If you want to skip on, you just need to know this is the Aussie version of the Cohens’ Blood Simple. With sunshine.
Alice wants to leave town with mechanic boyfriend Dylan, but bar-owner husband Jack hires hitman Mr Wolf to kill her. Jack’s sister Lucy needs a substitute body to pull off an insurance scam with indebted gambler husband Nathan, who’s being stung by the corrupt town cop Bruce.
A solid Aussie genre-blending black-comedy-thriller, Kill Me Three Times is Blood Simple, with a workmanlike script, snappy editing and a good cast, with only one problem… Continue Reading
“Let’s do a heist-chase-spy thriller like Salt – that made money. We need a strong female lead to carry it like Angelina – Kurylenko’s a babe, she can do it. Get Morgan Freeman to do his corrupt elder-stateman thing. And we need a British villain – Purefoy, he’s available, and cheap. Couple of car chases, couple of shoot-outs; make it cheaply in Jo’berg – done!”
It’s tricky calling a movie Momentum when the journeyman script can’t maintain any… Continue Reading
A Scotsman and an Irishman go to the Wild Frontier – it’s not the start of a joke, it’s Slow West, a low-budget meander through the bleak Wild West. Fassbender’s lone gun-slinger Sila befriends Kodi Smit-McPhee’s love-lorn Scottish laird, Jay. But the girl he’s pursuing has a price on her head and there’s a gang of outlaw’s after the reward money. Will the immigrant odd couple get to her before they do? And what is Silas’ motive for helping?
Sundance-winning Slow West has epic New Zealand standing in for the epic landscapes of the Old West, and despite nods to old Westerns of bank robbers, bounty hunters, men with no name and fewer words, this is an altogether more complex, European-inflected affair. Continue Reading
For once, a video game adaptation that doesn’t feel like you’re watching someone else play the game. Without the budget to stage a full-on Halo combat story, however, Nightfall instead references a bunch of other movies, with a large dollop of Jim Cameron’s Aliens, Hitchcock’s Lifeboat and a huge swathe of generic sci-fi from Riddick to Lockout.
First question: do we treat this original five-episode X-Box Originals web series as TV, or as I saw it assembled, as a movie?
Second, although Ridley Scott’s Scott Free production company gathers an impressive TV cast making the most of unoriginal material to deliver a compelling sci-fi drama, I’m no expert but even I know this isn’t Halo as-played. Continue Reading
Another Mission Improbable rolls around with the Tom Cruise’s po-faced IMF taking on a shadowy organisation, The Consortium, no, The Confederacy, no, The Co-op; hang on, The Syndicate. Blah. There is no rogue nation, just Spectre-lite in a John Woo style.
A buffed but elderly-looking, asexual Cruise leaps energetically from one set-piece to another, while being upstaged in every one by leading lady Rebecca Ferguson, with whom there’s no hint of chemistry or romance.
Mechanical nuts-and-bolts assembly from Chriss McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) and assorted script-monkeys shows a poverty of ideas unworthy of a movie so expensively financed by China’s Alibaba film company. Continue Reading
When child inventor Frank Walker is recruited at the Worlds Fair, he is transported to a glittering futuristic city in another dimension. Forty years on, teen genius Casey Newton is similarly recruited to join the adult Frank to prevent the end of the world.
In the spirit of a live-action version of The Incredibles (also by director Brad Bird of M.I.-4) or Despicable me, or perhaps, Up! , Tomorrowland rattles along from one bizarrely disjointed set-piece to another without ever getting its act together or deciding who its audience is; a Disney movie with a strong cast that is somehow less than the sum of its parts. Continue Reading
Southern England, 1947: returning from a mystery trip to Japan in search of herbal remedies, a long retired Sherlock Holmes faces up to mortality, but can’t quite shake the last case that led to his retirement. A man out of his time, Holmes must come to terms with the post-world war nuclear age and the loss of the incredible mental faculties that made him the world’s most famous detective.
Now all that remains is to solve a 35 year old mystery, while teaching a ten year old boy about bee keeping. Continue Reading