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A Good if slightly average action movie!

Whilst this isn't a patch on the original and I still can't understand why someone with such obvious talents would be living downmarket, acting as a kind of self regulated mercenary. This gets slightly confusing as it's almost several different plots and storylines interwoven, but as each plays out we are then left with the one final plot at the end. I have to say that I predicated quite early on where this was going to go and who the bad guys were. But all in it's still quite a decent action movie, looking at the usual themes of morality and do all Black Americans really go around calling each other Bro and dealing in drugs, or is that a little bit of stereotyping come in, Denzel? This did remind me a bit of Jason Bourne and like Bourne, a good action movie, but not a patch on the original!

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Really enjoyable update on the classic Jaws theme!

I've read some really bad reviews of this film and was tempted particularly to give it a miss due to the reviews here on CP. However because it was Jason who can usually be relied upon to give us something at least half decent in an action movie, I gave it a chance and I'm really glad I did! First off this is really nothing more than a modern update of the cinematic classic 'Jaws', however whereas Jaws drags on for ages before any real action happens, true to form, this film is choc full of action right from the start. Contrary to what others have written, i actually thought the CGI was pretty good, there are some fantastic underwater shots and the aerial view of the shark swimming underneath a beach/sea full of swimmers on their rubber rings and inflatable loungers is great. This film most certainly won't win any oscars, the acting is average, as is the script and storyline and it's slightly predictable in part, yet it still manages to deliver some great jump out of your seat moments and draw you in. Really an updated version of those what we now call classic Monster B Movies from the 50's and 60's. I really enjoyed watching this and whilst it's not a blockbuster of a movie, it's still a pretty good and fun watch that doesn't take itself too seriously!

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Good Old Fashioned Monster B-Movie!

If you've ever seen any of the other films in this series, then you'll know exactly what to expect. If you haven't then I suggest you watch the very first film from 1990 starring Kevin Bacon, which really set the benchmark and is still the best out of the six films made to date! Sadly Bacon isn't in any of the sequels, but the character of Bert Gummer, played by Michael Gross is and he once again reprises his role for this film. There is nothing now, unique or original about this film in any shape or form, it is merely yet another follow on and reproduction of what has gone on before, this time set in Northern Canada. Seemingly aimed at the teenage boys market, with lots of excessive and irrelevant juvenile references to testicles and anuses, the script sounds like it was written on the back of a crisp packet, it's that lame, with the actors throwing in lots of swearing to spice things up a bit and of course the completely irrelevant, unnecessary and quite nauseating romance thrown in for good measure. I'm not quite sure why this has a 15 certificate, as I thought the last few Harry Potter movies were more scary, possibly due to the constant swearing! However in it's credit, although quite obviously a low budget B-Movie, it's all actually quite good fun and doesn't take itself seriously in any shape or form. In all just a good, fun old fashioned monster B-Movie to watch with a couple of cans and your mates on a Sunday afternoon!

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Awful, must be the worst musical ever!

Whilst the first film was brilliantly well crafted, full of great tunes, good dance moves and had a warm heartfelt light bouncy commercial appeal. This follow on is just dire and clearly made to cash in on the Abba franchise, rather than for any artistic value or merit! The first film, being based upon the stage play, had as a result, years of evolution, experimentation and tweaking behind it, which in part was the reason why the first film was so good, however this second film comes across as badly made, on a budget, within a squeezed timeframe. The theme is basically one women, goes on holiday to Greece, sleeps around with three different men, gets pregnant and doesn't know who the father is, so really sets a very bad moralistic example right from the start! However instead of recognising this fact and teaching young people that they need to take responsibility for their own actions, this film seems to take the current feminist trend for men bashing to extreme and blame the men for every bad decision the woman makes! As a result it becomes a classic example of feminist propaganda, is full of very sexist comments and put downs towards men, whilst all the main female characters act and behave like cheap sluts. Whilst there are a few of Abbas big hits thrown in, most of the songs are lesser known tunes, B-Sides and Album tracks. Cher is completely mis-cast and only appears towards the very end of the film in more of a cameo role and I'm guessing the only real reason why she is in the film, was to promote her album of Abba over versions! It's quite clear that the main target audience here is women, but unlike the original, this comes across as less of a holiday romance musical and more of a vehicle for feministic men bashing. I thought that it was a very thin and weak storyline, most of the sings simply don't work and are very badly placed and the singing is awful, mostly off pitch and out of tune, all in a very badly conceived and produced poor effort!

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Wimpy watered down version of the sequal of a sequel!

Whilst this film opens with a bang and the first half is good, it's now become a bit of a cliche, rehashing old overly familiar themes and right from the start, was extremely predictable! I sat there and kept thinking, I know what's going to happen next and sure as eggs are eggs, it did, so for me the storyline was nothing new and the predictability really took the fun out of it all. What I thought was the actual theme of the film, really all takes place within the first half an hour, then we are taken to a completely different location altogether and here it just gets really silly! Throw in a handful of Russian and East Asian Crime Lords, the tired old theme of greed and mix with a little bit of genetics and what you get comes off as a real mish mash of a storyline. And please lets stop being so PC all of the time as it really is getting in the way of making a good film. It's almost de-rigor now that you have to have a Black, East Asian, Action Woman and so on even when they are completely irrelevant to the storyline, however this switches the roles around and gives us a really pathetically wimpy teenage black boy, a hard on full action could be lesbian girl and a half hearted clone of a daughter, all of which are a blatant attempt at being PC and really just ends up damaging the characters and the ability of the actors to bring any gravitas to the situation. I thought the last 15 minutes just descended into silliness and complete unbelievability. What would be the logical choice, you allow animals which had already gone extinct to die off once again, or to release them to roam wild in your local domestic neighbourhood, mad carnivorous killers like a T.Rex or Raptor, you guess which option they choose, because of course we've got to have yet another sequel of the sequal haven't we!

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Absolutely awful Feminist Remake , not funny at all!

What the exact purpose was of taking the original cast and making it all female, is beyond comprehension, except to appeal to a bunch of nasty sexist feminists! Casting Chris Hemsworth as the dopey dumb blonde Secretary is just plain sexist, especial;y when on the original films she had dark hair and was very intelligent! This just goes to show that the makers of this film don't appear to have any understanding as to the original purpose of the films, but also this film is not funny in any shape or form! I personally do not find Melissa McCarthy funny, having a loud AmericanMouth and being Large is not funny, it's just grass. And the show cast come across as a bunch of Lesbian Feminists bent upon belittling men as much as they can! An awful film and very hypocritical too!

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Good Family Fun Action Movie!

In essence a remake of Towering Inferno, with a modern angle to it! Johnson has fast taken over the action hero role from where the likes of Swarzenegger, Stallone and Willis left off and he does it very well too. There is nothing new or original here at all, in fact I'm sure I've seen some of the gadgets and scenes in other films before and the basic storyline has been done so many times before in films going way back to the 40's! But for all its unoriginality, to be fair to the film, it is so well done and so fast paced, that you easily forget this and get quickly drawn in to the dynamic and action of the film. The filmography, special effects and action are really well done, slightly over the top in parts, but hey isn't every action movie, yet almost believable in parts. One of the things I like about Johnson is that he doesn't take himself too seriously, unlike some actors, Brad Pitt & Tom Cruise, to name but a few, and has the ability to smile at himself often in his films! In all a really enjoyable Saturday night family movie, really good fun to watch and highly enjoyable to boot!

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Awful, really sexist, dull and boring!

Incredibles 2: I was extremely disappointed by this movie, whilst the first film is brilliant and refreshing, this film has allowed a certain theme to become so over riding that it literally takes over the film! The current ‘Me Too’ and ‘Feminist’ Movements appear to have been taken on board by the makers and completely misunderstood in the process! This isn’t really an Incredibles movie at all, it’s really just an ‘Elastigirl’ Film, as it focuses almost entirely on her, with the rest of the family taking a sideline, like a needless appendage! Sadly the makers appear to have pandered so much to feminist girl power theme, that it overrides anything else and literally takes over completely ruining the film, sadly at the cost of destroying what in the original film was a great theme, that originally focussed on family! The real irony of course is that whilst pushing the Girl Power and Feminism angle, Elastigirl wears a skin tight suit, with her breasts popping out, legs up to her waist, fulsome buttocks and a valley like crutch, all designed to look as sexy as possible, because we all know that sex sells, and of course she’s got brains to boot, which comes across as slightly hypocritical. And the real irony is that the bad guy, in the end, actually turns out to be a bad girl! I felt this sexist approach ruined the special family dynamic built up in the first film, and seemed to suggest that men are hopeless at everything and women are fantastic! I actually found this a very difficult and quite boring film to watch, so much so that I had to watch it in two parts. I thought there was nothing new or stand pout about this film, that it basically stole lots of ideas from past films and was highly predictable in the process.

In fact the bonus Feature short film ‘Bao’ is far superior in every way and actually made me cry!

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Blatantly Religious Overtones & Highly Predictable - Yawn!!

Right from the beginning this film has strong religious overtones and I found it odd that the bad guy in this is a non religious person who wants world peace! The film seems to suggest that people who are not religious or see the hate that religion seems to spread nowadays, are in fact bad people for wanting peace and harmony, something which I thought was quite a dangerous and questionable message to send out, particularly given Cruises own questionable religious beliefs! Whilst the film does have lots of action and is constantly driving forward, it offers little new, simply treading familiar ground and I personally found it extremely predictable and quite tedious as a result! I was literally saying to myself this is going to happen, that's going to happen next and surely as eggs are eggs, it did happen! The plot has been done hundreds of times before in various films, most of the actors seemed to be sleeping through their parts as though they too knew it was the same old. However as I've already said, what really ruined this for me was the sad suggestion that wanting world peace and not believing in religion was a bad thing and for this alone I would throw this film in the bin!

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Brilliant - A Hard Reminder of Life on the Streets

I really enjoyed the first movie and thought this one was just as good. Ignore the PC'ness of the Cinema Paradiso review, which seems to allude to pleasing the Feminist Brigade whilst ignoring the horror of Religious Extremism and Terrorist acts! Films like this are needed to remind us of the real horror out there, showing us just how petty and cruel those on both sides of the law can actually be! At first this film explores the uncomfortable issue surrounding Muslim Extremism and Terrorism, then takes us back to South America, Mexico specifically and the connections between organised crime and terrorism. The film is a hard and fast driver, with some quieter ambient moments and given the subject matter, lots of humanity and soul searching thrown in for good measure. To my mind, this film is much better without having a superfluous and irrelevant major female lead just for the sake of it, because the young kidnapped girl take over this role effortlessly! All in a really well made, hard gritting action movie that really hits the spot!

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Absolutely Awful - Possibly the worst film this year - Simply Don't Bother!

Whoever made this film needs to seriously take a long hard look in the mirror and understand that childish drivel, bad taste and gross action do not a good movie make! I really should have listened to what everyone else on here is saying, this really is a bad film in every way! For me, mixing characters from different world and universes simply does not work. In this case Deadpool teams up with the Terminator and X-Men, why isn't explained, given that they are all form different times and universes! What follows is a real mess, sloppy direction, really bad choppy editing, lots of poor CGI, err I would;t call them jokes because they are not funny, lots of references to irrelevant things and probably the worst non script I've ever heard! The first Deadpool film was great and really funny, but this is just lame, it all comes across as though a couple of 12 year olds in school wrote it and then made it from a few bits of cardboard, glue and sticky tape!

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Surprisingly well balanced and a well made film!

Entebbe, the story of when after having their land stolen by the Israelis, the Palestinians fight back! I thought this was going to be typical Israeli propaganda nonsense, but to my surprise it was actually very balanced in its political viewpoint, showing why this happened and the reasons behind the politics which created such an event in the first place. The German members of the Badher Meinhoff Gang who initiated the hijack were really just used by the Palestinians as pawns in a game and it just goes to show how pathetic and superfluous such terrorist actions can be in the bigger game of Politik! Throughout there is a side story of the relationship between one of the Israeli soldiers and his girlfriend who is a dancer and we keep getting shown scenes of her dancing with her group who are singing in Modern Hebrew. This constant cutting from the real action, to her dancing is very off-putting, inappropriate and ruins the drama, especially towards the end of the film where the rescue takes place! I am presuming that because the film seems to sympathise with or at least tell the Palestinian side of the story in an open and honest manner, the film makers felt that for balance they needed to show an Israeli viewpoint too through the dance, but Israelis, Hebrews and Jews are in fact not the same thing at all! If this relationship and the dancing were cut from the film entirely, then the film would have been very good indeed and a lot more balanced, but the dancing just ruins it, especially towards the end! How accurate the film is to real events no one will know, because the Palestinians and a large number of Africans too were killed by the Israelis, so no-one was actually left to tell their side of the story, which again makes it even more surprising how well balanced the political viewpoint shown in this film actually was! Perhaps for more balance now, they will make a film about all the extremist acts Israeli Terrorists have committed against innocent people too!

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Good Saturday Night Movie.

The premise is a woman who starts off with goal of being an Olympic Skier, but ends up being drawn into the world of Poker Gambling because it makes her lots of money! So the theme here really is greed, avarice and getting one over on everyone else! I found it difficult to have any sympathy for the woman, given what she did, the fact that she made so much money but it was never enough and even when her life is threatened she still feels the need to make even more! Whilst it is a very long film and drags in parts,it also picks up the pace again, Idris is excellent and really the question is who really is the start of this film? There is a lot of cutting back to her teens, the current and again the past when she was setting up the gambling rings, so a lot of chopping and editing which gets quite confusing at times. All the Poker Jargon will go right over your head and is meaningless to most people, which may also lose a few on the way! All in quite a good film, but all the Skiing cutting back to her teenage life was a bit superfluous.

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Dull, Boring and as Slow as a Tortoise!

The Witch: After watching over an hour of this film, I was still left wondering where it was going and if anything as actually going to happen! Set in the 1640's a small family of Puritans see up home in the American wilderness, near a wood where lives a Witch. Most of the script is in Olde English with excessively religious overtones, that start to grate after a while.The acting is actually quite good, especially from the children, but even so, the storyline is extremely slow, drags on for too long and eventually goes nowhere. I'm presuming this is a low budget production as I don't know any of the names involved. To me this was more an exploration of how excessive religious beliefs can border upon insanity and how too much belief can tip you over the edge. In the end this family came across to me as a bunch of religious nutters and it was their own sense of deep belief that actually caused the problems they faced! For me this came across more as a stage play made into a film. I'm not sure where the Horror part comes in, because as I've said, mots of the film concentrates on the family imploding upon themselves allowing their own fears of God destroy their sanity and ultimately lives! The Witch of the title, is not really an integral part of the film, more of a side to justify calling this a Horror Movie and to sell than anything, so I thought and you don’t really see anything right until the very end, which is itself a big anti-climax!

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Spooky but noting new!

For such a recent film, I found this quite disappointing from the point of view that it brings nothing new or original to the genre! Yes it's quite a good if not average horror story, uses all the standard twists and turns, dark shadows, doors banging, weird noises, a haunting, a possession, etc, but it's all been done so much before and often much better too! This film falls back on overused cliches and whilst it does give you a chill and a sense of fear, you could literally be watching any film from the last twenty years with the same storyline. In fact this seems to use the same themes and storylines that I've seen in many horror movies from the last decade or so! Also there appeared to be a bit of religious preaching going on, from the viewpoint that if you're not Baptised or Catholic, then you too could fall victim to some ghoulish possession, but these types of horror movies seem to always dwell on Catholism over any other religion!

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