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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

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Directed By: Joe Chappelle
Starring: Ben Affleck, Peter O’Toole, Rose McGowan, Liev Schreiber

What It’s All About:

Lisa and her sister Jenny are heading to the resort town of Snowfield, Colorado to hit the slopes. They arrive to discover that the town is empty, aside from the dead bodies of their landlady and a local police officer. They join Sheriff Bryce Hammond and his deputies in investigating the town when they uncover the ancient enemy.

The Final Verdict:

Book to movie adaptions are seldom impressive, and Phantoms is no exception to this truth. With obvious ties to other classic horror films as “The Blob” or “The Thing” Joe Chappelle has conjured up a convoluted story that ends up a mess. Sloppy production, lacklustre performance and lacking story. All I can say is “Affleck, you da bomb in Phantoms, yo!”

2/5

Directed By: Tony Scott
Starring: Bruce Willis, Damon Wayans, Halle Berry

What It’s All About:

Joe Hallenback is an ex secret service agent who was famous for saving the President’s life. Jimmy Dix is an ex professional football player who was banned for life on gambling charges. Joe’s life is turned upside down as he is thrown into a case that teams him up with an unlikely parter in Jimmy, as they fight to find out who killed Jimmy’s girlfriend and Joe’s best friend.

The Final Verdict:

Bruce Willis dials in another quality performance as a leading man in the action genre, slipping his trademark one liners in vein of his other popular Die Hard franchise, it’s such a shame the same can’t be said for his sidekick who has an on and off performance. Tony Scott has done well to create a classic action film that will be remembered as one of the greats of the early 90’s.

4/5

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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: 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


Directed By: Martin Campbell
Starring: Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Danny Hutson

What It’s All About:
Edge of Darkness follows the story of Thomas Craven (Gibson), a cop who’s daughter is killed in a drive by shooting which is assumed to be an attempt on his own life. After investigating his daughter’s personal life, Thomas quickly learns that not is all what it seems as he gets closer and closer to unravelling a much darker and sinister motive for his daughters death.

The Verdict
While it’s great to see Gibson back in front of the camera rather than behind it, Edge of Darkness fails to capture the imagination of the audience. Drab dialogue, sporadic action sequences and numerous plot twists that are highly predictable make this film one to miss. You sit there waiting for something to happen yet nothing ever really does, and it ends on a note that will leave a sour taste in your mouth. The movie going public deserve so much more.

1.5/5

Directed By: John Carpenter
Starring: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, David Clennon

What It’s All About:
A group of scientists enduring the harsh winter conditions of Antarctica discover an alien life-form that is capable of assimilating any living creature. The “thing” infiltrates the base and minute by minute the surviving crew members fall into a sense of paranoia, wondering who is human and who has been infected.

The Verdict:
The Thing is quite possibly the most important Sci-Fi horror film since Alien (1979), seamlessly creating an atmosphere of true terror and paranoia. Kurt Russell truly shines as the leading man, and boasting some truly gory and terrific special effects for it’s day, The Thing is a movie that has stood the test of time.

4/5

For those of you who don’t know I make independent films. I don’t have any equipment or training, but I have some short film ideas that I’m hoping to film late 2010 once I get a HD camera. It’s more of a hobby for me rather than a career aspiration, so to start off with my friends and I have been making a few webisodes.

The Super Fantastical Awesome Movie Review Show: Starring Heller & Budz is a movie review show in which we choose a movie we found terrible, and rip it apart. The latest episode is a review of G.I Joe: Rise of the Cobra, a film which was so bad I sit in the shower for hours trying to scrub it out of my mind haha!

The full review can be found at our website : www.kinghitstudios.com but here is part one for you guys to check out.

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Developed By: 2K Games
Platform: Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC
Players:1-2 (split-screen)
Online: 4 Player Co-Op

What It’s All About:
Welcome to Pandora, a bandit-ridden wasteland that draws the attention of off-world scavengers for one reason: The Vault. The Vault is a mysterious structure that is believed to hold the most powerful and wealthiest treasures in the universe, and everyone from scavengers to fortune seeking global corporations wants to get their hands inside. This is the setting you will find yourself wading through with Gearbox’s latest title Borderlands, a FPS meets RPG.

What It Did Right:

  • Great character development
  • Unique art design
  • Reward system
  • Fantastic Gunplay

What Brings It Down:

  • Vehicle Control
  • Lonely, anti-social single player experience
  • Cock slap of an ending

The Final Verdict:

Borderlands succeeds as a perfectly balanced combination of the RPG and FPS genres. Along with it’s unique gameplay style, it boasts an art design that makes Pandora come alive and will keep calling you back to the bandit ridden wastelands. With satisfying character development and an impressive arsenal of weapons, this game will keep you busy for a long time. There are a few places that the game could be improved, especially when it comes to the anti-social and lonely nature of it’s single player experience. All in all, Borderlands is a great title that is well worth checking out.

8/10