Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me: 'Sherlock Holmes' and 'Ghost Rider' Sequels Both Overshadowed by 'Accident'

Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me: 'Sherlock Holmes' and 'Ghost Rider' Sequels Both Overshadowed by 'Accident'

Jun 12, 2012

Notable New Releases

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Warner Bros.)
Release Date: Dec 16, 2011
Director: Guy Ritchie
Cast: Robert Downey, Jr.Jude LawNoomi RapaceRachel McAdamsJared HarrisFull cast + crew

Verdict: Rent Me
Available On: Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD
Special Features: Maximum Movie Mode hosted by Robert Downey Jr., A Game of Shadows Movie App, Focus Points (the indvidual featurettes from the Maximum Movie Mode)
Additional Thoughts: If you thought Guy Ritchie's first Sherlock Holmes was too much of a "Hollywood" version of the classic detective, then you'll want to steer clear of this. A Game of Shadows is the "Hollywood" version of Ritchie's first film: All flash, loud noises, wacky twists, and unnecessary action. Of course, if none of those things bother you, you'll be at least mildly entertained here. Downey Jr. and Jude Law still have great chemistry together, Jared Harris is a delightful match for the genius detective, and the increasingly elaborate set pieces are memorable. Overall, it's a bit empty under the hood, but it can be a fun ride at times.

 

Accident (Shout Factory)
Release Date: June 12, 2012
Director: Pou-Soi Cheang
Cast: Richie RenLouis KooShui-Fan FungMichelle YeSuet Lam

Verdict: Buy Me
Available On: DVD
Special Features: Trailer, Making Of
Additional Thoughts: Produced by Johnnie To (Election, The Mission, Mad Detective), Accident is not your average thriller about a hitman. This isn't a master assassin who walks in guns blazing. This is about a mastermind plotter who arranges assassinations to look like accidents. Think of him as death in the Final Destination franchise and you'll get a good idea of his (and his crew's) best laid plans. The film stumbles a bit in its third act, but its gripping premise and a fantastic sense of visual geography make it a Must See for anyone who digs unique spins on old formulas.

 

 

 

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (Sony)
Release Date: Feb 17, 2012
Director: Mark NeveldineBrian Taylor
Cast:Nicolas CageCiarán HindsViolante PlacidoIdris ElbaJohnny WhitworthFull cast + crew

Verdict Forget Me 
Available On: Blu-ray, DVD
Special Features: Video Commentary, Deleted Scenes, The Path to Vengeance: Making Ghost Rider, Previews
Additional Thoughts: I never thought I'd say it, but Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance makes Mark Steven Johnson's first film look like an inspired and serious piece of filmmaking. The pair who made the Crank franchise would seem a perfect fit for the manic world of Hell-indebted Johnny Blaze, but all they've delivered is a film whose daring camera and stunt work make for a good sizzle reel but a bad feature film. The plot is borderline nonsene, the characters, despite being played by some of the most interesting actors around these days, are all phoning it in, and Ghost Rider himself isn't nearly as present as you'd expect from a film with his name in the title.

 

 

 

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