Non Stop – 2014

non stop largeAn air marshal springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages that put his fellow passengers at risk unless the airline transfers $150 million into an off-shore account.

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What we think: Liam Neeson has been dining out on the success of Taken for some time now, which isn’t a bad thing given his age and that he’s put his body through the ringer.

It would be a little callus to call Taken a fluke, a film that even Nesson thought would go straight to DVD. Not so, and off the back of that success he was offered action script after action script.

A sequel to Taken later with a third in the pipe he’s back on our big screen as air marshall Bill Marks, a man with a drink problem and a whole host of personal issues (so the perfect person to carry a loaded gun onto a plane).

Marks finds himself as the prime suspect in a deadly game of extortion and hijacking while trying to find a madman whose picking off passengers every twenty minutes until he gets paid a large sum of money.

Directed by , who orchestrated Neeson in the slightly disappointing Unknown, manages to keep the tension tight and at the right times. He doesn’t have much of a choice really to keeping the audience on tender hooks all within the confines of an air craft cabin.

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Along for the ride is Julianne Moore’s somewhat nervy frequent flyer who will straight away arouse suspicion from Marks along with all the other passengers on the manifest and cabin crew.

It opens with Marks loading himself up on liquor before boarding the doomed flight, all he while he’s keeping a close blurry eye on the surrounding passengers, building us up to think that everyone on board is going to be a suspect, and they are.

Marks’s communication with the unseen villain is through mobile phones (specially manufactured for air marshal frequency) the messages flash up on screen in a quirky way that keeps us on top of the dialogue.

It’ s an in flight whodunit, a guessing game of clues and links that ultimately hits turbulence during the third act, a real shame as it was holding its own 35,000ft up.

The subsequent motive is a post 9/11 rant, a chance to vent frustration that the government did not do enough to prevent the attack and that they should now pay. It’s a lame attempt at a conclusion, made even more sickening by Neeson’s endearing speech.

The supporting cast don’t offer a hell of a lot, with an off duty NYPD cop, a techno whizz who just happens to be handy with mobile phones, and in a ironic twist a muslim whose portrayed as saving lives.

After boarding and take off it plateaus out, and falls short of delivering as a perfect Hitchcockian styled thriller.

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The LEGO Movie – 2014

the lego movieAn ordinary LEGO minifigure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from gluing the universe together.

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What we think: Arguably LEGO is the world’s greatest toy, it’s been around for years and has brought joy and imagination to children and adults a like.

So why it has taken so long for a dedicated big blockbuster, a cinematic release, to be made is anyone’s guess. The plain looking mini figures have inspired many popular films such as Star WarsHarry Potter, Lord of the Rings even Iron Man to cash in on merchandise.

Now though, the wait is finally over as writer/directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller bring a whole host of craziness to the ever popular Danish building blocks.

The pair cemented themselves on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and then took to reimaging the TV series 21 Jump Street onto the big screen in 2012, a sequel to be released this year.

With a cast that comprises A-list stars from both TV and film it gels magnificently well, it has a simple plot that takes its characters through a variety of comical and highly creative worlds.

Emmet Brickowoski is your average happy go lucky mini figure, tirelsy working away each day as a construction worker (they follow the plans to the letter) and does it all with a big smile on his face and positive attitude.

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When he runs into Wyldstyle (voiced by ) she takes him on a journey to help her and the master builders save the world from Lord Business () who is planning to stick everything together with his secret weapon ‘the kragle’.

They’ve labelled him as the ‘special one’ in a very Matrix style approach, but poor Emmet is way out of his depth and is unable to find himself or make an impression on his new friends.

It’s devilishly funny with some star turns, Will Arnett voices every ones favourite troubled super hero Batman, who will only work with black bricks, “or very, very, very dark grey ones”.  as Bad Cop is also a winner, chasing Emmet through the Wild West, Cloud Cuckoo Land and Middle Zealand to name but a few.

That’s only a small handful of characters, in what is a long line up of neat cameos. Superman and the Green Lantern show up for some hero banter and its a shame that they could’t have joined the party for a little longer. And there is another brilliantly placed cameo that to go into any detail would spoil it for when it happens.

At no point does it tail off or become stupid, and you only have to sit in awe at the way it was made, using CG-animation and stop-motion to bring to life these small characters on screen. They even have the ability to quickly construct a wide range of LEGO sets to get them out of trouble.

What really stands out with this film is the high level of detail that has gone into making it, everything and I mean everything is LEGO related, both in the foreground and the background.

The ending is a pleasant surprise although some might feel like it jumps right out of one world into an all too familiar other, but its delivered with precision and it is most certainly a satisfactory one.

A sequel is most certainly already being drawn up with Emmet standing out as one of the most loveable animated characters of 2014.

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Taken 2 – 2012

taken 2 posterIn Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills and his wife are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter.

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What we thinkTaken was one of the sleeper hits of 2008 so there was no surprise when it was announced that Brian Mills (Liam Neeson) would be back in the thick of it once again.

However, one wondered exactly how the film would pan out in terms of plot and just who would be ‘taken’ this time?

Pierre Morel was not coming back for the sequel and so the directorial reigns were handed over to Olivier Megaton (Transporter 3).

It’s all about revenge as the families of the victims Mills dispatched with ease last time want retribution for him and his family.

Set in Istanbul Mills takes his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) and ex-wife (Famke Janssen) whose having her own marital problems, to Turkey for some bonding after he completes a little job.

He’s tracked down fairly easily and within minutes he’s rushing through the streets and back alleys cracking heads and breaking limbs.

Unable to avoid capture both he and his ex-wife are taken and it’s up to young Kim to become the expert tactical genius who in a matter of minutes can map read, handle a gun and drive a car like Kimi Raikkonen.

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I’m all for non-believable action but Taken 2 really pushes the boundaries and leaves plot holes scattered behind it.

First off and I’m sure everyone pointed it out, was Kim’s sudden driving skills. At the start of the film she’s failed her test already and is under the strict coaching of Daddy.

Fast forward to the escape in Istanbul and she’s flying around corners and reverse hand braking like a pro, now am I the only one who found this completely absurd. That and the unique way Mills gets her to discover his location using a few grenades.

It’s a film that you cannot take seriously for a second, the bad guys are about as villainous as Mr Tumble and the script is weak, it almost takes any credibility the first one had away.

The gritty nature the first film had is lost, and it feels rushed and disjointed, sad to say it’s laughable and not in a good way.

The fight choreography though is exceptional still and the shades of action are well put together, but the rest that is draped around it should long be forgotten.

There begs the question whether or not there is any legs left in this franchise for one more outing, I firmly believe that Neeson can do the job and do it well. But there would need to be a better script and certainly an 18 rating.

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First look at Liam Neeson in Non-Stop

The first look at Liam Neeson in Jaume Collet-Serra’s upcoming thriller Non-Stop, has appeared online and by the looks of things Neeson is going badass yet again.

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Neeson will play former Air Marshal, Bill Marks, who has a rather unexciting job of pushing pens around a desk, that is until he boards one flight in particular.

When Marks receives a series of texts from an unknown source, he is informed that unless $150m is transferred into a private account, passengers on his flight will begin dying at 20 minute intervals.

Of course Marks (like Bryan Mills) will go on the hunt using his ‘special’ set of skills and you can bet your life there will be carnage. How this will work with the same intensity as Taken for example when you only have a small amount of space to work with is anyone’s guess?

The film will co-star Scoot McNairy, Julianne Moore and Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery, Non-Stop will open in the UK later this year, with a specific release date yet to be confirmed.

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The Dark Knight Rises has epic run time

There is not long to wait now Batman fans, with The Dark Knight Rises set to hit screens at the end of July. One thing worth noting is the epic run time it will have, which is a little under three hours!

The announcement comes from the BBFC who have released details on running time and certification.

The film, which will be the last one in the trilogy for Christopher Nolan, will last for a mega 164 minutes and 27 seconds – so head to the toilet before hand and forget about ordering any large cokes!

The film will be a 12a rating with no cuts made and “contains moderate violence”, which has again been confirmed by the BBFC.

The Dark Knight Rises stars Christian Bale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Liam Neeson, Anne Hathaway and Marion Cotillard.

It’s out July 20th so if you’ve not booked you better do so now!

Source: Filmoria