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Review: Captain America: Civil War

Directed by: Joe & Anthony Russo.

Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Sebastian Stan, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Tom Holland.

Rating: Running Time: 147 mins.

After the events of the previous Marvel Studio movies (in particular Avengers: Age Of Ultron and the destruction of the city of Sokovia) the world has become very aware of those enhanced with super abilities and wary of the collateral damage left in the wake of such events. After a mission ends in disaster and the deaths of innocent bystanders, the United Nations agrees that independent heroes, or rather “vigilantes” should be held accountable for their actions and be forced to sign up to the Sokovian accords, a sort of registration for enhanced individuals who would then be under the command of the United Nations. Read the rest of this entry

Review: Hansel & Gretel – Witch Hunters

Directed by: Tommy Wirkola.

Starring: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Pihla Viitala, Peter Stormare.

Rating:   Running Time: 88 mins.

Hansel & Gretel – Witch Hunters is a take on the fairytale story, following the title characters and imagining what happened to the two of them when they grew up. The movie starts with the original fairytale, with siblings Hansel & Gretel as children, woken suddenly during the night by their parents and leaves them in the forest where he tells them they will be ‘safe’. Read the rest of this entry

Trailer: Hanzel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

Fifteen years after their traumatic gingerbread-house incident, siblings Hansel and Gretel have become a formidable team of bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world.

First Impression – To me this looks too much like Van Helsing starring Hugh Jackman which i hated but i do hold some kind of hope as it has Jeremy Renner in it which i do like.

Review: The Bourne Legacy

Directed by: Tony Gilroy.

Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach, Scott Glenn, Donna Murphy.

Rating:   Running Time: 130 mins.

Hollywood doesn’t like to let go of a good franchise. The Bourne series (Identity, Supermacy, Ultimatum) is one of those rare movie series where each movie improved upon the last as well as being financially successful. After the last outing, both director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon decided they didn’t want to do another Bourne movie, Hollywood had three choices: Let the franchise end, reboot it, or find some way to spin off the franchise and take it in a new direction. Deciding to go with the latter, they brought back writer Tony Gilroy who had been involved at script level with all three movies, not only to write, but also direct The Bourne Legacy. Read the rest of this entry

Trailer: The Bourne Legacy

Following another Treadstone agent in the Bourne universe, the movie stars Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton.

First Impressions: Ok, wow. After the first taste of this Bourne movie not featuring Matt Damon, I was sceptical but interested considerinf that it still has Tony Gilroy (who was a writer on the previous movies) involved as both a writer and as the director. Now after this trailer, I’m honestly excited to see this, and like the way it seems to be connected and run concurrently with The Bourne Ultimatum (meaning we’ll get to see the fallout of Treadstone being blown open publicly). Add this to the list of ones to look forwards to, it’s due out in only a couple of months on 13th August.

Review: Marvel’s Avengers Assemble

Directed by: Joss Whedon

Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Ruffallo, Jeremy Renner, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård.

Rating:   Running Time: 142 mins.

Marvel’s Avengers Assemble (or The Avengers depending on where you are), starts with Nick Fury arriving at S.H.I.E.L.D.’s energy project research station, as evacuation procedures are underway due to the source of the project’s research, the cosmic cube (last seen in Captain America) – referred to as the Tesseract, giving off strange energy emissions including gamma radiation. Read the rest of this entry

Trailer: The Bourne Legacy

Tony Gilroy, writer of the previous Bourne movies, takes the role of writing and directing of a new chapter in the story, with a new Treadstone agent (Jeremy Renner) set in the Bourne world, also starring Edward Norton, Rachel Weisz, and with a returning cast including Joan Allen, David Strathairn, and Scott Glenn.

First Impressions: I’m skeptical about this, being that it’s Gilroy’s first time directing (though given his track record with the previous movies, he certainly knows how to write the genre well), but after the trailer, while those reservations are still there, they are lessened. I’ll certainly be checking this out, the question is, will it live up to the Bourne name?

Review: Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Directed By: Brad Bird

Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg.

Rating:   Running Time: 133 Minutes.

I remember as a kid watching repeats of the original Mission Impossible television series from the 60’s, with Peter Graves as Jim Phelps. When the decision to remake the series was made in the 90’s (after a revived series starring Graves some years before in 1988), it was decided to instead make a movie as a star vehicle for Tom Cruise, under the direction of the experienced Brian De Palma. Released in 1996, the first Mission Impossible was a success, taking over $180m at the us box office (over $450m worldwide) and spawned sequels helmed by equaly experienced directors John Woo (in 2000, taking over $560m worldwide) and JJ Abrams (in 2006, taking just under $400m worldwide). Now we have a fourth movie with Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, directed by animation director Brad Bird in his live action directorial debut. Read the rest of this entry