Adapted from the novel by Gone Girl scribe Gillian Flynn, and reuniting Mad Max: Fury Road co-stars Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult, Dark Places has suggestions of a moody true-crime drama with psycho-thriller pretensions. But languid pacing, poor directorial choices and a series of narrative dead ends make watching it a tiresome chore.
Lots to talk about on today’s show, including Luc Besson’s rebooted action franchise, now sans Jason Statham, The Transporter Refuelled; Charlize Theron takes on Gillian Flynn in true-crime drama Dark Places, while Huang Jung-min and Yoo Ah-in square off in Ryu Seung-wan’s excellent thriller Veteran.
Because you can never have too much of a good thing, I was again gushing about the greatness of George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road on Radio 3’s Morning Brew last Friday. I have now seen the film twice (in both 2D and 3D) and it is most definitely the action film to beat this year.
On this week’s dispatch I get more than a little enthusiastic about George Miller’s return to his hugely influential dystopian action franchise with Mad Max: Fury Road, then Fernando talks about Ana Lily Amirpour’s Iranian vampire drama, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. Before that, we get into one of our regular rambling chats about walking, working and finding work-life balance as a freelancer.
00:00 – Theme Music
00:46 – Introduction
01:09 – Revisiting Singapore and Urban Walking
06:10 – Walking, working and freelancing
24:19 – Review of Mad Max:Fury Road
49:55 – Review of A Girl Walks Home Alone At Dark
66:36 – Final Thoughts, End Notes and Outro Music
67:58 – Brief Review Of Kingsman:The Secret Service
We start by having a fun look back at the original Mad Max films, discussing their role in Australian cinematic and cultural history, before looking forward to the newest instalment, Mad Max: Fury Road, starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. Then we lift the lid on one of the summer’s most hotly anticipated blockbusters, Transformers: Age Of Extinction, and consider how things are going in the cinematic universe of director Michael Bay.
You can also read James’ full review of Transformers: Age Of Extinction here.