Action Tag Archive


The Predator

It’s been over 30 years since the Predator first stomped onto our screens, yet the inter-galactic hunter hasn’t quite had the success of his contemporaries. Even though the Predators are as instantly recognisable as Alien,

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EIFF 2017Festival Coverage

Guardians – EIFF 2017

Whilst Marvel sustains a stranglehold on action adventure films and continues to monopolise the superhero genre, reactionary releases are appearing more and more. Sarik Andreasyan’s Russian  super soldier mash up The Guardians is an enjoyably barmy example of a pulpy under-dog reaction to Marvel’s expanding universe. 

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Train to Busan – DVD Review

Last year Yeon Sang-Ho’s animated horror Seoul Station plotted the course of a viral outbreak in South Korea with solid, but not groundbreaking, results. The hype for Sang-Ho’s debut live-action film has been unparalleled and the reviews overwhelmingly enthusiastic. Thankfully its deserved. Seok-Woo (Yoo Gong- Age of Shadows) is a self-serving businessman with little time […]

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Festival CoverageGFF 2017

Headshot – GFF 2017

Headshot, the latest film from Indonesian exports Timo Tjanto and Kimo Stamboel, is a rip-roaring action extravaganza and the true culmination of the directors’ passion for farce, black comedy, and action. Surprisingly the so-called Mo Brothers have remained relatively low-key, even though Headshot marks their third feature film. In their native Indonesia the directors don’t fare much better, with most of their flicks never seeing the light of a cinematic release.   It may prove the price […]

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EIFF 2016Festival Coverage

Seoul Station – EIFF 2016

Yeon Sang-Ho, the South Korean director who brought us animated thrillers The King of Pigs and The Fake, returns to with zombie film Seoul Station. Yes, zombies might be done to death (couldn’t resist) but there’s still room for fun in that swamped sub-genre.

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Festival CoverageGlasgow Frightfest 2016

Pandemic – Glasgow FrightFest 2016

John Suits’ Pandemic is the latest film to adopt a non-stop first person perspective, something that’s sure to become a trend with the awaited release of action extravaganza Hardcore Henry. Of course, Hardcore Henry isn’t the first film to use the method: first person has appeared in countless found footage films like The Last Exorcism, […]

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Big Game – Blu-Ray Review

Jalmari Helander’s Big Game is a kind of spiritual sequel (or prequel) to his 2010 Christmas horror adventure film Rare Exports. Big Game reunites the father/son duo of Helander’s debut for an entirely different kind of action adventure film.

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EIFF 2015Festival Coverage

Dead Rising – EIFF 2015

Considering how saturated the zombie genre is, its difficult to craft an exceptional or even noteworthy entry. Dead Rising: Watchtower, the screen adaptation of the popular Capcom game franchise, has even more pressure since its namesake is a hugely successful part of modern zombie culture, loved by fans worldwide.

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Tokyo Tribe – Blu-Ray Review

You will see nothing like Tokyo Tribe this year. But that’s not surprising considering it’s the long-awaited adaptation of Santa Inoue’s hugely popular manga Tokyo Tribe2, and the latest feature from gifted Japanese director Sion Sono (Love Exposure, Cold Fish).

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Festival CoverageSundance 2015

Reversal – Sundance 2015

Eve (Tina Ivlev) has been chained in a dismal basement for some time, the victim of an obsessive sexual predator, Phil

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