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A Week In Film #233: Breaking the back

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Neprijatelj AKA The Enemy
Atmospheric psychological horror film set on the Serb-Muslim frontline in the early days of the pre-Dayton ceasefire, with a battle-weary Bosnian Serb mine-clearing team having to deal with strange goings on.

Director Dejan Zecevic gets strong performances out of his cast, and he ratchets up the terror with great economy – this is a haunted house picture with no bells or whistles…

The Long Kiss Goodnight title screen

The Long Kiss Goodnight
By no means perfect, but silly and enjoyable, with great rapport between Geena Davis as the amnesiac ex-assassin-turned all-American apple pie suburban mom, and Samuel L Jackson as the down-at-heel gumshoe she hires to try and make sense of her forgotten past.

The whole conspiracy thing is very silly, but that doesn’t matter – we just want to see explosions, asskickings and a few well-delivered Shane Black bons mots. It’s almost enough to make you forget this is a Renny Harlin film.

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Devil’s Playground
A promising low budget British zombie horror flick, but ultimately a wasted opportunity.

Screenwriter Bart Ruspoli and Mark McQueen borrow freely from the likes of 28 Days Later and Dawn Of The Dead (right down to policemen attempting to escape in a hellcopter), which in itself isn’t a bad thing – but slowing things down as they do in too many scenes here is.

An interesting cast – Danny Dyer has top billing, though it’s essentially a bit part; Craig Fairbrass battles valiantly in the lead role as an unlikeable private security goon seeking redemption; MyAnna Buring is – as always – a pure professional, even in such an underwritten role as here. Oh, and Colin Salmon gets to look stern and swear as a corporate arsehole, whilst Sean Pertwee does his semi-comedy copper turn.

A Week In Film #023: G20 investigations, sunshine and redecorating

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The Last Boy Scout
Shane Black scripts, Tony Scott directs, Bruce WIllis and Damon Wayans star. Better than I imagined. Something to do with corrupt politicians and American football and private detectives and stuff. Some nice deadpan actioner bons mots.

The Long Kiss Goodnight title screen

The Long Kiss Goodnight
Shane Black scripts, Renny Harlin directs, Geena Davis and Sam L Jackson star. Better than I remembered (I saw it at the Odeon when it came out). Something to do with an amnesiac government assassin, before Bourne made it sexy. Geena Davis is most enjoyable as a prim suburban housewife/teacher, and as a foxy stonecold killer. The ending is a bit meh, but everything getting us there is fun.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang title screen

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Shane Black scripts and directs, Robert Downey Jnr and Val Kilmer star. Just better all round. Something to do with a minor crook somehow ending up in Hollywood as a possible leading man in a new blockbuster by way of mistaken identity, and teaming up with a private detective as bodies start piling up. Good, old-fashioned hokey stuff.

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Handycam, destruction of New York, scary stuff, produced by JJ Lost Abrams, cast full of nobody you’ve heard of; I thought it was great, the LLF not so.

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Early Frat Packer, with Luke Wilson as amiable weed dealer in destructive relationship with Alicia Witt. Jack Black, Andy Dick and Jamie Kennedy are all in there too.