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





The Orville : Season One
UK certificate 15
504 mins (4-disc Boxset)

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Genre : Adventure/Comedy/Drama/Sci-Fi

Contents Advisory : Strong Violence

Directed by : various

Starring : Seth MacFarlane/Adrianne Palicki/Penny Johnson Jerald

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Set 400 years in the future and follows the adventures of the Orville, a not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship in Earth's interstellar Fleet. Facing cosmic challenges from without and within, this motley crew of space explorers will boldly go where no comedic drama has gone before.

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The comedy is mostly crude one liners but not to much so as to grate.
Performances are good as is the special & visual effects
The episodes story-lines are in the most part of a resealable standard but editing could have been better.

7.5/10








Gone Are the Days aka Redemption : The Last Outlaw
UK certificate 15
99 mins

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Genre : Drama/Western

Contents Advisory : Language/Sex References/Strong Violence

Directed by : Mark Landre Gould

Starring : Lance Henriksen/Tom Berenger/Billy Lush

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The story of notorious outlaw, Taylon Flynn. Aged, ill, and unable to reconcile the man he was to who he has become, Flynn is hell-bent on exiting this life in a blaze of glory. His plans go awry upon the discovery of the sordid life his estranged daughter is forced to live. To save her, he must summon the inner demons he purged long ago, and finds that redemption is a hard road to travel.

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A very slow burn drama wont be to everybody's taste
However Henriksen puts in a good performance and is complimented by decent cinematography..


5.5/10



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My Top Three Sci-Fi Films

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Alien
UK certificate 18
112 mins

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Directed by : Ridley Scott

Starring : Sigourney Weaver/Tom Skerritt/John Hurt

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After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

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Top Score








Cloud Atlas
UK certificate 15
165 mins

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Directed by : Tom Tykwer/Lana Wachowski /Lilly Wachowski

Starring :Tom Hanks/Halle Berry/Hugh Grant

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An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

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Excellent Sci-Fi







Interstellar
UK certificate 12
162 mins

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Directed by : Christopher Nolan

Starring : Matthew McConaughey/Anne Hathaway/Jessica Chastain

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A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.

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Top Score





Good Viewing And a Happy New Year


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Death Race 4 : Beyond Anarchy
UK certificate 18
106 mins

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Genre : Action

Contents Advisory : Strong Bloody Violence

Directed by : Don Michael Paul

Starring : Danny Trejo/Zach McGowan/Danny Glover

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Black Ops specialist Connor Gibson infiltrates a maximum security prison to take down legendary driver Frankenstein in a violent and brutal car race.

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This film is indeed brutal with strong bloody violence and entertaining enough to keep me interested
The special effects were excellent too.
Fans of the franchise will like the action.

6.5/10







Final Score
UK certificate 15
100 mins

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Genre : Action/Thriller

Cotents Advisory : Strong Violence

Directed by : Scott Mann

Starring : Dave Bautista/Pierce Brosnan/Ray Stevenson

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When a stadium is seized by a group of heavily armed criminals during a major sporting event, an ex-soldier must use all his military skills to save both the daughter of a fallen comrade and the huge crowd unaware of the danger.

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Another action movie which also held my attention with good visual and special effects.
Performances were good to...
Action fans should like this.

6.5/10



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Alpha
UK certificate 12
93 mins

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Genre : Adventure/Drama

Contents Advisory : Injury Detail/Moderate Threat

Directed by : Albert Hughes

Starring : Kodi Smit-McPhee/Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson/Marcin Kowalczyk

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In the prehistoric past, a young man struggles to return home after being separated from his tribe during a buffalo hunt. He finds a similarly lost wolf companion and starts a friendship that would change humanity.

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A simple plot well told with stunning cinematography.. Performances were good to with an excellent
Storyline. The dialogue is in old European dialect with English sub-titles but this does not distract.
Worth a watch..


7/10







Upgrade
UK certificate 15
96 mins

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Genre : Action/Sci-Fi/Thriller

Contents Advisory : Gory Images/Language/Strong Bloody Violence

Directed by : Leigh Whannell

Starring Logan Marshall-Green/Melanie Vallejo/Steve Danielsen:

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A brutal mugging leaves Grey Trace paralyzed in the hospital and his beloved wife dead. A billionaire inventor soon offers Trace a cure — an artificial intelligence implant called STEM that will enhance his body. Now able to walk, Grey finds that he also has superhuman strength and agility — skills he uses to seek revenge against the thugs who destroyed his life.

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A well acted action movie with a good plot and storyline. The special and visual effects were stunning as were the sound design and mix.
Yhis film was on a low budget but done right
Recommended...

8/10



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The 12th Man
UK certificate 15
130 mins

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Genre : Drama/History/Thriller/War

Contents Advisory : Injury Detail/Strong Violence/Threat

Directed by : Harald Zwart

Starring : Thomas Gullestad/Jonathan Rhys Meyers/Marie Blokhus

Special Note : The Film's language is in Norwegian & German with English sub-titles

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True World War II story about Jan Baalsruds, one of the 12 saboteurs sent in 1943 from England to the Nazi occupied Northern Norway. After their boat is sunk by the Germans, Jan goes on the run towards the neutral Sweden. However, the brutal weather conditions turn out to possibly be an even greater foe than the Nazi patrols.

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Often intense drama complimented by excellent performances and cinematography.
Good Direction adds to the mix with neat special and visual effects.
The Storyline is solid and the sub-titles do not distract..
Recommended

8/10







Kin
UK certificate 15
102 mins

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Genre : Action/Drama/Sci-Fi/Thriller

Contents Advisory : Strong Violence/Threat

Directed by : Jonathan Baker/Josh Baker

Starring : Myles Truitt/Jack Reynor/Dennis Quaid

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A young boy finds a powerful otherworldly weapon, which he uses to save his older adoptive brother from a crew of thugs. Before long, the two of them are also pursued by federal agents and mysterious mercenaries aiming to reclaim their asset.

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An interesting storyline which kept my interest.
Performance were ok as were the visual effects...
Worth a watch if you are into sci-fi

6.5/10



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The Nun
UK certificate 15
96 mins

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Genre : Horror/Mystery/Thriller

Contents Advisory : Injury Detail/Horror/Strong Supernatural Threat

Directed by : Corin Hardy

Starring : Demián Bichir/Taissa Farmiga/Jonas Bloquet

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When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together they uncover the order's unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of the same demonic nun.

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Plenty of jump scares most of which were somewhat predictable.
The performances were competent enough but I felt that the script could have been better.
Good visual and special effects compliment.
I think those that liked the "Conjuring " series will probably like this .

6.5/10






Paradox
UK certificate 18
101 mins

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Genre : Action/Crime/Drama/Thriller

Contents Advisory : Sexual Violence/Strong Bloody Violence

Directed by : Wilson Yip

Starring : Louis Koo/Yue Wu/Ka Tung Lam

Special Note : The Film's language is Cantonese with English sub-titles.

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When a Hong Kong police negotiator is informed about the sudden disappearance of his 16-year-old daughter in Thailand, he travels there to search for his daughter's whereabouts.

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An action packed Chinese film with excellent fight choreography.
Performances were good complimented by a strong script...
The sub-titles did distract somewhat but overall was fine.

7/10



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Mile 22
UK certificate 18
90 mins

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Thriller

Contents Advisory : Strong Bloody Violence/Language

Directed by : Peter Berg

Starring : Mark Wahlberg/Lauren Cohan/Iko Uwais

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An elite group of American operatives, aided by a top-secret tactical command team, must transport an asset who holds life-threatening information to an extraction point 22 miles away through the hostile streets of an Asian city.

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Action packed movie with some excellent fight choreography and special effects.
Wahlberg's character was somewhat annoying but that said performances overall were good.
The storyline and plot were solid enough although the ending was .

7/10







The Predator
UK certificate 15
102 mins

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Genre : Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi/Thriller

Contents Advisory : Strong Bloody Violence/Gory Images/Language

Directed by : Shane Black

Starring : Boyd Holbrook/Trevante Rhodes/Jacob Tremblay

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From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home. Now, the universe's most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species. When a young boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race.

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This film in the Predator franchise received mixed reviews as it is a departure from previous outings.
Still the visual and special effects are still pretty good as is the storyline.
One for Sci-fi fans me thinks.

6.5/10



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Venom
UK certificate 15
108 mins

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Genre : Action/Sci-Fi

Contents Advisory : Horror/Strong Threat/Violence

Directed by : Ruben Fleischer

Starring : Tom Hardy/Michelle Williams/Riz Ahmed

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Investigative journalist Eddie Brock attempts a comeback following a scandal, but accidentally becomes the host of Venom, a violent, super powerful alien symbiote. Soon, he must rely on his newfound powers to protect the world from a shadowy organization looking for a symbiote of their own.

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A fun ride especially for those that like Marvel's characters ....
Good performances are compliment by the usual awesome visual effects.
The only down side was an average script but maybe I nit pick.
Worth a watch.

7/10








5th Passenger
UK certificate 15
89 mins

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Genre : Sci-Fi/Thriller

Contents Advisory : Injury Detail/String Violence

Directed by : Scotty Baker

Starring : Morgan Lariah/Manu Intiraymi/Marina Sirtis

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Set in the aftermath of an oppressive class war, a pregnant officer aboard an escape pod must struggle to survive with her remaining crew when a mysterious and vicious life form attacks, determined to become the dominant species.

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I was somewhat disappointed with this film which was often slow paced and dull.
That said the performances were good and were complimented by decent visual effects considering the low budget..
Star Trek fans will recognize some of the actors from various series
One for die hard Sci-fi addicts.

5/10



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Occupation
UK certificate 15
119 mins

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Genre : Action/Drama/Sci-Fi

Contents Advisory : Strong Violence/Language

Directed by : Luke Sparke

Starring : Dan Ewing/Temuera Morrison/Stephany Jacobsen

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A small group of town residents have to band together after a devastating ground invasion. As they struggle to survive, they realize they must stay one step ahead of their attackers, and work together for a chance to strike back.

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This film got mixed reviews but I thought it entertaining.
Ok the visual and special effects were to a tight budget but performances were fine.
I think the film may well appeal to die hard Sc-fi enthusiasts as well as occasional viewers.

6/10






Siberia
UK certificate 15
100 mins

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Genre : Crime/Romance/Thriller

Contents Advisory : Drug Misuse/Sexual Assault/Strong Sex/Language/Violence

Directed by : Matthew Ross

Starring : Keanu Reeves/Boris Gulyarin/Ashley St. George

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Lucas, a diamond trader who travels to Saint Petersburg to arrange a sale, discovers that his Russian business partner has left his hotel and gone to a small Siberian village, so Lucas also heads there to try find him.

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Oh dear a very slow paced film with an average storyline and plot.
The performances were ok but there is no getting a round the fact that it was a tad boring.
Keanu Reeves fans will be disappointed.

4.5/10



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