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Ambulance Review

To discuss Michael Bay and the talent he has in realising the action Hollywood blockbuster is a fine line between joining those who praise the ground he walks and annoying saner individuals who are still upset with Transformers. The joke is on both parties though, because if anything, Ambulance certainly proves Bay has perfected his own formula. His work has always fit the bill for those looking for popcorn explosions but also those looking for deeper, gratifying sensibilities. Pain & Gain was not that long ago, and it provides a perfect example of how Bay has perfected the budget to meaning ratio. Enough for all audiences. Ambulance is another bold participation in that balance but stretches itself thin in places.

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The Guilty Review

While the disgusting factory of Hollywood adaptations churns out the banalest and most uninspired stuff these days, audiences should hold out hope every now and then. The Guilty is that novel concept of planting an individual in a room, isolated from the influence of other parties. Where it worked so well for the Danish-language original was in the unknowable nature of its actors. They are faces that do not define other, major roles. When you place Jake Gyllenhaal into that role, you instead receive the man audiences will define by one grand Hollywood production or another. The Guilty, the latest Netflix feature adaptation, is awash with difficulties and most of them centre on who is within and how they are utilised.

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Okja Review

How far would the audience go to save the life of an innocent creature? Some would not go all that far, as they would be chowing down on some greasy meat product as they slam their way through Okja. That is the beauty of home entertainment, we can eat and drink whatever we like as we passively engage with this environmental warning from Bong Joon-ho. Okja is the calm before the storm that was Parasite. For that, then, we can see where the social message of Okja comes to life, and the reason for it. Environmentalism is a great pop to feature in a Netflix original, and as Joon-ho makes the rounds with this ensemble, the sketch marks of his commentary-driven Oscar-winner can be seen. 

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Bubble Boy Review

Selling the premise of a boy trapped in a bubble with no immune system presents a variety of issues. 2001 was a strange year for filmmakers. They were coping with the receding fear of Y2K, and in that time had seemingly crafted features that were meant to be seen by no living, breathing person. These were the last-ditch hopes of sparking some insanity as the world crashed around them. But it was not to be. A Windows update here and a realisation that Y2K wasn’t going to crash the world there, and the likes of Bubble Boy are born. Unique, strange energy radiates from this Blair Hayes feature, one that taps into the terrors and imagination of the early 2000s.  

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