Trailer Alert – By the Gun

Plot – Nick, a young Boston Italian, trying to find purpose in the ideology of the mafia and finding his world turned upside down.

Release Date:  Non set for UK

Questions:

Gangster film with heart, will it work?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 30%

My Guess Rating – 60%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Trailer Alert – Alien Rising

Plot – A savvy ex-homeland security agent and martial arts expert is forced to a remote island to help the military unlock the secrets of an extraterrestrial technology. This sci fi thriller unfolds through breathtaking visuals, unique action sequences and a complex story with deeply political undertones.

Release Date:  Non set for UK

Questions:

Good sounding story, but effects look bad, what do you think?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 40%

My Guess Rating – 30%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Incubus (2006)

logoDirector: Anya Camilleri

Writer: Gary Humphreys (Screenplay)

Starring: Tara Reid, Akemnji Ndifernyan, Alice O’Connell, Russell Carter, Christian Brassington, Mihai Stanescu, Monica Barladeanu

 

Plot: Stranded after a car accident, a medical school student and her friends try to find shelter – only to cross paths with a deranged killer.

 

Verdict: Mediocre at Best

 

Story: We follow the six friends who have had a car accident looking for help, while five enter the building they find themselves trapped in an underground facility. With bodies all over the place the group has to look for a way out, but they find out they are not alone they have to battle to survive in a facility where experiments were taking place.

What this film offers is a look at the old lost idea, where the five people have to work out what is going on, they find things they shouldn’t be looking for and then try to figure them out. Did they need to? Well no, would you figure out about a murderer who is in some form of sleep or would you leave him/it alone? Could you stay awake for one night? I think the answer is simply yes, not sure why they all suddenly fall asleep one by one when they know that is the danger. Enough of the negatives, right positives we have the idea that people have the power to enter into a mind of people after they fall asleep turning them into killers, which is a nice idea. The group offers no interest in them never pulling you in to root for them. It tries to be a psychological thriller, I say try because it fails. (3/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Tara Reid: Jay seems to take control of the situation and is meant to be the brains of the group (now I have finished laughing) she keeps wanting to investigate stuff that is obviously locked underground for a reason and her involvement seems to cause most of the problems. Tara as a lead brainy character is like keeping frozen food in an oven. (1/10)

 

Akemnji Ndifernyan: Bug part of the group who is considered the strongest but also seems to fill the geek role, which does take him away from the stereotyped black character in horror. He does all he can but can’t pull anything off. (4/10)

 

Alice O’Connell: Holly part of the group who enters but wants out the quickest, they can’t find one but she plays the will she won’t she break before she becomes a problem but will she get through the experience. She does an ok job but you won’t remember anything she does. (4/10)

 

Russell Carter: Josh one of the people who goes investigating where they shouldn’t and is someone who goes out to make sure they take the first steps before the rest of the group. Poor performance as he never really pulls you into care about his character. (3/10)

 

Christian Brassington: Peter last member of the group who entered the facility and he does it the hard way, he is the first to get taken over if you like and once he is he turns evil. Does all he can which isn’t much do to poorly written script. (3/10)

 

Mihai Stanescu: Sleeper the killer who is in some sort of coma but when people sleep he can take over them turning them into monsters who like to kill people. Spends most of the film sat with eyes closed so hard to judge performance. (2/10)

 

Support Cast: Mostly doctors in the facility and the one friend who didn’t enter the facility they all come and go very fast mostly showing what will happen if they stay inside much longer.

 

Director Review: Anya Camilleri – With the cast it was always going to be hard to direct a horror, but poor story didn’t help which led to a messy film that never really pulls you in. (3/10)

 

Horror: Offers no scares, no jumps, but the trapped feeling works to a small level showing how being in a building with creatures and a mad man could cause problems. (4/10)

Mystery: It tries to offer you a mystery but fails to give you enough to work out yourself. (5/10)

Thriller: You really never get near the edge of your seat as the film unfolds. (2/10)

Settings: The setting is mostly inside the facility which does create the isolation needed for a horror film. (8/10)

Suggestion: If you were to see this on TV one night you could give it a go, but I don’t think you should go out your way to see this. (Midnight TV)

 

Best Part: The idea is interesting

Worst Part: Tara Reid

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: It gets left open for one

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 24 Minutes

Tagline: Do Not Disturb

Trivia: The first direct-to-download film. The film premiered on the Internet and was released through AOL.

 

Overall: Forgettable Horror Thriller

Rating 20

 

Universal Soldiers: The Return (1999)

lgogDirector: Mic Rodgers

Writer: William Malone, John Fasano (Screenplay) Richard Rothstein, Christopher Leitch, Dean Devlin (Characters)

Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michael Jai White, Heidi Schanz, Xander Berkeley, Justin Lazard, Bill Goldberg, Kiana Tom, David von Bargen, James Black

 

Plot: Luc Devereaux, the only surviving member of the original Universal Soldier Team. He now works with Dylan Cotner, on a project to create and improve a new Universal Soldier. Their plan is for the Universal soldier or UNISOLS to be controlled by a computer they call SETH. When the government decides to terminate the project, which includes shutting down SETH. SETH, not wanting this to happen, takes steps to prevent this. He first kills Dylan. He then has himself transferred into a body. He then seeks out Luc Devereaux, who is the only person who knows the code that will stop his program from being deleted. So he sends out all the UNISOLS to get him. Luc must try and stay away until SETH program is deleted. But SETH has targeted his daughter as possible leverage.

 

Verdict: Not as Good

 

Story: With a story that seems like it was rushed together we don’t really have anything to work with here. The attack inside the base by the soldiers works fine, but would the military really just send wave after wave of soldiers in against the odds. I think not. Moving away from that part of the story the computer trying to take over is good side to the story, it only wants to be free, it only turns hostel once it gets threatened, showing it to be more of a human creation. We never really find out why some of the soldiers started to break down before the switch which is a bit disappointing to say the least. In the end it turns out a bit messy just with some decent scenes with Jean-Claude and Bill Goldberg or Michael Jai White. (5/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Jean-Claude Van Damme: Luc now human again he works to help test the new batch of upgraded soldiers, but when they take over he is the only hope as he holds the code to keep the main threat alive. When his daughter is kidnapped he has to fight through the soldiers to save her before it is too late. Good performance from Jean but he doesn’t have as much screen time as you would like. (7/10)

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Michael Jai White: S.E.T.H. the computer who finds himself a body to help keep the program alive after it gets closed down. He must find or crack the code within eight hours or he will be closed down for good. The body he takes over is the next level of upgrade meaning he is the deadliest killing machine Luc has faced. Good performance when he eventually turns up. (7/10)

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Heidi Schanz: Erin a reporter who ends up in the thick of it all when she comes to the base for a general story, she ends up getting front row seats to the action with Luc trying to keep her out of harm’s way. Average performance that really doesn’t live up to the previous performance from the leading lady last time out. (5/10)

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Xander Berkeley: Dr Dylan the brains behind the new program, but he doesn’t last long as SETH ends up making him one of his first victims in his quest to survive. Only a small part in the generic doctor role. (5/10)

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Kiana Tom: Maggie the training partner of Luc who helps put the soldiers to the test, she ends up having to keep Luc’s daughter safe but doesn’t do a very good job as she ends up in hospital. Simple supporting performance. (5/10)

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Daniel von Bargen: General Radford the man who pulls the plug on the program leading to the consequences that happen. If you have seen any war films this General is most likely in it such a standard typical generic performance. (4/10)

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Bill Goldberg: Romeo the lead soldier in Luc’s new program who really doesn’t like him, he tries to kill Luc on numerous occasions through the film and always fails, offering plenty of comical moments. It would be fair to say he steals the film as you want to see him fail again. (8/10)

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Director Review: Mic Rodgers – Doesn’t bring us the best sequel gives us some good action but as for the actual story it is very poor. (5/10)

 

Action: Good action throughout plenty of fight scenes to show off Van Damme’s skills. (8/10)

Settings: The setting works ok showing how the Homebase of the military could become the place they need to attack to stop an attack. (6/10)

Suggestion: I would only suggest for the action fans to try this, it is not the most entertaining film but the action does keep things interesting. (Action Fans Try)

 

Best Part: Surfing Goldberg.

Worst Part: Short

Action Scene Of The Film: Final fight against SETH

Funniest Scene: Romeo jumps and misses.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has 2 more sequels

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $10 Million

Budget: $45 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 23 Minutes

Tagline: Prepare to become obsolete

 

Overall: Sequel Lacking In Story

Rating59

Star Focus – Steven Yeun

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Number of Roles: 23

Biggest Roles: The Walking Dead

Season 1 Glenn

Season 1 Glenn

Debut Role: My Name is Jerry (2009)

Early Career: Starting of as a voice actor in video game series ‘Crysis’  in 2007 and 2008, before getting his debut role as a supporting cast member ‘My Name is Jerry’. Steven enter into televisions series first up he play Sebastian the original long suffering room mater of Sheldon Cooper in the Big Bang Theory. This was the first of many through 2010 and 2011 before he got his big break with The Walking Dead.

Television Roles:

The Big Bang Theroy

The Big Bang Theroy

  • The Big Bang Theory (2010)
  • Lemons the Show (2010) 2 Episodes
  • Law & Order: LA (2011)
  • Warehouse 13 (2011)
  • NTSD:SD:SUV (2012)
  • Harder Than It Looks (2012)
  • The Legend of Korra (2013) 3 Episodes
  • The Soup (2011) & (2014)
  • Drunk History (2014)
  • The Walking Dead (2010-2015) 67 Episodes
Season 2 Glenn

Season 2 Glenn

Season 3 Glenn

Season 3 Glenn

Break Out Role: Glenn in The Walking Dead. Glenn is the young adult of the group who starts off being the sneak around the walkers but as the series continues he has managed to woo Maggie Green and become one of the most resourceful members of the team. It would be fair to say that Glenn has managed to escape some of the tightest spots with one of his most notifiable being his escape in full armour after the prison attack as he just walks through the walkers who can’t bite though the armour. His commitment to finding Maggie after being separated puts his own safety at risk during the second half of season 4. How many more times can he escape what look like impossible odds?

Next Big Role: I, Origins, it would be fair to say he has years left in his career to continue his rise to stardom, we will just have to wait and see how far he can go.logo

My Favourite Role: Glenn – The Walking Dead

After the escape in season 4 - The Walking Dead

After the escape in season 4 – The Walking Dead

Films I Want to See That I Haven’t Seen: I, Origins

Trailer Alert – Werewolf Rising

Plot – Emma is a country girl who left for the big city only to return years later with big problems. And when she returns to her childhood home deep in the Arkansas mountains for some well needed rest, relaxation, and soul searching, her problems have only just begun. A bloodthirsty werewolf emerges from the woods to lay siege to the area, ravaging anything in its path and revealing a sinister underworld that most never knew existed. With a full moon hanging over the area, Emma is plunged into a fight not only for her life, but for her very soul.

Release Date:  Already out in UK

Questions:

This doesn’t look like the best, but where do you think it will rank in Werewolf films?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 20%

My Guess Rating – 30%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

The Reef (2010)

logoDirector: Andrew Traucki

Writer: Andrew Traucki, James M. Vernon (Screenplay)

Starring: Damian Walshe-Howling, Gyton Grantley, Adrienne Pickering, Zoe Naylor, Kieran Darcy-Smith

 

Plot: A great white shark hunts the crew of a capsized sailboat along the Great Barrier Reef.

 

Verdict: Open Water Thriller

 

Story: We follow five friends who go on a boat trip to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef, but when the tide comes in they have to leave. Returning to the main land their boat capsizes leaving them stranded in the middle of the Ocean, they must make the decision to swim or wait on the boat. With four swimming we follow them as they make the desperate attempt to survive.

This all comes off very well, it gives use plenty of suspense as we have to wait and see if they will make it all while being stalked by a shark. We get to see how they try to keep calm and surprisingly stay very calm considering what is happening. You do get dragged in to want to know who will survive and we don’t know which ones if any will. It isn’t the most challenging film to watch but then it doesn’t need to be, it achieves all it needs to. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Damian Walshe-Howling: Luke expert on the water who takes charge once the boat capsizes and tries to lead his friends to safety, he keeps everyone calm in the water and has to keep watch for the sharks. Solid lead performance, showing good leadership skills. (7/10)

 

Gyton Grantley: Matt friend of Luke’s who returns to take his girlfriend and sister on a trip to the Great Barrier Reef. He enjoys the holiday but it is clear to see that Luke is the expert in the water and after they get lost in the ocean he makes a big mistake. Solid performance as the slightly clueless lost at sea man. (7/10)

 

Adrienne Pickering: Suzie girlfriend of Matt who has come to enjoy the sun and scenery. She joins the swim because she trusts her boyfriend who trusts Luke. She does a good job but is mainly there for added scream value. (6/10)

 

Zoe Naylor: Kate sister of Matt and former partner of Luke who goes to see if there is anything left with her former partner, she is most reluctant to go on the swim and her nerves help show how terrifying it is. She does a good job to convince with her nervous performance. (7/10)

 

Kieran Darcy Naylor: Warren the man who likes to fish and drive the boat, I am not sure if he was meant to be the captain or just another friend, but he ends up stay on the capsized boat not wanting to get in the water because of the sharks. Only a small support performance here as he left on the boat. (5/10)

 

Director Review: Andrew Traucki – Good direction to create a tense horror from the moment the boat flips until the credits you will be left near the edge of your seats. (7/10)

 

Horror: The idea of being left in the middle of the ocean would be terrifying but add in the sharks it makes it one hell of a scary situation. (9/10)

Thriller: You literally don’t know what will happen with the people stranded and the build-up during the shark attacks are very well built-up. (9/10)

Settings: Great setting to make the idea terrifying. (10/10)

Suggestion: This is one for the horror fans to try, if you like the isolated trapped films this will work out for you. (Horror Fans Try)

 

Best Part: The suspense being built-up throughout.

Worst Part: You kind of know the outcome but you have to work out who will go first.

Believability: Based on a real event, but none of the characters are real, I guess the idea of being stuck in the ocean is a real reality and the chances of being hunted by sharks is too. (7/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

Tagline: Pray that you drown first

 

Overall: Dare you go into the water?

Rating 70

Universal Soldier (1992)

logoDirector:  Roland Emmerich

Writer: Dean Devlin (Screenplay) Richard Rothstein, Christopher Leitch (Story)

Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Ally Walker, Ed O’Ross, Jerry Orbach, Leon Rippy, Tico Wells, Ralf Moeller

 

Plot: An elite team of soldiers has been used against terrorists where they use astounding physical capabilities to overcome them. Veronica, a reporter, follows them and discovers a part of their secret. When one of the team kills her cameraman she tries to escape. Luc, one of the soldiers begins to have flashbacks and turns sides and helps her as the remainder of the team follows to protect their secrets.

 

Verdict: Relaxaction Time

 

Story: This starts promising with the idea of elite team of soldiers who complete missions that would be too risky to send living men on. The soldiers are all fallen men bought back to life with a twist that they are programed to listen to commands without question. Things change when an idea never really got tested leaving progress in the operating system leading to two wartime enemies fighting each other one being good the other bad. Add in the reporter who will do anything for a story we get a basic action film about uncovering the truth while trying to survive an onslaught from the military. It is easy to watch and will tick all the boxes for a fun action film. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Jean-Claude Van Damme: Luc the fallen hero that starts to remember what happened when he died, he understands good and bad unlike the rest of the recruits. He uses he skills to help elude capture and help Veronica uncover the truth. Good performance from Jean-Claude showing why he was great as a strong silent type with excellent fighting skills. (9/10)

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Dolph Lundgren: Andrew a sergeant who snaps during war killing everyone before being put down by Luc. He is selected to be used in the program along with Luc but when things start to come back to him he starts to go back to his old way, collecting ears and killing everyone. Great villain performance and easily one of the most underrated of the 90s. (9/10)

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Ally Walker: Veronica a determined reporter who will do anything for a good story, but this time she gets more than she bargained for, when she gets involved with the military program and goes on the run with Luc. Good performance helping fill in blanks and being a helpful teacher for Luc. (8/10)

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Ed O’Ross: Colonel Perry the leader of the Universal Soldiers, whose job is to keep them following orders and achieving their missions. With plenty of leadership skills this very generic Colonel who wants to take more risks before research has a temper. Good standard performance here. (6/10)

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Director Review: Roland Emmerich – Good direction to create the fun action film which is now what he is known for. (8/10)

 

Action: When the action happens it is great long battles, long fight, plenty of explosions and tons of bullets used. (9/10)

Sci-Fi: Good look at what the military could be up to. (9/10)

Settings: Each setting offers a chance to have fun watching how Luc gets out and learns the ways of the world again. (8/10)

Suggestion: This is one for all the action films out there, you will love this one and it offers everything you want in an action film. (Action Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Motel battle

Worst Part: Generic support characters.

Action Scene Of The Film: Prison bus chase.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Became a franchise

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $36 Million

Budget: $23 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes

Tagline: Robots runs amok

 

Overall: Classic Action Film

Rating 81

Trailer Alert – Heart of the Sea

Plot – Based on the 1820 event, a whaling ship is preyed upon by a sperm whale, stranding its crew at sea for 90 days, thousands of miles from home.

Release Date:  13th March 2015

Questions:

An all-time classic novel, can it be turned to film to such a high level?

All-star cast, who will shine out the most?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 90%

My Guess Rating – 80%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Trailer Alert – Whiplash

Plot – A promising young drummer enrolls at a cutthroat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential.

Release Date:  16th January 2015

Questions:

Could this have Oscar Buzz?

Looks powerful but how far will he get pushed?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 30%

My Guess Rating – 80%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No