Monday 6 May 2013

The Good, the Bad and the Blu-rays

The slowest week in a while with no big titles getting released, there's still one or two possible rentals mixed in.

As casting changes go, it appears that switching Morgan Freeman with frequent cross dresser/inexplicably popular movie star, Tyler Perry, as Detective Alex Cross was a bit of a bad move. I'll be honest, I never bothered with Kiss The Girls or Along Came A Spider as they looked like dodgy Se7en clones to me, but the author has his fans and so a franchise reboot was inevitable. At best, this looks like a run of the mill thriller, with added crazy coming from a sinewy Matthew Fox's bad guy bringing the one element that might set this film apart.

Glee in an old folk's home doesn't really appeal to me, but the fact that Quartet had Dustin Hoffman in the director's chair does. His first official stint behind the camera, the veteran thespian keeps things light with this tale of a retirement home for musicians having their tranquility interrupted by the arrival of Maggie Smith's unpopular diva. The presence of Billy Connolly, Tom Courtenay and Pauline Collins should ensure this finds an appreciative audience.

Although the cover says low budget horror to me, the trailer says something different, with Come Out and Play looking like a cross between Monsters and The Children. Starring a dishevelled Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Lola Versus, Breaking Upwards) and Hocus Pocus's Vinessa Shaw, I'm genuinely quite intrigued to see what Come Out and Play has to offer.

Based on the trailer alone, Shadow People appears to be quite an interesting thriller, albeit one that is treading on old ground. Starring Dallas Roberts (most recently seen as The Governor's confidant in The Walking Dead), this straight to disc horror takes familiar elements from J-Horror to create a ghost story that should offer a number of chills.

In a medical research lab the drug trial volunteers find themselves forced to deal with mysterious side effects. Is it the drugs or something more sinister? Which one of them took the placebo? This British horror has a great cast featuring Steve Evets, Anuerin Barnard and Alex Reid (no, not that one. The actress) and from the look of the trailer at least deserves to be considered as a Friday night rental.

Remember 1974's The Towering Inferno that saw a high rise block burst into flames with lots of people clambering to survive left inside? Yeah, well so do the makers of The Tower, as this is basically a Korean re-hash of that film. To be fair, remaking a 40 year old Hollywood film in a foreign market could be seen as fair play, and from the look of the trailer they've done a pretty good job of it. It's set at Christmas, too. Bummer.

No comments:

Post a Comment