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Godzilla vs Kong

‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ is the fourth instalment in the current series of battling beasts movies. Literally dozens of Godzilla films have been made as well as several featuring King Kong with both meeting before onscreen in two 1960’s Japanese flicks. ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ is the first time they meet in an American made production with ensuing big budget and spectacle. Hollywood loves nothing better than seeing massive monsters cutting swathes of destruction. They get more than their fill in ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ – a ghoulishly enjoyable yarn where people scream and run from age old titans.

Rising from their respective depths, gargantuan beasties Godzilla and King Kong finally meet. Less than thrilled at their encounter is geologist Nathan (Alexander Skarsgard), who is trying to discover Kong’s origins. Assisting is Madison (Millie Bobby Brown), daughter of another geologist who wants to uncover the reasons for Godzilla’s existence. Discovering shady APEX Corporation’s involvement, they race against the clock to unravel a deadly conspiracy. As the countdown to disaster moves closer to conclusion, Godzilla and Kong fight for supremacy with powerful force.

If ever a movie does exactly what its title says, ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ is it. Forget about strong characters and insightful plotting. The only kind of depth here is the watery/forestry depths from which the massive monsters derive. ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ is dopey fun, not meant to be taken seriously and succeeds in being mindlessly entertaining.

Adam Wingard directs as well as one expects for this type of movie. Although the mechanical nature of the script shines through, Wingard gives it plenty of sparkling flair with comic-book colour. Even if the story is wafer-thin, the dazzling visuals are a feast for the eyes. Godzilla and Kong are expertly rendered, making them feel more dimensional than just simply roaring beasts. They more than over-shadow their human co-stars who simply stand and look amazed at the calamity around them.

‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ is entertaining nonsense. Credit is due for taking its shallow premise and running with it to the hilt in gargantuan style. Those wanting to return to cinemas should see it on a big screen. With similar outings assured, the roar of the two monoliths should continue to drown out the bad dialogue such films have for years to come.

Rating out of 10: 6

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Outside the Wire

Science fiction is one of the most adaptable movie genres. It can be a comedy, drama, action or mystery with several combining these elements. The boom in CGI technology has seen sci-fi movies increasing in popularity. ‘Outside the Wire’ adds another wrinkle, being a mix of action and drama. More character driven than similar films, it’s engaging and relatable viewing within its futuristic trappings.

When a military operation goes awry, drone pilot Lt. Thomas Harp (Damson Idris) is sent to an army base in the Ukraine. Assigned to Captain Leo (Anthony Mackie), Harp wonders what will happen next. He quickly discovers Leo is an android super-soldier with advanced powers. On the trail of a dangerous terrorist who wants to control a network of Cold War nuclear missiles, the men have to learn to trust each other. That comes starkly into focus with truth and loyalty not as clear cut as the clock ticks towards Armageddon.

Amidst expected scenes of explosions and pulsating action, ‘Outside the Wire’ tells an interesting story. Harp is a pure military person who looks at the people he kills as numbers. His lack of empathy sees mistakes made whichhe has to face and overcome in his latest mission. Leo’s strength lies not in his android body but in his mind as he uses it to push Harp into unchartered areas.

Despite being primarily a sci-fi action flick, ‘Outside the Wire’ has a generally low-key feel to it. This masks its true intent with a few unexpected twists leading to a shocking finale. Whilst the pacing could have been tighter, ‘Outside the Wire’ manages to captivate due to the strength of its performances and well filmed action sequences.

‘Outside the Wire’ offers things to think about amongst the mayhem. It’s not quite as memorable as others of its kind, but it’s worth a watch. ‘Outside the Wire’ is another addition to a sci-fi genre that will keep looking to the future long after current viewers have left their mortal existence.

Rating out of 10: 6

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