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Reviews of every film I watch. The Good, The Bad and The Mothman Prophecies.

Tag: Ryan Reynolds

Film Review: The Hitman’s Bodyguard – 7/10

“The Bible says to never take revenge, to leave it to the Lord. But I wasn’t prepared to wait that long…”

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Mississippi Grind – 7.5/10

Otherwise brilliant gambling movie goes all in on the ending and loses…


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Deadpool – 8/10

‘A fourth wall break inside a fourth wall break? That’s like, sixteen walls…’


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Guardians of the Galaxy – 8/10

Marvel takes a gigantic risk… and still remains triumphant.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past – 8/10

Cast reunion for every actor to have ever played an x man…

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The Captive – 7/10

Grim faces all round as Ryan Reynolds keeps his top on throughout…



I don’t normally do a proper synopsis but I think it is important here for context. The Captive centres around the tragic kidnapping of a little girl who then becomes a kind of poster girl for other child abusers. Child abuse is probably the most emotive and controversial subject matter there is and The Captive does a great job in keeping its emotions in check without resorting to sensationalism (Prisoners) or just down right cynical exploitation (Hard Candy).

Subject matter aside, The Captive is a frustrating film. Running out of chronological order renders the first half an hour utterly baffling and doesn’t add a great deal to the story. A couple of well placed flash backs could have done the same job. The plot in itself is captivating but some of the character behaviours are laughably unrealistic. Ryan Reynolds has kind of gone off track since Green Lantern and if that was his Daredevil, it is safe to say The Captive will not be his Argo. That is not to say that he isn’t very strong though. This will surprise casual Reynolds fans but this isn’t actually a great departure from a lot of his other work. In between making terrible, career ruining choices about big projects, Reynolds has a few quirky abnormality’s on his CV and this is an interesting addition. Elsewhere Rosario Dawson is understated and very effective but Scott Speedman stinks the place out with a robotic turn as a cliché tough guy cop. A lot to like but The Captive feels like a missed opportunity.

R.I.P.D. – 5.5/10.

Just a shit Men In Black but with ghosts instead of aliens and Ryan Reynolds/Jeff Bridges instead of Tommy Lee Jones/Big Will.

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