I rated The Meg 6/10 on IMDB


slightly more ridiculous than scary, this is a fun disaster spectacular that combines some deep, deep sea claustrophobia with a land that time forgot underwater. Jason Statham plays it with a pretty straight smirk. All the cast play stereotypical roles familiar from most global movies.

Despite the ridiculousness there are some tense moments such as the smart little girl in the deep water research station being attacked by the meg. And the opening scene rescue.

The eccentric billionaire finder eager to deal with the meg using his private navy is destined for the events we see. And they are karmically comic.

Worth watching if you have tired of films where you need to think. You’ll still need to concentrate as this rarely lets up its pace.

Summer fun movie.

I rated the equaliser 2 7/10 on IMDB


more extravagant in locations and effects than the equaliser. Though the film has a number of events, the basic plot is typical and predictable. Nonetheless, this is an effective movie of its type and has some progression for the character.

Some of the smaller equaliser stories the movie alights on are well done and the elision of extensive plot details for them gives some indication of how busy McCall is with helping people out.

Violent, tense at times, and a slickly-put-together action flick.

I rated ant-man and the wasp 7/10 on IMDB


Possibly more amusing than the first ant-man movie. Well worth watching after the rather darker avengers: infinity war #1.

Scott is under house arrest after helping captain America in Germany. Hope and Hank Pym are outlaws.

This is a really enjoyable superhero movie with some very amusing big/small antics courtesy of the impossible size-changing suits. There are a few threads that run though it: Hope’s missing mother; bad guys after Pym’s technology; Ghost after the technology and Hope’s mother; FBI after Scott and the Pyms. It’s a long list that somehow manages here where in other marvel movies the complications just end up getting tangled.

Michael Peña is very very good in this.

All in all, this is a great summer fun movie that has only 1 dark note towards the end. Well worth watching even if superheroes are boring you by now.

[2018-09-24 corrected the title to ‘ant-man’ from ‘any-man’ 🙄 fat fingers or auto-correct]

I rated mission: impossible fallout 7/10 on IMDB


A good mission impossible movie. It has all the regular features you’d expect but with some of the action disks turned up to 11.

At times it feels a bit like a mashup of many different action movie parts. There’s James Bond’s remote-control full size car. There’s a HALO jump. Car/motorbike chases. Toilet fights. … The fight scene on the mountain side is surprisingly dizzying and tense. The London rooftop chase, ending on the south bank is very engaging.

Simon Pegg’s character doesn’t get quite as much of a range as I’d expect. But Tom Cruise is on spectacular form.

The story? Mission goes wrong. Ethan and the team try to recover stuff. Double agents. Old romance. World in danger.

Go see it if you like a formula movie turned way up.