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James Hurndall

Great Britain
132 points
30 Films Loved
4 Films Hated
Europa Report
Imagination is key
Europa Report
about 8 years ago

I read the synopsis of this film and was automatically sucked in as is based on true facts that we know of Europa, one of jupiters moons. It is said to have water and ice, and to be the most similar to earth than anything else in the solar system. The film was shot with CCTV style footage, really well done and instantly adds to the tension and eeriness of space. Great story and well acted, the set design and backdrops are superb, it's not action packed but instead builds suspense from your imagination and what the cameras don't show us. Worth a look.

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Evolution
Tongue in cheek sci-fi
Evolution
about 8 years ago

I loved this film, yeah it's not clever, but it doesn't try to be, it is fun, fast and stupid, David duchovny looks to be loving the role of chasing aliens in a comedy instead of the dark and gloomy x-files.

The special effects are average but if your looking for some light entertainment this would do the trick.

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RoboCop
Awful Remake
RoboCop
about 8 years ago

I was so excited when I first read robocop was being re-made, but oh what a let down this was!

I should of had alarm bells when I saw it was a '12' rating, this would instantly tell me it is not going to be ultra-violent and gritty as it's original counterpart. The original with Peter Weller in the suit in my option is a classic, I still hear the phrase "I'd buy that for a $" even now, but sadly this offering will already be forgotten completely.

The story of robocop becoming part machine part human just happens in a blink of an eye like big chunks of the story have been cut, there is no real human connection to any of the characters, and most importantly no one really gets killed.

Poor poor film in my opinion

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Lone Survivor
Bone crunching good
Lone Survivor
about 8 years ago

This was a "there is nothing at the cinema to watch, shall we just try this" with my wife, she really wasn't bothered as does not do war films.

But it turned out to be one of the best and most thought provoking films that either of us had seen in a long time, the atmosphere that was set was spot on, you felt the soldiers anxieties and hearts beating, some great action sequences, no less the lemming-sequel moments off a cliff edge!

It put a more human element to both sides of the conflict, was very moving in places and makes you feel there is a lot of good people in the world as well as bad.

So good I could have watched again immediately

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Godzilla
Boredzilla
Godzilla
about 8 years ago

I will admit I was pulled in by clever advertising here, with Bryan Cranston plastered all over our screens and posters, and due to my love of Breaking Bad I was sold! However I was soon to be disappointed by a practically non-existent story of any real depth, I didn't care about any of the characters, there was too much focus on the special effects(this was the highlight for me).

Now I didn't like the Matthew Broderick offering a few years back so I should have known, however I actually found that to be better than this forgettable rubbish.

-1
21 Jump Street
Jump to it
21 Jump Street
almost 9 years ago

Starts off really funny whilst the charecters are being built but then gets a little too serious, the laughs do come again towards the end, which is worth the wait. Good easy going way to kill a couple of hours

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Wrath of the Titans
Fantastic f/x
Wrath of the Titans
almost 9 years ago

First of all it is not quite as good as the new clash of the titans, but really isnt a bad follow up at all, stunning special effects and well acted, the story moves along way too quick. The creatures are not as epic as clash or as iconic, i mean who can beat "release the kracken"

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Django Unchained
Foxx is on fire
Django Unchained
almost 9 years ago

Brilliant film, perhaps a little overlong for my liking, but hilarious and moving in equal measures, uncomfortable viewing at times, highlighting america's dark days of slavery. However the fine doctor helps to restore faith in humanity, well acted, great special effects and gallons of blood, what a ride.

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District 9
Hard to beat
District 9
almost 9 years ago

This is an incredible film, loved every minute of it, didn know what to expect apart from it being a sci-fi. I really felt for the charecters, through great acting and story telling, top notch special effects. This is a story of a clash of opposits, but how they both need each other as much as the other, and have to team up and thus form a real airtight bond. Classic film in my eyes, was blown away, easily in my top ten films ever

1
Elysium
Not quite district 9
Elysium
almost 9 years ago

The special effects need a mention here, they are incredible, and the camera shock mode is excellent too, really makes you feel more part of the action. I love the story, very original, i didnt feel as much connection to the charecters as i did with blomkamps other outing but enjoyed the ride nonetheless. Would happily buy this.

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Superbad
Supergood
Superbad
almost 9 years ago

Funny from start to finish, much better than the likes of american pie that get a bit mushy, this is a geninely funny and quite moving film all in one, friendship can conquer all! The cast is excellent, really well acted, all looked to have loved being in the film, fun fun fun

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The Wolverine
The wolf is still in the cage
The Wolverine
about 9 years ago

This is marginally better than the wolverines 1st outing but only slightly for me, very slow in a lot of places with nothing much happening apart from a lot of talking, when there is action for the most part it is good, the scene on the bullet train being the highlight. There was only one other mutant that featured in the whole film apart from wolverine, i felt a little hard done by with that, the backdrop and locations in japan were another highlight, plenty of room for improvement.

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Lawless
Bootleggers paradise
Lawless
about 9 years ago

This is a great film, well casted and acted and very brutal, you really do feel for the charecters, guy pearce is particulary sinister, and a right nasty piece of work, no wonder they made alcohol legal again, it was worse without it. This is well worth a look

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House of Wax
House of fun
House of Wax
about 9 years ago

I really liked this, yeah the acting aint great, especially from paris hilton, but i found it chilling, and the set including the town really good, the usual horror cliches are in there for good measure, but a fun romp in the wax

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The World's End
End of the road
The World's End
about 9 years ago

I was really looking forward to this and really wanted to like it, but it really was just a mish mash of hot fuzz and shaun of the dead, pegg and frosts charecters werent as likeable as usual for a start, was pretty much the same premise as hot fuzz and just that little bit too far fetched for my liking, real shame

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28 Weeks Later
Brit zombie flick kicks ass
28 Weeks Later
about 9 years ago

This is every bit as good as the original, bigger budget thus better special effects and atmospherics, but it doesnt forget about the story and charecters. It is truely scary and very gory and very surprising how the story unfolds. The walking dead defiently borrowed a few ideas from here

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World War Z
Zombie movie with a brain
World War Z
about 9 years ago

I actually really enjoyed this, i loved the fast pace at the beginning of the film, introduces the audience to the premise of the film straight away, at the end of the day i wanted to see zombies, and you get plenty of that! I liked the action/story/action/story flow of the film, brad pitt was surprisingly good, wasnt sure he would fit well in this type of movie. There was some really tense moments when sneaking around the zombies, edge of the seat stuff and quite jumpy, very enjoyable

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The American
The bore
The American
about 9 years ago

Real slow burner, this is a descent back story but it never really comes to fruition till the very end, by that point you dont really care too much of the outcome. It was good to see a different side to an assassins life instead of just killing, shows the human aspect, great film locations on view, but wasnt tense enough, again not till the very end does it hot up. Clooney was good and dark, and carried the film well.

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The Sweeney
Winstone the gangster wannabe
The Sweeney
about 9 years ago

Wasnt sure what to make of this, couldnt really tell who was the good guys and who the bad, and didnt really care much for any of the flying squad, just didnt have my complete attention, i found it all a bit far fetched with plan b and winstone a law upon themselves, seemingly able to do whatever they wanted, was entertaining in parts, but only an average film

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Man of Steel
Superman is back with a mach speed bang
Man of Steel
about 9 years ago

Really entertaining stuff, from start to finish i was glued to the screen, michael shannon was very sinister as zorg, he is fast becoming a favourite actor of mine! Spectacular special effects, i dont normally care too much for the good guys in comic book films but the way the film was made, gave me real empathy towards the charecters, and their plight against evil. Loved it.

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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Carell on top form
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
about 9 years ago

This is actually quite a good little romcom, ideal to watch with the missus, dont watch if your expecting asteroids crashing to earth, there are no special effects at all, it is all down to your imagination. There is a real chemistry between carell and knightley as they go on their roadtrip, there are some really funny moments, and a few appearances by some familiar faces. Not a bad way to spend a couple of hours

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End of Watch
Hard hitting
End of Watch
about 9 years ago

Great film, well built charecters who you do really feel for and care about, i have cancelled my holiday to california after this, i forgot about the seedy, gang filled, gun toting underbelly of the state, here it is in all its glory! This is a heavy film, be warned

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Shooter
On target
Shooter
about 9 years ago

Good little action flick, loads of action and some great twists, the only problem i have with mark wahlberg in general as an action man lead is he dont have the voice, he's too softly spoken, he sounds like he is pleased to see people instead of wanting to rip their heads off!

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The Blair Witch Project
Imagination is key
The Blair Witch Project
about 9 years ago

I really liked this, for me it lived up to its hype at the time, if you have an imagination then the film is a riot and really quite scary. The low budget of the film really does add to the films intensity, it left me wondering what happened next, but the not knowing adding to the intrigue

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The Iceman
Excellent film
The Iceman
about 9 years ago

Shannon is brilliant in the lead role here, cool as a cucumber just like his real life counterpart, there is a brilliant supporting cast of david schwimmer, winona ryder and chris evans to name just a few, it was especially good to see schwimmer and evans outside their comfort zones, but enjoying themselves. This will go under the radar at the cinema as there are no special effects or superheroes, but if you like your films gritty, well told and thought provoking then there is loads here for you. Loved it

1
Dumb and Dumber
Comedy Gold
Dumb and Dumber
about 9 years ago

This is an all time favourite of mine, yeah its stupid and childish but is funny! The toilet scene has me in stitches everytime, its a no-brainer film when you just cant be bothered to think too much. Jim carey and jeff Daniels play the brain dead duo perfectly like it comes naturally. In the top 3 comedies for me

1
Back to the Future Part II
Excellent sequel
Back to the Future Part II
about 9 years ago

This is a great follow up, so much fun, michael j fox and christopher lloyd team up brilliantly once more. The story doesnt over complicate a subject that could of been hard to follow normally, everything that happens in the past has a knock on effect in the future, and the charecters paths crossing is great. Its a shame part 3 took a nosedive off a cliff

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The Hangover Part III
Not so funny...
The Hangover Part III
about 9 years ago

More of a action/comedy than out and out comedy, a different direction from the 1st two instalements, it does have some laughs, but the franchise is looking tired, and is not finishing with a bang, as always the main 3 stars are likeable and have great on-screen chemistry, but the story lets it down and the over use of Chow, not so funny in larger doses, worth a look still

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New Year's Eve
Awful dribble
New Year's Eve
about 9 years ago

God awful film, nothing likeable here at all, i dont know what the likes of De Niro was thinking in doing this?! None of the charecters are very deep, the acting is terrible, and the story, where is it?

1
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
about 9 years ago

Strange premise, but really entertaining and different, worth a look if you like gore

-2
Labyrinth
Labyrinth
Labyrinth
about 9 years ago

I agree too, this is a classic for both young and old, for a childrens film is quite dark in places, like the dark crystal(another jim henson classic). The soundtrack is descent too

1
Oblivion
Oblivion
Oblivion
about 9 years ago

I am on the fence with this one, may need to see it again to fully appreciate what it has to offer. The special effects are faultless, and the scenery amazing, i loved the atmosphere of a empty lifeless earth. But i had a lot of unanswered questions, where did "sally" come from? What was the significance of julia? Amongst a few.

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Back to the Future
Back to the Future
Back to the Future
about 9 years ago

I watched this recently after not seeing it for years, forgot how good it is still, it is obviously looking really dated now, but the story and humour still work a treat. The concept itself of time travel sucks you in and makes you think, classic film, very worthy of 5 star rating

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Seeking Justice
Seeking Justice
Seeking Justice
about 9 years ago

The premise is a great idea, a group dealing with your dirty laundry when you or a loved one have been eronged. Guy pearce as always is on top form and very sinister, nic cage not bad either. It is very engaging as the story unfolds about the truth, it lacked a great supporting cast, but enjoyable action/thriller

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