Friday Films- 7th March’14

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Its Friday once again which means there’s a whole host of new movies hitting the big screen- so lets take a look at which ones are released and which ones are worth seeing and what’s not worth the price of admission.  This week see’s the release of 300: Rise of an Empire, Escape from Planet Earth and Bullet.

300: Rise of an Empire

This is the movie sequel to Frank Millar’s 300- however unlike the original source material this is not based on a comic book property. The film is a direct sequel to the original and carries on with the tale of the Persian Army after there crushing defeat of the 300. The film seems to have the same directorial style as the original- albeit with a totally different director (Noam Murro) but hopefully the transfer of the style will help the movie retain the allure of the original. This is easily the movie release of the week- depsite my unsure feelings on it meeting the hype. Depsite this I’m sure the movie will deliver on the action front- as the trailers show it too be packed full of action but im not sold on it being better than the first movie.

The official synopsis for the movie is as follows: After its victory over Leonidas’ 300, the Persian Army under the command of Xerxes marches towards the major Greek city-states. The Democratic city of Athens, first on the path of Xerxes’ army, bases its strength on its fleet, led by admiral Themistocles. Themistocles is forced to an unwilling alliance with the traditional rival of Athens, oligarchic Sparta whose might lies with its superior infantry troops. But Xerxes still reigns supreme in numbers over sea and land.

3Days to Kill

This is the latest movie to be produced by Luc Besson, and stars Kevin Costner and Amber Heard. The film has been part written by Luc Besson too- so follows the tale of an international spy and is sure to deliver on the action scenes and suspense. This film doesn’t appear to do anything new with the genre, but for an action movie I wouldn’t really expect it too. However as with most movies involving Luc Besson its sure to look pretty while it delivers the action and will be slightly stronger on the dialogue and the story than most action movies-m and you can be sure that with Kevin Costner in the lead role the character is at least going to be well developed and well portrayed.

The official synopsis fr the movie is as follows: A dangerous international spy is determined to give up his high stakes life to finally build a closer relationship with his estranged wife and daughter, whom he’s previously kept at arm’s length to keep out of danger. But first, he must complete one last mission – even if it means juggling the two toughest assignments yet: hunting down the world’s most ruthless terrorist and looking after his teenage daughter for the first time in ten years, while his wife is out of town.

Escape from Planet Earth

This is the inevitable animated movie release of the week- I’m sure there wasn’t a guaranteed animated movie every week only 5years ago. However this animated movie does boost some decent voice talent including Brendan Fraser, William Shatner, Jessica Alba and Ricky Gervais but will that be enough to save the movie that has an overly predictable story. This is a movie that seems to be a middle of the road animated film- it offers nothing in the way of amazing animation and doesn’t appear to offer anything new in terms of story or characters. I’m sure this movie will do with families visiting the cinema this week- despite it still having competition from Peabody and Sherman- but otherwise I expect many to wait for a DVD release or a free to air television release.

The synopsis for this film is as follows: The story takes place on planet Baab where admired astronaut Scorch Supernova is a national hero to the blue alien population. A master of daring rescues, Scorch pulls off astonishing feats with the quiet aid of his nerdy brother, Gary, head of mission control at BASA.


This is possibly the least enthralling of all the releases this week- and to be honest only makes my list because it stars Danny Trejo, and he is a favourite B-movie actor of mine. I’m aware calling him a Bmovie actor may be harsh- but when you look at his recent movies you can understand my logic- he’s great in the typical comedy action role as a hard boiled man but will never make another classic A-list movie (Heat) and seems more than happy to enjoy what he’s doing. If you still think im harsh just check out the trailer below.

The official synopsis for the movie is as follows:A tough cop takes the law into his own hands when his grandson is kidnapped. (Yes that really is the studio released synopsis)


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