Monday 31 July 2023

NEWS: Talk To Me (2023) - New Clip Released

TALK TO ME, the much-anticipated horror film, made its debut in the UK and Irish cinemas on July 28. It quickly made headlines by smashing box office records for Altitude, grossing over £640,000 during its opening weekend. The film has been showered with critical acclaim and is hailed as the scariest and best-reviewed horror film of 2023, marking an impressive directorial debut for Michael and Danny Philippou.

From its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, TALK TO ME has captivated audiences with its electrifying story. The plot revolves around a group of friends who stumble upon the ability to summon spirits using an embalmed hand. Initially enthralled by the thrill, their fascination takes a dark turn when one of them pushes the boundaries, unwittingly unleashing terrifying supernatural forces.

To celebrate the film's success, Altitude has released an exclusive clip, adding to the excitement around this spine-chilling masterpiece. Moreover, as part of their innovative marketing campaign, Altitude devised and introduced a first-of-its-kind horror movie tie-in on the popular video game Fortnite. Players can now immerse themselves in the eerie world of TALK TO ME within the Deadpines Zombie Survival game, heightening the suspense and horror for fans everywhere.

The film stars Sophie Wilde, Joe Bird, Alexandra Jensen, Otis Dhanji, Miranda Otto and Marcus Johnson

COMPETITION: Win Masaaki Yuasa's Inu oh on Blu-ray

Annie-nominated film from anime auteur Masaaki Yuasa releases on Blu-ray, DVD, and Collector’s Edition combo pack on 7th August

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Get ready to experience a show that will change history, from the comfort of your living room! Anime Limited are excited to announce that you’ll soon be able to bring home your very own record of INU-OH, the Golden Globe and Annie Award-nominated 14th century rock opera from anime auteur Masaaki Yuasa (MIND GAME, DEVILMAN crybaby). INU-OH will be available on Blu-ray and DVD, as well as an exclusive Blu-ray & DVD Collector’s Edition, from 7th August 2023.

Based on a novel by renowned Japanese author Hideo Furukawa and inspired by history, INU-OH blends historical fantasy and rock musicals to tell the story of an aspiring performer shunned because of his unique appearance. However, he can hear the voices of samurai who died fighting for the historic Heike clan 200 years ago, and each time he performs their stories, a part of his human appearance is transformed. After a fateful encounter with the blind biwa priest Tomona, the two join forces to climb the ladder to stardom. However, in an era of political turmoil, not everyone is ready for the true story of the Heike.

Exclusive to, the INU-OH Blu-ray and DVD Collector’s Edition continues the company’s industry leading dedication to premium home video releases that has made them the favourite distributor for anime fans in Europe.

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Sunday 30 July 2023

REVIEW: Limbo (2023) - Starring Simon Baker, Rob Collins, Natasha Wanganeen and Nicholas Hope

Review by Jon Donnis
Limbo, directed by the talented Ivan Sen, is a captivating Australian independent mystery-crime film that leaves a profound impact on its audience. Set in the stunning backdrop of Coober Pedy, the movie transports us to a small outback town where a jaded Detective Travis Hurley, portrayed with conviction by Simon Baker, delves into the murky waters of a long-forgotten unsolved homicide involving an Indigenous Aboriginal woman Charlotte 20 years ago.

As truths about the murder begin to unfold, the detective gains a new insight into the unsolved case from the victim's fractured family, the witnesses and the reclusive brother of the chief suspect

One of the most striking aspects of Limbo is its visual presentation. Shot entirely in black and white, the decision not only serves technical purposes but also brilliantly captures the starkness of Coober Pedy's white ground. The desolate landscape becomes a character in itself, enhancing the film's atmosphere and adding to the sense of isolation and mystery that pervades every frame.

Simon Baker delivers a powerhouse performance as Travis Hurley, a determined detective grappling with both the complexities of the case and the emotional toll it takes on him. Baker's portrayal of Hurley's dedication and internal struggles pulls the audience into the character's mindset, making us empathize with his pursuit of justice.

Rob Collins as Charlie brings depth and authenticity to the narrative, showcasing the unique perspectives and challenges faced by the Aboriginal community in the town. Natasha Wanganeen's portrayal of Emma is equally moving, adding layers of emotion to the film's exploration of loss and grief.

The film's plot is masterfully crafted, drawing on Ivan Sen's personal experience of the town's underground dwellings and unusual culture. The story unfolds at a deliberate pace, allowing the tension to build organically. As Travis peels back the layers of the past, he confronts a collection of unpleasant truths that expose the deep-rooted injustices faced by Aboriginal Australians.

Limbo's world premiere at the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival was well-deserved, as the film's thought-provoking themes and stellar performances make it a standout contender. The movie competed for a Golden Bear Award earlier this year, and it is easy to see why, given the emotional impact it leaves on its audience.

The Good
Filming in black and white is always a risky venture, but the sheer contrast with the background is incredible.

The Bad
It does feel a bit slow at times and at 1 hour 45 minutes, it felt quite long.

Limbo is a haunting and powerful film that skilfully weaves together mystery, crime, and social commentary. Ivan Sen's direction, coupled with exceptional performances by the cast, makes this Australian gem a must-watch for anyone seeking a profound cinematic experience. It sheds light on the complexities of loss and the urgent need for justice, leaving a lasting impression long after the credits roll.

I score Limbo a solid 8.5/10

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Saturday 29 July 2023

REVIEW: Resident Evil: Death Island - Starring Nicole Tompkins, Kevin Dorman and Matthew Mercer

Review by Juan Donnito
Resident Evil: Death Island is a pulse-pounding, action-packed extravaganza that takes the Resident Evil animated series to new heights of excitement and terror. As a fan of the franchise, I can confidently say that this film does not disappoint, delivering a gripping and immersive experience from start to finish.

The storyline, which weaves together multiple timelines and characters in a seamless and captivating manner. The film skilfully takes us back to the harrowing events of 1998 during the Raccoon City incident, setting the stage for the high-stakes action that follows in the present day. The inclusion of familiar faces from the Resident Evil video games, such as Leon S. Kennedy (Matthew Mercer ), Jill Valentine (Nicole Tompkins), and Chris Redfield (Kevin Dorman), adds a nostalgic and satisfying element for long-time fans, while newcomers will find themselves quickly drawn into the engaging narrative.

The animation quality in Death Island is nothing short of exceptional. The attention to detail in depicting the infected creatures, the biopunk technology, and the intense action sequences are truly commendable. Each frame is a visual treat, immersing the audience in the dark and dangerous world of Resident Evil, where every corner holds a new threat.

The film successfully strikes a perfect balance between horror and action, keeping viewers on the edge of their seats with its terrifying zombie encounters and intense showdowns. The fight scenes are exhilarating, and the use of advanced T-virus strains and drone technology as part of the storyline adds a fresh and intriguing dimension to the biopunk horror genre.

The film's climax is a true spectacle, with a heart-pounding battle against the formidable Dylan, who merges with a bio-organic weapon. The teamwork and camaraderie among the protagonists as they face this overwhelming threat demonstrate the true spirit of the Resident Evil series.

Resident Evil: Death Island is a must-watch for any fan of the franchise and an exhilarating ride for lovers of animated action-horror films. Its masterful storytelling, stunning animation, and well-developed characters make it a standout entry in the Resident Evil series. This film is a testament to the enduring popularity and creativity of the franchise, and I eagerly look forward to what future instalments have in store for us.
Whether you're a die-hard Resident Evil enthusiast or simply a fan of adrenaline-pumping entertainment, this film is guaranteed to leave you thoroughly satisfied and craving for more.

Score: 8.5/10

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Friday 28 July 2023

REVIEW: Hidden Strike (2023) - Starring Jackie Chan and John Cena

Review by Jon Donnis
Starring Jackie Chan and John Cena, this thrilling Chinese-American action film combines the classic buddy cop dynamic, exemplified by Jackie Chan's iconic style, with masterful fighting choreography, creating an exhilarating cinematic experience.

Directed by Scott Waugh, the story revolves around two elite soldiers who are entrusted with the perilous task of leading a group of civilians through a treacherous path filled with gunfire and explosions in Baghdad's infamous "Highway of Death," known as one of the world's most dangerous roadways. Jackie Chan portrays Luo Feng, a military officer turned private security contractor, while John Cena plays Chris Van Horne, a former Marine.

The plot thickens as Luo Feng discovers that an assault on a Chinese-owned oil refinery is just a part of a larger scheme to steal valuable oil resources. As fate would have it, Van Horne's was unwittingly part of a team that hijacks two buses from Luo Feng's convoy on the same deadly highway. This encounter sets them against each other, but they soon realize they share a common enemy. Forced to confront their misconceptions, they form an unlikely partnership as they unite to thwart the sinister plan.

Under the direction of Scott Waugh, the film seamlessly blends heart-pounding action, camaraderie, and high-octane sequences, delivering an entertaining and adrenaline-pumping watch for action enthusiasts.

With John Cena getting to show off his Chinese speaking abilities, we get the expected miscommunications that language barriers always create.

The first 45 minutes of the film is quite a serious affair, and it is not until Cena and Chan partner up, do we get the kind of buddy cop type humour that you would expect.

Jackie Chan gets some classic set pieces and fight scenes that he is famous for, and John Cena gets some of the smarter one liners.

There is a good dynamic between the two, and if developed further, they could make a great pairing if future films.

There is quite a lot of background CGI, which unfortunately is a bit obvious at times, and that's a shame as it does distract somewhat. I think the same kind of film could have been made without the CGI if filmed in a simple location.

The Good
Jackie Chan gets to do what he does best, and what we all pay to see, some classic well-choreographed kung fu scenes with imaginative use of the surrounding. John Cena is his usual charming funny self, and he has now cemented himself as a top star.

Yes, there are some "in-credits" out takes, which are always fun in Jackie Chan films.

The Bad
That damned CGI looks a bit naff at times. I think the storyline was a bit too grand for the budget.

I am a massive fan of Jackie Chan, and I do enjoy John Cena too. The film has enough of both to satisfy, and although the plot is silly at times and the CGI not the best, I still enjoyed it. I would like to see more of Cena and Chan, will we get more films with these two? Who knows.

I score Hidden Strike a really generous 8/10.

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Wednesday 26 July 2023

REVIEW: Barbie (2023) Starring Ryan Gosling, John Cena, Rob Brydon and Tom Stourton

Review by Jon Donnis
Strangely they have released an adult film called Barbie, that is based on a doll made by Mattel for young girls. I felt like I had to watch it, since that is what I do, and I found this film to be something totally unexpected. To find out why, read on.

In the hellhole realm of Barbieland, a bizarre community of bullying, toxic and oppressive Barbies thrive within a matriarchal society. These women are self-assured, narcissistic and accomplished, holding essential positions as doctors, lawyers, and politicians, while their Ken counterparts are held down, treated poorly, left to be uneducated, and ultimately oppressed, and as such they are left to only pursue leisurely pursuits at the beach. Amidst this, we find Beach Ken (Ryan Gosling ), who longs for a closer bond with Barbie but faces her rejection in favour of her being a bully and ruling with an iron fist in what can only be described as a fascistic, authoritarian manner.

During a lively dance party, Barbie (Margot Robbie) is suddenly gripped by existential concerns about mortality and self-doubt. The following day, she realizes she can no longer carry out her usual activities and notices changes in her appearance, her feet have gone flat, and cellulite has appeared. Here enters Weird Barbie (Kate McKinnon), a wise but unconventional outcast, who advises her that the remedy lies in traveling to the real world to find the child playing with her.

Embarking on her journey, Barbie discovers Ken stowed away in her convertible and, albeit reluctantly, as she sees him as nothing but a piece of meat, allows him to accompany her. Together, they reach Venice Beach, where their adventures result in some chaos and ultimately lead to their arrest. The Mattel CEO (Will Ferrell) is alarmed by their actions and orders their capture.

Barbie's quest takes a poignant turn when she finds her owner, a young girl named Sasha (Ariana Greenblatt and Genvieve Toussaint), who reproaches her for perpetuating unrealistic beauty standards. This revelation leaves Barbie devastated. To her surprise, she learns that Gloria (America Ferrera), a Mattel employee and Sasha's mother, inadvertently transferred her own identity crisis onto Barbie while playing with the dolls. Determined to set things right, Gloria, Sasha, and Barbie join forces, evading the clutches of Mattel's CEO and his associates as they make their way back to Barbieland.

Meanwhile, Ken's journey offers him insights into the real world, where he finds the respect and acceptance he had been seeking, a world that treats hard working men with respect, a world that appreciates men for doing the jobs that women refuse to do and keeping the world safe. As he returns to Barbieland, he persuades the other Kens to rise up against their oppressors, to fight for their rights and ultimately the respect they deserve from the ungrateful Barbies fascists, this results in a shift of power dynamics, where Barbies realise that they were wrong, and that they should respect and look after the men that make their lives so easy, for the men that protect them and keep them safe, the Barbies take up real hard working and needed jobs, including the most important job of all, being a wife and a mother.

Barbie, now confronted with this transformed Barbieland, attempts to convince Ken and the Barbies to return to their original fascistic and oppressive roles, but her efforts are met with resistance and rejection as the Barbies realise that they were wrong to oppress the Kens.

At this point I saw no reason to keep watching so I turned off.

I am sure there was some more to the film, but as the Kens had finally reached equality and gained the respect they deserved, I thought it was best to stop watching.

The Good
Watching the Kens rise up against their toxic oppressors was an incredible site and filled me with joy, and seeing the toxic Barbies with their unrealistic beauty standards, and fascistic tendencies finally realise they were wrong, is a great lesson for young girls to learn. The most important job for a woman is as a wife and mother. 

The Bad
Seeing how toxic Barbies oppressed the Kens was hard to watch, as it is very close to the real world, as we see feminazis attack men, as well as traditional women. But sometimes you need to see the pain to appreciate the rising up of the oppressed.

Also, the film is littered with toxic sexual comments from the Barbies, which is completely inappropriate for young children. So do NOT take your kids to this film.

A big money Hollywood blockbuster that is only good if you stop watching it at the right point.

At cinemas now for those of you without braincells.

Tuesday 25 July 2023

REVIEW: God Is a Bullet (2023) - Starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maika Monroe, and Jamie Foxx

New intense American action thriller "God Is a Bullet" hit the screens, brought to life through the creative vision of writer and director Nick Cassavetes. The film boasts a stellar cast, including Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maika Monroe, and Jamie Foxx. Drawing inspiration from Boston Teran's 1999 novel of the same name, it takes audiences on a gripping journey.

The story revolves around Detective Bob Hightower (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), who is faced with a heart-wrenching tragedy when he discovers that his ex-wife has been brutally murdered, and his teenage daughter has been abducted by a sinister satanic cult. Driven by an unwavering determination, Hightower decides to confront the cult himself, not waiting for authorities to act. With courage and resilience, he dauntlessly ventures into the secretive world of the cult, desperate to rescue his daughter from their clutches.

In this dangerous mission, Hightower finds an unlikely ally in Case Hardin (Maika Monroe), a brave woman who had managed to escape from the clutches of the cult in the past. Together, they form a powerful alliance, pooling their strength and knowledge to penetrate the cult's sinister activities. As they delve deeper into the enigmatic workings of the cult, they uncover disturbing secrets and a web of deception that runs deep.

An enigmatic figure known as "The Ferryman," (Jamie Foxx with faked vitiligo) a mysterious "social renegade," emerges to aid Hightower and Hardin in their quest. This shadowy character brings an air of intrigue to the narrative, leaving audiences guessing about his true motives and allegiance.

The mission becomes a race against time as Hightower, Hardin, and The Ferryman navigate a perilous path, braving dangers at every turn. They must not only rescue Hightower's daughter from the clutches of the cult but also seek justice and closure for Hardin, who has suffered at the hands of the cult and its deranged leader, Cyrus (Karl Glusman).

Amidst heart-pounding action, emotional twists, and intense suspense, "God Is a Bullet" takes viewers on an unforgettable journey, exploring themes of sacrifice, redemption, and the unyielding strength of the human spirit when faced with unspeakable evil.

The Good
A strong story and a great cast, help lift this film up to be something more than the sum of its parts.

Jamie Foxx probably steals the show with his charismatic performance as "The Ferryman". His entire look is just striking.

The Bad
Can a film have too much character development? Yes, and this film is guilty of that. It was too long, with much of that time being filled with character development, usually I wouldn't complain about such things, plus some characters could be removed from the film entirely and you wouldn't notice.

A decent if overly long film. If you like a film that feels like part road movie, part gritty action thriller, and you have an entire evening to spare, then this is the film for you.

I score God Is a Bullet a fair 7/10

Monday 24 July 2023

COMPETITION: Win Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves on Blu-ray

Fun for the whole family, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: HONOUR AMONG THIEVES is available for fans to Download & Keep now and on DVD, Blu-ray™, 4K UHD™ and 4K UHD™ + Blu-ray™ SteelBook® 31st July, from Paramount Home Entertainment.

And to celebrate we have a great competition and 2 copies on Blu-ray™ to give away.

A charming thief and a band of unlikely adventurers undertake an epic heist to retrieve a lost relic, but things go dangerously awry when they run afoul of the wrong people in this hilarious and action-packed adventure.

“Bursting with action, comedy and spectacle” (Kristy Puchko, Mashable), DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: HONOUR AMONG THIEVES has been hailed as “a total blast” (Scott Mantz, KTLA-TV) and “the best movie of the year” (Lex Briscuso, The Wrap). Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes® and boasting a 93% audience score, the film is “the perfect movie for the whole family!” (Joe Deckelmeier, Screen Rant).

Fans who purchase the film on Digital* and on DVD, Blu-ray™, 4K UHD™ and 4K UHD™ + Blu-ray™ SteelBook® will have access to fascinating bonus content taking them deeper into the exciting world of Dungeons & Dragons. Go inside the making of the movie, featuring interviews with Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Regé-Jean Page and more. Explore the universe, characters, magical creatures, epic fight sequences, and stunning visual effects. Plus, laugh along with a hilarious gag reel and check out deleted & extended scenes not seen in cinemas! Bonus content is detailed below and varies by format:

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• From Dice to Dragons: Honoring the Lore - Go behind-the-scenes with Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, and the cast and crew to witness the thrilling journey of bringing the classic board game to life in the ultimate D&D experience.
• Rogues’ Gallery: The Heroes of Dungeons & Dragons - Get an in-depth look at the heroes of the film as the cast delves into their characters and reveals the secrets behind bringing them to life on screen.
• Broadswords, Battle-axes & Badass Brawls - Dive into epic fight sequences with a behind-the-scenes look at the mind-blowing stunts and powerful weaponry that went into this heart-pumping action adventure.
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Eating Ash - Extended
Harper's Sanctuary - Extended
Corpse 6 - Extended

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Ice Breaker - Extended
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Saturday 22 July 2023

REVIEW: Oppenheimer (2023) - Starring Cillian Murphy

Review by Jon Donnis
Well it was this or the Barbie movie, and I really don't want to watch that pile of trash so I thought I would check out the big epic biographical thriller film of 2023, written and directed by Christopher Nolan.

In the Cavendish Laboratory, a young and exceptionally talented J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy) grapples with feelings of homesickness and anxiety while under the tutelage of the demanding Patrick Blackett (James D'Arcy). Struggling with these emotions, he commits a reckless act by leaving a poisoned apple, which almost leads to a catastrophic event when Niels Bohr (Kenneth Branagh), a visiting scientist, is almost affected. However, Oppenheimer intervenes just in time to prevent the tragedy.

After completing his Ph.D. in physics at the University of Göttingen, Oppenheimer returns to the United States, driven by a passion for advancing research in quantum physics. He takes up teaching positions at the University of California, Berkeley, and also dedicates his time to the California Institute of Technology. Along his journey, he encounters influential figures like Ernest Lawrence (Josh Hartnett), the 1939 Nobel Prize winner who emphasizes the practical applications of scientific discoveries. He also develops an on-and-off romantic relationship with Jean Tatlock (Florence Pugh), a member of the Communist Party USA, who sadly meets a tragic end through suicide. Later in life, Oppenheimer marries Katherine Puening (Emily Blunt), a former Communist biologist.

General Leslie Groves (Matt Damon) approaches Oppenheimer and requests his involvement in the Manhattan Project, the development of the atomic bomb, after ensuring Oppenheimer's disassociation from any sympathies for communism. Assembling a team of scientists in secret, Oppenheimer takes on the monumental task of creating the atomic bomb at Los Alamos, New Mexico. Driven by the threat of the Nazis and their antisemitism, Oppenheimer sees this as a means to save the world despite his concerns about the potential global repercussions. Discussions with Albert Einstein (Tom Conti) on the possibility of catastrophic consequences from the bomb's use further weigh on his conscience.

As World War II unfolds, some scientists within the project begin questioning the bomb's importance, but it continues regardless, culminating in the successful Trinity test just before the Potsdam Conference. Ultimately, President Harry S. Truman decides to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. Devastated by the immense destruction caused by these bombings, Oppenheimer meets with Truman, who perceives his emotional state as weakness. Truman absolves Oppenheimer of responsibility for the bombings, but Oppenheimer can't help but hold himself accountable.

This film really does have that epic feeling, Cillian Murphy is excellent as the titular J. Robert Oppenheimer.

Sometimes films are made for the audience, sometimes they are made for critics, sometimes they are made just to win awards and sometimes they are made for everyone. Sadly, this film feels like it was made for snooty critics and ultimately to win awards. At a near 3 hours it is way too long, and the first 45 minutes drags along at an incredibly slow rate, only when General Leslie Groves (Matt Damon) approaches Oppenheimer with the whole "we need to build an atomic bomb faster than the Nazis who have a 12 month head start" does the film pick up pace and get a bit more interesting.

The cast is loaded with talented big-name stars, there is a huge $100m budget behind the film, so everything looks and sounds great.

Cillian Murphy carries the film, which does sometimes feel like a documentary at times.

The Good
A fascinating story that needs to be told, a great performance by Cillian Murphy, excellent visual effects, great tension, and all round great performances from a strong cast.

The Bad
Goes on way too long. That first 45 minutes drags, I almost fell asleep.

If you can handle 3 hour films in one sitting, then this is a film worth watching, it will scoop loads of awards, snooty folk will be talking about it for years, and it is an important part of history.

I score Oppenheimer a decent 8/10. Not as good as people want you to think it is, and maybe overhyped due to the huge advertising budget, but still a good film worthy of your time.

At cinemas now!

Thursday 20 July 2023

REVIEW: The Mother (2023) - Starring Jennifer Lopez, Joseph Fiennes and Lucy Paez

Review by Jon Donnis
I had "The Mother" queued up to watch for a while now, but it kept getting pushed back by some of the bigger releases out there, well I finally got chance to see the film tonight, but was I happy I finally saw it? or did I waste my time? Read on to find out.

In a thrilling tale of intrigue and danger, an anonymous U.S. military operative, known as "The Mother," (Jennifer Lopez ) becomes entangled in a dangerous web of arms smuggling and romance. She brokers a deal between ex-SAS Captain Adrian Lovell (Joseph Fiennes) and the notorious arms dealer Hector Álvarez (Gael García Bernal). Unbeknownst to her, both men are involved in child trafficking.

Complicating matters further, The Mother finds herself romantically linked to both Lovell and Álvarez, and she eventually becomes pregnant. Horrified by the revelation of their criminal activities, she decides to take a stand and seeks help from the FBI, becoming an informant to expose the child trafficking ring.

During an intense interrogation at a secure location with FBI Special Agent William Cruise (Omari Hardwick), The Mother's world is shattered when Lovell launches an attack on the safe house. In the ensuing chaos, Agent Cruise is shot and other FBI agents lose their lives. Displaying remarkable bravery and ingenuity, The Mother saves Cruise's life by devising a time-delayed bomb that incapacitates Lovell.

However, the confrontation with Lovell leaves The Mother gravely injured, we learn she is pregnant and is then stabbed in her stomach. Following the ordeal, she gives birth prematurely to a baby girl while in the hospital.

SAIC Eleanor Williams (Edie Falco), the FBI's Special Agent in Charge, delivers heartbreaking news to the Mother. Lovell's body is missing, and due to the danger posed by their enemies, her newborn daughter must be placed with a foster family for protection. With a heavy heart, the Mother realizes that her child will never be safe in her care and reluctantly waives her parental rights.

Though heartbroken, the Mother establishes a unique arrangement with Agent Cruise. She insists that her daughter, Zoe (Lucy Paez), should have as ordinary a life as possible, but requests to receive a photo of Zoe on each birthday. Furthermore, she implores Cruise to contact her if Zoe's safety is ever compromised.

With her old life shattered, The Mother retreats to a remote cabin in Alaska, seeking solace and safety from her former army colleague, Jons (Paul Raci).

Fast forward twelve years, and the peaceful existence the Mother has cultivated is abruptly disrupted. Agent Cruise contacts her urgently, revealing that the ATF has stumbled upon a photo of Zoe in connection to Álvarez's men. Fearing that Zoe is in grave danger, The Mother reunites with Cruise to investigate further.

While shadowing Zoe playing at a park, the worst nightmare comes true, Álvarez's men kidnap her. The Mother's maternal instincts and formidable training kick into high gear as she takes down several of the attackers before escaping with Cruise. While he believes Zoe's kidnapping to be for ransom, the Mother knows that she has been deliberately lured out of hiding to protect her daughter from ruthless criminals.

The stage is set for an epic showdown as the Mother is forced to confront her past and do whatever it takes to save Zoe from the clutches of evil. The stakes are higher than ever before, and the Mother's determination to protect her daughter will be put to the ultimate test.

In many ways this film is separated into two distinct parts. The bad guys tracking down Zoe to lure out The Mother, and ultimately kidnapping the girl, and then The Mother rescuing Zoe and then teaching her how to look after herself.

There are elements of the 2011 TV series Hanna in the second part of the film. Lopez gets to shine here as the lead action star of this film, a part she plays well. You can tell she got into great shape to play the part of The Mother.

The action scenes are all really well shot, you the viewer will feel great sympathy for The Mother throughout, her history, what she gave up, and her "do anything" attitude to save and protect her child.

Now with this being a Netflix film, you know that "The Algorithm" would have set forth a load of plot points for this film, which means every cliche in the book is ticked, and the film is not at all original, but with that said, this is a fun action thriller, which does take you on an emotional rollercoaster. There is even a family of wild wolves that you will care about.

The Good
A strong performance by Lopez carries the film. An unoriginal plot perhaps, but a well told story nonetheless.

Set pieces are well filmed, the ending is pleasing if predictable.

The Bad
I am curious if the story was rewritten a few times, as there are a few confusing moments, we also never learn who got The Mother pregnant , unless I missed it?

At 1 hour 45 minutes it is a bit too long, this film does not need to be more than 85 minutes long.

Another Netflix paint by numbers film, but that is not always a bad thing. If you like action thrillers, already have a Netflix account and like J-Lo (and who doesn't), then this is a film you will enjoy.

I score The Mother a solid 7.5/10




To celebrate its release, we're giving one lucky winner a copy of the latest DC Universe Movie, Justice League: Warworld on Blu-Ray™ Steelbook!

Until now, DC’s Justice League has been a loose association of super-powered individuals. But when they are swept away to Warworld, a place of unending brutal gladiatorial combat, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and the others must somehow unite to form an unbeatable resistance able to lead an entire planet to freedom.

Reprising their roles as DC’s key trio of Super Heroes are Jensen Ackles (Supernatural, The Boys, The Winchesters) as Batman and Officer Wayne, Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Glee) as Superman and Agent Kent, and Stana Katic (Castle, Absentia) as Wonder Woman and Diana Prince. Also featured in the voice cast are Ike Amadi (Mortal Kombat: Onslaught) as Martian Manhunter/J’onn J’onzz, Troy Baker (The Last of Us, BioShock Infinite) as Jonah Hex, Matt Bomer (Doom Patrol, American Horror Story) as Old Man, Roger R. Cross (Coroner, Dark Matter, 24) as Machiste and Brett Dalton (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Chicago Fire) as Bat Lash. 

Jeff Wamester (Legion of Super-Heroes) directs from a script by screenwriters Jeremy Adams (Supernatural), Ernie Altbacker (Justice League Dark: Apocalypse War) and Josie Campbell (She-Ra and the Princesses of Power). Producers are Jim Krieg (The Death and Return of Superman) and Kimberly S. Moreau (Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham). Executive Producers are Michael Uslan, Butch Lukic (Batman: The Long Halloween) and Sam Register.

Justice League: Warworld is set for release on Blu-ray™ Steelbook and DVD on 24th July 2023 and on Digital Download on 25th July 2023.

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NEWS & TRAILER: Chaos Rising - Starring Patrick Cappaloff Fowler

Chaos Rising, a spellbinding epic fantasy-action film, draws its inspiration from the immersive Warhammer universe. Standing tall like a passionate heart within the realm of independent cinema, this ambitious project punches well above its weight, boasting the qualities of a high-budget production.

The driving force behind Chaos Rising is a group of combat experts whose remarkable skills have graced productions like Outlander, Game of Thrones, and projects helmed by Ridley Scott. With funding secured through generous Kickstarter pledges, the original campaign target was effortlessly surpassed within just 24 hours, turning Chaos Rising into a sizzling topic of discussion on Reddit, social media, and YouTube.

The story unfolds within the fortified village of Breton, which finds itself under siege by the malevolent Chaos warband from the Northern wastes during the revered "Holy Grail Day" celebration. Caught off guard, Baron Heaubolt faces the onslaught of the formidable Chaos Marauder Skyehammer Clan. However, a glimmer of hope emerges with the timely arrival of Florian L'Anguille and his valiant knights. Will they stand a fighting chance against the besieging forces?

Filmed at the renowned Duncarron Medieval Village in Scotland, Chaos Rising immerses viewers in a captivating tale of pride, malice, vengeance, and the profound consequences they bring forth. With awe-inspiring battle scenes and thrilling action sequences, the film takes audiences on an enthralling journey. Whether you're an action movie aficionado, a history enthusiast, or a dedicated table-top gaming fan, Chaos Rising promises to captivate and enthral.

Chaos Rising is co-created and co-produced by Charlie Parker, Graeme Carlyle, Graeme McEwan, Roy Murray and award-winning VFX master Jack Fox. The film features a cast including Patrick Cappaloff Fowler, Charlie 'Chick' Allan, Daniel Arbon, Finn Allan, Brodie Toriati, Olivia Millar Ross, John Williams, Wayne Rogers, Dave Nordquist and Chara Gallos Allan.

The film's realistic fight and stunt scenes are courtesy of Graeme Carlyle, Graeme McEwan, Brodie Toriati and Patrick Cappaloff Fowler's background in on-screen fighting with Combat International, the stunt-performance division of Clan Ranald Trust for Scotland (led by Chick Allan, known for Gladiator). Chaos Rising's combat team has spent many years performing on-screen combat for films and TV, including Outlander, Game of Thrones House of the Dragon, Outlaw King, Justice League, Robin Hood and The Last Duel (Ridley Scott).

Together the creators of Chaos Rising have woven a tale of conflict, duality, and the grey areas within mortal warfare. They say, "War is never straightforward; we sought to construct an anti-hero versus villain narrative with understandable motivations. The idea of Chaos Rising transformed from a concept into reality; this is epic medieval drama, gore-soaked awesomeness and indie filmmaking at its finest. We hope people enjoy watching the film as much as we enjoyed making it. We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved".

Chaos Rising is available on YouTube from 5th August 2023

Wednesday 19 July 2023

TRAILER: Amor Bandido - Starring Romina Ricci and Renato Quattordio


This week marks the release of "Amor Bandido," an Argentinean thriller that takes a dark and violent turn in the story of a young boy's ill-fated first love. This gripping tale is now available on DVD and can be streamed on major platforms.

Critics have described "Amor Bandido" as "bizarre and twisted" (Aced Magazine), labeling it a "twist-filled erotic thriller" (Movie Reviews 101). According to Vague Visages, the film is "shrewdly paced, heartbreakingly performed...a lascivious thrill." The steamy drama centers around a high school student who becomes entangled in a tumultuous relationship with his older teacher. What initially appears to be a dream quickly transforms into a nightmare of deceit and brutality. In "Amor Bandido," first love proves to be perilous like never before.

The film is helmed by director Daniel Andres Werner and features talented performances from Romina Ricci and Renato Quattordio.

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TRAILER: Hunt Club - Starring Mena Suvari & Mickey Rourke


Elizabeth Blake-Thomas, an acclaimed filmmaker from Britain, directs the intense and relentless revenge thriller Hunt Club, which delves deep into the disturbing depths of toxic masculinity. Academy Award winner Mena Suvari, known for her outstanding performance in American Beauty, delivers a captivating portrayal as the formidable lead.

This star-studded, action-packed thriller, known for its unyielding violence, will have its UK premiere this summer through Plaion Pictures. Alongside Suvari, the film features screen legend Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers), Will Peltz (Unfriended), and Maya Stojan (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D).

The story revolves around a group of men preparing for an adventurous weekend of extreme hunting, where the chance to win a $100,000 prize entices them. However, the stakes turn out to be far greater than anyone could have imagined.

Cassandra (Suvari), a resilient mother grappling with difficult times, finds herself at a loss when her daughter goes missing. Just as things seem bleak, Tessa (Stojan), a tough-talking woman, enters Cassandra's life, bringing a glimmer of hope. Yet, an "unexpected" encounter with two men, Carter (Van Dien) and his son Jackson (Peltz), is about to shatter their world.

When Cassandra is invited to join the hunt, enticed by the opportunity to win the prize money, she eagerly accepts. However, upon arriving at the island, she soon realizes that this hunt is anything but ordinary. There is a dark secret lurking beneath the surface, as terrified young women have been lured there to become the ultimate prey, hunted and brutally killed by sadistic hunters.

But it doesn't take long for the men to realize that they have underestimated the strength and resilience of the women. As the situation takes an unexpected turn, the hunters become the hunted.

Prepare for a chilling and gripping climax as vengeance is served ice-cold in this blood-soaked thriller. Immerse yourself in the treacherously dark and shockingly intense world of the Hunt Club.

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