Friday, 28 September 2012

Taken 2 Reviews

In 2008 Liam Neeson’s career was about to take a massive turning point, one which would have an everlasting effect on audiences familiar with his work. Already holding an impressive résumé of films to his name, now aged 56, Liam’s latest agreement was to see him become a lead man for the action film “Taken”. The film not usually associated to Liam’s previous genres would start a chain reaction of the type of scripts which were to follow.
 Following the undisputed box office success which “Taken” eventually achieved, Liam’s portrayal of retired CIA agent, Bryan Mills left viewers shocked and wanting more. It would only become a matter of time before they got what they wanted and their four year wait would finally be rewarded.
Synopsis
"Taken 2” reunites Liam with Famke Janssen (Lenore) and Maggie Grace (Kim) visiting Istanbul blissfully all unaware their being targeted as the next victims for kidnapping. Seeking revenge for the death of son as a result of Bryan’s rampage through France, Murad (Rade Serbedzija) wants to see Bryan suffer in the same way. Using his “particular set of skills” Bryan in a chase across Istanbul must put an end to the terror before it’s too late.
Review by Mike Jonas
Like most I’d become instantly excited over the news that a sequel was in production, the thought of Liam’s return as Bryan Mills for more angered antics was not one to be missed…….or so I thought. The film now directed by Olivier Megaton (Transporter 3) replaces Pierre Moral who set the bar high with what could be done and what to expect. Despite having the third instalment of the transporter franchise under his belt this wouldn’t necessarily guarantee Olivier the same success for “Taken 2”.
With any sequel made today the natural expectancy is for bigger and better things, to introduce something new and unfamiliar. However there’s nothing to say everything new is destined to work, one of the factors I’m referring too on this occasion is the uncomfortable use of humour. Liam has proven countless times he’s capable of anything, but with a character as tightly wound as this, it came across as an unconvincing attempt feeling almost awkward at times.
Although it was nice to have the original cast back together to recreate the “genuine” family connection, it’s only fair they should be more screen time this time round. Saying that the introduction of this decision meant at some points throughout the film some of the action involved one of the Actresses (I won’t spoil it too much for you) which appeared to be holding Liam back from fully unleashing.
It is clear from the first instalment; Liam’s devotion to creating believable fight scenes were a priority to develop the special skills mentioned early on in the film. A significant lack of this seemed to be present second time round as the fight scenes featured are partially ruined through erratic editing. This in itself creates confusion of who’s hitting who half the time thus destroying one of the influencing elements to lure its target audience back.
There is a point in the film where Liam quotes “All I want is for this to be over, I’m tired”. I have to wonder whether this clever dialogue plus the exhausted appearance of Liam acted as an ideal cover for how he really felt. Given the reaction of others I can’t say I was surprised feeling fortunate the only thing “taken” from me was my time…
Review by Nicola Johnston
Taken 2 is a fast-paced, high-octane action film set in Istanbul. Lets start with some positive notes, for all those action fans out there, will relish this film and its many different action sequences, including car chases, roof top chases and even a one on one good old fashioned fisticuffs fight and of course for all the Liam Neeson fans, who will also love this film because he is in it and enjoy the gravitas he brings to the screen. If you liked the first film you are sure to enjoy this instalment.
However you may also be a little disappointed as it’s not as good as the first film and here comes the flip side to my review. The script is functional at best, causing outbursts of laughter from the audience, granted parts of the film are meant to be humorous but not ridiculous surely! The characters are sadly all one dimensional, Liam Neeson gets away with it because he is a great and well known actor, with huge screen presence and it is him alone that makes the film worth watching. It is shot well with some interesting locations, also the grading of the film is rather good. Also the relationship between Neeson and Maggie Grace (Kim) is touching at times with good chemistry between the actors.
I suspect it will go down much easier on DVD with a few beers and a large slice of pizza with extra cheese on top.
Taken 2 will be hitting UK cinemas nationwide on 4th October

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

The Knot - Gala Premiere Interviews

Love was in the air as a jubilant cast were all happy to celebrate their big day at the Gala Premiere of their new film The Knot. Premiere Scene's Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview the stars of the British romantic comedy including director Jesse Lawrence and actors Noel Clarke, Jason Maza, Susannah Fielding, Brett Goldstein, Juliet Oldfield, Davie Fairbanks, Louise Dylan, Steve Furst, Rhoda Montemayor and Shanika Warren-Markland as we find out about working as an ensemble, making a romcom that appeals to both men and women and how their characters all bring their unique interpretation of love.


THE KNOT opens in UK Cinemas 5th Ocotober





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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Holy Motors UK Premiere - Kylie Minogue Interview

At the UK Premiere of Leos Carax’s Holy Motors Premiere Scene's Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview the pop princess herself, actress Kylie Minogue as we find out about her experience singing live on the film and the preparation required to perform such a beautiful soul searching song.

Holy Motors will be released nationwide on 28 September 2012
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Friday, 14 September 2012

Now Is Good European Premiere Interviews

There were no need for tears as Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno attended the European Premiere of Now Is Good based on the Jenny Downham novel; Before I Die. An enthusiastic cast and crew were all in attendance to talk about the coming of age story of a girl fulfilling her to do list before loosing her fight to leukaemia. Interviews lead by screenwriter and director Ol Parker; producer Peter Czernin; actors Dakota Fanning, Jeremy Irvine, Olivia Williams, Kaya Scodelario and Edgar Canham tell us how all the characters contribute to what is essentially an uplifting story.






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Sunday, 9 September 2012

Andy Serkis Interview - Jameson Cult Film Club - Jaws Screening

Andy Serkis


Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and AnthonyBueno had the utter delight of attending Greenwich Yacht Club which played the perfect host for the Jameson Cult Film Club special screening of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws. Join us as we interview curator, Lord Of The Rings and Planet of The Apes star Andy Serkis who shares with us why this film is such a classic, the craft of performance capture and his aspirations for this own performance capture studio; The Imaginarium.








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Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Dredd - Karl Urban Interviews



There was certainly nothing to fear as judge, jury and interviewer Claire Bueno sat down to talk with New Zealand actor and Dredd star Karl Urban, when he was in London promoting the film adaptation of the hugely popular comic book.  Urban talks us through his character development, the motivations of Dredd and the importance of building a trust with the audience.


As the London Film and Comic Con official film crew Premiere Scene were delighted to capture on camera the world exclusive panel talk for the highly anticipated DREDD. Introduced and hosted by Adam Farina the panel embraced the opportunity to talk about the film to Producer, Allon Reich (28 days later); Concept Artist, Jock (Battleship); Screenwriter, Alex Garland (28 days later, The Beach) and Dredd himself, Karl Urban (Lord of the Rings). The panel talk about going back to the comic book roots and the freedom of doing something very different from the original film Judge Dredd.  Film is released September 7th 2012 in the UK.



As the London Film and Comic Con official film crew Premiere Scene were delighted to capture on camera the world exclusive panel talk for the highly anticipated DREDD. Introduced and hosted by Adam Farina the panel embraced the opportunity to talk about the film to Producer, Allon Reich (28 days later); Concept Artist, Jock (Battleship); Screenwriter, Alex Garland (28 days later, The Beach) and Dredd himself, Karl Urban (Lord of the Rings). The panel talk in depth about the facelessness of the character and  the  great amount of preparation required in making this movie.


In Part 2 at the London Film and Comic Con official film crew Premiere Scene were delighted to capture on camera the world exclusive panel talk for the highly anticipated DREDD. Introduced and hosted by Adam Farina the panel embraced the opportunity to talk about the film to Producer, Allon Reich (28 days later); Concept Artist, Jock (Battleship); Screenwriter, Alex Garland (28 days later, The Beach) and Dredd himself, Karl Urban (Lord of the Rings). The audience get the opportunity put a question to the panel to ask about the stunts, shooting in South Africa and how this is very much an independent movie.








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Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Anna Karenina - World Premiere Interviews

At the World Premiere of Anna Karenina Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno spoke to cast members Alicia Vikander (Kitty), Olivia Williams (Countess Vronsky) and director Joe Wright as we find out more about how the Tolstoy’s epic novel has been brought to the big screen.











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The Sweeney - European Premiere Interviews


At the European premiere of The Sweeney Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno were armed with their microphone and ready to interview a host of British stars who were all excited about their new film. Inspired by the fictional charactres Regan and Carter portrayed by John Thaw and Dennis Waterman in the no nonsense '70's cop  show, director Nick Love wanted to make a police drama that would compliment the beautiful backdrop of London. Join us as the cast lead by Ray Winstone, Hayley Atwell, Ben Drew, Alan Ford, Allen Leech, Michael Wildman, Steven Waddington Ed Skrein and Nick Love share with us the pleasure of not only working on such a strong screenplay but also working with such an eclectic cast.


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Yuma - UK Premiere Interviews


At the UK Premiere of YUMA Premiere Scene’s Nicola Johnston and Anthony Bueno were intrigued to know more about the inspiration behind this highly acclaimed Polish film. Join us as we talk to director Piotr Mularuk and actress Helena Sujecka (Cupcake) about the western styled movie that tells the story of how necessity causes a group of boys to take to a life of crime during the unsettling transition between communism and capitalism in Poland.








Yuma Review 

Worlds Nicola Johnston

Piotr Mularuk’s film, YUMA, which he wrote with Wojciech Gajewicz,  and also produced and directed, boosts the biggest ever UK release of a Polish film to date. Piotr spent over six years researching his subject matter, getting to know the people who had lived through these extremely devastating times, listening to their stories and seeing with his own eyes some of the horrors that took place. He decided to make a film and tell their story but he made the decision early on, to tell a lighter version, as he feared the other, would be too horrendous and upsetting. Many lives where affected by the fall of Communism, with most people losing their jobs and being left with nothing, they had to fight to survive, in a time of utter chaos and moral anarchy. Piotr’s story is inspired by true events.

The film follows the rise and fall of Zyga (Jakub Gierszal), a young, angelic looking, sensitive and introverted boy, who wants a better life and to take control of his own destiny. He is a witness of the complete degradation which surrounds himself, his family and his friends. He is frustrated with his lot in life and wants change, he is bored, young and ambitious with dreams that need to be achieved and fulfilled.

The film tackles many different themes, the loss of innocence, the environment in which you are born into, childhood dreams, adolescence, poverty, crime, greed and death, unrequited love and rejection, to name but a few. Zyga’s Auntie, Halinka (Katarzyna Figura) who runs the local brothel and is a mother figure to many, is a rough diamond with a good heart, but painfully disturbed and hardened by her own fate; she has a fascination towards Zyga, which is very disturbing and unsettling. He is loured by the temptation of shiny boots and new clothes, into a life of crime and destruction and at no point does she try and dissuade him. He also receives no guidance from his mother and father, who are stuck in a rut and show no signs of trying to improve or change their circumstances. The local police and even the church are in on it too, so what’s to stop him.

He soon realizes that poverty and humiliation rule on his side of the border, but when he crosses the river to the other side, it seems to him that the German’s have it all and more. He returns home with gifts for all his friends and becomes a Robin Hood character, with people looking up to him as some kind of hero and he enjoys and relishes the power that this new fame brings. The stolen Adidas trainers, make-up, perfumes and clothes soon turn into T.V’s, and expensive jewellery. His friends follow suit and join him in a life of crime, each wanting the success, independence and freedom and let’s face it fun that this life ultimately seems brings with it. However it all soon spirals way out of control, with their smug confidence, resulting in people and loved ones losing their lives. Their once angelic, fresh, innocent faces now aged; jaded and hardened by a life of danger, alcohol, drugs and crime.

The film has a strong cast, each producing honest, heartfelt and truthful performances. The direction is pin sharp, it is visually stunning and congratulations must go to the cinematographers, Tomasz Dodrowolski and Jacek Podgorski. Topped off nicely with a catchy soundtrack, the film has drama, action, love, tragedy, history, politics and humour. It is not without its flaws but these are minor things and it is a film well worth seeing on the big screen. I can’t wait to see what Piotr Mularuk comes up with next.


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Saturday, 1 September 2012

Day 5 Film4 FrightFest

Tower Block European Premiere


There was a lot of excitement in the air for the finale of  Film 4 FrightFest  as Brit indie Tower Block has it's European premiere at the Empire Leicester Square. An enusiastic cast and crew turned up in support of their film and Premiere Scene's Claire Bueno and Mike Jonas were eager to interview! Join us as we talk to screenwriter James Moran, directors James Nunn and Ronnie Thompson, actors Sheridan Smith, Ralph Brown, Julie Graham and Nabil Elouahabi who all just loved a script which at it's core was a story of survival.




Chained UK Premiere Interviews



It was such a treat to interview director Jennifer Chambers Lynch who who attends day 5 of Fim4 FrightFest for the UK Premiere of her latest film CHAINED. Premieres Scene's Claire Bueno and Mike Jonas had the joy of speaking with Lean whose warmth made it an effortless interview as we find out what it was about human behaviour that she wanted to explore in the film and how mindful she was about being supportive to the actors who were pushing their emotional boundaries.





American Mary Premiere Premiere Interviews



At day 5 of Film 4 FrightFest the eagerly anticipated American Mary receives it's UK premiere and Premiere Scene's Nicola Johnston and Anthony Bueno were there to interview cast and crew on the inspirations behind the film. Writer / directors Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska and actors Katherine Isabelle and Antonio Cupo share with us how horror channels our fascination of things we don't understand, an insight into body modification and the sisters provide some useful advice for future filmmakers.




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Day 4 Film 4 FrightFest

Berberian Sound Studio 

Premiere Interviews

Day 4 of Film4 FrightFest continues as the Berberian Sound Studios receives a premiere. Join Premiere Scene's Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno as we interview writer / director Peter Strickland and actors Tonia Sotiropoulou, Cosimo Fusco and Antonio Mancino as we find out about the importance of sound in film and just how imaginative sound effects come from especially for a 70's based horror!

 


 

 

The Inside - UK Premiere Interviews


 
Day 4 Film4 FrightFest continues as Irish film THE INSIDE receives a UK Premiere. Premiere Scene's Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno were delighted to interview director Eoin Macken, Actors Kelly Braice and Brian Fortune . The multi-talented Macken speakes of the creative process of writing, directing, DOP and editing his own film, whilst the charming actors commend the director for writing parts that emotionally took them out of their comfort zone.




 

Before Dawn - Premiere Interviews


Day 4 of Film4 FrightFest gets off to a great start as Premiere Scene's Nicola Johnston and Anthony Bueno had the delight of interviewing BEFORE DAWN filmmakers Dominic Brunt and Joanne Mitchell. They talk to us of the challenges of acting, directing and editing their zombie film that at its heart is a character driven piece.


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