(86) Just as the fictional Project Insight might have allowed SHEILD to stop war crimes preemptively, Disney has predicted that an arms race towards maximum on-screen CG enemies might not be a sustainable blanket model for action climaxes in their Marvel pictures. Winter Soldier opts to bring back the “boss battles” of old, pitting heroes against evenly matched foes in more interesting and rewarding scenarios. This approach is extended to the rest of the film, playing up an element of espionage in addition to the expected action.
(74) At first glance, Dredd may seem to be nothing more than a Raid: Redemption knockoff in the clothes of a remake. Truthfully, that’s a large part of what it is. Any self-respecting contemporary action fan can attest that there are worse films to emulate than The Raid. Urban isn’t going to win any awards for his performance in Dredd, but following Stallone doesn’t exactly require theatrical chops. Verdict: bloody fun and a short run-time.
(55) House at the End of the Street is evidence that even Jennifer Lawrence can’t save every script she reads. It’s also proof that the young actor can turn out a charming performance on the clunkiest of banal dialogue. Lawrence aside, End of the Street is quite bad but not unusually so. The supporting cast help her shape this lackluster story into passable genre pulp.