Run All Night
Liam Neeson is back in ageing bad boy mode as he takes on the role of veteran Brooklyn hitman, Jimmy Conlon, working for mob boss Shawn Maguire (Ed Harris). The pair’s friendship can be traced back years, but when Jimmy is forced to kill Shawn’s son Danny (Boyd Holbrook) in order to save his own estranged son Mike (Joel Kinnaman), all loyalties go out the window and the father-son team have a mammoth task on their hands just to survive the night.
Anyone with the slightest shred of New York geographical knowledge will spot the holes in the plot, with the pair bouncing from borough to borough in unfeasibly short times, given the timescale of the film. This aside though, the film’s pace is relentless and director Jaume Collet-Serra keeps the tension cranked high.
As demonstrated throughout the Taken franchise, Neeson has an innate talent to actually make you care when members of his family are thrown into peril.
Not only the hallmark of a great actor, it also goes to show that the 62-year-old is nowhere near his expiry date and remains a bankable action star.
From minds that brought you Meet the Spartans and The Starving Games, comes Superfast!. Looking to cash in on the hype surrounding the impending seventh installment of The Fast and the Furious, Superfast! enlists a cast of almost lookalikes to play exaggerated parodies of characters from the juggernaut street racing franchise, who plan to double cross an LA crime lord and steal his cash from a fast-food outlet. Make no mistake; the tongue is firmly in the cheek with this one, to the point that it is actually quite funny.
The classic fairytale gets a 21st century makeover, with Kenneth Branagh bringing a touch of directorial class to the proceedings. Ella wants nothing more than to attend the palace ball, but finds herself at the mercy of her wicked stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and cruel stepsisters (Holliday Grainger and Sophie McShera), who conspire to keep her housebound. Helena Bonham Carter brings her whimsical allure to the role of the fairy godmother, while Lily James and Richard Madden are traditional yet enchanting in their lead roles as Ella (Cinderella) and Prince Charming respectively. Don’t expect many twists and turns; do expect tasteful and wholesome viewing.
Preview: Ex Machina
Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson) is a young coder at an internet search giant who wins the opportunity to spend a week at the CEO’s mountain retreat in order to test and evaluate the company’s latest experiment: a fully humanoid (and beautiful) artificial intelligence. The lines between human and machine quickly become blurred in what looks set to be a stylish psychological thriller.
Fresh from her appearance in last year’s blockbuster PK, Anushka Sharma returns to star in NH10, a film that exposes the dark underbelly of violence and gang war in the north Indian state of Haryana. En route to a romantic getaway, a middle-class couple witnesses a young girl being picked up by a group of hoodlums and Meera (Sharma) decides to intervene, regardless of the danger.