Movies 309

27 Feb 2014
POSTED BY Y Magazine

3 Days to Kill

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It’s such a tiresome business being a lethal killing machine when all you want to do is retire and spend some quality time with the family. Even more so when you’re forced into one last job.  In 3 Days to Kill, the irrepressible Kevin Costner plays CIA agent Ethan Renner, an operative just looking to hang up his silencer and head home.

With an estranged wife and a daughter he barely knows, he’s keen to settle down in American suburbia and grab his seat on the front porch with a good book.

But the agency has other plans for the world-class hit man before he retires; find and assassinate a wanted terrorist.  Injected with a drug to which only the CIA has the antidote, Costner’s character is left with little choice. There’s just one other problem; Renner is asked by his wife to babysit his daughter (Hailee Steinfeld).

So, with the youngster in tow, Costner sets out on a monumental and stylised killing spree.

Violent action scenes are interspersed with almost comedic attempts to recreate family drama amid the Parisian scenery. It’s also far from having the finesse and intelligence of some of Costner’s earlier movies. But, when you consider his other recent role as a spy in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, ageing government operative is perhaps a type-cast role Costner is keen on pursuing to sustain him into his movie twilight years. It’s a good enough start, if that’s the track Costner’s heading down.

Reviewed by Tom Robertson

Make Your Move

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For any fans of Save the Last Dance and Dirty Dancing style movies, here, unashamedly, is your next installment. Make Your Move tells the story of Donny (Derek Hough) and Aya, played by Korean pop star BoA, as they dance their way into each other’s affections.

A bitter rivalry between the dancers’ brothers threatens to keep the duo apart in this energetic and vibrant movie that’s sure to make any aspiring youngsters practice their dance moves.

Force Of Execution

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Steven Seagal plays opposite Ving Rhames as two crime lords wrestling for control of a small criminal underworld. It’s exactly what you’d expect of Seagal in his twilight days; a desperate attempt to cling to what was once a respectable career. Overly violent and with excessive posturing between the main characters, it’s ultimately just a blood splattered, bullet riddled excuse of an action movie.

Pompeii

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It was only a matter of time before modern Hollywood produced its account of the tragic tale of Pompeii. This particular version centres on a story of forbidden love between a slave, Milo, (Kit Harington) and Cassia, a noble’s daughter played by Emily Browning. It’s more of a love story framed against the pyroclastic chaos of that fateful day in AD79, than a sympathetic retelling of events. 

If you’re looking for accuracy and a realistically brutal recreation of the apocalyptic moment, you may be disappointed. What you can expect, however, is plenty of gladiatorial combat, wistful glances and explosive special affects, some of which are passable, others decidedly absurd.

Non-stop

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I don’t think any of us will ever be able to fathom out the real reason why Liam Neeson has become Tinsel Town’s number one choice for a gruff old hard man. But whatever the reason, he’s certainly managing to pull it off. Perhaps it’s because he gives the impression that when he says he’s going to find you – like Jack Bauer – he means it.

In this outing, Neeson plays Bill Marks, a U.S Air Marshall who receives an anonymous text demanding 50 Million dollars to be transferred by the U.S government to an anonymous bank account. If Marks fails to make this happen, one of the plane’s passengers will be killed every twenty minutes. It’s tense, entertaining, and you’d better fasten your seat belt because the plot twists and turns wonderfully.


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