The advantage of having an Unlimited Card for the cinema means that I can go to movies that I might not otherwise have bothered with, and because they’ve already been paid for, it’s no skin off my nose whether it’s a hit or a miss.
It gives me the freedom to review a movie on its own merits, rather than if it offered me value for money.
But movies aren’t cheap on a pay as you go basis; a standard 2D film at the Dundee branch of Cineworld will cost £7.10, which is pretty much half the cost of NetFlix for a month. When you’re paying that, you really do want bang for your buck.
Why am I bringing this up?
Because I just went to see Bastille Day and my first thought upon leaving the cinema was that I was glad I hadn’t paid for it.
Was it bad? No, it was simply ok. It’s the sort of movie that you’d watch on a plane or if there was nothing else on TV and think was fine.
Starring Idris Elba as Luther with an American accent and a bit less swearing, this movie about a potential terrorist attack in Paris on – you’ve guessed it – Bastille Day just came across as unimaginative and like something you’ve seen dozens of times before.
Elba was good, as was his co-star Richard Madden, and there were some occasional moments of mirth, but there was absolutely nothing special about it.
And that really is all there is to say.
So if you’ve got an Unlimited Card, there are worse ways to spend an evening, but if you don’t, just wait to watch it on TV.