Poor prequel no cut above
The notorious masked psychopath gets an unnecessary back story in this ill-advised sequelprequel.
Stephen Dorff is in decent form as a relentless sheriff, but the rest of the cast struggle with the bonkers material.
And you can also see the major plot ‘twist’ coming from a mile away.
Beyond Skyline (15)
A sequel nobody wanted actually improves on its shoddy, bizarre predecessor.
The cast is definitely an upgrade, with Frank Grillo and Iko Uwais trading barbs and blows.
The visual effects are superior too, but it all matters little given the wafer-thin story and dodgy dialogue.
No stranger to emotionally-charged filmmaking, Kathryn Bigelow directs her first full-length feature in five years.
Bigelow painstakingly shoots the Algiers Motel incident from 1967 in astoundingly tense real-time, taking in both sides of the racial divide.
The director has previous for coaxing awards-baiting performances and there’s no weak link among her latest eye-catching ensemble cast.
Lighting is dim and sweat drips from foreheads as we are taken right into the epicentre of the shocking incident and its consequences.
What prevents Detroit from nailing instant classic status, though, is the rushed handling of the closing court case scenes.