Nutshell Film Review: All Is Lost

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All is Lost

All Is Lost: Don’t go sailing on your own.

All time is lost! I really was trying to keep myself awake while watching All Is Lost. But I was nodding off pretty furiously. Put this down to a combination of actually being tired, but mostly trying to maintain some level of concentration on a film that had nothing drawing me into it.

Watching Robert Redford bob around on the sea for just shy of two hours while every stranded-at-sea cliché is thrown at him got a little tiresome. I was okay with most of the clichés but then they just had to throw a shark in there. Well, a few sharks.

I get it. At the end he had to think he had lost everything to save himself. I get it. There was no feeling one way or another as to the outcome of Robert Redford’s character.

Save your time, watch Cast Away instead. Which is longer. But better.

Nutshell Film Review: The Equalizer

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The Equalizer

The Equalizer was a TV show I grew up watching. I grew up watching in the sense that I have vague memories of sneaking out of bed, sitting on the stairs while I listened for the theme of The Equalizer to kick in. Mum and dad would always know I’d be there, so they’d call after me and I’d be sitting on the sofa with them watching this show.

I don’t actually remember watching an episode, but I remember this. Only this. It’s a story my mum and dad will tell people too. Edward Woodward – The Equalizer!

Nutshell Film Review: [REC] 4: Apocalypse

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[REC] 4: Apocalypse

This make it look more badass than it actually was.

See the original [REC] and the sequel [REC] 2. Stop right there. Forget 3 and 4. For that way, disappointment comes.

[REC] 4: Apocalypse was meant to be a return to what made the first one of the best found footage films I’ve seen. Confined spaces. Zombies. Ridiculous weapons to fight off said zombies.

Instead the mythology, set up in the first and second films, has gone a bit weird and off the rails. The film itself lacked any horror or scares. Action was pretty pitiful. The zombies weren’t even scary. Screaming, snarling messes. Everything you think will happen, does happen. The plot has officially been lost with the [REC] series.

Film Review: John Wick

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John Wick

There’s something about a film that just is what it is and is a good example of what it is. John Wick is exactly that. A fun has hell action film, with a fairly ridiculous premise, that is ridiculously entertaining.

You have to take John Wick for what it is and no more. There’s absolutely no attempt in the entire film for it to be anything but a straight up action film. And the action sequences deliver. They’re punchy (No pun intended.) and really well choreographed. There’s nothing ground-breaking about them – they’re just really nicely done.

Nutshell Film Review: Big Hero 6

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Big Hero 6

Probably one of the cutest super heroes around.

Big Hero 6’s heart is in the right place. It’s a sweet story with all the right boxes ticked for a Disney film. And it’s this box ticking that’s probably why I didn’t enjoy this as much as I could have.

As a kids film, Big Hero 6 is great. Bright colours, energetic and relatable characters, plenty of visual comedy. But as with a lot of Disney animated outings, Big Hero 6 feels very much like a kids film. And there’s nothing wrong with that. I just wanted that little bit more.