The Planet Is No Longer Ours In A Brand New ‘Captive State’ Trailer

“Set in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force, “Captive State” explores the lives on both sides of the conflict – the collaborators and dissidents.”

Directed by: Rupert Wyatt

Cast: Vera Farmiga, John Goodman, Machine Gun Kelly, Madeline Brewer

Release Date: April 12th, 2019

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Intriguing First Teaser Trailer For Rupert Wyatt’s ‘Captive State’ Released

“Set in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force, “Captive State” explores the lives on both sides of the conflict – the collaborators and dissidents.”

Directed by: Rupert Wyatt

Cast: Vera Farmiga, John Goodman, Machine Gun Kelly, Madeline Brewer

Release Date: April 12th, 2019

Atomic Blonde

Year: 2017
Director: David Leitch
Starring: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Sofia Boutella, Toby Jones

Written by Abbie Eales

Former stuntman David Leitch’s first solo directorial outing is somewhat of a mixed bag. Set in November 1989, the just-at-the-end-of-the-cold-war spy thriller takes place against the backdrop of the fall of the Berlin wall.

The opening scene sees  a mustachioed man being chased through Berlin’s snowy graffiti-festooned backstreets (complete with posters of smiley faces and CND symbols) to a soundtrack of New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’ – “IT’S 1989!” in case you missed the opening credits. Eventually we see him being run over twice and then shot, in a less than glamourous KGB hit. So the tone is set for ‘Atomic Blonde’. Or at least for part of the film, because tonally, it’s all over the shop.

Charlize Theron plays Lorraine Broughton, an MI6 agent, who is sent to Berlin to retrieve a list of assets, uncover a double agent and perhaps bring some justice for the murder of our mustachioed man, her former lover. So far, so John Le Carre. Aiding Broughton on her mission is David Percival (the ever charismatic James McAvoy on best ‘Filth’ form), who may or may not be the double agent, but he definitely has ‘The Prince’ by Machiavelli on his book shelf, *wink to camera*.

What follows for the next hundred minutes is largely nonsense. Some very stylish nonsense, then some confusing nonsense, with a few moments of goddamn brilliance just to confuse matters.

The first half hour is largely a neon-lit music video, with lingering shots of Theron letting smoke spill from her perfect pout, while the plot is occasionally alluded to in heavy-handed globs of dialogue, all the while glorious ‘80’s music plays on a constant “Jeez, wasn’t ‘89 a vintage year for music?” loop. It looks beautiful, sounds beautiful and being a shallow short of person, I would probably have enjoyed it if it continued in the same vein.

However the narrative meanders about for so long while Theron smokes in various Berlin bars and restaurants, that you forget why she’s out there. We start to wonder where has McAvoy gone? Who is this French woman? Who is Satchel? Do we even care anymore? ‘Atomic Blonde’s’ questions don’t arise as a result of a clever plot however, but just sheer confusion.

Thankfully the latter half of the film sees a SUPERB fight scene, all filmed in one take, which shows off not only Theron’s action chops, but also David Leich’s potential as a director. The music stops, the neon is nowhere to be seen and things get brutal, bloody and far more interesting than the previous 60+ minutes. THAT’S the film I really would have wanted to see. Dispense with the smoke-ringed glamour and get Theron really kicking ass.

Theron is magnetic as Broughton, (although Lorraine is not a super sexy spy name, let’s face it), all effortless physicality and sideways glances. Her wardrobe throughout made me want to burn all my clothes on my return home, as she is stylish as hell and I am fully subscribed to the ‘Atomic Blonde’ autumn/winter collection. However, she is also pretty one dimensional. A 40+ year old woman playing a kickass, bisexual, cold war era spy should be exciting and lead to a different feel to the spy genre, but somehow that is all fairly cosmetic. We never really engage with Broughton as a character, she is all veneer and could just as well be Jason Bourne in Louboutins.

While ‘Atomic Blonde’ is a confused affair, there are enough visual thrills to make up for the uneven plot, with some terrific performances managing to raise it to the status of entertaining diversion rather than all out car-wreck.

Abbie’s rating: 6.5 out of 10

Charlize Theron Kicks All Kinds Of Ass In The New Trailer For Atomic Blonde

A brand new kick ass trailer for David Leitch’s ‘Atomic Blonde’ has arrived and Charlize Theron is once again proving she isn’t taking shit from anyone. Starring alongside Theron  in this “blistering blend of sleek action, gritty sexuality and dazzling style” are the super talented likes of James McAvoy, John Goodman, Sofia Boutella, and Toby Jones. 

I thought the first trailer was superb and really showcased what to expect from the film. This new trailer was somehow even better and secures ‘Atomic Blondes’ place on my ever growing  list of films that I’m excited to see this year. 

The synopsis for the film is:

“Oscar® winner Charlize Theron explodes into summer in Atomic Blonde, a breakneck action-thriller that follows MI6’s most lethal assassin through a ticking time bomb of a city simmering with revolution and double-crossing hives of traitors.

The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.”

‘Atomic Blonde’ arrives in UK cinemas 11th August 2017

Written by Tom Sheffield

Take A Look At The Brand New Transformers The Last Knight Motion Posters

Love them or hate them, the Transformers are back this year in what Michael Bay assures fans is his last ‘Transformers’ film (Like we haven’t heard that one before!).

Bay took to Twitter earlier today to share these brand new motion posters of the Transformers, which includes Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Barricade,, Hound, , Hot Rod, and of course Megatron! New additions to the franchise are Sqweeks and Cogman, who we get our first good look at in their motion posters. 

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The First Red Band Trailer For Atomic Blonde Is Here!

David Leitch, who co-directed the insanely brilliant bullet-frenzy that was John Wick and is currently working on Deadpool 2, is in the directors chair  for ‘Atomic Blonde, which is being called a “blistering blend of sleek action, gritty sexuality and dazzling style”.  

The synopsis is:

“Oscar® winner Charlize Theron explodes into summer in Atomic Blonde, a breakneck action-thriller that follows MI6’s most lethal assassin through a ticking time bomb of a city simmering with revolution and double-crossing hives of traitors.

The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.”

The film boasts a fantastic cast with the likes of, Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Sofia Boutella, and Toby Jones.  I’ve been waiting for this trailer since I heard about the film and who was involved and I’ve got to say, this trailer really didn’t disappoint! It’s already being hailed as the female John Wick, which I can definitely see will catch on quickly. 

‘Atomic Blonde’ arrives in UK cinemas 11th August 2017

Written by Tom Sheffield

Transformers: The Last Knight Teaser Trailer

The first teaser trailer for the fifth installment of Michael Bay’s ‘Transformers’ films has landed and, as you probably guessed, there are more explosions than you can shake a stick at!

Whilst the actual plot is still firmly under wraps at this point, from the trailer we can deduce that Optimus Prime is left in a bad way after the ending of the last film, ‘Age of Extinction’, as we see him floating around in space. The film looks set to show us how the Transformers have played a part in the Earth’s history as we see shots of wars across the years, and Antony Hopkin’s voice over talks about “two species at war. One flesh, one metal” and teases he knows the real reason the Transformers are on Earth. Amongst all the explosions, there’s a short shot of Optimus Prime fighting Bumblebee where he asks for forgiveness as he’s about to land a fatal looking blow. Is Prime set to be the villain of the film? Or is this just an out of context shot to get rumours circulating? We’ll have to wait and see…

The latest outing for Mark Wahlberg and the Autobots looks set to be bigger than ever, but does that necessarily equal better? I’ll admit that I lost my faith in the Transformers films after the first one, which was released in 2007 and is the only one I actually enjoyed. Since then, Michael Bay keeps trying to one-up himself and go bigger and better than the last, but this seems to come at the sacrifice of storylines true Transformers fans are begging to see.

I won’t lie, despite my reservations I will more than likely be going to see this in IMAX when it’s released (thank you cinema card!), because I know Bay likes to push his films visually and whilst the actual plot of the film may not grab my attention, the CGI and IMAX will. 

What are your thoughts on the first trailer? Are you a fan of the Transformers films?

‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ rolls out into UK theatres 23rd June 2017

Written by Tom Sheffield

Kong: Skull Island Trailer

Kong has some uninvited guests and he’s not a happy ape! 

Kong: Skull Island takes place in 1971 and focuses on a team of explorers who find more than they bargained for on an uncharted island in the Pacific. From the trailer, we learn the explorers are sent to the island under false pretence, but quickly discover the island’s secrets. Kong boasts a strong cast line-up which includes the likes of Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, and Samuel L. Jackson, who are sure to draw in big numbers at the box office.

This new film takes place in what is being called the ‘Godzilla-Kong Universe’, which means eventually we will see the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ go toe-to-toe with Godzilla, who we met in the 2014 reboot directed by Gareth Edwards. There are next to no details about Godzilla vs Kong, other than it’s set to release in 2020 but we can probably expect the film to be nicely set up during Godzilla 2, which will be hitting cinema screens in 2019.

With the crazy amount of teasers that were posted by Warner Brothers in the run up to the trailer, we can probably expect a lot of marketing for Kong from now until the film hits the big screen at the beginning of next year.

What are your thoughts on the trailer? Are you looking forward to Kong’s return to the big screen? Let us know. 

‘Kong: Skull Island’ hits UK cinemas on 10th March 2017

Written by Tom Sheffield