This is a decently engaging film that avoids many of the clichés that must have beckoned from the wayside during its creation. The “based on a true story” claim that underlies the plans to kill Hitler, seize control of Berlin and broker a truce with the Allies before they arrived at the city gates, adds a core of amazement as we see how close to fruition the plan came.
The Day the Earth Stood Still is an apocalyptic disaster film with a jointly environmentalist/pacifist message, designed to put the heart back into us greedy, mean humans. But what makes for the worst sermons, namely the boring delivery of a half-believed message, apparently also makes for bad films.
This is intense and far less silly fun than previous Bonds, and it is the first true sequel in the franchise. As with all films of this sort, the editing that creates the magic.
The characters are so convincingly rendered that the events that follow make perfect sense. The plot races ahead at a thrilling pace, unwilling to condescend to the audience or waste precious storytelling time. And all this culminates in what is essentially a spectacular morality tale.
The Edge of Love attempts to portray the interactions of Dylan Thomas, his wife, and the woman who was briefly his childhood lover. This odd film pushes the famous poet’s creations to one side.
As superhero movies go, The Incredible Hulk is a good one. The cast is solid, their characters likeable, and the plot is fast-paced enough to skim over the absurdities yet still make sense.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf, John Hurt, Ray Winstone
UK Release date: 22 May 2008
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