Insurgent (2015) Film Review


Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) are in hiding after thwarting the effort of Jeanine (Kate Winslet). They make their way back to the big city, and they have the option of hooking up with another group of rebels. Things get a lot confusing along the way, but there is a box. It opens up if a divergent does a strange challenge type thing. But, no matter how many divergents Jeanine hooks up, they all just keep dying. It’s a real shame. Of course, it has to be Tris who unlocks it. But it is not what they expect… oh, where to next, dystopian future?

I liked it, a lot more than the last couple of Hunger Games films. And I liked the end a lot. I’m interested in seeing more, I want to know where it is all going. I reckon that makes it a somewhat decent flick. But I’m not shouting its greatness from the rooftops, perhaps I’m just a bit over this genre?


A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) Film Review


John McClaine (Bruce Willis) finds out that his estranged son, Jack (Jai Courtney) is in Russia, some issue with arrests and drugs and not good things. So, he goes to resuce him. Of course, John McClaine’s son could not be simply a drug smuggler or whatever – he’s a spy and John messes up the mission. Or does he?

Die Hard, the original, is still one of my favourite films – certainly, it’s my fav Christmas film. And I really liked the second film, with all the airport stuff. The third? Brilliant. The fourth, oh, I thought it was all over. It was pretty awful. So I’ve really avoided this one: until now. And now, I really regret not seeing this one in the cinema, because it was ace. I loved the fact that John McClaine’s son has grown up to be Jai Courtney, and he’s fabulous in this flick. There was comedy, there were explosions, there were double crosses (and, as per, very little good female characterisation). And hey, remember the Cold War, when Russia was always the bad guy, and then the US and Russia made up and they had to be good again? Time must have healed all wounds, because we’re back in Russia! Yeah!

Loved it, and am looking forward to the next one, Die Hard Year One. (Though really, that title? Or this one, for that matter? Or the previous? Oh, come on)