Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

ORDER DVD Brazil has long been famous for many things. Beautiful beaches, tanned gorgeous people, soccer, carnivals and more. But in more recent times, the movies emerging from the country have exposed a darker side, most notably in the drugs and guns of City of God (2002). Along similar lines was Jose Padilha’s Elite Squad (2007), which […]

The Thieves [Blu-ray]

ORDER DVD The heist film has a proud tradition. Intricate scheming, double-crosses, unexpected hurdles and, of course, the Team of Specialists. South Korea’s latest entry into the genre, The Thieves ticks all the boxes and yet manages to still be a fun romp all the same. The story centres on career criminal Popie (Jung-Jae Lee) […]

25 Carat

Life has not been easy for Kay (Aida Folch). Her only family is her deadbeat Dad, who swings between making dodgy deals and losing any gains through gambling. Amidst it all, she meets a kindred spirit in Abel (Francesc Garrido), a taciturn former boxer and father of a young boy, now making a living as […]

The Raid

Traditionally, a movie needs certain elements to be considered great. Terrific acting. Strong characters. Superb dialogue. Original plotting. The Raid has none of these. Yet, it is most definitely great. Absolutely great. This is an action film in its purest sense, where it delivers raw thrills and none of the frills. The scenario is as […]

Gantz: Perfect Answer

At the conclusion of Gantz (2010), college student Kei Kurono (Kazunari Ninomiya) found himself at a crossroads. After being swept up in some kind of strange contest with other people recruited apparently at the point of death, Kurono fought in the service of a large black ball called Gantz, battling aliens for ‘points’. But the […]

Rurouni Kenshin

In the middle of the 19th century, the traditional feudal system in Japan is in decline. The Bakumatsu war has seen the shogunate replaced by a centralised Government. The nationalist forces, fighting for a brave New Age, including the legendary skills of a swordsman known as Battosai (Takeru Sato). Now, the war a decade over, […]

The Good, The Bad And The Weird

Chang-yi Park (Byung-hun Lee) is a dangerous killer obsessed with his reputation, hired to steal a mysterious treasure map from a train in pre-World War II Manchuria. When the heist is foiled by a bounty hunter (Woo-sung Jung), oddball thief Tae-goo Yoon (Kang-ho Song) escapes with the map. Things quickly escalate and soon all three […]

District B13

It’s France 2013 and the gangs rule the ghettos of Paris so the government whacks up some concrete barriers and leave the slums to the drug lords and street gangs. Into that slum drops a nuclear weapon that needs recovering. Sounds kinda familiar don’t it? But this Escape from NY ‘homage’ doesn’t have Snake Pillsen or The […]

Crows: Episode Zero

Takashi Miike makes a lot of films. A LOT of films. His career has produced everything from childrens’ fairytale movies, to glorified girl-band promotional films to the insane no-holds-barred thrillers for which he is best known. But 2007 saw him score his biggest commercial success to date, outstripping his gun-for-hire work on . The film in […]