Episode 27 : Whither Bond?

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Added on Thu, 06 Nov 2008 23:17:26 +0100.
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On with the show! Check our flow! Watch out for snow! And Curtis Blow!

An old school slasher with no pretence at depth whatsoever, Midnight Meat Train sees Vinnie Jones butchering folks on a late night subway train, a hobby eventually uncovered by a young photographer over the course of a bloodsoaked hour and a half or so. Unrepentantly violent with buckets of gore, there's certainly nothing clever about what goes on here, but it's a fun, solid genre film that's probably the least worst horror film I've seen this year.

Picking up the ball nearly directly from Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace continues the Bourne copycat routine with the laws of diminishing returns kicking in already. Overly jittery editing breaks up enjoyment of the action sequences somewhat, and with that taken away it's now obvious just how not-Bond the new Bond films are. Whether that's a good or bad thing is open to interpretation, and while no-one's going to walk away too disappointed with what is essentially more of the same, I'm starting to hanker for the many Bond elements that have been missing of late. That said, it's still just about worthy of its massive box office success.

If there's a bone to pick with Red Cliff, it's that it's building up to some massive battles for so long that they're not going to be seen until the next film in John Woo's Three Kingdoms war epic. That, I'd contend, is pretty much the only bone you could pick with the film, as everything else is pretty damn good. Epic in scope and vision, it's visually impressive, dramatically sound and builds a strong character base from which to launch the climax.

That's all for now. We will return soon.