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Cinema Review – Chips

Rookie California Highway Patrol Officer Jon Baker (Dax Shepard) joins forces with undercover FBI agent Frank ‘Ponch’ Poncherello (Michael Peña) to bust a corruption ring within the CHP, and bring the crooked traffic law enforcers to justice. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Rings

12 years after the events of The Ring Two, college professor Gabriel (Johnny Galecki) comes across a mysterious tape in a VCR he bought at a flea market. After watching the tape, Gabriel’s phone rings and he is warned he has just seven days to live. In order to protect himself, Gabriel passes the tape among his students, but when Julia (Matilda Lutz) watches the tape to save her boyfriend Holt (Alex Roe), she sees images no-one has ever seen before.

Rings is the third instalment in the American Ring franchise, and not only have all of the actors from the first two films been replaced, it seems great swathes of the Ring movie mythology has been altered in order for this sequel to even happen.

The cast is made up of Johnny Galecki, Vincent D’Onofrio, Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Aimee Teegarden, Bonnie Morgan and Laura Wiggins. None of the cast truly get a chance to make their characters anything but one dimensional and stereotypical. We never learn what the characters like and dislike – other than premature death, obviously – and so there is precious little to root for when Samara comes to call.

David Loucka, Jacob Estes and Akiva Goldsman have replaced Ehren Kruger as screenwriter on this new instalment in the franchise, and the lack of continuity shows throughout the film. While there are touches of Scream, Final Destination, Oculus and Don’t Breathe scattered throughout the film, these only serve to highlight how derivative and unoriginal Rings is, and coupled with a dull and pedestrian story, and precious little actual dread or horror, Rings pales in comparison with the truly scary predecessors.

As director F. Javier Gutiérrez never truly manages to get Rings moving with any sense of urgency, and with characters that are thinly sketched and scares that are obvious a mile off, Rings simply becomes dull and pedestrian. Add to this the overuse of iPhone torches and darkness that make the action on screen almost impossible to see, and it is clear that the Ring franchise has run out of steam with this final instalment that could be a reboot.

In all, Rings is not scary, suspenseful or particularly engaging. The screenplay messes with the mythology created by the first two films, the characters are dull and the pacing meanders. There is probably a new story to be told of Samara and her curse, but this, with its feel of Final Destination, Oculus, Don’t Breathe and Scream, is derivative and, perhaps the worst crime of all for a horror movie, boring.

Rating: 1/5

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Cinema Review – The Magnificent Seven

In the old West, businessman and rogue Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard) has his eye on the small town of Rose Creek, which happens to be home to a literal gold mine. When Bogue kills several of the town’s men and gives everyone else three weeks to decide whether or not to sell to him, Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett) sets out to round up outlaws whose loyalty can be bought, in order to protect the town from Bogue and his men. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Jurassic World

20 years after the disastrous events of Jurassic Park, the park is finally open to the public, but the public are growing weary – ‘No-one’s impressed by a dinosaur any more’ complains park operations manager Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard). To rejuvenate interest in the park, the team have genetically engineered a dinosaur to be bigger louder and with more teeth, but the team soon learn that they have created an intelligent killing machine bent on staying at the top of the food chain. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Run All Night

When his estranged son Mike (Joel Kinnaman) witnesses a murder, Jimmy (Liam Neeson) must take on his brutal and ruthless former boss – and lifelong friend – in order to protect his son. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Escape Plan

Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) is a professional escape artist; he tests prison security systems by infiltrating the prison, then escaping. When he is offered the chance to break out of the world’s most high security prison, Breslin jumps at the chance – and the fee – but it is not long before he realises that he has been set up. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Fire with Fire

When firefighter Jeremy (Josh Duhamel) witnesses a violent crime, he is put into the witness protection programme to hide him from white power crime boss David Hagan (Vincent D’Onofrio). While hiding out in New Orleans, Jeremy falls for Talia (Rosario Dawson) one of the police officers working his case, and when Hagan’s gang threatens her, Jeremy takes the law into his own hands. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Sinister

True crime writer Ellison (Ethan Hawke) moves his family into a home in which a family was murdered, and unwittingly puts his family into the sights of a supernatural being. Continue reading

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