The Highly Anticipated First Trailer For ‘Avengers: ENDGAME’ Has Arrived!

Directed by: Joe & Anthony Russo
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johannson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Chadwick Boseman, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Sebastian Stan, Winston Duke, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Tom Holland, Paul Rudd, Benedict Cumberbatch, Vi Diesel, Pom Klementieff, Jeremy Renner, Jon Favreau, Benedict Wong, Sean Gunn, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper

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Escape Plan 2: Hades

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Year: 2018
Directed by: Steven C. Miller
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Dave Bautista, Xiaoming Huang, Jesse Metcalfe, 50 Cent, Wes Catham, Titus Welliver, Jaime King

WRITTEN BY CHRIS GELDERD

This 2018 American action movie, sequel to the 2013 film ‘Escape Plan’, is directed by Steven C. Miller and stars Sylvester Stallone, Dave Bautista, Huang Xiaoming, Jaime King, Jesse Metcalfe, Titus Welliver, Curtis Jackson and Wes Chatham.

Security expert Ray Breslin (Stallone) owns and operates a top security company. His team design and test secure prisons globally, but also work to free the innocent from impenetrable corrupt lockups. When one of his own team, Shu Ren (Huang), is attacked in Thailand and dropped into a secure prison known as ‘Hades’, it’s down to Breslin and his team to locate and free Shu before it is too late.

A face from Breslin’s past holds the key to Shu’s freedom, so he enlists old friend Trent DeRosa (Bautista) to help infiltrate Hades and work on the impossible; breaking in, saving Shu and finding out why Breslin’s team suddenly have become targets…

Teaming up 80s action superstars Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger back in 2013 was a dream come true for many. ‘Escape Plan’ was a love-letter to the prison/buddy films of the 80s and 90s with its simple but engaging characters and some quality action. Yet it was seeing these two on-screen having a blast in a tough-talking, bone-crunching piece of popcorn entertainment that made the original so appetising.

Five years later, at a time when nobody needed a sequel unless it brought back the Austrian Oak, director Steven C. Miller takes charge of this effort that sees a budget slashed by over 50%, a supporting cast of questionable talent, awful production, cheap and embarrassing CGI and the introduction of Dave Bautista to provide the muscle opposite Stallone. But when Stallone and Bautista appear to be in different movies until the final 20 minutes or so, the whole thing just looks disjointed and lazy.

The biggest insult, I think, is headlining Stallone and Bautista as the stars. Clearly a marketing ploy to gain interest in the sequel, but embarrassing when Chinese action star Huang Xiaoming clearly is our lead but is relegated to supporting credits. Stallone is hardly in the film, relegated to Mr. Exposition and then coming to “save the day” in the final act.

Yet as Chinese film production company Leomus Pictures helped finance this effort, the influence is clear for all to see with a heavy Asian cast and location used, which by no means is a bad thing, but trying to pull this off after a very ‘all-American’ original film doesn’t work. The themes are radically different, the tone is different – everything is so different with desperate links to keep this in some sort of “cinematic universe” revolving around a now wooden Stallone as Breslin. Clearly he’s not into this as he was the first time around, and neither is Bautista. Both have far more lucrative and appealing projects to focus on, so this just looks like a time waster to earn a fast paycheck.

Everything is convenient now as it is in most movies that rely on super-technology as a plot device. The prison can be operated by the touch of a button, and so too can our security operatives and their gadgets. In a prison supposedly impenetrable, they still handwave the fact in-mates can map the layout just by using their mind (or the Force it seemed) and can smuggle in equipment and fashion what they need when they need it to break the system.

With a strange science fiction vibe to things rather than a tense, brutal almost militaristic regime we saw the first time, the narrative plays out like a mix of ‘Mortal Kombat’ meets ‘Lock Up’, but without the fun of either. The story is unengaging, the villain is laughable and the whole set-up just looks like a TV-movie. While prison movies are restricted to what they can do and how they can do it, ‘Escape Plan 2’ manages to suck all potential from what they have to play with to offer a very slow, repetitive, un-exciting and nauseating (the overuse of shaky cam returns) slog. About five minutes of action in Bautista’s bar caught my attention and excited me. Then it was all over and I lost interest again. It wasn’t enough to gain one full fat star.

I’m glad Schwarzenegger stayed away from this. I just wish Stallone had too because he’s better than this. Then again, with ‘Escape Plan 3’ already in production, maybe I need to evaluate how I perceive his career choices.

CHRIS’ RATING:

0-5

Avengers: Infinity War

Year: 2018
Directed by: Joe & Anthony Russo
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johannson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Chadwick Boseman, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Sebastian Stan, Winston Duke, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Tom Holland, Paul Rudd, Benedict Cumberbatch, Vi Diesel, Pom Klementieff, Jeremy Renner, Benicio Del Tor, Jon Favreau, Benedict Wong, Sean Gunn, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper

Written by Dave Curtis

18 films, 10 years and it all comes down to this. ‘Avengers Infinity War’ is the film that Marvel studios has been building too ever since Robert Downey’s first ‘Iron Man’ appeared on our cinema screens back in 2008. Back then, Marvel weren’t even a proper studio, they were just a small cog in a much bigger wheel. Well, now they are the wheel. To say this is a big deal would be a understatement. This is the ultimate event movie. The hype and build up that surround the release of the film have been huge. Very few spoilers have leaked out and we are going to keep it that way. JUMPCUT will be releasing much more and spoiler filled and in-depth reviews over the next few weeks.

This is just initial reactions from the press screening that happened in London on 24th May 2018

Before the screening you could feel the anticipation in the room. Conversations were rife with the future of all our favourite characters. Where’s Hawkeye? Does Cap’s beard play a major role? Where’s that missing soul stone? Answers were coming. The lights went out and the Marvel Studio logo comes up and the crowd went wild.

For the next 149 minutes we were all putty in the Russo brother’s hands. They have woven a tale which bounces around all Marvel’s best and across the darkest corners of the universe and back again to New York and Wakanda. It was always going to be a hard job to give every character their moment but ‘Infinity War’ just about does that. With multiple story-lines, it does feel more like ‘Return of the Jedi’ and ‘The Two Towers’ than the normal single story narrative. The script is so tight and every word that is said is important, so listen carefully.

Thanos lives up to his reputation at the ultimate bad guy (A problem Marvel has had in the past). The Mad Titan is at the heart of the movie and Josh Brolin’s voice will send shivers down the spine of any mortal man. He truly is a test for the Avengers.

‘Avengers Infinity War’ at its best is epic, emotional and very, very shocking. It has impressive set pieces and of course it’s very funny. The few faults it does have are going to be down purely to the viewer. A knowledge of all that has happened before is essential. This is not the film for newbies. If you don’t know your Captain Americas from your Star Lords then maybe it would be best to catch up first. . Also as you expect some characters get more screen time than others, sadly some of your favs may just be bit part players. Overall this was worth the wait.

‘Infinity War’ holds true to its core and has truly raised stakes on the Marvel cinematic universal. Nothing will be the same again. Roll on May 2019 for Avengers 4.

ps. There is a end of credit scene, so don’t leave early!

Dave’s Rating: 8.5/10

You can hear more of Dave’s thoughts in his podcast!

‘Hotel Artemis’ Boasts A Star Studded Cast In First Trailer

“In ‘Hotel Artemis’, set in riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles, Jodie Foster plays The Nurse, who runs a secret, members-only emergency room for criminals.”

Directed by: Drew Pearce

Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Jodie Foster, Dave Bautista, Sterling K. Brown, Charlie Day, Sofia Boutella, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Brian Tyree Henry

Release Date: July 20th, 2018

The End Begins In Brand New ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Trailer

Directed by: Joe & Anthony Russo

Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johannson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Chadwick Boseman, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Sebastian Stan, Winston Duke, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Tom Holland, Paul Rudd, Benedict Cumberbatch, Vi Diesel, Pom Klementieff, Jeremy Renner, Benicio Del Tor, Jon Favreau, Benedict Wong, Sean Gunn, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper ,

Date: April 26th, 2018

Marvel Unleash First ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Trailer

“An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

Anthony and Joe Russo direct the film, which is produced by Kevin Feige. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee are the executive producers. Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely wrote the screenplay.”

It’s finally arrived! After months of fan speculation, numerous fake pictures and screenshots of release dates, Marvel have unleashed the first official trailer for the third ‘Avengers’ film, ‘Infinity War’.

The star studded film brings together every hero we’ve met in the last 10 years, including Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Guardians, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Black Panther. They’re all coming together to take on the Mad Titan, Thanos, who we’ve seen very little of and only ever really been teased about the threat he poses to Earth. Last time we saw him he grabbed his currently stone-less Gauntlet and declared “I’ll do it myself”.

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In the first post-credit scene, Thor, Loki, Valkyrie, and the Asgardians come face to face with a humongous ship. Fans speculate that ship belongs to non-other than the Mad Titan himself, and that this will tie in with the beginning of ‘Infinity War’.

The heroes also feature in the latest Vanity Fair issue, which includes photos of how some of the heroes will look in the film, but as many have noticed, some costumes (and weapons) don’t seem to match what we know going into ‘Infinity War’, which could mean that the Russo Brothers have plenty of surprises up their sleeves.

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The Avengers Trilogy Teaser Posters

New Look At ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ From Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair are kicking off this week in tremendous style by unleashing our first official look at the cast of  ‘Avengers: Infinity War’.

The magazine has 4 different covers available, which include a handful of huge cast of the film, including a beardless Captain America, Black Panther, blonde Black Widow, Pepper Potts, The Wasp, Hawkeye, and Vision!

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Along with the new covers, there are also some brilliant new shots of the characters, which you can see below! I think it’s safe to say that we can expect the first trailer for the film any day now!

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You can read Vanity Fair’s full article here

‘2048: Nowhere To Run’: Latest ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Prequel Short Released

A new ‘Blade Runner 2049’ prequel short has been released, and this time it focuses on Dave Bautista’s character, Sapper. The short takes place just one year before the film, and we can expect to see more of Sapper in the film, as previous trailers have shown.

You can see Jared Leto in action as Niander Wallace in the previous prequel short that was released: ‘Nexus: 2036’

Blade Runner 2049 hits cinemas October 5th!

Updated Synopsis For ‘Black Panther’ and First For ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Released

Black Panther was introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) last year in ‘Captain America: Civil War’, and what an introduction it was! We were introduced to T’Challa, who briefly explained the mantle of Black Panther and what it meant to the people of Wakanda. ‘Black Panther’ wrapped filming last month and is set to release on the 9th February 2018. With two more MCU films left to release this year in the form of ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ and ‘Thor: Ragnarok’, it is probably a safe bet to assume that one of these will have an end credit stinger linked to ‘Black Panther’ is some way.

The newly updated synopsis goes as follows:

“After the events of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakanadan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.”

‘Avengers: Infinity’ and the as-yet-untitled ‘Avengers 4’ will be what every film in the MCU has been leading up to, and we will finally see Thanos get up off his chair and wreak some havoc himself. We learned during it’s press junket that ‘Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ ends 4 years before the start of ‘Infinity War’, and with just ‘Homecoming’, ‘Ragnarok’, and ‘Black Panther’ the only films we’ll see before this huge event, we’ve got a lot of ground to cover! 

Avengers: Infinity War Synopsis:

“As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.”

What are your thoughts on the films we have left to see before ‘Infinity War’? Which of the three are you most excited for?