Robert Knepper

‘Transporter 3’ abides by the law of diminishing returns

While it should be obvious to those that saw the first two entries in the series that their plots were lightly based on real world issues and then taken up considerable notches to create high flying adventures where anything could happen, Transporter 3 tries to take its plot a bit more seriously than the previous two instalments did. It was during the first decade of the new millennium that the topics of climate control and global warming began to truly captivate the political debates raging the world over and how to protect the planet from humankind’s own calamitous practices.

‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I’ is all prologue

The splitting of the conclusions of recent fantasy or sci-fi franchises into two parts (or more – looking at you, Peter Jackson) has been financially successful for Hollywood studios, but less so creatively. Only arguable trendsetter Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I proved a satisfying film in its own right by being so rich in character interplay and having an actual sense of progression. Mockingjay – Part I is heavy on character beats, but they are repetitive ones due to its limited scope through withholding all the big stuff until Part 2.

First teaser trailer for ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′ has landed

What is sure to be one of the year’s biggest films, Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I, has its first trailer. Luckily this film appears to be doing something other than having a second half of the film be another round of the Hunger Games, as Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) becomes the face of a rebellion against Donald Sutherland’s President Snow.

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