In the original, Kristofer works as a security guard. After getting fired from the freight ship for smuggling alcohol he is tempted back into smuggling to raise some much needed money. Of course, things don't go smoothly and Kristofer ends up in the middle of an action thriller.
I enjoyed Reykjavik-Rotterdam, despite it being a bit too commercial and I expect Hollywood will turn out a perfectly competent remake with Mark Wahlberg continuing to be a perfectly competent (if unspectacular) actor. I'm not expecting it to be the film of the year, but something that'll be predictably enjoyable when there's nothing better available.
|The Iron Lady|
The European premiere was last night and critics seem unanimous in the opinion that Meryl Streep puts in a good performance in an otherwise shit film. So I'm glad to hear my prejudice confirmed.
Also this month: Underworld Whatever (can anyone tell these films apart or remember which ones they've seen?)
|Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance|
Also this month: The Secret World of Arrietty. The Studio Ghibli version of the Borrowers finally turns up. I've already seen it and it's good. Perhaps not as imaginative as other Miyazaki films, but the source material is handled well.
|Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters|
|The Hunger Games|
I know a lot of people are going to love this and they're going to rave about it. But could you all just do grumpy sods like me a favour and not bang on about it constantly and try to make us watch it?
Also this month: Jiro Dreams of Sushi - A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono. Oh yes, now we're talking! I'll have seen this before March though.
Nay! Yup, based on the board game, I just don't see how this can be any good at all. The plot will have to diverge so far from the original concept that it seems daft to actually license it. Mind you, I suppose it's entirely possible that they did so just to make you wonder why and watch it to find out. Expect lots of C4. Geddit? Ah ha ha...
Also this month: Dark Shadows. Tim Burton goes back to do the only thing he's good at: gothic stuff with Johnny Depp. But is he capable of making anything good any more? Well, he's got a TV show to copy from this time, so half the work's already done for him. But being mediocre would be worse than actually being shit.
|Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter|
|The Amazing Spider-Man|
Also this Month: The Dark Knight Rises. Yawn.
|The Expendables 2|
Also this month: The Bourne Legacy, but without Matt Damon.
Also this month: Resident Evil: Retribution. More daft, but slick rubbish from the increasingly-stretched Resident Evil storyline. Still got Milla Jovovich? Yup. Gonna love it.
Also this month: A Halloween sequel and yet another Saw film, probably. It's October isn't it?
When I reviewed the computer game Homefront last year, I raged about how lazy and pathetically unrealistic its story was. The producers hired John Milius to write the story and insisted that they'd used CIA advisors to ensure the realism of the plot. I'm sure if you pay some retired CIA staffers enough, they'll pretend to agree with anything. North Korea, doesn't have the resources or the will to invade the US and the only reason they're being used is that they're the handy portable bad guys for any film these days Heck, back in 2009 when this film was actually shot, the bad guys were all Chinese, the studio just changed their mind and repainted them with North Korean flags in post-production.
This film is going to make me angry if I watch it. And having been through several studios in an attempt to get it off the shelf, can it be any good?
Also this month: Twighlight Something-or-other and 47 Ronin, where Keanu Reeves shits all over Japan's national legend.
|World War Z|
|The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey|
Well, that's all there is. Obviously there are other films out there of which no real details are publicly known at this stage, etc, etc. I think what I'm most keen to see is probably Hansel and Gretel, but I'm equally excited by World War Z. Looks like I'm pretty down on old Tim Burton, but he really hasn't done anything worthwhile since Ed Wood and I'm tired of everyone giving him a free pass just because he made The Nightmare Before Christmas. None of films I've listed are exactly intellectual masterpieces, but it is Hollywood. Maybe I ought to do another list of foreign films.