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The Big Review: Black Mirror Season 4

The darkest show on TV returns…

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Elysium – 6/10

There is a great movie here somewhere amongst the mess. A missed opportunity…

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District 9 was such a breath of fresh air when it landed back in 2009 and this makes Neill Blomkamp’s overly complicated follow up even more disappointing. While it is not a particularly original concept, the prospect of affluent members of society moving away from Earth to live in a floating paradise should provide plenty of space for biting social satire. When Blomkamp does attempt to go down this road it is mostly successful as he sends up the ludicrous bureaucracy of the law enforcement system perfectly. The problem is this message is lost beneath the sludge of a messy, ill thought out plot.

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The Accused – 7.5/10.

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Powerful drama focusing on the violent gang rape of a young woman and the ensuing fallout.

The Accused and Jodie Foster’s Oscar winning performance have become remembered solely for the absolutely horrifying rape sequence itself which is a shame as there is a lot more to this movie than that. Foster overacts occasionally but is mostly deserving of her Oscar inspiring sympathy whilst still exuding strength. The Accused asks some interesting (and still sadly relevant) questions about the legal system and society as a whole in its attitude towards rape victims without being heavy handed or preachy. Not a pleasant film, but an important one.

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