PEPPERMINT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Pierre Morel Stars: Jennifer Garner, John Gallagher jr, John Ortiz, Annie Ilonzeh, Juan Pablo Raba, Jeff Hephner, Cailey Fleming, Cliff "Method Man" Smith, Eddie Shin, Tyson Ritter, Jeff Harlan. Jane Wick? This violent vigilante thriller with a high body count is like a cross between Keanu Reeves’ ultra-violent John Wick and Death Wish, albeit with a strong female protagonist. Peppermint stars Jennifer Garner, who really came to prominence with her role as international spy Sydney Bristow, who was recruited straight out of Continue reading

JOHN DOE: VIGILANTE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kelly Dolen Stars: Jamie Bamber, Lachy Hulme, Ditch Davey, Daniel Lissing, Sam Parsonon, Harry Pavlidis, Brendan Clearkin, Brian Wenzel. There have been a lot of films in which a vigilante, disillusioned by the ineffectual legal system and a police force seemingly unable to control the streets, takes the law into his own hands to reclaim our violent cities. Films like these play to our innate sense of justice and fairness, and also to our prejudices. The genre briefly gave Charles Bronson a renewed career boost with his increasingly Continue reading

HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jason Eisener Stars: Rutger Hauer, Jason Bateman, Brian Downey, Gregory Smith, Molly Dunsworth. Like Robert Rodriguez’s Machete, Hobo With A Shotgun actually began life as one of the fake trailers in the Grindhouse experience. The title basically says all you need to know about this extra-violent take on the vigilante genre. Rutger Hauer (from Blade Runner, etc) plays the titular nameless hobo, who jumps off a train and ends up in the lawless Hope Town, which has been rechristened "F--k Town". The town itself is a cesspool of Continue reading