The Hundred-Foot Journey – Review

After initially closing myself off to seeing this film at the cinema, it was in fact thanks to the persistent determination of my grandmother, pleading with me in the middle of Leicester Square, that finally convinced me to see it.

Despite seeing the trailer, it turns out my prejudgement of the film was completely unfounded and I in fact new very little of what the story was actually about or the cinematic masterpiece I was about to witness.

Based on the novel by Richard C. Morais and directed by acclaimed filmmaker, Lasse Hallström (ChocolateThe Cider House Rules), The Hundred-Foot Journey follows the Kadam family, who after fleeing India, find themselves stranded in a small French village, that may just turn out to offer the fresh start at life they’ve been looking for.

But as life has already proven, things will not be so simple for this family as they invest their entire life-savings into a new restaurant, that just so happens to be opposite an already established Michelin-starred restaurant owned by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren).

As the war of kitchen’s commences, Hassan Kadem (Manish Dayal), the eldest son of the family, may just hold the key to his families survival as his world-class talents in the kitchen start to shine.

The Hundred-Foot Journey is the truly inspiring and heart-warming tale of life, family, and acceptance, with breathtaking performances by a talented cast that bring undeniable chemistry to the story.

One of the must-see, stand-out films of the year that teaches us that sometimes we must let fate guide us in order to find our true purpose in this life.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) – Review

So it’s no surprise that we’ve seen a steady increase in our favourite childhood superheroes coming to life, and like Uncle Ben said to Peter Parker; “with great power, comes great responsibility”.

A famous quote that should be at the forefront of any filmmaker’s mind who’s taking on a much loved comic book classic and turning it into a big-budget blockbuster.

When bringing the world’s most famous and loved superheroes to life, filmmakers have a responsibility to us, the audience, and the characters, to ensure the movie is as mesmerizing and memorable as possible – one thing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles failed to provide.

This disappointing remake of the popular comic and cartoon series, follows four human-size, teenage turtles, who just so happen to be mutant ninja’s, that after a lab experiment gone wrong, find themselves living in the sewers of New York City. Guided and trained by Master Splinter, a human-sized rat with the intelligence and wisdom of a hundred monks, the turtles find themselves in the midst of a secret war with a criminal organization known as the Foot Clan and their mysterious leader known only as The Shredder.

But when a young and unsuspecting reporter, April O’Neil (Megan Fox), stumbles upon them, the Turtles discover that their life hidden in the sewers is over and that their greatest battle is upon them.

First and foremost it’s worth pointing out that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is cinematically stunning, perhaps not so surprising considering it was produced by Transformers director, Michael Bay, but what was surprising was it’s sheer lack of plot and character substance.

I suppose the main issue with the film was that it seemed to be targeted at a young audience, despite the generation that grew up with it now long into their late twenties, early thirties. In hindsight it just felt too childish and reserved for an audience that consisted mainly of adults.

For those with young kids, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an exciting action-packed blockbuster that will keep them entertained from start to finish, but for you fans out there that grew up with these characters, keep your expectations low, it’ll help ease the disappointment.

Dracula Untold – Review

So when relatively unknown Irish director, Gary Shore, released the first trailer for his mind-blowing directional debut, Dracula Untold, I started to wonder whether he’d stumbled upon an untapped franchise goldmine. Having now seen the film, there’s no doubt he has.

As the title hints, Dracula Untold charts the birth of one of mythology’s most fearsome and notorious creatures of the night, and how Vlad the Impaler came to be known as Dracula.

Lord Vlad Tepes (Luke Evans), known to his enemies as Vlad the Impaler, due to his signature trademark of impaling his victims, has stepped away from his once murderous ways, and now rules his kingdom in peace, alongside his wife and young son.

But when the oppressive ruler Sultan Mehmed II (Dominic Cooper), demands one thousand boys from Lord Vlad’s kingdom, including his own son, to join his army, Vlad finds no other alternative then to make a pact with an ancient vampire (Charles Dance). In return for almost unlimited power and strength to defeat the Sultan and his vast army, Vlad will become a creature of the night, doomed to walk the earth forever and serve his new master.

With a world of eternal darkness waiting for him, there is hope for Vlad and his mortality; if he can keep the unrelenting urge to feed on human blood at bay for three days, his mortality will be restored and the pact void…but is it possible to withstand the thirst?

Dracula Untold is a refreshing take on the legend of mythology’s most famous vampire. Dark, chilling, and epic fight scenes worthy of any big budget Hollywood blockbuster, Dracula Untold is captivating from start to finish, with a stellar performance from Luke Evans who brings the character of Dracula to life like never before.

New hit franchise in the making?…I think so.

The Equalizer (2014) – Review

Forget Neeson. Don’t. Mess. With. DENZEL. Something I will almost certainly be taking into consideration having now seen the explosive new action-thriller, The Equalizer.

Two-time Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington is no stranger to action blockbusters, but his latest movie, The Equalizer, takes gun fights, explosions, and general ‘badassness’ to the next level.

Based on the 1980’s TV series, The Equalizer follows Robert McCall (Washington) who by all accounts is just your regular, kindhearted, average Joe, but as we’re all too aware, looks can more often then not be deceiving. Although in this instance, McCall is the quiet, reserved insomniac we’re lead to believe he is, except for one underlying character trait that makes him a nightmare for anyone praying on the innocent.

Denzel Washington stars in The Equalizer (2014) | Image © Sony Pictures, 2013.

Injustice doesn’t sit well with this knight in shining armor, so when an innocent young girl, caught up in the horrific world of sex trafficking, is nearly killed by a Russian mobster, Robert McCall finds his unique skills needed to exact justice on those involved.

Chloe Grace Moretz stars in The Equalizer (2014) | Image © Sony Pictures, 2013.

Thing’s are unfortunately never as easy as they first seem, and before he knows it, McCall finds himself hunted by one of Russia’s most notorious and feared criminal organizations.

The Equalizer sees Denzel Washington give one of his most intense and world-class performances since Training Day (2001), something only enhanced by the outstanding supporting cast including Chloë Grace Moretz and Marton Csokas.

Oscar-winner Denzel Washington in The Equalizer (2014) | Image © Sony Pictures, 2013.

Riviting, gripping, and stunningly cinematic, The Equalizer is an action-packed masterpiece that reunites Denzel Washington with Antoine Fuqua, the visionary director behind Training Day (2001) and Olympus Has Fallen (2013) – proving beyond doubt that some creative partnerships are meant to be.

BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP (2014)

One unquestionable and always distinctive trademark to any good thriller is the unexpected twist that throws you, the audience, off any previous conceived thought pattern that had you developing any logical reasoning for ‘who did it’?

Before I Go To Sleep (2014), based on the international bestselling novel by the same name, is a masterfully constructed, heart-pounding thrill ride following the life of Christine Lucas (Nicole Kidman), an amnesiac who after surviving a near fatal attack, wakes up every morning remembering nothing of the previous day.

Now in her forties, Christine wakes every morning thinking she is still in her twenties and must rely on notes, pictures, and the saint-like patience of her husband, Ben (Colin Firth), whom she doesn’t recognize despite being married for over fourteen years, to slowly piece together her existence.

But when the arrival of an unknown Dr. Nash (Mark Strong), a renowned neuro-phycologist, starts to help piece together the attack in the hope memories of the fateful night will return, Christine’s world as she knows it comes crashing in around her, with frightening and violent consequences.

Before I Go To Sleep is a true nail-biting, edge of your seat thriller that throws you into the terrifying life of an amnesiac and the unknown it brings every second of the day. Academy Award-winners Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth give unforgettable performances that bring this world to life and prove they are a formidable on-screen partnership that can only bring them more accolades, having only recently stared together in The Railway Man (2014).

With twists and turns around every corner, as well as what I can only describe as the mother of all twists at the end, Before I Go To Sleep is the thriller of the year so far and an absolute must-see.

 

The Last Ship (Season 1) – Review

Last night saw the UK premiere of The Last Ship, an explosive and captivating new series from Executive Producer, Michael Bay, and starring Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra, and Adam Baldwin.

What’s it about?

When the crew of the US Navy Destroyer, USS Nathan James, are sent on a top secret mission to the Arctic, little did they know that four months later they would be the only remaining hope for humanity when a horrific virus kills off most of the world’s population. Secluded in the far reaches of the world, Commander Tom Chandler (Eric Dane) discovers that the mysterious scientist from the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), Doctor Rachel Scott (Rhona Mitra), who boarded his ship four months ago, has been less then truthful as she works secretly to develop a cure for the virus before it’s too late.

However, when the USS Nathan James comes under attack from a rogue outfit of the once Russian Navy, the crew discover the true reason for their deployment, and must battle to keep Dr. Rachel Scott alive long enough to develop the cure to humanities survival – though nothing is as simple in a now lawless world where danger awaits around every corner.

The Last Ship combines all the key ingredients for an addictive thrill-ride, full of suspense, action, isolation, and big guns that will make this series one of the year’s most explosive new shows, and a must see for all action junkies out there.

The Last Ship can be seen Friday’s @ 8pm on Sky1 and Sky1 HD | Those with On-Demand can also catch up with previous episodes now. | For more info, visit the Sky1 website here.

The Guest – Review

Relatively unknown director, Adam Wingard, makes an explosive entrance into the Hollywood big leagues with The Guest (2014), a nervy drama that follows David (Dan Stevens), a recently discharged US Army solider who visits the family of his fallen friend and soldier.

It quickly becomes apparent that David may be exactly what this grieving family need and quickly becomes the guest we all wish we could have stay.

But beneath the charm, manners, and emotional support, lies something not quite right, and soon this family find their lives taking an unexpected, sinister turn as the man staying with them shows his true intentions.

The Guest was a unique infusion of drama, suspense, and unexpected horror that surprised me all the way through, with some fantastically subtitle comedic moments from all of its characters that drew you in to their stories instantly.

Without doubt one of the highlights of the film was watching Downton Abbey‘s, Dan Stevens take on a role so completely unexpected, and yet deliver a performance so bad-ass and unforgettably creepy that it’s sure to make him Hollywood‘s next big action star.

For an all-out action-thriller that will have you engrossed from start to finish, The Guest is the perfect film to see this summer and an absolute must see.

As Above, So Below – Review

Certainly one of the most intriguing titles of recent years, As Above, So Below follows an obsessive young archeologist, Scarlett (Perdita Weeks), who recruits a team of treasure hunters to explore the catacombs beneath the streets of Paris, in search of an ancient artifact. But once inside the catacombs, known as the ‘City of the Dead’, not all is as it seems and a dark evil slumbers, just waiting to unleash horrifying evil upon the unsuspecting explorers.

*CAUTION* – May contain some unavoidable spoilers.

What’s good about the film?
The catacombs below Paris is a subject matter that is rarely touched upon in film, so it’s quite refreshing to be taken somewhere we may not necessarily have known much about, if at all. One of the major horror and suspense elements in the film is the claustrophobic setting; far below the surface in a series of tunnels and chambers that would make even the bravest of cave explorers nervous.

Directed and co-writer John Erick DowdleAs Above, So Below delves into some incredibly well researched and engrossing subject matter that adds to the overall feel of the film, though at times you can’t help but picture the world’s most famous wizard. If you’ve seen the film you’ll know what I mean, if not, you surely will afterwards. There are also some great, heart-pounding and jump-in-your-seat worthy moments that keep you engrossed throughout.

What’s wrong about the film?
A massive down-point about the film is the storyline. As the great as the plot starts out, it somehow manages to get lost down in the catacombs, perhaps slightly ironic considering most of the story involves being lost underneath Paris.

The film has some fantastic historical elements that plays to it’s strengths at the beginning, with a National Treasure (2004) feel about it, mixed in with some horror similar to that of the British horror The Descent (2005), but by the end the story seems to have been completely forgotten about with no resolution for the audience – which unfortunately leaves you with a huge sense of disappointment and fulfillment.

For all intense purposes As Above, So Below grips you from the beginning, throwing you into heart-pounding suspense and horror, but unfortunately leaves you with too many unanswered questions that disconnects you from the characters at the end. Worth a watch though!

Let’s Be Cops – Review

The power, the authority, the ability to make someone dance in the middle of the street for absolutely no reason apart from your own amusement – well perhaps not the later, but still a great many perks.

Ryan (Jake Johnson) and Justin (Damon Wayans, Jr) pondered these exact possibilities when deciding to rock up to a college reunion in cop uniforms, only to come face to face the reality that their lives are an overwhelming disappointment.

Damon Wayans, Jr and Jake Johnson star in Let’s Be Cops (2014). | Image © 20th Century Fox.

That all changes however when they take to the streets dressed as cops and discover an exiting world of possibilities that are presented to them, especially when everyone thinks your $1 LAPD badge is real.

Nina Dobrev stars in Let’s Be Cops (2014) | Image © 20th Century Fox.

However, when you decide to wear the badge, you can almost guarantee that danger is not far behind, and unfortunately for Ryan and Justin, it’s about to get REAL. Bullets, criminals, conspiracies, and everything in between – these two fake cops may just have to become real cops if they’re going to make it out alive.

Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans, Jr star in Let’s Be Cops (2014). | Image © 20th Century Fox.

Let’s Be Cops is one of the best cop comedies since The Other Guys and Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr are a breath of fresh air and a comedic match made in heaven that have you laughing from start to finish, and with a great supporting cast including Andy GarciaJames D’ArcyNina Dobrev, and Rob RiggleLet’s Be Copsis a definite must see this summer!

For more news and trivia on Let’s Be Copsvisit IMDb‘s official page here. You can also check out the official trailer below.

Lucy – Review

In an industry where the term ‘Auteur’ seems to have almost entirely disappeared, and only survives thanks to a handful of filmmakers who battle to keep its principles alive, writer/directors such as Luc Besson always provide us something truly special and utterly unique.

That same excitement and anticipation has surrounded the film since the trailer first released back in July and will no doubt help draw in the crowds, especially with one of Hollywood‘s most popular leading ladies in the title role.

In the modern world where we humans have only so far unlocked 10% of our cerebral capability, Lucy follows a young woman, Lucy (Scarlett Johansson), who after finding herself caught up in an international drug smuggling ring, accidentally overdoses on a revolutionary new drug that allows her to unlock 100% of her minds true potential, which she then uses against the drug cartel responsible, along with the help of a renowned scientist (Morgan Freeman).

There can only be respect and admiration for a filmmaker that sticks to his ‘auteur’ principles but isn’t afraid to adapt and move with the modern advances in film-making, a view that best sums up Luc Besson and his latest cinematic release. Lucy opens the world up to the somewhat frightening possibilities that the human brain could be capable of and whether or not the human race is ready for such an advancement in evolution.

With subtle references to Besson‘s most loved and celebrated cult classics, Leon and The Fifth Element, references in the form of the distinctive soundtrack and gritty cinematography, Lucy, despite losing the plot in some respects, is a refreshing look at a question many of us have often wondered – “What are we humans truly capable of?”. A must see for drama and action junkies.

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (2014)

The Theory of Everything is the new biopic charting the life so far of renowned physicist Dr. Stephen Hawking, starring Academy Award-nominees Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones as Stephen and Jane Hawking, the film follows the iconic couple through their university years, marriage, parenthood and the heart-wrenching events as Hawking’s disease starts to take effect.

Most of us will know of Dr. Stephen Hawking, perhaps not so much for his ground-breaking and life-changing research into time relativity and the birth of the universe, but more for his incredible battle against the debilitating illness that is Motor Neurons Disease that has left him almost completely paralyzed.

Oscar-winning director James Marsh takes us on a roller coaster journey charting the life of Stephen Hawking as he continues to unlock the answers to the universe whilst battling the life-changing illness.

Whether you’re an admirer of his work or not, The Theory of Everything will change your entire outlook on life by truly showing you that anything is possible so long as you believe it is, whether that be religious faith or scientific curiosity.

Heart-warming, gut-wrenching and utterly inspiring, this outstanding British cast, including Eddie RedmayneFelicity Jones and David Thewlis, bring these engrossing characters to life in such realistic fashion that you truly struggle to notice the difference between the characters and their real life counter parts.

Oscar success is almost guaranteed for this British biopic masterpiece when the 87th Annual Academy Awards kick-off next month – a must see!

 

Babylon (TV, 2014) – Review

When it comes to innovative and ground-breaking British television drama, Channel 4 is always at the forefront – leading the way in 2014 was the Danny Boyle produced drama, Babylon (TV, 2014).

Centered around a fictitious version of London’s Metropolitan Police Service, Babylon is a six-part mini-series that sees struggling police commissioner Richard Miller (James Nesbitt) employe renowned PR & Communications expert Liz Garvey (Brit Marling) to overhaul the dwindling reputation of the nations biggest police force.

With over 30,000 police officers now under the public eye, Babylon takes a closer look at the inner workings of Commissioner Miller, his service and the uniquely dysfunctional officers that operate within it – most notably the famous SO15 armed response unit, who after finding themselves involved in some high profile shootings, begin to inadvertently unravel the police service’s reputation as personal lives start to spill over publicly into the job.

In the UK, we’re certainly used to police television dramas, with long-running series such as The BillMidsummer Murders, and the recent BAFTA Award-winning Broadchurch, proving the can’t get enough of crime drama.

Hard-hitting, gritty, violent, and expertly written, Babylon is a riveting British drama that’s a true must see!

Who’s in it?

James Nesbitt as Commissioner Richard Miller

Brit Marling as Liz Garvey

Nick Blood as Warwick

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES (2014)

It’s been 13 years, yes you heard it right…13 years, since the greatest film saga in history came to fruition with the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring(2001), yet sadly we have reached the end of the road, and as with all good things, the ‘Middle Earth‘ saga must finally come to it’s conclusion.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) sees the conclusion of Peter Jackson‘s epic Academy Award-nominated, ‘Middle Earth‘ trilogy, which along with it’s ‘Lord of the Rings‘ counterpart, has become the most successful and critically-acclaimed film franchise in history – generating billions of dollars in revenue and accumulating an incredible and unprecedented seventeen Academy Awards, including three for it’s visionary Peter Jackson.

Leading straight on from the explosive final scene in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013), ‘The Five Armies‘ sees the cunning and merciless dragon, Smaug, inadvertently unleashed upon the unsuspecting fishing village of Lake-town. Meanwhile Dwarf King, Thoran (Richard Armitage), who’s finally reclaimed his thrown inside the Lonely Mountain by unintentionally driving Smaug from the mountain and towards Lake-town, begins to fall victim to the ‘dragon sickness’. The same illness that drove his Grandfather mad and one that sees him become corrupted by gold and forsaking the promise he made to the people of Lake-town to share in the wealth of the mountain.

Despite the protests, from his fellow Dwarf kin as well as Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), to honor his word, Thoran soon finds his newly reclaimed thrown under attack from not only the people of Lake-town but from the Elf King Thranduil (Lee Pace) and his highly skilled army, who seek lost Elvish jewels.

Blinded by their desire for the riches stored away inside the mountain, the three armies fail to see another army marching on the mountain, one that posses a much greater threat to each and every one of them. The evil Lord Sauron has dispatched an army of Orcs and other foul creatures to stake claim on the treasure and destroy everything, and everyone, in their way.

With the battle for Middle Earth imminent, it’s up to Bilbo and Gandalf (Ian McKellen) to unite the armies of Dwarves, Elves, and Men by any means necessary, to fight together against Sauron and his army if they are to stand any chance of survival.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is an truly epic conclusion to this breathtaking franchise that has so far defined Twenty-first Century cinema – and with first-class special effects never-before-seen on screen, a cast born to play these iconic and timeless characters, and a creative team who’s unwavering devotion to this franchise has helped breath life into the magical world that is ‘Middle Earth’, I’ve no doubt J.R.R. Tolkien would have been extremely proud of how is literary masterpiece has been immortalized on film.

BLACK SEA (2014)

Black Sea (2014) is the powerful thriller starring Jude Law as a washed up and recently dismissed salvage expert and ex-navy officer who goes in search of missing Nazi gold worth £140 million, currently resting undisturbed on the ocean floor in a destroyed German U-Boat.

With the financial backing of an illusive and powerful partner, Captain Robinson (Jude Law) assembles a bottom of the barrel salvage team, consisting of British and Russian submarine experts, and heads into the hostile waters of the Black Sea to salvage the forgotten gold bullion.

Though with the old Russian submarine as their only protection against an ocean of death all around them, as well as the threat of discovery by the Russian submarine fleet, the mission is going to be anything but easy.

However it soon becomes apparent that their biggest threat to survival and fortune, may in fact be one another, as greed for a bigger share each starts to wash through the submarine like a plague.

Director Kevin MacDonald, the Oscar-winning visionary behind The Last King of Scotland (2006), teams up with Utopia (TV, 2013) writer and producer Dennis Kelly, to breath new life into the submariner genre with this gripping and claustrophobic thriller, teaming with nerve-wrangling twists and turns.

Black Sea is a refreshing, character-driven, British thriller, chocked full of edge-of-your-seat suspense, strong performances, and unexpected twists that keep you engrossed until the very end.

Horrible Bosses 2 – Review

Most people have been there – work life’s a misery because your boss is either a psychopath, sociopath, or some ridiculously hot sex fiend obsessed with making you her bitch even though there’s no logical reason why she should want to (this of course would only really be a problem for most guys if you’re already married).

And so, there you are, sitting at your desk, which resembles something similar to a rubbish tip, secretly plotting the creative and faultless demise of your boss and how wonderful life would subsequently be, once they are out of the picture entirely, and their poising influence destroyed forever.

In 2011, Horrible Bosses saw three very average-Joe’s, Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis), and Dale (Charlie Day) resort to the extreme decision of killing each others bosses in order to free themselves from the metaphoric restraints that had been placed on them – only to realise that in order to actually pull off three murders, you kind of have to be good at it in the first place.

Well they’re back, and this time they’re their own bosses, free from the rule of anyone else and about to take the US by storm with an ingenious new shower invention that will change the way we wash forever – ‘The Shower Buddy‘.

But as we learned the first time round, nothing is ever simple for these three, as they find themselves in the cross-hairs of retail-titan Bert Hanson (Christoph Waltz), and his eccentric son, Rex (Chris Pine), who wish to invest in this revolutionary new product.

To say anymore would ruin the story, but the one thing that’s guaranteed is chaos, as these part-time criminals find themselves wrapped up in extortion, kidnapping, and a host of other really bad things that may just push their luck to the limit.

Horrible Bosses 2 is bigger, funnier, and more outlandish than the first, and with a returning cast including Kevin SpaceyJennifer Aniston, and Jamie Foxx, it’s comedy gold that keeps you guessing throughout – not surprising really considering it’s written and directed by Sean Anders, the genius behind We’re the Millers (2013) and the up-coming Dumb and Dumber To (2014).

A must see for all you who sometimes wish what it would be like to be your own boss!

The Pyramid (2014)

Review of the horror, The Pyramid (2014), starring The Inbetweeners’ James Buckley.

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From The Awakening (1980) starring Charlton Heston to the box-office hits The Mummy (1999) and The Mummy Returns (2001) starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz, Ancient Egypt has proven to be a fan-favorite in the ever-popular horror genre.

Mix that with the ‘found-footage’ style of film-making that we’ve seen explode in Hollywood since it’s introduction in horror classics such The Blair Witch Project (1999) and Paranormal Activity (2007), and The Pyramid (2014) looked set to hit all the right notes in horror suspense.

Directed by Grégory Levasseur, the talented horror writer behind The Hills Have Eyes (2006) and Mirrors (2008), The Pyramid follows a team of archaeologists and documentary film-makers as they explore a recently unearthed, three-sided pyramid outside Cairo, Egypt.

However, things quickly take a sinister turn when the unsuspecting team find themselves trapped with an ancient, unknown evil lurking deep within the pyramid.

The Pyramid is a film that oozes promise but falls apart from the very beginning, failing to connect us with the characters and struggling to deliver the suspense and scare factor we expect. The horrifically bad storyline is made worse by the bottom of barrel, made-for-TV acting that comes as a surprise considering some of the names that make up the cast, including James Buckley, who we all know as one-quarter of the iconic Inbetweeners. To say I was disappointed with his cringe-worthy performance would be a severe understatement.

Though this film marks Grégory Levasseur‘s directional debut, there’s no excuse for adopting the ‘found-footage’ style of film-making, one of the most exciting aspects of this film, and then randomly abandoning it halfway through the movie – something especially concerning for a man who has already made a name for himself when it comes to consistent horror writing.

All-in-all, The Pyramid is an overwhelming disappointment that has cemented itself as this years worst horror release. I just hope that the next time Grégory takes the directional chair of a horror film, he pens the script himself.