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    • King Kong [2005] (DVD) / DVD / 8 Readings / 8 Ratings
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      15.08.2014 13:40
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      Come witness the Eighth Wonder of the World! For one night only!

      I must be one of the few people in the world who, until recently, had never seen King Kong. Though a big fan of Peter Jackson, somehow I just never got around to it.
      About a week ago, I finally sat down to watch this 3 hour epic and it is fair to say I was positively blown away.
      The story will be familiar to all. A struggling movie producer organises an expedition to a mythical far away land where he intends to shoot his latest movie. Quickly however, this producer soon discovers the natives are very less than friendly.
      Not to mention the island is populated by dinosaurs!
      A number of their crew are killed and their leading lady snatched. Determined to finish shooting his film, and save the damsel in distress in the process , the producer and his surviving team track her down only to see her being snatched away once more by a giant ape.
      Seeing an opportunity to become the most famous man that ever lived, the producer hatches a plan to capture the ape and return it to New York.
      unfortunately, as we all know, everything does not go exactly to plan...
      What can I say about this film that hasn't been said already? Jack Black puts in one of the best performances of his career, the set pieces and the monsters are out of this world and utterly believable and the whole thing just quickly sweeps you up in its arms.
      My only gripe - at 3 hours this is verrrrry long, maybe too long. As impressive as it is,a cut of about an hour would have been lovely as, by the end, I just wanted to see the famous Empire State scene and be done.
      Congratulations UK all involved, this is the best representation yet of this classic take, but why Mr.Jackson are all your latest films so long?
      At least you get your money's worth!

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      15.08.2014 11:30
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      • "Longer lasting "

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      • "A bit overpowering"

      Stong, longer lasting as you don't need so much, bit overpowering

      I am always looking for a deodorant or an anti- perspirant that lasts and am not convinced by many of the claims that these products can last up to 24, and in some cases, 48 hours. I can say however, that right guard appears to be one of the better on the market and this does do what it says on the can in that it is a total evened against sweating!
      My issue is that it is a bit strong; a sentiment it seems I share with many other reviewers!
      I have had several people mention to me his strongly it smells and whilst it is not an unpleasant smell, and preferable to sweat, it does conjure up images of the late nineties when a large proportion of men used lynx products. I sways remember Africa and Tempest being two of the worst offenders for bring overpowering.
      Personally I quite like this product, but do wish they'd tone town the smell a little. That said, maybe it needs to be that strong in order to last 48 hours? I don't know.
      The packaging is quite distinctive, making it stand out on the shelf, full of dark colours and oranges. You certainly wouldn't mistake it for anything else. Maybe gets their attempt to make it a macho, butch anti-perspirant - again, I don't know.
      I do know I personally have not experienced any of the white deodorant stains that I normally get with Sure or that a couple of previous reviewers have mentioned so that's another bonus!
      All I all, for me, he good points about this product far outweigh the bad and I would definitely buy again!
      I would also recommend it to anybody who works in a hot, sweaty environment as it certainly lasts the duration.
      just maybe don't use quite so much, heh?

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      13.08.2014 14:46
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      • "Just a little lasts a whole lot longer "

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      • "None - good value for money"

      A very pretty putty

      I don't ordinarily buy putty, being more of a gel person, but when I couldn't get hold of my usual brand I decided to give this a go. I wouldn't say I have been converted, but certainly I was impressed by this product.
      It is quite thick and feels a little sticky and strange between your fingers the first few times you use it, but it does a god job of holding your hair where you want it. I usually have my hair spiked, and one thing I found is that a little hoes a long way !
      In that respect you certainly get more value go rumour money.
      One thing I discovered as well is that this being putty, it doesn't dry quite as firm and rigid as gel which was good news for my wife. On more than one occasion she has commented that, using gel, my spikes could put someone's eye out. With this though they held fast, they were not anywhere near as much of a safety hazard when we snuggle up.
      I thought this product was very reasonably priced - around £3.99 or so - and not much more expensive than my usual product. What I like is that because I need less though, this is likely to last me a whole lot longer. for me that is a win-win situation.
      I didn't really notice any kind of smell so can't comment on its aroma, but the fact I didn't notice indicates that it doesn't really have a smell per se.
      Overall I was very impressed with this product and would certainly recommend it. I will also be definitely buying this again. Whether or not it stands up to the extreme weather we have been having remains to be seen, but I can certainly say that all my first impressions are good ones.
      I honestly don't think there is a better valure fit money hair product out there .

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      12.08.2014 08:41
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      • "Works well to prevent nits "

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      • "Don't like the bottle "

      No more nits

      When word went around that there were nits at my daughters school, we went out and bought some of this and have used it ever since. Does it work? Well, she's never got nits, so yes? Probably it does.
      Described as a medicated shampoo for children, it has a kind of strange smell that is difficult to describe. Certainly it has the aroma of something other than just ordinary shampoo!
      Consistency - well, it's not too thick, not too thin; in fact, Vosene have about got it right.
      One thing they haven't got right though is the lid of god Bottle!
      The one we use his one of those.locking caps. - the sort that you twist and it locks to prevent your sprog squirting any out whilst playing with the bottle - and,yes, they DO do that!
      I have endless problems twisting the nozzle part to Olsen it up again, and often just remove the lid to administer it.
      It has one of those nozzles that you push down to get any out - much like a hand wash bottle - and this is the bit ithsy locks.
      The pseudonym is gong is easily identifiable because it is all big greens and dark purples, making it stand out on the shelves. Price wise? Well, I would say it is fairly reasonable for such a product and certainly cheaper than some of its competitors .
      I like this product, and apart from the bottle lid being tricky to lock, would recommend it .

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      12.08.2014 08:29
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      • "Smells divine!"

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      Washing in cocoa is definitely a no-no!

      Despite being male and definitely heterosexual, I have a passion for funky shower gels. I don't know why, I just do.
      Recently I found a bottle of this at the back of my cupboard that I had bought on a whim and decided to give it a whirl. The results were... inconclusive to say the least.
      First of all, the smell. It certainly has a strong chocolate mint aroma - almost making you feel like you are scrubbing your body in melted After Eights! If I was going to drink this, I would be well impressed, but you know what they say? Don't try this at home folks!
      The consistency is about on par with other Original Source products, not too thick, not too thin, and works well to leave me feeling fresh and clean, I'm just not too sure about going to work smelling a bit like a walking, talking chocolate Aero.
      Normally I like Original Source products, but this one I think is not for me.
      It's just - well weird is the word that springs to mind.
      I imagine it would be good for couples who like using food in their copulation or for people on a diet who are trying to resist the craving of chocolate, but still want to experience the smell, but I fail to see really who this is marketed at. The Bridget Jones type professional female?
      My wife was likewise not impressed. After bathing in the wake of a long, busy, sweaty day at work, I emerged from the bathroom to her asking ' have you been eating chocolate in there?'
      I think this was released originally at the height of the chocolate Lynx debacle - a likewise bizarre experience sold to us men through a very clever marketing campaign.
      Though I like my smelly shower gels, I wouldn't buy this one again and I think I must be entirely the wrong target market for this as I really fail to see the appeal.
      Not for me, I'm afraid!

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      12.08.2014 08:16
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      • "Cheaper than head n shoulders"

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      • "A bit gloopy"

      More healthy for your wallet, but still a good product!

      I don't like paying full price for things, I also don't like paying for major brands if I can help it as very often I think you pay your the name. Sometimes though, more expensive IS better.
      Not in this case though.
      Tesco clear and confident is their own brand answer to head n shoulders, their main competitor in this field, and works just as efficiently I feel. The adverts for h n s have been going around for years, so that product has kind of become ingrained in our brains, but this offers a healthy alternative for your wallet.
      It has a pleasant enough smell, not too over powering, and seems to do exactly as advertised and prevent dandruff and flaky scalp, one thing I have noted though - and that I see another reviewer has also noted- is that the shampoo is quite thick. I would describe it best, I think, as gloopy. Certainly it has one of the thickest consisticencies of shampoo that I have used!
      This doesn't put me off however, as apart from that I actually quite like this product.
      The packaging is obviously supposed to draw your eye, so looks as close to h n s as it can without being sued. The bottle is quite hard, rigid plastic which means the last residue can sometimes be hard to get out unless you leave the bottle upside town, and this brings about it's own problems. For the catch at the top doesn't always sit securely, meaning that if you decide to do this you can sometimes end up with shampoo dripping down the ride of wherever you leave it!
      If they could do something about the container it comes in then Tesco would have a 5* product.
      As it is then, they end up with only a fairly satisfactory, but not quite perfect, 4.
      Would I recommend this? Yes, I would. It doesnt do anything that head n shoulders doesn't, or can't do, and comes at a fraction of the price.
      Overall a good alternative to the major branded product!

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      11.08.2014 16:17
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      • "Works for 24 hours as advertised"

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      Lives up to the hype - finally a deodorant/ anti-perspirant range that can deliver!

      I have always had a problem with products that advertise they work for 24 hours. Working as a chef, I often find I need to reapply after a busy 10-12 hour shift, which kind of defeats the purpose.
      With Sure, I can spray in the morning and still smell nearly as fresh by the late evening - unlike with some other brands.
      The smell is not too over powering or strong, and not overly all butch and macho either. Instead it creates a nice balance and has a quite pleasant smell to it. I normally spray for around 5-10 seconds under each arm and on my back and chest, and this is normally enough to last me all day.
      The only issue I have is that sometimes this can leave white marks on your clothing, but certainly it is far less of an issue now with this product than it has been in the past and definitely Sure have improved their product from when I first used iit several years ago.
      Also, upon spraying, I never get any of that stinging sensation in my pits that you can get with some other brands. Overall, in my own personal experience, Sure has proven to be one of the better deodorants/ anti-perspirants available on the market.
      I especially like the fact that it's smell is subtle. Working in a kitchen, I can't wear anything too over powerful in case it taints the food; also, with some products such as many in the Lynx range, you can smell people coming a mile away.
      In a commercial climate where everybody and their dad claims their product lasts 24, 36, 48 hours, it is good to finally find something that can live up to its claim. I don't know about 24 hours, but certainly after 12-14 this works much better and more efficiently than most other brands and I would certainly buy this again!

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    • The Wolverine (DVD) / DVD / 10 Readings / 10 Ratings
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      01.08.2014 01:26
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      • "It's Wolverine - on his own - and having a very bad day. What's not to like?"

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      • " but when it does..."
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      Hugh Jackman IS the Wolverine!

      The original X-Men trilogy was one of the most disappointing superhero franchises to ever hit the screen. It promised so much, yet delivered so little. Wolverine Origins, the first spin-off film, did its best to redeem this and partially succeeded, so it comes as no surprise then that that particular film now gets a sequel.
      Logan is a prisoner of war in WWII when he saves the life of a Japanese soldier. Years later, that same soldier has grow up to become a highly successful business man, but he is dying and his last wish is to speak to Logan and see him one last time.
      Still reeling from the death of Jean Grey, who died at his own hands in X-Men 3, and haunted by visions of her ghost (?), Logan reluctantly agrees to pay the old man a visit, but quickly finds himself over his head in trouble when someone steals his ability to heal.
      This is quite a silly film at times, and requires a certain fair amount of suspension of disbelief, but it is a lot of fun nonetheless. The first few scenes in Japan drag a little, but when it gets going, boy does it get going.
      As per usual with these films there is an after-credits sequence and this time (spoilers), the scene leads right into Days Of Future Past - the next big screen X-men adventure.
      Overall I found this a lot of fun. There's enough action to keep any decent comic book fan interested and Hugh Jackman as usual excels as the Canadian mutant with Adamantium claws.
      My favourite moments are the opening scenes - which show just how far Logan has fallen and demonstrate that, despite this, he still has his morals but, for me, the whole film is such an improvement on the original.
      It is said that there is due to be one more film in the series, before Jackman could well be hanging up his claws.
      Personally, judging from this, I look forward to it!

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      • Buried (DVD) / DVD / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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        01.08.2014 01:11
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        • " perfectly acted"
        • " brilliantly written"
        • "gripping plot"

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        • "one man. In a box. Might not be for some."

        One of the most well written films I have seen in a long while.

        As a recently published writer myself, I have come to really appreciate good writing and in Buried, I was singularly impressed with the way the writers were able to carry off an almost two hour film with just the use of one single actor.
        When this was first released, it is fair to say I did not have high hopes for it. It is also fair to say it really did not pique my interest, but the other night, with nothing else on, I finally succumbed to watching it.
        Paul Conway is a truck driver in Iraq. The film opens with him waking up, trapped in a box, buried underground. The only thing in there with him, or so he at first believes, being a cell phone - apparently belonging to one of the terrorists who put him there. Over the course of several phone calls, eventually Paul manages to get hold of the American Embassy, who assure him they are doing their best to find him.
        But time is running out...and people keep putting him on hold.
        This is probably Ryan Reynolds best role to date and it is due in no small part to his capability as an actor that he is able to pull this off convincingly. At no point does the tension let up, so for the duration of the film, the viewer is left sitting on the edge of their seat.
        This is a very clever film that works on a number of levels. Not only is it a terse and gripping thriller, but it also has a lot to say about the war on terror, the affect this has on civilians working in such hostile environments and even manages to question just what makes a terrorist anyway.
        Though it won't be for some, I really really really enjoyed this and thought it one of the best and well written films I have seen to date!
        I would never have said initially that the plot would've worked, or that it would manage to hook me for so long.
        I am pleased to say I was wrong!




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        01.08.2014 00:45
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        • " handy to carry around on days out"
        • "tastes great"

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        • "sometimes difficult to open"

        A great, quick way to eat yoghurt on the go

        We bought these recently as a change for my daughter, as she had tried them round a friends house and loved them.I never thought she would, but what do i know?
        They come in a variety of flavours, but my daughter is a fan of the strawberry ones so those are the ones we tend to buy.
        You get 9 frube tubes in a box, which isn't a lot, and they cost £2 for a box, but my local supermarket is forever doing a deal and you can usually but two boxes for £3. This is a great deal as an alternative brand sells at £1 for 6.
        To open, you simply bite or cut the top of the tube, put in your mouth and squeeze for healthy, yoghurty goodness. The only thing you do have to watch is sometimes these spurt out everywhere resulting in a yoghurt related incident!
        These are great for carrying around as a snack as they take up no room at all in a bag and are far less bulky than carrying around more traditional yoghurts.
        They are a great source of calcium, healthy for you, contain no artificial sweeteners or colours, and can even be enjoyed by vegetarians!
        Another great use for them is to freeze them and use them as an ice lolly. This is especially a good idea in the hot summer we are having, and taste a little like a homemade version of one of those milk ice lollies we all used to enjoy as kids!
        My daughter loves them like this, but she is sometimes impatient to wait for them to freeze.
        Overall, these are a real big winner in my house and I fully recommend them. At the moment, they even contain codes for bonus Moshi Monster coins to be used online, so there has never been a better time to stop by and buy some

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        25.04.2014 11:54
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        The best show on T.V at the moment

        Game Of Thrones is the ambitious recreation of George.R.R.Martin''s epic, sprawling fantasy series of novels on the small screen and is one of the most-watched/ most pirated shows on television at the moment.
        Set in a medieval world where dragons and magic have long since died out, the plot follows a mythical land thrown into chaos when a conspiracy is revealed that indicates one particular family, the Lannisters, are working hard to control the throne. Ned Stark is an honest and highly moral man who fights to uncover the truth as the King''s hand, but soon finds himself involved in a very deadly game!
        The first thing you need to know about this series is that it is complicated. When the Kingdom descends into chaos, suddenly everyone wants a piece of the throne and it can be difficult at times keeping in mind who is who, but believe me when I say the pay-off is worth it!
        This is one of the most brutal shows ever to be featured on television and things you can expect to see include incest, infanticide, glorious depictions of both sex and violence that are not ashamed to flaunt themselves openly and more intrigue and political subterfuge than you can shake a stick at!
        If you like hard-hitting fantasy that is less Lord Of The Rings and much more War Of The Roses, this is for you. There are Dragons, but they only come much,much later.
        No expense has been spared making this show and it''s backdrops as life-like and realistic as possible. One of the most breath-taking sights is the wall of the North; a 700 foot wall of ice, made to keep those known as the White Walkers on the other side. But everything about this show is as beautiful and as wonderfully created as it is dark!
        This show has had such a wide appeal that it has become one of the highest ranking shows of all time already and seems to have a very wide and varied appeal.
        As a big fan of the books, I am very pleased at its success and though this first season takes a little while to truly get off the ground, once it does I dare you not to become hooked!
        The best thing about owning this DVD? As well as giving you the chance to re-watch the show as often as you like, it also includes a guide to all the various families.
        So what are you waiting for? Season 4 has just started, time to catch up...

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      • A Good Day To Die Hard (DVD) / DVD / 9 Readings / 9 Ratings
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        25.04.2014 11:33
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        • "Bruce is back!"

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        • " just poor all round"
        • " poor storyline"
        • "No real plot"

        Awful in every way. This has no redeeming features and is one of Bruce's worst.

        The most misleading thing about this film is the title. It is not a Good Day To Die Hard, more like a sad day for the franchise.
        The last film was okay, had lots of action and was fun even if it was, at times, nonsensical. This film is just dumb with a capital D!
        Bruce, after traveling to Moscow to see his son, just seems to be going through the motions and, in many scenes, looks tired and bored as though just waiting to cash in his paycheck. The guy playing his son is so nondescript I cannot even bother to remember his name and seems pretty much surplus to requirements throughout. All in all this was a total waste of an hour 4o minutes of my time!
        There are so many plot holes in this film, it might as well be Swiss cheese.
        In one scene early on, we are supposed to just accept the fact that Bruce has lost all sense of moral compass as he plows across the busy motorways of Moscow with no care or regard for any innocent motorists who get in his way and the lack of any significant Police activity would be laughable if this film wasn''t quite so bad.
        As it is, when they do turn up, the local Police are just used as cannon fodder - removing any chance of Bruce liaising with them in a nostalgic Red Heat kind of way which was something I had been hoping we might see.
        Indeed, when I heard this was set in Russia, a new spin on the classic Red Heat was exactly what I was hoping for. I would have loved to see Bruce Willis teaming up with his Eastern European counterpart, but unfortunately apparently this was not to be!
        All this film consists of is mindless action, car chases and violence with nothing of substance to back it up! If you want a film that leaves you feeling like your brain cells are dying and you are slowly getting more and more dumb with every scene, then this is for you.
        It is difficult to come up with even one redeeming feature!
        Hopefully this will be the last in the series. Die Hard With A Vengeance was the last truly decent entry and everything since has just gone downhill.
        Even the camera work on this is appalling, making it a Die Hard film really in name and name only.
        You want to know what I really think? You could''ve called this anything and still got away with it. Calling it Die Hard is just a way of them making more money but unfortunately this tactic may well have back-fired on them!


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      • The Dark Knight Rises(DVD) / DVD / 28 Readings / 28 Ratings
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        The final outing for Christian Bale as The Bat (thank God!)

        Well, after talking to several of my peers, it seems I am in the minority but you know what? I'm used to that.

        My name is Sparkymarky and I have a confession to make: I hated The Dark Knight Rises!

        Batman Begins was excellent. It set the pace and direction for future Batman films and was one of the better Superhero films around. The Dark Knight, I felt was notable only for Heath Ledger's performance as The Joker but otherwise forgettable. This though was the worst of the three yet.

        The only stand-out performance here (other than Morgan Freeman who is always awesome) was Anne Hathaway as Catwoman. I thought she had Selina Kyle down to a tee. It was just a shame the direction was all over the place!

        There was absolutely nothing about this film I liked and, for neither me nor my wife, it had no redeeming features! Hell, it took so long for Batman to actually appear I wondered if I was watching the right film!

        Bane too left me unimpressed. He seemed to lack motivation and the whole respirator thing on his face just made him look silly. In the comics he is a serious threat - the man who broke The Bat. Here, he just seemed like a stupid villain - almost a caricature of the evil he was supposed to represent.

        There are not many comic-based movies I hate. I even didn't mind Daredevil and Electra. In fact the only one I can think of that I hated was Spawn.

        This though left me cold, it left me unimpressed and it left me bored.

        I wanted to turn this off after 45 minutes, my wife insisted we watch till the end to see how it finished and also because she thought it might get better. It didn't.

        I honestly hope they treat Batman better in the new Superman/ Batman upcoming movie, but seeing this I have my doubts. I also don't know how they will tie it in to this trilogy following this films ending.

        Marvel are a virtual master-class when it comes to Superhero films. If D.C want to compete, they need to do much better than this!

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          Flint, Sam and his friends return to Swallow Falls for a second outing

          Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs was brilliant, simply brilliant. One of the best kids films I had seen in a long time. I mean really funny. So a sequel was always going to great right? Right? Right?

          Unfortunately not. I mean don't get me wrong, it's still funny - just not AS funny. The jokes feel a little lamer second time around and the evil mastermind who spends most of his time waving his hands around like a maniacal contortionist just got on my nerves a bit.

          The idea isn't a bad one. The island of Swallow Falls has to be abandoned after Flint Lockwood's food catastrophe in the first film, while a team of scientists move in to clear it up. Flint is finally given a chance to work with the scientist who inspired him, but soon finds it's not all it's cracked up to be. Meanwhile, the deposed town people start getting restless and antsy as to when they can return.

          When things go a bit wrong over on the island during clean-up, it soon becomes apparent that Flint is the only man who can sort it out. So he and his buddies, including love interest Sam Sparks, head back to find out what is happening.

          The food has come alive!

          Over on the island, Flint discovers a whole new Lost World of his own creating; made real by the machine thought destroyed in the first film. But what is his mentor's true intentions and what exactly does he really have planned for the island?

          This is a good film. No, really it is. It's good. It's just NOT great. And that's a shame because the original deserved slightly better than this. Steve the monkey is still sublime and the whole thing very humorous, it's just not quite as rip-roaringly as funny as before.

          My daughter loved this and it kept her quiet (well, apart from her going around saying 'steve' for a couple of days), daddy was not so sure about it.

          Maybe I'm just getting old but I didn't think this was a patch on the original, still one of my favourites of all time.

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        • Taken 2 (DVD) / DVD / 21 Readings / 21 Ratings
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          Neeson is back and this time, he's the one in trouble...

          Taken 2 is the slightly unnecessary sequel to the film that saw Liam Neeson stepping forward as an unexpected action hero.

          As you may recall, in the first film his daughter was taken into a white-slave ring to be sold off as a prostitute whilst on a trip to France. Liam Neeson, her former Special Forces dad, waded in to the rescue and pretty much kicked the ass of anyone who got in his way with explosive consequences.

          This time around, it is Neeson and his wife who are taken. The father of the guy responsible in the first film wants revenge on Neeson for killing his son and is willing to use Neeson's family to do it.

          This time around, it is the daughter that must come to the rescue...

          I loved the concept and the whole message the film is trying to convey- that if you participate in violence and violent actions, you promote an endless cycle of revenge killing and people seeking vengeance for what they consider wrongs. I just thought the message got lost along the way and that this film ended up just being very similar to the original. That's not a bad thing- if it ain't broke, don't fix it - but it did make for a film that was ever so slightly lacking in places.

          Neeson is simply superb as always, Famke Janssen her usual fairly wooden self. The action is fast-paced and relentless and there is a whole point here that the Directors seem to be trying to make.

          It's just that you can't help thinking watching this, "yeah, seen it, wore the t-shirt...check please!"

          It was actually better than I expected, but seeing as I did not have high hopes for it, that is not that big a recommendation. I do think if you liked the first one, you should watch this, just not too close together as you might easily get confused which one is which??!!??

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