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Junkhearts (2011)
1 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Great British Sci-fi yarn...., 20 August 2012
9/10

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Junkhearts is just about the best sci-fi/paranormal activityesque film I've seen all week. My favourite scene is where the aliens descend and take away our anti-hero (eddie marshan) for some serious self-analysis to try and get his head better after returning home war-down. I think the director did a great job with the CGI effects on Eddie's looks... he kinda looks like something that Wes Craven never used in The Hills Have Eyes (1 and 2). I must admit, some of the outer space scenes seemed a little unrealistic, and the scene where Danny (Tom Sturridge) and Christine (Romola Garai) had a passionate embrace on mars just didn't work for me.

Still, sci-fi and genre aside, this little British jewel does have its serious side, taking us deep inside the mind of a mentally deranged soldier who is battling his urge to drink by going to war. With no more wars left, only those raging in the outer reaches of the galaxy, our marinated antagonist hits the bottle big time and that's when help (from a very unlikely source) arrives. It's here where I have what is probably my biggest problem with the film... the little props and scenery. The vodka looked like water and when the spaceship took off for the final time the cups in Christines house seemed empty and glued to the table. But this is a minor gripe considering just how great this film is. I guess when something is faultless you search out errors. It's like what My Physics teacher (Mr Knapton) once told me: "You'll NEVER get a 100% mark in your exam... 99.9%, yes, but NEVER 100. The markers will always find some error, no matter how irrelevant!" Well, I guess that speech hit me deeper than I thought, because here I am, 20 years later, proving Mr Knapton's theory 'One Star Down' theory correct.

But back on subject, and to sum this hard-hitting, low budget Brit-flick up, I'd say it's the best Sci-fi pic I've seen this side of insanity. The director done well with limited budget and ex-Craven rejects and managed to pull of a stupendous action/effects film... all without a drop of blood anywhere!

9 outta 10!!! Two thumbs up from Tristram Spencer!

0 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Unthinkable brilliance!, 13 May 2012
10/10

I've just finished watching Unthinkable and I must say it is probably one of the best 'lone island' films I've ever seen. Without giving anything away this movie is set on 'terrorist Island' and one of the bad guys falls foul of a tree and hole trap and is netted like a terrified bear! That's Mr L Jackson's cue to make an appearance, in one of his meanest, cleanest, leanest roles to date. And My God, what an appearance it is! Dressed in Gucci suit and Italian shoes, this leg end of the silver screen turns what could be a very mediocre film into one of the delights of the year. In a role seldom played by women he toughs out a terrorist until he admits that five bombs are planted around 'terrorist Island' and they need to be found before they all explode and cause a tsunami on the east coast of Thailand. That's the premise, sounds boring, I know. But this film has many surprises up its sleeve and you just never know what you're going to do next. It's a relief when Samuel L Jackson follows through while breaking wind and fills his pants up with seven bucket loads of organic mud. This certainly gets the chuckles, but is a much needed respite from the tense build up of the film and gives us all a little time to relax, suck it back in and cross our fingers.

All in all, a great piece of sub-genre film-making. Unthinkable brilliance which deserves more points than 10! Go see the film... no mystery island fans will be disappointed.

1 out of 10 people found the following review useful:
Nearly a good film, 8 May 2012
3/10

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Punishment park is nearly a good film. It revolves around a group of hippies who are suffering from some kind of political activism that has turned them into zombies intent on overthrowing all military might. Shot in documentary style fashion there are obviously many comparisons that have been made with The Blair Witch Project (a film that would come many years later and use different subject matter to tell the same story). Punishment Park fails in it's nihilistic premise of of outlandish bum sex scenes leading to a grand orgy of violence as the protesters are shot down and raped in front of a watching news crew. These scenes were a little overdone and the gore was of a very low quality. 3 out of 10. Watch this film only if you are a hippie.

3 out of 14 people found the following review useful:
Thank You Film, 16 April 2011
10/10

I used to believe in Global warnings but now, thanks to this great docu- horror-drama I don't.

Although made on a low budget I thought the acting was great and the sets, though a little shaky, quite believable. The director did a great job in showing us the dangers of misrepresentationism in the medials today - making specific hotshots at Rupert Murderdoch.

Other reviewers have slated this film for basing its findings on shallow facts and flimsy scientific evidence, but they failed to give a nod of the hat to the great scientists who said "yes, I agree wiv dat! Truth be told!"

I gave this film a ten out of ten because there was no 11 out of ten. Great effort from a director who for me, will be the next Stanley Kubricks.