Doom (2005) – Andrzej Bartkowiak

Karl Urban, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, and Rosamund Pike head to battle in this film adaptation of the hit video game Doom, my next stop in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. Strange things are happening in a research base on Mars, and a group of Space Marines, with Sarge (Johnson), kitted out to take on whatever…

Wrath of the Titans (2012) – Jonathan Liebesman

Sigh. Like the pointless remake that preceded it, this sequel is more interested in spectacle than story, image over substance. And like it’s predecessor, completely lacks the fun, and wonder that inhabited the 1981 original. This time around we have cardboard-cutouts-that-are-pretending-to-be-characters on another quest. And while the casting is good, Sam Worthington, Bill Nighy, Rosamund…

Jack Reacher (2012) – Christopher McQuarrie

  Ok. Let’s get this out-of-the-way first… the bus stop gag does not work, and is downright silly. I took a quick break from my lists today to hit Netflix and have a look at the latest Tom Cruise vehicle, Jack Reacher. I’d read a couple of the books by Lee Child, and was interested…

The World’s End (2013) – Edgar Wright

  Finally, and I mean that, FINALLY, I was able to find time to get to see the last installment of the much-loved Cornetto trilogy from Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Having set the standard incredibly high with Shaun of the Dead, and maintaining that level of excellence with the brilliant Hot Fuzz,…