3 items from 2014
12 Years A Slave (15)
What with the acclaim, the awards buzz and the harrowing subject matter, finally seeing McQueen's slavery drama now feels like a duty. But this is an "issue movie" unlike any other, both in its deliberate formalism and its under-represented history. Along with Ejiofor's abductee, we're fully immersed in a slavery system so brutally oppressive even the expression of suffering is forbidden. McQueen gives us a study of institutionalised cruelty, the forces propping it up and its innumerable victims.
The Railway Man (15)
Middle-aged romance is rapidly derailed by events of the past in this earnest bio-drama, as Kidman spurs Scotsman Firth to revisit his Asian prisoner-of-war days, »
- Steve Rose
More often than not, films gain a cult following purely by accident. That’s almost the point. However every now and again filmmakers present their work with the sole intention of achieving that cult status, and it simply feels too contrived, defeating the object somewhat. Henry Saine’s Bounty Killer can be accused of just that, in a film that is full to the brim of corny one-liners. There are only so many you can implement before they lose their impact – and this feels like a screenplay made up of t-shirt slogans.
Set in the not too distant future, we enter into a post-apocalyptic society where corporations have displaced the government. However a rebellion is sparked amongst the people, and the Council of Nine have issued death warrants for all of the guilty, white collar criminals. Those undertaking the murders are the Bounty Killers – a heroic and adulated group whose »
- Stefan Pape
Director: Henry Saine.
Running Time: 89 minutes.
Synopsis: Bounty killers compete for body count, fame and a fat stack of cash. They’re ending the plague of corporate greed and providing the survivors of the apocalypse with retribution. This is the age of the Bounty Killer.
Set in an outlandish future where the bankers and corporate fat cats responsible for the collapse of the economy are hunted down and killed for cash, there is much to like about director Henry Saine’s latest indie offering. Bounty Killer makes no apologies for its diabolical direction and nor should it as we follow ridiculously-named superstar slayers Drifter (Matthew Marsden) and Mary Death (Christian Pitre) as they weald an assortment of weaponry on their cartoon violent quest. Of course, it’s absurd in its social commentary, »
- Craig Hunter
3 items from 2014