Genres: Action

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Kingsman: Golden Circle

A good sequel to the first, continuing the over-the-top comic-book style (of its source material) with more of the same action sequences, a smattering of humour and touching moments. Although much of the process is two-dimensional and everybody gets there in the nick of time (as usual, but it is an action/thriller/comedy) it keeps you engaged and – more importantly – entertained throughout the runtime. Despite being ‘Stateside’, it didn’t feel that the ‘Britishness’ had been sucked out of it and Elton John was, well, Elton and the linking of music in the movie to action sequences backed with the same movie accentuated the comic nature of the movie. I hope they continue the franchise with another movie, though saving the world again might be a tough story to spin.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.

20172 h 21 min
Overview

When an attack on the Kingsman headquarters takes place and a new villain rises, Eggsy and Merlin are forced to work together with the American agency known as the Statesman to save the world.

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Director Matthew Vaughn
Runtime 2 h 21 min
Release Date 20 September 2017
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Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Good
Actors
Starring: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Jeff Bridges, Elton John, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Pedro Pascal, Hanna Alström, Edward Holcroft, Poppy Delevingne, Bruce Greenwood, Emily Watson, Sophie Cookson, Michael Gambon, Tobi Bakare, Theo Barklem-Biggs, Thomas Turgoose, Calvin Demba, Samantha Womack, Keith Allen, Tom Benedict Knight, Mark Arnold, Björn Granath, Lena Endre, Gordon Alexander, Jeff Ricketts, James Carroll Jordan, Samantha Coughlan, Mingus Johnston
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Valerian

Gorgeous and colourful, though sadly relatively pedestrian, moving from set piece to set piece. It felt like it kind of assumed we had read the graphic novels, and if you hadn’t it boiled down to another trope of man’s ignorance and arrogance. Relevant, if nothing new.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

20172 h 16 min
Overview

In the 28th century, Valerian and Laureline are special operatives charged with keeping order throughout the human territories. On assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two undertake a mission to Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis where species from across the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence, and cultures. At the center of Alpha is a mysterious dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

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Director Luc Besson
Runtime 2 h 16 min
Release Date 20 July 2017
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Movie Status Available
Movie Rating Not bad
Actors
Starring: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock, Kris Wu, Rutger Hauer, John Goodman, Elizabeth Debicki, Sam Spruell, Ola Rapace, Alain Chabat, Thom Findlay, Mathieu Kassovitz, Aymeline Valade, Sasha Luss, Pauline Hoarau, Jonas Bloquet, Sand Van Roy, Louis Leterrier, Olivier Megaton, Sam Douglas, Diva Cam, Eric Lampaert, Alexandre Willaume-Jantzen, Gavin Drea, Réginal Kudiwu, David Michie, Marion Roussignol, Emilie Pommelet, Roman Blomme, Emilie Livingston, Alexandre Nguyen, Aurelien Gaya, Mikael Buxton, Yun Lai, Anders Heinrichsen, Tristan Robin, Yun-Ping He, James Flynn, David Clark, Ben Mauro, Jean-François Lenogue, Peter Eberst, Peter Hudson, Xavier Giannoli, Eric Rochant, Benoît Jacquot, Gérard Krawczyk, Pierre Cachia, David Saada, Hippolyte Burkhart-Uhlen, Florian Guichard, Stéphane Mir, Thierry Barthe, Pier Ewudu, Andrew Tisba, Yannick Lorté, Charly Akakpo, Clément Beauruelle, Audrey Kamp, Anthony Hornez, Julien Bleitrach, Maxime Babara Touré, Barbare Weber Scaff, Marilhéa Peillard, Lee Delong, Judith Brunett, Marie Barrouillet, Cindy Bruna, Sija Titko, Daphnée Kbidi, Nick Marzock, Stefan Konarske, Mahamadou Coulibaly, Julien Marlin, Yvan Lucker, Tom Hygreck, Abel Jafri, Laurent Ferraro, Jean-Robert Lombard, Leonid Glushchenko, Akim Chir, Laminé Ba, Paul Lefèvre, Guillaume Maison, Jean-Christophe Brizard, Patrick Cottet-Moine, Irene Palko, Tonio Descanvelle, Velvet D'Amour, Doug Rand, Grant Moninger, Robbie Rist, Christopher Swindel, Claire Tran, Alain Etoundi, Fayet Nsumoto, Kristina Kachinskaya, Veronika Khayla, Sissi Duparc, Noam Frost, Pauline Serreau, Philippe Rigot, Étienne Ménard, Peter Lamarque, Maximilien Seweryn, Zouheir Zerhouni, Tristan Zerbib, Elliot Jenicot, Staiv Gentis, Chloe Hollings, Aguendia Fotabong, Tania Dessources, Gaëtan Cotigny, François Bredon, Cédric Chevalme
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Atomic Blonde

Retro spy thriller with a cool soundtrack. Solid action sequences with enough intrigue to keep you guessing most of the way along, though at times felt like it could have done with a touch more editing. There’s a possible option for sequels, though the mystique of the play has been laid bare and that could become ‘just another spy story’ so unlikely.

Atomic Blonde

20171 h 55 min
Overview

An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.

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Director David Leitch
Runtime 1 h 55 min
Release Date 26 July 2017
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Movie Status
Movie Rating Good
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Starring: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Sofia Boutella, Eddie Marsan, Toby Jones, John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Bill Skarsgård, James Faulkner, Roland Møller, Sam Hargrave, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Lili Gesler, Sara Natasa Szonda, Cale Schultz, Barbara Sukowa, Attila Árpa, Martin Angerbauer, Declan Hannigan, Balázs Lengyel, Daniel Hargrave, Greg Rementer, Daniel Bernhardt
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Thor: Ragnarok

Pop comics. Worked in Ant-man, though this felt like it was a parody of Thor et al; a sort-of Thor does Fifth Element.  All the meat of the story glossed over. Pretty, but not much else. Sorry guys.

Thor: Ragnarok

No Hammer. No Problem.

20172 h 10 min
Overview

Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok, the prophecy of destruction to his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization, at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela.

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Director Taika Waititi
Runtime 2 h 10 min
Release Date 25 October 2017
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Movie Status
Movie Rating Not bad
Actors
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Tessa Thompson, Jeff Goldblum, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins, Tadanobu Asano, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel House, Taika Waititi, Clancy Brown, Stan Lee, Sam Neill, Luke Hemsworth, Matt Damon, Georgia Blizzard, Amali Golden, Charlotte Nicdao, Ashley Ricardo, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Taylor Hemsworth, Cohen Holloway, Alia Seror-O'Neill, Sophia Laryea, Stephen Oliver, Hamish Parkinson, Jasper Bagg, Sky Castanho, Shari Sebbens, Richard Green, Sol Castanho, Jet Tranter, Samantha Hopper, Eloise Winestock, Rob Mayes, Tahlia Jade, Winnie Mzembe, Sean Edward Frazer, Connor Zegenhagen, Tracie Filmer, Tracey Lee Maxwell, Beatrice Ward, Donnie Baxter, Greta Carew-Johns, Adam Green, Mollie McGregor, Sophia McGregor, Scarlett Johansson
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The Foreigner

A good political thriller with appropriate action sequences here and there. There are a few times when you have to wonder how Chan’s character gets certain information with the limited tech available to him – the addition of a couple of cutscenes showing a momentary insight into this would have held things together better, despite the exposition of his past experience later.

The Foreigner

Never push a good man too far

20171 h 54 min
Overview

Quan is a humble London businessman whose long-buried past erupts in a revenge-fueled vendetta when the only person left for him to love – his teenage daughter – dies in a senseless act of politically-motivated terrorism. His relentless search to find the terrorists leads to a cat-and-mouse conflict with a British government official whose own past may hold the clues to the identities of the elusive killers.

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Director Martin Campbell
Runtime 1 h 54 min
Release Date 24 September 2017
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Movie Status Available
Movie Rating Good
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Starring: Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan, Orla Brady, Rory Fleck-Byrne, Charlie Murphy, Liu Tao, Michael McElhatton, Lia Williams, Katie Leung, Ray Fearon, Shina Shihoko Nagai, Manolo Cardona, Simon Kunz, Dermot Crowley, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Roberta Taylor, Rufus Jones, Niall McNamee, Jorge Leon Martinez, Dilyana Bouklieva, Mark Tandy, Lasco Atkins, Stephen Hogan, Paul Terry, Dino Fazzani, Lee Nicholas Harris, Branwell Donaghey, Dolly Jagdeo, Glenn Webster, James O'Donnell, Sean Campion, Kevin Hudson, Ilan Goodman, Ryan Early, David Annen, Kornelia Horvath, Joe Watts, Simon Lenagan, Caolan Byrne, Ekran Mustafa, Mike Ray, Michael Billington, Garry Marriott, Paul A Munday, Rohan Mehra, Adrian McGaw, Glen Stanway, Charlotte Worwood, Pete Meads, Melissa Galloway, Gerald Tomkinson, Chris Groundsell, Billy Totham, Jane Thorne, Shaun Lucas, Bron James, Edward Scott-Clarke, Dan Twine, Matt Rentell, Tim Baros, Mark Windham, Steven Langley, Nicolas Savidis-Macris, Emma Jerrold, Neal Beagley, Darren Tassell, Mark Battershill, Alexander Cooper, Pamela Betsy Cooper, Tom Dab, Begona F. Martin, Roberto Gomez Martin, Hugh Irvine, John Cronin, Donna Bernard, Aaron Monaghan, David Pearse, Scott Sparrow, Seán Gleeson, Thusitha Jayasundera, Jonathan Cullen, Grainne Keenan, Stuart Graham, Julian Druker, Robin Oakley, Aden Gillett, Charlie Bewley, Bill Buckhurst
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London Has Fallen

This time London gets the treatment (and spoilers ahead).

The opening builds up to the ‘world leaders’ gathering in London for the funeral of the Prime Minister of the UK. This leads to massive carnage as a terrorist organisation has planned for just this eventuality and, basically, blows up the major landmarks in London and manages to kill the majority of the leaders in the process through (excessive) precision – e.g. blow up a bridge with two mobile units to take out the Japanese Premier who happens to be stuck in traffic there, or take out the French Premier on the river by blowing up a barge full of explosives as it was passing, or blow up the correct corner of Westminster Abbey to take out the Italian Permier who happened to be taking a private tour instead of going to the funeral. Apparently, they knew all this ahead of time to set this up. Yet send teams of motorbike riders after the President of the USA on a chase across London and again after they down his helicopter with an RPG (which he walks out of).

Oh, and it turns out that the UK Prime Minister’s death was an assassination, but they didn’t figure this out until after the funeral was arranged, everybody had arrived and carnage ensued – they found poison in his blood work which you think they would have discovered within 24 hours given his position and aborted the whole funeral.

And there was “no chatter” about this major attack that had been two years in the planning.

I find that very hard to believe.

So, it’s an action movie that essentially paints the patriotic USA as the survive-everything hero of the piece, and the final piece from the Embassy to the secret terrorist den feels like something out of Call of Duty. They never explain how the bad guys manage to plan anything this big other than an aside that “they are shielded by governments” so does sort of hint that most events of any scale are organised by state actors of some description and each begets a response since you cannot stand by and do nothing. Rote.

There was more than one occasion where I thought “this is just ridiculous” and nearly switched off, but was curious to see what tale was told. Sadly it was pretty much by-the-book.

Except for one character: MI6 Jacquelin Marshall aka “Jacks”. She was introduced late in the film at an MI6 safe house as “somebody you don’t fuck with” (though we never really knew why) and went on to unravel the mystery and discover the mole. Her brief arc felt the most real – a computer hack to restore the CCTV leading to the discovery of the mole, and his final execution in a deserted underground garage – and I think there is mileage in developing her character as a female Bond-style operative as long as we cut out the massive set pieces and landmarks destruction which seems to be popular now.

London Has Fallen

The world's leaders have assembled. So have their enemies.

20161 h 39 min
Overview

In London for the Prime Minister's funeral, Mike Banning discovers a plot to assassinate all the attending world leaders.

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Director Babak Najafi
Runtime 1 h 39 min
Release Date 2 March 2016
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Movie Rating Average
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Starring: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Robert Forster, Shivani Ghai, Sean O'Bryan, Radha Mitchell, Jackie Earle Haley, Charlotte Riley, Mehdi Dehbi, Colin Salmon, Alon Aboutboul, Jorge Leon Martinez, Waleed Zuaiter, Adel Bencherif, Michael Wildman, Penny Downie, Patrick Kennedy, Deborah Grant, Andrew Pleavin, Nigel Whitmey, Julia Montgomery Brown, Elsa Mollien, Philip Delancy, Nikesh Patel, Nancy Baldwin, Terence Beesley
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Mechanic: Resurrection

Some lovely locations for this action outing from Statham. A generic blackmail plot with a loose hook and stereotypically ineffective goons opens the movie to leave the bad guy pulling the strings and send Statham on three kill missions or his new girlfriend dies. Given he had never seen her before, he’s suddenly ‘in love’ with her and becomes the noble hero. Cue a series of generic, if briefly innovative, sequences which (sadly) are prefaced with voiceovers along the lines of “this is the hardest place you can get into, ever.” This formula has been implemented much more effectively in other movies, and better suits a single mission which we can introduce more twists and turns, get more involved with the protagonists and learn to hate the antagonist. Sadly by trying to be three missions in one, we get a pedestrian movie that rushes from sequence to sequence because it seems like we have to just get through it all for the finale. Which is also generic. Meh.

Mechanic: Resurrection

Four continents. Three kills... Or the love of his life is dead.

20161 h 39 min
Overview

Arthur Bishop thought he had put his murderous past behind him when his most formidable foe kidnaps the love of his life. Now he is forced to travel the globe to complete three impossible assassinations, and do what he does best, make them look like accidents.

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Director Dennis Gansel
Runtime 1 h 39 min
Release Date 25 August 2016
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Movie Status
Movie Rating Not that bad
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Starring: Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Yeoh, Natalie Burn, Yayaying Rhatha Phongam, John Cenatiempo, Bonnie Zellerbach, Vithaya Pansringarm, Aaron Brumfield, Andrew Stehlin, Sam Hazeldine, Atanas Srebrev, Anteo Quintavalle, Femi Elufowoju Jr., Toby Eddington, Stuart Thorp, Alex Kuzelicki, Brahim Achabbakhe, Thomas Kiwi, Francis Tonkala Tamouya, Tais Rodrigues Dias, Lynette Emond, Allan Poppleton, Maethi Thapthimthong, Soji Ikai, Chatchawai Kamonsakpitak, Yothin Udomsanti, Rachel O'Meara, Armin Parvin
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Terminator: Genisys

Despite mixed reviews, I decided to watch this sequel in the franchise. Having watched all the other films along the way, it was good to see how the team had integrated elements from every film since the original, even recreating some scenes with CGI, yet managed to add yet another timeline into the mix.

Terminator Genisys

Reset the future

20152 h 06 min
Overview

The year is 2029. John Connor, leader of the resistance continues the war against the machines. At the Los Angeles offensive, John's fears of the unknown future begin to emerge when TECOM spies reveal a new plot by SkyNet that will attack him from both fronts; past and future, and will ultimately change warfare forever.

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Director Alan Taylor
Runtime 2 h 06 min
Release Date 23 June 2015
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Movie Rating Good
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Warcraft

Well, started much as a CG cut-scene might in a video game. Then carried on, so I gave up. There wasn’t anything to grab you in this movie unless watching video games is your thing. I may have persevered a few years ago but my films need to show more intelligence and finesse.

Warcraft

Two worlds. One home.

20162 h 03 min
Overview

The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people, and their home.

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Director Duncan Jones
Runtime 2 h 03 min
Release Date 25 May 2016
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Movie Media Blu-ray
Movie Status
Movie Rating Very bad
Actors
Starring: Paula Patton, Travis Fimmel, Ben Foster, Robert Kazinsky, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Daniel Wu, Clancy Brown, Ruth Negga, Callum Keith Rennie, Ryan Robbins, Burkley Duffield, Donnie MacNeil, Michael Adamthwaite, Dylan Schombing, Mackenzie Gray, Terry Notary, Anna Galvin, Glenn Close, Dean Redman, Glenn Ennis, Elena Wurlitzer, Anna Van Hooft, Callan Mulvey, Adrian Glynn McMorran, Kyle Rideout, Mike Antonakos, Elisabeth Rosen, Patrick Sabongui, Wesley MacInnes, Mackenzie Gray, Christian Sloan, Valérie Wiseman, Dan Payne, Eugene Lipinski, Christina Jastrzembska, Travis MacDonald, Frank C. Turner, Trevor Mack, Donavon Stinson, Joel Sturrock, Jill Morrison, G. Michael Gray, Raj Lal, Donnie MacNeil, Michael Patric