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The Conjuring 2

Published in T
Monday, 06 June 2016 12:11
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong supernatural themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    Wise men say only fools rush in.

  • Starring

    Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Madison Wolfe, Frances O'Connor, Lauren Esposito, Benjamin Haigh, Patrick McAuley, Simon McBurney, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Simon Delaney, Franka Potente, Bob Adrian

  • Directed by

    James Wan

  • Running time

    134 minutes

  • Rated

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Suicide reference (a child moves to leap from a window to certain death). A family is shot/stabbed (flashback). People are throat-grabbed, neck-snapped, run through, levitated, bitten, teleported, terrorised, pushed, possessed by demons, teased by school bullies, shoved, thrown through the air/into objects, grabbed, threatened, lunged at, near-suffocated, pulled under water, scalded, cut by flying glass. A child stubs their toe, a child ties herself to an object, a child has nightmares/falls out of bed, a child speaks in a demonic tongue, a child brandishes a knife. Unexplained banging, thumping, door-slamming, whispering, breathing, noises, whistling, electrical faults. Objects move by themselves, shake violently, shatter. Objects thrown, smashed, axed, slashed, stabbed, hit by lightning, bent. Shadowy apparitions seen. Trashed rooms. Archival footage of riots, armed police, burning/thrown objects. Brutally murdered family mentioned. A man mentions that he was once hit so hard in the face by an object that it drew blood. Screaming, arguing, yelling, roaring, growling. Blood/gore: Slashed side, bloody bullet wounds, blood spatter, nosebleed, slashed face. Burned/reddened/blistered skin. Demons with white eyes, yellow eyes, red eyes, milky eyes, sharp teeth, greying skin, white/pale skin, long creepy fingers, bloody mouth, devil horns. A child appears a little feverish. Frothing at the mouth. Man with breathing mask/tank, breathing difficulties. Blindness, fatal haemorrhage mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    People in sleepwear. Bare back (male). A mother kisses her child on the head. Cheating ex-husband mentioned. A wife says she'll give her husband "something to look forward to when we get home".

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Smoking (cigarettes - including children; pipe). Alcohol (pub setting, beer).

  • LANGUAGE

    A-word, wanker, bloody, butt. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    The Enfield Poltergeist, Lorraine and Ed Warren, Amityville Horror, demonic possession, single parenting, ouija boards, visions, premonitions, stuttering, bullying, sleepwalking, biscuits, creepy paintings, haunted houses, council housing, hoaxes, skeptics, faith, zoetropes.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Estranged/cheating father/husband, mother in hospital, daughter died in car accident mentioned. Dogs, thunder, lightning. Spitting. Séances. Denture seen. Some fast editing, mid-credits scene. Also known as Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist. Based on a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Excellent, atmospheric, unsettling, unnerving, slow-boiling, smooth, efficient, sophisticated, satisfying, tense, realistic, scary, slick, stylish, suspenseful, solid, smart. Lived-in performances, ace cast, well-drawn characters, crazy-creepy Marilyn Manson-style demon, chilling opening sequence, powerhouse finale, extraordinary production design, authentic period detail, superb camerawork, spine-chilling choral score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Repetitive, bloated, familiar, exaggerated, sound-stagey. Bad/cheesy/historically inaccurate choice of "London Calling" by the Clash on the 1977 soundtrack, some inconsistent characterisation, unnecessary side-plots.

Fast & Furious 7

Published in F
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 04:37
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Action violence.

  • The pitch

    Punches it.

  • Starring

    Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Dwayne Johnson, Lucas Black, Kurt Russell, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, John Brotherton, Tony Jaa, Djimon Hounsou, Iggy Azalea

  • Directed by

    James Wan

  • Running time

    137 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, punched, kicked, kneed, headbutted, pole-driven, slashed, thrown the air, body-slammed, pursued, thrown from great heights, hit with objects, neck-snapped, near-choked, tackled, face-slammed, slapped, crotch-grabbed, bitch-slapped, headlocked, somersaulted, hit by a car, near-crushed, bound, imprisoned. A man's head is slammed into a car window. Frequent street fights/hand-to-hand combat, shootouts. Explosions (house, cars, buildings), helicopter crash. Grenades. Dangerous driving, vehicles rammed, vehicle accidents/rollovers/stunts/crashes/head-on collisions. Burning objects/vehicles, collapsing buildings, property damage, debris. Objects knocked over, smashed. Shattered glass. Osama Bin Laden mentioned. Blood/gore: Dead bodies, coffin. Patients in hospital beds, tubes feeding out of mouths/torsos. Arm/leg in cast. Bloody faces, arms, hand, mouth, eyebrow, bullet wounds, clothing, bandage. CPR. Bandages, butterfly stitches. Breaking/broken limbs/finger mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, flirting, ogling. Skimpy clothing/bikinis/swimwear, shirtless men, cleavage, near-nude bums. Sexual-themed banter, references. Celibacy, being aroused mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, champagne, cocktails, wine). Prescription pills on bedside table.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-words, a-words, bollocks, bastard, b*tch. Name-calling. Gender, cultural, genre stereotypes. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Family, revenge, brothers, cyber-hacking, teamwork, loyalty, tracking devices, leadership, hostages, amnesia, racing, street-fighting, pregnancy.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Deceased friend, decased brother, turning off life support. Cemetery, funeral, hospital, wedding settings. Helicopters, planes, military vehicles, lightning, thunder, camels. Freefalling, parachuting. Spitting, shoulder/back/neck-cracking sounds. Some sweeping/stomach-churning aerial cinematography, fast edits, shaky camerawork, bright flashes. Very brief subtitles. Previously known as Furious 7.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Emotional, exciting, moving, satisfying, entertaining, infectious, nitro-fuelled, giddy, unbridled, solid, joyful, outlandish, nuance-free, stupid, diverting, polished, supersized, blockbuster, bittersweet. Self-aware performances, outstanding/raw/dangerous action sequences, dizzying set pieces, handsome cinematography, gloriously ludicrous, beautifully handled/tactfu/touching ending, elegiac tone.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Exhausting, cacophonous, gratuitous, ill-balanced, overlong. Unimportant/lumpy plot, too much CGI, unrepentently dumb dialogue, flat jokes, cringeworthy cameo from Iggy Azalea.

Insidious: Chapter 2

Published in I
Tuesday, 24 September 2013 06:21
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Supernatural themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    A dicey sequel.

  • Starring

    Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye, Barbara Hershey, Steve Coulter, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Andrew Astor

  • Directed by

    James Wan

  • Running time

    106 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Kidnapped baby, abused child. People are stabbed (needle), slapped, grabbed, near-crushed, gagged, attacked by apparitions, attacked with a knife, near-choked, elbowed, tasered, pursued, wrestled, trapped, hit with objects, beaten, tied up, head-slammed, threatened with a hammer, grabbed, near-crushed, thrown through a window, dragged. A baby falls out of a cot (implied). Break-and-enter, smashed window, objects smashed, objects thrown. Suicide (jumping), self-castration, murdering family, killing, missing women mentioned. Tormented childhood discussed. Screaming, yelling, shouting, arguing. Blood/gore: Corpses. Slashed arm, blood-splattered sheets, hands. Bruising, indentations on neck (photo). Extracted teeth, sliced hand, bloody teeth, bloody mouth. Evil spirits with decomposing flesh, skulls.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Shirtless male.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    A woman takes prescription pills. A man is injected with a tranquiliser.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-word, b*tch. Name-calling. Religious exclamations. Gender, genre stereotypes. Slang for genitals.

  • THEMES

    Possession, memory suppression, astral travel, moving house, found footage, family, forensics, clairvoyance, paranoia, suicide, hauntings, time travel, freaky baby toys, paranormal investigation, serial killing, cross-dressing, disguise, horror.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Hospital, abandoned hospital, abandoned house settings. Deceased psychic. Bad dreams mentioned. Tooth removal, vomiting. Mysterious creaking/knocking/scratching, loud noises, hearing voices, mysterious shadows, objects moving by themselves, ghostly apparitions, creepy photographs, door-slamming, séance, haunted buildings. Cobwebs, aquarium fish.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Creepy, tense, non-gory, self-aware, self-referential. Some laughs, some thrills, skillful camerawork.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Repetitive, unimaginative, incoherent, tedious, weak, predictable, clichéd, illogical, clumsy, muddled, sloppy, lazy, shoddy, overwrought. Contrived staging, jumbled script, sloppy narrative, pedestrian scares, hackneyed tropes, lacking tension.