Driving home one night, a young attorney (Dominic Cooper) is involved in a hit-and-run incident that leaves an innocent man at death’s door. When Samuel L Jackson is arrested for the victim’s murder, the lawyer is put under pressure to change the course of the investigation and have the man acquitted.
But as more details of the case emerge, Cooper realises that he has freed a man who was actually instrumental in the murder of the victim that fateful night.
Jackson delivers a fantastic performance as a disturbing psychopath intent on inflicting pain and suffering but it’s a character portrayal that far outshines the average script and plot that the actors are left battling with.
Accusations of predictability are perhaps overly harsh as the plot does manage to twist deftly but there’s a certain ambience to the film that never really takes it into premium thriller territory.
It doesn’t really offer anything over and above some of the high quality TV series that are knocked out with consistency these days.
The movie’s poor reviews should send out a clear warning to directors that thrillers really do need to be supremely crafted and edited in order to compete with their serial counterparts.
Reviewed by Tom Robertson
300: Rise of an empire
Following in the marching footsteps of ‘300’, this latest instalment adopts the same visual style that boosted its predecessor to success. This time the action unfolds on the high seas as General Themistokles, played by Sullivan Stapleton, counters invading Persian forces bent on crushing the Greek states. For fans of the first one, this is a comfortable sequel that safely delivers a movie unwilling to stray in any way from the original formula.
Set in the future, a train zips around what has now become an earth of sub-zero temperatures. The carriages hold the last of humanity, divided into widely differing classes; the haves and the have-nots. When you consider the setting, it sounds absurd. But the director, Bong Joon-ho, handles the script beautifully and delivers an enthralling story that showcases the best of South Korean cinema.
Mr Morgan’s Last Love
Romance-filled Paris isn’t the kind of place you would normally associate with lonely souls. Based on the novel La Douceur Assassine by Francoise Dorner, the city of love is ironically where a retired philosophy professor, played by Michael Caine, finds himself recovering from the loss of his wife.
Clémence Poésy plays opposite the elderly widow as the young and free-spirited Pauline Laubie, a dance instructor. The two strike up a relationship that amounts to a deep and caring friendship but one that neither their friends nor family can quite grasp. It’s not overly dramatic or complicated, just easy watching.
Poor Rani (Kangana Ranaut) faces the ultimate nightmare of every bride. The young 24-year old from Delhi is left alone after her fiancé is killed in a car accident before the wedding. But instead of letting the tragedy consume her in grief, she sets out alone on the honeymoon that had been planned for the would-have-been newlyweds.
Venturing off to Paris and Amsterdam, her escapades set her on a path of self-discovery. Friendships are formed, hearts mended and faith restored. This fun film is different enough from the conventional Bollywood musicals to warrant a trip to the silver screen, though some of us may find it a little too tame at times.