Comparisons to that other pinnacle of martial arts video game adaptations, Mortal Kombat, are inevitable, but I can successfully say that Dead or Alive blows it out of the bikini-filled water.
Someone somewhere was given an assignment.
Director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson follow up Baraka with Samsara, a self-described visual meditation of human spirituality and experience.
I like the concept of trophies / achievements. I think they’re one of the best things to happen to video games, though I’m sure that thought will be countered by many quite vehemently.
Jee-woon Kim’s first foray in American cinema coincides with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proper return to the big screen, after his cameo in Expendables 2.
So JJ Abrams is to direct Star Wars episode 7. I have to write an obligatory article about this, I’m not a big fan of the franchise, though I am a film fan so it’s hard to ignore it. The concept of Star Wars is ripe for exploration and it’s a shame that its taken this long for it to be opened up to other film-makers.
Originally posted at film-news.co.uk.
With a length of 86 minutes, Jackpot is not long enough to have much substance, but makes up for it with funny dialogue, amusing twists, and violent escapades reminiscent of the best the 90’s had to offer such as Fargo, Red Rock West, and A Simple Plan.
Kathryn Bigelow’s follow up to the Oscar winning Hurt Locker continues her exploration of mental anguish suffered by employees of a major US government institution, and inflicted on its enemies. With Hurt Locker it was about the soldier, in this case it’s the CIA operative.
Daniel Day-Lewis has reached such dizzying heights in his chosen profession that the extras in this film aren’t even acting, they’re genuinely awestruck in his presence. Mumbling their lines with puppy dog faces while hyperventilating, “Yes Mr…Lincoln…”
Disclaimer: I have not played any of the previous Hitman games. Maybe I did play them in another life and have forgotten. Either way, let’s view this stealth-em-up through the eyes of a newcomer to the franchise.