Peerless eighties auctioneer from John McTiernan and Shane Black, with gubernatorial candidate trio Arnie, Jesse Ventura and Sonny Landham flexing muscles with Carl Weathers and others in the Central American jungle in pursuit of an alien hunter.
Strong reboot from Nimród Antal, whose Armored showed what he could do in the Hollywood context after his impressive debut Control. Adrien Brody is not a traditional action movie hero, but he leads a strong cast, including Alice Braga, Oleg Taktarov (15 Minutes) and Mahershala Ali (House Of Cards). Even Topher Grace is bearable.
Red Riding: The Year Of Our Lord 1974
Feature-length adaptation of the first part of David Peace’s quartet of books set in the dark and corrupt world of Yorkshire during the time of the Ripper murders. Julian Jarrold sets the tone for the series – almost unbearably grimy and smoky – whilst a strong cast (Andrew Garfield, Rebecca Hall, Anthony Flanagan, Sean Bean and all) fully commit to the film. Excellent introductions to some of the spine characters too, such as David Morrissey’s mid-level cop, Robert Sheehan’s guttersnipe, and Bob Craven’s psychopath-in-a-uniform.
Red Riding: The Year Of Our Lord 1980
Documentarian James Marsh takes over the reins, and now we’re skipping a book but leaping straight into the Stalker-esque investigation led by a straight-arrow Manchester detective played by Paddy Considine. No happy ending in sight…
Red Riding: The Year Of Our Lord 1983
The baton is passed to Anand Tucker, who manages (by comparison) to offer a sense of redemption through the seedy small town lawyer character played by Mark Addy, which is somewhat grim considering the key themes of a Stefan Kiszko-type suspect (Daniel Mays) being railroaded, and emerging evidence of a pervasive paedophile network.