If ever there was a case of taking things too far then Taken 2 starring Liam Neeson personifies it.
In a tired sequel that is the movie equivalent of painting (poorly) by numbers, we see Neeson’s character turning from rescuer to captive as he relies – under incredulous circumstances – on his daughter to set him free when he is captured by the relatives of the kidnappers he killed in the first film.
There is little to recommend here and even the usually dependable Neeson doesn’t seem bothered about delivering a below-par performance.
Please, please, please don’t make another one, Liam. You’re far too good for this nonsense!
Taken 2 is available now on Blu Ray, DVD and iTunes.
I have to be honest. Kiera Knightly doesn’t really convince me as an actress and whatever I have seen her in before, it always results in the same pout.
However, thanks to director Joe Wright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard she is at least surrounded by enough talent to push that pout into the background and overall delivers a competent if ultimately unremarkable performance.
As Anna, the wife of government official Alexei Karenin (played with bespectacled efficiency by Jude Law) she encounters the reckless, handsome young army officer Count Vronksy (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and eventually embarks upon a torrid affair that ultimately casts her world into turmoil.
Consistent without ever setting the screen alight, Anna Karenina is often a beautiful film to behold but that may not be enough to leave you satisfied once the final credits begin.
Anna Karenina is available now on Blu Ray, DVD and iTunes.
The people behind last year’s Oscar success, The Artist, return with their new movie, Untouchable, an experience that may be corny in parts but is nevertheless one of the most watchable films of the week.
A massive success in its native France as well as across Europe, the basic premise follows a wealthy quadriplegic Philippe and his relationship with new carer, Driss, an uneducated but intelligent West African former convict.
Philippe is drawn to the honesty of his young helper and together they become involved in a series of adventures that change both of their lives throughout the course of the story.
It might not be to everyone’s taste but if you suspend belief for a moment and simply watch Untouchable for what it is then you are sure to enjoy it.
Untouchable is out now on Blu Ray, DVD and iTunes.
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