Sunday, 19 September 2010

This Week's DVD/Blu-ray Choice, September 20th

This week's chosen DVD release is the Spanish horror sequel, [REC]2.

Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza team once again after the surprising acclaim for their high octance, intense first-hand horror [REC], detailing an infectious outbreak within the confines of an apartment block from the view of a reporter and her cameraman. Unnervingly ending, a sequel was inevitable. This time we follow a group of SWAT team members outfitted with cameras enter the quarantined building just seconds after the first ended. Accompanied by a medical officer, the team must acquire a blood sample from one of the building's infectious inhabitants, proving rather difficult due to their increasingly problematic state. A worthwhile sequel, changing the pace almost entirely from a full-blown horror, to an action film with elements of horror - much like Alien and it's James Cameron directed sequel Aliens.

Honourable Mentions:

Surprisingly, J-Lo's return to the big-screen in The Back-Up Plan wasn't as terrible as most were expecting. Sure it suffered under a predicable script, with even more predictable performances from its lead stars, but somehow it managed to sweeten me enough to not fully loathe the characters and the melodramatic situations they find themselves in. Jennifer Lopez's character is articifically inseminated the day she meets the hunk of her dreams, therefore breaks the news to him upon their first full night together. Sticking around, he attempts to care for her through her pregnancy. A light, often frothy, romcom with a few decent laughs.

Dishonourable Mentions:

Not even Julie Andrews can raise this sinking turd. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson continues his streak of family-friendly, supposedly laugh-a-second, comedies with The Tooth Fairy, the edgy true story of a pro hockey player that lands a part-time job as a high-flying, child-stalking mystical tooth fairy due to his particularly bad deed against his girlfriend's child. Well, i may have strayed a little, but hey, it sounds a million times better, no?

Other releases...

Roman Polanski's political thriller The Ghost (The Ghost Writer) based on Robert Harris' novel depicts the intense story of Ewan McGregor's character taking the job of completing the memoirs of an infamous ex prime minister which almost instantly proves life threatening. The film co-stars Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Williams and Kim Cattrall.

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