Weekly Movie Reviews

It’s been a good week for me film-wise with seven movies watched including The Bourne Legacy and Brave. Check out my opinions below.


The Bourne Legacy PosterThe Bourne Legacy (2012)

Why was this made? Money, pure and simple. The Bourne story is not advanced at all in this fourth instalment, instead we focus on a different spy within a different team with very tenuous links to the eponymous spy. This is a shame because taken on its own this is a really fun film that is far easier to follow than Greengrass’ efforts. Popcorn fluff to be enjoyed but not intellectual meat this time.

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A girl with long, curly red hair stares at the viewer holding a bow and an arrow. Behind her is the film's title while at the left shows a bear staring at her.Brave (2012)

Pixar films are usually one of the highlights of the year but the noise and expectation around their latest, Brave was not as loud as normal. I can understand why as this is by far their most traditional film with a “simple” Disney princess plot. Does that make it a bad film? Not at all. I thought it was great and really well done but by Pixar standards it is not one of their best.

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Shaun of the Dead PosterShaun of the Dead (2004)

When I first saw Edgar Wright’s rom-zom-com I wasn’t convinced. I hadn’t been a Spaced fan and while it was amusing it didn’t take the zombie topic seriously enough. However, it has stood the test of time to become a modern cult classic. Pegg and Frost are brilliant, the jokes are hilarious and the it pays beautiful homage to Romero’s classics.

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Cowboys & Aliens PosterCowboys & Aliens (2011)

I was looking forward to this when it came out but then the reviews slated it and I let it pass. I finally caught up with it though and unfortunately it is as bad as feared. Craig and Ford do well enough as cowboys at the start but as soon as the aliens turn up it all goes wrong. Clichéd, stupid and unusually bad special effects lead this to be an instantly forgettable film.

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The Cell (2000)

Psychiatrists can now enter the mind of comatose patients to help try and wake them up. However, when a serial killer falls into the coma it is up to Jennifer Lopez to go into his warped mind to find the location of his latest victim before she drowns. High on visual flair but really lacking in plot, suspense or character. A run of the mill film that only stands out due to it’s striking cinematography.

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Dragnet (1987)

Aykroyd and Hanks? Sounds like a fantastic pairing to me? Sadly the jokes fall flat, the plot is ridiculous and there’s not a lot to redeem this 80’s cop comedy. I remember this being fun once upon a time but seeing it today just makes me realise there was better to come from both the leads. Go and watch Lethal Weapon to see this done right.

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The Ten Commandments (1956)

No-one can make a biblical epic like DeMille and The Ten Commandments is his crowning glory. He fills in some of the gaps from the original text with a love triangle and bit of family rivalry which add some needed depth. Strangely though it spends about 2 hours with really engrossing setup and then seems to rush through to the end. Not perfect but gripping to the end.

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