Genres: Crime

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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 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
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Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman: The Secret Service

20152 h 10 min
Overview

The story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

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Director Matthew Vaughn
Runtime 2 h 10 min
Release Date 29 January 2015
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Movie Media Blu-ray
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Very good
Actors
Starring: Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Taron Egerton, Michael Caine, Sophie Cookson, Sofia Boutella, Samantha Womack, Geoff Bell, Edward Holcroft, Mark Hamill, Jack Davenport, Jack Cutmore-Scott, Lily Travers, Hanna Alström, Bjørn Floberg, Jonno Davies, Nicholas Banks, Nicholas Agnew, Rowan Polonski, Tom Prior, Fiona Hampton, Richard Brake, Ralph Ineson, Corey Johnson, Velibor Topic, Adrian Quinton, Alex Nikolov, Jordan Long, Theo Barklem-Biggs, Tobi Bakare, Morgan Watkins, Paul Kennington, Johanna Taylor, Andrew Bridgmont, Anne Wittman, Andrei Lenart, Simon Green, Lazara Storm, Sarah Hewson, Jayne Secker, Lukwesa Burak, James Clayton, Nick English, Charles Filmer, Bimbo Hart, Chester King, Alastair MacIntosh, Carlos Peres, Adil Akram, Mohammed Ali, David Olawale Ayinde, Jaymes Butler, Neve Gachev
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Suicide Squad

Another in the DCEU’s haste to get everybody together to catch up with Marvel. Why these ‘bad guys’ had to endlessly quip about their antics to make light of them, I am not sure. They could have been more serious. I think they are trying to get too close to the “comic” feel and losing the thread of being a good “movie”. Better than expected, if only for the post-credits Bruce Wayne scene linking the threads.

Suicide Squad

20162 h 04 min
Overview

From DC Comics comes the Suicide Squad, an antihero team of incarcerated supervillains who act as deniable assets for the United States government, undertaking high-risk black ops missions in exchange for commuted prison sentences.

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Director David Ayer
Runtime 2 h 04 min
Release Date 2 August 2016
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Movie Media Blu-ray
Movie Status
Movie Rating Not bad
Actors
Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Cara Delevingne, Karen Fukuhara, Adam Beach, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, Common, David Harbour, Jim Parrack, Alex Meraz, Corina Calderon, Robin Atkin Downes, Shailyn Pierre-Dixon, Matt Baram, Alain Chanoine, Ted Whittall, Michael Murray, Jaime FitzSimons, Ben Affleck, Ezra Miller, Christopher Dyson, Bambadjan Bamba, Robert B. Kennedy, Billy Otis, James McGowan, Derek Perks, Aidan Devine, Andrew Bee, Clive McLean, Frank J. Zupancic, Kent Sheridan, Roger Shank, Dwight Ireland, Amanda Brugel, Peter Tufford Kennedy, Rosemary De Los Santos, Kevin Hanchard, Joel Lacoursiere, Jameson Kraemer, Ho Chow, Birgitte Solem, Kevin Vance, Tyler Grey, Nathan Brown, Kenneth Choi, Nicolas Van Burek, Agueda Cardenas, Daniela Uruena, Nicolas Uruena, Ariane Bellamar, Murray Urquhart, Alyssa Veniece, Tim Ajro, Devlin Anderson, Briana Andrade-Gomes, Raffi Atamian, John Byers, Heather Byrne, Corey Chainey, Shak Chaudhry, James Chilli Chillingworth, Andrew Christie, Alex Chung, Gavin R. Downes, Reid Eastwood, Scott Edgecombe, Brendan Egan, Jeff Ellenberger, Mark Falvo, Tatyana Figueiredo, Gary 'Si-Jo' Foo, Tazito Garcia, Brianna Goldie, Ryan Groves, William Hainsworth, Shawn J. Hamilton, Shane Harbinson, Fatimah Hassan, Dexter Howe, Melanie Hubert, David Ingram, Shane Clinton Jarvis, Actor Sergio Kato, Kevin Kent, Martin Kessler, Melissa Lem, John MacDonald, Stephanie Manchulenko, Matthew Mease, Christopher Meneses, Valiant Michael, Sabine Mondestin, Justin Moses, Drew Moss, Afsheen Olyaie, Dan Petronijevic, Alisha Phillips, Tamina Pollack-Paris, Michael Prather, Dennisha Pratt, Asad Que, Mark Quigley, Darryl Quon, Diezel Ramos, Hugh Scott, Jasmine Sean, Attila Sebesy, Rick Silver, Connor Skific, Jamie Soricelli, Amos Stern, Goran Stjepanovic, Vivienne Taylor, Jasmine Renée Thomas, Alen Toric, Dallas Wade, Joe Warshaw, Tony Watt, James Weicht, Taylor Whittaker, Robert L. Wilson
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Spectre

Given the prior Bond trilogy, I had expected greater things of this edition and probable conclusion to the threads. Unfortunately, it felt more formulaic and too moody in places as if juggling the former’s gravitas as interludes between archetypal set pieces. As a result, it felt less grounded than previous outings.

Spectre

20152 h 28 min
Overview

A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.

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Director Sam Mendes
Runtime 2 h 28 min
Release Date 26 October 2015
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Movie Media Blu-ray
Movie Status
Movie Rating Good
Actors
Starring: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott, Rory Kinnear, Jesper Christensen, Alessandro Cremona, Stephanie Sigman, Tenoch Huerta, Adriana Paz, Domenico Fortunato, Marco Zingaro, Stefano Elfi DiClaudia, Ian Bonar, Tam Williams, Richard Banham, Pip Carter, Simon Lenagan, Alessandro Bressanello, Marc Zinga, Brigitte Millar, Adel Bencherif, Gediminas Adomaitis, Peppe Lanzetta, Francesco Arca, Matteo Taranto, Emilio Aniba, Benito Sagredo, Dai Tabuchi, George Lasha, Sargon Yelda, Andy Cheung, Erick Hayden, Oleg Mirochnikov, Antonio Salines, Miloud Mourad Benamara, Gido Schimanski, Nigel Barber, Patrice Naiambana, Stephane Cornicard, Gary Fannin, Sadao Ueda, Phillip Law, Wai Wong, Joseph Balderrama, Eiji Mihara, Junichi Kajioka, Victor Schefé, Harald Windisch, Tristan Matthiae, Detlef Bothe, Bodo Friesecke, Wilhem Iben, Noemi Krausz, Noah Saavedra, Francis Attakpah, Michael Glantschnig, Marlon Boess, Marie Wohlmuth, Lili Epply, Konstantin Gerlach, Lara Parmiani, Umit Ulgen, Amra Mallassi, Ziad Abaza, Walid Mumuni, Derek Horsham, Nari Blair-Mangat, Michael White, Adam McGrady, Nader Dernaika, Pezhmaan Alinia, Judi Dench, Neve Gachev, Karl Farrer, Kim Adis, Maurisa Selene Coleman, Matija Mondi Matović
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Blackhat

Blackhat

20152 h 13 min
Overview

A man is released from prison to help American and Chinese authorities pursue a mysterious cyber criminal. The dangerous search leads them from Chicago to Hong Kong.

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Director Michael Mann
Runtime 2 h 13 min
Release Date 13 January 2015
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Movie Media Blu-ray
Movie Status
Movie Rating Not bad
Actors
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Leehom Wang, Tang Wei, Viola Davis, Holt McCallany, Andy On, Ritchie Coster, Christian Borle, John Ortiz, Yorick van Wageningen, Tyson Chak, Brandon Molale, Danny Burstein, 高圣远, Abhi Sinha, Manny Montana, Spencer Garrett, William Mapother, Adrian Pang
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The Family

Definitely Besson again, though less comedic than expected and much more violent, especially towards the end. Some nice flourishes but overall not my kind of movie.

The Family

20131 h 51 min
Overview

The Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard.

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Director Luc Besson
Runtime 1 h 51 min
Release Date 13 September 2013
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Movie Media DVD
Movie Status
Movie Rating Average
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Starring: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, John D'Leo, Tommy Lee Jones, Jimmy Palumbo, Gino Cafarelli, Dominic Chianese, David Belle, Vincent Pastore, Paul Borghese, Stan Carp, Domenick Lombardozzi, Anthony Desio, Jon Freda, Michael J. Panichelli Jr., Ted Arcidi, Régis Royer, Dan Cade, Oisin Stack, Jonas Bloquet, Christopher Craig, Kresh Novakovic, Gaëlle Jeantet
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The Last Stand

Nice to see Arnie back in action mode, though the formula was nothing new – highly skilled and respected agent avoiding the action in the big city in favour of a sleepy life in a small town gets caught up in a ‘most-wanted’ escaped prisoner chase. Generally entertaining with some whimsical rural humour (the granny with the modified pistol taking umbrage to the trespassing mercenary among others).

The Last Stand

20131 h 47 min
Overview

Ray Owens is sheriff of the quiet US border town of Sommerton Junction after leaving the LAPD following a bungled operation. Following his escape from the FBI, a notorious drug baron, his gang, and a hostage are heading toward Sommerton Junction where the police are preparing to make a last stand to intercept them before they cross the border. Owens is reluctant to become involved but ultimately joins in with the law enforcement efforts

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Director Kim Jee-woon
Runtime 1 h 47 min
Release Date 12 January 2013
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Movie Media DVD
Movie Status
Movie Rating Not bad
Actors
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker, Rodrigo Santoro, Johnny Knoxville, Jaimie Alexander, Luis Guzmán, Peter Stormare, Génesis Rodríguez, Zach Gilford, John Patrick Amedori, Daniel Henney, Eduardo Noriega, Christiana Leucas, Harry Dean Stanton, Kristen Rakes, Diana R. Lupo, Billy Blair, Titos Menchaca
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Bullet to the Head

Bullet to the Head

20131 h 32 min
Overview

After watching their respective partners die, a cop and a hitman form an alliance in order to bring down their common enemy.

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Director Walter Hill
Runtime 1 h 32 min
Release Date 31 January 2013
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Movie Media Blu-ray
Movie Status
Movie Rating Average
Actors
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Sung Kang, Sarah Shahi, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jason Momoa, Christian Slater, Jon Seda, Holt McCallany, Brian Van Holt, Weronika Rosati, Dominique DuVernay, Don Thai Theerathada, Dana Gourrier, Douglas M. Griffin, Donna DuPlantier, Andrea Frankle, Teri Wyble, Lin Oeding, Marcus Lyle Brown