We’ve got not one but two awesome exclusive movies to offer you this week, films you won’t find anywhere else but right here. First up we have the fine, fun, fish-fuelled romance of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, followed by the intense and gritty financial drama of Margin Call. Both amazing films, and both solely available from blockbuster.co.uk. So it’s a good job you’re here! Beyond those, we’ve got serial killer thriller Gone, epic Arabian adventure Black Gold and the punk-pulverising stylings of Mr Danny Trejo in the appropriately titled Bad Ass.
Between the cute, offbeat title, local dream team cast and impressive previous credits of Swedish director Lasse Hallström, we knew pretty much what to expect with this one, and we’re happy to report that we weren’t disappointed!
A warm and shiny romantic drama with a touch of humour, like Hallström’s earlier hits Chocolat and The Cider House Rules, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is an upbeat, enchanting charm-fest. A sort of Arabic Local Hero, with a lovely, likeable cast.
Ewan McGregor takes the lead as an uptight and unhappily married fish scientist who slowly bonds with high maintenance city girl and all-round cinematic sweetheart Emily Blunt over the crazy dream of a billionaire sheikh (Amr Waked) to bring salmon to his sandy homestead.
Charm is the secret of this movie’s success, from its gentle humour and warm heart to the winning chemistry shared by Ewan and Em. Utterly adorable, it’s a date-night essential. Rent it now on Blu-ray and DVD, in store and online, exclusively from blockbuster.co.uk.
A complex, all-star drama revolving around key players at an investment bank in the run up to the financial crisis, Margin Call tells an intensely-detailed yet equally well characterised 24-hour tale that reveals the sort of backstage shenanigans that led to the recession we’re currently suffering through.
Thoughtfully written and directed by first-time feature maker J.C. Chandor, whose father worked for over thirty years with Merrill Lynch, the movie offers insights both fascinating and terrifying, and helps guide us through the intricate ins-and-outs of worldwide banking.
Cracking cast too, a truly stellar line-up that includes Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Stanley Tucci, Jeremy Irons and Zachary Quinto. Rent it now on Blu-ray and DVD, in store and online, exclusively from blockbuster.co.uk.
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A gripping new suspenser with so many twists in turns, you’ll be in knots by the end, Gone stars Amanda Seyfried as Jill, a tenacious twentysomething whose sister Molly (Emily Wickersham) is abducted. Having escaped from a kidnapper a year earlier, Jill is convinced that her sibling has been snatched by the same serial killing psycho.
Terrified that Molly could be dead by sundown, Jill embarks on a heart-pounding chase to find the killer, expose his secrets and save her sister. Don’t expect to escape the edge of your seat until this well-crafted thriller is over! Buy or rent it now on Blu-ray and DVD, in store and online from blockbuster.co.uk.
From director Jean-Jacques Annaud comes brisk Arabian adventure Black Gold, a Thirties-set story of loyalty and progress set at the dawn of the oil boom. Co-starring Antonio Banderas, Mark Strong and Freida Pinto as Princess Leyla (sound familiar?), it’s passionate, dramatic stuff. Buy or rent it now on Blu-ray and DVD, in store and online from blockbuster.co.uk.
Finally this week, cult favourite Danny Trejo plays a grumpy pensioner who, presumably after watching Death Wish one too many times, takes the law into his wrinkled, blood-stained hands. A lively, low budget vigilante actioner with a sick sense of humour and enthusiastic supporting cast that includes Charles S. Dutton and Ron Perlman, Bad Ass is out available now on Blu-ray and DVD, in store and online from blockbuster.co.uk.