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8/10
I Enjoyed It Thoroughly
8 March 2021
From a great opening battle sequence to the start of the end credits, I found the movie to be entertaining and engaging.

I can't comment on accuracy, nor as a general movie goer am I overly concerned about it. I hear this with a lot of war movies. Sure it must be grating when you are aware of what should be (and fair enough it doesn't take a lot of effort to be accurate) but at the end of the day its a movie. Gun shot wounds look different in the movies, needle tracks look different and not all snakes have a rattle.

As a movie I liked how it was presented and the story it attempted to tell.

It could have been darker but I didn't really feel it was necessary for this one.

Good film!
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7/10
Back Into The Shadows
7 March 2021
MM was a great character in the beginning because a lot of his terror was implied, half the time he wasn't there but they felt like he was. It made H1 and H2 creepy.

This was lost somewhat in the trilogy that followed H4 H5 and H6. He became the cool character to watch committing carnage. Don't get me wrong I actually enjoyed those films but not as much as the others.

H20 is a return to H1 and H2 in tone. It has been modernised and in parts feels a little like Scream or Urban Legend (which came out at a similar time).

Great to see Curtis back and a shame we have no Loomis.
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5/10
Good and Bad
7 March 2021
It has the workable elements here which make for a satisfying experience, Myers, slasher kills and so on. So lets move on from that.

We now have something new, the cult. It was introduced if you look for clues in the previous movie and some argue it was introduced in part 2. I like the cult aspect and I don't. I like how it gives more backstory to Myers beyond the desire to exterminate his whole family. I don't like how it's a bit of a distraction from Myers himself who now shares his power with others (the cult) instead of just being his uniqueness.

This is the end of the trilogy within the sequels as this stage. They make another shift, thankfully to reinject some energy to the franchise.
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5/10
Not A Highlight
7 March 2021
Halloween 5 is a little hollow compared to its predecessors. Its like the makers just didn't have their hearts in it and was more of a movie churned out for coin.

Sure it does have some cool bits but that's about it.

Michael also doesn't look quite as good in this one.

Its ok and I guess part of a Halloween marathon that would work.
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7/10
I Have Never Been So Happy To See A Sequel!!
7 March 2021
After the unmentionable abomination that is Halloween 3, the return of big Mike in an actual sequel was like an early xmas present.

The tone of the films has now changed slightly to gimmicky hack and slash (fine by me) and to focusing more on Myers (following the style of Jason and Freddy). So where he was once a shadow or a feeling he is much more overt.

Does the film work? Hell yeah :)
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Halloween II (1981)
8/10
Good Fun Slasher
7 March 2021
I love how this film continues from one minute to the next between part one and two. So the tension is there from the start.

Does lose a little compared to the original but its hard to put my finger on what that is exactly.

Works perfectly as a late night double header!
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Halloween (1978)
10/10
The Power of a Soundtrack
7 March 2021
They actually did test screenings of this movie back in the day without the soundtrack and the audience didn't find the film scary. They introduce the amazing audio and history is made!

Of course the film has aged and people will notice the surprisingly lack of expected gore. It doesn't diminish the film. Every aspect of it still works.
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Halloween (I) (2018)
7/10
Welcome Back and I hope you can stay a while
7 March 2021
Impressively they have managed to inject new life into this franchise. I enjoyed the Rob Zombie editions better than the last couple of orthodox sequels.

So to reignite the original stream and to do it so well, is like I said, Impressive.

Captures the essence straightaway and made me feel as though I was visiting an old friend :)
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7/10
This is a winner!
7 March 2021
It pulls off something pretty cool, a big MCU style film that still feels intimate.

Paul Rudd uses his charm and goofy smile to endear the audience to him and the film. Its funny with good action, standard MCU, but that's a good standard.

Good fun film!
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Horizon Line (2020)
1/10
If You Aren't Related To The Cast And Crew...Avoid
7 March 2021
If you don't care about the characters living or dying what's the point?

Includes some of the stupidest scenes I have had the displeasure of watching.
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The Hunt (II) (2020)
10/10
Do It Again
7 March 2021
I just watched this with my teenage daughter and we both loved it (which is rare in a movie). A fantastic underlying humour juxtaposed with a deeper social statement about essentially, fake news.

Some awesome kills (pit girl is a classic) and a bunch of creativity makes this one good time at the movies!!

Good castings, good pacing, good times :)
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The Machine (I) (2013)
4/10
Under Achieved
7 March 2021
This starts with a pretty interesting premise before plunging down into a cold war-ish melodrama. Its a real shame they had something good but decided to take the predictable route. All credit to Lotz for trying to save this :)
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2/10
Waste Of Space!
7 March 2021
If you have come across any of my other reviews regarding sequels or reboots you will know my number one concern is that if they are going to do it, don't ruin the legacy. IDR unfortunately does just that. This is a horrible piece of crap that should have never been made. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MAKERS OF ET FOR NEVER HAVING MADE A SEQUEL!!!!!

I simply consider this film to not exist.

Another good rule for a sequel, if you can't get the band back together then don't do it!
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10/10
Truly A Classic
7 March 2021
This is a disaster film not a sci fi horror or action movie, its a disaster film. AND its brilliant!!!!

Funny exciting and utilises a great number of locations/families to spread the story and keep it moving at a great pace.

Again this gets the 1 essential element about disaster films correct, give us characters we can invest in and root for or at least hope they will die (for stupidity, arrogance or ignorance).

Amazing special effects and an amazing use of the cast across the whole film.

Its just a lot of fun :)
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2012 (I) (2009)
8/10
Loved Almost Every Minute Of It!
7 March 2021
Yes it has flaws 100% undeniable. But. It does the 1 thing a disaster movie must do. It gives you characters to invest in, to care if they live or die, if a disaster movie fails in this (and some have) then the movie fails.

The action is exciting although sometimes goes a bit too far, the limo scene for one. The story is thin but provides enough base for the film to occur.

I wasn't looking for the answer to life the universe and everything (42) I just wanted to be entertained and to be able to invest in the characters!

Mission Accomplished :)
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San Andreas (2015)
7/10
Genre Fans Will Mostly Enjoy
7 March 2021
I'm a sucker for a disaster film, I pretty much love all of them but I do have 'some' limitations.

This one does enough to stay on the good side of the ledger.

What works, the effects (mostly) and The Rock. What doesn't, The Rock and the Disney-fying of anyone dying.

What do I mean? The Rock is hit and miss in this one, he pulls of some great scenes whereas others are just a bridge too far (he may have caught this from Fast Furious). The effects are excellent. The deaths are sanitised for perhaps younger viewers, the cost of this is tension and any real concern you may have had for the family. They are obviously going to come out ok so we don't have to explain anything to the kiddies!

But a disaster movie is a disaster movie so thumbs up from me!
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Skyscraper (2018)
6/10
Its Exciting Enough But Nothing More
7 March 2021
Visually this movie is exactly what you would expect.

From a story perspective its as weak as the sock in the Rock N Sock Connection!
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7/10
Not 1, But 3 Sidekicks!!
7 March 2021
I will admit from the outset I was concerned about this. The original Jumanji is pretty incredible and I was worried that the use of The Rock may distract from the clever elements of the film. To The Rock's credit it doesn't. You clearly notice him in it but he doesn't overpower the film.

The sidekicks are a big part of the success here, it allows for more depth and humour to be spread across the film.

The should be proud of the effort here in building a new legacy and not diminishing the original.

Fun for all :)
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Rampage (2018)
7/10
Same Movie Different Monsters!
7 March 2021
If you can't tell exactly what you are going to get from this movie by looking at the cover, then Houston we have a problem!

Its big, loud and stupid and he carries the film.

The 'monsters' are awesome!

This is a bit of blockbuster fun, turn off the inner critic/troll and have a good time with it. Really these movies only fail when the visual and audio effects fail :)
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6/10
Is It More Than Titillation? Yes
7 March 2021
The first thing that stood out to me about this movie was how sharp it looks. It looks fantastic. The film itself I felt was a little uneven, some real highlight moments as well as those that could have simply been edited out.

The message of the film, though interesting and meritorious, gets a little lost as I think many may get distracted by girls behaving badly and boobs.

James Franco looks like he is having a good time, such a good time I laughed to myself and wondered if he was living out some kind of fantasy!!

Watch this one closer to get more out of it :)
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Ender's Game (2013)
6/10
Nice Take On Repeated Themes
7 March 2021
This doesn't set the world afire but it was a fun movie to watch.

Falls into many clichés which is a shame but I think the target audience will be more forgiving of that. This is a teen film like Maze Runner or Insurgent etc, it has enough for adults but the kids should get a nice kick out of it.

So the adults are baddies and the kids the goodies.

The film looks great and has a good energy to it, I didn't find it boring, just lacking a little originality and depth :)
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7/10
If I Was Surrounded By Hostiles I Would Want A Better 'Fort'!
7 March 2021
Claude Atkins is the key to this film. Without a good quality bad guy to root against the hero become a little less needed. Atkins does a great job of playing dastardly.

The downside if I'm being a bit critical, more of Scott than the film, is Scott is always true to form, no compromise, no look after #1, he always does the right thing. The problem with that is that it removes any mystery or doubt from his films. You will never watch a Scott film and go "I didn't expect him to do that!".

A film on its own merit, it s very enjoyable :)
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8/10
About As Good As A 'B' Western Gets
7 March 2021
I really enjoyed this. Most of Scott's films are pretty similar, however in this one its nice to see him commit to the fight much earlier on than he normally does.

Plenty of good action and some well put together characters.

Its interesting to me that they made the head bad guy British, it set a different tone, "I don't belong here so I'll force my way'. This miss fitting gave the character strength and weakness.

The head henchman was a little lacking, good verbally but not given any great opportunities. The other independent lead henchman was also wasted a little and could have added more.

Great film :)
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9/10
'Bloody' Fantastic
6 March 2021
This is essentially a constructed, made for USA, version of 2 Lone Wolf and Cub films. As such for many people like me it was a great intro to proper martial arts movies before discovering even more proper martial arts movies (minus the dubbing lol).

A brilliant story beautifully filmed and told about a Samurai who will do anything to protect his family.

The weapons are great and so are the kills and there are plenty of them!!

Neck slicing fun :)
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3/10
Nevermind!
6 March 2021
Leave this in the 80's where it belongs.

If you want to enjoy Robert Ulrich you would be better off with the Vegas tv series!
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