THE SPACE BETWEEN US

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Peter Chelsom Stars: Asa Butterfield, Britt Robertson, Gary Oldman, Carla Gugino, BD Wong, Janet Montgomery, Colin Egglesfield, Peter Chelsom. The kid who fell to Earth? In 2018 a small group of astronauts head off to live on Mars in an experimental colony known as East Texas. This space mission is the brainchild of Nathaniel Shepherd (Gary Oldman), a billionaire entrepreneur clearly modelled on Richard Branson, who is the CEO of Genesis Space Technologies. But unknown to the mission organisers until it is too late, Sarah Continue reading

SAN ANDREAS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Brad Peyton Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Paul Giamatti, Ioan Gruffudd, Archie Panjabi, Colton Haynes, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Art Parkinson,Kylie Minogue, Will Yun Lee, Matt Gerald, Alec Utgoff. In the 70s the disaster film was quite a popular genre, with producer Irwin Allen establishing the template with films such as Earthquake, The Towering Inferno, The Poseidon Adventure. Along with films like Airport the genre dominated at the box office in the early 70s until a few lesser efforts tanked. These films Continue reading

SUCKER PUNCH

Reviewed by GREG KING DIrector: Zack Snyder Stars: Emily Browning, Carla Gugino, Scott Glenn, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung. Sucker Punch is a misogynist fantasy, in which scantily clad female warriors kick some major butt in an alternative world. It comes across as a frenzied mish-mash of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Girl Interrupted and Inception via way of Shutter Island. In some ways Sucker Punch resembles a dark, garish, nightmarish CGI-driven version of the recent Inception. The concept for the film was apparently pitched Continue reading

FASTER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: George Tillman Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Gugino, Oliver Jackson-Cohen. After flirting with bland family friendly fare for Disney (The Game Plan, Race To Witch Mountain), former wrestler turned action hero Dwayne Johnson returns to full on action mode. Faster is a nasty, gratuitously violent and visually ugly vengeance-fuelled action thriller that owes more than a debt to the films of Walter Hill. It also has echoes of John Boorman’s violent revenge thriller Point Blank and the Mel Gibson thriller Continue reading