Blu-ray Review: Escape Plan (2013)

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Escape Plan BR CoverDistributor: eOne Films

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Mikael Håfström

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Caviesel, Vinnie Jones, Sam Neill, Amy Ryan, Curtis Jackson

It has taken decades but finally we get to see the two greatest action movie stars of the 1980s co-headlining a standalone film. Why it didn’t happen 25 years ago is anyone’s guess but luckily Escape Plan is a little more forgiving towards the advancing years of Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger than perhaps The Expendables and some of their other recent movies have been, and at least there are no “I’m getting too old for this” jokes in it. Continue reading

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DVD Review: Dark Skies (2013)

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Dark Skies DVD CoverDistributor: eOne Films

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Scott Stewart

Starring: Keri Russell, Jake Brennan, Josh Hamilton, J.K. Simmons, Kadan Rockett

‘From the producers of Sinister and Insidious…’ says the press release for Dark Skies; throw Paranormal Activity into that particular melting pot and you’ll either go “Ooh, that sounds scary” or it will induce a stress-related nosebleed and you’ll feel inclined to purge yourself with some serious video nasty action. Mmm… video nasties!

Daniel Barrett (Josh Hamilton – The Bourne Identity) and his wife Lucy (Keri Russell – Mission: Impossible III) live in suburbia with their two young sons Jesse and Sam. The struggles of everyday life Continue reading

DVD Review: Hammer of the Gods (2013)

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Hammer of the Gods DVD CoverDistributor: eOne Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Farren Blackburn

Starring: Charlie Bewley, Alexandra Dowling, Clive Standen, Glynis Barber, Ivan Kaye

Hammer of the Gods is the debut feature film from director Farren Blackburn and sees a pretty strong cast of veteran actors and rising stars going head-to-head in a tale of Viking invasion and brotherly betrayal.

Set in 871 A.D. the film is based around Viking Prince Steinar (Charlie Bewley – The Twilight Saga), who is ordered by his ailing father King Bagsecg (James Cosmo – Trainspotting) to go and find his long-lost brother Hakan Continue reading

DVD Review: V/H/S (2012)

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V/H/S DVD CoverDistributor: Momentum Pictures

BBFC Classification: 18

Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, David Bruckner, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez, Glenn McQuaid, Radio Silence, Joe Swanberg, Chad Villella, Ti West, Adam Wingard

Starring: Calvin Reeder, Lane Hughes, Adam Wingard, Frank Stack, Jas Sams, Simon Barrett, Joe Swanberg

V/H/S is an anthology film made up of five found footage shorts plus a wraparound story. Having had a life on the film festival circuit in 2012 – including a showing at Film4 FrightFest in London in the summer of that year – the film managed to create something of a buzz amongst horror fans at the time, and given the involvement of a couple of key names and the nature of some of the content it is easy to see why.

Much has been made of the tone of V/H/S and its gratuitous use of nudity, and that is fair comment as there is plenty of flesh to see here (and not all of it Continue reading

DVD Review: Sweet Vengeance (2013)

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Sweet Vengeance DVD CoverDistributor: Entertainment One

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Logan Miller

Starring: Ed Harris, January Jones, Jason Isaacs, Eduardo Noriega, Logan Miller, Noah Miller

Sweet Vengeance (a.k.a. Sweetwater) is a Western set in the 1800s and concerns struggling newlyweds Miguel (Edwardo Noriega – The Last Stand) and Sarah (January Jones – X-Men: First Class) who have come under the eye of the self-proclaimed Prophet Josiah (Jason Isaacs – The Patriot), a religious zealot who believes that the land belongs to God and he is God’s instrument on Earth so therefore all the land and everything in it is his. At the same time, the eccentric Sheriff Jackson (Ed Harris – Creepshow/Knightriders) arrives in town investigating the disappearance of two unfortunate fellows who had an earlier confrontation with Josiah and, as events unfold and Josiah’s brutality increases, Sarah is forced Continue reading