The Inbetweeners 2 – Review

Where to begin… I went in to this film with such high expectations considering how incredible the first Inbetweeners film had been, and so part of me guessed that with these writers at the helm, only good would come of it…but sadly I was so wrong.

I know that to follow a high successful and critically acclaimed TV series and record-breaking box-office film is a tall order, even for the most talented to comic writers, but isn’t that why we have the saying ‘quite while you’re ahead’?

And they really should have. The story picks up a year or two after their epic, life-changing trip to Malia, one of the many party capitals to the world, and with Simon (Joe Thomas) and Will (Simon Bird) away at university, and Neil (Blake Harrison) working in a bank of all places, Jay (James Buckley) has jetted off to Australia for his version of a gap year.

Now life will never go smoothly for this trouble-magnet foursome because let’s face it, it would be pretty boring if it did, so of course Uni life for Will is pretty much exactly the same as it was at school. Friends seem to repel him and his only salvation from it all is the weekend visit from Simon and Neil, yet not even that goes according to plan.

So after receiving a long-distance email from Jay over in Oz, an email that promises girls, booze, nightclubs, and a whole lot of other Jay related perks, the trio decide to a trip to Australia is just what they need, especially Simon, who’s girlfriend, Lucy, who you’ll remember from Malia, has turned out to be somewhat psychotic.

And so the adventure down-under begins, but of course there’s no way it’s going to run smoothly, especially when these four are involved.

For all intensive purposes this film has it’s moments, but there’s no point writing a sequel to a British Classic unless it’s going to be even better then the original, which sadly The Inbetweeners 2 was not…not even close.

Now I would never recommend not seeing a film, especially as it’s important to support British cinema in an age where digital piracy runs rife, but if like me you’re a massive fan of The Inbetweeners, go in with no expectations of an even better outing than the last, and perhaps the disappointment will be less heart-breaking.

22 JUMP STREET (2014)

It’s been two years since they graduated high school for the second time, and to say the careers of Metro City officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) have blossomed after the unexpected success of their last case, would be a lie.

There was a silver-lining however – the ‘Jump Street’ program was such a success that it’s budget has been drastically increased, meaning these two are going back undercover. Once again under the prying eye of Captain Dickson (Ice Cube) and having had to relocate across the road to 22 Jump Street, Schmidt and Jenko are heading to college to bust a drug-ring.

But after Jenko infiltrates the Football team and unexpectedly strikes up a ‘bromance’ with star Quarterback Zook, he and Schmidt’s partnership undergoes it’s biggest test to-date, as they struggle to remain focused on the case while battling all the trials and tribulations that come with being a college freshman.

22 Jump Street brings all the qualities that made the first outing of this 80′s remake a box-office hit, and yet it manages to bring something extra special in the comedy factor, with some genuine laugh-out-loud moments that make this an instant hit.

Edge of Tomorrow – Review

Arguably the world’s biggest movie star, Tom Cruise, seems to be making a name for himself of late with a series of critically-acclaimed sci-fi blockbusters – and his latest movie, Edge of Tomorrow (2014), looks set to cement him as a science-fiction icon.

Hot off the back of 2013′s box-office success, Oblivion, Cruise teams up this time with Doug Liman, director of The Bourne Identity and Mr and Mrs Smith, for the explosive new blockbuster, Edge of Tomorrow.

After Earth is invaded by an organic alien race, capable of controlling time to predict Mankind’s every move on the battlefield, Major Cage (Cruise) finds himself repeating the same day of battle over and over again after killing one of the aliens.

Unsure of what’s happening and why, Cage soon finds an ally in Rita (Emily Blunt), a renowned Special Forces soldier and poster-child for the war, who knows more about what’s happening to Cage then first meets the eye.

With her guidance and training, and the ability to restart the day every time he dies, Cage must learn to develop and hone his knowledge and skills into the perfect killing machine, if he and Rita are going to find a way of killing the alien species before they can destroy Mankind.

Edge of Tomorrow is an almost perfect infusion of character-driven drama, edge of your seat action, and a fresh new storyline that keeps you guessing throughout, and with a fantastic supporting cast, including Bill Paxton and Brendan Gleeson, audiences will almost definitely be flocking back to cinemas to see this one!

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

Review of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and Sally Field.

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For the past couple of years we’ve seen a steady increase in superhero franchise re-boots and none-more-so poignant than our favourite web-slinger Spider-Man. Having taken over the helm from Tobey Maguire two years ago, Andrew Garfield once again dons the tight red and blue spandex for the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man.

Still reeling in guilt over the death of Gwen Stacy’s (Emma Stone) father and wrestling with the promise he made to leave her out of his dangerous life, Peter Parker is torn between his word and his heart.

Of course being Spider-Man leaves little time to dwell as he’s soon faced with his most dangerous and formidable foes yet, Electro (Jamie Foxx) and The Green Goblin (Dane DeHann).

After suffering a freak accident at work, and discovering that his company Oscorp covered it up, Max Dillion (Jamie Foxx) finds himself transformed into Electro, a man who’s entire essence has been turned into electricity that hungers for more power. With revenge seared into his mind, and a new deep-seeded hatred for Spider-Man, it soon becomes apparent that the city of New York has become is hunting ground.

With his relationship with Gwen (Emma Stone) on the ropes, a re-discovered childhood friendship with Harry Osbourne (Dane DeHann) cut-short, and the real truth behind his parents death surfacing, Peter Parker must find a way to truly embrace his inner Spider-Man if he and his loved ones are to survive.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 really gives us an in-depth and powerful look at the true man behind the mask, and with a strong supporting cast including Sally Field, Felicity Jones, and Paul Giamatti, as well as mind-blowing special effects and an Oscars worthy sound score, this superhero outing is one that must be experienced on the big-screen!

Godzilla (2014) – Review

In 1999, scientists accidentally awaken an ancient nest in the Philippines, which after closer inspection, reveals a troubling sight – two large cocoons, but one of them is empty, and a path of destruction, reveals something gigantic has awoken.

Fast-forward to current day San Fransisco and Lt. Ford Brody (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), who’s families back-story we see in the opening part of the film, is forced to travel to Japan to bail out his conspiracy-obsessed father, Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston), out of jail.

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson star in Godzilla (2014).

While there however, Ford’s painful past re-surfaces when the two giant parasites awaken from their slumber, threatening mankind’s very existence. Yet could Earth’s hope of salvation come from the most unlikely of foes?

After the catastrophe of the 1998 Godzilla remake, you could forgive people’s reservations towards another big-budget Hollywood blockbuster. However, from the moment the first trailer hit our screens, excitement and buzz quickly ensued as anticipation began to grow – and now having been released, critics and movie goers alike have been quick to praise this re-telling.

With special effects that make the previous Godzilla remake look prehistoric, a new story interpretation of this world-renowned Japanese classic, and characters that drive the story forward thanks to a superb supporting cast including Elizabeth OlsenKen Watanabe, and Juliette Binoche, unknown British director Gareth Edwards has breathed new life into the world’s most famous monster – and in the process shown us that sometimes Earth’s mightiest foe can in fact be our greatest savior.

Bad Neighbours – Review

Mac and Kelly Radner (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) are adjusting to life a new parents and, despite the lack of social life, things seem to be going well – that is until a frat house, who give meaning to the term ‘Bad Neighbours’, move in next door.

Concerned about the ensuing noise waking up their newborn daughter, Mac and Kelly try and make a pact with their new neighbours, promising to refrain from calling the cops if the noise levels get too much.

Of course, the pact is quickly decimated one night when, fearful their baby will wake up to the noise of the party next door, and unable to reach fraternity President Teddy Sanders (Zac Efron), decide to break the pact and call the cops.

With Teddy feeling betrayed, Mac and Kelly quickly find themselves in an all-out-war of survival with the frat brothers from Delta Psi and their devious and unrelenting President who’s out for revenge.

Bad Neighbours is the perfect contrast of people coming to terms with growing up and people trying their hardest to avoid growing up. With a fantastic cast including Dave Franco and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (known to a generation as McLovin’), an abundance of laugh-out-loud comedy, and twists that will have you hooked until the end, Bad Neighbours is a genuine triumph that will surely be added to the DVD collection.