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Empire (UK) - - ON SCREEN - Jp


OUT now (cin­e­mas and sky cin­ema) CERT 15 / 104 mins Di­rec­tor Scott Mann cast Dave Bautista, Pierce Bros­nan, Lara Peake, Ray Steven­son, Ralph Brown

THE IDEA TO set a Die Hard-style ac­tion movie in West Ham United’s for­mer sta­dium was in­spired — it was about to be de­mol­ished, so the film­mak­ers had free rein, with­out wor­ry­ing about irate groundskeep­ers glar­ing from the side­lines. And while there are sim­i­lar mo­ments of in­spi­ra­tion in the script (one in­volv­ing mo­tor­bikes, one in­volv­ing Tony cot­tee), they are all too rare. It’s a frus­trat­ingly fa­mil­iar story — you want the film to dou­ble (triple!) down on en­ter­tain­ingly lu­di­crous ac­tion, but it plays it too safe. And, in bor­row­ing so much from the Die Hard tem­plate, there are fre­quent re­minders of the orig­i­nal, bet­ter film.

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