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Hellboy (2019)

Director: Neil Marshall

Writers: Andrew Cosby (script), Mike Mignola (characters)

Cast: David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Stephen Graham, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim

Cert: 15

Running time: 120mins

Year: 2019



What’s the story: In modern-day Britain, Hellboy (Harbour) battles wicked witch Nimue (Jovovich), who has returned to unleash pestilential havoc on the land. Hellboy is joined by his adoptive father and demon hunter Professor Broom (McShane), the magically gifted Alice (Lane) and gruff Special Forces agent Daimio (Dae Kim).

What’s the verdict: Hellboy 2019 arrives with a diabolical number of strikes against it.

Fan backlash that it’s not a Guillermo Del Toro/Ron Perlman reteaming to tie up story threads from 2008’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army...

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John Wick: Chapter 2

Director: Chad Stahelski

Writer: Derek Kolstad

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Riccardo Scarmarcio, Common, Claudia Gerini, Ruby Rose, Lance Reddick, Peter Stormare, Laurence Fishburne, Franco Nero

Cert: 15

Running time: 122mins

Year: 2017



What’s the story: Former retired hitman John Wick (Reeves) is forced to honour an old debt to a powerful Camorra mobster, setting off a violent chain of events and a contract placed on Wick’s life.

What’s the verdict: Ironic that the filmmakers have christened this sequel “Chapter 2”. If the John Wick saga were a book, it wouldn’t fill the morning commute.

Picking up shortly after where 2014’s John Wick (presumably to be retconned “Chapter 1”) left off, our monosyllabic button man is tying up loose ends with a cameo’ing Peter Stormare...

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John Wick

John-Wick---Keanu-Reeves,-posterDirector: Chad Stahelski

Writer: Derek Kolstad

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe, Ian McShane, Adrianne Palicki, Lance Reddick, John Leguizamo

Cert: 15

Running time: 101mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: Keanu Reeves’ latest is not so much style over substance, more style is the substance. A boilerplate story of a retired hitman pulled back into “the life” to exact revenge when a gangster’s son does him wrong, John Wick offers no surprises plot wise. But, stuntman turned director Chad Stahelski can do action and there is grisly fun in watching Reeve’s reticent hitman unleash Gun-Fu mayhem on his enemies. Watch it with brain fully disengaged and eyes wide open.

John-Wick---Keanu-Reeves,-gunfightJohn-Wick---Alfie-Allen,-Michael-Nyqvist

The full verdict: While Sean Penn embarrasses himself with midlife crisis action movie The Gun...

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