Dirty God ★★★☆☆

Dirty God is a somber look at a young mother who has to suffer from the consequences of an acid attack on the streets of London. The lead, is played by a real life burns survivor, bringing an extra sense of realism to the film.

Directed by Sacha Polak

Starring Vicky Knight, Katherine Kelly


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[The Vault] Spooks : The Greater Good (2015)

For anyone not familiar with the series, Spooks was a wonderfully gritty espionage drama on the BBC, which ran from 2002 to 2011. The show was widely praised for its polished, sleek production, together with its shocking story lines. This was a show not afraid to display graphic violence, or kill off a main character. Things did taper off as the series reached it conclusion, but the shows peak in the earlier seasons are most definitely worth a watch online!

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Spooks: The Greater Good takes place after the events of the show. Sir Harry Pearce (Peter Firth), the long standing head of counter terrorism at MI5, has to disappear off the grid. Following the failed attempt at transferring terror suspect Qasim (Elyes Gable,) over to the CIA. Harry suspects that it was an inside job at MI5, and relies on the assistance of Holloway (Kit Harington), a former MI5 agent, to find out the truth.

Although there are a few minor appearances from some of the cast from the show, The Greater Good focuses mainly on new allies and antagonists. Kit Harington is the main star of the film, but it feels like he was simply cast in this, to ride the wave of his tremendous popularity from his Game of Thrones work. He does a credible job, but he does not elude the aura of an action hero, well not yet anyway!  Our villain never really feels like a threat, you don’t really see what he has done before, or why we should be afraid of him.  He just does not feel intimating at all!

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The plot is your standard ‘The Mole’ story line you have seen in many Spy movies from before. If you enjoy espionage movies, this has all the enjoyable troupes. Shady meetings in car parks, chases, interrogation and explosions! If you’re a fan of the show, you may admire the connection it has to the series, but if you have no idea what Spooks is, you’ll have a difficult time bothering to care about what’s going on!

It’s clear to see the budget for the movie was not huge, and the BBC sheen is obviously missing. The TV version felt so real, and raw. Here, it just feels like a generic movie. But it makes the most of what it can, and there are several famous locations in London that feature throughout. As some who live in London, it’s always nice to see places you recognize in a movie!

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Harry is by far the most interesting part of the movie. He is a character who has been beaten by years of service, and having to suffer all the tough decisions he has had to make, and it’s nice to see him away from his desk & suit, and getting his hands well and truly dirty. The rest of the cast are not very memorable. David Harewood brings some gravitas to his role as Warrender, the head of the Joint Intelligence Committee, other than that, not much else to report!

Spooks: The Greater Good is in no way a bad movie, but it suffers from a bland storyline and simply just not feeling as real as the show. Though at just over 1:30, it’s a perfectly decent movie to watch if you got some time on hand, and like your espionage!

3 word review: For Fans Only

 

Podcast – Episode 14!

Here’s the podcast for the latest episode, you can listen to it on the player below. We hope to have this all up on iTunes soon as well! On the agenda this show, Fast 8 storms to the top, the controversial Ghost in the Shell, and another Disney behemoth, Beauty & The Beast.

The Art of the Brick : DC Super Heroes

The posters have been up around London for a while now, regarding the The Art of the Brick : DC Super Heroes, an exhibition at Southbank in its own pop up DC themed tent! The exhibition showcases the work of Nathan Sawaya, a Lego artist, who does works wonders with the little bricks! As a fan of Comics and Movies, this was definitely worth checking out, and I finally got round to popping by yesterday!

The creations are simply gorgeous,  most works contain around 20-30k bricks, with the monstrous Bat-mobile replica taking almost a whopping half a million bricks to assemble!!

All your favorite DC heroes have their time to shine, and you can easily spend an hour or so exploring and taking pictures. An adult ticket at the door was £16, which is reasonable enough, considering the works of wonder you get to see! See below for some lovely pictures taken from the exhibition,  which runs till September, so there’s still plenty of time to visit, but make sure you don’t forget! 😀

Episode 10 is Out!

New year, new set! First show of 2017, and we have a lot to catch up on! This show, we go all the way back to the start of December with Moana, Rogue One & Passengers.

We also have a recap of 2016, what impressed us, what disappointed us, what surprised us?!

Enjoy 🙂

Visiting ‘Bond in Motion’

The ‘Bond in Motion‘ exhibition at the London Film Museum has been a wonderful opportunity for any James Bond fan to get close with the memorabilia from the franchise. I had an opportunity to go there last year, before this site was running! So this is a nice time to share some of the photos I took!

The exhibition contains the largest collection of Bond vehicles ever gathered in London. From the classic Aston Martin DB5, to the submersible Lotus from ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ to the Power Boat used in the memorable Thames chase from ‘The World Is Not Enough’.

There’s also other bits of memorabilia on display, from the gadgets, the weapons and even some of the behind the scenes production materials. Not to forget the gift store, selling a whole range of Bond merchandise!

The exhibition is still on going, so if you’re around the area, this is most certainly worth a visit for any fan of 007!

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