Friday, 6 August 2010

Weekly Round-Up, 6th August.

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore -
Lackluster sequel serving no real, nor memorable, purpose. Click the link for the full review.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid -
Live-action adaptation of Jeff Kinney's novels, proving downright successful as we follow a wise-cracking, larger-than-life sixth grader as he, and his hilariously inadequate friends, attempt to survive the jungle that is school. A well-written, genuinely laugh-out-loud comedy with an enjoyable lead performance by Zachary Gordon, but a vastly underused Chloe Grace Moretz (Hit-Girl in this year's Kick-Ass) is slightly disappointing.

The A-Team (2010) -
The full-length remake of the classic 80's TV show, with Liam Neeson and Hollywood hunk Bradley Cooper helming the hilariously OTT foursome of brotherly soldiers whose plans always come together. An explosive, unbelievably farfetched but outrageously entertaining action romp. A sequel would be welcomed with open arms!

Repo Men -
A distinctly underwhelming action starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker as two repo men, working to reclaim artificial organs (Artiforgs) in the most violent of ways after the client's inability to pay the extravagant cost. Things change, however, when Law is unwillingly fitted with an artificial heart, he must stray from the company that has kept him in lockdown for so long, fighting his way and earning his freedom. An enjoyable premise is weighed down by the annoyingly desperate urge to appear intellectual, therefore borders on the boring.

Fright Night -
Charlie is living next door to a vampire with an insatiable appetite for blood. What does he do? Bands together with the town's 'vampire hunter' and rid the neighbourhood of the bloodsucker. A classic horror that contains to frighten and amuse. A re-watch was on the agenda for a long time due to the uproar in news surrounding the remake. Keep a weary eye!

Donnie Darko -
Richard Kelly's masterpiece depicting a young boy's newly-found friendship with a large, imaginary bunny that predicts the end of the world. Outstanding performance from a young Jake Gyllenhaal, with a premise that is shrouded with intellect and originality. A true cult classic.

The Hunting Party -
Richard Gere and Terrence Howard star as a news reporting duo that embark on an unauthorized mission of finding the top war criminal in Bosnia. Decent performances, but the overall film lacks an emotional punch.

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