Genres: Adventure

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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Wonder Woman

I enjoyed the movie but thought it could have been better. My main gripe was when Aries spontaneously appeared for the final smack-down with Wonder Woman towards the end of the movie.

There were so many opportunities for the film to hint at his hand throughout (rather than just hearing Diana tell us that Aries was behind the war), and so many squandered opportunities for both of them to posture throughout the script, that it felt quite odd for him to suddenly appear in the watchtower and then escalate into the atypical DCEU smackdown-of-the-gods as we have seen before. We also saw some of the standard tropes during the movie in the exposition dialogue (“is that all you’ve got” et al) which felt like more work could have been done, even though it still stands above the Justice League work by far.

Gal Gadot’s performance was excellent and the script was well grounded throughout the rest of the film which gave it a more human element than other DCEU scripts have had. It was more relatable and her “fish out of water” performance was funny. Themyscira (her island home) was also beautifully rendered.

Superhero movies are everywhere these days, but I find ones that deal with god-like beings more challenging because they are an ‘outside context problem’ for mere mortals. Marvel has taken much of the god-like stuff off-world, isolating it in context from humanity, which makes it more engaging. Marvel also has a cast of superheroes who aren’t all god-like beings but are instead humans with augmented abilities which can make it easier to write relatable stories, and also more vulnerable as characters.

I don’t find it surprising that Warner Brothers has chosen now to focus more on individual films (the DCU) rather than trying to run with an integrated universe from the get-go (the DCEU) and I think the slow and steady approach that worked with Marvel will benefit them. Assuming the superhero genre remains popular in the long term!

Wonder Woman

Power. Grace. Wisdom. Wonder.

20172 h 21 min
Overview

An Amazon princess comes to the world of Man in the grips of the First World War to confront the forces of evil and bring an end to human conflict.

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Director Patty Jenkins
Runtime 2 h 21 min
Release Date 30 May 2017
Budget $149,000,000
Revenue $821,847,012
Details
Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Good
Actors
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner, Eugene Brave Rock, Lucy Davis, Elena Anaya, Lilly Aspell, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Ann Wolfe, Ann Ogbomo, Emily Carey, James Cosmo, Wolf Kahler, Alexander Mercury, Martin Bishop, Flora Nicholson, Pat Abernethy, Freddy Elletson, Sammy Hayman, Michael Tantrum, Philippe Spall, Edward Wolstenholme, Ian Hughes, Marko Leht, Steffan Rhodri, Andrew Byron, Dominic Kinnaird, Rachel Pickup, Ulli Ackermann, Frank Allen Forbes, Peter Stark, Rainer Bock, Josh Bromley, Jennie Eggleton, Eva Dabrowski, Harvey James, George Johnston, Danielle Lewis, Florence Kasumba, Eleanor Matsuura, Josette Simon, Doutzen Kroes, Hayley Warnes, Caitlin Burles, Jemma Moore, Samantha Jo, Brooke Ence, Madeleine Vall, Hari James, Jacqui-Lee Pryce, Betty Adewole, Caroline Maria Winberg, Lizzie Bowden, Kattreya Scheurer-Smith, Rekha Luther, Thaina Oliveira, Ooooota Adepo, Zinnia Kumar, Toma McDonagh, Amber Doyle, Freddy Carter, Fred Fergus, Tim Pritchett, Gana Bayarsaikhan, Camilla Roholm, Stephanie Haymes-Roven, Nia Burke, Dee Lewis Clay, Tori Letzler
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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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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.

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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
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The Fate of the Furious

The Fate of the Furious

Family no more

20172 h 16 min
Overview

When a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before.

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Director F. Gary Gray
Runtime 2 h 16 min
Release Date 12 April 2017
Budget $250,000,000
Revenue $1,238,764,765
Details
Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Not bad
Actors
Starring: Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Charlize Theron, Kurt Russell, Nathalie Emmanuel, Luke Evans, Elsa Pataky, Kristofer Hivju, Scott Eastwood, Corey Maher, Tego Calderón, Don Omar, Helen Mirren, Patrick St. Esprit, Eden Estrella, Janmarco Santiago, Luke Hawx, Celestino Cornielle, Olek Krupa, Alexander Babara, Andre Pushkin, Robert Jekabson, Nick Gracer, Gary Weeks, Joe Fishel, Michael W. Broomer, Theresa Cook, Kim Evans, Oleg Prudius, Connie Kincer, Yassie Hawkes, Destiny Lopez, Anita Farmer Bergman, Friday Chamberlain, Mya Levels, Yuliya Zelenskaya, Trevor Wolf, Megan Marie Wilson, Myrom Kingery, Dominick Wilkins, Shannon Marie Watts, Gary Lee Vincent, Zachary Vazquez, Ronald Joe Vasquez, Alan Tuskes, Mikhail Tot, Branislav R. Tatalovic, Doug Stroup, Eddy Stewart, Shawn Sterba, Nancy Ellen Shore, Jon Komp Shin, Darren Sheehan, Gabrielle Sebben, Ramona Schwalbach, Debbie Scaletta, Melissa Santiago, Mark Salas, Jostein Sagnes, Porche Robinson, Charlie Reyes-Torreblanca, William Cowboy Reed, Ryan Poole, Michelle Poole, Charles Poole, Anthony Vance Pierce, Carmelo Oquendo, Pauline Nowakowski, Darko Nikolic, Ryan Newton, Zoya Naumchik, Doug Meacham, Chris McCail, Faith Logan, Gary Lavard, Özcan Özdemir, Karin Boesler, Apollo GT
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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Justice is Coming.

20161 h 58 min
Overview

Jack Reacher must uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear his name. On the run as a fugitive from the law, Reacher uncovers a potential secret from his past that could change his life forever.

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Director Edward Zwick
Runtime 1 h 58 min
Release Date 19 October 2016
Budget $60,000,000
Revenue $162,146,076
Details
Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Good
Actors
Starring: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge, Danika Yarosh, Patrick Heusinger, Holt McCallany, Judd Lormand, Christopher Berry, Hunter Burke, Jason Douglas, Lizeth Hutchings, Marisela Zumbado, Alexandra Lucchesi, Madalyn Horcher, Robert Catrini, Teri Wyble, Austin Hébert, Billy Slaughter, Robert Knepper
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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
Budget $500,000,000
Revenue $657,924,295
Details
Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Not bad
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, Dan Mersh, Peter Vo
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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
Budget $200,000,000
Revenue $1,343,859
Details
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