Friday, 20 October 2017


My first  time writing for Junkee. com, and I defend the National Treasure movies with terminal intensity!

Upon its release in 2004, National Treasure received a grossly underwhelming response from critics. Slammed by most reviewers, it was unfairly labelled as derivative. Empire called it a ‘rushed-out knock-off’ of The Da Vinci Code, judging it ‘simultaneously moronic and mildly educational’. Rolling Stone, rating it 1 out of 5 stars, said it possessed a ‘robotic cheerlessness’ and called it a ‘paycheck movie’ for Nicolas Cage. Not to be outdone, USA Today dismissed National Treasure as a ‘tepid Indiana Jones knock-off’ with a ‘flaccid execution and stupefying premise’.

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IMDB: National Treasure

IMDB: National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets

BLADE RUNNER 2049 (full review at The Reel Word)

In the year 2049, blade runner’s operate as an arm of the police force, ‘retiring’ rogue and older model replicants. K (Ryan Gosling) is a newer model replicant blade runner. Sent to a protein farm to retire the replicant Sapper Morton (Dave Bautista), K happens on a discovery that will lead him to question everything he knows about replicants and humans, as well as his own existence. Played by all sides, he is ordered by his boss Lt Joshi (Robin Wright) to cover up his findings, while simultaneously pursued by the Wallace Corporation, and its enigmatic head Niander Wallace (Jared Leto), who have absorbed the Tyrell Corporation and lead the market in replicant manufacture. K’s investigation leads him inexorably to the doorstep of former blade runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford).

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IMDB: Blade Runner 2049

Monday, 9 October 2017

HELL HOUSE LLC (full review at The Reel Word)

Hell House LLC is a found footage / faux-documentary horror movie from writer / director Stephen Cognetti. This review is of the DVD-only extended cut.

On the opening night of a Halloween Haunted House attraction in upstate New York, something goes wrong resulting in the deaths of fifteen people. With the incident cloaked in silence by both the local community and first responders, what happened inside the walls of the former Abaddon Hotel remains a mystery until a documentary crew receives a delivery of video footage from a survivor. Presented as part found footage, part talking head documentary Hell House LLC shows us haunted house creators Alex, Sarah, Tony, Mac and Paul as they begin prep work on the attraction. Once the electricity is up and running they opt to stay in the house full time and gradually we start to notice some strange goings on.

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IMDB: Hell House LLC

Monday, 2 October 2017

BAD BLOOD (full review at The Reel Word)

Vincent (Xavier Samuel) is a respected author with a tortured past. As he begins the follow up to his successful novel, and embarks on a whirlwind romance with Carrie (Morgan Griffin), he is approache
d by a private detective intent on proving that Vincent was responsible for the murder of his first wife. Needing to get his thoughts together for the book, and keep away from the attentions of the investigator, Vincent suggests to Carrie that they take a short break to the country.  After arriving at the house where they are staying, Vincent’s mood changes and Carrie begins to suspect that he is not quite all that he seems. Events begin to take a more homicidal direction.

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IMDB: Bad Blood

Friday, 15 September 2017

POINT BREAK (full review at The Reel Word)

14th September 2017 marks eight years since the untimely passing of Patrick Swayze, and what better way to remember him, than by taking a look back at one of his greatest movies, the action masterpiece that is Point Break.

Keanu Reeves’ magnificently named hero, Johnny Utah, begins his first day at the F.B.I. with his new partner Angelo Pappas (Gary Busey). Together they are tasked with solving a series of bank robberies by a professional gang known as the Ex Presidents. They hit banks quickly, dressed as Reagan, Carter, LBJ and Nixon. Pappas has a theory the bank robbers are surfers, chasing waves around the world. Utah goes undercover to surveil the beaches and infiltrate the gang. He meets local surfer Tyler (Lori Petty) and forms a fast friendship with surf legend Bodhi (Patrick Swayze). As the friendship grows, Utah learns Bodhi is responsible for the robberies, as he plans to travel for a 50 year storm which will provide the ultimate surf waves.

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IMDB: Point Break

(poster by  James Fosdike)

Friday, 25 August 2017

THE VOID (full review at The Reel Word)

In the middle of a night shift, country police officer Daniel Carter (Aaron Poole) comes across an injured and bloodied young man, James (Evan Stern), on the edge of a forest. Bundling him into the back of his car, he races him off to the local hospital, which is running a skeleton staff due to a recent fire. On reaching the hospital it transpires that James is being pursued by a mysterious knife-wielding cult, dressed in white hooded robes. They lay siege to the hospital while Daniel and the staff, including his estranged wife, Allison (Kathleen Munroe), must find a way out.

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IMDB: The Void

Thursday, 24 August 2017

THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD (full review at The Reel Word)

Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) is an elite bodyguard, down on his luck and catering to low-rent clients after an incident on a high-profile job sent his career into a tailspin. Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) is an incarcerated contract killer who, in exchange for his wife’s freedom, agrees to testify in The Hague against infamous war criminal Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman). As fate would have it, Kincaid is being transported from England by Bryce’s ex-girlfriend, Interpol agent Amelia Roussel (Elodie Yung), whom he blames for his professional nosedive. When the Interpol convoy is ambushed, and suspecting an inside job, Roussel calls on Bryce to help get Kincaid to The Hague intact.

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IMDB: The Hitman's Bodyguard