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A good TV movie
I knew very little of Boudica prior to watching this TV movie and I'm dubious as to how many actually facts I can take from it but at least it doesn't present any blatant lies as I would have to expect from Hollywood, e.g. U-571. None-the-less I found the movie interesting and enjoyable, although I may be biased being a Brit myself. As this was not a BBC production I had some concerns but these were unfounded; while the script did not appear as factual as I would expect from the Beeb it was also missing a feeling of sterility you might experience from their productions, the added drama was refreshing and helped maintain my interest in the story.
The relatively low budget seems only evident in the battle scenes which may not be able hold there own against the likes of Brave Heart, etc. but are effective and reasonably convincing. There are other elements of the movie which are not as convincing, but I will not describe them here for fear of spoilers.
Alex Kingston does a good job playing the difficult role of the Warrior Queen and as a bonus; she is actually British. Claudius and Nero make brief appearances. Jack Shepherd successfully duplicates the charming interpretation of Claudius that Derek Jocobi performed in the mini-series `I, Caudius'. Although Nero is a strange, stylised performance with use of some very modern phrases which do jar somewhat.
For a TV movie this is a job well done and if you're not a stickler for historical accuracy then you should enjoy viewing this drama.
I Spy (2002)
Possibly the funniest buddy movie since the end of the Lethal Weapon series
Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson, as the bumbling secret agents, have good comedy chemistry, although I found myself struggling to understand all the fast-paced dialogue favoured by Eddie Murphy. If you can get past the ludicrous plot and ridiculous set- pieces you will enjoy a good laugh.
Hard Rain (1998)
Hard Rain is one of the better pure action films
Set in a small US town that is suffering a flood due to a heavy storm. Christen Slater is a security guard who is attempting to transport the money collected from the town's businesses to a less flooded area. He ends having to hide his cargo from a gang of thieves lead by Morgan Freeman. The flooded town makes a dark and interesting setting for the action. The story is okay and the characters are convincing and entertaining on the most part, funny at times too.
If you hanker for a bit of action and don't want to think about it too much then give it a try, you'll probably like it.
Watchable and reasonably entertaining
The story is probably the best feature of this film, it's well thought out for this type of movie and parodies the original Scooby Doo cartoon quite nicely. And I like the way that the characters have been brought across from the cartoon to live-action, not entirely faithful but better for it. The rest is an average effort. Being a CGI enthusiast I found the Scooby character to be unimpressive, but not unbelievable. If you're a kid or just curious, give it a go. If you're an adult, die-hard, Scooby fan then you should probably steer clear of this one and don't come anywhere near me either, you make me nervous.
This film starts off as your common-or-garden teen horror flick, but when the action starts, it gets a lot more interesting. Apart from the obligatory gore, as the protagonists are predictably picked off one-by-one, there is a suggestion that there is something even more sinister going on. All is revealed at the end in a suitably ambiguous final scene.
I was expecting something like the Scream series but thankfully this film is not of the same style, it's far more interesting. Although the acting and dialogue can leave a bit to be desired these elements by no means detracted from my enjoyment of the film. I'd recommend it to anyone that likes a good horror flick.
BTW: The trailer does absolutely no justice to this film.