A group of friends become suspicious when mysterious seed pods grow everywhere and the people they know start to act strange. Brilliant remake of the 1956 sci-fi classic, this is well crafted, genuinely disturbing in places and remains remarkably tense and downbeat.
A Chicago arson investigator tracks down the causes of a series of fires intending to cover a larger crime. While the reveal doesn’t quite work, this is mostly a superior DTV sequel which improves on the soapy early 90s original. And yep, Donald Sutherland pops up again, in a slightly enhanced reprise of his Lecter-ish firebomber.
An astronaut finds that his long-lost father may be alive on a deep-space vessel now threatening Earth. Defiantly odd Freudian space opera, part First Man, part 2001 wannabe, part Moonraker. And all the better for it, even though the story doesn’t stack up. Glorious-looking throughout, and with mesmerising sound design and soundtrack.
A professional assassin mentors a young man while seeking revenge for a betrayal. Okay remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson original, with plenty of generally well-orchestrated action to hurry the plot along. A sequel, 2016’s Mechanic: Resurrection, followed.
An Arctic scientific expedition is used as cover for different factions searching for old U-boat pens and Nazi gold. Great location work and impressive sets, plus a strong cast, enliven this otherwise-talky thriller adapted from an Alastair MacLean novel.