MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – week 2 reviews

ALL FILMS REVIEWED BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED AUGUST 18, 2017 THE BELKO EXPERIMENT. The Stanford Prison Experiment meets Battle Royale? Belko is a US non-profit organisation based in Bogota in Colombia, which works to facilitate American businesses wanting to operate in South America. One day though an unusually high level of security seems to be visible around the high rise office building. As the employees go about their business, a wall of steel shutters surrounds the building and a mysterious voice suddenly comes over the PA system Continue reading

THE MECHANIC

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Simon West Stars: Jason Statham, Donald Sutherland, Ben Foster, Tony Goldwyn. Anyone planning to see this rather unnecessary remake of the old Michael Winner/Charles Bronson flick from 1972 should do themselves a favour and skip it altogether. Go and hire the original instead! Not that The Mechanic was a great movie in itself, but it seems like a masterpiece compared to this noisy, fast and furious, gratuitously violent, and ultimately pointless remake. The original The Mechanic was, arguably, one of the better collaborations Continue reading

CONVICTION

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tony Goldwyn Stars: Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Melissa Leo, Minnie Driver, Juliette Lewis, Peter Gallagher, Ari Graynor. Hilary Swank was obviously on the lookout for more Oscar bait when she chose Conviction as her next film project. Part courtroom drama, part prison film, Conviction is based on a true story of a miscarriage of justice, and tells of another battler fighting against injustices and the complex legal system in the same vein as Erin Brockovich, The Hurricane etc. It showcases the type of strong, tenacious working Continue reading

THE 6TH DAY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Roger Spottiswoode Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tony Goldwyn, Michael Rooker, Robert Duvall, Sarah Wynter, Michael Rapaport, Wendy Crewson, Rod Rowland, Terry Crews, Ken Pogue, Colin Cunningham, Taylor Anne-Reid. The first mainstream Hollywood film since The Boys From Brazil to tackle the controversial issue of cloning, The 6th Day is a spectacular looking, but ultimately rather silly big budget special effects driven sci-fi thriller. The 6th Day also heralds the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to the futuristic sci-fi thriller Continue reading