Horror is always a really hard genre to get right. Its hard coming up with a decent horror movie these days…you’re either labelled as a gore hound (your Hostels, Saws, Evil Dead remakes) or a copycat, ripping off the classics like The Shining, The Exorcist and Halloween to name a few.
It seems that Hollywood is finding it increasingly hard to come up with something unique, and credit where it’s due, the 75 minute long ‘Unfriended’ leads the way in terms of giving viewers something they haven’t seen before. Taking place entirely on one girls’ computer screen, we follow protagonist Blaire (Shelley Hennig) as she and her friends are stalked and inevitably bumped off by an unseen figure who seeks vengeance for a shaming video that led a girl to commit suicide a year previously.
Starring Taron Egerton, Colin Firth & Samuel L. Jackson
Those bored to tears by the utterly limp mainstream release of late will regard ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’, as a blast of fresh air. The film is a high-octane, low-brow thrill ride of fantastic stunts, larger than life characters and, most importantly, a sense of fun that hasn’t graced our multiplexes in quite some time.
Newcomer Taron Egerton plays ‘Eggsy’, a working class London lad who appears to be getting himself into an inordinate amount of trouble. Enter Harry Hart (expertly played by Colin Firth), a clipped, suit-clad member of ‘Kingsman’ – a branch of the secret service run by Arthur (Michael Caine). After a brilliantly entertaining first meeting in a local London boozer (you’ll remember the phrase “Manners Maketh Man”), Harry offers Eggsy the chance to turn his life around and apply to become Kingman’s newest members.
Starring Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund
Based upon the Laura Hillebrand book of the same name and the true story of war hero Louis Zamperini’s plane crash and subsequent capture by the Japanese in the Second World War – it’s certainly a big task. Unfortunately for Ms Jolie, the enormity of the pressure has perhaps slightly hindered her overall direction. Sure, she has made a valiant effort here, but unfortunately, she isn’t quite able to succeed in pulling the subject matter off.
It’s not entirely her fault - the real weakness here lies in the limp script (somewhat surprising given the involvement of the Coen Brothers) and sheer ‘glossiness’ of it all.