Film Screening 20th October, 2017

Poster for The Hitman’s Bodyguard

The Hitman’s Bodyguard 

7:30 PM, 20th October, 2017

  • MA
  • 118 mins
  • 2017
  • Patrick Hughes
  • Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek

Action and comedy – my two favourite genres smooshed together in one movie. I pretty much knew I was going to love The Hitman’s Bodyguard regardless of what anyone else says.

The world’s top bodyguard (Reynolds) gets a new client: one of the world’s most notorious hitmen (Jackson). The hitman has come in from the cold to testify against a ruthless, powerful and bloodthirsty dictator (Oldman). Clearly the murderous dictator has other ideas and sends his minions (read: assassins – this isn’t Despicable Me 3!) to stop them in their tracks. After living totally opposite lives they must now work together to survive the journey to the International Court of Justice.

As you’d expect, this isn’t exactly going to be a relaxed scenic trip. On their way, there are high-speed car chases, boat escapes, gun battles, and plenty of explosions as the deadly assassins pursue them. But a bodyguard and a hitman make a formidable pair, and there are plenty of adrenalin-charged scenes to entertain and thrill.

The star power is there, plus everything you’d expect from a ‘race against time’ movie with more expletives than I previously knew existed! Will they make it? Come and see.

Tamara Cain

Poster for The Villainess (Aknyeo)

The Villainess (Aknyeo) 

9:38 PM, 20th October, 2017

  • R
  • 123 mins
  • 2017
  • Jung Byung-gil
  • Kim Ok-bin, Shin Ha-kyun, Sung Joon, Kim Seo-hyung

Sook-He has been trained since childhood to be an elite assassin by a secret sect in Yanbian (think of it as the bit of Korea that China owns). When she gets the chance to escape that life and start anew in South Korea she jumps at the opportunity, but eventually her old life catches up to her and she has to kill a bunch of bad dudes and cause numerous explosions, car chases and that sort of thing – because it wouldn’t be much of a movie if she had just lived happily ever after.

It might have taken writer-director Jung Byung-gil half a decade to follow up his acclaimed serial-killer thriller Confessions of Murder, but it was worth the wait. The Villainess is guaranteed to be the most stylish action flick you will get the chance to see this year if the splash it made at Cannes this year is anything to go by, even up against the likes of John Wick: Chapter 2 and Atomic Blonde.

The action choreography is spectacular, mixing some amazing first-person action footage, with traditional-looking smashes and crashes. And whilst you may have heard the story a hundred times before, it holds the action together more than it needs to. This is definitely one to catch on the big screen.

Adam Gould