It’s time to check out September’s crop of DVDs and if you didn’t get time to feast on the summer blockbusters first time round, there’s plenty to love here…
Mad Max: Fury Road
Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult
Writer/director George Miller’s fourth entry in the Mad Max franchise was originally announced in 2003 and since then technology has come on leaps and bounds, while original Max Mel Gibson has made way for Tom Hardy. In a post-apocalyptic world, Theron plays a woman, who teams up with our hero while on the run from a savage dictator, aided by a supporting cast which includes an unrecognisable Hoult as well as supermodels Abbey Lee and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. The original trilogy put some of the most staggering car chases ever on film and this is no different. Relentlessly intense, you’ll barely breathe for the two hour running time.
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jake Johnson
It’s become one of the biggest movies of all-time and no wonder, with the new filmmakers being clever by both throwing back to the original and moving it forward. Pratt plays a dino-wrangler who has a rapport with raptors, forced to deal with a disaster when the now-working park creates a hybrid species that escapes and threatens the island. The actor is a more action-friendly hero than the cerebral Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern, whilst Howard plays the “suit”. And the kids too have more oomph than the rather weedy youngsters from the first one. Ultimately though, it’s about the dinosaurs. The first movie broke new ground in CGI and this looks spectacular. The wait has been worth it.
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario
It’s been a while since we’ve had a corking disaster movie and this certainly looks the part. The titular fault finally gives way in California causing not just a mighty earthquake, but everything that would result from that. It’s up to a stoic Johnson to rescue his daughter (Daddario) from the ensuing carnage. Expect noise – lots and lots of noise.
Starring: Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner
A nice return to form for a generally non-shouting Pacino as a washed-up singer who gets a second chance at life and love when he finds a fan letter he once received from John Lennon. The music’s great – even if the actor’s singing is not – and his chemistry with the women in the movie sparkles.
Starring: Kevin Bacon, James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford
This is particularly interesting because the no-name director was plucked after it showed on the festival circuit to helm the new standalone ‘Spider-Man’ movie. Creepy and well-crafted, Bacon plays a sheriff looking for two kids who have stolen his vehicle. All, inevitably, is not what it seems.