By Elena Cresci
Salt sees Angelina Jolie reprise the action genre with a Russian twist. Directed by Phillip Noyce, the film shows the titular character accused of being a mole for the Russians. Claiming concern for her husband, Salt goes on the run, leaving the audience and the authorities chasing her, questioning who Salt truly is.
By Marty Mulrooney
12 (Twelve) is a British martial arts movie directed by Chee Keong Cheung. Originally released in 2007 as Underground, it tells the story of twelve fighters from a variety of backgrounds, all competing in an illegal fighting tournament for a prize of £500,000. Low budget but made with professional input (the fight scenes were apparently put together by renowned fight choreographer David Forman, who has worked on such films as Clash Of The Titans and Batman Begins), 12 (Twelve) also features a wide range of British martial artists/actors, giving it slightly more pedigree, on paper at least, than your average shot-on-a-shoestring-budget action flick.
By Ian McCabe
Alan Wake, Remedy Entertainment’s first venture since Max Payne 2: The Fall Of Max Payne, wasn’t exactly the gaming world’s best kept secret upon its release earlier this year. The hype machine surrounding the title, plus an ambitious viral marketing campaign, created sky-high expectations that would be difficult to fulfil. Thankfully, Finland’s finest have succeeded, by creating one of the most cinematic and eerie gaming experiences to date.
By Joseph Viney
Despite “Goooo! Get to da choppah!” becoming a part of the common nerd lexicon, the Predator franchise has always lagged behind its competitors. Series like Star Trek and Star Wars are (excuse the pun) in a completely different universe and so the main rival to the Predator series has been the Alien franchise. Unfortunately for the majority of us the battle between the two rivals was recently explored in the Alien vs. Predator movies, both of which can be fairly described as awful. And now in 2010 we have Predators.