Month: June 2016

July film preview

The summer film season continues as we inch ourselves further into 2016, with some of the biggest films of the year already having been released but fear not… July has a few big hitters in line so let’s have a look at some of them.

The BFG – released on the 1st of July 2016

Directed by Steven Spielberg

Starring: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall, Bill Hader.

Adaptation of the famous novel of the same name as an orphan is taken away to giant country by a… friendly giant whom she befriends as they get to know each others worlds and as he protects her from more unfriendly giants.

 

The Legend of Tarzan – released on the 1st of July

Directed by David Yates

Starring: Alexander Skarsgard, Samuel L Jackson, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz, Djimon Honsou, Jim Broadbent.

Modern live action adaptation of the character Tarzan, set years after he’s left Africa and gone to England, having settled down with Jane, now living an aristocratic life in London. He’s tasked to go back to his routes on a false ploy, unaware that he’s part of an overall larger, nefarious scheme.

 

The Purge: Election Year – released on the 1st of July

Directed by James DeMonaco

Starring: Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson.

Sequel to The Purge Anarchy, set in 2025, Sgt Leo Barnes (Grillo), now head of security for a US senator Charlene Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell) who’s also a presidential hopeful is tasked with defending her as she plans to get rid of the purge for good. Meanwhile pro-purge and anti-purge groups will clash in a match of ideals, while people also gun for the senators head.

 

Ghostbusters – released on the 15th of July

Directed by Paul Feig

Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mckinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Andy Garcia, Charles Dance.

The hotly controversial sequel… uh.. reboot? Gets its debut with an all female cast of ghostbusters, much following in the vein of the original films with a group of mismatched people who come together to fight the ethereal ghouls that invade New York, alongside their male secretary Kevin (Chris Hemsworth).

 

Star Trek Beyond – released on the 22nd of July

Directed by Justin Lin

Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella.

The third instalment in the new Star Trek trilogy sees the crew of the enterprise, halfway into their five years mission now divided and marooned on an alien planet after the enterprise gets attacked and destroyed, now threatened by a new ruthless threat they have to face.

 

Jason Bourne – released on the 29th of July

Directed by Paul Greengrass

Starring: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Tommy Lee Jones.

A little known guy called Jason Bourne makes his long awaited return to the big screen with the new instalment in the franchise simply titled Jason Bourne, as Bourne returns in a new, different looking world and is hunted down because of his skills and with him being potentially dangerous.

Black Swan review

Darren Arronofsky directs Black Swan, following a lead ballet dancer in the production Swan Lake perfectly playing the role of the white Swan, things take a turn for the strange as she slowly changes and experiences new things, the film stars Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder.

Arronofsky brings a visceral, psychological thrill ride in Black Swan, a character study and plot with a few twists up its sleeves as we follow the morally good, wholesome Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman) who feels the need to be perfect in her ballet and impress others, she comes across troublemaker Lily (Mila Kunis) who represents the taboo and the wild side that Nina is reluctant to indulge in. First off the performances in the film are great, Portman and Kunis shine and Portman especially gives one of her best performances in my opinion, encapsulating the good girl image that Nina had and progressively changing as things went on and Kunis opposite her was excellent with the two having some electric chemistry.

The clashing of opposing personalities and moralities is always great for drama but in the case of this film, it makes for further intrigue in the context of the play and what Nina and Lily represent in the white and Black swan, two very different people who sort of need each other and feel like two sides of the same coin, in a way. While being a drama/thriller, things take… interesting turns and get amped up in a few scenes to the point where you could almost class this a psychological horror with some fairly off putting and ambiguous scenes which make you question what’s happening, just like Nina herself probably is at several points. Black Swan is very much a psychological thriller that unravels, getting more elaborate as it goes on despite seemingly being a straight up drama at first.

The trippy strange aspects of the plot work well with some good cinematography which uses some effective close ups to highlight subtle changes or features in scenes and the way quite a lot of the film is shot, is quite expressive with a distinct indie vibe to things, to capture characters emotions, reactions and interactions well, with a mix of lingering single shots in scenes to capture a feel of naturalism and fast cut scenes as well. The supporting cast is quite good also, in Vincent Cassel and Barbara Hershey as Erica Sayers, Ninas mom who provides a source of conflict and drama alongside Lily and seeing Nina progress and change into something else makes for compelling psychological drama.

And the music of course also plays an important role in the context of the play and the film and is eerily haunting in a few scenes with the play being acted out and mirroring the lives of the main characters. Black Swan is an interesting film, loaded with emotion, subtext and depth, it may urn people off with its implied ideas and themes but on the surface it’s still an engaging drama with good performances and a morose look into the psyche of a person going through significant change.

7/10

. Well shot film, good use of shot types, angles

. Portman and Kunis have great chemistry, good performances

. Plot is engaging

Kick Ass review

Matthew Vaughn directs Kick Ass, a gritty depiction of urban vigilantism based on the comic book series of the same name, insecure high schooler Dave Lizewski decides to become a superhero and invents a persona for himself in order to fight for justice without any powers or actual training. The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Nicholas Cage, Lyndsy Fonseca, Evan Peters, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mark Strong.

There is a surprisingly large amount to dissect from Kick Ass but first of all, it’s a faithful adaptation of the source material and Matthew Vaugn really nails the comic book style with a hyper realistic feeling to the film which works with a gritty, realistic depiction of city life and crime. Kick Ass is a superhero movie with no super powers and right off the bat it makes for an interesting premise, what if people in the real world simply dressed, made their own personas and went out crime fighting?

Well a lot would happen and things would probably go wrong, Aaron Taylor-Johnson is really we cast and fantastic as Dave/Kick Ass, a character who really does feel very different at the end of the film to himself at the start, character development is an important part of the story and you do see it in a few different characters, as well in Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) who’s awesome as the foul mouthed, lethal fighter and another vigilante. Even Nicholas Cage is great in the film as Big Daddy, a sort of parody and homage to Batman with his own spin on things, while Mark Strong cuts a believably menacing crime boss as Frank D’Amico bringing a pretty spirited performance.

Tonally, the film is a bit up and down, a clearly comedic film in large parts, it’s also unrepentantly violent and graphic, due to its gritty style which makes for a quite unique viewing, the scenes you watch are brutal but coupled with the music and the way they’re shot they’re actually fun to watch in a sort of sadistic way. And I feel like Vaughn definitely had fun in directing the film like that, Kick Ass has surprising depth to it and is far from a mindless action flick in which the hero has powers and is completely morally good. Here Hit Girl kills people and Kick Ass often has poor judgement and is reckless, though ultimately a good person trying to beat overwhelming odds, two clear social misfits taking on crime and doing the ‘right’ thing but having to face the consequences of doing that in a real world with no super powers.

And speaking of the action in the film, it’s frenetic and quite well done, Vaughn knows how to portray a comic book feeling on screen with dismemberment and chaotic fight scenes but even if you don’t like the film for the action, you still have the drama there which is a strong central core to the story. The more emotional moment work with some strong performances from Mortez and Johnson which highlight the insanity and reality of the lives they live. Kick Ass is a bit of a strange film, gritty and quite dark but also very comedic, it probably shouldn’t work but it does with some great direction, good action and a fun plot.

7/10

. Has some great performances

. Well done action scenes with weight to them

. Might be a bit too up and down (tonally) for some

Skyfall review

Skyfall is Daniel Craigs’ third outing as Bond with Sam Mendes at the helm, a departure for the director, doing a big budget action film but it really pays off, Skyfall almost feels like a reboot and re-construction of Craigs’ Bond as we know him, evidenced by the films’ box office success and critical acclaim.

Skyfall starts off with Bond on a would be routine mission which goes wrong, he’s presumed dead and washes up in south east Asia, recovers and reconsiders himself as a spy and seems to go through some seemingly deep contemplation. Though he has some fun as you would being James Bond and does some traditional Bond things like seduce women and… play exotic, tense betting games involving scorpions, as Bond does. Though ultimately he makes his way back to Britain when a problem from the past shows up to haunt M and MI5 in Silva (Javier Bardem) a former agent, disavowed and out for vengeance, he has MI5 as a whole as a target but specifically has it out for M.

Bond comes back with his mission to protect M and the agency and things kick off in an exciting, entertaining way, the plot itself is pretty great and feels like more traditional Bond with a central, supposedly super genius villain in Silva, who seems to make a really convenient plan that just so happens to work but Bardem does make a great villain. Silva is a bit camp but unnerving in his presence and intentions, he’s clearly a man up to no good and he acts with his own twisted sense of justice and though he’s clearly a bit crazy, his motives bring MI5 itself into question which was something different for a Bond film, the idea of the supposed good guys not being so good.

Meanwhile Craigs’ Bond is once again stoic and an artchetypal hero, though he’s more stripped back this time around. The acting all around is pretty solid, the cast is top notch from Craig himself, Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Judi Dench, Rori Kinnear, Naomie Harris and Ben Wishaw as the new all deliver some good performances with Craig and Bardem standing out. Though the film really could have used some more Eve (Naomie Harris) whose only big parts are right at the beginning and near the end.

The plot for Skyfall is straightforward and the pacing is great, though Silvas’ convoluted plan does require further suspense of disbelief. Meanwhile the cinematography for he film is brilliant and to Sam Mendes credit, he makes a visually memorable looking Bond film, from the framing to the used to the pretty spectacular locations that feature, from the far east to the Scottish highlands. Bond once again does a fair bit of globe trotting and it’s great to see.

The set pieces in the film aren’t as big in scope as some in Casino Royale or Quantum Of Solace but they are still good in a more toned down but tense way, Bond and Silva don’t even fight until the end of the film itself, but Bonds’ scuffles here and there are still great to watch. It was also great to see more complex, detailed portrayal of Bond in the film with Bond feeling jaded and possibly wanting to leave the spy life itself, he’s almost a reluctant hero in the end and it was interesting to see him more as a human rather than in the unstoppable hero archetype. Also the build up to the conclusion and the conclusion itself are both great, with the plot being engaging from start to finish.

8/10

. Great, engaging plot, good pacing

. Fantastic performances throughout

. Silva is a great villain, though his plan seems silly in retrospect

Signs review

M Night Shyamalan directs this sci-fi thriller as a family discovers crop circles appearing on their field, seemingly out of the blue as they come to learn there may be a more sinister force behind them, the film stars Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin, Abigail Breslin.

The Hess family is a nice, wholesome family who just happen to be in a spot of bother, they get on fine with each other for the most part but crop circles and mysterious goings on around their house throw things out of whack so to speak as Shyamalan does that thing he did with his older, better movie in hooking you with an interesting, mysterious premise and keeping your interest as you want to find out the why and how to what’s going on. The cast for the film is generally quite good and with two child actors in Rory Culkin as Morgan and Abigail Breslin as Bo, things are still pretty watchable, Mel Gibson as Graham is the inspirational father figure here, go figure… and he brings an element of spiritualism, also being a reverend.

The spiritual side to things does sort of feel a bit at odds with the sci-fi elements of the story though and I can understand why it may make for a jarring watch but I think it was a nice touch in seeing a father have faith and believe things can get better, living in hope despite the situation.

The drama elements do work though I found, as the family comes to terms with their situation and things get increasingly elaborate as they try to figure out what’s going on, I enjoyed being on for the ride with the characters in that regard, despite some pretty obvious links to what was causing the crop circles and occurrences outside of the world of the film itself. Still, seeing how the films plot handled the cause and brought it to the forefront was a good part of the film, relationships and family ties are also themes present here as Graham (Gibson) is adamant on keeping his family safe and together and through their ordeal, they do grow closer and bond, with some dramatic moments that work well with the good performances.

But what is an old Shyamalan film without a twist, as things take an interesting and controversial turn as far as big film twists go with a deus ex machina type plot device which has drawn a lot of criticism for the film in retrospect, but it is what it is. That being said the end didn’t really ruin Signs for me and I still think it’s a story with some interesting themes, ideas and a nice family dynamic to it, played out with a simple enough story.

7/10

. Has some good performances

. Interesting family dynamic, brings good dramatic moments

. Bit of a spin on the alien invasion focusing more on the human struggle, not technology or all out war

Zootopia review

Zootopia is an animated comedy directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore set in an alternate world ruled and populated by evolved animals who live and function much like humans in their own distinct cities and town, ambitious bunny Judy Hopps wishes to become a cop and partners together with a shady fox in order to solve a mysterious crime case.

If you thought Disney had run out of original ideas with its recent slew of live action re-makes and sequels… well you thought wrong as Zootopia shows there is plenty of creativity, fun and invention to be had with the studio and the film flourishes with vibrancy, a host of colourful characters and some great voice acting that really brings said characters to life. The cast is great, with the actors being really suited to their specific roles, you can sort of tell Idris Elba is Chief Bogo and Batemans’ intonations seep through his dialogue as Nick Wilde which goes to highlight how well the actors do at fitting into their characters, bringing a sense of believability to them.

It’s great to see different animals having parts of their personalities influenced by how they’re perceived/their traits which resulted in some of the funniest moments in the film, the sloths at the DMV for example and the rodent mobster boss with Polar bear henchmen are just two examples, the latter being a play against expectations which was fun.

One of the films strengths on the whole is its inherent sense of light comedy and fun, the titular city being a parallel to our own large metropolises around the world with diverse cultures and ethnicities, represented in the story as different animals with their different quirks, personality types and way of functioning which is played out in several genuinely funny gags and social allegories. So much so that I found Zootopia surprisingly deeper than I expected which was a nice touch, not so subtle parallels to racism with certain animals being discriminated against and pre-judged really brings home what some characters feel and what motivated them while not making the plot feel too dark. Disneys classic formula of an inventive idea with engaging characters and surprising depth is again at work here and it’s a film that kids will enjoy as will teens and adults who will appreciate the smarter and well worked in jokes that go over the kids heads and that’s Disney for you, touching all the bases.

Balancing serious themes with such a fluffy and light exterior in regards to the film is no mean feat with the core of the story being about identity and animals aspiring to be what they want despite what society tells them to while the plot is clearly a family friendly comedy but it works and that’s no big surprise as this is Disney and they know how to make engaging plots and sympathetic characters. And to mention the plot itself, it’s good, throwing you right into the context of the world and getting things going fairly quickly with some slower moments but they’re few and far between as things generally move along at a good pace which helps to keep things interesting and as things develop, a plot point relating to nature and biology re-invigorated my interest and kept me wanting to watch.

7.5/10

. Engaging and sympathetic characters

. Genuinely funny jokes/gags

. Interesting plot, good pacing

Alien review

Ridley Scott sets the foundations of modern horror films in Alien, a sci-fi horror film set in outer space, aboard the commercial freighter ship the Nostromo, as the crew discovers they share the ship with a deadly, mysterious creature. Alien is a classic film with iconic scene, a great plot and an equally great cast, starring Sigourney Weaver, Jon Hurt, Tom Skerritt, Harry Dean, Ian Holm Stanton. Sigourney Weaver especially is fantastic as Ripley and steals the show, in the quintessential female action hero role, a role that arguably hasn’t quite been equaled or bettered to date.

And the plot itself is great, told very well with some great pacing, Ridley Scott is excellent at crafting engaging sci-fi stories and Alien is a prime example, watching the film you’re in the dark about the Alien creature as the crew is, you find out new, shocking things as they do and it makes for a great psychological horror. The horror works well in the film because it’s covert and not in your face, we know the Alien is lurking around and stalking the crew but we don’t know where it is or much of anything about it and that element of mystery and intrigue drives part of the horror surrounding the alien. Also the design of the Nostromo also works in effectively helping the Alien and the tension with its cramped corridors and air shafts, almost representing the characters feeling of being trapped and helpless in the situation.

The film has great components to it with the design of the ship itself and its interior to the ships control panels and computers which have a distinctly retro-futuristic feel to them, the design of the Nostromo and landing craft are both ambitiously crafted, with some overall great special effects for a film of its time. Meanwhile the Aliens design itself is imaginative and very distinct, not quite looking like any sci-fi monster before it with its elongate head, second snapping mouth and acidic blood.

The music is also a big contributing factor to this with a great score to the film, matching scene well and building up tension to a fever pitch in some instances, while the cinematography is also fantastic an big element to the film, interestingly, the Alien doesn’t even show up until about halfway through the film and character deaths are fast and not explicitly shown on screen. Alien masters the show don’t tell aspect of horror and it works hugely in the films favour, watching it for the first time and not knowing a thing about the Alien and what it can do is a big aspect to what it makes it so terrifying, tapping into the primal human fear of the unknown, especially when the unknown is a killer Alien. The film also works delicately with death scenes, although unsettling, they’re never overly gory aside from the chest bursting scene, instead your imagination fills in the blanks and Alien remains scary without use of cheap jump scares or gore.

The plot is very engaging and gripping right up to the end, with the Alien being surprisingly versatile, as Ripley is to be fair, pitting an interesting match up of wits and survival instincts. Great direction, genuine scares, excellent use of tension and atmosphere, Alien is a horror staple anda standard for all horror films to aspire to, to this day and it still sands as one of the best horror and sci-fi films of all time.

9/10

. Very effective use of music and certain shots to build good scares

. Plot is gripping from start to finish

. Creative and effective set design as well as Xenomorph design

Predator review

John McTiernan directs this sci-fi action flick as a group of headstrong commandos go on a dangerous mission to central America, finding themselves to be the targets of a rather alien force, the film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Peter Hall, Jesse Ventura.

A straight laced 80s action flick, Predator sets itself from the pack with some creative ideas and set pieces, while the characters, namely Dutch (Arnie) brings a fun, macho feeling to the testosterone filled action and plenty of action is here to be ha with machine guns galore, a lot of explosions and of course the Predator itself. The characters are good as far as 80s action archetypes go, one dimensional but actually pretty fun especially in the way they interact, there’s also some intensity in a few scenes as characters clash, with some great lines, especially from Arnie.

While other characters bring measured, earnest performances like Carl Weathers as Dillon, the squad leader who just wants to get the job done at peoples expenses and the wild Blain (Jesse Ventura), some of the commandos clash, namely Dillon and Dutch, adding some drama to things on top of the tension of them being a jungle and hunted by the Predator.

There is a distinct feeling of predictability to the plot itself but it’s still a engaging and fun watch as the characters go up against the Predator, which is where things get kicked up a notch. The predator brings the sci-fi element and added excitement, with the clearly mismatched commandos going up against a ferocious technologically superior warrior, with some interesting and different character design. The action scenes present are decent as well with some intense shoot outs and some gruesome scenes and Arnie is in his element here, often shirtless, improvising and trying to kill something, it works because he’s helming the film in the prime of his action film led career, he’s certainly a person you’d want to be protecting you in situation like this. If you’re into firefights, big funs and a lot of machismo then this will be a treat for you, with the plot shaping up in the vein of a war film but diverging for obvious plot specific reasons.

Seeing Arnie and the Predator play a game of cat and mouse of sorts as things go on was an interesting touch with some interesting and tense set pieces as the Predator is so much more technologically advanced than the average human and essentially a killing machine.

Predator is a straightforward, decent action flick with an interesting sci-fi angle that adds some fun and different aspects to the story, setting it apart from other action films, Arnie is great here as Dutch in an iconic role and although the film as a whole doesn’t do anything spectacular, it’s still a decent enough watch.

7/10

. Predictable plot but engaging plot

. One dimensional characters but Dutch is fun

. Predator brings a good aspect to what would be an otherwise average action film

Avatar review

James Cameron directs Avatar, the sci-fi epic action adventure film set in the future on the alien moon of Pandora populated by the Na’avi, set to be explored and mined for its resources by a humans, a paraplegic soldier is set the task of befriending the Na’avi for a certain mission but becomes conflicted. The film stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez.

Avatar is a mostly impressive film, a box office juggernaut and still the highest grossing film of all time, it’s also a benchmark for effective use of 3D in a film and a great example of 3D done right and while it’s a film with some great visuals and some brilliant motion capture it’s far from the masterpiece that a lot of people seemed to think it was right after it came out. The simplicity of the story is part of what makes Avatar a fun, engaging watch with the theme of going with your heart or your head, Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) as a marine is a man who gets conflicted with his main mission a a human on an alien planet but empathises with the Na’avi and comes to learn their ways.

What should you do in a situation like that? Follow orders or fight what you think is right? That question is front and centre in the story, while it underpins everything that goes on, Jakes adventures as a Na’avi in the Avatar equipment are also a big part of the story and seeing him make full use of his alien body made for an entertaining plot arc. The world of Pandora looks lush, vibrant and alive, while distinctly alien with its floating mountains and alien creatures, the creatures also look quite different and alien and though Avatar isn’t a completely unique film, the world created is a vivid, vibrant looking world.

And even with the humans and their mechanical technology, the mechs, helicopter and weaponry is interestingly designed, the plot has some fun, zany set pieces and there’s a feeling of adventure and discovery about the plot as Jake goes about befriending the Na’avi, learning about Pandora, its wildlife and Na’avi culture. And in a film that you may feel can’t be judged performance wise, Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana still emote and bring something to their characters. Once again Cameron should be praised for using such high quality motion capture and HD filming to bring believable performances to the Na’avi, while ironically the human characters don’t quite get to do that much and are mostly one dimensional.

Watching the film you probably get the feeling of having seen the story before and while there is that sense of familiarity to it, I think Avatar does deserve credit for coupling a simple story with some benchmark technology and visuals that haven’t quite been beaten in terms of using 3D to date. The film has an engrossing and engaging plot that may not be the most re-watchable and in retrospect maybe doesn’t hold up as well but it still is memorable for a few reasons and is commendable for its ambition.

7/10

. Has some awesome visuals, at the time ground breaking special effects and 3D

. Creative alien and creature design

. Somewhat recycled story but it does enough to get your interest

The Terminator review

James Cameron directs the iconic The Terminator, centred on a ruthless cyborg send to the past (1984) by a sentient computer network, Skynet in order to kill Sarah Connor, while Kyle Reese is also sent back to the same time to protect her from the terminator, the film stars Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The film that kicked it all off is also a great sci-fi film in general, The Terminator works really well as a standalone film even if you don’t compare it to the sequels as Cameron ran with a creative and inventive idea for sci-fi action which allowed him to be pretty inventive with it, much to the films credit. The casting is great and Arnie as the T-800 is probably the perfect role for him, with plenty of action and a relentless drive, while Biehn as Kyle Reese is great, enthusiastic in his performance, he really sells the idea of wanting to stop the future war to the point that you could totally believe he was crazy, while Linda Hamilton is awesome as Sarah Connor, a waitress way in over her head at this point but wanting to stay alive.

The feeling of the 80s is captured well but it doesn’t every feel too cheesy which is a great thing, the film works as a captivating action thriller despite the setting and the T-800 is just a great antagonist, ruthless and relentless, you could almost class the character as a horror icon and you really get the feeling that the terminator won’t ever stop and practically can’t be stopped either. For all intents and purposes, The Terminator is a sci-fi thriller and one that grabs your attention and keeps it for the duration of the plot as you want to find out how, if at all Sarah Connor will survive.

And the T-800 is portrayed with the flat performance from Arnie – which fits the role perfectly. The visual effects for the time are also great and seeing this weird blend of man and machine relentlessly hunting down its target is pretty terrifying in itself, while the future scenes featured look good, ambitious for a film from the early 1980s as does the Terminator itself, an unnerving, unrelenting killing machine.

The pacing of the film is great and it certainly flies by as the film is a fun thrill ride with some great action, with set pieces that only The Terminator can do because of its unique premise and technology and fighting near unkillable machines makes for some really great action, especially because the Terminator is seemingly unstoppable, you don’t know how it will be beaten (unless you’ve seen it) and that uncertainty over this killing machine makes for great tension. The Terminator is a great entry point for the iconic sci-fi series, while often overshadowed by T2, it introduced an intriguing and audacious premise, some great characters and a great story, remaining a staple of great sci-fi action and one of James Camerons best films to date.

8/10

. Great action scenes, well choreographed

. Inventive, creative plot

. Has some tense scenes