Green Street 3: Never Back Down – Movie Review

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An old firm leader returns to Green Street for Revanche after receiving a call that his little brother was killed, but is he able to cope with a new type of hooliganism and can he find his killer?

The original Green Street is probably one of the most overrated British films of all time, and the sequel was just a shambles. Could the 3rd installment save the day? No.

Filmed in the most grim and odd way. I feel bad for saying that this movie actually has style and an interesting look. It just doesn’t make any sense. Yes, the fight scenes look kinda cool and the overbearing gloominess is OK I guess, it’s just not right. The movie just takes itself far too seriously, which is a shame, because one of the good things about the original was the more lighthearted moments.

The lines that these poor actors get doesn’t help either. Every other line is just awful, an example would be when the protagonist literally out of the blue just says ‘I wanna go to Tottenham’, to which the whole pub cheers. It’s just bloody stupid! Like the plot; being also awful.

The core narrative is really uninteresting and like most things,it just doesn’t fit in. Again, this is a shame because apart from the main revenge football hooliganism stuff, it’s really not bad. They could have made a decent fight-martial arts movie, if they had just goofed it up a bit. You take away the Green Street in the title, its not bad, you take away the dull seriousness, its quite good.

Acting, as expected, is mostly wooden; apart from in the fight scenes, when Scott Adkins is rather good. His Kung-Fu chops obviously better than his acting ones. No-one else is worth the mention apart from Jack Doolan who is a British actor who keeps popping up, and I just wish he went away.

This film is not awful, it just doesn’t get it. The whole firm fighting stuff needs to be kept in the 80’s, when it actually existed. Or make a film about firms in the modern day, but actually do some bloody research! However, I would recommend taking this film how it is and just take the piss out of the underground fighting football league, where Jackie Chan like skills dominate.

Uninteresting and bizarre plot, with wooden writing and acting, but certainly not  un-watchable as a fight flik. – 2/5

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Catch Me If You Can – Movie Review

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A true story about Frank Abagnale Jr., who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars’ worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor.

This is the sort of film that’s always on British TV on a Sunday afternoon; and I have to put it on. Then i’ll end up watching the full 2 hours plus and not regret a thing.

Steven Spielberg has crafted a stylish film here, that just breezes along. It’s so easy to watch, making it the most lovable of films. Its not particularly fast paced, but it moves from scene to scene with no struggle and such ease.

The story itself is really quite captivating. It has this caper quality, without really being a caper. Its just a plot line that is made by a like-able character. Frank Abagnale Jr is really charming and interesting to say the least.

There’s not much more I can say apart from that Di Caprio is fantastic. He is feeble at the start then turns more and more inside out as the film goes on. Tom Hanks is of course really good as well; being excellently useless. The rest of the cast is solid, Christopher Walken has some great lines, and Amy Adams is very very cute.

This film is really hard to review because honestly its just a gentle but brilliant watch. Its thrilling, funny, interesting and well acted. Its just as simple as that.

Spielberg has done well to make a breezy and sweet movie, with a great lead from Di Caprio. – 4.5/5

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Aliens – Movie Review

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The planet from Alien (1979) has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough?

Alien is one of my favourite movies of all time, and I’ve always been skeptical about Aliens and on edge with it. It’s mostly due to me not being with the times; I’m afraid my judgement has been ruined by poor action films that this movie inspires. However, I can’t doubt the ferociousness and power that this film has.

This film essentially broke the boundaries of what anyone was expecting. In reality, it’s probably a far greater achievement than Alien ever was. Due to it going from generic Sci-Fi shoot em’ up sequel to a 7 time Oscar nominee. This is thanks to James Cameron, who is a master of his art with this area of film. He takes what is a quite boring idea into something much greater. His directing isn’t really the highlight, just more of how he’s presented the piece to the audience. Its big budget and exciting, but still very down to earth and gritty.

Its a typically strong performance from Sigourney Weaver, who is as vigorous as ever, except the character of Ripley is so much more now. Yet she handles it perfectly, and for the first half hour of the film, its a top notch character driven story. Which is the same for each of the characters, opening the shells of the corrupt from the original. We have comradely from the marines in a genius role from Bill Paxton; a hero figure from Michael Biehn; a heartfelt depiction in Lance Henriksen as the cyborg and a corrupt role from Paul Reiser to name just a few.

In essence, it’s an excellent action film; and the perfect follow up to a classic. It’s just that its so much more than that, it’s not only deep and somehow meaningful but it created the cheesiness and stupidity that we see 4 times a year. It is the Sci-Fi movie; if you’ve seen this, you’ve seem them all.

Aliens is a punch of vigor and power to back up the tense predecessor. – 5/5 

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Alien – Movie Review

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The commercial vessel Nostromo receives a distress call from an unexplored planet. After searching for survivors, the crew heads home only to realize that a deadly bioform has joined them.

It’s hard to think that melon of a man Ridley Scott has made good movies. This 1979 classic is probably his best.

Starting of slow and rather clunky, this 117 minute picture is nothing short of a masterpiece once it gets going. That does take its time, but thanks to a sturdy cast, it keeps you interested enough to keep watching. However, in this time, you can tell there’s something stirring; something waiting to jump out. Something waiting to grab you and drag you into the abyss of space.

It’s tense to say the least. The tension it built up by some handsome cinematography and slow directing. Everything feels like a step up, scene by scene as the camera moves. Scott makes you sit on the edge of the seat with a simple turn of the lens. Wonderful, wonderful stuff without even seeing the creature. Then it explodes, from nowhere it fires up, and get’s your heart pumping. It will scare you and disgust you in the most brilliant way.

Like I said, the cast is very very sturdy. Which for a late 70’s Sci-Fi movie or any Sci-Fi movie to be honest, is very very unusual. Sigourney Weaver does well as the lead, being the most brutal but relatable strong female character. Apart from her, no-one is really all that special, just fine for their roles. Except maybe John Hurt, who is now a legendary British actor, and rather eerie in this film.

I’m not saying this movie has issues; it has quite a lot. Such as a irrelevant convoluted plot-line about robots, which by the time it came around, you can’t really care about it. Also, there is a few classic overacted horror moments. It’s just you can’t understate the importance of this film, the inspiration it has led. Every other tense or scary or science-y movie has copied it in some way. It made the perfect path for any type of extra terrestrial film.

A bleakly brilliant direction style and tense from the very start; an absolute classic. – 5/5

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