The Beekeeper (2024) Review

The Beekeeper (2024) Review

The Beekeeper – is it buzzworthy? The patient, methodical science of apiculture isn’t something you’d normally association with high-concept, high-stakes, high-octane action but you’d better believe THE BEEKEEPER is going to push the metaphor to breaking point and beyond as it looks to bend it into serving this kinetic revenge thriller by sheer brute force, ..

Meg 2: The Trench (2023) Review

Meg 2: The Trench (2023) Review

Ben Wheatley invests Meg 2 with trenchant satire Hold onto your floaties, folks, because Meg 2: The Trench is rising up from the depths with a titanic sense of the ridiculous as director Ben Wheatley takes the opportunity to transform this Sino-American exercise in corporate synergy into a post-modern self-aware sharkstravaganza that all but punches ..

Spy (2015) Review

Spy (2015) Review

Much like “Raiders Of The Lost Ark” was for Spielberg, “Spy” is Paul Feig’s take on a Bond movie, based on the not unreasonable supposition that ‘they’d never let him direct one’. After seeing this, though, they just might. When the CIA’s top agents identities are compromised during an operating to recover a rogue nuclear ..

The Meg (2018) Review

The Meg (2018) Review

The Meg is a whole lot of fin and a whole lot of fun As a long-time reader of Steve Alten’s pulpy aquatic horror novels and a fan of shark movies – bad and good – I’ve long been hoping for a movie adaptation. Unfortunately, “The Meg” always seemed to find itself trapped in development ..

Crank (2006) Review

Crank (2006) Review

A concept so high Cheech & Chong would be jealous With a concept so high even a fever-addled Luc Besson couldn’t conceive of it, first-time writer/directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor pitch us headlong into “Crank” with no preamble. We start, as does Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) with little clue about what has happened or ..

Fast & Furious 8 (2017) Review

Fast & Furious 8 (2017) Review

The Fast & Furious franchise continues to surprise and delight in equal measure as it resumes its metamorphosis into a Saturday morning cartoon brought to lavish live-action life. When his honeymoon is interrupted by the appearance of the notorious cybercriminal Cypher (Charlize Theron), Dominic Torreto (Vin Diesel) finds himself blackmailed into betraying his team and ..

Mechanic: Resurrection (2016) Review

Mechanic: Resurrection (2016) Review

Rivalling “Suicide Squad” for the worst editing of 2016, “Mechanic: Resurrection” is a confused and underwhelming mix of lush location footage and studio-bound cut scenes that feel more “That Riviera Touch” than a modern action thriller. The pseudo-Bond exotic location hopping feels arbitrary and slapped together in service of a plot that promises much more ..

Crank: High Voltage (2009) Review

Crank: High Voltage (2009) Review

Crank: High Voltage redefines shocking If “Crank” was ‘Grand Theft Auto’ brought to brazen, bonkers life, “Crank: High Voltage” takes its cracked inspiration from a variety of sources. From 8-bit video games to man-in-a-suit monster movies, there’s nothing that this shamelessly daft, gratuitously violent sequel won’t plunder to keep its breakneck momentum and freewheeling narrative ..

The Expendables 3 (2014) Review

The Expendables 3 (2014) Review

An adventure 851 years in the making There was a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth from die-hard action movie fans when it was announced that “The Expendables 3” was (deliberately) looking likely to get the coveted PG-13 rating (12A for us Brits) as it chased a wider, younger audience. While the film is ..

Fast X (2023) Review

Fast X (2023) Review

Fast X is very much Dominic Toretto’s Infinity War For a franchise which features more heel/ face switcheroos than WWE (and, to be fair, more than its fair share of WWE alumni too), it’s fun to see it push its villains so far that even the seemingly endless Fast & Furious family willingness to embrace ..