Movie Review – Deepwater Horizon

Director :  Peter Berg
Year Of Release :   2016
Principal Cast :  Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brien, Kate Hudson, Ethan Suplee, Trace Adkins, Brad Leland.
Approx Running Time :   118 Minutes
Synopsis:  A dramatization of the April 2010 disaster when the offshore drilling rig, Deepwater Horizon, exploded and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

*****

Consider this: one of the world’s largest man-made environmental disasters, the Deepwater Horizon explosion, has to-date cost BP, the company behind the operation of the failed oil-rig in the Gulf Of Mexico, some $54 billion. The company’s 2015 total revenue came in somewhere 6 times that amount. Meaning the cost of the Deepwater’s failure to BP is barely a drop in the ocean (pun intended) for the massive conglomerate, and some would suggest that perhaps they should have been gouged more for creating one of the worst catastrophe’s in modern history. Peter Berg’s memorialisation of the Deepwater incident, in which 11 people were killed and millions of gallons of crude oil spilled into the open ocean creating an enormous slick covering much of the US’s pristine lower coastline, is a compelling affair, maximised by Mark Wahlberg’s competent leading man performance and a gravitas that never steps into exploitation.

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Movie Review – Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Director :  Edward Zwick
Year Of Release :  2016
Principal Cast :  Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge, Danika Yarosh, Patrick Heusinger, Holy McCallany, Austin Herbet, Robert Catrini, Robert Knepper.
Approx Running Time :  118 Minutes
Synopsis: Jack Reacher must uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear his name. On the run as a fugitive from the law, Reacher uncovers a potential secret from his past that could change his life forever.

*******

Tom Cruise’s action-man status has in no way diminished as he runs confidently into his older years; still the box-office draw post-Y2K for Hollywood, Cruise continues to go from strength to strength, in spite of honest-to-goodness mediocrity like Jack Reacher. The first film limped into Cruise’s oeuvre, and I never held much chop that the inevitable sequel, Never Go Back, would improve the situation, despite the addition of acclaimed director Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai, Legends Of The Fall, Courage Under Fire) and Avengers actress Cobie Smulders. The Reacher character always felt too similar to Cruise’s Ethan Hunt role, only without the tech assist or the exotic ability to scamper across the globe unchecked, and Cruise’s square-jawed performance style between the two lacked the ability to differentiate itself.

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Movie Review – Inferno (2016)

Director :  Rob Howard
Year Of Release :   2016
Principal Cast :  Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy, Ben Foster, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Ana Ularu.
Approx Running Time :   122 Minutes
Synopsis:  When Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks, and together they must race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot.

*******

The third in the increasingly banal Dan Brown film series (based on his books) following The DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons, Ron Howard’s Inferno once more sees Tom Hanks essaying the author’s eponymous symbologist hero in Robert Langdon as he attempts to unlock a puzzle that will prevent… the collapse of humanity? To be honest, Inferno’s central premise offers not a lick of sense in the making, stumbling around the idea that humanity is barely forty years away from total collapse due to overpopulation (an idea which has merit), and that a cleverclogs science dude has come up with a way of solving this problem; kill most of the people on the Earth.

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Trailer Trash! – Baywatch (Superbowl Spot)

Every new trailer or teaser for this film continues to make me chortle, which isn’t something many comedies can claim. Baywatch looks to be a silly, fun time at the cinema. 30 seconds of boobs and bods after the jump!

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Trailer Trash! – The Fate Of The Furious

Vroom, vroom. Boom, boom. The Fast & Furious franchise continues to extricate dollars from punters by being outright insane. Check out the Superbowl spot for the 8th film in the franchise!

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Trailer Trash! – Logan (Superbowl Spot)

This movie just looks bad-ass. Hugh Jackman’s final go at playing Wolverine, co-starring Patrick Stewart as Professor X, looks bloody and violent as hell! Check it!

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Trailer Trash! – Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Superbowl Spot)

Johnny Depp returns in the fifth (and hopefully final) Pirates Of The Caribbean film. Here’s the trailer with more piratey stuff happening.

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Trailer Trash! – A Cure For Wellness

Gore Verbinski is a director I often struggle with. MouseHunt was awesome, the first Pirates movie was pretty bloody decent (let’s forget the rest, shall we) and the less said about the awful The Mexican, the better. A Cure For Wellness strikes me as a visually sumptuous exercise in psychological terror – something akin to being stuck in a room with Adam Sandler for an hour – and while I enjoy Dane DeHaan’s work (as well as Jason Isaacs, who can play creepy like nobody else alive) I’m not totally sold. Check this trailer out!

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Trailer Trash! – Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2 (Superbowl Spot)

Yadda yadda yadda Marvel yadda yadda yadda wait…. GOTG2 Superbowl Spot? Hell yeah!!!

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Trailer Trash! – John Wick 2 (Superbowl Spot)

We’re all here for Keanu Reeves kicking ass and taking names, right? John Wick was a balls-out action-fest, and the sequel looks to be even crazier – plus, it reunites Matrix stars Reeves and Laurence Fishburne! What’s not to love! UPDATED WITH BOTH SPOTS!!

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