Author: Sam Tremayne

Jason Bourne reborn as a Millennial

Probably the most salient question to come out of this movie is – who is this film actually for? American Assassin feels like teen fan-fiction but in a Jason Bourne movie. The film follows a bunch of attractive twenty-something CIA agents gallivanting around Europe in the pursuit of revenge. However, cutsie is the last word I’d use to describe this brooding and intense spy thriller, that shifts from predictable to crazy to downright boring – all the hallmarks of a family road trip where the car is going in reverse. I’ll flag the biggest issue of this film right...

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‘Raw, grim, beautiful’ film scores 10/10

I have no words. Ok, well I have to write a review, so I should really try finding some.  Blade Runner 2049 has resonated with me more than any other movie in recent memory. 2017 has been a little pocket rocket when it comes to good films – we’ve already been graced with Dunkirk, IT, and now Blade Runner 2049 has surpassed them all. I’d even go so far as to say that this sequel does for its predecessor what Terminator 2: Judgment Day did for The Terminator. As a package, this film is wholly beautiful – yet it...

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Movie Review: Kingsman Golden Circle

Ever wondered what would happen if you let a child write a James Bond movie? Me neither, but for some reason Matthew Vaughn has done it twice, and the wacky, downright silly spy spoof is back – but now it’s in America! I should mention, The Kingsmen: Golden Circle is actually a well-crafted and detailed script not collaborated that is far from childlike. The whimsy and imaginative tone is reminiscent of other big budget parody movies poking fun at the super serious action films without too much substance, and ‘The Golden Circle’ mirrors this trope, focusing on style and...

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Movie review: IT

Remember that kitschy, naff film from the 1990s starring Tim Curry about a crazy clown called Pennywise? Well it’s been given the 2017 treatment, and this time somebody realised perhaps Stephen King’s novel IT deserves a more apt interpretation; one a little scarier, more suspenseful, and overall, traumatising. If you forgot about the original perhaps that was a coping mechanism, out of fear or disappointment – well be prepared for 20 more years of nightmares because this movie is cerebral, thrilling, and pants-wettingly good. Truly, I hate horror films. I think of them as theme park rides, where you...

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Movie review: The Hitman’s Bodyguard

The fact I sat in front of a blank document for 20 minutes before writing this review is a testament to my overall ambivalence towards this film. Sure, it has two bona fide loveable A-Listers at the helm doing the ol’ mismatch buddy movie with plenty of explosions. And sure, the concept is clever in its banality and I found the directing tight and the edit polished, but watching The Hitman’s Bodyguard felt like receiving a C+ for an assignment – “ergh… it’ll do I guess…” Why they had Ryan Reynolds play the ‘straight’ man, aka the unfunny one...

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