Plung­ing to new Depps

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reviews -

Tran­scen­dence (12)

Not even the nor­mally re­li­able Johnny Depp emerges un­scathed from this in­creas­ingly lu­di­crous sci-fi tech thriller.

Long-term Christo­pher Nolan col­lab­o­ra­tor Wally Pfis­ter’s di­rec­to­rial bow takes it­self too se­ri­ously and fails to make the most of its top cast.

The ac­tion is low key and story full of ideas above its sta­tion.

Locke (15)

Tom Hardy in a cardi­gan driv­ing a car for 85 min­utes might not sound too thrilling but Steven Knight’s en­gross­ing char­ac­ter study de­liv­ers twists and turns in spades.

The claus­tro­pho­bic solo set­ting and ter­rific lead star help build tension to seat-grab­bing lev­els.

Hardy con­tin­ues to build an im­pres­sive, eclec­tic CV.

Tarzan (PG)

Even worse than the 1999 Dis­ney ver­sion with dodgy Phil Collins tunes, this new an­i­mated take on the swing­ing jun­gle hero is a chore to sit through.

Kel­lan Lutz pro­vides the com­put­er­gen­er­ated mo­tion cap­ture for the long-haired lead but he’s more strange look­ing than awe-in­spir­ing.

Direc­tor and writer Rein­hard Klooss takes the un­wise de­ci­sion to turn Tarzan into a glo­ri­fied tree-hug­ger de­fend­ing his ter­ri­tory against mean cap­i­tal­ists.

We don’t need real-life woes and en­vi­ron­men­tal cau­tion­ary tales shoe­horned into what should be an ac­tion and an­i­mal-packed ad­ven­ture.

Some of the vi­o­lence might be a lit­tle much for the lit­tle ones too.

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