NEED FOR SPEED
Street racer, Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul) is fresh out of prison, serving time for a crime he never committed. That only means one thing, he’s hell bent for revenge. With this firmly set in his head he gears up for the biggest in cross country races which is filled with adrenaline-charged muscle machines and high octane super cars. When his ultimate powerful rival places a bounty on his head, the plan is set in motion for the race of his life.
Starring Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul, The gorgeous Dominic Cooper and Michael Keaton, unfortunately these guys won’t bring this film to life. If you’ve seen one macho fuelled, sexy car racing film you’ve seen them all. This is nothing new, it just reeks of a Fast and Furious wannabe but there is no way on earth this film is going to immolate the success of that well oiled machine. The storyline simply has no substance. It’s just plain ridiculous
See If You Liked: The Fast and Furious, Thunderbolt.
THE ZERO THEOREM
Socially incompetent computer programmer, Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz) is searching for the real meaning of life. He delves into a mysterious project in order to fulfil his dream, however The Management at Leth’s organization continually interfere with his project and formulate a plan which involves throwing a love interest into the mix. Unknown to them this could actually prove to be the very thing he was looking for in the first place.
This science fiction film is brought to you by none other than ex Monty Python man and director Terry Gillian, so if you’re familiar with his work in Twelve Monkeys, Brazil and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus you know that this film is going to be pretty weird, visually stunning and intriguing at the same time. Finally casting Waltz as the lead and making him shave his head to move him away from the characters of his previous films may have been a genius idea as he delivers one of the best performances of his career.
See If You Liked: Brazil, Twelve Monkeys
UNDER THE SKIN
The femme fatale dons the attire of her predecessor and goes out on the prowl, effortlessly obtaining any man she comes across in the backstreets of Glasgow and luring them into her unimaginable void. There is just one twist to this woman, she is an Alien. Through her Alien eyes the world appears desolate and the men hungry and wanting. Through her human eyes her insatiable desire feels strangely vindicated. Eventually the cycle mutates and during a routine pick up she unexpectedly has a compassionate response which infects her with humanness.
This English-American Sci Fi thriller has been described as Original, Unique and quite frankly a complete mind bender. The Director Jonathan glazer has even been described as the next great Stanley Kubrick. Is this just another one of those films which is created just for “arts” sake or is this just simply a masterpiece of modern day cinema? Scarlett Johannson may grace the screen in this picture but this is a role you have never seen her perform before, which for me is a breath of fresh air. However this is just a bit too strange for mainstream cinema and the masses.
See If You Liked: The Man Who Fell To Earth, Upstream Colour
MY PICK OF THE WEEK. THE ZERO THEOREM.