Category: action

REVIEW: Mission: Impossible (1996)

With Mission: Impossible Fallout hitting cinemas today, it really is worth taking a step back and acknowledging just how long the franchise has been running. The first Mission: Impossible film was released back in 1996. It's twenty-two years old. It strikes me as one of Hollywood's slower movie franchises. There has been an average of four-and-a-half years between films. James Bond, ...

REVIEW: Mission: Impossible Fallout (2018)

Whatever you think of Tom Cruise, you cannot fault his dedication to making entertaining cinema. In his long-running Mission: Impossible movie franchise, here hitting its sixth instalment in 22 years, he has consistently attempted to raise the stakes each time with hair-raising stunts, chases and action set pieces - more often than not with his personal safety ...

REVIEW: The Sea Hawk (1940)

If you wanted Hollywood action in the 1930s or 1940s, your absolute best bet was director Michael Curtiz. He had already directed numerous feature films before 1935, but it was that year that he took an extra named Errol Flynn and cast him as the leading man in the swashbuckler Captain Blood: a huge commercial hit ...

REVIEW: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

Three years after the closure of the Jurassic World theme park, the dinosaurs of Isla Nublar come under threat from an imminent volcanic eruption. With the American government refusing to act, former park manager Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) and velociraptor trainer Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) join a private rescue mission to save as many ...

REVIEW: Jurassic World (2015)

Decades after the original Jurassic Park failed before opening, new owners have been operating the hugely successful Jurassic World theme park for many years. When a secret military project on the park island fails, a genetically engineered dinosaur breaks free on a rampage and threatens the lives of all guests and staff on the island. ...

REVIEW: Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

In London's prestigious Brompton Academy, new student John Watson (Alan Cox) meets the eccentric but brilliant classmate Sherlock Holmes (Nicholas Rowe). When they discover a string of mysterious deaths - including the suicide of Holmes' mentor Rupert Waxflatter - they launch their own investigation. Before long they are neck-deep in chases, sword fights and intrigue ...

REVIEW: Deadpool 2 (2018)

Two years after he first appeared to skewer 20th Century Fox's popular X-Men franchise, the so-called 'merc with a mouth' Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) returns in a surprisingly great sequel. Back in 2016 I was not entirely taken with Deadpool's scattershot and juvenile approach to humour, or it's fairly weak story sense, but Deadpool 2 is an improvement in every regard. ...