Review: The Great Wall

When you first hear the positively absurd premise for The Great Wall, your mind will naturally jump to one-of-two disparate conclusions. Either it will be so-bad-that-it’s good, or it will be a great, albeit batshit crazy, popcorn flick. There’s seemingly little room for anything outside of that binary. After all, this is a film about Matt Damon as an Irish (I think) mercenary teaming up with an army of colourfully attired, bungee jumping power-ranger lookalikes, in order to battle mythical lizard creatures that are trying to scale the Great Wall of China. I’ll give you a second to re-read that crack-pot rambling. Go on. Take your time.

One can only assume that this is loosely adapted from a collection of incoherent delusions, found scrawled upon an asylum wall in the author’s own shit. Which sounds promising as hell to me! Oh and it also has Willem Dafoe in it! So how can this be anything but majestically entertaining?

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Review: Sharknado 2: The Second One

This was originally published at The Edge SUSU on August 2nd 2014.

Self explanatory title aside, some set-up may be required in reviewing Sharknado 2: The Second One. Following the cult success of the first Sharknado with the “So-Bad-it’s-Good” crowd, the “creative team” over at The Asylum  (a very apt moniker for their staff I’m sure) realized they were on to something with their, admittedly very unique premise: Tornadoes ravage L.A whilst picking up exclusively sharks for some reason. So, keen to strike while the iron’s hot, they quickly churned out a successor that promises to up the ante, increase the scale and bafflingly build upon the… human … drama? Continue reading