Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
Luke Skywalker has disappeared. No-one knows why. In his and all Jedi’s absence, the evil First Order has risen to be within a hair’s breadth of taking control of the galaxy. No-one knows why. At this critical stage, both the Resistance and First Order are after one thing: a map containing the location of Luke Skywalker. No-one knows why.
J.J. Abrams treads accurately in the sandy footprints of George Lucas with this fan service-packed remake of Star Wars. While it’s action is immediately forgettable due to Abrams choosing not to give it a shape or story of it’s own and suffers badly in comparison with the Death Star attack from the original (which remains one of the greatest action sequences of all time; it’s always clear what they’re trying to do and why this piece of action on screen now is helping to accomplish that while naturally building and focusing on the one critical path), Abrams has come up trumps with Daisy Ridley and John Boyega and gone the extra mile with the three lead characters (the aforementioned and Harrison Ford) and villain Kylo Ren. He also oversaw a perfect trailer campaign with no story spoilers or even hints. While he doesn’t keep temporal or spatial control of his story (people can do anything in any amount of time and appear wherever they need to) and fumbles the codas, Abrams has otherwise made an efficient, furiously-paced, fun adventure. (As a side note, I don’t know why it’s 12A, PG would have been fine)
This movie contains violence, violent interrogation scenes
Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Cast / crew
Director, Producer and Writer: J.J. Abrams
Writer: Lawrence Kasdan
Writer: Michael Arndt
Characters Creator: George Lucas
Producer: Kathleen Kennedy
Producer: Bryan Burk
Music: John Williams
Han Solo: Harrison Ford
Luke Skywalker: Mark Hamill
Princess Leia Organa: Carrie Fisher
Kylo Ren: Adam Driver
Rey: Daisy Ridley
Finn (Star Wars): John Boyega
Poe Dameron: Oscar Isaac
Lupita Nyong’o: Maz Kanata
Supreme Leader Snoke: Andy Serkis
Domhnall Gleeson: General Hux
C-3PO: Anthony Daniels
Max von Sydow: Lor San Tekka
Cast / crew
Producer (Presents credit): Raymond Chow Man Wai
Producer: Leonard Ho Koon-Cheung
Actor, Action Choreographer and Director Dragon: Jackie Chan aka Lung Cheng
Writer (Screenplay): Lau Tin-Chee
Writer (Screenplay): Tung Lu
Writer (Screenplay): Edward Tang
Action Choreographer: Feng Ke-An
The Young Master (1980)
On the day of a martial-arts challenge, the Red School’s star fighter is injured, and a young student has to take his place.
Martial arts showcase featuring very little in the way of coherent story but proved to be a breakthrough film for Asia’s pint-sized action god Jackie Chan. This is not a completely rounded film, it has no immediately obvious story (though you can work it out if you try and if you make up bits of your own) and the links provided to get from one fight to another are very lacking. But the fight sequences and martial arts prowess on display is simply staggering. Jackie also introduces his trademark balance between action and humour and it is this dual-pronged attack on the funny bone and any bone which raises this above most martial arts fare.
This movie contains mild swear words, adult dialogue, mild nudity, extended strong martial arts violence.
Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.
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