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Assault on Precinct 13 Review

A horrid change of pace from the John Carpenter original is in store for those that dive into Assault on Precinct 13. Remakes are inevitable, but quality is rare even if there are earnest intentions behind it. Jean-François Richet does not hit the ground running with his big Hollywood break in the directing chair. It is not as if he doesn’t have the cast to take this chilling Carpenter-based piece to new and interesting heights. Unfortunate it is to see Assault on Precinct 13 turn immediately toward grimy tones and inevitably lighter moments in the first act to prep audiences for the surge of violence on the horizon.

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Mystic River Review

Out of all the film’s director Clint Eastwood has crafted, Mystic River is the most frustrating and spectacular of all. It has such great moments within it, but they are wrapped in a blanket of oozing, horrendously thought-out intentions. Where great characters come together, they stumble through their fixations. Childhood friends with dark and gritty lives, people who have outgrown one another yet are changed, for better or worse, by another tragedy that brings them back together. Mystic River is in good hands, it has horrible intentions and strikes a chord with them clearly and quickly, but those darker moments are never mused on effectively even with such great performers at the helm.

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The Matrix Revolutions Review

Bringing it all back to the basics we began with is no small feat of endurance. To do so we must have a story and dedicated directors working tirelessly behind the scenes, primarily in the hopes that their gamble pays off. They have chosen to hold themselves at gunpoint. Deliver the goods of a rewarding trilogy, or be decimated by the greed that comes with spinning off your own venture from a mere four years before. The Matrix Revolutions is the final piece of a very easy, dialogue-driven puzzle, but one that has been satisfying and fun to complete. Surely that is the impact directing pair Lilly and Lana Wachowski were hoping for. 

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The Matrix Reloaded Review

It is not fair to think The Matrix sequels would be as impactful on the culture around it as the first instalment. A flash in the pan is only possible once in a blue moon, and hoping to engage with that superb style again is just not possible. The Matrix Reloaded follows on from a story that benefitted from its open ending. That clarity of there being more to the story was a realisation we understood, and an expansion we did not need. All The Matrix Reloaded can hope to do is expand on the exciting fight scenes and universe found in the final high point of 1999.  

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The Matrix Review

Relevant more for the discourse it has created than the story it wishes to tell, The Matrix is now synonymous with red pills, simulation theory and computer hacking hijinks. That, at least, does not remove the entertainment quality found within this feature from Lily and Lana Wachowski. At its core a fine piece of energetic action with tense, underlying pieces of commentary on the tech-crazed world of the time. One of the many signs of a good story is its relevance and reliability in the modern-day, and with The Matrix, that does feel rather inclusive of its ideas and aims. Its intent is not to scare an audience, but to produce thought and interest in the world around them. That much, this film is successful with, but it does so with the calibre of a usual Hollywood action flick.  

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The Ice Road Review

Winter wonderlands are the recent love of Liam Neeson. Had Cold Pursuit satiated his desire to star in colder climates, then there is doubt looming over the mere existence of The Ice Road. Taking the action legend (who promised he’d retire from said genre several times over the past five years) to another vehicle-bound thrill ride, the latest feature from director Jonathan Hensleigh is mired by a desire to cause tightly-driven chaos where its setting provides the random terror of adaptation. Drivers traverse man-made roads over frozen rivers, the opening crawl tells us, and with that, there is danger abound. But it is how this danger is presented and its troubling disconnect, which makes for such an insufferably tedious affair. 

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Apocalypse Now Review

From its explosive introduction to The Doors’ The End to its final, unflinching moments, Apocalypse Now is the maniacal, dangerous creation Francis Ford Coppola trooped on through to accomplish. His shaky and loose adaptation of the values found in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness are established alongside the waning post-Vietnam war fallout, which inspired so many for the decades to come. It is hard to argue against Apocalypse Now as, at the very least, a definitive, stalwart remedial on the effect the war had on those involved. It is with that in mind that Coppola heads into the heart of darkness, combating not just the powers and horrors between America and Vietnam, but his own demons as well. 

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Review

To give Zack Snyder a fair chance, we must judge him on the merits of his technical craft, as well as the hurdles he had to jump to get his vision to the screen. No excuses are to be found with the director’s cut of a film. It is their vision, the best they could assemble in the year or two they have slaved away on a piece, hoping to appease those out there that wished for gritty nonsense and super serious tones. Do they work? They could. Had they been implemented correctly, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice could have been somewhat engaging or at the very least come dangerously close to being somewhat interesting. There is no room for quality here, with flatlining pacing, tropes that Snyder drags through his usual tropes and lack of effectiveness.

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Man of Steel Review

Had Superman been a character whose interest did not immediately wane through premise alone, Man of Steel would still have had a struggle in finding its audience. A near-invincible entity from another land whose only weakness is green rocks. Clark Kent would clearly hate rock-climbing, geology or anything to do with the rocks that are destined to deplete his sanity, health and mental prowess. Speaking of depleted mental capabilities, Man of Steel director Zack Snyder finds himself in the uncomfortable position of working for fanboys forevermore or not at all. He has, quite clearly, taken the avenue of finance, rather than the corridor of poverty. Harsh it may be to suggest the latter, it is an honest recommendation if Man of Steel is the quality he will offer through the remainder of his time making films. 

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Last Flag Flying (2017) Review

I never really thought I’d want a sequel to the Hal Ashby directed film The Last Detail, a film where Jack Nicholson, Otis Young and Randy Quaid live life up for a couple of days while delivering a young offender to the brig. We join this trio of familiar characters but new faces for one last trip when Doc (Steve Carell) heads off to find Sal (Bryan Cranston) and Mueller (Laurence Fishburne) so he can bury his son who has been killed in Baghdad.

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