PROMETHEUS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ridley Scott Stars: Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Noomi Rapace, Rafe Spall, Sean Harris, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green. In 1979, Alien indelibly stamped itself on the consciousness of filmgoers with its memorable sequence of the alien creature bursting forth from John Hurt’s stomach before running amok on a space ship in outer space, where no-one could hear you scream. Thirty-three years later, director Ridley Scott returns to the Alien franchise for this prequel which is set in 2093, some forty years before the Continue reading

SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Guy Ritchie Stars: Robert Downey jr, Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Jared Harris, Stephen Fry, Rachel McAdams. The name is Holmes, Sherlock Holmes. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictitious sleuth used his considerable powers of deduction, not brawn or violence, to solve crimes. Fans of the detective would have been horrified at the way in which British director Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, etc) has messed with the tone of the character, turning him into an action hero in 2009’s bloated Sherlock Holmes. There Continue reading

THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Daniel Alfredson Stars: Noomi Rapace, Michale Nyqvist, Annika Hallin, Anders Ahlbom Rosendahl, Micke Spreitz. The final instalment in the series of films based on Stieg Larsson’s best-selling Millennium series brings the trilogy to a satisfying conclusion and ties up many loose ends. This is in many ways the weakest of the three films as it is much more political in nature than the first two and is heavy on plot exposition. If you haven’t read the books or seen the first two films, then a lot of what happens here will be hard to Continue reading

THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Daniel Alfredson Stars: Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Georgi Staykov, Micke Spreitz The Girl Who Played With Fire is the second film in the hugely popular Millennium series from Swedish author Stieg Larsson. The novels explore the dark underbelly of Swedish society, and deal with murder, corruption and conspiracy that dates back decades. Although Larsson died before their publication, they have become some of the most popular novels of the 21st century, with some 40 million copies in print. Like its acclaimed predecessor The Continue reading