exaggerated and publicised by political commissar Danilov (Joseph Fiennes). When Zaytsev's success grows too much for German command, they bring in crack marksman and sniping instructor ...

REVIEW: It (2017)

In the small American town of Derry, a young boy named Georgie Denbrough (Jackson Robert Scott) is dragged into a storm drain by a mysterious creature that introduces itself as "Pennywise the Dancing Clown". His disappearance reveals a long, horrifying history of similar disappearances and mass tragedies in Derry, and leads his older brother Bill ...

REVIEW: The Hateful Eight (2015)

In post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunter John "The Hangman" Ruth (Kurt Russell) rides a coach towards the town of Red Rock, where he intends to deposit his prisoner Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) with the local sheriff in return for a handsome bounty. On the road he picks up both another bounty hunter (Samuel L. ...

REVIEW: The Mummy Returns (2001)

Seven years after defeating the mummy Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo), Rick (Brendan Fraser) and Evelyn O'Connell (Rachel Weisz) are dragged back into the action when forces working to resurrect Imhotep kidnap their six year-old son and take him to Egypt. Hot in pursuit, Rick and Evelyn race to prevent Imhotep and his servants from reviving the ...

REVIEW: The Shallows (2016)

Medical student Nancy Adams (Blake Lively) takes a sabbatical from her studies after the death of her mother. She travels to Mexico, seeking the isolated beach where her mother went after discovering she was pregnant with Nancy. Once on the water, however, Nancy is attacked by a fiercely aggressive great white shark and finds herself ...

REVIEW: Licence to Kill (1989)

When CIA agent Felix Leiter (David Hedison) is brutally tortured and his wife murdered, his British counterpart James Bond (Timothy Dalton) sets out on a mission of revenge. Cut off from British intelligence and on the run, he single-handedly works to bring down and assassinate the central American crime boss Frank Sanchez (Robert Davi). When ...

REVIEW: Free and Easy (2016)

A door-to-door salesman walks into a small Chinese town, offering magical soap for anyone willing to sniff it. A local monk wanders down looking for donations, only he is not what he appears to be. Two police officers try to solve a crime without any clues. A forest ranger has a meltdown after someone cuts ...