This Week @ blockbuster.co.uk 21/05/2012

Sam Worthington, George Clooney, Liam Neeson and Clive Owen lead a star-studded week here at blockbuster.co.uk, offering a wealth of movie treasures from criminally-themed thrills and indie-flavoured comedy to creature features of natural, supernatural and extra-terrestrial origins. Besides awesome exclusive Man on a Ledge, which you won’t find anywhere else but right here, we’re also excited about scorching new releases The Descendants and The Grey, and beyond those, all sorts of other amazing goodies. Explore the best of them below…

Man on a Ledge

A high-concept caper movie that asks us to accept certain implausibilities along the way and rewards those who can with giddy, vertiginous, edge-of-the-ledge thrills, this is a grand, glossy, guilty pleasure. The tale of a disgraced ex-cop (Sam Worthington) who busts out of the big house and finds himself perched on the ledge of a ritzy New York hotel, with ghoulish crowds building below, his brother (Jamie Bell) engaged elsewhere and earnest cops (Elizabeth Banks, Ed Norton) trying to talk him down, this is at once utterly ridiculous and absolutely brilliant. Delivering action, drama, laughs and heart-pounding, breath-holding, nail-decimating tension, Man on a Ledge is packed with twists, turns and all sorts of other wonderful stuff. Rent it now non Blu-ray and DVD, in store and online, exclusively from blockbuster.co.uk.

 

The Descendants

From Sideways director Alexander Payne comes an offbeat comedy drama which is just so darn likeable, watching it feels much the same as hanging out with a good, old friend. The story of an eccentric and largely absent family man, Matt (George Clooney), who discovers that his wife, currently in a coma after a boating accident, was unfaithful to him, The Descendants focuses on Matt’s efforts to locate and confront the guy who slept with his other half, a quest that, more importantly, sees him reconnecting with his mildly estranged daughters at the time they need him most. Authentic performances, strong characters, well-crafted relationships, snappy, insightful dialogue and an unfussy yet involving plot combine under Payne’s thoughtful leadership to produce a truly joyful experience. Rent the Blu-ray and DVD right now, exclusively from your local Blockbuster store. Online subscribers can print off this voucher and rent it in store.

 

The Darkest Hour

A moderately budgeted tale of alien invasion in which the offending extra-terrestrials are largely invisible, which only serves to make then scarier, The Darkest Hour stars Emile Hirsch as a resourceful lad who takes violent offence to occupying beasties with a shoot-first-and-shoot-again-later attitude. Particularly notable for being set in Moscow, as it makes a nice change to see any country other than America being invaded, it’s a brisk, exciting adventure with a young, enthusiastic cast. Rent the Blu-ray and DVD right now, exclusively from your local Blockbuster store. Online subscribers can print off this voucher and rent it in store.

 

The Grey

A savage, intense and frequently thrilling survival thriller from Narc director Joe Carnahan, The Grey sees tough-as-nails beastmaster Liam Neeson leading a ragtag team of plane crash survivors through the harsh Alaskan wilderness. Relentlessly pursued by enormous, ravenous wolves, they divide their time between running, fighting, bitching and bonding. Bleakly atmospheric and almost unbearably tense, The Grey will glue your eyes to the screen and your bottom to the very edge of your sofa. Buy or rent it now on Blu-ray and DVD, in store and online from blockbuster.co.uk.

 

Intruders

Clive Owen takes the lead in this slick, cerebral chiller, a tale of two children in different countries, each visited at night by a faceless goon who aims to possess them. A taut psychological horror flick that intrigues and terrifies in equal measure, Intruders is well made and played and will keep you guessing till the very end. Rent it now on Blu-ray and DVD, in store and exclusively online from blockbuster.co.uk.

 

Top Ten Heist Movies

 

A high-concept caper movie that asks us to accept certain implausibilities along the way and rewards those who can with giddy, vertiginous, edge-of-the-ledge thrills, Man on a Ledge is a grand, glossy, guilty pleasure. The tale of a disgraced ex-cop (Sam Worthington) who busts out of the big house and finds himself perched on the ledge of a ritzy New York hotel, with ghoulish crowds building below, his brother (Jamie Bell) engaged elsewhere and earnest cops (Elizabeth Banks, Ed Norton) trying to talk him down, this is at once utterly ridiculous and absolutely brilliant.

Delivering action, drama, laughs and heart-pounding, breath-holding, nail-decimating tension, Man on a Ledge is packed with twists, turns and all sorts of other wonderful stuff. Rent it now non Blu-ray and DVD, in store and online, exclusively from blockbuster.co.uk. And while you’re at it, consider adding these like-minded, cracking capers to your list.

 

Inception (2010)

Inventive, intelligent, exciting stuff, with an all-star cast, plenty to see and lots to think about too, this reality-bending sci fi thriller stars Leonardo DiCaprio as the boss of a squad of mind robbers who steal secrets from people’s dreams. “No one wants to feel someone else messing around their mind.”

 

Stander (2003)

An exhilarating crime flick with a strong social conscience and a healthy sense of humour, this tells the startling true tale of Andre Stander (Tom Jane), a South African cop turned bank robber whose daring heists earned him folk hero status in the early Eighties. “I’m tried for robbing banks. But I have killed unarmed people.”

 

Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

Stylish, slick and sassy, this plainly superior remake of the vintage Rat Pack classic sees George Clooney and his A-list chums looking to rip off three Vegas casinos at once. “It will be nice working with proper villains again!”

 

The Score (2001)

An aging thief (Robert De Niro), though eager to retire, takes on a young apprentice (Edward Norton) for one last job in this slick, fast-moving, light-hearted romp. “When was it you started thinking you were better than me?”

 

Sexy Beast (2000)

Foul-mouthed force-of-nature Ben Kingsley recruits retired safecracker Ray Winstone for one last job in this jubilantly in-your-face crime thriller. “I won’t let you be happy – why should I?”

 

Entrapment (1999)

Insurance investigator Catherine Zeta-Jones learns the ins-and-outs of art thievery with master of the art Sean Connery in this glossy, underrated adventure. “It’s impossible. But doable.”

 

Sneakers (1992)

A breezy tale of secrets, lies, betrayal and breaking into stuff with a perfect ensemble cast led by Robert Redford but dominated by David Strathairn as a blind hacker, this is a top comic thriller. “Anybody want to black out New England?”

 

Kelly’s Heroes (1970)

Clint Eastwood leads an enthusiastic cast through this irreverent wartime adventure about a group of US soldiers who sneak across enemy lines to pinch a secret stash of Nazi gold. “Don’t fool around with the women. Their husbands carry guns.”

 

The Italian Job (1969)

Probably the greatest British movie of all time, this irresistibly cheeky crime caper sees Michael Caine plotting to steal a shipment of gold using three Mini Coopers. “Just remember this – in this country they drive on the wrong side of the road.”

 

The Ladykillers (1955)

A quintet of oddball bank robbers are repeatedly thwarted in their criminal endeavours by a little old lady in this darkly hilarious Ealing comedy starring Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers. “Simply try for one hour to behave like gentlemen.”

 

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