An ISS research team discover a life-form in a sample of Mars soil. Effective and well-sustained creature feature, making the most of its actors and the limitations of the space station environment to create plausible tension. Recommended for genre fans.
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Decent found footage mockumentary. Crazy lights over Phoenix, Arizona, in 1997 lead to the disappearance of three teens. 20 years later, the sister of one of them investigates what happened. Quite well done, with more character than you usually see in these.
Brutal antipodean horror. Loved up couple embark on a camping trip only to find an abandoned tent at the site. Like Wolf Creek and Rogue, this will do little to help tourism in Australia, and though the climax is a tad weak, this is still recommended.
A welcome return to form for the series. McQuarrie delivers a hugely enjoyable romp, balancing the action and spying perfectly. Ferguson is a great addition to the cast and Harris’ bad guy steals every scene he’s in. Great motorbike chase too.
A somewhat flat entry into the series that never really seems to go anywhere and suffers from Dr Who’s biggest problem; when the threat is too large, you stop caring because it just won’t happen. A really forgettable villain doesn’t help matters either.
Unmatched dinosaur shenanigans from a director at the peak of his powers. Peerless effects and set pieces still astound today. Genuinely terrifying, with echoes of Jaws, this is film making at its finest.
The best of the bunch as serial franchise invigorator, Abrams, strips away the crap from 2, and delivers a straight up superior action film. Hoffman’s protagonist is electric and Cruise is on top form as the series also finds it thriller roots once again.
One of the stupidest films I have ever seen and a real stinker of a sequel. Cruise’s hair is unfathomable and the use of slo-mo is so over done as to reach Garth Marenghi levels of crap. Awful on every level and a surprise it didn’t sink the franchise.
Slightly dated, but still hugely enjoyable spy thriller that turned the TV show into a big budget franchise. Held together by stylish direction from De Palma and a wonderfully sleazy Jon Voight, this still has the best exploding helicopter in any film.
Two well-meaning backwoodsmen have their good intentions misunderstood by camping students. Jolly-enough horror-comedy that gets by on the charm of its leads, by a strong-enough premise, and some effective slapstick gore.