Category: action

REVIEW: Robin Hood (2018)

Robin Hood remains pretty much the best piece of intellectual property for feature films. It's a populist story of good versus evil. It's tried and tested through centuries of stories, songs, plays, books, cinema, television and animation. Countless artists have brought in new characters, abandoned old ones, and reworked and remixed every element of tone, ...

REVIEW: The Meg (2018)

A commercially funded science expedition sets out to the bottom of the Marianas Trench to prove whether or not a deeper section of the ocean exists. It does - and furthermore it is populated by a previously undiscovered ecosystem, included the presumed-extinct prehistoric giant shark known as megalodon. The expedition is attacked and escapes; however, ...

REVIEW: XXX: The Return of Xander Cage (2017)

"Pandora's Box", a technological device capable of seizing control of satellites and crashing them into the Earth, has been stolen. In an attempt to recover it, CIA agent Jane Marke (Toni Collette) enlists the presumed-dead former agent Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) to retrieve it. XXX was a middling 2002 action film, one followed by a middling ...

REVIEW: Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Two years after his fight against the Green Goblin, Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) struggles to balance his part-time job and university studies with his secret life as Spider-Man. Things look up when he meets the scientific genius Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina) - but then a terrible accident transforms Octavius into the deranged super-villain Dr Octopus, ...

REVIEW: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise), an ex-major in the US army's military police, is drawn back into the fold when former colleague Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders) is arrested for espionage. After investigating the incident, Reacher himself is framed for the murder of an army colonel. He and Turner break out of custody to bring down ...

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 ...