Geostorm (2017, dir. Dean Devlin)

Weather control satellites are interfered with to cause global destruction as part of a conspiracy. Longtime Roland Emmerich cohort Dean Devlin pastiches the RE formula, but hasn’t the same panache; this is a lumpy blockbuster that makes little sense.

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Titanic II (2010, dir. Shane Van Dyke)

A centenary cruise commemorating the first voyage of a new Titanic suffers a similar fate. Typically tatty mockbuster from The Asylum featuring inadequate CG, a slumming character actor (hi, Bruce Davison), and a variable approach to science. Not even fun if watched as camp.

The Darkest Dawn (2016, dir. Drew Casson)

A teenager escapes an alien invasion. More developed sequel to Hungerford, this time riffing on 28 Days Later and Heart of Darkness as much as Heinlein’s The Puppetmasters. Still some rough edges, but an improvement over the first instalment.

Hungerford (2014, dir. Drew Casson)

A group of teens witness an alien invasion. Ambitious zero-budget semi-professional found-footage zombie/alien invasion mash-up with good moments but an inability to sustain coherence through iffy script and acting. Followed by The Darkest Dawn.

Manhunt (2017, dir. John Woo)

A framed lawyer and a maverick cop team up to expose a medical conspiracy. John Woo blends Hong Kong heroic bloodshed with his SF-underscored US actioners in this enjoyably overwrought chase movie. Guns, trials bikes and doves all present and correct.

Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017, dir. S. Craig Zahler)

A mechanic turned drug mule has to battle the prison system to save his pregnant wife from the dealers he owes. Slow-paced but inexorable, this crime drama/horror mash-up isn’t for everyone, but is both brilliant and brutal if you can go with it.

The Hurricane Heist (2018, dir. Rob Cohen)

A meteorologist and a US Treasury agent combat thieves using a hurricane as cover for a robbery. Underpowered mashup of Twister and Hard Rain with some good moments – Ralph Ineson’s baddie is fun – but an over-reliance on cliche and CG storms.