Release date: 8 April 2016 Certification:18 Running time: 96 min Director:Ilya Naishuller Starring:Sharlto Copley, Tim Roth, Haley Bennett
It was only a matter of time before the First-Person shooter was translated into film. With Hollywood desperately trying and consistently failing to cash-in on the multi-billion dollar video game industry, it makes sense to try and pursue a different avenue to exploit its popularity. On the surface this seems like a fun premise which, if done right, could at least make for some daft entertainment, and even perhaps allow for some unique story-telling. The result however is far from the mark, and insults the video games which have utilised the format for far more inspired and absorbing material.
Release Date: 5th September 2014 Certification: 15 Running Time: 92 minutes Director: Rowan Joffe Starring: Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong
It would seem that Oscar-Winners Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman are on a quest in 2014 to star exclusively in poorly made yawn-fests. This is the second time this year their paths have crossed: they were also husband and wife in January’s mediocre historical drama The Railway Man, as well as individually starring in howlers The Devil’s Knot and Grace of Monaco. Before I go to Sleep isa thriller with all the suspense and class of a true-life story from Take a Break magazine, nestling comfortably between such front cover stories as ‘He wrote me poems… then attacked me with a meat cleaver!’. To reveal this story’s front cover line would of course spoil the ‘revelation’ two thirds of the way through, although it’s likely that anyone who has seen more than 3 films in their lifetime will have guessed by then, and will be impatiently waiting for the characters to play catch-up.