Daily archives "September 19, 2011"

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Running time: 80 mins  Certificate: 15

Synopsis: Two feuding Indie rock stars Adam (Treadaway) and Morello (Tena) get handcuffed together for 24 hours at a music festival where they are both due to perform.

 

It must of seemed like a good idea at the time. Basically to make a movie based around one of the most popular past times over the Summer months, going to a music festival. But the film is more damp than a Glastonbury farmer’s field.

 

The basic premise is intriguing enough and could have been quite interesting. But the filmmaker’s really don’t really know what the movie is supposed to be. Is it a Woodstock style documentary revolving around Scotland’s T in the Park festival or is a romantic comedy. There is more stock footage showing bands and audiences than anything else. This could be the reason why the script is so underdeveloped.

 

Apart from the two leads, the secondary characters are more like scenery than drive the plot forward. Although the boy group The Make’s manager Bobby played by Still Game’s Gavin Mitchell, is probably the most fleshed out character here. He is also the most amusing and entertaining.  While Horrible Histories’ Mathew Baynton tries hard to make something interesting with his role as Tyco, but the material lets him down. The leads are a mixed bag of talent with only Harry Potter’s Natalia Tena giving a memorable performance, while her co-star Luke Treadaway has one of the most uncovincing American accents in the past year.

 

Even the music is pretty forgettable, but quite well performed. The decision to make the sound of both bands to be 80’s influenced seems like a strange decision. Surely having different styles of music would bring more tension to the complicated relationship between the two rock stars. It all seems dated as reinassiance in 80’s style music happened several years ago with Franz Ferdinand and the Kaiser Chiefs.

 

Sigma films usually make unusual intersesting choices in what they bring to the screen, but unfortunately this is not one of them. No plot, underdeveloped boring characters and a predicatable romance. Not even the music will help you remember this film. 


Reviewed by Paul Logan 

News Reel (W/e 18th September 2011)

 

Tony Scott’s Top Gun is being converted to 3-D.

 

Ghostbusters will be back in cinemas this Halloween!

 

28 Days Later’s Juan Carlos Fresnadillo will direct the Highlander reboot.

 

Alcon Entertainment has announced plans to remake Kathryn Bigelow’s Point Break.

 

Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly & Pauline Collins to star in Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut, Quartet.

 

Jason Bateman reveals that the Arrested Development movie is “on course to be shot next year” & will be filled with celebrity cameos.

 

Tokyo film critic Chris Fujiwara has been appointed as the new artistic director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

 

Van Damme & Chuck Norris join the cast of The Expendibles 2.

 

Hugh Grant joins Tom Hanks for the David Mitchell novel adaptation Cloud Atlas.

 

Kevin Costner drops out of Quentin Tarantino’s next, Django Unchained, due to scheduling conflicts.