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Reviewer:
benminx
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  1.  Huge fun, elevated by tongue in cheek performances.

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    This should be appalling - it's yet another attempt to move the dracula myth into the 21st century. However, despite some slightly dodgy moments, a hilarious and wry central performance from Johnny Lee Miller with some great FX and a fast zippy action pace combined with some hilariously (intentionally) funny dialogue make it a real B-movie zinger, perfect for filling an action-horror craving. Watch it expecting some serious gore and trauma, and you'll be bitterly disappointed. Watch it expecting wry humour, flashy action and a great sense of fun, and you'll have a blast. Well worth the money.

  2.  Great fun cheesy horror

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    Having not seen the original, I'm in no position to comment on this remake's better/worse/authentic status. What I can do is tell you whether it was enjoyable, and that's a definite yes. It opens with a (literally) blood-drenched scrapyard ghost hunt which introduces two of the characters, and the tone of the film - overacted, slightly cheesy, very violent and brutal horror with a hint of comedy daftness. We soon meet Tony Shalhoub's grieving family, when they're informed they've inherited the house of an eccentric long lost uncle, and the reveal of the house is stunning. It's a masterpiece of production design, all glass, laden with gleaming mechanisms and glittering surfaces. As a location, it may be one of the best in film history. The family are well played, and the lawyer adds smarmy suspicion, while Matthew Lillard plays it for over-the-top as usual but gives some nice comic/histrionic beats as a kind of pro-ghost eco warrior. The ghosts themselves, when they show up, are inspired works of creative design, and there's a nice little featurette on them. Each one has its own style or 'look' and they stand out tremendously. There's a daft gizmo, in the form of sci-fi style eyewear that apparently replaced glasses in the original that let the characters see the beasties, and this leads to some tense moments. There are also some gruesome deaths. I found it slightly undermined by Tony Shalhoub's unconvincing turn as the dad, but others may disgree. It's daft, fun, incredibly glossy, and fairly violent. Great fun for a trashy and enjoyable horror.

  3.  Stunningly good legal thriller

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    This film is carried aloft on the shoulders of it's many peers by to GREAT central performances - Richard Gere and Edward Norton make this a slam-dunk of charisma and talent. Gere plays vain, prideful attorney Martin Vail, handed the case of a young man who may or may not have slain an Archbishop with horrifying brutality. However, Norton's character seems incapable of such aggression, and Vail feels the need to dig deeper. With a career-making stellar turn by Norton in his feature film debut, terrific support from a top-of-her-game Laura Linney, and Gere at his charismatic best, as well as an almost sadistically labrynthine twisting plot, this is legal thriller entertainment at its absolute best. Ignore the slow pacing of the party at the opening - once past this, the film accelerates into an absolutely unmissable stunner. Superb.

  4.  Enjoyable killer thriller

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    Magazine reviews led me to expect very little from this thriller. As a result I was pleasantly surprised when I eventually watched it and found it to be extremely enjoyable. Pacino and DeNiro make for a very charismatic cntral pair, with their characters' messy moral reasons for joining the police force, and their snappy banter. The plot twists and turns enjoyable, and while Curtis 'Fiddy Cent' Jackson plays a typical gangsta stereotype, he carries it off quite well. The action is violent and aggressive, and the atmosphere is enjoyably grim and tense. It's a well-executed (pun intended) enjoyable night in.

  5.  A fun action thriller

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    Stealth is a wierd beast - it's a B-movie action thriller with an A-list cast - Josh Lucas, Jessica Beil and Jamie Foxx play the central trio of heroes, flying stealth prototype attack planes as part of a high-profile experimental squadron. When they are told they're going to receive a new wingman, they aren't happy. But it soon becomes obvious that the astonishing un-manned EDI combat aircraft is the way of the future, and they might all be obsolete...until it goes rogue...
    Rob Cohen tends to make 2 types of film - great trashy fun (The Fast & the Furious) or films that fail to live up to their potential (Dragonheart). This is the former - a great fun thriller that is full of amazingly flashy and exciting special effects, high-speed aerial combat, and high-octane charisma from stellar leads. Lucas, Beil and Foxx manage to just about outshine the effects, but this is all about the EDI. They've made him a smart, cocky genius with interesting character traits (we find he likes music rather a lot, in one amusing scene) and a bad attitude. He also looks spectacular, and it's their attempts to stop him that suck the pilots into deeper and deeper trouble as they journey from the Far East, to Russia and halfway across the globe in a blur of tension, bullets and adrenaline. This is a popcorn and beer pure action movie, but one does wonder if it was written in the 80's during the cold war and then Re-written once put into production. Why? While not giving away any plot points, the distance these aircraft travel is absurd. While one central thread - violating Russian airspace and travelling to Alaska - makes sense and hints at these cold war origins, the events in the Middle East and North Korea seem to have been written in around it to bring it more sharply up to date. Despite that, it's a great wham-bam thriller with some truly spectacular explosions, stunning aerial battles, and flashy attack scenes executed with great macho charisma. Very good fun.

  6.  A quirky change of course for the franchise

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    When a doctor investigates strange deaths, he uncovers a nasty plot by an Irish business tycoon involving Halloween, religious ceremonies, and minerals...
    It's a peculiar route to go down, dumping Michael Myers for a slasher-free sequel, but it has a creepy, serious atmosphere and some very nasty violent deaths, and works quite well. The climax is good, and the story is interesting. It's not as exciting as it could be, but it's still a very interesting addition to the Halloween series.

  7.  Genuinely worth owning - patchy but great entertainment

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    The only way to give you my impression of why this is worth owning is to briefly rate each film. The original is a classic, but is it still scary? Yep, fairly. Watching this again I'm reminded how impressive the scenery and the set-up are. The kills are tame by modern standards but it's a great if slightly cheesy thriller: 4/5. Part 2: Scary, very enjoyably acted, and great fun. 5/5. Part 3: (originally in 3D and you can tell from slightly flat moments with objects pointing/lunging at the screen) still scary, but cheesier, but very gruesome and creepy Jason-attack moments. 3/5. Part 4: Very exciting and a surprisingly hardcore violence in a terrific horror thriller: 5/5. Part 5: Maybe the weakest of the bunch, Patchy characters, patchy acting, violent, but a weak climax. 2/5. Part 6: A typical teenagers get slashed in the woods/lake thriller - very cheesy and also patchy plotting but quite violent and fun. 3/5. Part 7 is a great surprise. Despite it's slightly silly psychic sideline, and a patchy teenage cast, it's terrifically violent and for me has the most disgusting and gory Jason of the series which makes him look like a true movie-monster legend. Also has an incredible climax. 5/5. Part 8: As Jason hitches a ride on a graduation boat trip to Manhattan, it has some silly moments and cheese, but is very violent and fun. 4/5. With a quick scan at the above you can tell the collection offers above average entertainment the majority of the time. With several hours of entertainment, I found that to be a great deal, and had no regrets about buying the set. Enjoyed it enormously.

  8. Rogue

    Rogue

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     Great monster-croc film-the film Black Water should've been

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    THIS is how you make a monster-croc thriller set in Australia. Get Radha Mitchell as a tour boat guide (always dependable as she manages to blend grounded normality with being very watchable). Get Michael Vartan of Alias fame along as a passenger and her flirtation interest, and throw in rising action star Sam Worthington as a local lout whose fate ends up tied to theirs, and you've got a great cast. Add in fantastic scenery and tense filming, and you're even better on course. But then throw in one hell of a croc, the reveal executed via some truly fantastic attack scenes, and you've got a true thriller. Wolf Creek director McLean shows he knows how to handle traditional monster movie thrills and faster action, and there are enough slight twists and turns to keep you genuinely guessing who will or won't survive the ordeal once the tour boat passengers end up stranded and hunted by the titular 'rogue' croc. A pulse-pounder of a monster movie thriller!

  9.  Perfect re-launch for the man of steel

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    For all the current maligning and talk of need for a 're-boot' (the current trend for everything it seems), you'd think this was shot on video and starring Dappy from N-Dubz as Superman. Instead, it's as pitch perfect as a re-launch gets. Brandon Routh makes a superb Man of Steel, imbuing the role with both a handsome other-worldly grace, and a deeply human kindness and emotion that will feel familiar to Christopher Reeves' fans, but is still very much his own take on the role. The film starts after he has returned from a long absence looking for remnants of Krypton, and the world has moved on. While it does briefly - and excellently - hark back to his childhood discovery of his powers, the film is rooted in the present, and a new threat from Kevin Spacey's Lex Luthor. Spacey doesn't quite soar to Gene Hackman's heights of delicious comedy villainy, but he does bring sly humour and evil to the role, and is aided by Parker Posey as his conflicted 'gangster's moll' style sidekick. The film is perfectly paced, the fun, fairground ride of a plot revealing itself piece by spectacular piece amongst one amazing moment after another - whether during a night flight with Lois, or an astonishingly tense plane-crash set-piece - and it is set firmly and reverently amongst the mythology established by the previous films. Bryan Singer paints a beautiful canvas too. I watched this again only recently, and remember thinking that almost every frame and shot of the film is so beautiful and colourful that it could be a painted canvas landscape. It's a perfectly designed, convincingly acted, thrillingly exciting superhero movie with a strong emotional core being provided by some great writing. A heck of a comeback, filled with epic, amazing set-pieces. A truly justified modern classic.

  10.  Highly disturbing tale told with grim authenticity

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    Greg McLean lulls us into a false sense of security with an opening that borders on the tedious. We're introduced to the lead trio of friends at a langorous pace, McLean letting the ordinariness of pace and majesty of the countryside heighten our awareness that surely something must happen soon. And so when a very friendly and nice stranger turns up to help fix their car, offering them a lift, we're on high alert. However, the wait for anything to go wrong is very cleverly manipulated and stretched out for even more suspense, before our characters suddenly realise they're in horrifyingly deep trouble, and they might not make it out alive.
    In rooting it all so firmly in normality, and some very naturalistic, non-'actory' performances from all of his cast, McLean makes this all feel horrifyingly close-up and possible, and the twisted normality of the villain and casual relaxed manner with which he inflicts horrifying events on the main characters makes it even harder to watch. Knowing that this was at least loosely based on a true story made it tough viewing for us, and a disturbing experience that will stick in the brain. A frightening protrait of appalling cruelty wrapped up in charm and normality.