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Review: The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017)

Fig.1 The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Movie Poster
Imagine having to protect the person that has brought so much pain to your life - this is the job that Michael Bryce (Played by Ryan Reynolds) is forced into when he needs to act as the bodyguard for the infamous hitman, Darius Kincaid (Played by Samuel L. Jackson). Patrick Hughes directs The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) which seems very much like a throwback to action movies of the 1980s and 90s through its characters and dialogue, but does it bring anything new to the table?
Fig.2 Darius Kincaid (Played by Samuel L. Jackson) and Michael Bryce (Played by Ryan Reynolds)
It is the relationship between Darius Kincaid and Michael Bryce where the real intrigue into this story lies. It has a very run-of-the-mill plot and it becomes clear very early on that the film-makers are aware of this. Essentially, both Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds are playing slightly exaggerrated versions of their respective real-life personas. If you are a…

Review: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

Fig.1 Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Movie Poster
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) is Luc Besson's latest film, of which shares some similarities in tone and style to another film of his in The Fifth Element (1997). This is very much a passion project of Besson's due to his love for the Valerian and Laureline comics, which were published from 1967 to 2010. Although The Fifth Element certainly isn't a masterclass in story-telling, the World and it's design has made it somewhat of a cult classic - Will Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets gain the same level of recognition? 
Fig.2 City of Alpha
Without doubt, the film's biggest strength lies within it's level of ambition. These unimaginable cities and environments are simply breath-taking to behold. There are set pieces that are so mind-blowing, that you must appreciate the film's craft. We are taken to several different environments, each feeling as different as the …