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  1.  A really good, original film with some good twists


    I would never have even heard of this film, but caught it on a flight once and really enjoyed it. It does have a bit of a made for TV movie, rather than big budget feel, but the plot is very intriguing. Jesse Metcalf is a journalist looking for a big story. He targets the District Attorney, played by Michael Douglas, who he thinks is fixing evidence to win cases. He stages a crime and makes himself the prime suspect, holding back evidence that will show that he didn't commit the crime. It is an original plot and well acted. It has a bit of a Hitchcock feel to it. I really enjoyed it and bar a little bit of plot convenience, this was well acted and original. Give it a try.

  2.  Dreadful film noir and overly violent


    You won't find a bigger fan of film noir than me. LA Confidential is one of my favourite films. Casey Affleck is a superb actor. Excellent in Gone Baby Gone. Add to this, Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson and you have a very good and beautiful cast. The early violent scene is beyond shocking and isn't something you would want to watch, let alone watch again. I have seen many violent scenes in films but it is especially long, graphic and disgusting. The rest of the film wasn't great. It isn't very plausible and the characters in the film aren't very appealing. There is nothing wrong with the acting, but the story didn't hold my interest. I'm sure you can find many other good 50's set films out there. But avoid this one.

  3.  Outstanding Action Movie In The Die Hard Mould


    It has been a lean couple of years for movies. So many sequels and 12 certificate comic book movies dumbed down to feed the masses. This film reminded me of the Steven Seagal types, the few good ones (Under Siege, Executive Decision), with brilliant action and effects, a very good cast and a great pace throughout. From the opening, when the terrorists brutally attack Washington DC, to Gerard's Butler's attempt to infiltrate the Whitehouse, this has superb action, effects and tension throughout. It reminded me of Under Siege, Die Hard, Executive Decision etc. So glad to see a film I want to buy, rather than the amount of average nonsense that has been out lately. Implausible, OTT, maybe, but this is real popcorn entertainment, good actors, special effects from the top drawer. Superb.

  4.  Violent Simple Gangster Story


    Watched this on a recent plane flight. Lots of action and violence. An incredible cast including Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin as cops who chase down crime lord Mickey Cohen, played by Sean Penn, with Emma Stone thrown in as a gangsters mol. It is quite crude and violent at times, but still sets the 50's scene well. LA Confidential is one of my favourite films ever and this doesn't quite have the gripping plot or subtlety, but it is a period we do not see often enough in films. This is well worth a watch. It also reminded me of the Untouchables a bit, which is again slightly superior, but this is solid entertainment none the less.

  5.  In between bad and awful


    I bought the 3 series on DVD and loved most of the episodes. Rented this film and was so disappointed. In the main the storyline is dire. The script is not much better and it isn't anywhere near as funny as the series. It still made loads of money, but fans of the series deserved so much more. Let's hope if they come back for another pay day someone else writes it. Clearly beyond a 25 mins episode was too much for them.

  6.  Shocking horror movie, but very good


    One of the most brutal horror movies I have seen. Gritty and realistic attack on the woman who "dies" and then gets her bloody revenge on the gang. Some of the most brutal revenge scenes you will see. It does what it says on the tin, this one.

  7.  Cracking Baseball Movie


    I like baseball. Brad Pitt is excellent in this, playing a real life story of an Oakland Athletics general manager, who frustrated by his team losing their best players to other richer clubs came up with a system of scouting/rating players which temporarily brought them success. It is a fairly simple premise, with a good script, nice support from Jonah Hill and an under-used Phillip Seymour Hoffman. This is a nice feel good movie. You certainly don't have to be a baseball fan, but one for sports fans maybe and a very good performance (Oscar Nominated) from Brad Pitt.

  8.  Classic Kevin Bacon Vigilante Movie


    Loved this from Saw director James Wan. Superb revenge thriller. Kevin Bacon's son is killed by a gang doing an initiation. Kevin get his revenge on the guy and then faces a battle to save his family after the gang come after him. It just loses one mark for a slightly uncomfortable opening (cheesey family stuff) and a very silly plot hole when Kevin leaves the hospital on foot and the police don't find him or look for him at his home! Really good direction, one fantastic one shot 8-10 mins scene where Kevin is being chased by the gang through an alley way and a multi storey car park. Acting all round is very good and lots of action. You must have enjoyed Saw and while this is not as clever and more of a budget it is another worthy outing for James Wan who is a talent.

  9.  Great French Action Revenge Movie


    Jean Reno is an ex-drug dealer out with his son when he shot 22 times by a masked gang. He survives and one by one takes deadly revenge on a crew. The pace is good. Lots of action and shootings. We all know Jean Reno of Leon fame is an excellent actor. Highly recommended. Also try Tell No One and Point Blank, 2 other excellent French Films.

  10.  Poor prison film


    This looked interesting, bought it from play.com and watched it with a mate who was also not impressed. Despite a good cast, the plot becomes silly and after untold things happen to Adrian Brody he just forgets and walks away. Shawshank Redemption, Green Mile or The Last Castle this isn't. I've not seen Adrian Brody in many good films, but try Forrest Whittaker in The Last King Of Scotland or Street Kings. Far more enjoyable and better storylines. Prison Break is excellent too.