Genres: Action

Justice League

As a movie, this sort-a worked out OK. Lots of big action sequences, a team of heroes and heroines, some comedic moments though not much emotion. The “good” guys spent all but an instant wrestling with the morality of resurrection hingeing on the old adage of “the greater good” for example.

Yet as a film, you have to wonder why two of the tribes (Atlanteans and Amazonians) went to extraordinary lengths to “seal” the unity/mother boxes in temples/tombs when the Steppenwolf just teleported into them, and then teleported out again. All seemed a little pointless other than to show off some set design and set pieces. And the box of Man was just buried so nobody could ever find it, yet somebody did (which was not explained) and, even if they hadn’t, these boxes send out a homing signal when they wake up so Steppenwolf would know where they are. Odd that.

We’ve seen the Green Lanterns in other incarnations, so it might have been more prudent to spread the stones far and wide and take a bit longer getting to the big endgame (assimilate earth) than rush to it in a fraction of the time that Marvel did getting to Avengers: Infinity War. Though, if they had restricted it that way there is a lot of similarity between the ideas (megalomaniac seeks multiple power stones/crystals to ensure destruction).

Justice League felt like a collection of pieces that didn’t add up to more than the sum of its parts. It was still a visually good movie, and worth the runtime, but there wasn’t the payoff we have come to expect with the Marvel canon.

Justice League

20172 h 00 min
Overview

Fuelled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince assemble a team of metahumans consisting of Barry Allen, Arthur Curry and Victor Stone to face the catastrophic threat of Steppenwolf and the Parademons who are on the hunt for three Mother Boxes on Earth.

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Director Zack Snyder
Runtime 2 h 00 min
Release Date 15 November 2017
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Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Good
Actors
Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Ciarán Hinds, Amy Adams, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J.K. Simmons, Billy Crudup, Joe Morton, Amber Heard, Michael McElhatton, Joe Manganiello, Jesse Eisenberg, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Julian Lewis Jones, Marc McClure, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Holt McCallany, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Gemma Refoufi, Kelly Burke, Paulina Boneva, Alexandra Ford, Eleanor Matsuura, Daniel Stisen, Samantha Jo, Sergi Constance, Doutzen Kroes
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Black Panther

This is another good move from the Marvel stable. It may be ‘groundbreaking’ in its casting, but the story felt somewhat formulaic and many characters remained two-dimensional. The story kept good pace (though felt a little long for me). Some backstory was left to voiceover over the opening titles, and didn’t really have a huge impact when it came to leveraging this during the story. But, this is Marvel and not something like the Planet of the Apes trilogy.

Black Panther

Long live the king

20182 h 14 min
Overview

King T'Challa returns home from America to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country's new leader. However, T'Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne by factions within his own country as well as without. Using powers reserved to Wakandan kings, T'Challa assumes the Black Panther mantel to join with girlfriend Nakia, the queen-mother, his princess-kid sister, members of the Dora Milaje (the Wakandan 'special forces') and an American secret agent, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.

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Director Ryan Coogler
Runtime 2 h 14 min
Release Date 13 February 2018
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Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Good
Actors
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, John Kani, Sterling K. Brown, Seth Carr, Denzel Whitaker, Florence Kasumba, Isaach De Bankolé, Danny Sapani, Sydelle Noel, Janeshia Adams-Ginyard, Jénel Stevens, Shaunette Renée Wilson, Stan Lee, Sebastian Stan, Bambadjan Bamba, Jeremy Sample, Sope Aluko, Alexis Rhee, Tahseen Ghauri, Danny Chung, David S. Lee, Mark Ashworth, Shad Gaspard, William Cowboy Reed, Alex Hibbert, Lucy Hockings, Ashton Tyler, Atandwa Kani, Connie Chiume, Dorothy Steel, Marija Abney, Maria Hippolyte, Marie Mouroum, Zola Williams, Christine Hollingsworth, Nabiyah Be, Michael David Yuhl, Elizabeth Elkins, Raven Wynn, Amechi Okocha, Tony Sears, Francesca Faridany, Roland Kilumbu, Timothy Carr, Apollo GT, James Siderits, Travis Love, Lidya Jewett, Alona Leoine, Kinley Fleurejuste, Ofu Obekpa, Michael R. Ciminna, John Y Lee, Byron Coolie, William Walker, Joseph Akharoh Jr., Stanley Aughtry, Raenen Golez, Leo De Rivera, Tevin Beech, Tari Omoro, Andrea Antonio Canal, David Dunston, Emelita T. Gonzalez, Josue Louis-Charles, Isaac Phillips, Trevor Noah, Jamel Chambers
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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 Media VoD
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 Media VoD
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 Media VoD
Movie Status
Movie Rating Good
Actors
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 Media VoD
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 Media VoD
Movie Status Available
Movie Rating Good
Actors
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
Actors
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 Media VoD
Movie Status
Movie Rating Not that bad
Actors
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