Author: Emma Hutchings

Film Review

Next (2007)

Lee Tamahori (Die Another Day) directs this action sci-fi film, which follows the story of a man named Cris Johnson (Nicholas Cage). Cris is a magician with a show in Las Vegas under his stage name, Frank Cadillac. He has a special ability to be able to see two minutes […]

Film Review

Minority Report (2002)

Chief John Anderton (Tom Cruise) works for the Department of Precrime in Washington D.C. in the year 2054. Utilising the skills of three precognitives (genetically altered people who can see the future, and more specifically, murders that are going to take place) the department tracks down and apprehends criminals before […]

Film Review

Assassination Games (2011)

Assassination Games pairs veteran action icon Jean-Claude Van Damme with rising action star Scott Adkins in a tale of two skilled hitmen on the hunt for the same target. Vincent Brazil (Van Damme) and Roland Flint (Adkins) are both offered a contract on a criminal called Polo Yakur (Ivan Kaye), […]

DVD Review

Blitz (2011)

Jason Statham stars as Detective Tom Brant, a tough no-nonsense cop who, at the start of the film, assaults three youths trying to break into a car and receives some bad publicity in the newspaper. When a young policewoman is shot dead one evening at point blank range, a new […]

DVD Review, Feature

Source Code (2011)

Duncan Jones’ follow-up to his impressive directorial debut Moon (2009) is another claustrophobic sci-fi with an air of mystery. Source Code throws us right into the action without any explanation, as we see Jake Gyllenhaal’s character Captain Colter Stevens wake up on a train with no idea how he got […]

DVD Review

Faster (2010)

After recent stints in comedies and Disney movies, Dwayne Johnson is back in action with Faster. He plays a man known only as ‘Driver’, who is released from prison after 10 years. The warden (Tom Berenger) sends him on his way and he runs from the prison looking focused, determined […]

DVD Review

Direct Contact (2009)

Mike Riggins is an American ex-special forces officer, locked up in a prison in The Balkans for smuggling weapons. Clive Connelly (Michael Paré) offers him his freedom and $200,000 if he rescues a captured American woman called Ana Gale (Gina May). Connelly claims to work for the American embassy and […]

Film Review

Paycheck (2003)

Paycheck follows the character of Michael Jennings (Ben Affleck), a reverse engineer who carries out work for companies who want to copy and improve upon their rival’s technology. To maintain confidentiality, Jennings must have his memory wiped after each job is complete. These assignments usually last a couple of months […]

DVD Review, Feature

Biutiful (2010)

This is the fourth feature film from Mexican auteur Alejandro González Iñárritu, following Amores Perros (2000), 21 Grams (2003) and Babel (2006). Biutiful stars Javier Bardem, who won an Oscar for his performance in No Country for Old Men back in 2008. He was nominated for Best Actor for this […]

DVD Review

Louise-Michel (2008)

Louise-Michel begins with a sham of a cremation, culminating with the man in charge asking the grieving congregation if any of them have a light. This foreshadows the numerous botched attempts later in the film to take a man’s life. French filmmakers Gustave de Kervern and Benoit Delepine, who also […]