Cert: 15 Runtime: 122 mins Director: Chad Stahelski Cast: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane, Ruby Rose, Common and Laurence Fishburne
You stabbed the devil in the back. To him this isn’t vengeance, this is justice.
John Wick was the resurrection Keanu Reeves and the world needed! It became an instant hit and re-established Keanu in mainstream cinema. For me it was a breath of fresh air and probably the most invigorating action films for sometime. So what is John Wick: Chapter 2 about? John Wick (Keanu Reeves) isn’t having much luck staying retired. Now a former associate of the unstoppable hitman is planning to take over the shadowy international assassins’ guild. John is bound by a blood oath to assist him and reluctantly travels to Rome to fulfil this obligation. Matters are complicated by the fact that someone has ‘opened an account’ on John himself, which means that every bad-ass on the planet is now closing in!
John Wick: Chapter 2 is a very enjoyable. I think the first one had the more emotional impact as we got to see a terrible thing done to him and him returning to his deadly past, but this one kind of shows you how his job probably was before he decide to settle down and get married. Almost an equal trade off. The movie is definitely a sequel and feels like it is in the flow of the first film. There have been a few sequels in the past that have kind of felt off. This one had plenty of action and featured a lot of bloodshed. It did do some computer blood, which I wish they did not do as practical effects as far as blood goes looks a lot better. Did not look bad, but you can tell it was computer generated. I like Keanu Reeves, I find him to be an enjoyable actor. I know a lot of people do not care for him, but I like his work. I like that they brought back Ian McShane as his character is very interesting and I like the whole world that they set up in these films. It almost seems like these characters are part of some established world, like a series of graphic novels or something they way that the two films have played out. There is definitely an opening for a third film and I hope it gets made as if it does not, we fans of the two films will really be kept hanging! Overall, though, my complaints are few and far between while my praise is early and often. I also know that if I was an assassin in this world and I saw John Wick as the hit, I would text back, “No amount of money is enough!”
Cert: 15 Runtime: 111 mins Director: Wes Craven Cast: David Arquette, Courtney Cox, Neve Campbell, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin
New Decade.New Rules
The original Scream movie is one of the most iconic slasher films ever made, the fact that the trilogy from 1996-2000 was also a success amazes me. When I heard that Wes Craven was intending to make a fourth I was shocked, I thought it was going to be a waste of time. It’s been 15 years since Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) and her friends were terrorized by the ghost-faced killer in the little town of Woodsboro. Sidney has gone on to great career, first her story serving as the inspiration behind a popular series of horror film Stab and later for writing a self-help book, Out of the Darkness. Now she is back in Woodsboro. Sid still has family in town, though she doesn’t know them that well. Her aunt (Mary McDonnell) lives there with her daughter/Sid’s niece Jill (Emma Roberts). We then see that Dewey Riley (David Arquette), now sheriff, and his wife Gale (Courteney Cox).We then see the story expand with Sidney, Dewey and Gail reunited, and the new generation of Jill and her friends. It isn’t long before ghost face returns and starts slashing his way through Woodsboro, and causing havoc and panic yet again. It is a huge murder mystery , Scre4m constantly keeps the viewer guessing. I was sitting there thinking I know who the killer is and I was completely wrong, I now owe my girlfriend £ 20.Wes Craven and series writer Kevin Williamson clearly revel in having the opportunity to play with the mind of the viewer and they do a fine job of constantly keeping us guessing.
I actually enjoyed Scre4m it is the updated version of the original. It’s more with it as the kids might say, you have the use of mobile phones, social networking and the internet. Which are three main components to connect with a new generation of slasher lovers. But it’s got that old fashioned charm that Slasher films has always had, which is a lot of suspense and blood. The film also takes the piss out of its self with it mocking the slasher genre, as so many film buffs including myself think they know what is going to happen. It has a very young cast included with Emma Roberts leading the way, she is very good in this film. I would think now the door to more mature roles have now opened for her. The image of ghost face still makes people jump and scream in the cinema which really does indicate Wes Craven still remains as one of the Masters of Horror. I am still remaining skeptical as Craven & Williamson have signed a two movie deal, so I do fear for the Scream franchise. I would have laid this franchise to rest now, as Scre4m is Stabtastic !!!!!