The Pact


There is little new brought to the table by The Pact, but in spite of the occasionally hammy dialogue and some serious Apple product placement it emerges as a modestly successful horror, carefully cultivating an atmosphere of dread instead of investing in cheap, CGI-assisted scares clearly outside of its budget.


Total Recall (2012)


Nothing wrong with the shoot-run-fight-chat-run-shoot formula, but TR 2012 is so disinterested in its central conceit it could genuinely have been called anything, so why bother sullying Verhoeven’s classic? Biel is better than this. And while Beckinsale’s inhumanly gorgeous hair is enchanting, Farrell’s eyebrows walk away with the acting honours.