More Zombies….?! Yup. We find ourselves in yet another scenario of some mysterious global pandemic that has infected almost all people and turned them into aggressive flesh eaters, but wait, there’s hope: not everyone is infected just yet, and some people even turn out to be immune, so together with the army they are working to find a cure. Thank god for that. Now if only they can find Patient Zero – then they can create the anti-viral strain that will surely prove to be able to save mankind.
Hotel Artemis has a lot going for it. A simple but creative premise: in a not too distant future, criminals can get emergency medical attention in a members-only Hotel. An interesting ensemble cast, led by Jodie Foster and supported by Jeff Goldblum, Dave Bautista and Zachary Quinto to name a few. A great director of photography Chung-hoon Chung, who captured the atmosphere in movies like The Handmaiden and It. So things are set for a great movie.
A key part of the success of 2015’s Sicario was Emily Blunt’s role, which provided a moral balance to the hard-hitting story. Her character does not return in Sicario: Day of the Soldado; the main reason for this, according the director Stefano Sollima, was that they explicitly did not want this sequel to have a moral compass. Unfortunately, it turns out that is exactly what makes this movie nowhere near as interesting as its predecessor.
Derek is a supposedly brilliant student who is failing his classes as he gets obsessed with what he believes to be UFO sightings. These sightings are, according to his clever math, being covered up for some reason, and Derek is hellbent on finding out what is really going on. His obsession leads to slow but steady progress towards finding out the truth.
This is one insanely trippy movie. Mandy (Andrea Riseborough) and Red (Nicolas Cage) live a peaceful existence in a cabin in the woods. Red is a lumberjack, and Mandy paints, reads and works in a local store. One day, the leader of a local religious sect, Jeremiah, sets his eyes and desires on Mandy, and sends his followers out to bring her to him. They violently abduct her and Red sets out on a relentless rampage of bloody revenge…
Richard (Kevin Janssens) is a wealthy investor who has brought his younger mistress Jen (Matilda Lutz) to a luxury hideaway in a desert. His business partners will join him there for their annual hunting trip, but they show up a day early and meet Jen. She proves too tempting for one of them and after things get completely out of hand the three men leave Jen for dead in the desert. Of course, as it turns out she is not quite dead…
When Jimmy is made redundant from his tunnelling job and needs money quickly to hire a lawyer to help him with a custody dispute over his young daughter Sadie, he comes up with a scheme to rob the cash-rich vault of the nearby Nascar racing track where he has been working. To access the safe they need the skills of Joe Bang (played by Daniel Craig), who is currently incarcerated in the local prison, who brings into the gang his redneck brothers, who are no criminal masterminds.
Wind River is no Hollywood crime thriller. The plot has some genuinely unexpected turns and the acting is fine, but the star is really the mountain landscape, which is striking beautiful yet clearly dangerous. As the main character says: “Luck is for those in the city; here you either survive or surrender.”
Director Christoper Nolan lets us experience ‘Dunkirk’ by means of three storylines: one on land, one in the air, and one on the sea. With dialogue being minimal, it is all about the combination of visuals and Hans Zimmer’s nerve-wracking score to tell the story. And that works very well.
What a pleasant surprise. A third instalment in a blockbuster franchise remake that actually holds up to the original. I would even say that of all nine Planet of the Apes movies and remakes (yes, I have seen all of them…), this one ranks as number 2, second only to the 1968 original.