Genres: Action

Aquaman

Visually stunning. The story was better than I had expected as it kept me engaged for the run-time, but it was so over-the-top that it’s not surprising to see DC needing to review its ongoing slate 😉

Aquaman

Home Is Calling

20182 h 24 min
Overview

Once home to the most advanced civilization on Earth, Atlantis is now an underwater kingdom ruled by the power-hungry King Orm. With a vast army at his disposal, Orm plans to conquer the remaining oceanic people and then the surface world. Standing in his way is Arthur Curry, Orm's half-human, half-Atlantean brother and true heir to the throne.

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Director James Wan
Runtime 2 h 24 min
Release Date 7 December 2018
Budget $160,000,000
Revenue $1,143,689,193
Details
Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Good
Actors
Starring: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Temuera Morrison, Ludi Lin, Michael Beach, Randall Park, Graham McTavish, Leigh Whannell, Tainui Kirkwood, Tamor Kirkwood, Denzel Quirke, Kaan Guldur, Otis Dhanji, Kekoa Kekumano, Julie Andrews, John Rhys-Davies, Djimon Hounsou, Andrew Crawford, Sophia Forrest, Natalia Safran, Micah Ohlman, Jack Andrew, Frankie Creagh-Leslie, Sophia Emberson-Bain, Ilya Melnikoff, Hank Amos, Kyryl Koltsov, Patrick Cox, Luke Owen, Robert Longstreet, Devika Parikh, Sonny Le, Jon Fabian, Mabel Tamone, Rita Dinardo, Anthony Standish, Nicolette Bianca, Victor Leto, Vincent B. Gorce, Gabriella Petkova, Oriana Iacono, Pearl Grantham, Noa Tsuchiya, Alice Lanesbury, Nicolas Bosc, Joshua Levinson
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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

The first half started out like a rollercoaster action sequence. Suspend belief and go along for the ride – it’s a good one. But we needed to look at the plot which sees the fairly usual corruption within the benevolent organisation which began it all and tries to tie things back to the founders of the original Jurassic Park. In general, the action is good but some of the threads linking the pieces together, not so much. And you have Dr Malcolm’s monologue bookending the whole proceedings earning us of the dangers of opening Pandora’s box of the ‘genetic age’. This felt a little like reworking some of the earlier messages of Crighton’s work, as well as the dialogue, and didn’t really do anything aside from setting up the next instalment where a few dinos are on the loose on the mainland (sorry, spoiler). But the mainland has significantly more resources than the characters do in their sandbox environments on the island or in the house, so I can’t see them posing a real threat – more like Bigfoot tales.

My main gripe was the handling of the Indo-raptor hybrid when it decided to go outside, climb up on the roof, then climb down the front of the building and in through the little girl’s window, shadows from lightning and all showing clawed hands and teeth. It felt like we were drawing too much from the days of Nosferatu and shadow play for easy scares. And the now-famous T-Rex was seen periodically doing its posing roar that, in an earlier instalment set it up as an A-list carnivore, but now looks like it’s simply posing for the camera like a celebrity does (see Alex in the original Madagascar movie).

Other than that, a good popcorn movie.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

The park is gone

20182 h 09 min
Overview

Three years after the demise of Jurassic World, a volcanic eruption threatens the remaining dinosaurs on the isla Nublar, so Claire Dearing, the former park manager, recruits Owen Grady to help prevent the extinction of the dinosaurs once again.

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Director J. A. Bayona
Runtime 2 h 09 min
Release Date 6 June 2018
Budget $170,000,000
Revenue $1,303,459,585
Details
Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Good
Actors
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, Ted Levine, Jeff Goldblum, BD Wong, Geraldine Chaplin, Isabella Sermon, Peter Jason, Charlie Rawes, Kevin Layne, Robert Emms, John Schwab, Sam Redford, Patrick Crowley, Alex Dower, Honey Holmes, Neil Bishop, Philippa Thomas, Ronan Summers, Cory Peterson, Jeremy Gilbert, Victor Gardener, Eric Kofi Abrefa, Ben Peel, Gil Kolirin, Mitchell L. Johnson, Paul Sockett, Daryl Kwan, Michael Papajohn, Daniel Stisen
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John Wick: Chapter 2

Spoilers ahead …

The first instalment was something different and so was fresh and new. However, the second one – despite having the same hallmark traits – felt at times like it was trying to outdo its predecessor while nodding its head towards the shadowy world that John Wick inhabits. However, I did not feel the organisation which John was eventually exiled from was really given enough depth in the film and, although it was a comic book originally, it doesn’t have to be treated with the same styling as if it were panels on a page.

The jury is out whether I will watch the third instalment at the moment as I did not feel this outing developed the world in sufficient depth to warrant further attention. The movie was still good but felt flat compared to the first. The position John Wick is left in at the end of the film makes the third feel like an outlandish set-up – John vs the World.

John Wick: Chapter 2

Never stab the devil in the back

20172 h 02 min
Overview

John Wick is forced out of retirement by a former associate looking to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to aid him, Wick travels to Rome and does battle against some of the world’s most dangerous killers.

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Director Chad Stahelski
Runtime 2 h 02 min
Release Date 8 February 2017
Budget $40,000,000
Revenue $171,539,887
Details
Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Good
Actors
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne, Common, Ruby Rose, Claudia Gerini, Lance Reddick, John Leguizamo, Bridget Moynahan, Thomas Sadoski, David Patrick Kelly, Peter Stormare, Franco Nero, Peter Serafinowicz, Perry Yung, Tobias Segal, Chukwudi Iwuji, Nico Toffoli, Marko Caka, Aaron Cohen, Aly Mang, Nora Sommerkamp, Marmee Cosico, Nancy Cejari, Crystal Lonneberg, Frank Modica, Jennifer Dong, Elli, Midori Nakamura, Sidney Beitz, Mark Vincent, Justin L. Wilson, Chris LaPanta, Guyviaud Joseph, Alisa Ermolaev, Kelly Rae LeGault, Vadim Kroll, Shade Rupe, Thaddeus Daniels, Margaret Daly, Wass Stevens, Erik Frandsen, Youma Diakite, Luca Mosca, Mario Donatone, Kenny Sheard, Tim Connolly, Heidi Moneymaker, Angel Pai, Johnny Otto, Nobuya Shimamoto, Oleg Prudius, Alex Ziwak, Ciscandra Nostalghia
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The Lego Batman Movie

Poignant and grown-up at the same time as embodying the irreverent fun of a Lego adventure. The whole cast of DC villains is here, along with a few from other franchises (Harry Potter, Dr Who, etc). Fun movie with a heart and a message.

The Lego Batman Movie

Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman.

20171 h 44 min
Overview

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The Lego Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble—Lego Batman—stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

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Director Chris McKay
Runtime 1 h 44 min
Release Date 8 February 2017
Budget $80,000,000
Revenue $311,950,384
Details
Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Very good
Actors
Starring: Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Mariah Carey, Jenny Slate, Billy Dee Williams, Héctor Elizondo, Conan O'Brien, Jason Mantzoukas, Doug Benson, Zoë Kravitz, Kate Micucci, Riki Lindhome, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Adam Devine, Eddie Izzard, Seth Green, Jemaine Clement, Ellie Kemper, David Burrows, Ralph Garman, Chris Hardwick, Chris McKay, Laura Kightlinger, Susan Bennett, Todd Hansen, Mark Jonathan Davis, Lauren White, Brent Musburger, Abel Arnett, Archie Arnett, Charlie Bean, Marco Campagno, Garret Elkins, Ryan Halprin, Alison Ingram, Holly Isaacson, Kelly Lafferty, Doug Nicholas, Samantha Nisenboim, Chris Paluszek, Wendell Stephens, Vanara Taing, Matt Town, Bram Tulloch, John Venzon, Matt Villa, Tom Cruise, Renée Zellweger
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Ant Man and the Wasp

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Real heroes. Not actual size.

20181 h 59 min
Overview

Just when his time under house arrest is about to end, Scott Lang once again puts his freedom at risk to help Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym dive into the quantum realm and try to accomplish, against time and any chance of success, a very dangerous rescue mission.

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Director Peyton Reed
Runtime 1 h 59 min
Release Date 4 July 2018
Budget $140,000,000
Revenue $622,379,576
Details
Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Good
Actors
Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, T.I., David Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Douglas, Divian Ladwa, Goran Kostić, Rob Archer, Sean Kleier, Benjamin Byron Davis, Michael Cerveris, Riann Steele, Dax Griffin, Hayley Lovitt, Mika Kubo, Langston Fishburne, RaeLynn Bratten, Madeleine McGraw, Tim Heidecker, Stan Lee, Charles Justo, Brian Huskey, Suehyla El-Attar, Julia Vera, Jessica Winther, Norwood J. Cheek Jr., Bryan Lugo, Darcy Shean, Torrey Vogel, Simon Potter, Jon Wurster, Tom Scharpling, Virginia Hamilton, Natasha Zouves, Joshua Mikel, Ronald Joe Vasquez, Chris Gann, Sergio Briones, Denney Pierce, Vanessa Ross, Zachary Culbertson, Steven Wiig, Timothy Carr, Sawyer Jones, Rick Richardson, Benjamin Weaver, Jamel Chambers, Jennifer Black, Sandra Dee Richardson, Tahseen Ghauri, Dale Liner, John Ozuna, Marcella Bragio, Sophia Marcs, William W. Barbour, Kevin Carscallen, Seth McCracken
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Bright

Disjointed in places, and seeming to need to embrace modern memes or pop culture references instead of better writing that would be more relevant to the alternate universe. Racial stereotypes abound in this movie, which is often common in fantasy stories but feels less appropriate in a modern setting and especially so with today’s movement towards better inclusivity.

A lot of the details seem left out also, reasons why things are happening – all the stuff you need to spend time on to build a cohesive world framework – in favour of the buddy-cops-in-over-their-heads motif which pervades the film. You have the “bent cop” sequence (human), the “ninja assassins” (elves), the “criminal gang lair” (orcs) strung together with either chase or hide-and-seek sequences.

After a disjointed start, it settles into a watchable action/thriller yet occasionally leaves you wondering what just happened only to carry on regardless. Naturally, it wraps up nicely for our heroes and sets the scene for more outings with the Brights.

Hopefully, it may spend a bit more time on each of the races, break down the stereotypes and spend more time explaining some of the details. It may then stand on the shoulders of this “welcome to Bright” movie.

Bright

20171 h 57 min
Overview

In an alternate present-day where magical creatures live among us, two L.A. cops become embroiled in a prophesied turf battle.

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Director David Ayer
Runtime 1 h 57 min
Release Date 22 December 2017
Budget $90,000,000
Revenue
Details
Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Not bad
Actors
Starring: Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Lucy Fry, Noomi Rapace, Edgar Ramírez, Ike Barinholtz, Veronica Ngo, Alex Meraz, Happy Anderson, Dawn Olivieri, Matt Gerald, Margaret Cho, Joseph Piccuirro, Brad William Henke, Jay Hernandez, Enrique Murciano, Scarlet Spencer, Andrea Navedo, Kenneth Choi, Bobby Naderi, Carlos Linares, Bunnie Rivera, Bailey Edwards, Rosemary Stevens, Greg Joung Paik, Cle Shaheed Sloan, Robert Jekabson, Nadia Sloane, Chris Browning, Laura Vallejo, Brandon Larracuente, Derek Graf, John Duff, Jamal Duff, Craig Henningsen, Aaron V. Williamson, Joe Rogan, Tim Sitarz, Luis Moncada, Jos Viramontes, Aileen Burdock, Briana Henry, Lesley Shires, René Mena, Chelsea Rendon, Daryn D. Dupree, Blue Mesquita, Natalie Camunas, Regan Talley, Gabriel Ortega, Roberto Garcia, Kevin Vance, Ignacio Rodriguera, Eugene Villanueva, Adan Mendoza Jr., Hector Chavez, Raul Cuellar, Gabriel Lopez, Keenen Bray, Diane Boose
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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Trust no one.

20141 h 45 min
Overview

Jack Ryan, as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.

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Director Kenneth Branagh
Runtime 1 h 45 min
Release Date 15 January 2014
Budget $60,000,000
Revenue $135,511,030
Details
Movie Media VoD
Movie Status
Movie Rating Not bad
Actors
Starring: Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh, Lenn Kudrjawizki, Alec Utgoff, Peter Andersson, Nonso Anozie, Colm Feore, Gemma Chan, Deborah Rosan, Aleksandar Aleksiev, Price Lindsey, Celine Jedidi, Ricky Rajpal, Karen David, David Paymer, David Hayman, Amy J. Kim, Bogdan Kominowski, Maggie Daniels, Annika Pergament, Seth Ayott, Andrew Byron, Derek Lea, Andy Butcher, Pat Kiernan, Ian Bonar, Elena Velikanova
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Deadpool 2

It looks like Deadpool is getting more integrated into the MCU with this instalment in the series. It kept the elements that worked in the first one and fine tuned them to feel more polished. Yes, the humour was often puerile; Yes, the violence was often graphic; Yes, the action sequences were as you’d expect. And, it gave us glimpses into mutant correction facilities we don’t hear about elsewhere (aside from maybe Agents of SHIELD on TV) which could open a new roster of villains for Phase 4, and kept a cohesive plot with developed character arcs and a grounded story of human choice which can be summarised in the old Cherokee Proverb about “The Wolf You Feed”:

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life.

“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

In my view, I thought this movie was better than the first and, with the post-credits scenes, we see how the events in this movie could easily tie in to Avengers 4 depending on which rumours you want to believe about how the Avengers “fix” “that” ending in Infinity War.

Deadpool 2

Prepare for the Second Coming.

20182 h 01 min
Overview

Wisecracking mercenary Deadpool battles the evil and powerful Cable and other bad guys to save a boy's life.

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Director David Leitch
Runtime 2 h 01 min
Release Date 15 May 2018
Budget $110,000,000
Revenue $734,197,230
Details
Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Good
Actors
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni, Brianna Hildebrand, Jack Kesy, Eddie Marsan, Shiori Kutsuna, Stefan Kapičić, Andre Tricoteux, Randal Reeder, Nikolai Witschl, Thayr Harris, Rob Delaney, Lewis Tan, Bill Skarsgård, Terry Crews, Brad Pitt, Paul Wu, Robert Maillet, Alan Tudyk, Matt Damon, Michasha Armstrong, Hayley Sales, Islie Hirvonen, Joe Doserro, Jagua Arneja, Gerry South, Mike Dopud, Luke Roessler, Andy Canete, Tanis Dolman, Eleanor Walker, Hunter Dillon, Sala Baker, Sonia Sunger, Paul Wernick, Rhett Reese, Abiola Uthman, Tony Bailey, David Leitch, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tye Sheridan, Evan Peters, Alexandra Shipp
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Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War

An entire universe. Once and for all.

20182 h 29 min
Overview

As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment - the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.

Metadata
Runtime 2 h 29 min
Release Date 25 April 2018
Budget $300,000,000
Revenue $2,046,239,637
Details
Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Very good
Actors
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Tom Hiddleston, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Idris Elba, Danai Gurira, Peter Dinklage, Benedict Wong, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt, Sean Gunn, William Hurt, Letitia Wright, Terry Notary, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Carrie Coon, Michael James Shaw, Stan Lee, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Kerry Condon, Monique Ganderton, Jacob Batalon, Tiffany Espensen, Isabella Amara, Ethan Dizon, Ariana Greenblatt, Ameenah Kaplan, Ross Marquand, Michael Anthony Rogers, Stephen McFeely, Aaron Lazar, Robert Pralgo, Olaniyan Thurmon, Blair Jasin, Matthew Zuk, Laura Miller, Kenneth Branagh, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders