Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MOVIES -

JUST as the world huffed a col­lec­tive ‘‘ what the . . . ?’’ at 2012’ s Abra­ham Lin­coln: Vam­pire Hunter, this junky of­fer­ing is equally, hope­lessly un­nec­es­sary. The fa­mous fairy­tale is merely a leap­ing- off point for an ad­dled ac­tion- fan­tasy- hor­ror- com­edy combo. And when it does take that jump, all po­ten­tial to en­ter­tain, ex­cite or amuse just keeps on plum­met­ing. Hansel ( Jeremy Ren­ner) and Gre­tel ( Gemma Arter­ton) are a bro- sis witch- killing ma­chine ready to whack any­one with a wand, a pointy black hat or a fly­ing broom­stick. Un­less you’re a sucker for the un­likely-characters- as- ac­tion- heroes ef­fect, stay right away from the en­tire genre.

Now show­ing Vil­lage Cinemas

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