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Franchise Weekend – The Mechanic (2011)

Director: Simon West

Writer: Richard Wenk, Lewis John Carlino (Screenplay) Lewis John Carlino (Story)

Starring: Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Tony Goldwyn, Donald Sutherland, Jeff Chase, Mini Anden, James Logan


Plot: Follows an elite hit man as he teaches his trade to an apprentice who has a connection to one of his previous victims.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Easy to Watch Action Film


Story: The Mechanic starts as we learn how skilled Arthur Bishop (Statham) a mechanic better known as an assassin, he gets the job done and is one of the best, learning from his mentor Harry McKenna (Sutherland).

When the latest assignment gives Arthur the task of killing his mentor he starts by questioning things but goes along with the job anyway as the boss Dean (Goldwyn) has the proof of the dirty deeds Harry has been involved in.

Feeling guilty for his involvement in Harry’s death, Arthur takes his son Steve (Foster) under his wing teaching him the ways of the trade.


Thoughts on The Mechanic


Characters/PerformanceArthur Bishop is a mechanic, a fixer, an assassin and he is the very best, he can make kills look like accidents or even frame someone else. After his latest job he takes the son of the victim under his wing breaking but teaching the skills he has learnt. Steve is the song of Arthur’s mentor, he has been a loose cannon through his life and now he gets focus as he learns under Arthur. Dean runs this secret group, setting up the jobs for the mechanics, he doesn’t click as well with Arthur.

Performance wise, Jason Statham is one of the easiest go to guys for this type of film and here you can see why, not many lines and action-packed performance. Ben Foster once again shows us he can become any character. Tony Goldwyn is fine, but it would be fair to say we don’t see much from his character.

StoryWe are thrown into a world of hitmen, boss and victims which is good for the film, we can always enjoy this type of film because all the characters are usually shady even if they live by codes. We get what we expect without it being too much but in the world now we have an elite version of this style of film in John Wick.

Action/Crime The action is all big like you would expect, we have plenty of shoot outs and a brilliant escape off the side of a building. The crime side is the world we have be placed into, we know these are criminal assassins which makes us understand how they could be in everyday life.

SettingsEach setting is uses as almost a level for the character to overcome, we know just where they are going and the next fight will become more difficult.

Special EffectsAll the effects make this a fine enjoyable watch throughout with nothing not suiting the world we are in.

Final ThoughtsThis is an enjoyable action film that most action film fans will enjoy, it isn’t difficult to follow but does lack a villain you feel is menacing enough to challenge our lead.


Overall: This is late night action.




ABC Film Challenge – Random – C – Captive (2015)

Director: Jerry Jameson

Writer: Brian Bird (Screenplay) Ashley Smith, Stacy Mattingly (Book)

Starring: Kate Mara, David Oyelowo, Elle Graham, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jessica Oyelowo, Mimi Rogers, Leonor Varela


Plot: A single mother struggling with drug addiction is taken hostage in her own apartment by a man on the run who has broken out of jail and murdered the judge assigned to his case.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Basic Thriller


Story: Captive starts as we meet Ashely Smith (Mara) a drug addict who has lost her child due to her addiction and is desperately struggling to get clean. On the other side of the story we find Brian Nichols (Oyelowo) a criminal who breaks out of his trial hearing leaving bodies on the way.

Lt John Chestnut (Williams) and Sgt. Sandoval (Varela) lead the manhunt for Brian as we learn how this minor criminal has escalated to murder to get freedom. Brian breaks into Ashley apartment holding her hostage inside her own home. Ashley must spend the night trying to stay alive when this clearly mentally unstable man Brian pushes her to the limits.


Thoughts on Captive


Characters/PerformanceAshley is a recovering drug addict who is about to become clean and get her daughter back, she must stay one step ahead of Brian to make this happen. Brian is a criminal about to be judge on a rape case he believes he is innocent off. He escapes and kills the judge going on the run before taking Ashely hostage. He constantly believes he is innocent of all the crimes he is being accused off. The cops on the other hand are all the generic ones you would imagine they would be.

Performance Wise, Kate Mara is good in the leading role showing given the right material she can be a leading lady, David Oyelowo is as always great in yet another film he clearly is the best part off.

StoryThis is a story that is based on real events, this is just another hostage story though, we have the bonding between the criminal and victim which is nothing fresh, as well as watching the manhunt for him. This all works but doesn’t come off as original, because this is based on a real event it would have been more interesting to see more about the real case that Brian believes he is innocent off.

Crime/ThrillerThe crime side of this film happens early on as most of the film is hunting down the criminal who has gone to extreme lengths to get his freedom. The thriller ide doesn’t keep us on edge for long enough.

SettingsThe apartment shows how Ashely has become trapped with Brian but we also deal with the idea that we are watching a manhunt too.

Final ThoughtsThis was a slow-moving thriller that doesn’t reach the levels it needs to, mostly because this is based on a real event too.


Overall: Slow and disappointing thriller.




Opinion Battles Year 4 Round 3 Favourite Steven Spielberg Movie

Opinion Battles Year 4 Round 3

Favourite Steven Spielberg Movie

Ready Player One is hitting the cinema this month and is directed by one of the great directors of all time, Steven Spielberg, this month we are going to pick our favourite films from this man’s illustrate career.

Next Round – Least Favourite Oscar Winning Actress in the Lead or Supporting Role – Closing Date Friday 6th April 2018

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Jurassic Park

This is the first movie I remember seeing at the cinema, the effects leave you jaw dropping and still 25 years later it is still flawless. You can watch this movie over and over and still enjoy it. The T-Rex is truly terrifying for the audience especially when I was only about 6 when I saw it.

Kim – Tranquil Dreams


This is possibly one of the hardest rounds as Steven Spielberg has an endless repertoire of great titles. However, nothing was quite as impressive as Duel. A TV movie that was so fun and suspenseful to watch. Its a car chased by a demonic truck and just manages to not reveal the villain but also put a lot of hints on building the scenario.

Cinema Parrot Disco

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

This is a tough one as I adore Spielberg’s movies (especially those from my childhood in the 80s). It’s mainly between E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial & the Indiana Jones films. I think most people will choose Indiana Jones (probably Raiders). I think Jones, as a character, is truly iconic and one of my favorites. However, I’m going to choose E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial as my favorite Spielberg film. I’m a sci-fi lover. Sci-fi will always win with me. 🙂

Milo – Stuff and That

Raiders of the Lost Ark

It’s a goddamned classic. I mean, dude, it’s Raiders. K, it hasn’t got a phat shark, but it’s easily Spielberg at his blockbusting, high-octane adventure best.

Emma – Emma Explains It All


Despite being a talented and such well known director, I must admit I don’t “love” too many (or any) Steven Spielberg movies. In fact, there’s more movies I really like that had ‘involvement’ from him, whilst directed by someone else (like the superb J.J Abrams for example). But anyway Jaws is definitely a SS (Steven Spielberg I mean, nothing to do with Hitler) movie I think is pretty ground-breaking and very cool and something I own on DVD and would be pretty willing to go home and watch tonight. Jaws is great! It’s one of those films that will never really be topped (not even by The Meg!) and thanks to many clever, tense and scary scenes the ‘Berg & Benchley duo have pretty much ruined swimming in the sea for everyone. And obviously we have the score which is a genuine contender for ‘most famous film music’ ever but we all know that surely.


Fun fact too, Jaws is one of the most misquotes movies of all time. A lot of us say “we’re gonna need a bigger boat” – but the true quote is “YOU’RE gonna need a bigger boat”. Fascinating I know.


Drew – Drew’s Movie Reviews

Jurassic Park

Steven Spielberg is one of my favorite directors of all time. While he has directed many great films, like Jaws, the Indiana Jones Trilogy, Schindler’s List, Minority Report and many many others, there is one that instantly jumps to the top of my list: Jurassic Park.  I watched this film all the time when I was younger and it never gets old to this day, even after at least several dozen watches.  The action is incredible, the script is thought-provoking, the cast is memorable, the music is moving and the special effects are awe-inspiring. I could go on and on but really if you’ve seen Jurassic Park then you know what I’m talking about. If not, then you don’t know what you’re missing.

Rob – Movie Rob

Saving Private Ryan

One of the best war films and among the best overall films ever made. Spielberg does an amazing job capturing the feeling of real close combat and we are treated to an experience unlike any other as we are taken as close as we can get to a real battle. The cast is superb with Hanks, Burns, Pepper, Davies, Goldberg, Diesel, Sizemore, and Ribisi all wonderful as the men chosen for such a mission. Each of them is made real and unique by their mannerisms and opinions which help the diverse dialogue about the overall thematic debate to constantly take place. The cinematography is amazing and it helps enhance the patriotic and grandeur feeling of it all.  It’s completely unacceptable that this film lost Best Picture at the Oscars to Shakespeare in Love (1998) because there is no rational reason for that to have happened. At least they had the forethought to award Spielberg the award for Best Director.

Diana – DB Movie Blog

Catch Me If You Can

My favourite Steven Spielberg movie is “Catch Me If You Can”. It may not be Spielberg’s absolute best, but it is one of his most entertaining and fascinating. It is based on a true story, which is incredible in itself since the story concerns a mere teenager who impersonates a lawyer, a doctor and a co-pilot. It has such great actors there as Leonardo DiCaprio, Christopher Walken, Tom Hanks, Nathalie Baye, Amy Adams and Martin Sheen, and the story comes off as emotional too since DiCaprio makes his character sympathetic and we know about his not exactly ideal upbringing. The film makes one think that anything is possible in this world if you brave and confident enough. 

Rachel – 54 Disney Reviews

Jurassic Park

This is such a hard question! If I was asked what Steve Spieblerg’s best movie is I would say Schindler’s List for sure. I love the first and third Indiana Jones movies. I love ET and Close Encounters. What do I pick? Well, I have to go with the movie that made me fall in love with movies- Jurassic Park. I have hated all the sequels but this first movie had gravitas, great characters, amazing visuals and a great story. It’s how you make blockbuster entertainment. Come to think of it Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List came out the same year so maybe I should just say 1993 is my favorite movies for Spielberg. LOL

Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews

Raiders of the Lost Ark


Steven Spielberg may have made a lot of grand, Oscar worthy pics but his first film to feature the iconic Fedora sporting hero is a fun, exciting adventure film that you can easily watch over and over again.

Harrison Ford was born to play the awesome central role and John Williams’ score is magnificent


Gill – Realweegiemidget Reviews

Artificial Intelligence

My fave of Spielberg’s movies has to be about that loveable character who tugged by heart strings with his titular movie. Not ET, but AI Artificial Intelligence (2001) (link here ) . Its’ a story of a Mecha boy, David played by a wee Haley Joel Osment who is banished to the woods with his Mecha teddy bear. This as its feared David is dangerous after some misunderstandings and near accidents. However, David hopes to become a real boy and hopes to regain his mother’s love. And it is definitely a heart breaking yet heart warming movie in one. His scenes after his imprinting with his mother prove a Mecha can love (unless you sceptical and call it jolly good imprinting) will tug your heartstrings and his quest to become a real boy heartbreaking til the end.  The final scenes I’ll let you find out for yourself, but will say that the Mechas appear to be the only ones with real emotion in this film. With Jude Law giving an oddly, touching performance as a gigolo who helps him in his quest and some haunting music from John Williams. Osment is wonderful and pull your emotions with his credible, empathetic performance. But in the leading role, Osment is wonderful and pulls your emotions with his credible, empathetic performance.. its one to make you sob.


John –

Sugarland Express

While there are so many blockbusters to choose from, my Steven Spielberg film starts at the beginning of it all:  1974’s “The Sugarland Express.”  


After the success of the made-for-TV thriller “Duel”, Spielberg chose the true story of a young couple on the run as his theatrical debut.  Goldie Hawn makes her dramatic debut as well, as a Mom desperate to keep her son from being put in a foster home.  


She encourages her husband, William Atherton, to break out of jail and help her kidnap her son.  Of course, nothing from that point on goes right.


It may seem an unusual choice for Spielberg, but the film has action and emotion in equal measure, and of course, a strong mother figure, who will protect her own against all adversity, a trait that pops up again and again in Spielberg films.


It’s interesting to see him early in his career begin to showcase his love of character – his pacing allows time for Hawn to really act and show true emotion.

Here is my link to the entire story:

S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Poster

Spielberg was at his most entertaining with Indiana Jones, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is the best one for me. It’s one of those rare threequels that hits all the right notes. The addition of Sean Connery as Henry Jones, Sr., was genius, making him both a hilarious sidekick and a foil to Harrison Ford’s roguish adventurer. From the flashback beginning that provides a neat origin for Jones to the picture-perfect ending as they ride into the sunset, it’s an outstanding action movie and one of Spielberg’s finest hours.