Controversy erupted over the documentary The Red Pill when its Australian premiere was cancelled and banned in cinemas after a petition spread calling the film “misogynistic propaganda”.

The film’s director Cassie Jayne faced harsh publicity with news programs Sunrise and The Project slamming the feature without watching it before interviewing Jayne.

And what’s all the fuss?

The film follows feminist Jayne’s year with the men’s rights movement and interviews men’s rights activists and supporters. Its title makes references to the films Alice In Wonderland and The Matrix, when Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) offers Neo (Keanu Reeves) a choice of two pills – a blue pill (which when swallowed allows you to believe what you want to believe) or a red pill (reveals the truth).

Jayne sets out to investigate what she believes is a hate movement but soon discovers all is not what she expected. As she learns more about the issues men and boys face in society – mental and physical abuse, working in high risk jobs, crime, health issues and lack of reproductive rights – Jayne begins to question her own views on feminism.

This is a well-made, smart and insightful documentary dealing with issues facing modern man. The Red Pill has been dubbed a propaganda film but that is a judgement all viewers should make for themselves.

Director Jayne challenges viewers to broaden their perspectives on many significant social issues as she shines the spotlight on both women’s and men’s rights. Most interesting is watching Jayne document her own journey throughout the film as she video diaries her thoughts on the people she interviews and the impact this has on her own previously held views.

Don’t form an opinion until you watch this film.

Rating: 5/5 Stars


John Wick: Chapter 2

Retired super-assassin John Wick’s (Keanu Reeves) plans to resume a quiet civilian life are cut short when Italian gangster Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio) shows up on his doorstep with a gold marker, compelling him to repay past favours. Ordered by Winston (Ian McShane), kingpin of secret assassin society The Continental, to respect the organisation’s ancient code, Wick reluctantly accepts the assignment to travel to Rome to take out D’Antonio’s sister, the ruthless capo atop the Italian Camorra crime syndicate.

Keanu Reeves brilliantly plays the deadly hitman who can never cut a break, wants to retire and have a peaceful life but always gets caught up with the gangsters he worked with in the past. Great supporting cast with Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane and Laurence Fishburne.

Director of the first film, Chad Stahelski is back for the second time. This is an awesome follow up to John Wick. Action packed, great story, pace and production design makes John Wick 2 a worthy successor.

Thrilling, action that packs a punch and entertaining to watch from beginning to end, John Wick 2 will not disappoint fans. Definitely a must and fans of the first film.

Rating: 5/5 Stars