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Directed By: Stuart Beattie
Starring: Caitlin Stasey, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Lincoln Lewis, Deniz Akdeniz, Phobe Tonkin, Chris Pang

What It’s All About:
Seven friends who live in rural Australia go on a camping trip into a mountain nicknamed “Hell”. After seeing the sky filled with fighter planes they make the journey back into town to discover their families have deserted their homes. Soon enough they discover that their town has been invaded by a military force and their families are being held captive. It is up to them to free their families and take back their town.

The Final Verdict:
Based on the best selling novels by Australian author John Marsden, Stuart Beattie tries to bring the stories to life on the big screen but falls short. Protagonist Ellie simply fills in time with unnecessary dialogue that runs in a seemingly never ending circle, and her support cast are less than average, even for an Australian film. The action sequences are full on and create a sense of urgency but the movie seems to fall short of creating the same sense of wonder and panic that the source material. Okay for an Australian film but doesn’t hold a candle to anything on the world stage. Such a shame because Tomorrow When The War Began was such a perfect setting for a movie and unfortunately this movie just doesn’t do it justice.

2/5

Directed By: Vincenzo Natali
Starring: Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, Delphine Chanéac

What It’s All About:

Clive and Elsa are lovers. They work for a company splicing together DNA of different animals to create hybrids. After the success of an experiement they decide to splice human DNA with that of their new creations against the will of their employers; creating a human like creature that matures at an alarming rate. After moving their creation to a farmhouse in order to keep her existance a secret things become out of hand a Clive and Elsa learn more about the creature and themselves.

The Final Verdict:

Just like the subject matter of the film in question “Splice” is a hybrid that fails to cement a strong basis for what it is trying to achieve. Part moral dilemma, part horror flick the film never quite reaches its true potential, falling short of the great horror film it could have been. The tension rises but never really boils over until the final moments of the film which are great yet it leaves you wondering why the film didn’t pan out like this from the beginning. Entertaining enough, but only worth a rental on a rainy weekend.

2/5

Directed By: Edgar Wright
Starring: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ellen Wong, Kieran Culkin, Jason Schwartzman

What It’s All About:
Scott plays guitar in Sex Bob-bomb, shares a bed with his gay roomate Wallace, dates a highschool girl named knives and doesn’t have a job. Then he meets the girl of his dream Ramona, but in order to be her boyfriend he is going to have to fight off her seven evil ex-boyfriends, dump his current girlfriend and pull his life together.

The Final Verdict:
Manic cuts, blistering effects, stunning visuals and enough pop culture to last any nerd a lifetime is what really makes Scott Pilgrim vs. The World stand out as one of the more unique and entertaining movies to hit the cinema in 2010. Staying true enough to the source material to keep the die hard fans of the graphic novel happy, but accessible enough for the average movie goer, Scott Pilgrim has something to offer everyone. Great performances from the cast, witty dialogue and stunning set pieces make this a must see film.

4/5


Directed By: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Michael Caine

What It’s All About:

Dom Cobb is an extractor, a man who enters the dreams of others to steal information that would otherwise be inaccessible. After the death of his wife which cost him his family and his nationality, he is offered a chance to get his life back. The catch is rather than extracting information, he needs to plant an idea in a corporate target’s mind, otherwise known as Inception.

The Final Verdict:

Movies very rarely live up to expectations, let alone surpass them which is the case with Christopher Nolan’s latest film Inception. Thought provoking, thrilling and utterly gorgeous, Nolan delivers yet another first class film with the help of DiCaprio as a more than capable leading man. A film that will keep you thinking long after you leave the cinema, my only criticism is the weakness in Ellen Page’s performance which lets the film down somewhat. Otherwise this is the must see film of 2010.

4/5

Directed By: Nimród Antal
Starring: Adrien Brody, Lawrence Fishburn, Topher Grace, Danny Trejo

What It’s All About:

Awakening in free fall, mercenary Royce is plummeting towards the jungle below when his parachute opens. He lands into the forest and finds a number of other degenerates who find themselves in the same position. None of them remember how they got there, and soon things heat up as they work out they are being hunted by an unknown Predator.

The Final Verdict:

Taking on one of the classic Sci-Fi franchises is never an easy task, especially with one so fragile as the Predator series. After a brief affair with those horrible AvP movies, this is the first sequel since the 1990 Predator 2, and fans are after something that is true to the original. It’s gory, it’s full of action but Adrien Brody fails to fill the shoes of a compelling leading man, which is a detriment to the success of the film. A step in the right direction, but fails to reach the its full potential.

2/5

Directed By: Harald Zwart
Starring: Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith

What It’s All About:
Remake of the 1984 classic of the same name, The Karate Kid tells the story of Dre Parker and his mother as they move to Beijing from their home in Detroit to start a new life. Dre quickly becomes friends with Mei Ying but Cheng and his friends are adapt in martial arts and keep the two apart, beating up Dre. The maintenance man in Dre’s building, Mr. Han saves him from a beating, and attempts to help the boy by talking to Cheng’s karate instructor to leave Dre alone. Instead Dre must learn karate from Mr. Han and fight for respect and friendship.

The Final Verdict:

Remaking a classic film is never and easy task, but when the remake features none of the original characters from the source material, you have to wonder what the studio execs were thinking other than cashing in on a successful franchise. Jaden Smith simply lacks the connection that audiences had with Ralph Macchio back in the 1984 iteration. The back story for the Parkers is never explained, why do they have to move to Beijing? This is never explained, and leaves the movie feeling flat. The only thing that saves this film is Jackie Chan’s performance, which is stellar and should be a highlight in his long and successful career. Entertaining enough, but simply cannot be compared to the original.

2/5

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Directed By: Matthew Vaughn
Starring: Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë Grace Moretz, Nicolas Cage, Mark Strong

What It’s All About:
Based on the comic book of the same name Kick Ass follows the story of Dave Lizewski, a teenager who doesn’t seem to fit in. One day he ponders why there aren’t any real superheroes in the world, while there are so many fans of such characters in comic books. He sets out to make a difference as a caped crusader and after he becomes a sensation, he gets caught up in a situation that leaves him in way over his head.

The Final Verdict:
Vaughn has done it again, proving that he is a consistent and talented director with the launch of his latest movie Kick Ass. The movie had the potential to be a full blown comedy in the same vein as a “Superbad” yet Vaughn manages to create something dark and very real. The whole cast does a fantastic job in making this movie stand out as something truly different, and while the constant profanity from “Hit Girl” can come across a little contrived, this has cult classic written all over it. Nicolas Cage puts in his best performance in years, and Aaron Johnson really stands on his own as the lead. Overall a great film that is well worth your time and money.

4/5


Directed By: Kevin Smith
Starring: Bruce Willis, Tracey Morgan, Seann William Scott

What It’s All About:
Jimmy and Paul have been partners in the NYPD for nine years. After they botch a drug deal they are put on suspension without pay, which is bad news for Jimmy who has to pay for his daughters extravagant wedding. He decides to trade in an extremely rare baseball card to raise the cash, but he falls victim to a robbery when trying to sell the card. While tracking down the location of his rare card, Jimmy and Paul stumble into a major drug ring, and it’s up to them to bring them all to justice.

The Final Verdict:
Kevin Smith’s first attempt at an action/comedy is a decent one that is let down by one factor, Tracey Morgan. While Bruce Willis holds his own in a role that seemed tailored to the bad arse that he truly is, Morgan’s overacting really ruins certain scenes of this otherwise decent movie. This movie isn’t going to stick out as anything more than a little bit of harmless fun.

2/5

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Directed By: Beck Eisner

Starring: Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Joe Anderson

What It’s All About:

People in the town of Ogden Marsh are slowly acting a little crazy. It soon becomes apparent that there has been an outbreak in the town and the government has quarantined all the inhabbitants. The movie follows David the local sherrif, his deputy and pregnant wife as they try to discover what is happening and attempt to make it out alive.

The Final Verdict:

While it’s a decent remake of the 70’s classic of the same name, Eisner provides too many of those predictable “he was saved just in time” moments which cause most of the action to blend into a mess. Olyphant really proves that he is one of the hottest actors around at the moment, providing a stellar performance in an otherwise mediocre experience.

2/5

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Directed by: Miguel Sapochnik

Starring: Jude Law, Forrest Whitaer

What It’s All About:
Repo Men puts us in the dystopian future of the world where science has allowed us to genetically engineer artificial organs. These organs are impossibly priced and when a client can’t make a payment that’s where the Repo Men step in and collect your most vital asset.

The Final Verdict:
It becomes hard to work out which is more frustrating; the fact that Repo Men fails to deliver on every account or the fact that it is a movie that is screaming with potential that is never realised. Jude Law shows us that he can truly be a bad ass if the role requires, but his on screen partner in Whitaker leaves a lot to be desired. While the movie tries to touch on moral dilemmas of modern science and the state of the worlds economy, it always takes a back seat to pointless violence, horrible plot lines and mediocre dialogue. Do yourself a favour and give this one a miss.

1/5