Movies

Skyfire

Action
Available on VOD: 3 december 2020
Director: Simon West
Cast: Jason Isaacs (The Infiltrator, Fury, The OA, Hotel Mumbai), Hannah Quinlivan (Skyscraper), Alice Rietveld, Xueqi Wang (Iron Man 3)

Tianhuo Island, paradisiac but famous for its active volcano, has been transformed into a thrill-seeking theme park by greedy businessman Jacj Harris (Jason Isaacs). Meng (Hannah Quinlivan), the daughter of the famous geologist Wentao Li (Xueqi Wang), has dedicated her life to develop a brilliant forecasting system that is predicting an imminent and deadly eruption. Despite Meng’s warnings, authorities and businessmen refuse to close the park and evacuate civilians. Raining a storm of deadly fire-bombs and an endless tide of lava upon the island, Wentao Li must run against the clock to save his beloved daughter, the tourists and the rest of the island population from the apocalyptic chaos.

Reviews
  • Asianfilmstrike.com: Wang Xueqi is as commanding a presence as ever, and gives Sly Stallone some competition when it comes to being a believable action hero in his seventies, and Jason Isaacs makes a strong impression. There are a few genuinely nail-biting scenes: a jeep’s mad dash through raining lava right to the edge of a cliff is a showstopper.
  • Asianfilmfans.com: This is Skyfire, a modern [English language] Chinese disaster movie – the end of product of what happens when you mix Jurassic World and Dante’s Peak – and oh boy, are you in for a treat.
  • Fareastfilms.com: shows the swaggering expertise of Chinese cinema today.
  • Screenhkblog.wordpress.com: Simon West's workmanlike direction does deliver some goods here.

Ghosts of War

Horror, War
Available on VOD: 10 december 2020
Director: Eric Bress
Cast: Brenton Thwaites (Pirates of the Caribbean Salazar's Revenge), Theo Rossi (Sons of Anarchy, Luke Cage), Kyle Gallner (American Sniper, Jennifer's Body)

Five American soldiers assigned to hold a French Chateau near the end of World War II. This unexpected respite quickly descends into madness when they encounter a supernatural enemy more terrifying than anything seen on the battlefield.

Reviews
  • Variety.com: This is the rare horror exercise you wish were longer.
  • RogerEbert.com: One of Bress' greatest strokes comes with casting - he's collected five faces you might recognize from younger, more innocent roles, and who are compelling to see here as men who have matured rapidly due to the wartime experiences eating away at them.
  • Variety.com: Beautifully atmospheric, handsomely produced.
  • Culturecrypt.com: Ghosts of War may look like a haunted house yarn dripping with déjà vu from the outside.  Inside, there’s so much more that makes the movie impressively entertaining. 8/10.
  • Ukfilmreview.co.uk: Explores the madness that weighs on men who’ve done the unthinkable by trapping them in a situation where they must face their demons. Kyle Gallner delivers an appropriately haunted performance as one of the soldiers.
  • Thefilmstage.com: Gallner is especially memorable). It’s through these actors that we see how their characters process their pain above and below the façade created and understand why they’re incapable of looking beyond their tragic wealth of regret.
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