:: FILMS

Over the last few years I've started to take a much keener interest in films and I have decided to do very small reviews for personal reference. There aren't many spoilers in the reviews so you can read them safely without fear of ruining a film you haven't yet seen :-) The list below is in date added order with the most recent additions at the top.

Title Date Added
Lost in Translation 08.02.04
Big Fish 26.01.04
Finding Nemo 24.01.04
Seabiscuit 18.01.04
Runaway Jury 16.01.04
The Last Samurai 12.01.04
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 28.12.03
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 27.12.03
Matrix Revolutions 09.11.03
Kill Bill Vol. 1 27.10.03
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines 03.08.03
Bruce Almighty 29.06.03
X-Men 2 08.06.03
Matrix Reloaded 25.05.03
Cidade De Deus (City of God) 18.02.03
Dirty Pretty Things 16.02.03
Spider 06.02.03
The Eye 05.02.03
Bowling For Columbine 04.01.03
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 27.12.02
Die Another Day 28.11.02
Donnie Darko 22.11.02
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 19.11.02
28 Days Later 15.11.02
One Hour Photo 25.10.02
xXx 17.10.02
A.I. 14.10.02
Austin Powers in Goldmember 14.10.02
Blade II 14.10.02
The Bourne Identity 14.10.02
Eight Legged Freaks 14.10.02
Ice Age 14.10.02
Insomnia 14.10.02
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 14.10.02
MIB II 14.10.02
Minority Report 14.10.02
Monsters Inc. 14.10.02
Ocean's Eleven 14.10.02
Panic Room 14.10.02
Pearl Harbor 14.10.02
Reign of Fire 14.10.02
Resident Evil 14.10.02
Road To Perdition 14.10.02
Shrek 14.10.02
Signs 14.10.02
Spiderman 14.10.02
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones 14.10.02
Swordfish 14.10.02
Time Machine 14.10.02
Windtalkers 14.10.02

28 Days Later
Title:28 Days Later
Director:Danny Boyle
Starring:Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Megan Burns
Verdict:

Boyle directs a brilliantly atmospheric and gritty post-apocalyptic horror masterpiece. A virus rips through Britain causing complete devastation and leaving uninfected survivors on the run from the crazed infected. Excellent performances from most actors (only Megan Burns' performance looks weak compared to the rest of the cast) and a script which really makes you care about the characters. Stylistically very good with only some slightly over the top use of filters and noise. An absolutely stunning film and definitely one of the best of 2002.

A.I.
Title:A.I.
Director:Steven Spielberg
Starring:Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law
Verdict:

An interesting film with some nice ideas and good atmosphere. Excellent performances from Osment and Law. I felt that the final chapter did not add anything to the film and it would have been better to end with Osment trapped in the ship underwater for eternity.

Austin Powers in Goldmember
Title:Austin Powers in Goldmember
Director:Jay Roach
Starring:Mike Myers, Beyonce Knowles
Verdict:

More of the same as you'd expect. Many funny moments but somehow not as funny as the first or second films. Quality opening few minutes will have you going WTF?

Big Fish
Title:Big Fish
Director:Tim Burton
Starring:Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup
Verdict:

Typically imaginative effort from director Tim Burton. A father and son tale which follows the sons quest to discover if the tall tales his father used to tell when he was young are true or mere fictitious exaggerations. The film has has a surreal fantasy air about it but always manages to maintain a grounding in reality. As usual, I was not convinced by Ewan McGregor's attempt at an accent other than broad Scottish; he will always be "Rent Boy" from Train Spotting in my memory. Visually very beautiful in places this is an interesting film that is well worth a look.

Blade II
Title:Blade II
Director:Guillermo del Toro
Starring:Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson
Verdict:

Reasonable action film which suffers from some horribly fast cutting which makes you dizzy and unable to tell what is going on properly in the first half of the film. Thankfully the second half is better. Superb visual effects and nice over the top action sequences.

The Bourne Identity
Title:The Bourne Identity
Director:Doug Liman
Starring:Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Chris Cooper
Verdict:

Outstanding spy action based on the Robert Ludlum novel. Matt Damon is a convincing but down to earth trained killer with total amnesia. Great casting choice to not put a big hollywood name in the part of the love interest. Franka Poetente is great and again very human in her performance. Extremely fast and cool fight sequences and an excellent car chase, what more do you need? Go and see this film now!

Bowling For Columbine
Title:Bowling For Columbine
Director:Michael Moore
Starring:Michael Moore, Charlton Heston, Marilyn Manson
Verdict:

Writer and director Michael Moore turns his attentions to the issues of gun crime and gun control in the United States. The two hour documentary explores a large range of issues and tries to find an answer to the question of why the rate of gun homicides in the USA is so much higher than in other countries. It is a brilliant piece of work which manages to be thought provoking, chilling and hilarious in fairly equal measures. A definite must see.

Bruce Almighty
Title:Bruce Almighty
Director:Tom Shadyac
Starring:Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Aniston
Verdict:

Jim Carrey stars in an average comedy about the burdens of being the man upstairs. Carrey is a bit more understated than in previous works but despite this he still provides plenty of laughs. The story is nothing spectacular and fairly predictable but on the whole enjoyable. My only complaint is Carrey's regular catchphrase use throughout the film. Presumably these were forced upon him by the scriptwriter as they are neither amusing nor clever, simply too obvious and eventually annoying.

Cidade de Deus (City of God)
Title:Cidade de Deus (City of God)
Director:Fernando Meirelles
Starring:Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino da Hora
Verdict:

Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles produces an outstanding gritty piece telling the tale of gangs in the Brazilian favelas. The story is separated into sections and the chronology mixed around to create a real sense of intrigue about how the events are linked together. The cinematography is absolutely top notch with equally good editing giving the film a documentary yet cinematic feel. The film could be desperately depressing if it wasn't for the regular comedy moments which border on the hilarious in the context of the film. This is definitely cinematic excellence.

Die Another Day
Title:Die Another Day
Director:Lee Tamahori
Starring:Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry
Verdict:

Bond's 20th outing still doesn't manage to capture the brilliance of the Sean Connery era. Typically over the top stunts, cheesy one-liners, beautiful women and fantastic cars. Mixture of excellent visual effects and terrible ones (the rocket sled going off the ice cliff looked absolutely awful) due to the plethora of effect companies who worked on the film. The first portion of the film is the best, after this it does descend somewhat into a xXx style action barrage. Intro is visually outstanding but is thoroughly sodomised by the horrific Madonna theme song (makes me shudder thinking of it). Average no-brain action movie which is enjoyable if you are in the right mood (I was :-)

Dirty Pretty Things
Title:Dirty Pretty Things
Director:Stephen Frears
Starring:Chiwetel Ejiofor, Audrey Tautou
Verdict:

A solid film which tells the story of two immigrants trying to start a new life in London. Ejiofor plays a Nigerian ex-doctor while (the stunning) Tautou plays a Turkish girl with dreams of moving to New York. They end up involved in some rather unpleasant business with Sergi Lopez giving a nice performance as the villain. Both Ejiofor and Tautou's performances are very good and I'm looking forward to seeing them in future roles. All in all this is a good (if not outstanding) film with accomplished acting and a decent story.

Donnie Darko
Title:Donnie Darko
Director:Richard Kelly
Starring:Jake Gyllenhaal
Verdict:

Shame we had to wait so long for this movie to be released in the UK as it is one of the best I have seen all year and a candidate for one of my favourite films. Teenager Donnie Darko is troubled by strange visions and the impending end of the world. The story is intricate and intriguing, Gyllenhaal gives a brilliant performance as Donnie, great camera work and a cool musical score make this a fantastic release. You are really missing out on something special if you don't see this film.

Eight Legged Freaks
Title:Eight Legged Freaks
Director:Ellory Elkayem
Starring:David Arquette, Kari Wuhrer
Verdict:

A good modern monster movie. Takes a comedy approach and pulls it off with aplomb. Convincing spider monsters and a some great action sequences, definitely worth a look.

Finding Nemo
Title:Finding Nemo
Director:Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
Starring:Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould
Verdict:

Pixar does it again with a great feature length 3d animated piece. The story follows a father and his search for his lost son across the ocean. As with Toy Story, Pixar have created some great characters; the sharks are particularly noteworthy. Of course, the art direction and implementation is absolutely first class. A good film with some very amusing moments that everyone can enjoy.

The Eye
Title:The Eye
Director:Pang Brothers
Starring:Angelica Lee, Lawrence Chow
Verdict:

Very good Hong Kong psychological horror movie which manages to chill you to the bone in several places. Solid performance from Angelica Lee who plays a blind woman who regains more than just her sight after a cornea transplant operation. The film is extremely well shot and has some nice effects from Centro Digital Pictures. I going to be keeping my eye (no pun intended, honest :-) on the Pang Brothers in future.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Title:Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Director:Chris Columbus
Starring:Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
Verdict:

A complete newbie to the Harry Potter series I found this film to be average. Reasonable performances from Radcliffe and Watson and some good action moments. I was pleasantly surprised at the dark nature of the film in places as I was expecting a very sugar coated childrens film. Some superb work from ILM (Dobby the elf and the spiders) but the main criticism is the bloated length of the film and the sickeningly Hollywood ending. Better than I expected.

Ice Age
Title:Ice Age
Director:Carlos Saldanha, Chris Wedge
Starring:Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary
Verdict:

Relased at a similar time to Monsters Inc and doesn't quite have the quality of the Pixar offering. Still a good film with some interesting characters. The anecdotical tiny creature with the nut ends up stealing the show and being more interesting than the main story of the film.

Insomnia
Title:Insomnia
Director:Christopher Nolan
Starring:Al Pacino, Robin Williams
Verdict:

Al Pacino adds another quality performance to his outstanding filmography. He plays a detective sent to Alaska to investigate the death of a young girl. Robin Williams tries his hand at a more sinister role and pulls it off with aplomb. The plot is solid and interesting as you see Pacino's character get caught up in a moral questioning situation. Good solid film.

Kill Bill Vol. 1
Title:Kill Bill Vol. 1
Director:Quentin Tarantino
Starring:Uma Thurman, David Carradine
Verdict:

The self proclaimed "Fourth Film by Quentin Tarantino" is another post-modern delight of bite sized individual stories woven together to form a coherent plot. The film is an over the top Hong Kong style blood fest but with a strong black comedy element. Some of the scenes had me and most other members of the audience laughing heartily. There are some interesting style choices with a good sized chapter of the film in nice rough Japanese anime, a fight sequence entirely in black and white, gratuitous use of overhead camera angles and a fantastic camera move sequence in a restaurant which rivals the sequence in Goodfellas where Liotta enters the club from the back entrance. A great film but one which will only really be the full experience when watched back to back with volume 2 due in February 2004.

The Last Samurai
Title:The Last Samurai
Director:Edward Zwick
Starring:Tom Cruise, Kan Watanabe
Verdict:

On the surface The Last Samurai looks like yet another period piece sporting a Hollywood superstar leading man and epic battle scenes. I was very pleasantly surprised to find a quite deep and moving film with a poignant message concerning the loss of ancient traditions in the name of so called 'progress'. Tom Cruise and Kan Watanabe give solid performances, cinematography is good and the production design is first class. The fight and battle scenes are superbly choreographed and stylishly portrayed. My only complaint is the woeful performance of Billy Connoly (great comedian, poor actor) as an Irish soldier. Fortunately his character is killed off early, allowing you to give the rest of this outstanding film your full attention.

Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring
Title:Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Director:Peter Jackson
Starring:Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin
Verdict:

A good adaptation of the first part of the classic novel. Many key moments in the book are missed out but this should be rectified in the directors cut. Manages to capture the atmosphere and portray the characters of the book very well. Some very nice visual effects and some very dodgy ones too. Must see film of 2001.

Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers
Title:Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Director:Peter Jackson
Starring:Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin
Verdict:

More excellent work from Peter Jackson. The second film is in my opinion definitely better than the first. Fellowship is more of an introduction and Two Towers carries the story along with a much darker and more sombre mood (just as in the novel). Good performances from all actors and some very nice visual effects from Weta Digital. Gollum is the most convincing digital actor I have seen to date. The battle at Helms Deep is just as good as I expected, outstanding work. I'm eagerly awaiting Christmas 2003 and what I expect will be the best of the trilogy - The Return of the King.

Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King
Title:Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Director:Peter Jackson
Starring:Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin
Verdict:

As expected the final installment of the trilogy turns out to be the most superior. The story has good tension as it builds toward the climax and there are awesome battle and action sequences aplenty. The production design is of the highest standard and the realisation of Minas Tirith is particularly noteworthy. Weta Digital and Weta Workshop have really outdone themselves as the effects and miniatures are more ambitious than in the previous two films. I'm eager to see the extended edition to see if events such as the far from peaceful return to Hobbiton are included. Roll on Autumn 2004...

Lost in Translation
Title:Lost in Translation
Director:Sofia Coppola
Starring:Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson
Verdict:

Bill Murray provides a superb performance as lonely and depressed middle aged actor at the arse end of his career. On a business trip to Tokyo he finds himself drawn to Charlotte who, although more than 20 years his junior, is similarly fed up with her lack-lustre boyfriend and un-fulfilling marriage. Murray gives a brilliantly genuine performance and Johansson provides an intelligent and beautiful leading lady. The script is realistically written and the cinematography is high quality. A great movie.

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Title:Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Director:Peter Weir
Starring:Russel Crowe, Paul Bettany
Verdict:

A casting no-brainer puts Russell Crowe in a role that it seems he was born to play; charismatic Captain "Lucky" Jack Aubrey. He and Paul Bettany provide the same great chemistry as they did in A Beautiful Mind and the film smacks of quality throughout. The film contains good performances by a large cast, sound cinematography, excellent production design and some outstanding visual effects by ILM, Asylum and miniature work by none other than Weta Workshop. The film is gritty, realistic and really captures the sense a mariners life during the 19th century. Readers of the novels by Patrick O'Brian may well have some minor nits to pick but having never read them myself I found the film to be nothing but great entertainment from start to finish.

Matrix Reloaded
Title:Matrix Reloaded
Director:Larry & Andy Wachowski
Starring:Keanu Reaves, Carrie Anne Moss, Lawrence Fishbourne
Verdict:

Inevitable and long awaited sequel manages to do things better than the original from a technical standpoint. The effects are more extravagant, the stunts more extreme and the production design more detailed. The film as a whole though was never going to be as good as the original; we know what to expect from The Matrix now so the novelty has gone. However it is still a spectacular show and there are several moments where I was gob smacked by the visuals and fight choreography. Obviously this film should be on the must see list this summer. You'll have to wait until November for Matrix Revolutions to complete the story as Matrix Reloaded is half a film ending as it does, with a rather cliched "To Be Concluded" caption.

Matrix Revolutions
Title:Matrix Revolutions
Director:Larry & Andy Wachowski
Starring:Keanu Reaves, Carrie Anne Moss, Lawrence Fishbourne
Verdict:

As expected, the third installment serves to further soil the reputation of the original. The film has yet more outstanding visuals, yet more great production design, yet more pretentious "spiritual" nonsense dialog and yet more ultra wooden performances from a cast that seems as bemused with the script as the occupants of the theatre. The plot is now so contorted and crammed with incidental characters that it becomes a real effort to distinguish which events are actually of consequence. People will flock to it just for the effects but in my opinion the Matrix franchise has been irrevocably damaged by the second and third films of a trilogy that never should have been. The only problem is that, based on the conclusion of this film, I sincerely doubt we have seen the last of the Matrix...

MIB II
Title:MIB II
Director:Barry Sonnenfeld
Starring:Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones
Verdict:

If you've seen the trailers then there isn't a whole lot more to see. They contain all the funniest moments and seeing the movie just patches them together. Not a particularly good sequel, the first film was a lot better.

Minority Report
Title:Minority Report
Director:Steven Spielberg
Starring:Tom Cruise, Samantha Morton
Verdict:

Fantastic film with an intriguing storyline with some nice twists. An interesting view of the future (complete with copious amounts of advertising) is provided with outstanding visual effects. Top quality release.

Monsters Inc.
Title:Monsters Inc.
Director:Peter Docter, David Silverman
Starring:John Goodman, Billy Crystal
Verdict:

Brilliant animated film by Pixar. Sounds cliched but it will appeal to children and adults alike. Hugely hyped before and after release but for once the hype is justified. Excellent film.

Ocean's Eleven
Title:Ocean's Eleven
Director:Steven Soderberg
Starring:George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Andy Garcia, Julia Roberts
Verdict:

Top notch heist film with an unbelievable cast of stars (I daren't think how much the wages for the actors alone must have cost). Despite so many stars they do work well together and the film is a definite must see.

One Hour Photo
Title:One Hour Photo
Director:Mark Romanek
Starring:Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen
Verdict:

Robin Williams provides an outstanding performance as a socially inadequate supermarket photo development technician with an obsession for a family who are one of his regular customers. The sterile environemnt of Williams' characters workplace is an example of great production design. Great film with not a single flaw I could think of. See it now.

Panic Room
Title:Panic Room
Director:David Fincher
Starring:Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewert
Verdict:

Simple premise and an excellent film. Good tension and atmosphere and sound performances from all actors. Some outstanding visual effects to provide really interesting (impossible) camera moves. Worth seeing for the cool camera moves alone :-)

Pearl Harbor
Title:Pearl Harbor
Director:Michael Bay
Starring:Ben Afleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale
Verdict:

Epic war drama following the story of two friends and their participation in World War II. Solid performances from all actors and some of the most impressive battle scenes ever captured on film (with more than a little ILM magic). A must see.

Reign of Fire
Title:Reign of Fire
Director:Rob Bowman
Starring:Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Isabella Scorupco
Verdict:

Post apocalyptic action with a twist. Dragons bring about the end of civilisation as we know it. The film has a great gritty and dirty atmosphere and Christian Bale pulls out a very sold performance as the leader of a camp of survivors in Northumbria. McConaughey plays the brash, over the top and slightly nauseating American hero. The dragon has to be seen to be believed, the finale is one of the best CG sequences I've ever seen. Great work from The Secret Lab.

Resident Evil
Title:Resident Evil
Director:Paul Anderson
Starring:Milla Jovovich
Verdict:

Surprisingly good game tie-in. Simple story but resonable atmoshere and some nice jumpy moments. Some dodgy zombie acting though (you wouldn't think that was possible but it is) Milla Jovovich in short wet dress makes up for it though ;-)

Road To Perdition
Title:Road To Perdition
Director:Sam Mendes
Starring:Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law, Tyler Hoechlin
Verdict:

Sam Mendes doesn't manage to better his awesome debut American Beauty. Road to Perdition is still an excellent film which follows father (Tom Hanks) and son (Tyler Hoechlin) and their involvement with gangsters of the 1930s. The photography is absolutely stunning with beautiful shots throughout the entire film. Hanks and Newman are excellent and young Tyler Hoechlin also provides a mature performance.

Runaway Jury
Title:Runaway Jury
Director:Gary Fleder
Starring:John Cusack, Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman, Rachel Weisz
Verdict:

Another John Grisham novel adaptation from director of Kiss The Girls, Gary Fleder. A solid film which is thoroughly watchable yet nothing spectacular. All the leading actors provide decent performances and the film is well shot with only criticism being some excessively wobbly "documentary style" camera work in places. Certainly not a bad film and certainly not a great one.

Shrek
Title:Shrek
Director:Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson
Starring:Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow
Verdict:

Good quality animated adventure which takes ideas from many fairy tales and intertwines them into one story. Genuinely funny in many places and overall a good enjoyable lighthearted film.

Seabiscuit
Title:Seabiscuit
Director:Gary Ross
Starring:Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire
Verdict:

A good dramatisation of the true story of Seabiscuit, a diminutive racehorse who gave hope to thousands across depression era America. Jeff Bridges and Tobey Maguire give good performances as Seabiscuit's owner and jockey respectively. Chris Cooper (of American Beauty fame) also performs well as Seabiscuit's horse-whispering trainer. The film has good photography and production design which produce a convincing period feel. The race sequences are particularly well done and provide an action element to break up the story. All in all a good satisfying film.

Signs
Title:Signs
Director:M. Night Shyamalan
Starring:Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Cherry Jones
Verdict:

Shyamalan directs a gem of a movie here. Mel Gibson gives a commendable performance as a priest who has lost his faith in God. The film is full of suspense and has an intricately woven plot which keeps you guessing and eager to find out what is going to happen next. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing more of Shyamalan's work.

Spider
Title:Spider
Director:David Cronenberg
Starring:Ralph Fiennes, Miranda Richardson, Gabriel Byrne
Verdict:

Cronenberg delivers an interesting piece that will definitely not be everyone's cup of tea. It centres on the recollections of a mentally ill man who returns to a halfway-house in his childhood neighbourhood. The film is a somewhat slow starter yet I found myself enthralled throughout by a combination of outstanding cinematography, excellent acting by Fiennes and Richardson and the very brooding atmosphere that the film creates.

Spiderman
Title:Spiderman
Director:Sam Raimi
Starring:Toby Maguire
Verdict:

A great comic book adaptation and a fine performance by Toby Maguire. Has some great action sequences as you'd expect but also some very funny moments. Visual effects are top notch.

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
Title:Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
Director:George Lucas
Starring:Hayden Christiensen, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman
Verdict:

Better than Episode I (not difficult) but still light years away from the quality of the original trilogy. Dodgy acting in many places, especially from Hayden Cristiensen. Some nice effects and some shockingly bad bits too (Anakin riding on the beast in the field looked awful). I suppose you have to see it just because its Star Wars but its not a particularly good film.

Swordfish
Title:Swordfish
Director:Dominic Sena
Starring:Hugh Jackman, John Travolta, Halle Berry
Verdict:

Brilliant action thriller. Good twisting plot, excellent style and atmosphere and the best use of BulletTime in a film so far. Strong performances from Travolta, Jackman and the oh so sweet TVR Tuscan :-)

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Title:Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Director:Jonathan Mostov
Starring:Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Clare Danes, Kristanna Loken
Verdict:

The sequel to two of the best science fiction movies ever made predictably fails to live up to the achievements of its predecessors. The whole approach to the film is more comedic and not in the slightest bit sinister, serious or cool like T1 and T2. There are blatant cringe worthy product placements at the start of the film and the many, many self references give you the impression that the director and writer have both undergone painful originality bypass operations. That said, there is an unsurpassed level of carnage during the main chase sequence which has to be seen to be believed. ILM provide the usual outstanding set of visual effects shots and Stan Winston's animatronics are superb. Worth a look but definitely a stain on the previously unparalleled reputation of the Terminator franchise.

The Time Machine
Title:The Time Machine
Director:Simon Wells
Starring:Guy Pearce
Verdict:

Having never read the book or seen the original film adaptation I found this to be a great film. Great performance from Guy Pearce and some outstanding visual effects. Some people who have read the book and/or seen the original film weren't as enthusiastic as me.

Windtalkers
Title:Windtalkers
Director:John Woo
Starring:Nicolas Cage, Adam Beach, Christian Slater, Roger Willie
Verdict:

War action drama based on the Navajo code talkers of the Pacific campaigns of World War II. Has some good sequences which include some of Woo's trademark slow motion and akimbo pistols. None of the actors are outstanding and somehow the film felt quite average and predictable. Not bad but not fantastic either.

X-Men 2
Title:X-Men 2
Director:Bryan Singer
Starring:Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewert, Ian McKellan
Verdict:

Sequel to the accomplished 2000 movie by Usual Suspects director Bryan Singer. I was a big fan of the first film and its balance managing to satisfy both hardcore X-Men fans and also people new to the franchise. Its all the more pleasing then that this sequel manages to better the first film in every department. It has more action, cooler effects, a more intriguing story and this time Wolverine uses his claws to actually kill people. Great film and I'm looking forward to the inevitable X-Men 3.

xXx
Title:xXx
Director:Rob Cohen
Starring:Vin Diesel, Asia Argento
Verdict:

No brain action flick with spectacular stunts. Acting is very average and the story is fairly weak. However you don't go and see a film like this for its edgy dialog and emotional power. I expect many people will enjoy criticising XXX but they are missing the point. It is good at what it does and it seems XXX2 (XXXX?) is already in the pipeline.