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FILMS on DVD Reviewed Part 3 
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THIS WEEK'S FILMS ON DVD REVIEWED




Blade Runner 2049
UK certificate 15
157 mins

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Genre : Drama/Mystery/Sci-Fi/Thriller

Directed by : Denis Villeneuve

Starring : Harrison Ford/Ryan Gosling/Ana de Armas

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Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard, a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.
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A slow paced outing that will appeal to Sci-Fi fans who like dramas...personally I thought the film to long.
The special & visual effects were top draw and complimented by excellent performances.
But I felt that the storyline was average giving rise to some plot holes.
Nevertheless worth a watch....

7.5/10







Alien Reign of Man
UK certificate 15
84 mins

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Genre : Sci-Fi

Directed by : Justin Price

Starring : Khu/Torrei Hart/Deanna Grace Congo

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Stranded on a distant planet, a team must fight aliens and activate a machine meant to restore Earth to a time before its downfall.

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This film could have been better but consisted of disjointed storyline and bad dialogue,
complimented, if that's the word, by poor acting..
The best feature was the visual effects but that was about all...

3.5/10







Flatliners (2017)
UK certificate 15
110 mins

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Genre : Drama/Sci-Fi/Thriller

Directed by : Niels Arden Oplev

Starring : Ellen Page/Diego Luna/Nina Dobrev

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Five medical students, obsessed by what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods, each triggers a near-death experience - giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife.

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A remake of the 1990 film of the same name and not a particularly good one.
Unremarkable story and performances..... an average all rounder.

5/10



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Mother!
UK certificate 18
116 mins

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Genre : Drama/Horror/Mystery

Directed by : Darren Aronofsky

Starring : Jennifer Lawrence/Javier Bardem/Ed Harris

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A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

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A rather convoluted storyline and plot which in many ways is Aronofsky's trade mark.
Well enough performed with some good visual effects especially in the escalating violence.
If you liked Aronofsky's other films. such as "Pi" and "The Fountain", you will also like this.

6.5/10







The Ritual
UK certificate 15
90 mins

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Genre : Horror

Directed by : David Bruckner

Starring : Rafe Spall/Arsher Ali/Robert James-Collier

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A group of college friends reunite for a trip to the forest, but encounter a menacing presence in the woods that's stalking them.

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Nicely performed with engaging characters and storyline.
The special and visual effects were ok to....
The only down side is have we not trod this path before.
One for Horror fans.

6.5/10







Wind River
UK certificate 15
111 mins

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Genre : Crime/Drama/Mystery/Thriller

Directed by : Taylor Sheridan

Starring : Kelsey Asbille/Jeremy Renner/Julia Jones

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A veteran tracker with the Fish and Wildlife Service helps to investigate the murder of a young Native American woman, and uses the case as a means of seeking redemption for an earlier act of irresponsibility which ended in tragedy.

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I enjoyed this film for its gripping storyline and top draw performances..
The cinematography was excellent putting you right in there with the wintery scenes.
If you like a mystery drama with guts then watch this film.

7.5/10



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Brimstone

UK certificate 18
143 mins

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Genre : Thriller/Western

Directed by : Martin Koolhoven

Starring : Dakota Fanning/Paul Anderson/Kit Harington

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In the menacing inferno of the old American West, Liz is a genuine survivor who is hunted by a vengeful preacher for a crime she didn’t commit.

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A brutal storyline told in four chapters is often violent and certainly bloody.
The performances are good and in keeping with the period....
Full marks for the cinematography and musical score.

Recommended

7.5/10






Geostorm
UK certificate 12
108 mins

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Genre : Action/Sci-Fi/Thriller

Directed by : Dean Devlin

Starring : Gerard Butler/Jim Sturgess/Abbie Cornish

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After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world's leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong: the system built to protect Earth is attacking it, and it becomes a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything and everyone.

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This film got mixed reviews but I enjoyed it for what it is...A Sci-Fi romp.
The performances were fine as were the special and visual effects.
The only down side was that some of the science was a bit iffy.
Still it is meant to entertain not educate..

Worth a watch

6.5/10







Wunderland aka Battle of the Bulge
UK certificate 15
81 mins

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Genre : War

Directed by : Steven Luke

Starring : Tom Berenger/Wade Everett/Steven Luke

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Christmas 1944, The Germans make one final push against the attacking allied armies in the West. Lt. Robert Cappa and his platoon of 2nd Infantry Division soldiers have been ordered to hold a vital road junction against the German aggressors. Cappa and his men must find their faith and strength to stand against their enemy in the epic fight known as "The Battle of The Bulge."

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Dear me what a stinker....This film was done to a small budget and it shows..
The script was poor as was the storyline along with some silly visual effects.
If you wont to watch a decent film of the battle then watch the 1965
version starring Henry Fonda and Robert Shaw (DVD available).

2.5/10



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