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THIS WEEK'S FILMS ON DVD REVIEWED




Drone
UK certificate 15
86 mins

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Genre : Drama/Thriller

Directed by : Jason Bourque

Starring : Sean Bean/Mary McCormack/Patrick Sabongui

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Neil is a private drone contractor who spends his workdays flying covert missions then returns to a family life of suburban mediocrity - without his wife or son knowing about his secret life - until a whistle-blowing site exposes him to a deadly threat. Believing he is responsible for the deaths of his wife and child, an enigmatic Pakistani businessman tracks him down, leading to a harrowing confrontation.

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A slow burning drama well acted, but an average storyline which lets it down.
Not particularly thrilling either.

5.5/10








Pilgrimage
UK certificate 18
92 mins

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Drama

Directed by : Brendan Muldowney

Starring : Richard Armitage/Tom Holland/Jon Bernthal

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In 13th century Ireland a group of monks must escort a sacred relic across an Irish landscape fraught with peril.

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Strong and compelling medieval adventure-drama often brutal and bloody....
Bleak and uncompromising the only down side was the ending..

Worth a watch

6.5/10








The Assignment aka Tomboy
UK certificate 15
96 mins

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Genre : Action/Crime/Thriller

Directed by : Walter Hill

Starring : Michelle Rodriguez/Sigourney Weaver/Caitlin Gerard

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Ace assassin Frank Kitchen is double crossed by gangsters and falls into the hands of rogue surgeon known as The Doctor who turns him into a woman. The hitman, now a hitwoman, sets out for revenge, aided by a nurse named Johnnie who also has secrets.

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I think one needs to suspend reality while watching this film...
The storyline is somewhat improbable and a tad average..
However the performances were fine as were the special effects...

One for Rodriguez fans....

5/10



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Kong: Skull Island
UK certificate 12
113 mins

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Directed by : Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Starring : Tom Hiddleston/Samuel L. Jackson/Brie Larson

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A team of scientists explore an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden.

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An indifferent storyline made for an average film..only lifted by some good visual effects.
It was entertaining in its way but don't expect award winning performances.

6.5/10








Science Fiction Volume One: The Osiris Child aka Origin Wars

UK certificate 15
95 mins

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Drama/Horror/Sci-Fi/Thriller

Directed by : Shane Abbess

Starring : Kellan Lutz/Daniel MacPherson/Isabel Lucas

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Set in a time of interplanetary colonization, Sy Lombrok, a former nurse who is now a drifter with a haunted past, forms an unlikely alliance with Kane Sommerville, a lieutenant who works for off-world military contractor Exor. In a race against time they set out to rescue Kane's young daughter Indi, amid an impending global crisis precipitated by Exor.

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Not a bad effort consideringf the budget ...Neat performances and good special effects.
The downside was the middle part of the film where the plot and storyline was a tad indifferent.
One for Sci-Fi addicts...

6/10








End of a Gun
UK certificate 15
82 mins

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Genre : Action/Crime/Thriller

Directed by : Keoni Waxman

Starring : Steven Seagal/Florin Piersic Jr./Claudiu Bleont

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A mall security guard -- and former federal agent -- crosses paths with a drug kingpin's enforcer after he saves a woman from danger.

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Oh dear...Seagal once more.
An all to familiar storyline compliments a somewhat tired plot..A pity since the fight scenes where good.
Having said that I expect Seagal fans may like this film.

4.5/10



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Life
UK certificate 15
100 mins

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Genre : Horror/Sci-Fi/Thriller

Directed by : Daniel Espinosa

Starring : Jake Gyllenhaal/Naoko Mori/Rebecca Ferguson

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Six astronauts aboard the space station study a sample collected from Mars that could provide evidence for extraterrestrial life on the Red Planet. The crew determines that the sample contains a large, single-celled organism - the first example of life beyond Earth. But..things aren't always what they seem. As the crew begins to conduct research, and their methods end up having unintended consequences, the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected.

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This film got a bashing from the critics but for me it was at least entertaining..
The plot and script were only average as were the performances..
However special & visual effects were good ...
One for Sci-fi addicts me thinks.

6.5/10








The Lost City of Z
UK certificate 15
135 mins

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Biography/Drama/History

Directed by : James Gray

Starring : Charlie Hunnam/Robert Pattinson/Sienna Miller

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In 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle in search of a fabled civilization. He never returned.

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An entertaining enough film let down by an average script and below average pacing...
However I think it will appeal to drama fans who like a biography style film.

6.5/10







Inferno
UK certificate 15
115 mins

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery/Thriller

Directed by : Ron Howard

Starring : Tom Hanks/Ben Foster/Sidse Babett Knudsen

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After waking up in a hospital with amnesia, professor Robert Langdon and a doctor must race against time to foil a deadly global plot.

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An adaption from the book which was entertaining enough but nothing special..
Hardly a mystery and the ending was different from the book...
Still if you have not read Dan Brown's novels then you will be none the wiser..

6/10



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Ghost in the Shell
UK certificate 12
107 mins

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Genre : Action/Crime/Drama/Mystery/Sci-Fi/Thriller

Directed by : Rupert Sanders

Starring : Scarlett Johansson/Takeshi Kitano/Michael Pitt

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In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: a human saved from a terrible crash, then cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals..

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A neat adaption from the Japanese anime film with good all round visual effects..
Performances were good to as was the storyline..
Scarlett Johansson fans will surely like this film.

7/10








Free Fire

UK certificate 15
87 mins

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Genre : Action/Comedy/Crime/Thriller

Directed by : Ben Wheatley

Starring : Enzo Cilenti/Sam Riley/Michael Smiley/Brie Larson

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Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival.

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I think you will need patience with this film as almost the entire length was a shoot out.
Performances were fine as were the more intense action scenes...
However some may find the storline what there was of it boring.
Not for everyone.

6.5/10







USS Indianapolis: Men Of Courage
UK certificate 15
125 mins

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Genre : Action/Drama/History/Thriller/War

Directed by : Mario Van Peebles

Starring : Nicolas Cage/Tom Sizemore/Thomas Jane

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The harrowing true story of the crew of the USS Indianapolis, who were stranded in the Philippine Sea for five days after delivering the atomic weapons that would eventually end WWII. As they awaited rescue, they endured extreme thirst, hunger, and relentless shark attacks.

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A pity that this film did not show more of the scenes in the court room and less of men in dinghies adrift at sea.
The CGI was average and could have been better...
However not a bad effort with some good performnces..

5.5/10



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Exodus to Shanghai aka Escape from the Third Reich

UK certificate 15
80 mins

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Comedy/Drama/Romance

Directed by : Anthony Hickox

Starring : Markus von Lingen/Yaara Benbenishty/Alexandre Nguyen

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Dr. Ho the Chinese Consul in Vienna in 1938 issued Exit Visas to many Jews against the instruction of his superiors. Together with Fannia and Bruce they must leave Vienna as the Gestapo is chasing them to get the Jews and Hitler's painting. They learn to fight against the Nazis.......

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A Tarantino-style film with bucket loads of politically incorrect language...
Well performed with a good storyline and much "black comedy".
Not for everyone then but worth a watch....

6.5/10








Killing Salazar aka Cartels
UK certificate 15
95 mins

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Genre : Action

Directed by : Keoni Waxman

Starring : Steven Seagal/Luke Goss/Darren E. Scott

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An elite team of DEA agents are assigned to protect a dangerous drug lord and take refuge in a luxury hotel while they await extraction. They soon find themselves at the center of an ambush as the drug lord's former associates launch an explosive assault on the hotel.

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Oh dear another Seagal film which follows a familar pattern.
The action scenes are not bad as is the special & visual effects..
One for Seagal fans I think.

4.5/10







Vikings Season 4
UK certificate 18
452 mins (6 Discs)

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Drama/History

Directed by : Ciaran Donnelly

Starring : Travis Fimmel/Katheryn Winnick/Gustaf Skarsgård

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More of the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok the greatest hero of his age. The series tells the sagas of Ragnar's band of Viking brothers and his family, as he rises to become King of the Viking tribes. As well as being a fearless warrior, Ragnar embodies the Norse traditions of devotion to the gods, legend has it that he was a direct descendant of Odin, the god of war and warriors.

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This series is excellent and season 4 does not disappoint.
Top draw performances complemented by superb direction and cinematography.
The action scenes are well choreographed with good special and visual effects.
Highly recommended

8.5/10



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