Monday, 15 August 2016

DVD Roundup: drone edition

To be honest, as soon as I saw the words "from the director of X-Men Origins: Wolverine" I felt compelled to dismiss this film. But looking a little further inspires some hope in me. Firstly, the cast looks top notch, with Helen Mirren, the late Alan Rickman, and Aaron Paul all featuring, plus the fantastic Barkhad Abdi, who just killed it as the lead pirate in Captain Phillips (which got him the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor). The plot seems interesting too, questioning the morals of drone bombing, and from from a Western angle. Eye in the Sky has also gathered plenty of high ratings, so if you fancy a thought provoking thriller, this may be the film for you.

Despite the scandal of the first film, Snow White and the Huntsman, involving director Rupert Sanders affair with Kristen Stewart, that didn't deter Universal with commissioning a sequel. The Huntsman: Winter's War boasts a good cast, with Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, and Jessica Chastain starring, but was marred by poor box office return and bad reviews, adhering to the modern lament of "unnecessary sequel".

Yeah, Criminal should of been a B-Movie sci-fi horror. With a premise that sounds crazy - a CIA agent has his memories transplanted into a death row inmate to stop a hacker with access to missiles - I fear this film may take itself too seriously. Plus its got a cameo from Piers Morgan, and nobody likes that.

Re-release of the week is Microwave Massacre, Wayne Berwick's 1983 comedy horror. Lauded as one of the worst horrors in cinematic history, it nonetheless has gathered a cult following. It involves cannibalism, sex, bologna sandwich's, a dead crab, and, of course, the cooking method of choice in a microwave (no fava beans or a nice chianti here). B-movies, nay, Z-movies are an experience, designed not to be good, but to stir you out of the humdrum through violence, sick humour, and more often than not, boredom. If your life needs a bit of a shake up, Microwave Massacre could be the movie for you.

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