Sunday, 27 April 2014

Film Review: Transcendence

It’s a shame that for such an interesting premise (a dying man’s consciousness gets merged with an experimental AI in an effort to save him), the end result is somewhat underwhelming.
      The problem with Wally Pfister’s directorial debut (most known for his work as the DP on several Christopher Nolan films) is that it severely lacks focus. Transcendence is not quite a decent sci-fi, not quite a techno-horror and not quite a love story. It pushes in all three directions at times – but never quite succeeds as any of them.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Double Dose of The Amazing Spider-Man 2

This week on Double Dose we have the second part of Sony's rebooted Spidey franchise: The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Film Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

      You’d think that with all the set-up out of the way, this sequel to the 2012 reboot of the Spider-Man franchise would be a lot more focused and succinct. Well it is and it isn’t.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Film Review: The Raid 2

            The sequel to Gareth Evan’s breakout hit The Raid (AKA The Raid: Redemption) continues the story of cop Rama (Iko Uwais) a mere two hours after the closing moments of the first film. And, story-wise at least, that’s pretty much all the two films have in common.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Film Review: Noah

      A big budget film of a well-known biblical tale, directed by one of the most interesting filmmakers working in Hollywood today, is guaranteed to receive all sorts of attention – both good and bad.

      In other hands, this could have been a disaster – either a generic Hollywood-ised action ‘re-imagining’ that takes too many liberties with the source material or, on the opposite end of the spectrum, a preachy and steadfastly literal interpretation of the story that we all know so well anyway. The end result is, rather refreshingly, something in-between, yet at the same time still capable of surprising you with the unique direction it has taken.