Generally derided as one of the sillier big budget disaster movies of the ’90s, it’s something of a shock twist that the sequel to Independence Day – only a mere 20 years after the original – turns out to be a surprisingly fun time.
The big problem with Warcraft: The Beginning is that it’s for the fans: rather than showing us amazing things, it seems that everyone agreed the real audience for this film is already familiar with everything here so any attempt to build up mystery or awe would just be a waste of time.
When Will Traynor (Sam Claflin) is injured in a motorcycle accident and left a quadriplegic, he retreats from his life as an extreme sports-loving financier to live with his castle-owning parents in their mansion. Meanwhile, the extremely quirky Louisa “Lou” Clark (Emilia Clarke) has just lost her job at the local café and is desperate for work to help support her family.
Director James Wan returns from helming the Fast & Furious franchise to deliver the latest instalment in his series of films about paranormal investigators (the Insidious films were basically the same thing, only without the “based on a true story” hook).
Casting James Franco and Robert Pattinson in a movie set in pre-World War One Arabia is a pretty gutsy move. Unfortunately for director Werner Hertzog, it doesn’t pay off. Pattinson as T.E. Lawrence (“of Arabia”) works largely because his appearances are scattered through this film; a look at the real-life exploits of Gertrude Bell (Nicole Kidman) as she explored the desert and met with many of its tribes.
High-energy cable TV finance expert Lee Gates (George Clooney) is the host of fairly crass cable TV show ‘Money Monster’, so when he’s taken hostage during a live broadcast at first his viewers think it’s part of the act. Then when the bullets start flying, only his producer Patty (Julia Roberts) keeps a level head.