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  1.  Above average Euro thriller


    Antibodies begins with a memorable and gripping capture of a suspected serial killer then follows a consuming and at times difficult to watch thriller. I say difficult because the film does not hold back with details of the murders, however the script and direction does not sensationalise or exploit what has happened. it is almost because director Christian Alvert tries to hold back from being too grisly that the scenes and descriptions when portrayed seem all too real and grim. This is a film for grown ups and one of the best serial killer films in a long time.

  2.  Noble effort.


    The trusty old Arthurian legend is tossed aside with what could almost be describes as Arthur Begins, much of the story and characters from lore are reworked into a new telling by director Antoine Fuqua. A brave effort with some excellent action set pieces but overall it doesnt really work. The story falls flat with a poor script and junking much of the legend for a supposed more factual tale is a mistake. The normally fine Clive Owen in the title role seems very distant and at times ghostlike in his performance, not the battle hardened military commander the role demands. Other members of the ensemble seem equally miscast. In the end the gamble of reworking the legend combined with a poor script and miscasting have produced a noble but inadequate effort.

  3.  When you go down to the woods today...


    A triple selection of inbred/mutant cannibal films. All 3 films follow a similar formula, lost in the woods being hunted by unfriendly locals. These films have all the ingredients to be terrible, poor acting, workmanlike direction, unoriginal story, annoying characters etc but I ended up quite enjoying all 3. Sure the quality depreciates noticably after each film, the 3rd having some truly dire CGI work but the films are fun and don't seem to take themselves to seriously. None of the films make a lot of sense but these are pure B movie offerings. The cannibals are fairly grotesque and the death scenes are suitably gorey. No effort for the brain with Wrong Turn, switch off and enjoy.

  4.  Nice wee doggie...


    The best werewolf film since the one about the yank in London so far. Writer/Director Neil Marshall could make another fifty movies that were all terrible and I would still think he was brilliant because of this. Its funny, with likeable sympathetic characters and seems CGI free which is always a bonus when on a restricted budget. I really cannot fault this film on anything and to think Neil Marshall followed it up with The Descent, the scariest film of the past 10 years.

  5.  Voyage of the damned


    I really like the work of director Christopher Smith but I was not looking forward to Triangle as much as his other 3 films, the DVD cover and synopsis didnt grab me as much as the likes of Creep or Black Death. Pleased to say I was wrong, Triangle is a very smart off-beat thriller which demands a little investment on the part of the viewer. Some reviews are unhappy with the resolution/ending of the film but for me that is one of its strengths and is kind of the point of it. Dream like and unnerving and in my opinion a modern classic.

  6.  Nazi Yawn


    Another entry in the undead or ghostly Nazi genre is Nazi Dawn, where a small group of Special Forces guys are sent to investigate a distressed US ship that is prison to one of the worlds most feared terrorists. The viewer is then subjected to a formulaic one by one slaying of the supposed elite soldiers by an unseen evil presence. The film is very poorly directed even when taking into account what looks like a modest budget, the plot and acting are equally dire. The action apparently takes place on an ageing US warship drifting close to Iran but in several scenes the ship is obviously static, even the harbour is visible. More ridiculous elements include a shady government sanctioned ghost hunting duo, the unconvincing Special Forces and a misplaced father and son bonding moment. The single undead Nazi is wisely kept out of sight for most of the film as when the reveal does happen he is neither scary nor shocking. Overall Nazi Dawn sits dead in the water. Not even an unapologetic Lance Henrikson can save this wreck.

  7.  Unwatchable..


    The split screen design and ticking clock on the DVD cover makes me think of the superb TV series 24. The film itself shares many themes previously explored in 24 such as extreme terrorism, torture and the hunt for hidden nuclear bombs, however I found Unthinkable guilty of that most terrible of thriller film crimes, Boring. There is little action throughout the film and suspense is nowhere to be seen. The main characters all seem to be playing out in their own little films; Samuel L Jackson shouts a lot (Intense!) Carrie-Anne Moss argues a lot (Forthright!) and Michael Sheen screams a lot (Oh the pain!) but there is an absence of chemistry between any of them. The moral dilemma of the film; how far can a good, honest person sanction torture to potentially save the lives of thousands of people is handled poorly by the director. In what is essentially a find the hidden bombs before its too late caper film the lack of tension is all too evident. I was expecting a more action based thriller, but perhaps the film considers itself to be more cerebral than it needs to be. The explicit scenes of torture are fairly exploitative and serve only to make the point that torture is not pretty. Overall some interesting themes have been squandered and the marketing as an action packed thriller may be somewhat off the mark. Poor effort.

  8.  Doesn't quite take off.


    The story of the sole survivor of a devastating plane crash being the pilot and his subsequent search for answers is an interesting enough plot to grab the senses, however the film is tangled like the wreckage of a downed airliner. The James Herbert novel on which this film is based contains more than enough drama and horror to fill an hour and a half but the resulting film, which decides to deviate in several tangents, seems a bit of a cutting room casualty. Robert Powell in the lead role is very good but does have the look of someone struggling with a poor script and lack of direction. The Jenny Agutter character is either over or under used but it is hard to tell which. There are good points in this too - the opening crash is done well for the era (early 80's) and there are a couple of good 'jumps' but the whole piece is unsettled and at times difficult to understand. Worth watching but let down by plot and direction (by the much missed David Hemmings).

  9.  Slaying Private Ryan


    Nazi zombie movies have been around for a while now (think back to the likes of Zombie Lake etc) however there have been a recent upsurge in re-animating the WWII bad boys. Films such as Outpost (scary) and Dead Snow (fun) show there is afterlife left in the old jackboots yet. Then there is Zombies Of War - I confess I bought this mainly on the cover art showing a master race of undead stormtroopers en masse. Nothing in the film comes close to this premise. The film itself is utterly mind-blowingly awful. It not only manages to sanitise the entire Second World War but turns Zombie Nazi's (the few that are actually in the film) into clownish rejects from Michael Jackson's Thriller video. There are people out there (like me) who enjoy and seek out bad movies - but I plead with you, avoid. I am now hoping that someone invents a time machine that allows me to get my hour and a half back.

  10.  Best version so far.


    Director Don Sharp and the ever reliable Robert Powell give us a good old fashioned tale of pre-war spies and wrong man on the run. The Hitchcock version may be considered 'classic' but this late 70's effort combines a solid cast and good attention to detail which is always essential in any period piece. The action is delivered very efficiently and who can forget the iconic Big Ben climax. Exciting, with a slight touch of humour when required, The Thirty Nine Steps is much more than a 'bank holiday special'.