Transformers Revenge of the Fallen

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen first published by EyeforFilm, 15 June, 2009 A title baldly declares that the film we are about to see has its origins in Hasbro toys. Over images of a one-sided battle between men and mechas in a rocky landscape, a booming voice-over declares: “Earth – birthplace of the human race…

By Night’s End (2020)

By Night’s End opens with an external wide shot of a suburban, single-storey home at night. A ‘For Sale’ sign in the yard is briefly illuminated in red and blue by a passing patrol car, and then a man approaches from the foreground and enters the house. Shortly afterwards we see him again, half-jogging half-limping…

Badger

American Badger (aka The Badger) (2021)

American Badger first published by VODzilla.co The badger, we are told at the beginning of Kirk Caouette’s sort-of sequel to his Promiseland (2019), is a solitary, anti-social creature that will fight viciously when backed into a corner – the American variety more than its European counterpart. The hitman Dean (Caouette) gets his nom de guerre…

Overrun

Overrun (2021)

“I thought you quit,” says Machiavellian kingpin Ray Barren (Robert Miano) to his smoking minion Bobby (Pete Porteous) near the beginning of Josh Tessier’s Overrun. “I thought you quit,” replies Bobby, as Ray takes his cigarette and has a puff. “I did,” says Ray, before heading in to torture Yuri Dubkova (Nick Benseman) for the…

In Action

In Action (2020)

In Action opens in medias res with Sean and Eric waking up, semi-naked and tied to chairs in a dark basement hellhole, and unsure where exactly they are, how they got there or why it smells like ‘poop’.  “It’s like an interrogation room,” observes Eric, “something you see out of a movie” – to which…

Glint

The Glint of Darkness: Revolution (2020)

Shaarath Vihari’s The Glint of Darkness: Revolution is something of a misfit. It comes with a duration of 51 minutes, falling awkwardly somewhere above the 40-minute bar set by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the American Film Institute and the British Film Institute for a film to qualify as a feature, but…

Ultraviolet

Ultraviolet (2006)

Ultraviolet first published by musicOMH When a film’s style is described as ‘comic book’, it tends to be critical shorthand for superficial and two-dimensional, if also colourful and kinetic. Kurt Wimmer’s Ultraviolet is the apotheosis of this style, and wears its comic book status on its sleeve, not only because of its lurid, CGI-enhanced colour palette, impossibly…

4.0

Die Hard 4.0 (aka Live Free Or Die Hard) (2007)

Die Hard 4.0 (aka Live Free Or Die Hard) first published by musicOMH Back in 1988, a group of high-tech ‘terrorists’ held an entire skyscraper to ransom while in fact surreptitiously clearing out its vaults – and they would have got away with it, if disgruntled, wise-cracking police officer John McClane had not just happened…

Bullets

Bullets of Justice (2019)

Set in the apocalyptic aftermath of World War Three, in a world where hybrid porcine mutants (known as ‘Muzzles’) literally butcher humans for food, Valeri Milev’s Bullets of Justice is an amped-up Eighties-style actioner – so absurdly hyperbolic, indeed, that it is more akin to parody Kung Fury (2015) than to the real deal.  Rob…

Waterworld

Waterworld (1995)

Waterworld first published by Little White Lies, as the 73rd part of my Cinema Psychotronicum column After an altered version of the Universal ident shows the world’s continents receding slowly into the blue mass of the oceans, Waterworld launches us into a future where the polar icecaps have melted and the landmasses have been submerged….