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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Trailer Trash! – Life (Trailer #3)

Gravity meets Aliens, I guess. Life, directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Child 44) features Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson as scientists who discover a new form of extraterrestrial life. Then things get really messed up.

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Movie Review – Accountant, The

Director :  Gavin O’Connor
Year Of Release :   2016
Principal Cast :  Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, Jon Bernthal, JK Simmons, Jeffrey Tambor, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, John Lithgow, Jean Smart, Andy Umberger, Alison Wright.
Approx Running Time :  128 Minutes
Synopsis:   As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities and the body count starts to rise.

*****

One part assassin thriller, another part procedural crime drama, and one-third Ben Affleck doing his best Autism performance, The Accountant finely balances the pulp leanings of its bloody underworld setting and the potential for cringe-worthy apologist parody to produce an unsettling, slow-burn chess-piece of well-honed cinematic revelation that may not entirely surprise, but will keep enthralled. Affleck wooden-acts his way through this occasionally violent piece involving his titular number-crunching book-cooker, but thanks to Gavin O’Connor’s deft direction and some canny supporting casting (notably JK Simmons, who brings everything to his nothing role of a Federal financial investigator), The Accountant’s driftwood pacing is attuned to the frisson of the plot’s inherent tension, and at no stage does this film pull its punches.

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