Sunday, 31 January 2016

Terry Wogan Interviews Harrison Ford

Terry Wogan who passed away today at the age of 77 has interviewed hundreds of celebrities over the years.  In this video Harrison Ford is being interviewed by the iconic British presenter.

Terry Wogan asks Harrison Ford, "Is Indiana Jones gone for good?"  Ford replies with "one learns to never say never."  He also says he could do one more Indy movie.



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Veteran BBC broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan has died aged 77, after a short illness, his family has confirmed.

In a statement, they said: "Sir Terry Wogan died today after a short but brave battle with cancer.

His voice and presenting skills graced British TV for over 50 years.  Here's just one of his interviews, this one is with Robin Williams.



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Saturday, 30 January 2016

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For the first time in any LEGO video game, characters and vehicles from some of the biggest entertainment brands in the universe converge in LEGO® Dimensions™.  In a new short trailer illustrating the game’s crazy, possible mash-ups, Dr. Venkman from Ghostbusters™, Doc Brown from Back to the Future™, and The Doctor from the long running British science fiction television series Doctor Who, unexpectedly come together.

Fans can play through individual levels based on these popular properties in the game’s main story. Players can also explore one distinct, freeplay Adventure World for each of these entertainment properties with any LEGO Dimensions minifigure belonging to that brand.  Each Adventure World provides players access to additional gameplay content and exploration throughout some of the most iconic locations from each brand’s universe.

Ghostbusters fans who want to spookify their LEGO Dimensions experience beyond the Ghostbusters level in the LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack can add the Ghostbusters Level Pack featuring “A Spook Central Adventure!” a mission-based Ghostbusters level where players must fight Gozer and save New York City.  The pack comes with a buildable Peter Venkman LEGO minifigure and Proton Pack, Ecto-1 and Ghost Trap – all playable in the game. Players can replay through the game and other levels to trap ghosts and access more collectibles in their journey to save the LEGO multiverse.

Players who want to head back to the future in an epic LEGO Dimensions adventure, can add the Back to the Future Level Pack which unlocks the exclusive “A Hill Valley Time Travel Adventure” level. The pack comes with a buildable Marty McFly LEGO minifigure, DeLorean Time Machine which can travel through time and access areas, plus a Hoverboard.  Players can also expand their LEGO Dimensions gameplay with the Back to the Future Doc Brown Fun Pack, featuring a buildable Doc Brown minifigure and rebuildable Traveling Time Train.


Fans who want more of the Whoniverse beyond the Doctor Who level in the LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack can purchase the Doctor Who Level Pack which includes “The Dalek Extermination of Earth,” an additional mission-based Doctor Who level, along with a 12th Doctor LEGO minifigure, TARDIS that can travel across time and space, and K-9 – all playable in the game. Gamers can play as any of the twelve doctors. When the 12th Doctor is defeated in the level, he returns as the 1st Doctor and then regenerates back up to the 12th Doctor again.  The interior of the TARDIS will reflect the corresponding Doctor the player embodies or can be manually selected.  There’s even a jukebox inside where players can choose among different versions of the Doctor Who theme music. Players can further upgrade their LEGO Dimensions gameplay with the Doctor Who Cyberman Fun Pack, featuring a buildable Cyberman minifigure and rebuildable Dalek.

LEGO Dimensions - Official Doctors! Trailer





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ILM have released a new visual effects behind the scenes featurette on their Youtube channel.

We are pleased to share a sample of the visual effects work created for Colin Trevorrow's 'Jurassic World.' ILM has a long and storied history with the Jurassic series and this film, like each film that has come before it, breaks new ground in character animation and visual effects.



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Friday, 29 January 2016

KUNG FU PANDA 3
Starring the voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie,
Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Kate Hudson, Davi Cross, J.K. Simmons and Jackie Chan
Screenplay by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger
Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and
Alessandro Carloni



Reviewed by Patrick Gibbs




















The original Kung Fu Panda was really something of a breakthrough movie for DreamWorks animation. It was the point when they started to kick things up a notch in terms of quality of animation, and really start to compete with Pixar (as fun as the first two Shrek movies were, the animation wasn't even in the same league as Monsters, Inc., no matter what the Oscars might have said.). It was also the point when their stories started to become more sophisticated. The second film in the series was a breathtaking, eye popping action-adventure film with a surprisingly dark edge but hilarious comic highlights, as well as a good deal of dramatic depth. Honestly, that movie was the most fun I've had with an action picture in the past several years, and I'll always remember sitting in a darkened theater with my brother, my nephews and my niece, and just being blown away by the awesome awesomeness of this epically awesome moviegoing experience. This was the turning point when we had to start asking ourselves: is DreamWorks getting more interesting than Pixar? The presence of Guillermo Del Toro as an advisor on the film seemed to be a partial explanation for both the dark tone and the commitment to quality, but whether it was because it was too dark or simply that the summer was over crowded, Kung Fun Panda 2 didn't kick butt at the box office the way it was supposed to, and those of  us who loved it so much were left fearful that a third installment wasn't going to happen. As such, I honestly was as excited for part 3 as I was for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As such, I think I was setting my expectations unrealistically high. But even going into the movie with such lofty hopes, it managed to deliver a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

The story centers around Po reuniting with his biological father voiced by (Bryan Cranston), who we learned was still alive at the end of the last film. Naturally, the presence of Po's Panda Dad makes Father Goose (James Wong) very uncomfortable, and he fears losing Po. But a dark shadow is descending over China in the form of the Jade Zombies, lead by Kai (J.K. Simmons) a late Kung Fu master who has escaped from the spirit realm and who will stop at nothing to steal the Chi of every kung fu master. Po must travel with his Panda Dad to a secret sanctuary of pandas to learn the secret of Chi, and find inner peace.

The studio is definitely being mindful not to get too dark with this one (though Del Toro is credited as producer), and reviews calling it a Return of the Jedi to the last film's Empire Strikes Back are quite apt, as this installment is much softer, cuter, more kid friendly and commercial than the last one. In fact, the emphasis on the panda village, in particular all of the panda children, can't help but make you think of the Ewoks, and for better or worse, the cute and cuddly factor is really ramped up to be a much more major focus (a bit too much so for my taste, given that we don't grow as attached to these characters as I felt I was supposed to be.). That being said, for all of its detractors, Return of the Jedi is still a blast, and so is Kung Fu Panda 3.

Black, Cranston and Jolie could not be better in their roles, and J.K. Simmons does a great job as the villain, even if the character isn't as interesting as Gary Oldman's power hungry peacock in the second film. Seth Rogen, David Cross and especially Jackie Chan's Monkey have some endearing moments, and of course James Wong steals the movie yet again as Po's adopted father, one of the best characters in the history of animated films, and perhaps the highlight of the film is the unexpectedly touching friendship that develops between Po's two fathers. Less successful is Kate Hudson as a completely superfluous character named Mei Mei, a ribbon dancer who is infatuated with Po. It feels like they had bigger plans for this character, but she somehow got lost in the shuffle, and in the end she's just kind of annoying. The action scenes are solid and better than average, even if they don't quite compare to what we saw last time (there is also a bit of a feeling that the studio is trying to spend a little less money, given the disappointing returns on the last film.). But the final confrontation, when Po finally reaches his full potential, it absolutely joyous.

All in all, this is a highly enjoyable family film, and a satisfying rap up to the series. I strongly suspect that it's only going to grow on me more with repeat viewings, and I look forward to adding it to my home video collection.


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Thursday, 28 January 2016

“Legends of the Lasat”

New Video and Images Available for “Legends of the Lasat” –
the next episode of Star Wars Rebels on February 3rd at 9pm ET/PT on Disney XD!

The crew of the Ghost is surprised when the two refugees they agree to help escape the Empire are revealed to be surviving Lasat.  Zeb must come to terms with his past to help his people reach their new home.

Find out more about the Lasat and their mysterious relationship with the Force when an all-new episode of "Star Wars Rebels" debuts WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3 (9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD.


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Reviewed by Patrick Gibbs

Starring Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz, Graham McTavish,  John Magaro, Abraham Benrubi and Eric Bana
Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamsay and
Eric Johnson
Directed by Craig Gillespie
Rated PG (intense sequences of peril and mild profanity)











The true story of a Coast Guard rescue mission in 1952 off the coast of Cape Cod, The Finest Hours is a by the book, predictable, formulaic, old fashioned,  feel good, triumph of the human spirit, and a bit of shameless Disneyesque Americana.

And I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Chris Pine plays delightfully against type as Bernie Webber, a shy, even somewhat square Boatswain's Mate First Class, who is romancing a local girl and living in the shadow of a previous rescue mission, wherein he faced impossible odds and was unable to save the lives of local men. It seems clear that most people don't blame Webber, with the exception of Carl Nickerson (Matthew Maher), a local man whose brother was lost, and to some extent, Webber himself.

But when a massive storm hits and two oil tankers, SS Fort Mercer and SS Pendleton, both split in half, Webber must put the demons of the past aside. More than 30 sailors are aboard the Pendelton, and Engineer Ray Sybert (Caey Affleck) organizes a strategy for his fellow survivors, with the support of his superior, Frank "Pops" Fauteux (Graham McTavish). Some of the men don't trust Sybert, but his daring plan to run the ship aground is the only chance they've got to survive.

As word of the disaster reaches the Coast Guard in Chatham, Mass., Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana) orders Bernie Webber to pick a crew and mount a rescue mission. Webber takes three men out on a life boat in an attempt to save the crew against seemingly impossible odds.

This is not a movie that is trying to be bold or groundbreaking, and it's certainly not trying to be edgy. It's a throwback that wears its sentimentality on its sleeve, but it does so honestly and sincerely. This is almost exactly the movie The Perfect Storm failed so spectacularly to be: an exciting, tense and dramatic adventure about the perils of men against the elements at sea. And while it's not nearly as innovative as Ron Howard's underrated epic In The Heart of the Sea, I found myself caring a good deal more about the fate of these characters, and director Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl, Million Dollar Arm) has a strong sense of pacing and how to build tension without making it feel too forced to feel like reality.

The cast is very strong, lead by Pine, who can't seem to find a hit in a lead role outside of Star Trek, but continues to impress anyway, and Holliday Grainger (last seen as one of the stepsisters in Cinderella) makes a very strong impression as his headstrong bride to be, Miriam. As Webber's crew, the always reliable Ben Foster provides a perfect cynical counterpart to Bernie's all American optimism, and The Big Short's John Magaro and American Sniper's Kyle Gallner lend able support, although you never really feel like you get to know any of these guys. Some of that is intentional, but Foster's character left me feeling  I was missing something. In general, the script far too often goes for character types instead of characters, but the actors really rise to the challenge of making them feel real.

Onboard the Pendelton, Affleck and McTavish really command the screen, especially when they are together, and this largely makes up for the somewhat clunky and vague establishing of  exactly who most of these characters are (does this ship have any kind of a Captain?). Abraham Benrubi (Jerry on TV's E/R for so many years, and Mose in Kevin Costner's Open Range) as the ship's Teddy Bear of a cook just makes you want to give him a big hug as he tries to keep spirits up by fruitlessly attempting to get people to join him in singing "Sit Down, You're Rocking The Boat" from Guys and Dolls. Benrubi, who is destined to one day play "Tummy" in a live action version of Disney's Gummi Bears (I will make this happen some day, I swear it on my own blood) is one of those character actors that never seems to get the credit he is due, but his unsung presence always makes whatever he's in that much better.

The musical score by the great Carter Burwell is both rousing and beautiful, and it sets a perfect tone. If there is a major failing of the movie, it's the 3D, which just wasn't up to snuff. I get the reasoning why the sequences at sea make it a candidate for 3D, but a movie set largely at night doesn't need you to be putting on glasses to make things even darker, and most of the time the effect was really pretty lackluster, but perhaps that was just a flaw in the presentation of the film.

All in all, this is a real crowd pleaser that is not likely to draw big crowds, but those that do come into the theater will be glad they did so.

(And yes of course I thought several times about the fact that Nero was Jim Kirk's commander, but both actors are good enough that it is nowhere near the distraction it should be.).




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Twentieth Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation have released the first trailer for the new hair-raising comedy TROLLS.

Filled with unbelievable adventure and incredible music from an all star cast: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Gwen Stefani, Russell Brand, Ron Founts. TROLLS hits UK cinemas later this year.

Synopsis
DreamWorks' TROLLS is a hair-raising comedy filled with unbelievable adventure and incredible music.  Known for their crazy, colourful, and magical hair, Trolls are the happiest, most joyous creatures ever to burst into song. But their world of rainbows and cupcakes is changed forever, when their leader Poppy (Anna Kendrick,) must embark on a rescue mission that takes her far beyond the only world she’s ever known.

Director: Mike Mitchell, Walt Dohrn
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Gwen Stefani, Russell Brand, Ron Founts

TROLLS is released in UK cinemas later this year




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Wednesday, 27 January 2016



Neil deGrasse Tyson and physicist Brian Cox debate whether the fictional weapon could ever exist.  The good news is that Professor Brian Cox thinks they could be a reality thanks to the laws of physics. 


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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

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A new exhibition opens today at the National Museum of Cardiff and Indiana Jones will be a key feature, or at least his clothing and iconic whip will be.  The Treasures: Adventures in Archaeology exhibition include gems from popular culture including the hat, whip and jacket of Indiana Jones, crystal skulls and Inca Gold alongside early finds such as Egyptian Mummies.

Entry tickets for adults will be £7 each.  It will be the first time in thirteen years that the museum has charged for an entry to an exhibition.  This has been picked up by a number of news media outlets including the BBC.  (Personally, If it results in bringing impressive exhibits like this to the area then I'm in favour of museums asking for an entry fee - Rob.)

We will be bringing a report and photos from the event in the next few weeks.

Here's the press release for the event:

Step into the world of famous explorers and go on an adventure to uncover treasures from around the world, at an exciting new exhibition opening at National Museum Cardiff in January.

The Treasures: Adventures in Archaeology exhibition is on display at National Museum Cardiff from 26 January – 30 October 2016.

The exhibition will be one of the first events in Wales’ action-packed Year of Adventure. The year aims to promote Wales’ adventure offer, from thrill-seeking activities such as zip wires and mountain biking to exciting exhibitions in museums. It will also include celebratory events to mark the centenary of adventure writer Roald Dahl.

Wales’ Deputy Minister for Culture and Sport, Ken Skates announced some of the key objects on show as part of the exhibition at National Museum Cardiff.

The Deputy Minister said:

“2016 is the Year of Adventure in Wales and what better way to celebrate than with an exhibition showcasing treasures discovered by explorer archaeologists and artefacts from films featuring the world’s most famous movie adventurer, Indiana Jones?

“I am delighted with the collection of objects that will be on display at the Museum which each have a thrilling adventure linked to them. I hope this exhibition will attract new visitors, who can discover the adventure stories behind these items and the exciting explorations of archaeologists – from uncovering lost treasures to solving ancient mysteries.

“Adventure means different things to different people and there really is something for everyone here in Wales. I am pleased the National Museum is joining us on our Year of Adventure, as one of Wales’ leading tourist attractions it is apt that they are kicking off the year with such an exciting exhibition.”

The exhibition will tell the stories behind great archaeological discoveries from the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, Rome, Pre-Columbian America and Rapa Nui (Easter Island), some of which have never been seen in Wales before. It will include a whole host of fascinating objects and treasures from ancient worlds as well as more recent examples uncovered in Wales.

Visitors will be encouraged to follow in the footsteps of archaeologists, historical and fictional, to uncover the stories behind some of the world’s ancient treasures. Star objects will include an Egyptian mummy, Roman treasures and a crystal skull from the film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the CrystalSkull, thanks to Lucas Museum of Narrative Art; human skulls from Viking-age burials at Llanbedrgoch, Anglesey; and a 19th Century crystal skull from Musée du Quai Branly Paris.

The archaeological investigations of individuals such as Giovanni Belzoni (Italian explorer and pioneer archaeologist of Egyptian antiquities), Flinders Petrie (Egyptologist) and Adela Breton (archaeological artist and explorer) will be explored. This will be contrasted with adventure today and the impact of archaeological discoveries on popular culture, fiction and film, from Tintin and Indiana Jones to Rider Haggard and Conan Doyle.

David Anderson, Director General of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, said:

“Archaeology is about mystery, discovery and science as well as popular culture. It has inspired adventurers, writers, poets and film makers for over a century.

“In this exhibition we will show some spectacular objects in Wales for the first time. I am confident Treasures: Adventures in Archaeology will appeal to all ages who I hope, will enjoy discovering the amazing stories behind some of these extraordinary objects.”

Visit http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/ to book your tickets

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Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park has stood the test of time.  It's often said that the CGI dinosaurs from the 1993 classic still look more realistic than a lot of modern day movies including dare I say it, Jurassic World.  It's easy to forget that the original dinosaur Isla Nublar adventure is 23 years old.

Youtuber Tom F has put together a new trailer for Jurassic Park which emulates modern day trailers and to be honest you wouldn't believe it's a movie from two decades ago.  Take a look.



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Monday, 25 January 2016


Alan R. Ryan is the host, and owner of Jogcast Radio. Australia’s Geek home, where you can find news, reviews and rumours from all ends of geekery. Jogcast Radio covers: Star Wars, 007, Farscape and movie and film news.

He’s also a published writer with his scifi series: The Catharus Saga, Darkness Descends, the historical epic: The Unfortunate Irishman, and Shield of Lies: an adventure with an Australian hero. Alan resides in Australia.

Lets ask Alan some quickfire questions:

You're stuck in a swamp on Dagobah (Star Wars).  What one movie, TV show, album and book
would you take?
Blade Runner, and Dan Simmons’ Hyperion

If you could invite any three people (alive or not, fictitious or not) to a dinner party, who would they be?
Frank Herbert, Richard Epcar and Les Claypool

What is your favourite John Williams soundtrack?
Revenge of the Sith

If you were invisible for a day what would be the first thing you would do?
Run through the city naked.

What is your biggest fear?
Heights

What was the most embarrassing moment of your life?
When I passed out at an army parade

Excluding search engines, what three website would you choose if no other websites were available?
Dark Horizons, StarWars.com, and Reddit

Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Guilty Pleasure – Star Trek

What are you looking forward to the most in the next six months?
Release of my new novel – Jungle Reign

What is your most treasured possession?
My book collection

What is your biggest regret?
Not going to see Matrix at the cinema

What are you most proud of?
Jogcast’s rise, and the growing following

What was your most memorable video gaming moment?
Jedi Power Battles, and smashing all the bosses

What is your favourite Spielberg movie?
Minority Report



What is your favourite Star Wars moment?
In The Empire Strikes Back, Han and Leia bickering

Where can people keep in touch or follow you?
www.jogcastradionetwork.wordpress.com, Twitter: @jogcastradio, email: jogcastradio@gmail.com, Me on Twitter: @ARRyan_writer

If you would like to be featured on our quick fire questions, feel free to email me.

Rob
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Sunday, 24 January 2016

Indiana Jones and the Bridge to Yesterday

Those clever people over at the number one Indiana Jones podcast, Indycast are bringing yet another treat. A new IndyCast Radio Drama.  It's called Indiana Jones and the Bridge to Yesterday.  It's written by Tim Bungeroth, with story by Keith Voss.  What's more you can listen to a preview right now on the latest Indycast episode.

Click here to listen.  You can also keep up to date on the radio drama on their Facebook page.

Indiana Jones and the Bridge to Yesterday is scheduled for a May release.



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Saturday, 23 January 2016

Reviewed by Patrick Gibbs         











Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Live Schreiber, Alex Roe, Ron Livingston, Maika Monroe and Maria Bello
Based on the novel by Rick Yancey
Screenplay by Susanna Grant, Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner
Directed by J Blakeson


Leonardo DaVinci foresaw manned flight. Orson Scott Card foresaw the internet. But there are some things about the future that no one can predict, no matter how much foresight they possess, and the post apocalyptic teeny bopper genre is most certainly one of those things.

For all of its many detractors (and I count myself as one) the success of the Twilight saga showed the entertainment world that there was an audience desperately crying out for stories centered around young female protagonists, and as such, it has actually had a very positive effect. The Hunger Games franchise was so far above the aforementioned title in terms of a compelling story and characters that it crossed over into appealing to many adults, and it has changed the popular notion of what a story for girls is supposed to be. You may be tired of these kinds of movies. The latest installment of the Detergent series may not interest you, but there is a large group that not only wants this, but needs to be represented. So, as badly done, backward and backhandedly sexist as Twilight most certainly was, I still applaud what it has done for a generation.

Unfortunately, as is always the case, the message that creators of popular fiction have taken from this is just as much that churning out variations on the same old thing tailored to fit the current trend means an easy return on your investment as that girls are people, too. Whether it's callous but stylish wise-cracking hitmen or teenage girls facing down the end of the world, it's always easier to just copy than it is to create. The 5th Wave is he latest movie trying to cash in, and to say that it is nothing more than War of the Worlds in a training bra is frankly being too kind.

Cassie (Chloe Grace Moretz) is a regular teenage girl with regular dreams, which she dutifully jots down in a diary, according to the Hollywood teenage girl handbook. She is also a cheerleader, and she has a crush on a football player.  But her entire world (not to mention everyone else's) is drastically changed by the arrival of  "The Others," which is the name that mankind gives to the inhabitants of mysterious spacecraft that appear around the world, hovering over cities and suburban neighborhoods, but not attempting to make contact, making everyone over 20 in the audience suddenly want to watch Independence Day. But of course, when "The Others" do make contact, they do it in the form of wanton mayhem and destruction in an attempt to exterminate the human race, because they too have a Hollywood handbook to follow.

Cassie and her father and brother Sammy end up in a military facility for survivors  (I honestly can't remember what happened to Mom, or if she eve existed, it was so hard to care.). It is there that they are informed that these invaders can take human form, and may be amongst them now ("Wait! You're saying that some of us are others?" a featured extra spouts, in what is likely to be the most unintentionally amusing line of the year.).

When news arrives that the base is under attack, the children are loaded onto buses to be taken to safety first. But Sammy forgets his Teddy Bear, so his dutiful older sister must go retrieve it. But of course, the buses leave without her, so when the adults are all gone, she must make it on her own.

From here, we follow dual storylines as Cassie tries to make it to her brother, meeting a mysterious yet ruggedly handsome young stranger (surprise) along the way, and her brother ends up training to be a soldier alongside her secret crush the football player (played by Jurassic World's Nick Robinson). The two plotlines compete to see which one can be more predictable and insipid, but Cassie's plot wins out in the end, which is an impressive accomplishment considering the Blackhawk Down Goes To Middle School sequence. I find it both fascinating and indescribably disturbing that so much of our popular fiction is based on the premise of kids being handed a gun and made into soldiers, forced to grow up immediately as they face kill or be killed situations, and yet no one bothers to see Beasts of No Nation, the most shameful Oscar snub of 2015. Is anyone else bothered by the fact that children being forced to kill is endlessly interesting to us as a fictional "what if?" science fiction scenario as long as they are white and American, but if they are not, and it's happening right now, nobody cares??? If I'm really the only one, then to quote Lucy Van Pelt, "Stop the world, I want to get off."

But back to the topic at hand: this particular movie is boring, poorly paced, and woefully predictable. The largely capable cast does their best with the material, but the immensely talented Moretz, who has given truly great performances in films ranging from Hugo to Kick Ass to The Equalizer that the fact that she could and should be doing better seems evident even to her, and her performance seems half hearted.  Robinson fares much better, and provides the only moments of the film where I started to care about any of these characters as if they were people. As usual, Liev Schreiber is wasted in a thankless role, and Mario Bello seems to be going for "first Razzie candidate of the year" in a small role as a Southern Fried Military woman.

In the end, this isn't quite bad enough to be interesting as a failure, but it's nowhere near good enough for any complimentary word higher than "watchable." If it reaches an audience, it will only be further testament to how badly the long underrepresented female young adult audience wants movies aimed at them, and to our responsibility to make better ones so that they we make sure that they are truly being represented and not just exploited with this new pop culture trend.

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