Hiccup And Toothless Discover Their True Destinies In Brand New ‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Trailer

“From DreamWorks Animation comes a surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown…and how nothing can ever train you to let go. What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic adventure spanning their lives.

Welcome to the most astonishing chapter of one of the most beloved animated franchises in film history: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. When the sudden appearance of female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. As their true destinies are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together—to the very ends of the Earth—to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure.”

Directed by: Dean DeBlois

Cast: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, Kit Harington, Jonah Hill, Djimon Hounsou,

Release Date: February 1st, 2019

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REVIEW: Hunter Killer

Year: 2018
Directed by: Donovan Marsh
Starring: Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Common, Michael Nyqvist, Toby Stephens

Written by Chris Gelderd

This 2018 American action thriller, based on the 2012 novel ‘Firing Point’ by Don Keith and George Wallace, is directed by Donovan Marsh and stars Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Michael Nyqvist, Common and Toby Stephens.

As friction boils between American and Russian military forces, Russian President Zakarin (Alexander Diachenko) is captured by his Defence Minister Dmitri Durov (Mikhail Gorevoy). A military coup is staged.

Learning of the coup, US Admiral Donnegan (Oldman) tasks a team of Navy SEALS led by Lt Bill Beaman (Stephens) to infiltrate Russian soil and rescue the President before they instigate World War III and attack America to show their military might.

Commander Joe Glass (Butler) commands ‘Hunter Killer’ class submarine USS Omaha and is to rendezvous with Beaman and extract the President. But Glass will have far greater dangers to contend with including Russian submarine commander Sergei Andropov (Nyqvist) who claims to be an ally, but can he be trusted…?

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Time’s up. What have we got? We have the stalwarts ‘The Hunt For Red October’, ‘Das Boot’ and ‘Crimson Tide’, right? Then possibly ‘U-571’ at a pinch, even though I said “good” movies. ‘K-19: The Widowmaker?’ Remember that?

Anything else? ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ or ‘X-Men: First Class’? Now you’re just clutching at straws. ‘Down Periscope’? I’ll accept that even though it’s total nonsense.

In a nutshell, it’s hard to do. The submarine genre is as dead as the western in mainstream cinema as it proves to be one of the most technically challenging and narrative dependant genres out there. You have the confines of a submarine no wider in places than a grown adult, and action based in a hulking great steel and iron vessel under water. It’s dark, it’s claustrophobic, it’s gritty, and to be fair it’s the best place to develop a really immersive, character-driven story. Yet nowadays, military thrillers are set above water for greater allowances for explosions, sweeping geographical action and mostly using stories based on the war on terror or armed force operations

But when we have Gerard Butler heading a new sub movie, you will have flashbacks of the loud, 2-D popcorn fests of ‘Olympus Has Fallen’, ‘300’ and even ‘Geostorm’. But wait, as much as we secretly all love the no-brainer action world of Butler, here he plays a pretty restrained and down to earth part. And he doesn’t even fire a gun. And still, the genre lets him down sadly.

As our captain, Butler has only one job to do – care and see over his submarine and his crew to get in, get the job done, and get out. He’ll do whatever it takes with his decorated military past as experience in navigating minefields, evading enemy subs or facing down those who have no faith in him. While the thought of what Butler could do in a submarine movie with a sub-machine gun, some grenades and outrageous stunts are exciting, director Donovan Marsh reins him in and allows him to do some good acting for a change based on character relations and a few great tense set-pieces.

The frantic calls around the ship as crew battle to prepare for diving out of range of torpedoes, or preparing to be hit, or making no noise at all to avoid sonic mines….it’s simple things, but all very humane things which capture you from the start. You can’t get distracted or bored, because the pressure and risk are so high at all times, your palms may even get a little sweaty and your breath will be baited before the all clear.

This is where the genre shines (it’s just a shame there’s not enough of it).

Cut between the submarine segments, we have top-billed Gary Oldman in about 10 minutes of edited screen time who heads up the political tension between America and Russia, barking orders about what to do and when to do it along with Common and Caroline Goodall as our US President. We also then have the Tom Clancy-esque Navy SEALS out in Russia led by a bearded, rugged Toby Stephens who talk tough, shoot often and deliver the oo-rah! might of America.

While this blend of genres may work on their own, together it proves a sloppy mix of story-telling, jumping from one to another just as you’re getting into something. While the cast is strong around Butler, Oldman, and Stephens in their segments, everything else just comes out a little generic and stitched together. I’d much prefer a stronger focus on Butler and the Hunter Killer itself, especially when the late great Michael Nyqvist arrives on the scene as a Russian sub captain holding a lot of aces up his sleeves in a “is he or isn’t’ he” a good guy. His screen time with Butler and the US crew only helps enhance the action they share.

When the finale arrives after the bullets fly and explosions ring out, I couldn’t help feeling a sense of ‘X-Men: First Class’ for some reason. I’ll leave that to you to discover, but it certainly goes on 20-minutes longer than it needs to, and sadly I was disengaged from the whole thing by then.

Submarine wise, technically, it’s brilliant. Wonderfully shot, edited and choreographed with satisfying SFX. It’s this I wanted to see more of without the need for bullets and bombs – just raw emotion mixed with doing your duty in the hardest environment possible where it feels the walls are closing in but the fate of the world and your colleagues rests on your decision.

Butler and the Hunter Killer didn’t disappoint and earn their star each. The rest of the film, however, sinks.

CHRIS’ VERDICT:

2

Gerard Butler Is Tasked With Rescuing The Russian President In New UK Trailer For ‘Hunter Killer’

“Deep under the Arctic Ocean, American submarine Captain Joe Glass is on the hunt for a U.S. sub in distress when he discovers a secret Russian coup is in the offing, threatening to dismantle the world order. With crew and country on the line, Captain Glass must now assemble an elite group of Navy SEALs to rescue the kidnapped Russian president and sneak through enemy waters to stop WWIII.”

Directed by: Donovan Marsh

Cast: Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Common, Linda Cardellini, Toby Stephens

Release Date: October 19th, 2018

Hiccup and Toothless Return In The First Trailer For ‘How To Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World’

“What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic trilogy spanning their lives.  In this next chapter, Hiccup and Toothless will finally discover their true destinies: the village chief as ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, and the dragon as leader of his own kind.  As both ascend, the darkest threat they’ve yet faced—as well as the appearance of a female Night Fury—will test the bonds of their relationship like never before.”

Directed by: Dean DeBlois

Cast: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, Kit Harington, Jonah Hill, Djimon Hounsou,

Release Date: February 1st, 2019

Den of Thieves

Year: 2018
Directed by: Christian Gudegast
Cast: Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, Curtis Jackson, O’Shea Jackson Jr

Written by Tom Sheffield

‘Den of Thieves’ was in development for a whopping 14 years before it finally managed to reach our cinema screens and is Christian Gudegast’s directorial debut. But after so many years in development limbo, was anyone expecting this film to be a game changer? No? Good.

‘Den of Thieves’ is a “gritty crime saga” which focuses on the on-going cat and mouse game between ‘Big Nick’ O’Brien (Butler), who works for the L.A County Sheriff’s Department , and Ray Merrimen (Schreiber) who is an ex-veteran-turned-bank robber that has a string of successful robberies under his belt that O’Brien can’t charge him for due to lack of evidence. When Merrimen and his gang steal an armoured truck and leave a handful of dead officers on the pavement, O’Brien sets out to put Merrimen behind bars once again.

The lines of law and order are often blurred, with O’Brien taking matters in to his own hands most of the time and throwing the rulebook out of the window (Oh, and he’s a huge dick). There’s only one likeable character in this whole film and that is Donnie, played by O’Shea Jackson Jr., but to delve any more into that would be quite spoilerific and if you intend on watching the film at any point it’s best you know as little about him as possible. Because everyone else is such an asshat you really don’t find yourself caring about character motivations or their fate. This has likely been done on purpose to demonstrate that the matter of ‘good guys vs the bad guys’ is too simple of a concept, and there are many layers to people. I’ll skip the onion metaphor and just say that if this was the route Gudegast was trying to take then it failed to come across how he intended and just becomes a film where you hate everyone in it.

I went in to the cinema with quite low expectations, but I was actually pleasantly surprised that this film was somewhat enjoyable. It does, however, feel like it overstays its welcome. With a runtime of 2 hours 20 minutes, there is a lot of build for the big heist, and of course to the inevitable final confrontation, but a lot of scenes wouldn’t have been missed had they been cut out. The first act drags a little as character motivations are revealed, but when things get going and plans get put into motion the film becomes enjoyable.  There are a few scenes that give us an insight into O’Brien’s home life, but I couldn’t really care less that his wife and children are leaving him (because, surprise surprise, he deserves it) and these scenes add nothing extra to the film or his character and therefore could have easily been left out.

As Gudegast’s directorial debut, I have to commend his efforts on this film. Whilst it will get a pretty average score from me, I think as a debut it’s a strong effort. However, I can’t help but feel had someone with more experience been in the director’s chair that the film may have been able to deliver some better action sequences and make the twist reveals a little more eccentric and actually surprising.

The cast are fine in their roles; it’s nothing out of their comfort zone. Especially Butler, who really needs to mix up the roles he undertakes. I’m quickly becoming a fan of O’Shea Jackson Jr., after seeing him in his debut ‘Straight out of Compton’, in which he played a younger version of his dad (Ice Cube), he is easily the standout of this film and I really look forward to seeing his future work. Curtis Jackson delivers the most memorable scene of the film, which involves him taking his daughter’s prom date to one side for the ‘dad talk’. This gives Keaton’s ‘dad talk’ in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ a run for its money!

‘Den of Thieves’ has all the makings of a classic heist film, but sadly it doesn’t deliver anything game changing, or even that memorable, and so will inevitably become a film I’ll forget was even released in a few years time.  It’s definitely an enjoyable first time viewing, mostly due to the twist and turns that come in to play, but knowing the outcome of these lessens it’s re-watch value even more for me. My recommendation is wait until it’s home release, or the very likely scenario it lands on a certain streaming platform sometime in the near future.

Tom’s Rating: 4.5/10

Geostorm

Year: 2017
Director: Dean Devlin
Starring: Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Alexandra Maria Lara, Daniel Wu, Amr Waked, Andy Garcia, Ed Harris

Written by Chris Gelderd

When an internationally created series of satellites blanketed across Earth, controlled from the International Space Station, starts to malfunction and strange weather occurrences take place across the world, US President Palma (Garcia) demands it to be fixed.

Former station commander Jake Lawson (Butler) is commissioned to go up to the ISS and investigate and repair the fault. On Earth, Max Lawson (Sturgess) and his Secret Service girlfriend Sarah (Cornish) uncover a deadly conspiracy.

It seems somebody in the Presidential party wants the satellites out of action and has been sabotaging them, creating deadly weather that will build up to a Geostorm, killing millions. Only Jake and Max, millions of miles apart, can save the world, prevent the Geostorm and uncover the truth before it is too late…

Hello and welcome to the weather forecast from Jumpcut Online, but one you may be doubting due to the fact there have been rumours of a ‘Geostorm’ hitting cinema shores? What is a Geostorm? A Geostorm is a series of large consecutive weather disasters around the world that will wipe out cities, kill millions and re-shape Earth as we know it. Sadly, there is nothing of the sort in the ‘Geostorm’ movie and so, pretty much, is one big fake marketing campaign.

So. What can you expect? A Scottish actor with a bad American accent known as a Gerard Butler will sweep in from the West to lead this event. You may have experienced some intense activity from Butler in the past like ‘300’, ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ and, goodness, even ‘Phantom Of The Opera’. Butler usually causes chaos, but somehow he is a poor man’s Bruce Willis action hero, and delivers many cheap, fun bangs for your buck. Here, however, he blows in and fizzles out rather quickly.

The Butler today appears rather weak, lazy, bored and a little pasty around the edges. When the driving force behind such a weather event is this useless, it spells certain doom for the longevity of such an event as ‘Geostorm’.

Sadly, the Butler is just the head of the breeze blowing in, because behind him we have many other faces who just blow in, do what the script says and then fizzle out. We have the Abbie Cornish, the Ed Harris, the Andy Garcia and the Jim Sturgess winds who are your run of the mill supporting winds. Each character has been seen many times before in various genres, and they offer nothing new or engaging – it’s one big cliché and nonsense that none of them seem to eclipse.

I will say, just behind all the hot air is a little ray of sunshine dubbed Tabitha Bateman as Butler’s daughter. When a thirteen year old performs better than her elder, more acclaimed supporting cast, you know it’s a poor show of talent on the whole.

Brace yourselves, for the hot winds do not ease off over the 100 mins or so of this boring, hap-hazard storm. Freezing temperatures created by a terribly over-serious plot react badly with the hot winds and elongate everything. You’ll feel trapped. You’ll feel restless. You’ll feel tired. You’ve seen these sorts of disaster events done far better, such as the ones dubbed ‘The Day After Tomorrow’, ‘Volcano’ or even ‘2012’. They had a purpose and they were creative. They felt dangerous and left their mark visually with viewers with those big dramatic money shots. This does not.

This ‘Geostorm’ doesn’t know what it wants to be. Is it some strange science-fiction adventure? Is it a family drama? Is it a disaster film? Is it a political thriller? It’s a big mess, and it shows. Too much gas and bloated weather pockets, not enough release.

Hot winds and freezing temperatures don’t react to make anything enjoyable, and sadly it’s not over yet. During this we will see a big old gust of smog roll in under the guise of CGI. All the smog you’ve seen before in trailers and marketing is as much as you see in reality. It’s the same old smog of people running away from CGI weather, mostly on beaches for some strange reason, and all of these moments last a minute or less. You will get fire, snow, tidal waves, hail and wind all in under 5 minutes. That’s your lot. If you’re expecting a pay-off for bracing this storm, you won’t get it. You don’t need to prepare yourself – you can stand out without aid and it will blow over you no matter how hard it tries to batter you with spectacle, danger, drama or forced emotion.

So looking ahead to when this storm passes, what will it leave? My answer? Nothing. There will be little damage left to you all once you emerge, and you will be more annoyed at the inconvenience than anything else. I can’t even lie and say there is anything positive to take away here.

The winds and temperature will die off as quickly as it came, and you won’t remember this storm in the days to come, and nor will it go down in history. Well, it might, as one of the most disappointing and lackluster Geostorms ever, due to the fact you never saw or experienced one at all.

Chris’ Rating: 1 out of 10

Watch This Space: October 26 – November 1

Welcome to your weekly go-to film guide – WatchThisSpace – where we recommend what to watch in the cinema and on the television, and remind you of those brilliant films hiding in your DVD collection. This week, it’s all about spooks and scares, as we celebrate Hallowe’en!

IN THE CINEMA

It’s seemed like an eternity since the cinematic release date for ‘Spectre’ was announced, but the time is finally here! James Bond’s return to the big screen promises to be fantastic. Cast and crew have all claimed that this is the most ambitious Bond film of all time, in terms of scale and stunts. This may also be the final time that Daniel Craig will be starring as Britain’s best suave, super-spy, so we’re hoping this will be a fitting end to arguably the best Bond era there has ever been.

ON THE TV

Seeing as though it’s Hallowe’en this week (and given the fact that this is an awful week for films on television), we’ve decided to give you a run down of the best spooky films on offer on the 31st.

16:55 GMT: They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky. They’re altogether ooky. The Addams Family! At least that’s all I needed to get in the mood to watch this one! Watch the playful, family friendly, ‘The Addams Family’ on Film4 this afternoon.

18:00 GMT: Simply a classic in the genre of all things ghoulish, ‘Ghostbusters’ is a must watch this Hallowe’en on Comedy Central. It will make for some pleasant family afternoon viewing before the really scary stuff starts later on at night. So make the most of it whilst you can!

21:00 GMT: One of many adaptations of Bram Stoker’s famous fictional vampire, but 1992’s ‘Dracula’ is regarded by many as one of the best. Starring Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins, Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves under the direction of Francis Ford Coppola, this star studded adaptation hits all the right notes for a spooky night in. Tune in to Film4 for this classic horror/romance.

22:00 GMT: Undoubtedly one of the “big three”, ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’ is more than a match for the ‘Halloween’ and ‘Friday the 13th’ franchises, in definitively classic Halloween Horror movies, with plenty of sequels out of which to make a malicious movie marathon. Don’t miss Freddy Kruger at his filthiest on Dave and make sure to tuck in the covers extra tight! A near-perfect Halloween weekend picture.

22:25 GMT: Drew Goddard’s ‘The Cabin In The Woods’ is a film which has really divided audiences down the years. Some praise the originality, whilst others call it completely ridiculous and nonsensical. It’s a film that certainly ticks the boxes in terms of scares, gore and monsters but the plot is pretty far fetched. If you can open up your imagination and get involved in the narrative, head to Channel 5 tonight and get behind the sofa!

DIG IT OUT

This is our favourite part of the WatchThisSpace section. We delve into our own DVD collection and pick out some amazing films, that may not instantly spring to mind when you’re stuck for inspiration to make your movie night a success. Maybe you’ve never seen a film that we pick – or even heard of them for that matter – but you’re gonna have to trust us on this one, and Dig It Out.

Creep: Not the Radiohead documentary we’ve all been craving. Instead, a delightfully dark, found-footage thriller, starring the terrific two man duet of Mark Duplass and Patrick Brice. When a videographer answers a Craigslist ad for a one-day shoot in a remote mountain town, he finds his client is not at all what he initially seems. A tremendously unnerving indie picture, that debuted out of 2014’s SXSW Film Festival, ‘Creep’ is a must-watch for anybody who likes Duplass’ work, and is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat!

Phantom Of The Opera: The 2004 film adaption of the masterpiece musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and French Novel, Le Fantôme de l’Opéra. A tremendous box-office success, ‘Phantom Of The Opera’, is delightfully mysterious, spooky, and musically inclined. Although panned by critics, this horror drama, directed by Joel Schumacher, is entertaining nonetheless for fans of the classic tale. Catch Gerard Butler in his best pre-spartan role, and dwell in the fantastic sets, magnificent costumes, great art direction, and imaginative camera work that will immerse you in such a dangerous time!

The Purge: You know the annoying guy in your office who’s always bragging about how great life is? Or the jerk that cuts you off in traffic with a stupid smirking face? Well, it’s time for payback. Release your vicious angst and vengeful thoughts with this horrifyingly wicked, mischievously original concept – for 24 hours, once every year, there is no law. Find out how truly terrifying it can be when there is no way to protect yourself and your family with this underrated hit.

Slumdog Millionaire: Danny Boyle’s new biopic, ‘Steve Jobs’, premiered in London this week, to a widely warm reception, with it already being tipped for academy awards. One of Boyle’s most celebrated films, by audiences and critics alike, was the 2008 smash hit, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. If you’re done with frights and trick or treaters, this winner of 8 Academy Awards, is perfect. The film follows Jamal (Dev Patel), who is arrested under suspicion of cheating his way to a fortune on India’s favourite game show, Who Wants to Be A Millionaire. The film takes you on a journey through every walk of life across India, from the grand palaces and the Taj Mahal to the criminal undergrounds where human traffickers rule the cities. This moving and breathtaking film is an absolute must see if you haven’t already.

This week’s WatchThisSpace was compiled by Nick Deal and Patrick Alexander.