REVIEW: RABID (2019)

Starring

Laura Vandervoort (Bitten)
Ben Hollingsworth (Cold Pursuit)
Ted Atherton (V-wars)
Stephen Huszar(Faces In The Crowd)
Phillip Brooks (Girl On Third Floor)
Greg Bryk (Ad Astra)
Stephen McHattie (Immortals)
Mackenzie Gray (Man of Steel)
Hanneke Talbot (Ready of Not)

Laura Vandervoort and Benjamin Hollingsworth in Rabid (2019)Jen and Sylvia Soska’s much-anticipated remake of David Cronenberg’s 1977 film Rabid was fittingly released, in theaters and on VOD, on Friday the 13th. The Soska Sisters accomplish more than just crafting a remake; they also fantastically pay homage to Cronenberg in their film. Laura Vandervoort gives a memorable performance as Rose, a fashion designer with drab skin and dull designs who dreams of being successful in high fashion. Hanneke Talbot plays Chelsea, a model and Rose’s best friend. When Rose is the victim of a gruesome traffic accident that cost her part of her large intestine and half her face, she decides to undergo an experimental stem-cell treatment at a clinic run by Dr. William Burroughs (Ted Atherton). The SFX makeup in Rabid is frighteningly realistic, especially the scenes where Rose’s jaw is protruding with her teeth exposed, and the accompanying practical effects are quite literally jaw-droppingly magnificent.Laura Vandervoort in Rabid (2019)Dr. Burroughs and his red-draped surgical staff perform surgery on Rose in a scene straight out of Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers (1988). Throughout Rabid, the Soskas’ use of color, especially the color red, is outstanding and sets the aesthetic and tone for the film. After undergoing the radical, secretive procedure, Rose is shocked when she looks in the mirror; not only is her face restored; she is much more beautiful than she was before. Rose also notices that she is hungry all the time and she is having difficulty controlling basic urges. While recovering at the clinic, she has an encounter with another patient, Dominic, in the pool, which results in Dominic being bitten. Dominic is a daytime television star, and shortly after his rendezvous with Rose, he is unable to control his anger and experiences a meltdown on set that doesn’t end well for another actor. Laura Vandervoort in Rabid (2019)In addition to being ravenously hungry and uncontrollable urges, Rose is experiencing blood-soaked imagery of herself killing men in a frenzy. Dr. Burroughs blames her medication and tells Rose she is suffering from hallucinations. Rose is finally thriving professionally and achieving success as a fashion designer, but she finds herself questioning her sanity because she suspects the hallucinations might be real. Benjamin Hollingsworth plays Brad Hart, a fashion photographer who secretly agrees to keep an eye on Rose for Dr. Burroughs, while helping with a fashion show spotlighting Rose’s designs, some of which are to be modeled by her friend Chelsea. Chelsea arrives for the fashion show sick and what ensues is an unforgettable, nightmarish, bloody runway sequence featuring transformation and tentacles. Just like the makeup and practical effects, the sound design is excellent and integral in making Rabid an effective horror movie.Laura Vandervoort and Hanneke Talbot in Rabid (2019)Brad helps Dr. Burroughs transport Rose to his clinic, but he realizes too late that he and Rose are both in danger. In the process of searching for a cure to his wife’s deadly disease, Dr. Burroughs created something new that led him to perform Rose’s experimental surgery, which led to him locking Brad and Rose in a room with his creation. This leads to a terrifying finale. One of the few complaints I have with the film is that there are a couple of scenes that feel like they could have been shorter, but overall the pacing is good and the awe-inspiring SFX makeup and practical effects nearly make up for the runtime.Laura Vandervoort and Kyle Bailey in Rabid (2019)With Rabid, the Soska Sisters honor Cronenberg and manage to make the story feel fresh by putting their own twisted spin on it. Laura Vandervoort gives an arresting performance as Rose, but it’s clear the real star of Rabid is the special effects team.

REVIEW: REIGN – SEASON 1

Starring

Adelaide Kane (Power Rangers RPM)
Megan Follows (October Faction)
Torrance Coombs (The Originals)
Toby Regbo (The Last Kingdom)
Jenessa Grant (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Celina Sinden (The Retreat)
Caitlin Stasey (I, Frankenstein)
Anna Popplewell (The Chronicles of Narnia)
Alan van Sprang (Star Trek: Discovery)

Anna Popplewell, Adelaide Kane, and Jenessa Grant in Reign (2013)

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Jonathan Keltz (21 & Over)
Amy Brenneman (88 Minutes)
Michael Therriault (Heroes Reborn)
Anna Walton (Hellboy II)
Rossif Sutherland (Haven)
Lola Tash (Molly Maxwell)
Katie Boland (Long Story, Short)
Luke Roberts (Holby City)
Amy Forsyth (The Path)
Shawn Doyle (Impulse)
Yael Grobglas (Supergirl)
Ted Atherton (Max Payne)
Amy Forsyth (Channel Zero)
Daniel Fathers (Snatch)
Greg Bryk (Bitten)
Zoe Cleland (The Communist’s Daughter)
Kimberly-Sue Murray (V-Wars)
Hannah Emily Anderson (The Purge TV)
Andrew Gillies (Mutant X)
Kathryn Prescott (Tell Me A Story)
Andrew Airlie (Fifty Shades of Grey)
Amy Groening (Goon)
Giacomo Gianniotti (Grey’s Anatomy)
Gil Darnell (Bones)
Ari Cohen (Smallville)
Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica)
Shauna MacDonald (11.22.63)
Geordie Johnson (The English Patient)
Sarah Winter (Versailles)
Thor Knai (The Outpost)

Adelaide Kane in Reign (2013)

The creators and writers for “Reign,” a popular CW series, must have been fans of the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books, because they chose to ignore history and follow the more fantastic (and yes, enjoyable) path. Rather than chronicling the actual rise of Mary, Queen of Scots, starting with her arrival in France as a 15 year old, this 2013 series veers unapologetically from true events to create a suspenseful intrigue on the order of the old Masterpiece series “I, Claudius.” Mothers scheme to elevate their sons to power, kings take concubines, and poison looms as large as the sword.Anna Popplewell, Caitlin Stasey, and Celina Sinden in Reign (2013)Yet, this slickly costumed series also has a contemporary vibe, with all the teen/twentysomething glam of a “Gossip Girls” or “Charmed.” The women, for example, have a deliberately modern look to match the contemporary soundtrack. Instead of fair-skinned lasses, you get several spray-tanned beautiful people who look like California models.Anna Popplewell, Caitlin Stasey, Adelaide Kane, and Celina Sinden in Reign (2013)But the funny thing is, you accept the terms that this show offers, because the characters are interesting and the plot keeps you hanging. It all plays out like the popular ABC series “Once upon a Time,” but with a little more blood and violence. People get beheaded, and in a variant scene from the Godfather trilogy a stag’s head is placed in a prominent character’s bedchamber. Pagans hang sacrificial victims by their heels and slit their throats. And while “Reign” doesn’t celebrate the violence like many TV series do, it’s still an essential part of the plot. Sex, too, though there’s more sexual tension and sexual seethe than there is actual sex, and when it’s depicted it’s tastefully done.Adelaide Kane in Reign (2013)Set in the court of the King of France, “Reign” offers a cast of characters who aren’t short on charisma with or without clothes. The lead actress, Adelaide Kane, does a fine job as Mary, Queen of Scots, with just the right blend of privilege and teenager wanting to break free. The two actors who play the heir to the throne (Toby Regbo) and his “bastard” half brother (Torrance Coombs) also have great screen presence. And Alan van Sprang as King Henry II and Megan Follows as Catherine de’ Medici are compelling in every scene they’re in. I won’t say they steal the scenes, but there’s at least a little minor shoplifting involved.The real Mary, Queen of Scots became queen six days after she was born, with Scotland ruled by regents until she reached adulthood. The real Mary was betrothed to the Dauphin Francis and sent to live in France when she was only five years old. There she would remain for the next 13 years. In “Reign,” the premise is that the promised ones romped and played as children and now Mary returns to the French court as a young adult at a time when the English throne is up for grabs, and Henry wants to push her into claiming her right to that throne so that she and his son can together rule France, Scotland, and England. Typical mindset of the wealthy or aristocratic, isn’t it? Not satisfied to rule just ONE country?Adelaide Kane in Reign (2013)The real Mary was accompanied by four other Marys, all daughters of Scottish noblemen. Here the names have been changed for obvious reasons, but it gives the series a core of five glamorous young women for audiences to identify with, and two handsome men. No wonder “Reign” was one of the most popular shows in the young adult age group.

REVIEW: AD ASTRA

Starring

Brad Pitt (Once Upon A Time…Hollywood)
Tommy Lee Jones (Men In Black)
Ruth Negga (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Liv Tyler (The Incredible Hulk)
Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games)
John Ortiz (Fast & Furious)
Greg Bryk (Bitten)
Loren Dean (Bones)
Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll)
John Finn (Cold Case)
Kimberly Elise (Pride)
Sean Blakemore (Star Trek Into Darkness)
LisaGay Hamilton (Vice)
Donnie Keshawarz (The Adjustment Bureau)
Ravi Kapoor (Flight)

Brad Pitt in Ad Astra (2019)In the near future, the Solar System is struck by mysterious power surges, threatening all human life. After nearly dying from an incident caused by a surge, Major Roy McBride, son of famed astronaut H. Clifford McBride, is informed by U.S. Space Command (SpaceCom) that the surges have been traced to the “Lima Project” – created 29 years earlier to search the limits of the Solar System for intelligent life, under Clifford’s leadership – from which nothing has been heard for 16 years after reaching Neptune. Told that Clifford may still be alive, Roy accepts a mission to travel to Mars to try to establish communication with him, joined by his father’s old associate Colonel Pruitt. Roy, famed among his fellow astronauts for keeping calm under pressure, shows little emotional reaction to the news that his father may be alive.Brad Pitt in Ad Astra (2019)After taking a commercial flight to the Moon, Roy and Pruitt are escorted by US military personnel to the SpaceCom base, located in a disputed war zone on the far side of the moon. En route in lunar rovers, they are ambushed by scavenging pirates, who kill their entire escort and severely wound Pruitt. Upon arrival at the base, a dying Pruitt is placed into intensive care. Roy transfers to the ship Cepheus, bound for Mars. The ship receives a distress signal from a Norwegian biomedical research space station. Captain Tanner has the Cepheus stop to investigate despite Roy’s protests, and Roy and Tanner make their way to the station. It appears abandoned and the two split up, but Roy soon discovers an escaped baboon test subject feeding on Tanner, who is severely injured. It attacks Roy when it notices his presence, but he manages to kill it along with another escaped baboon that attacks him shortly thereafter. Despite Roy’s attempts to save him, Tanner dies from his injuries, and a brief service is held where Tanner’s body is ejected into space. Again, Roy shows little reaction to Tanner’s death, but in a psychological evaluation, he admits that he experiences rage and recalls his father expressing his own rage.Brad Pitt in Ad Astra (2019)Another surge hits as the Cepheus lands on Mars, requiring manual piloting to complete the landing. The interim captain freezes in fear, while Roy using his vast experience as a space pilot remains calm and takes command of the ship, landing it safely. Roy is led to the underground SpaceCom base, where he meets facility director Helen Lantos and is tasked with recording voice messages to send to the Lima Project in hopes that Clifford will respond. Roy goes off-script with an emotional appeal to his father and is abruptly removed from the mission on the grounds of his personal connection posing a risk to himself and the mission’s success. From the reaction of the observation team to his emotional recording, he assumes correctly that an immediate response from his father had been received and demands to hear it.Brad Pitt in Ad Astra (2019)Sequestered in a “comfort room,” he is visited by Lantos, who reveals that she was born on Mars and was the daughter of Lima Project crew-members. She shows Roy classified footage revealing that Clifford’s crew had mutinied and tried to return to Earth, causing him to turn off their life-support systems; her parents were among those killed by Clifford. She tells Roy that the crew that brought him to Mars is leaving on the Cepheus to destroy the Lima Project station with a nuclear payload. The two decide that Roy should confront Clifford himself, and Helen leads Roy to an underground lake beneath the rocket launch site.Brad Pitt in Ad Astra (2019)Roy clandestinely climbs aboard as the rocket takes off and is subsequently discovered by the crew, who are instructed to neutralize him. The entire crew is inadvertently killed in the ensuing confrontation. During the long journey to Neptune, a solitary Roy reflects on his relationships with his father and Eve, his estranged wife. The isolation and stress of the mission take a mental toll, but after a couple of months, he arrives at the Lima Project. While approaching the station in a shuttle attached to the Cepheus, the shuttle is damaged in a collision with objects in Neptune’s rings and from another surge, preventing it from docking with the station. Roy enters the station via a space-walk while the shuttle drifts away. Finding the station abandoned and encountering the dead bodies of its crew, he plants the nuclear payload before encountering Clifford, the station’s sole survivor, who explains that the surges are coming from the ship’s malfunctioning antimatter power source, which had been damaged in the mutiny. Clifford has continued to work on the project, refusing to lose faith in the possibility of intelligent extraterrestrial life. Clifford admits to Roy that he never really cared about his own family and no longer considers Earth his home.Brad Pitt in Ad Astra (2019)Roy copies data gathered by Clifford and his team for the Lima Project and persuades Clifford to accompany him back to Earth. He arms the nuclear payload, and they climb out on the station’s surface to return to the Cepheus. Clifford suddenly uses his spacesuit’s thrusters to launch the two of them off into space. Clifford pleads for Roy to untether them from each other; Roy reluctantly does so and watches his father drift into space. He manages to propel himself back to the Cepheus using his own spacesuit. Without enough fuel to return to Earth, he relies on the shock wave from the nuclear explosion in the station to gain the required speed. The data retrieved from the base suggests that humans are the only intelligent life in the galaxy. This inspires Roy to reconnect with those closest to him, and he returns to Earth with a newfound optimism. After expressing his opinions in a psychological evaluation, he reconnects with his estranged wife Eve.Brad Pitt in Ad Astra (2019)The story is interesting, but some parts of it is kind of confusing and leave you with questions. And when I say questions, don’t think that this is Interstellar or 2001 Space Odyssey level movie. It’s not even close to those classics. The plot starts off by showing what the main character’s mission is, what he is going to do, but then they end up doing something else instead. So huh? The opening scene was really interesting. I can see this movie having lots of fans. Some people will really love it, and some people ( like me) won’t be really that impressed. Overall, I do recommend seeing it for yourselves to form your own opinions.

REVIEW: V-WARS – SEASON 1

Adrian Holmes and Ian Somerhalder in V-Wars (2019)

Starring

Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries)
Adrian Holmes (Smallville)
Jacky Lai (Shadowhunters)
Kyle Breitkopf (Wonder)
Peter Outerbridge (Saw VI)
Kimberly-Sue Murray (Crimson Peak)
Sydney Meyer (The Expance)
Kandyse McClure (Battlestar Galactica)
Laura Vandervoort (Bitten)

Ian Somerhalder in V-Wars (2019)

Recurring / Noable Guest Stars

Jessica Harmon (Izombie)
Michael Greyeyes (Passchendaele)
Greg Bryk (Bitten)
Nigel Bennett (Cypher)
Samantha Cole (The Dwelling)
Nikki Reed (Sleepy Hollow)
Ted Atherton (Max Payne)
Bo Martyn (Molly’s Game)
Laura de Carteret (Mean Girls)

MV5BM2Q3NDk3YTItMmZjMi00NmJiLWI2MzEtZjBmMjJmNDllZWMzXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyOTg3NjI1MTg@._V1_Vampire mythology is something that’s been a constant fascination for mankind. From Dracula and Salem’s Lot through to the genre-defining Buffy The Vampire Slayer, these blood-sucking fiends have been a mainstay on the big and small screen for as long as I can remember. With such an illustrious pool of talent to contend with, it’s always hard for newcomers to stake their own claim on this genre and stand out. Despite a promising start, V-Wars descends into all the usual tropes you’d expect from a network TV show released in the early 2000’s, complete with expository-heavy dialogue, cliches and plenty of plot twists designed for dramatic tension rather that plot cohesion.MV5BZTE0MGU3ODItZmVlYi00YTk3LTk5MTAtY2FjMWI2MTVmNjhhXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMjYwNDA2MDE@._V1_The story itself revolves around Dr Luther, a scientist who accidentally brings an ancient virus back with his best friend Michael after a trip to a polar research station. Unfortunately, this results in Michael being turned into a blood-sucking vampire. As the infection spreads, Luther is forced to team up with National Security to bring his friend back from his murderous rampage and stop the infection from spreading. As the story progresses, several different subplots crop up, involving a vampire hunter called Bobby and sisters Dani and Mila who find their world turned upside down thanks to the infection. There are other characters here as well, all of which intertwining into the messy and slightly convoluted main conflict revolving around the Bloods and humankind.MV5BZTI5YzM2ZjctZjJhOC00MWI2LTg3Y2EtODg3ZTYxMTM1ODcxXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyOTUxMzY0Njg@._V1_While the actual ideas are pretty good, the execution leaves a lot to be desired. I said it earlier in the review but V-Wars feels very network-TV-like in it’s approach and continues this way throughout the 10 episodes. The opening hour-long slice of drama is surprisingly good though, introducing vampires through a credible and believably written origin story. Unfortunately, from here the world never expands or feels that big, confining its main conflict and uprisings to news snippets about the infection on TV and keeping things rooted to several different main areas throughout the opening ten episodes. I say opening because the series sets things up with an almighty cliffhanger at the end which lays the foundations for a second season to follow. In doing so, subsequently pushing the story forward four months without a satisfying conclusion to any of the plot threads opened during this timelinetmp_UqTETi_941eb592eb89e030_VW_103-104_Unit_01300_R.The dialogue continues to spout exposition throughout the series too and some of the subplots, involving a romance for Mila, feel contrived and oddly half-baked. At worst, some of the character decisions feel oddly out of sync with what we’ve learnt up until that point too, including Luther’s ex-wife Rachel. Even worse still, there’s several different subplots that are introduced throughout the ten episodes and dumped unceremoniously and in an unsatisfying manner. The vampire hunter angle is all but wrapped up midway through, replaced by a different character instead, while the conflict between the Bloods and humans never reaches a dramatic climax thanks to another conflict cropping up and muddying the waters late on.v-wars-3-e1572876496671Of course, fans of The Vampire Diaries and other shows of its kind will immediately be drawn to The V-Wars (thanks in part to lead man Ian Somerhalder sinking his vampiric teeth into this one after staring in the aforementioned heavy hitter). There is a moreish feel to a lot of the episodes too and the different cliffhangers will almost certainly see you binge through this one in a few nights. Unfortunately V-Wars also suffers from a heavy dose of deus ex machina too because of this. Numerous times Luther is held up at gunpoint or seemingly about to die when a conveniently placed character or plot mechanic crops up and saves the day. Once or twice is fine but this feels like a constant recurring theme for a lot of the other characters too.netflix-v-wars-vampire-horror-tv-show-trailer-fb-ll315w46miDespite all this, V-Wars will find its audience. I do like a good vampire flick but this is a difficult one to recommend given the wealth of other options in this field. I could list dozens of vampire shows worth indulging and sinking time into and unfortunately V-Wars is not one of them. The series has far too many issues with its storytelling and structure, devolving into cliches and nestling in all the usual network TV tropes you’d expect, but instead showcased on Netflix instead. With a second season already in the works, this may be enough for seasoned fans of the genre to jump into but for those looking for a big budget thrill-ride, V-Wars is unlikely to scratch that itch.

REVIEW: RED

CAST

Bruce Willis (Cop Out)
Morgan Freeman (Lucy)
John Malkovich (Burn After Reading)
Karl Urban (Dredd)
Helen Mirren (Woman In Gold)
Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds)
Rebecca Pidgeon (Allegiant)
Brian Cox (Rise of The Planet of The Apes)
Richard Dreyfuss (Piranha 3D)
Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck)
Ernest Borgnine (From Here To Eternity)
James Remar (Gotham)
Greg Bryk (Bitten)
Audrey Wasilewski (What Women Want)
Michelle Nolden (Saving Hope)
Dan Shea (Stargate SG.1)

Frank Moses, retired black-ops CIA agent, lives alone in Cleveland, Ohio. Lonely, Frank often chats on the phone with Sarah Ross, a worker at the General Services Administration’s Pension Office in Kansas City, Missouri. He creates opportunities to talk to her by tearing up his pension checks and calling her to say they had never arrived.One night, a “wetwork” (assassination) squad raids Frank’s house and attempts to kill him, but he easily wipes them out. Knowing they have tapped his phone, he believes Sarah will be targeted. In Kansas City, as Sarah refuses to go with him, he forcibly ties her up and gags her with duct tape. Meanwhile, CIA agent William Cooper is assigned by his boss, Cynthia Wilkes, to hunt down and kill Frank.To find out who is targeting him, Frank tracks down his old associates for help. He goes to New Orleans, Louisiana and visits his C.I.A. mentor, Joe Matheson, who now lives in a nursing home. Joe tells Frank that the same hit squad murdered a reporter for The New York Times. Locked in a motel by Frank, Sarah escapes. Another agent, posing as a police officer, tries to kidnap her, but Frank returns in time. Cooper attacks them, but Frank tricks the police into arresting Cooper and escapes with Sarah. The two head to New York City and find clues left behind by the deceased reporter, which leads them to a hit list. They then find Marvin Boggs, another former black ops agent and a paranoid conspiracy theorist. Marvin tells them the people on the list, including Frank and Marvin, are connected to a secret 1981 mission in Guatemala. Another person on the list, Gabriel Singer, is still alive. The trio tracks down Singer, who tells them that the mission involved extracting a person from a village. Singer is then assassinated by a helicopter-borne machine-gunner, and the team escapes as Cooper closes in.Frank goes to ex-Russian secret agent Ivan Simanov, who helps him infiltrate CIA headquarters. In the CIA archive, the records keeper, who has much respect for Frank, simply hands him the Guatemala file. Frank confronts Cooper in his office and the two have a vicious fight. Though victorious, Frank is shot during his escape. Having escaped an attempt on his life, Joe arrives and helps extract the team. They hide out in the home of former wetwork agent Victoria (Helen Mirren), who treats Frank’s wound and joins the team. The file gives them clue to the next lead, Alexander Dunning, an illegal arms dealer. Frank, Marvin and Joe enter Dunning’s mansion, with Joe posing as a buyer, while Victoria and Sarah keep watch outside. They interrogate Dunning, who reveals the target for extraction was the now–Vice President Robert Stanton (Julian McMahon). Stanton ordered the hit on the people involved in the mission to hide the fact that he massacred village civilians.Cooper and the FBI surround Dunning’s mansion. Cooper tries to negotiate Frank’s surrender, and Frank tells him about the Vice President’s treachery. The terminally ill Joe pretends to be Frank, walks outside, and is killed by sniper from the Vice President’s personal hit squad. The confusion, as well as Victoria’s cover fire, buys the team enough time to leave the mansion, but Sarah is captured. They escape with the help of Ivan, who is Victoria’s old flame. Frank calls Cooper from his family’s phone and warns him against harming Sarah.The team, along with Ivan, kidnaps Stanton. Frank calls Cooper, offering to trade Stanton for Sarah. At the meeting point, Dunning arrives. After a short dialogue, Dunning injures Stanton, revealing himself and Cynthia Wilkes to be masterminds behind the assassinations. Disgusted with Wilkes’ corruption, Cooper pretends to arrest Frank, but shoots Wilkes. Marvin and Victoria kill Dunning’s bodyguards, and Frank kills Dunning by crushing his windpipe. Cooper lets Frank’s team go. As they leave the scene, Frank and Sarah are eager to start a new life together. Ivan reminds Frank of his favor. A few months later, Frank and Marvin are in Moldova with a stolen nuclear device. They flee from Moldovan Army troops with Marvin wearing a dress and in a wooden wheelbarrow being pushed by Frank.Red was entertaining. It’s funny without trying to get overly silly. Action scenes where good. Bruce Willis, Mary Louise Parker, Helen Mirren, Karl Urban, Richard Dreyfuss, Brian Cox, and Morgan Freeman. But it’s John Malkovich who steals the show, with his funny one liners. And also a great co starring role by veteran actor Ernest Borgnine. A great comic book/action movie.

REVIEW: THE INCREDIBLE HULK (2008)

 

CAST

Edward Norton (The Bourne Legacy)
Liv Tyler (Super)
Tim Roth (Lie To Me)
William Hurt (A History of Violence)
Tim Blake Nelson (Fantastic Four)
Ty Burrell (Muppets Most wanted)
Peter Mesnah (Spartacus)
Lou Ferrigno (The Scorpion King 4)
Paul Soles (Spider-Man 60s)
Martin Starr (Superbad)
Genelle Williams (Bitten)
Robet Downey Jr. (Iron Man)
Greg Bryk (Saw V)
Chris Owens (Red)
Arnold Pinnock (Cypher)
Wayne Robson (Wrong Turn)
Michael Kenneth Williams (12 Years A Slave)
Stan Lee (Avengers Assemble)
Fred Tatasciore (Hulk Vs)

MV5BMTQ2ODc0MjI2Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODg3NTAyNw@@._V1_SX1777_CR0,0,1777,748_AL_Hiding out peacefully in South America to keep his Gamma-induced mutation in control, Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) is looking for help to cure his affliction, trying to keep himself out of the hands of General Ross (William Hurt), who wants what’s inside Banner to create an army of super-soldiers. Heading back to America, Banner makes contact with longtime love Betty Ross (Liv Tyler), who urgently wants to help the ailing man cure himself. Hot on their tail is Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth), a brutal, unforgiving soldier who encourages the General to experiment further with Gamma poisoning by injecting him with a dose.MV5BMjE5MTM2MDY4OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTg3NTAyNw@@._V1_SX1777_CR0,0,1777,737_AL_Director Louis Leterrier indulges his extreme visual instincts to fashion a peppier “Hulk” for the crowds who felt alienated by Lee’s experimentation. The quest is noble and “Incredible” is stuffed with enough limb-cracking attitude to give the faithful exactly what they want from a Hulk movie.Leterrier is in a hurry to get from one action sequence to the next, and while it’s all comfortably numbing, there’s not much characterization to get excited about here. “Incredible” comes across more as a wonderful video game than a meaningful exploration of the isolated soul. Although It’s a spirited ride boosted by some nice performances, strong romantic chemistry between Norton and Tyler, and several swell tributes paid to the “Hulk” television series of the 1970s. When Hulk lets loose, there’s a horde of building-leveling mayhem to enjoy, and Leterrier is the right man for the job, infusing new momentum to the character and taking his trail of destruction to pleasing extremes.

REVIEW: MUTANT X – SEASON 1

 

Starring

Forbes March (As the World Turns)
Victoria Pratt (Cleopatra 2525)
Lauren Lee Smith (The Shape of Water)
Victor Webster (The Scorpion King 3 & 4)
John Shea (Lois & Clark)

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Douglas O’Keeffe (The Andromeda Strain)
Cedric Smith (X-Men: TAS)
Tom McCamus (Street Legal)
Dylan Bierk (Andromeda)
Ross Hull (Are You Afraid of The Dark?)
Laura Vandervoort (Bitten)
Monique Ganderton (Smallville)
Anthony Lemke (White House Down)
Kevin Jubinville (Miss Sloane)
Reagan Pasternak (Sharp Objects)
Joy Tanner (House at The End of the Street)
Greg Bryk (Bitten)
Deborah Odell (Godsend)
Ralf Moeller (Gladiator)
Andrew Gillies (Orphan Black)
Anne Openshaw (Narc)
Guylaine St-Onge (Earth: Final ConflicT)
Sarah Gadon (Dracula Untold)
Art Hindle (Black Christmas)
Emily Hampshire (12 Monkeys)
Larissa Laskin (John Q)
Chris Owens (The X-Files)
Paul Popowich (Cracked)
Callum Keith Rennie (Jessica Jones)
Michael Anthony Rawlins (Blade: Trinity)
Louis Ferreira (Stargate Universe)
Krista Allen (The Final Destination)
Ted Whittall (Suicide Squad)
Jim Codrington (The Ladies Man)
James Gallanders (Bride of Chucky)
Michael Easton (Total Recall 2070)
Kim Schraner (Saw 3D)

Victoria Pratt in Mutant X (2001)Mutant X was a brilliant, and totally original, syndicated series that had genre fans tuning in faithfully week after week. Drawing from the timely topic of genetic research and engineering and experimentation on human DNA, Mutant X tells the completely original story of a group of outcasts with genetically engineered super-human powers and abilities and their attempts to evade capture or destruction by the ultra-secret, evil government agency which created them.Lauren Lee Smith in Mutant X (2001)Mutant X is the highly litigated syndicated series, created by comics veteran Howard Chaykin (writer for Earth: Final Conflict and Viper) and Avi Arad (executive producer of X-Men). With a totally straight face, they insist that this new show has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the X-Men. Both of these guys know the comic industry and Arad obviously is familiar with X-Men, and yet they expect us to believe that cashing in on the popularity of the X-Men wasn’t in their minds at all while developing this series. They can’t even seem to recognize the similarity. Heck, forget similarity. Try blatant rip-off.Forbes March and John Shea in Mutant X (2001)The main difference in plot line deals with the fact that the powers that the Mutant X mutants possess were a result of human intervention through science rather than a naturally-occurring genetic mutation, as in the X-Men. Apart from this very minor difference, the sky is the limit when it comes to Mutant X – X-Men similarities. The leader of the Mutants is Adam, a wealthy scientist who headed up the government project that created the Children of Genomex (a.k.a. the Mutants). He has seen the error of his ways and now is engaged in a crusade to locate, protect, and train the Mutants. He doesn’t actually own a school or have mutant powers himself, but this is the Professor X of the group.ss_9bd0fd40968d7f87f429b56aaf3950983ea3b32a.1920x1080The leader of the evil, covert government agency is Mason Eckhart, played by Andy Warhol as himself. This guy, complete with white hair and chunky glasses, wants to either use the Mutants for evil purposes or see them all destroyed. He’s sort of the Magneto of Mutant X without the overwhelming desire to see the Mutants rule the earth. Eckhart doesn’t have any super powers, unless you count just plain being evil, but his right hand man has telekinetic abilities.Victoria Pratt in Mutant X (2001)Very few actual Mutants were introduced in the premiere and even fewer of their powers were revealed, and just to make sure that no one mistakes Mutant X for the X-Men, these mutants have code names. Shalimar Fox (a.k.a. Shadowfox) seems to have Dark Angel type powers, stemming from animal DNA manipulation, yet that doesn’t explain all the apparent levitation she does. Jesse (a.k.a. Synergy) has the power to control his molecular density, which means that he gets all misty when he allows a car to pass right through him and has a more crackly appearance when he becomes solid enough to stop bullets in their tracks. Emma (a.k.a. Rapport) has telempathic abilities revolving around the sensing and sending of strong emotional images. Brennan (a.k.a. Fuse) can send out electrical blasts from his hands.Lauren Lee Smith in Mutant X (2001)If you’re interested in the whole genetic mutant outcast kind of story, I suggest that your time would be better served either renting the X-Men movie or picking up some of the multitudinous X-Men comics out there. Marvel knows how to do the stories and characters right, since, after all, they are the ones who created the idea in the first place.