Sunday, 24 September 2017

Kingsman: The Golden Circle- A review


It’s been a pretty tough year for cinema this year. As some of you might have been able to tell from my last review; there has been little in the way of quality films around recently and it has taken time for me to get back to writing film reviews because of it. The Dark Tower was exhausting to watch so I was pleasantly surprised to go back to the cinema today and actually enjoy what I was seeing. I will admit; I was deeply worried that after reading several scathing reviews of today’s topic of discussion, Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle, another negative review was on its way. But I can honestly say that that is not the case. I loved this film! I will however be including spoilers so if you don’t want to know what happens stop reading now!



SPOILERS!

It had to be said that right from the very start all the way until the very end Kingsman: The Golden Circle is absolute mayhem. The opening scene is a hectic battle through the streets of London involving a Kingsman taxi and a fleet of Jaguars. It is a little bit random; Charlie, the Kingsman reject from the first film reappears here with a shaved head, a robotic arm and completely able to resist a massive electric shock to the face. No explanation is offered; the film just jumps straight in there with these details for you to process before, within about half a minute of the film starting the madness gets going. The fight scene that fills the opening moments is complete chaos. There are gun shots, explosions and Taron Eggerton goes flying through the air. It really sets the tone for the entire film; madness, and mayhem with an awesome soundtrack! As opening scenes go; this one is a winner but I would also be interested to know which part of London this car chase is supposed to take place in given there being so little traffic and roads with such huge speed capabilities. 

A lot of this film is a total surprise. Much of the characters we loved in the first film reappear in The Golden Circle but what you don’t expect is just how many of them are killed off. Even then, you are sat there thinking ‘no, no, surely not’ because the Kingsman franchise has been that sort of film. We knew from the trailers that Colin Firth would be making an unexpected come back, saved by a solution that is frankly stupid (something I am willing to overlook given that it sort of works in the context of all the other madness) so it wasn’t unreasonable to assume that some of the characters would be granted an improbable survival as well. Sadly, this was not the case which is what made a lot of this film shocking; the deaths shift the tone from comedy to serious in a heartbeat before they almost instantly jump back. One of the most heart-breaking moments in the whole film is laced with a twisted humour as Merlin, Mark Strong's best character to date, sings his way to his death in an oddly moving but also slightly hilarious final scene for his character and I was expecting a miraculous escape but sadly no such luck. Vaughn has this knack for this sort of thing, however, and it is refreshing to be kept on your toes by an unpredictable plot. 

The basis for this film is bizarre. Julianne Moore wants to conquer the world via the drugs trade and has wiped out Kingsman in the process leaving Taron Eggerton, Mark Strong and a permanently confused Colin Firth to sort out the mess. It’s a film about Eggsy saving the world. What more do you want, really? There is a lot of carnage ensued in the process and some really grizzly deaths; including one involving a meat mincer which, however grim, is highly entertaining. Moore as a villain is an interesting choice; we’ve seen her smash the role of Margate White in Carrie but that was horror, I wasn’t sure she would pull it off in an action film. Safe to say; she does. She does it brilliantly! Like the rest of this film; it’s completely random but in the context of the chaos of Kingsman it really works. She is creepy and amusing at the same time. She features for just the right amount of scenes to keep her character from becoming annoying which, if the same formula had been followed with her as it was with Samuel L. Jackson’s character in the first film, she most certainly would have done.

The key to this film being great is that it is not trying to be anything other than an insane action film. No, it probably won’t go down in history for holding any cultural significance; all it will ever be is escapism. But I’ve said it before and I will say it again; we need films like this. If you want to sit down and watch a film that requires no thinking, no real effort to process and will give you a bit of a laugh then this is one to watch. Yes, there are plot flaws (the brain solution being a huge one), yes certain actors are not used to their full potential (Jeff Bridges, I am looking at you), yes, it is completely ridiculous but sometimes that is what you need. On that basis I am saying Kingsman: The Golden Circle is brilliant. And I seriously recommend it to all!

Sunday, 27 August 2017

The Dark Tower- A review


Earlier this month I talked about why I am deeply worried about the film adaptation of The Dark Tower. I promised to update my blog when I had finally watched it and then, as you might have noticed, it didn’t get a mention on The Howard Archives for three and a half weeks, even though it was released two days after I wrote about it. The plan was to have an updated review of the full film the weekend following my post about the trailer and I have been asked what happened to the follow up post as it never materialised. The answer is this; I could not watch this film. I don’t mean this is a ‘I just couldn’t bring myself to watch it because the reviews said it was terrible’ way. What I mean is; I was literally unable to watch it; not one of my local cinemas were showing it until very recently and, even then, it’s shown sporadically throughout the day making viewing awkward.

Despite this, I’ve finally seen The Dark Tower. Due to awkward showing times at one cinema and complete abstinence from another I was not expecting much; the bar is set low when cinemas refuse to take a film. I’ve already talked about the running times and the fact The Dark Tower is pitched as a sequel rather than a straight adaptation being my big worries but now I’ve seen it I can honestly say the problems with this film run far deeper than these, now seemingly superficial, issues.

Before you read further, be aware this review will contain spoilers!

I don’t really know where to start with this review. There was so much wrong with the film that my notes for this blog spread over three pages. It’s even hard to find a good point because of the few things that I could have liked about The Dark Tower each aspect comes with a ‘but’.

When I talked about the trailers I mentioned that I was excited to see the references to other works of Stephen King. I love this kind of thing; Disney do it all the time. It’s a fun Easter egg hunt to pick out parts of your other favourites. We knew from the trailer that IT and The Shining and multi-book character The Crimson King were already registered for a mention so I was looking forward to seeing what else I could spot but like so much else to do with this franchise; they managed to get it drastically wrong. The whole film felt like a terrible drinking game; drink every you spot a nod to another Stephen King work and you’ll be under the table before your half way done with the film. To mention a few, within twenty minutes there had already been references to IT, The Shining, Cujo, Christine and The Shawshank Redemption and it just got gradually more distracting as the plot went on. It’s fun when it’s subtle, that’s part of the experience, but The Dark Tower does it repeatedly and without even attempting subtly; much of them seemed to have been used as a way of getting screen time through filler shots that served no relevance to the plot.

One of the worst things about this is that they are included, seemingly with the intention of having some relevance since they are so obvious, and then left open ended with no explanation. In both the trailers and on several occasions throughout the film a point is made to show off graffitied signs reading ‘All Hail The Crimson King’. The inclusion of this in the trailers hinted at the start of something huge in the way of plot. But, this wasn’t touched on once. It’s not mentioned or suggested at in any way. I was expecting a little remark about it from Matthew McConaughey but no such luck.

Another aspect guilty of this is in the early scenes during which young Jake’s trip to the doctor is interrupted by an earthquake which shakes the whole room. Several seconds of screen time is lost to a shot of a photo of The Overlook Hotel wobbling on a stand. Seconds may sound small but in a film barely eighty minutes long if you discount the credits it counts as lost valuable time that could have been spared for other plot points.  

Run time is such a huge problem for this film. I firmly believe that The Dark Tower could have been the next Lord of the Rings in terms of the vastness of the franchise. It could have been three huge blockbuster films with in depth and complex plots that explored every aspect of King’s epic story. But no. No, The Dark Tower is little more than an eighty-minute montage of half-hearted story-telling and little in the way of plot. Ideas are put forward, hinting at a plot and then immediately forgotten again. The opening line, regarding the tower, ‘it is said only the mind of a child can bring [the tower] down’ is put forward as a promising start that instantly falls flat. It is never properly touched upon again. We learn that young Jake is the only one who could really be a threat to the tower but the mechanics and the who/what/when/where and why’s are never explored. It’s a shame because this is the sort of thing that would make the film interesting.

The entire story of The Dark Tower is virtually none existent. Very little is said about the tower itself or why The Man in Black really wants to bring it down. I counted how many times the tower was seen throughout the movie and I came up with a grand total of four times, in brief shots, each suspiciously similar to the last. I’d have thought, personally, that a film titled The Dark Tower, based on a series called The Dark Tower, with a plot about bringing down The Dark Tower might have included a few details about THE DARK TOWER! Again, this is not the case, each plot point is skipped over in little to no detail leaving you feeling lost, confused and frustrated (mostly at yourself for spending an obscene amount of money for the privilege of watching such a dire film).

 Other key factors ruining any potential this film might have had is the fact that nothing is explained. As well as problems with The Crimson King, the references, the tower, there are huge problems with the characters themselves. The history of the gunslingers is not explored. We see one die in the early scenes, too early in my opinion- more could have been made with this, but other than that we get very little information about them. The same goes for The Man in Black; nothing is ever discussed of why he is at war with The Gunslinger and, most importantly, why The Gunslinger can resist his magic! This feels like a hugely critical part of the plot and not once is an explanation hinted at.

Watching this film, I actually felt sorry for the actors, especially Idris Elba. This film was such a massive waste of his talent. He is an amazing actor, he deserved a better film than this. So much more could have been done with The Dark Tower, just making long enough to explore the plots would have really given him the chance to shine but instead this brilliant actor is stuck with a film he really is too good for. What we saw of Elba as The Gunslinger was promising, and he does play it well. He is just let down by everything else going on.

The same goes for Matthew McConaughey. He is perfect to play The Man In Black. He has the sinister villain skulking about between worlds role one hundred percent on point. In trailers, he was threatening and creepy; I was expecting huge things. But, like with Idris Elba, he is let down by this terrible adaptation. He almost looked like he was in pain throughout most of his scenes. Both he and Elba are too good for this film. It should have been given the time and effort it deserved. The final battle had been shown, almost entirely, in the trailers and when The Gunslinger finally won, a whole five minutes after the fight started, the way in which he caused The Man In Black’s death falls flat and seems far too simple considering he is supposed to have been a powerful sorcerer.

Finally, a word on soundtrack and script. The former was not terrible. It reminded me, at times, of Interstellar’s incredible soundtrack. However, there was obviously some arrogance involved in putting it together as, when the portal between Earth (or ‘Keystone-Earth’ in this film) fires up, a mysterious sound is heard, a sound that the director seemed to think nobody watching would possibly recognise; the dial up sound. No, I am not joking, the film features that haunting screech of early twenty -first century internet pretending to be an alien portal waking up. It’s a cheap trick to play on audiences and it’s frustrating to hear because it seems as if they thought nobody would notice.

The script is, at best, mediocre. Everything that came out of Matthew McConaughey’s mouth sounded like an attempt at an epic one liner and Elba’s mantra ‘I shoot with my heart’ was beautifully put together, and haunting to listen too as he chanted it through the final battle but, unfortunately, it was over used, to the point I could hear a half-asleep member of the audience muttering it with him. The line ‘forgotten the face of your father’- seemingly a critical part of the Gunslinger history is exhausting and not explained. I’ve read the books and I wasn’t really sure what was going on, so I dread to think what watching this would have felt like for somebody new to the franchise.

I leave this review wondering what will happen with this franchise now. The final shot of the film; a doorway behind which some action is implied as the credits role, made me wonder if they ran out of money at the end for a proper shot of Jake going through the portal. It suggests that this is the end for The Dark Tower, which is a shame, considering how good it could have been had it been done properly. If the rumours are too believed then a TV series is coming soon, picking up where the film left off, but given the state of the film I am not hopeful. And if it does come off I won’t watch it. Like many Stephen King fans that I expect have been scared off this franchise by the terrible film, I am done with The Dark Tower.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

The Handmaid's Tale- Season 1, A Review


On Sunday the season finale of the on screen adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale aired after ten weeks of haunting viewing. Now it’s over its time to talk about what we’ve seen and please be warned that this review will contain spoilers!

I have to say that I loved The Handmaid’s Tale. The story is terrifying but the way that the show is put together in a complex series of twists and turns makes the chilling story edge of your seat viewing. Offred, the main character portrayed by Elizabeth Moss, is exactly how I imagined her in the book. The way she moves and speaks and narrates is fantastically orchestrated. At times Moss plays Offred as if she is a frightened child, other times she is terrified and obedient and other times the rebellious fighter that the character always has been underneath comes out. She alternates between them seamlessly, pulling on your heartstrings as her suffering plays out in front of you. Moss was the perfect choice for this part, I can’t wait to see her in season two. 

The supporting cast deserve a round of applause as well. Aunt Lydia, The Commander and Serena Joy will have you screaming at your TV as their twisted misogynist views are played out before you. This is especially true of the episode titled A Woman’s Place in which we see that Joy played a part in forming the oppressive regime that she is now part of. Joseph Finns as The Commander is both creepy and infuriating as he lords over his house and the women inside it. Nick, an eye in the house, becomes the character you end up loving to hate. He says very little and does what he is ordered, including breaking the law in a bid to help Offred get pregnant for Serena Joy. But his mechanical nature, whispered lines that will have to clambering for the volume button make him difficult to trust. When the series returns next year we will find out whether or not we were right to trust him-or not trust him, depending on the views.

The real hero of this series though, in my opinion, is Janine, portrayed by Madeline Brewer. She comes on screen as a mouthy rebel, quickly broken by her circumstances. Her story is heart breaking to watch as she is tortured, forced through a pregnancy and torn away from her child before being sentenced to death. Brewer plays her amazingly well, she deserves an award. When Janine goes through birth and is then left on the floor while her daughter is passed over to a brutal woman who claims the baby as her own you will want to kick the TV. Janine is left on the floor for others to pick up then sent off to another family to begin the baby making process again. 

Everything about The Handmaid’s Tale is scary. Atwood’s novel has been transformed into an onscreen world that doesn’t feel very far away from our own at times. Offred, real name June, and her friend Moira are given dirty looks as they jog through town in shorts and told they are ‘sluts’ by a man who thinks they are less than he is. It’s a terrifying precursor to the horrific order installed by The Commanders and their wives. Maybe we won’t ever become that bad, but in world where women still battle a glass ceiling and victim shaming is still a thing these scenes become uncomfortable and important. I hope they make people really think about the world we live in and where we are going.

The Ceremony, the slightly sinister word for when the Handmaids are forced into sex with their Commander, is the only part of The Handmaid’s Tale that I found genuinely hard to watch. It is repeatedly seen throughout the series. Once was more than enough. Its brutality is difficult to watch. The whole point of this show is the horrific nature of the world the characters are trapped in but the scenes featuring The Ceremony takes it too far. If they had to show it they need only have showed it once.

Overall, I can’t fault The Handmaid’s Tale. It was a brilliant and terrifying series with a fantastic cast and great story. Yes, there were parts that were difficult to watch but there could be an argument that at times they are important. I can’t wait to see where the second series takes the story and I really hope to see more of Elizabeth Moss and Madeline Brewer next time.



Five out of five!





Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Why I'm Worried About The Dark Tower


Stephen King is my favourite writer. I've read nearly all of his books and seen most of the adaptations for film and television. On Friday The Dark Tower film comes out in cinemas and I have to say I am a bit worried. In the past King has been let down by the film adaptations purely because the technology wasn't there to match his imagination; the film of Pet Semetary was the most devastating to watch because of King's work it is my favourite book. But I'm worried about The Dark Tower for different reasons. 

I will admit that the books of The Dark Tower aren't my favourite anyway. I just can't get interested in them in the same way that I can with his other books. Despite this they seem to be one of his most popular works with other fans. I want to see the film purely because it's Stephen King and the trailers have perked my interest; particularly with the many references to other works such as The Shining and the multi-book character the Crimson King. I also think that the casting is perfect. Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba as The Man in Black and The Gunslinger could not be better casting; I'm excited to see how they perform in these roles. The first film I saw McConaughey in was romantic comedy so seeing him as a villain will be refreshing and I can't honestly imagine anybody else other than Elba as The Gunslinger. 

Despite all this its difficult to ignore some of the problems that seem to be emerging before the film is even released. For starters; the running time is much shorter than expected. Most reports about it say that it only runs for 95 minutes but one I saw yesterday said it may be as short as 88! Considering the complex nature of the characters, plot and settings the idea of cramming all of that into 95 or 88, which ever the case, is really worrying. It might be okay if the plan was to have this as the first of many films taking us through the series but it appears to the first and last of anything Dark Tower related. It seems that the film won't even be based on the books but rather that it acts as a sequel. How true that is I don't know but I really hope not because despite my misgivings on the books lots of people love them and it would be fun to see what they can do with them on screen. 

There is no denying that the trailer looks very impressive, however. The images of the bullets floating through the air into a gun ready to be fired look amazing. The dialogue of the trailer shared between McConaughey and Elba is incredible and I love the scene of The Man in Black tapping the message on the wall reading 'All Hail The Crimson King'. If you take the trailers and the posters and the hype without consideration of the running time you can't deny that The Dark Tower looks impressive, even if it will be short.

I hope they can pull it off. I hope that the running time isn't a measly 88 minutes and that if it is 95 then that they can fill it with action and an actual plot without rushing it or ruining it. When it comes out I will go and see it and try to take as I find. Overall it looks pretty good but is it? Or will it be ruined by not having enough time to tell the story! Will it be any good?

Fingers crossed!

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Thoughts on the IT Trailer






“You’ll float too.”



These terrifying words echo through the latest trailer for the updated film version of Stephen King’s epic novel IT. There is something about the image of a child in a rain coat and that sequence of words that makes my skin crawl.

It’s been twenty-seven years since IT first appeared on screen. That terrifying 90s mini series staring Tim Curry has been the stuff of nightmares for audiences for nearly three decades and just as we thought we could recover from it somebody has decided to update it. I won’t lie; I’m thrilled! The original scared the hell out of me when I was fifteen and watching for the first time but it didn’t stop me wondering what the epic novel would look like if it was adapted with the technology we have on offer now.

I have mixed feelings about the new version based on the trailer. Yes I jumped when Pennywise leapt across that room of dolls (points to anybody who spotted the Tim Curry Easter egg in that shot by the way), but now I have seen the clown in full I wonder if part of the horror will be lost when I see the full film. My partner suggested that the fact that they showed the new Pennywise in full in the trailers was a mistake and I am starting to agree; monsters in movies are scarier when they are unseen and now I’ve seen Pennywise I don’t think any amount of jump-shots in the film will make up the scare factor lost by showing the clown before the film is even released. Hopefully I’m wrong.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m excited for this film. I’ve got a list of films based of King’s novels that I would like to see remade now the technology is stronger. Based on what I have seen of IT so far it shouldn’t disappoint. If the trailers are anything to go on the producers have worked hard to make this scary and I really hope they pull it off.  Yes they have shown us the clown early but based on the first trailer featuring a clip of Pennywise showing up in a slide show there are scares to be found in other places.

I will definitely be back with a blog of the film when it’s out. Hopefully it will meet the expectations to be the scariest film of the year. Watch this space!

Thursday, 8 June 2017

The House on Cold Hill- A Review


Peter James is one of my favourite writers. His collection of short stories A Twist of the Knife was one of the most gripping collections of short fiction that I’d ever read, especially the stories that were of the horror genre rather than the crime ones. The House On Cold Hill has only recently come to my attention, mostly because I collect his books in paperback so that my shelf remains streamlined. Yes, it’s a little obsessive but I like to make sure I have all of the same editions. This book was obviously something drastically different from the Roy Grace series Peter James is most popularly known for. The blurb read well; a family move into a large dilapidated old house and try to do it only they discover they aren’t the only ones living there. It’s very simple on the surface but as is typical with Peter James he takes something good and makes it much much better. The House on Cold Hill is no exception. SPOILER ALERT!


The opening scene of this book sets the tone for the entire book. A family arrive in the 80s at the doors of Cold Hill House all excited about their new house. The problem is the house as other ideas. This dramatic opening scene sets the bar really high for the rest of the book; its gruesome and tense. All of the characters appear quite likeable so it’s a shame that you don’t get to spend a bit more time with them.


The first set of character’s we meet aren’t the only ones who you get attached too in The House on Cold Hill. The main character, Ollie, is a really likeable character and you do root for him throughout; you want him to solve the ever mounting list of problems arising with the house and you want him to survive the attacks on his house and family by a ghost seemingly hell bent on revenge. Ollie, and his wife Caro, do sometimes come across as a bit clich├ęd, nothing about them is particularly special or unique to most other stories like this. The in-laws feature heavily in the early stages of this book and they are the ones that get the ball rolling on the ghost idea for Ollie, they way James pulls this off is some really good writing. The daughter, Jade, is well written, I was hoping she would make it to the end.


The plot is simple but well executed, which perhaps an inappropriate word to use given the content of the book, but the whole thing was unfortunately very predictable. It was very obvious about halfway through that Ollie and his family wouldn’t survive and that most of the people he had met along the way were also ghosts as well. It made reading it a bit of a chore but Peter James is a very good writer so it was forgivable. The other problem was there wasn’t actually much done with the ghost itself and when we do get information it is a bit rushed for the sake of more details about the house. Less house and more ghost would have been great. Saying that however, the way that the ghost taunts Ollie and his family is really interesting as it seems to have a grasp of twenty first century technology. It teases Ollie and Caro with messages to their phones and computers of how no matter what they do they won’t be able to survive the ghost’s attacks. I don’t think I’ve seen it before anywhere else and I really liked how it was done.


The House on Cold Hill features a series of illustrations throughout. They are maps of the house and drawings of the tombstones and headstones that feature as part of the plot. In books like that this that feature buildings and details from a very specific historic period keeping up with what something is supposed to look like is very difficult so having the illustrations made the story much easier to read. It also stops any chance of you being bombarded with excessive amounts of description because the pictures to it for you.


The House on Cold Hill is really good if you are after a bit of escapism without too much blood and guts flying about. If you’re after a real scare however I would say this one isn’t for you; its creepy there’s no doubt and to be honesty that’s as much as it needed, any more and it would have lost that flare that James has when it comes to horror writing. The writing and the plot are great and the characters are too! It just needed a bit more ghostliness! I do recommend it if you’re new to the genre.

Monday, 5 June 2017

The Shallows- A Review, Spoiler Alert


Since Jaws any movie featuring a shark has had to come up against some harsh comparisons to the terrifying classic from the 1970s. Of course there are the parody shark films like Sharknado and Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus which have never come close to that classic, they didn’t even try to but others like Deep Blue Sea did try to take themselves seriously. I like a shark movie, parody or otherwise so it was a bit of a surprise that it took me as long as it did to actually sit down and watch The Shallows, when I did get around to it I can honestly say I loved it!

The film opens with a clip filmed from a body camera, it’s unclear what’s happened but it’s enough to hook you right into the story straight away. There is a relatively small collection of characters throughout and only one central human character Nancy, played by Blake Lively but in the context of the film you don’t notice and it works. Her character is very likeable, you quickly become invested in her survival, even when it does seem like she had no hope given her situation. There is the problem of the beach itself; it has been specifically sort out by her character but a local refuses to tell her what it is called. This is a theme that carries right to the end of the film; you never find out what it’s called or why there is such a big mystery surrounding the beach. After a while this does get boring because it is never resolved. It’s a small issue but it’s an issue nonetheless.

The Shallows is basically a very high-quality B movie; Nancy has travelled to a very specific beach which relates to the backstory of wanting to reconnect with her late mother and wants to surf. She meets two guys while surfing and makes the decision to stay behind alone on an unfamiliar beach. The whole thing is a bit cliched and frustrating but it’s acceptable because there is no dwelling on it after Nancy is left alone; the action starts straight away. She surfs out to a beached whale carcass and boom; the shark appears. From here on out it’s pretty none stop right until end; every time there seems to be some chance of reprieve from the very intense shark pursuits something else happens. A man who looks like a potential rescuer appears and is swiftly eaten and the two boys that we see in the early moments of the beach scenes meet a grisly end as well, just when you think they might stand a chance.  

The tension in this film is really well orchestrated. For the bulk of The Shallows you see very little of the shark itself. You see a shadow, it’s outline in a wave, a glimpse of teeth or a flick of the tail but up until the very end you don’t see it as whole. This adds to the intensity because like Nancy you don’t know right up until the end how big of a monster she is battling to survive a meeting with. The animation of the shark is very high quality almost entirely throughout; there is one brief moment, in a chase scene between the shark and Nancy when it gets a little bit dodgy but its brief and if your fully invested in it you probably won’t notice. Overall the shark itself is very convincing.

The visual effects aren’t just great when it comes to the shark; the entire film is really well put together. The beach where it is based is extremely picturesque and the dramatic moment when Nancy is caught between a shark and a storm while stranded on a buoy is so visually impressive you ended feeling heavily invested in her story. The only problem with this is there is a lot of panoramic shots and scenery views breaking up the action scenes. It sets the scene but it is quite obvious that they are mostly being used to pad the film out a bit as it isn’t very long anyway, not even a full 90 minutes, and they are using these moments to fill it out.   

This film is not Jaws. It’s nothing like it or anything that’s come before it. And that’s okay. It’s a fantastic new take on the shark film genre and it definitely recommend it.