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Safe | DVD | (10/09/2012)
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Don't expect a Jason Statham franchise starter à la the Transporter series from Safe. But by all means do expect a flat-out fun-times thriller, with all the bone-crunching stunts and nimbly executed action sequences we've come to expect from the bald British bulldog, whose steely eyes and no-quarter attitude lays bad guys to waste wherever he wanders. And there are plenty of bad guys to go around. There's the Chinese triad mob that has kidnapped and is exploiting a little girl named Mei (Catherine Chan), a hard-nosed cutie with a photographic memory; she's literally a human safe. There's also the Russian mafia, desperate for the long string of numbers locked in Mei's head, which is later revealed to be the combination of an actual safe. Then there's the corrupt squad of elite New York City police department goons who only want money, and after they find out there's a lot of it in said safe, they join the chase too. The mayor's involved as well, along with his mysterious aide, who has a stake in all the above-mentioned parties and who proves to be the figure to bring the plot points into focus. The common thread in all this is, of course, Jason Statham, who plays Luke, a disgraced mixed martial arts champ with a chip on his shoulder because he's now living life as a chump. Luke went down hard after not taking a fall for the Russians, and he's lost his family as a result. Wandering Manhattan in self-imposed internal exile, he's a homeless, depressive loner on the verge of suicide, until he accidentally stumbles into all this safe business by crossing paths with Mei in a moment of preposterous movie coincidence. Sensing the chance for redemption, he starts cracking heads and cracking wise with the Chinese and the Russians. Ditto the cops, with whom it turns out he has some lingering bad business. It's not a bad story by any means and it serves the adventure aspects in ways that are often giddily agreeable. Writer-director Boaz Yakin has the right stuff to make the pieces fit into some semblance of logic, if not always believability. He also handles his star with bare-knuckled exuberance, letting Statham do what we want him to: outwit and out-brawn the villains with gut-busting grace in a nearly uninterrupted string of neatly choreographed set pieces. Safe is actually a little more appealing than the Transporter and Crank movies because of its attention to narrative detail and imaginative battle setups. Statham is a smart actor who may have become pigeonholed by genre, but he consistently satisfies with his deadpan demeanour and genuinely impressive chops--both physical and theatrical. Safe is sound, satisfying entertainment that will delight fans of the action hero and may surprise those who are experiencing his moves as an international star for the first time. --Ted Fry
Elysium | DVD | (26/12/2013)
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In the year 2154 two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium and the rest who live on an overpopulated ruined Earth. Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) will stop at nothing to preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium - but that doesn't stop the people of Earth from trying to get in by any means they can. Max (Matt Damon) agrees to take on a life-threatening mission one that could bring equality to these polarised worlds.
Red Lights | Blu Ray | (22/10/2012)
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Call them professional skeptics: well-known academic ghostbuster Dr. Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and her very focused assistant Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) travel around to alleged instances of paranormal activity, the better to debunk such hugger-mugger. A rather large challenge arrives in the form of a long-retired psychic, one Simon Silver (Robert De Niro), a legendary (and quite blind) reader of minds and bender of spoons. This showdown between the forces of rationality and the specter of X-Files-level phenomena gets off to a promising start, as writer-director Rodrigo Cortés stages a few nifty sequences of the debunkers at work. Also nice to see the perpetually haunted Murphy in a lead role, and Weaver's pretty commanding without doing anything fussy. It's therefore a shame that logic flies out the window at a certain point in the storyline (this is a movie with far too many "In that case, why didn't they just do this?" moments), and that the overall approach becomes pointlessly frantic. Cortés did rather nicely with the restrictions of his 2010 feature Buried, which was set entirely in a coffin, but the larger playing field seems to be a greater challenge--and the ending seems a little overdesigned to foment a thousand online arguments. Final sin: wasting Elizabeth Olsen in a completely decorative role. --Robert Horton
Flame And Citron | DVD | (15/03/2010)
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Copenhagen 1944 While the Danish population hopes for a swift end to the war freedom fighters Bent Faurschou Hviid (aka: Flame) and Jorgen Haagen Schmith (aka: Citron) secretly put their lives at stake fighting for the Holger Danske resistance group. Based on actual events and eye-witness acounts Flame And Citron tells the story of their struggle for justice and freedom.
The Infiltrator | DVD | (23/01/2017)
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Based on a true story, federal agent ROBERT BOB MAZUR (Bryan Cranston) goes deep undercover to infiltrate Pablo Escobar's drug trafficking scene plaguing the nation in 1986 by posing as slick, money-laundering businessman Bob Musella. Teamed with impulsive and streetwise fellow agent EMIR ABREU (John Leguizamo) and KATHY ERTZ (Diane Kruger), a rookie undercover agent posing as his fiancÃ©, Mazur befriends Escobar's top lieutenant ROBERTO ALCAINO (Benjamin Bratt). Navigating a vicious criminal network in which the slightest slip-up could cost him his life, Mazur risks it all building a case that leads to indictments of more than 100 drug lords and the corrupt bankers who cleaned their dirty money, along with the collapse of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, one of the largest money-laundering banks in the world.Click Images to Enlarge
Attack The Block | DVD | (19/09/2011)
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Attack the Block is a fast funny frightening action adventure movie that pits a teen gang against an invasion of savage alien monsters. It turns a London housing estate into a sci-fi playground. A tower block into a fortress under siege. And teenage street kids into heroes. Its inner city versus outer space. Trainee nurse Sam is walking home to her flat in a scary South London tower block when she's robbed by a gang of masked hooded youths. She's saved when the gang are distracted by a bright meteorite which falls from the sky and hits a nearby parked car. Sam flees just before the gang are attacked by a small alien creature that leaps from the wreckage. The gang chase the creature and kill it dragging its ghoulish carcass to the top of the block which they treat as their territory. While Sam and the police hunt for the gang a second wave of meteors fall. Confident of victory against such feeble invaders the gang grab weapons mount bikes and mopeds and set out to defend their turf. But this time the creatures are bigger. Much bigger. Savage shadowy and bestial they are hunting their fallen comrade and nothing will stand in their way. The estate is about to become a battleground. And the bunch of no-hope kids who just attacked Sam are about to become her and the block's only hope.
Run All Night | DVD | (10/08/2015)
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Brooklyn mobster and prolific hit man Jimmy Conlon (Neeson) once known as The Gravedigger has seen better days. Longtime best friend of mob boss Shawn Maguire (Harris) Jimmy now 55 is haunted by the sins of his past&mdash;as well as a dogged police detective (Vincent D&rsquo;Onofrio) who&rsquo;s been one step behind Jimmy for 30 years. Lately it seems Jimmy&rsquo;s only solace can be found at the bottom of a whiskey glass. But when Jimmy&rsquo;s estranged son Mike (Joel Kinnaman) becomes a target Jimmy must make a choice between the crime family he chose and the real family he abandoned long ago. With Mike on the run Jimmy&rsquo;s only penance for his past mistakes may be to keep his son from the same fate Jimmy is certain he&rsquo;ll face himself&hellip;at the wrong end of a gun. Now with nowhere safe to turn Jimmy just has one night to figure out exactly where his loyalties lie and to see if he can finally make things right.
House Of Flying Daggers | Blu Ray | (06/10/2008)
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The once great Tang Dynasty is now in decline. Numerous rebel groups have formed the largest of which is the House of Flying Daggers based in Feng Tian county. The Flying Daggers steal from the rich and give to the poor gaining the support of the locals. The local deputies have managed to kill the leader of the Flying Daggers but the rebel group only becomes stronger due to a mysterious new leader. Jin and Leo two police captains are ordered to kill the new leader within ten days. In order to accomplish this they arrest Mei a blind dancer who is suspected of being the daughter of the old leader. While Mei is incarcerated Jin and Leo decide to play a trick on her; Jin will pretend to be a lone warrior called Wind and break her out of prison. This will gain her trust and hopefully Jin will be lead to the headquarters of Flying Daggers. The plan works but Mei and Jin begin to fall in love on the way. We eventually find out that Mei was only pretending to be blind and has known who Jin was all along and that Leo was working for the House of Flying Daggers as an undercover agent. He had hopes of winning Mei's affection by helping to destroy the government from within. Leo is upset that his many years of working undercover have not succeeded in winning Mei's heart but Jin's three days have. The emotions of the three spill into battle leading to tragedy.
Ultraviolet | Blu Ray | (08/04/2007)
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The Blood War is On! Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil The Fifth Element) Cameron Bright (X-Men 3) Nick Chinlund (The Legend of Zorro) and William Fichtner (The Longest Yard) star in this story of a woman caught in a futuristic civil war between the government and a subculture of disease modified humans in whom speed strength and intelligence are magnified. In the film she must fend off the human government to protect a young boy who has been marked for death.
Kingdom of Heaven | DVD | (03/10/2005)
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It's the time of the Crusades. A blacksmith, Balian, discovers that his father is a knight, Godfrey Of Ibelin. Together they travel to Jerusalem, the Holy City where a Christian King maintains the fragile peace. When trouble flares between the conflicting religious groups Balian swears to protect the innocent and attempt to broker peace.
Badlands | DVD | (26/05/2003)
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Still one of American cinema's most powerful, daring film-making debuts, Terrence Malick's Badlands is a quirky, visionary psychological and social enigma masquerading as a simple lovers-on-the-run flick. Inspired by the 1958 murders in the cold, stark badlands of South Dakota by Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate, the film's plot, on the surface, is similar to that of other killing-couple films, like Bonnie and Clyde and Gun Crazy. Martin Sheen, in an understated, sophisticated performance, plays the strange James Dean-like social outcast who falls in love with the naïve Sissy Spacek--and then kills her father when he comes between them. The two flee like animals to the wilderness, until the police arrive and the killing spree begins. What sets the film apart from others of its genre is Malick's complicated approach. Gorgeous, impenetrable images contrast sharply with Spacek's nostalgically artless narration, serving as ironic counterpoints, blurring concrete meaning and stressing that nothing this horrific is simple. Malick observes, rather than analyses, the couple in a manner as detached and apathetic as the couple's shocking actions. No judgment or definitive motivations are offered, though Malick's empathy often leans toward his senseless protagonists, rather than the star-struck society that makes killers famous. Compared with the interchangeable uniform cops who hunt them and the film's other nameless characters stuck in suburban banality, the couple are presented like tarnished, warped andfrustrated results of squelched individuality. Badlands, on one level, views America's suffocating homogeneity and, conversely, its continued obsession with celebrities (individuals considered different but adored) as hypocritical. Ambiguous and bold, the movie hints that society may be as guilty as the killers. --Dave McCoy
Hitman | Blu Ray | (31/03/2008)
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Hitman: Extreme Edition roars to life with both barrels blazing in this hardcore action-thriller starring Timothy Olyphant (Die Hard 4.0). Agent 47 has been educated from his genetically-engineered birth to become a professional assassin for hire whose most powerful weapons are his nerve and a resolute pride in his work. 47 is both the last two digits of the barcode tattooed on the back of his head and his only name. He is hired by a group know as 'The Agency' to kill selected targets for cash... But the hunter soon becomes the hunted...
Killer Elite | Blu Ray | (16/01/2012)
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They're not exactly The Expendables, but the idea of gathering Jason Statham, Clive Owen, and Robert De Niro for special ops duty in Killer Elite gives rise to some basic expectations: and sure enough, there's Statham as the cool, compact trained killer, and De Niro as the grizzled seen-it-all-veteran of some very off-the-record assassinations, and Owen as the smooth-talking (and curiously mustachioed) insider with a mess to clean up. These three fellows might indeed make for a badass team in some international thriller, but this particular international thriller is so ham-handed and breathlessly "stylish" that the actors are stranded amidst the relentless noise. De Niro's character gets kidnapped early in the proceedings (and spends most of the movie off-screen), so Statham must come back on the job and rescue his old killer-in-arms. But there's a bigger plot a-turning, based on Ranulph Fiennes's novel, which was allegedly a real tale of espionage, although this claim has been disputed. (This film is not related to Sam Peckinpah's 1975 film The Killer Elite). Director Gary McKendry serves up some bone-crunching moments, which almost drown out the sound of the tin-ear dialogue, and Owen manages to emerge with dignity intact. That will have to suffice as a recommendation for hard-core action fans. --Robert Horton
Faster | DVD | (01/08/2011)
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An ex-con (Dwayne Johnson) sets out to avenge his brother's death after they were double-crossed during a heist years ago. During his campaign however he's tracked by a veteran cop and an egocentric hit man. Billy Bob Thornton Maggie Grace and Tom Berenger also star in this violently explosive revenge thriller.
Casino Royale (Deluxe Edition) | Blu Ray | (20/10/2008)
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Bond is back! Back to the beginning of James Bond's career MI6's newest recruit (Daniel Craig the first blonde 007) is tasked with taking down a man known as Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen) a money launderer for terrorists who is raising operational funds at a high-stakes poker game in the exclusive Montenegro establishment of Casino Royale... Exhilarating breathless and at times brutal this is the first Bond adventure since 1987 to be based on one of Ian Fleming's original novels. Paul Haggis (Oscar winning writer/director of Crash) adapts Casino Royale for a new generation as Daniel Craig new Aston Martin DBS in tow fills out the tuxedo of the ultra-smooth and ultra-deadly superspy.
The Patriot | Blu Ray | (02/07/2007)
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Some things are worth fighting for... Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) distinguished himself in the French and Indian Wars but now lives in peace with his seven children on his sprawling South Carolina plantation. The horrors of conflict come back to haunt him however when his headstrong eldest son Gabriel (Heath Ledger) defies his orders to join the American army. Unwilling to get involved himself Benjamin reluctantly joins the fight when second eldest son Thomas (Gregory Smith) is killed in cold blood by sadistic British officer Colonel Tavington (Jason Isaacs). Determined to protect the rest of his family and sister-in-law Charlotte (Joely Richardson) from harm Benjamin takes up arms alongside his patriotic son Gabriel leading a brave militia into battle against the overwhelming British army.
The Spirit | DVD | (25/05/2009)
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Adapted from the legenday comic strip written by Will Eisner and directed by Sin City's Frank Miller The Spirit is a classic action adventure film which features a host of star including Samuel L Jackson Scarlett Johansson Gabriel Macht Eva Mendes and Jaime King. When rookie cop Denny Colt (Gabriel Macht) mysteriously returns from the beyond as The Spirit he vows to fight crime from the shadows of Central city. But his arch enemy the Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson) has other ideas... Intent on pursuing immortality the Octopus is systematically wiping out The Spirit's beloved city - but can the Spirit stop him? And what of Sand Saref (Eva Mendes) the jewel thief with dangerous curves. She's the love of the The Spirit's life turned bad... Will he be able to save her before she kills him?
Collateral - Single Disc Edition | DVD | (17/01/2005)
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Collateral offers a change of pace for Tom Cruise as a ruthless contract killer, but that's just one of many reasons to recommend this well-crafted thriller. It's from Michael Mann, after all, and the director's stellar track record with crime thrillers (Thief, Manhunter, and especially Heat) guarantees a rich combination of intelligent plotting, well-drawn characters, and escalating tension, beginning here when icy hit-man Vincent (Cruise) recruits cab driver Max (Jamie Foxx) to drive him through a nocturnal tour of Los Angeles, during which he will execute five people in a 10-hour spree. While Stuart Beattie's screenplay deftly combines intimate character study with raw bursts of action (in keeping with Mann's directorial trademark), Foxx does the best work of his career to date (between his excellent performance in Ali and his title-role showcase in Ray), and Cruise is fiercely convincing as an ultra-disciplined sociopath. Jada Pinkett-Smith rises above the limitations of a supporting role, and Mann directs with the confidence of a master, turning L.A. into a third major character (much as it was in the Mann-produced TV series Robbery Homicide Division). Collateral is a bit slow at first, but as it develops subtle themes of elusive dreams and lives on the edge, it shifts into overdrive and races, with breathtaking precision, toward a nail-biting climax. --Jeff Shannon
Hitman | DVD | (31/03/2008)
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Agent 47 has been educated from his genetically-engineered ""birth"" to become a professional assassin for hire whose most powerful weapons are his nerve and a resolute pride in his work. 47 is both the last two digits of the barcode tattooed on the back of his head and his only name. He is hired by a group know as 'The Agency' to kill selected targets for cash...But the hunter soon becomes the hunted....
Confucius | DVD | (04/10/2010)
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From the acclaimed producer of John Woo's Red Cliff and Jet Li's Warlords comes this powerhouse biopic of the legendary Chinese philosopher Confucius. Showcasing a commanding and captivating performance from screen icon Chow Yun-fat this epic masterpiece balances breathtaking spectacle visceral action and heart-wrenching drama to deliver one of this year's most unforgettable movies. In 500 B.C. during China's famed 'Spring and Autumn Period' Kong Ze (Confucius) a commoner reverred for his outstanding wisdom is made Minister of Law in the ancient Kingdom of Lu. Under his inspired leadership Lu ascends to new heights but becomes a target of conquest for the warlike nation of Qi. Threatened with annihilation by their powerful neighbour a desperate people turn to their greatest teacher to lead their most powerful army. When Confucius delivers a stunning victory against all odds a jealous aristocracy sets out to destroy him but they should never under-estimate a remarkable man whose wisdom is more powerful than the sword. With breathtaking cinematography from Oscar-winning director of photography Peter Pau (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) Confucius is one of Asian Cinema's finest achievements and is a compelling invitation to discover the remarkable story of one of history's greatest heroes.