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47 Meters Down

Director: Johannes Roberts

Writers: Johannes Roberts, Ernest Riera

Cast: Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Matthew Modine

Cert: 15

Running time: 89mins

Year: 2016


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What’s the story: Holidaying in Mexico, sisters Lisa and Kate (Moore and Holt) take a cage trip to view Great White sharks. But, the cage breaks, plummeting them to the ocean bed with one hour’s oxygen left and sharks gathering outside.

What’s the verdict: With Jaws, the modern “people vs. shark” movie broke the central tenet of showbiz and opened with a showstopper. But, this niche adventure-horror sub-genre can still chum something flavourful into the (m)ocean picture.

The best example of recent times is 2005’s Open Water...

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Sharknado

Sharknado posterDirector: Anthony C. Ferrante

Cast: Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, John Heard, Cassie Scerbo

Cert: 15

Running time: 86mins

Year: 2013

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The lowdown: The “stick a shark in it” bad movie series reaches a fin-de-siècle with Sharknado.  Everything is present and correct; ropey FX, set-pieces unmatched by budget and stars wondering how they ever got here.  Interesting if only to see how far naff effects have come since Mega Shark Vs Giant Octopus, but let’s call time on these Carcharodon Car-Carry-Ons.

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The full verdict: How fun can a bad movie be when the filmmakers are in on the joke?

Sharknado cost a reported $1m, but the good folk at The Asylum seem intent on making it look a tenth that amount.

The budget evidently did not stretch to a light meter, the film murkily lurching from shot-t...

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Despicable Me 2

DM2-QuadDirectors: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

Cast: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Steve Coogan, Benjamin Bratt, Ken Jeong, Russell Brand

Cert: U

Running time: 98 mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: Steve Carell’s reformed supervillain returns with minions and triumvirate of cute moppets in tow for a riotous sequel to the surprise 2010 hit.  What plot there is revolves around Gru’s investigation into the theft of an experimental serum that transforms animals (and people, and minions) into ravenous, psychotic (purple-furred) beasties.  But, as with producer Chris Meladandri’s Ice Age series, the story is a mere launch pad for inventive comic skits guaranteed to tickle your inner minion...

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