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.
ReleaseDate: 7th March 2014 Certification:15 Running Time:102 minutes Director:Noam Murro Starring: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey
It’s easy to forget just how much Zack Snyder’s 300 has influenced popular culture since its release in 2006. It went on to create its own sub-genre of sorts; the “adult” historical fantasy as it most likely wishes to be known, or more accurately “tits, gore and swords” as it actually is. The likes of television’s Spartacus series and even the incredibly popular Game of Thrones have ridden on the back of 300‘s success. Eight years later we have a sequel, and it feels much the same as it did then: with all the maturity of a penis drawn in the condensation of a bus window.
Release Date: 18th January 2013 Certification: 18 Director:Quentin Tarantino Starring:Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington
Set to the backdrop of pre-Civil War America, Quentin Tarantino’s latest grindhouse-infused revenge tale plays heavily on race relations and the 19th century slave trade to justify nearly three hours of kitsch-violent, pulp entertainment. Brazenly juxtaposing the hard-hitting source material with his quintessential stylistic excess, Django demands more than a few nods to the director’s previous theatrical outing Inglourious Basterds in its fictitious treatment of history. However, unlike World War II — where the US can (and will) almost unequivocally spin a tale of victory, virtue and patriotism — slavery’s sordid past is often brushed under the proverbial rug, lacking a honest representation in mainstream cinema. While Tarantino’s latest effort may not be drenched in Hollywood melodrama, Django’s portrayal of pre-abolition America is as visceral as they come; as affective as it is excessive.
Release Date: September 7, 2012 Certification: 18 Director: Pete Travis Starring: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey
Judge Dredd is a difficult character to get right. Hollywood learned this the hard way when bringing the universally derided Sly Stallone vehicle Judge Dredd to the screen in 1995. If there is one thing that Dredd gets perfect this time round, it is Karl Urban’s portrayal of its title character. Cold, emotionless and brutally violent; Judge Joseph Dredd makes Dirty Harry look like a dirty liberal. The rest of the film stands up too; it certainly has enough flair and originality to set it apart from your average comic book adaptation, and provides enough eye-poppingly gory violence to satisfy proper action fans.