A Meagre Bounty
Josh Brolin takes a break from the quality films he’s been turning out over the last couple of years (In the Valley of Elah, American Gangster, No Country For Old Men etc) to star in this forgettable piece of comic book fluff. Adapted from the DC Comics graphic novels by writer John Albano and artist Tony DeZuniga, Brolin’s Hex is a Civil War-era bounty hunter driven by revenge after his arch rival Quentin Turnball (John Malkovich) kills his wife and child and leaves him for dead. After his brush with the afterlife gives Hex the power to speak to the deceased, Hex uses his gift to track Turnball to a tumultuous final showdown.
It’s 1954, and on an isolated island off the coast of Boston lies the notorious Ashecliffe psychiatric hospital. Housing some of the century’s most dangerous criminals, it is normally completely off-limits to outsiders but, when one of the patients mysteriously vanishes, Detective Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his new partner Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) arrive to solve the disappearance. Coming up against a secretive and tight-lipped staff, headed by Dr Cawley (Ben Kingsley), Teddy finds his investigation hampered at every turn. When he finally discovers what’s been happening in the heavily-guarded lighthouse, Teddy thinks he’s well on the way to cracking the case. But, as he begins having powerful dreams about his time spent liberating German concentration camps during WWII, and vivid hallucinations of his dead wife (Michelle Williams), can Teddy leave Shutter Island before it claims his sanity?
Make a wish…
As anticipation for his latest movie Kick Ass reaches fever pitch, Matthew Vaughn’s 2007 Stardust finds a home on Blu-ray – and what a perfect use of the high definition format it is. The sumptuous visuals are a large part of its magical charm, although its fantastical story and wonderful cast of characters also go some way to explain its huge appeal.