The original Poltergeist was nominated for three Academy Awards and has ranked highly on numerous film institution and critics association scariest films lists since its release in 1982.
Gil Kenan’s 2015 revisionist reboot had its work cut out then, if it was to surpass, or even equal its predecessor.
The film loosely follows the plot of the original as it tells story of a young family whose suburban home is invaded by malevolent spirits, leading to a series of inexplicable and disturbing events that culminate in the abduction of the family’s youngest daughter, Madison (Kennedi Clements), forcing the Bowen family to consult the help of a local paranormal research team.
Focusing less on out-and-out scares and jumpy moments, one thing Poltergeist does excel in is creating several subtly unsettling scenes that will genuinely have the hairs on the back of your neck standing on end.
However, with the arrival of Carrigan Burke (Jared Harris), the medium brought in to cleanse the house and rescue Madison, the action takes a turn towards the implausible, greatly diminishing the scare value and before you know it, it’s all over.
The ever scientifically curious Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) ends up on the doorstep of a disillusioned former boy-genius inventor, Frank Walker (George Clooney), after a mysterious pin gives her fleeting glimpses of a place somewhere in time and space known only as Tomorrowland. The adventure the pair embark upon has the ability to change both themselves and the world forever. With slick production values, this sci-fi mystery romp will likely be a family friendly crowd-pleaser able to distract viewers from the occasionally clunky storytelling and a narrative thread that is somewhat thin.
Spooks: The Greater Good
Nearly four years after the globally popular British spy series left TV screens, it’s back with a spin-off film. When top terrorist Adem Qasim (Elyes Gabel) escapes MI5 custody during a routine handover, the blame is laid on the familiar face of Harry Pearce (Peter Firth), head of counter terrorism at MI5. Harry goes off the grid and it falls to Will Holloway (Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington) to return from decommissioned exile and track down the escapee, eliminating the threat to London. Twists and turns abound as with any good spy drama and there are enough shootouts to keep you engaged for the duration.
Preview: The Two Faces of January
The charismatic, wealthy and morally dubious Chester MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen) visits Athens with his wife (Kirsten Dunst) in 1962 and soon becomes embroiled with Rydal (Oscar Isaac), a conman turned tour guide, who unwittingly becomes an accessory to accidental murder. The trio soon find themselves in a love triangle rife with paranoia and obsession.
Y’s Choice: Robosapien: Rebooted
Taking inspiration from the biomorphic robot toy of the same name, Robosapien: Rebooted tells the story of Cody, a search and rescue machine that escapes from its development facility when it is revealed he is to be used for military purposes. Henry Keller (Bobby Coleman), a young inventor, discovers and befriends Cody and between them they set out to bring down the immoral Kinetech Labs.