Nightcrawler (2014)

logoDirector: Dan Gilroy

Writer: Dan Gilroy (Screenplay)

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed

 

Plot: When Lou Bloom, a driven man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Wow Brilliant Thriller

 

Story: Nightcrawler starts by showing Louis Bloom (Gyllenhaal) working to thief stealing and selling metal. Louis is looking for career in life but it struggling to find his calling in life, but witnessing a car crash recovery Louis meets Joe (Paxton) who race to the scene of the crime to get raw footage so they can sell it to whoever pays the most. This leads to Louis starting his own chase to the crime scene with his first Police radio and video camera.

After getting his first footage he sales it to cut throat news veteran Nina (Russo) who explaining what her station is after as well as handing out tips for him to improve his style in the future. Starting off Louis hires an assistant Rick (Ahmed) to learn the codes to help navigate through the city of Los Angeles. Louis continues to improve his style he gets drawn into world, improve his equipment, car as well as starting to become more daring in pushing the boundaries including make the scenes look better on camera. With ratings week happening Louis has to prove he is all he claims and going up against Joe and his multi van team he has been losing out, now Louis will go to new levels risking not only his own life but his assistant’s life. Louis starts going dark crossing lines he should never be to make sure he gets the perfect footage.

Nightcrawler is very much one of the most interesting films of the year, I have not seen a film that focuses on the subject that this one does before. We get to see how Louis slowly becomes obsessed with this fascination on the perfect film as well as learn more about what drives him to perfection. We get to see how close the boundaries people will go and we then get to judge on what is too far for ourselves. We get morals questioned from the first moment to the final but with the new world’s obsession with reality these guys would be considered right even though it is very wrong how far they go. The story is fresh, the story is original and the story pulls you in. (10/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Jake Gyllenhaal: Louis Bloom starting off as a thief but when he learns about ‘Stingers’ who go around looking to get the first footage of crime scenes he gets interested in starting his own recording service. As the time continues he becomes obsessed with getting the best and along with his relationship with news veteran grows as does his reputation. Jake gives his best performance of his career here and it will stick with you afterwards too. (10/10)

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Rene Russo: Nina Romina a veteran news director who is on the lowest rated channel, she gets involved with using Louis footage and sees the rating rise but she gets caught up in negotiating on the footage as each one rises to breaking the budgets. Rene gives a great performance as the aging news lady. (9/10)

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Bill Paxton: Joe Loder a fellow stringer who shows Louis the world before becoming competition against him. Bill does a good job offering the a supporting role here without doing too much. (7/10)

 

Riz Ahmed: Rick assistant to Louis who constantly starts wanting more money but keeps getting shot down because of the demands of Louis, who eventually gives him the raise but only when Rick starts risking more. Riz does give a great performance as the slacker in need of money. (9/10)

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Support Cast: Nightcrawler doesn’t have the biggest support cast with most involved are part of the news team and we see how they start to know and respect Louis the more he brings them to work with.

 

Director Review: Dan Gilroy – Dan does a great job directing this making the film edge of the seat from start to finish. (10/10)

 

Crime: Nightcrawler shows the dark side of the crime world where people films what has been happening for money. (9/10)

Thriller: Nightcrawler is one of the most edge of your seat films that you will ever see. (10/10)

Settings: Nightcrawler uses the settings of Los Angeles brilliant to show the difference in the neighbourhoods as well as the people you will meet. (10/10)

Suggestion: Nightcrawler is just a must watch for everyone. (Just Watch)

 

Best Part: Car Chase.

Worst Part: Hard to find one.

 

Believability: These people are real but this extreme maybe not. (7/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: This could very well have a sequel.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Awards: Nominated for Golden Globe Best Actor and Nominated for four BAFTAs including Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Editing.

Oscar Chances: Could get nominated for Oscars.

Box Office: $38 Million

Budget: $8.5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 57 Minutes

Tagline: The City Shines Brightest at Night

 

Overall: Thriller of the Year

Rating 94

Right at Your Door (2006)

logoDirector: Chris Gorak

Writer: Chris Gorak (Screenplay)

Starring: Mary McCormack, Rory Cochrane, Tony Perez

 

Plot: A dirty bomb goes off in Los Angeles, jamming freeways and spreading a toxic cloud.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Different Disaster Movie

 

Story: Right at your Door starts by introducing us to Brad (Cochrane) as he prepares for his everyday along with his wife Lexi (McCormack). We watch as Brad seems to get his wife ready for work and is left at the home. Brad starts getting reports on his radio of explosion going off in the city where his wife is working. He heads down town to find his wife only to find all the streets are being blocked and witnessing what will happen to the people who leave the explosion area.

Brad is joined by neighbour’s employee Alvaro (Perez) as they hide out in Brad’s house, blocking all the entries to keep out the toxic air. We continue to hear about the fallout of the bombs over the radio with certain reports being very calm and others right in the middle of the storm. Brad continues to struggle to get hold of Lexi starts fearing for the worse. Once Lexi turns up at the house he knows he can’t let her in because she has been infected leading to the tension of leaving her outside while the fallout settles.

Right at your Door is a disaster movie that doesn’t show you the horror of what is happening, we have to hear reports so it makes us feel like we could have been part of it without having to have been there. We get to see how one man will react to a situation he can’t control by trying to save himself and his wife. In the world of too many disaster films this is actually refreshing because it ups the intensity because we have to imagine what has happened and I also believe this paved the way for one of the best films ‘Pontypool’ which uses the same ideas with a zombie outbreak. This also has a conclusion that will shock because it will send you in a direction you didn’t see coming. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Mary McCormack: Lexi wife who gets caught in the middle of the dirty bomb explosions, she gets stuck outside the home. She tries to find somewhere to get help but ever option turns out to be a risk. Mary gives a solid performance as the lady searching for help. (7/10)

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Rory Cochrane: Brad after failing to find his wife he locks himself up inside his own home only to find out she returned too late. He has to leave her outside while he waits for help. Rory gives a solid performance and shows he was ready to breakout after his television role. (7/10)

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Support Cast: Right at your Door doesn’t really have any supporting characters, we have one man who stays in the house for a while and people come towards it but nobody who really changes the direction of the film.

 

Director Review: Chris Gorak – Chris does a good job directing this thriller that keeps us interested from start to finish. (7/10)

 

Drama: Right at your Door uses the personal situation between the married couple to drive the story showing how hard it would be to know the other is right and not let your loved one inside. (8/10)

Thriller: Right at your Door starts calm and within five minutes gets the action underway too good effect too. (9/10)

Settings: Right at your Door uses the house as the primary setting which works to keep Brad isolated from the outside world. (10/10)

Suggestion: Right at your Door is one to try but some people might not like the way it all unfolds by the end. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Shock Ending.

Worst Part: Hard to find something really bad.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Pontypool

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $2 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes

Tagline: Terror just hit home.

Trivia: The film was acquired by Lions Gate at 2006 Sundance for nearly $3 million for worldwide rights.

 

Overall: Disaster Film Hiding the Horror

Rating 76

Trailer Alert – Clown

Plot – A loving father finds a clown suit for his son’s birthday party, only to realize the suit is part of an evil curse that turns its wearer into a killer.

Release Date: 2nd March 2015

Stars:

  • Peter Stormare (Fargo)
  • Eli Roth (Inglorious)
  • Laura Allen
  • Christian Distefano

Director: Jon Watts

Highlight of the Trailer: Actually looks like it has scares.

What Looks Good? The clown’s look, looks great and truly terrifying.

What Looks Bad? I have seen something similar in ‘Scary or Die.

Summary: When it comes to horror films it is always hard to find something fresh, and this could have certain elements of originality. This could make it one of the best horrors of the year but otherwise this could just turn into something we have seen before.

Questions:

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 70%

My Guess Rating – 70%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

A Scanner Darkly (2006)

logoDirector: Richard Linklater

Writer: Richard Linklater (Screenplay) Philip K. Dick (Novel)

Starring: Rory Cochrane, Robert Downey Jr, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Woody Harrelson

 

Plot: An undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Strong Start, Slow Finish

 

Story: A Scanner Darkly starts by introducing us to Charles Freck (Cochrane) a man being pestered by bugs while on a new drug. Calling a friend James Barris (Downey Jr) for advice they plan to meet to look at the bugs. Skip to the Police who are trying to crack down on narcotics with a new undercover suit worn b Officer Fred (Reeves) as he goes undercover to fight the war on narcotics. Substance D is the new drug on the streets that they are most trying to stop taking a hold on the users.

Officer Fred is undercover with dealer Donna (Ryder) using his alias Bob Arctor who is a suspect he is meant to be after, he also knows Charles and James along with follower stoner Ernie Luckman (Harrelson). We watch as Officer Fred starts to lose his mind as he struggles to deal with the different realities the drug world is leaving him in. Fred has to work out who to trust and why the police are after him as well as why Barris is trying to sell him out.

A Scanner Darkly is one of those films that really pulls you in to start with but in the end fizzles out, it is a shame because the idea was a good concept but it doesn’t give us enough potential surprises like who Hank is, it is clear who early on. The subject looks at how the drugs can affect the people who are just undercover rather than the ones who are who are the stoners. I think more focus on who and what is really going on should have been had because the end feels empty rather than concluded. (6/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Robert Downey Jr: James Barris one of the stoners who believes he is smarter than the rest of them. He wants to out one of his group not knowing he is the guy undercover. Robert does a good job in what was one of his recovery roles. (7/10)

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Keanu Reeves: Bob Arctor/Officer Fred the undercover cop whose identity is a secret to the force while he gets close to the dealers. Keanu does a good job in a role you wouldn’t imagine him in. (7/10)

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Winona Ryder: Donna Hawthorne main dealer and girlfriend of Bob, she keeps the guys hooked up. Winona does a good job but doesn’t get enough screen time. (6/10)

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Woody Harrelson: Ernie Luckman one of the stoners who gets all philosophical whenever high. Woody makes for a solid supporting character but needed more screen time. (5/10)

 

Rory Cochrane: Charles Freck the man who gets most affected by the substance D who starts seeing things before anybody else and is always the fear of what the group could become. Rory does a good job and as for that opening scene that really pulls you in and you want to see more of his character. (8/10)

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Support Cast: A Scanner Darkly only has supporting characters working in the police be it officers or doctors checking on Fred. They all help try to show his better side rather than his drug side.

 

Director Review: Richard Linklater – Richard has become one of the biggest names in Hollywood this year and this showed that he is a visionary director. (8/10)

 

Animation: A Scanner Darkly is very original with its style of animation which makes the story be able to go in direction that wouldn’t be possible if it was just one or the other. (9/10)

Mystery: A Scanner Darkly tries to keep you guessing but sadly doesn’t keep it up enough of the way through the film. (6/10)

Thriller: A Scanner Darkly keeps you wondering but never pushes you to the edge like it could. (6/10)

Settings: A Scanner Darkly settings are created well throughout the film. (7/10)
Special Effects
: A Scanner Darkly uses both brilliant special effects and animation to create a unique look for the film. (8/10)

Suggestion: A Scanner Darkly is one to try it isn’t the most perfect film but the visual could be rewarding. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Visuals.

Worst Part: Fizzles out near the end.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $7.6 Million

Budget: $8.5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

Tagline: Everything Is Not Going To Be OK

 

Overall: Brave Idea

Rating 72

What is your favourite Rory Cochrane role?

Rory Cochrane is a New York born actor who seems to have made a career out of being the supporting character you almost recognise. Looking through his 30 credits on the IMDB he nearly always comes just after the bigger known star and apart from his time on CSI Miami we see a range of different films. Today I am going to look at some of these roles and I ask you to pick your favourite one of his.

Fathers & Sons (1992)father sons

Opposite Jeff Goldblum A beach runner and bookworm (Goldblum) has difficulty communicating with his son. He meets a psychic on a pier at the beach and soon his world turns topsy-turvy with a serial killer coming between him and his son. The ensuing E.S.P. experiences and danger bond father and son.

Dazed and Confused (1993)dazed

This is Richard Linklater high school comedy that has stars of the future all over it.

Love and a .45 (1994)45

This time with Renee Zellweger, Watty has made a living out of robbing convenience stores, but after one of these job turned into murder by his partner, the psychopath Billy Mack, he is on the run with his fiancé Starlene and with both Billy Mack, the police and some loansharks on his trail. Their plan is to go to Mexico but before they do that they want to get married and visit Starlenes parents.

Empire Records (1995)records

The employees of an independent music store learn about each other as they try anything to stop the store being absorbed by a large chain.

The Low Life (1995)lowlife

One of his first lead roles was in this film, John came to Hollywood to get that one big break in life. Years have passed since and all he has to show for are a menial job, unpaid bills and airhead friends and he’s getting sick of it all. Is there a way out of this downward spiral?

Black and White (1999)black white

Chris O’Brien, devote Catholic and rookie cop with LAPD, is assigned to partner with the hard-edged, street-smart Nora Hugosian. A serial killer is loose, and all the victims are low-life guys whom Nora has dealt with. So, when the tire tracks of a police car are found at a murder scene, she’s the prime suspect of internal affairs investigator Simon Hertzel. Chris and Nora start an affair, but meanwhile he has suspicions about her. Should he start his own investigation, which would be an act of betrayal, or trust her, as his partner and his lover? When a witness i.d.’s Nora’s former partner, Michael Clemence, as the killer, Nora gives Mike an alibi, and things get complicated.

Right at Your Door (2006)door

A dirty bomb goes off in Los Angeles, jamming freeways and spreading a toxic cloud. This is easily my favourite of all his films and it really is a film that will shock you.

A Scanner Darkly (2006)darkley

Re-teaming with Richard Linklater here for a film that really does stand out as one of a kind. An undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result.

Tim Speedle – CSI Miami (2002-2007)miami

It what would easily be his most known role this was the hit crime drama set in Miami.

Greg Seaton – 24 (2009)24

Part of Day 7 in the every so popular television show Greg is a supporting character who ends up getting involved in Jack’s day.

Bring up Bobby (2011)bobby

A con artist moves her son to a conservative neighborhood in Oklahoma in an effort to build a better future, but it doesn’t take long for her past to catch up with her, and for her son’s behavior to cause problems of its own.

Oculus (2013)oculus

In what was a very unusual horror film we follow A woman tries to exonerate her brother, who was convicted of murder, by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon.

We have also had supporting roles in

  • Parkland
  • Argo
  • Public Enemies
  • Hart’s War

Out of the Dark (2014)

logoDirector: Lluis Quilez

Writer: Javier Gullon, David Pastor, Alex Pastor (Screenplay)

Starring: Julia Stiles, Scott Speedman, Pixie Davies, Alejandro Furth, Stephen Rea

 

Plot: A couple and their daughter moves to Colombia to take over a family manufacturing plant, only to realize their new home is haunted.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Ghost Investigation: Columbia

 

Story: Out of the Dark starts by showing a man trying to escape Columbia in 1992 burning reports and documents, when a knocking at the door starts happening he answers to nothing before getting haunted by childlike figures and he’s dead. With that very simple introduction we know what type of evil we will be dealing with but not giving away the motive behind it.

Move forward to present day we see American family Sarah (Stiles), Paul (Speedman) and young daughter Hannah (Davies) moving to St Clara Columbia. Shown around by Sarah’s father Jordan (Rea) the family is in for a big culture change as Sarah comes to start her new job at a paper factory. The family just so happens to move into the same house from the opening sequence. The town is preparing for a festival to celebrate an old tradition where the children of the village wear masks and bandages.

Paul the artists is looking after Hannah when he makes a discovery from one of the photos he took when they first moved in, just as Hannah goes off wondering into the garden which leads into the forest. The Festival of the Children is about remembering an ancient story about the children of the village being killed by the conquistadors.

After Hannah goes missing in the house it becomes apparent that the house is haunted by the vengeful ghosts. Hannah is found sick in the house but with little in the word of answers about the sickness. When Hannah continues to get sicker strange goings on continue to happen around the house with the ghost children drawn the Hannah. When the vengeful children take Hannah, Sarah and Paul are left helpless must use what very little connection they have in the town to discover what is happening and get their daughter back before it is too late.

Out of the Dark is one of those haunting the family that was involved in something that lead to the death, these are the type of horror films I enjoy because of the mystery element added to the scares that might not come off. I would pose the questions of ‘would you move you family to a country you know nothing about?’ ‘Would you leave your daughter with a babysitter on your first week there?’ these two questions really lead you to wonder a lot about the goings on in the film. I did like the idea of the Conquistadors legend which would have been a lot better for the outcome than what we got, but in the end the human factor does help make it more realistic. As I am a fan of the genre I am going to say this is solid but only because it feeds what I like. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Julia Stiles: Sarah Harriman the go to work parent in what is a slight difference to our normal horror films where the mother is the one who usually stays at home getting haunted. Julia does a good job as the concerned mother and working lady. (7/10)

 

Scott Speedman: Paul Harriman the stay at home father who does work from home but is the one investigating the haunting. Scott is the first male character in horror film that is in a couple and is actual solving the problem. (7/10)

 

Stephen Rea: Jordan the father of Sarah who brings the family to the town where they can start a new life. Stephen does a solid job in the role without needing to do too much. (6/10)

 

Pixie Davies: Hannah Harriman the daughter who seems to be getting the most part of the haunting because the children like to take other children. Pixie does a solid job in the role for the young actress. (6/10)

 

Support Cast: Out of the Dark has a supporting cast that doesn’t get to involved in what is going on but does help explain what could be going on.

 

Director Review: Lluis Quilez – Lluis does a solid job directing this very much by the book investigation horror film. (6/10)

 

Horror: Out of the Dark has a couple of good scares but nothing shocking. (6/10)

Thriller: Out of the Dark keeps you guessing as to what could have happened. (7/10)

Settings: Out of the Dark puts our family in a location unknown to them which helps for the horror to grow. (8/10)

Suggestion: Out of the Dark is one for the fans of this type of horror to enjoy, you won’t get scared but if you like ghost investigation like films this is for you. (Ghost Investigation Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Dream sequence.

Worst Part: Questionable parenting.

Scariest Scene: Dream Sequence.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: Beginning of credits shows what happened next to the town.

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

 

Overall: Good Ghost Investigation Horror

Rating 65

Fury (2014)

logoDirector: David Ayer

Writer: David Ayer (Screenplay)

Starring: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, Jim Parrack, Brad William Henke, Xavier Samuel, Jason Isaacs

 

Plot: April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened Army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: One of the best modern war films

 

Story: Fury starts by informing us that during World War II American tanks were outgunned by the advancing German tanks and that the US tanks suffered staggering losses. April 1945 Hitler has sent every man, woman and child out to battle. We start by meeting Wardaddy (Pitt), Bible (LaBeouf), Gordo (Pena) and Coon-Ass (Bernthal) the unit in the tank known as Fury. Returning from their latest mission one man down they get a fresh young blood Norman Ellison (Lerman) who has only been part of the army for 8 weeks.

New mission orders come down and Wardaddy leads a platoon on the next mission which is to meet up with another platoon and take over the next town. Captain Waggoner (Isaacs) gets the platoon ready for the next mission which is a rescue mission, this goes down well but it is already taking its toll on Norman. Moving onto the town we see just what the Germans will do to the people who wouldn’t fight, while our unit slowly takes over the town.

The unit take the town and Wardaddy and Norman get a chance for a quiet moment during the reality of war that shows the true character of the 5 man unit. Receiving orders to intercept a German squad targeting the supply train we get bought back to the true reality of war. The next mission leaves the tank alone to complete and the five men must face impossible odds against nearly a full squadron of German soldiers.

Fury manages to show the true horror of war with this story, it puts the battles scenes together to what we expect but the brilliant peaceful moment in the middle really is the highlight to me. The characters each show the difference in the people who go to war as well as show that a lot of it is how they are dealing with the situation. I do feel we have a slightly weak point in the Norman character as we watch his start not willingly, slowly turn into a fighter only for him to want to surrender at the end, to me this doesn’t make sense to his character evolution. Taking that away we get what you would expect in a war film but this time we are all about the tanks which is slightly different to what we are used too. As I am not the biggest war film fan I was surprised by this one and thought I enjoyed the whole thing. (9/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Brad Pitt: Wardaddy the leader of the platoon who clearly has been affected by his time in the war but can’t let his men see his weakness. He is very reluctant to have the new blood in his tank but knows that he to support and force him to become a soldier. Wardaddy will also stand up for his unit and is even willing to sacrifice himself to save them. Brad gives a great performance but even though the characters are different I think this will still be his second best war film performance. (8/10)

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Shia LaBeouf: Bible the trademark religious member of the unit, who always gives final rights to anyone he kills but is also an effective gun man. Shia is an actor I really don’t like but this is one of the best performance I have seen from him. (8/10)

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Logan Lerman: Norman Ellison the fresh recruit sent to Wardaddy’s unit who clearly has no experience fighting in the war and only signed up as a typist. He finds himself horrified by what he sees in the first moments of war and can’t pull the trigger on the Germans. As the story unfolds we watch how he becomes part of the tank team and finds it in himself to fight for his unit and country. Logan gives a good performance stepping away from some of his audience friendly roles. (8/10)

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Michael Pena: Gordo driver of the tank who tries to be the first friend of Norman but also knows that his hesitation could end up getting him killed. Michael gives a good performance as we know he is a great supporting actor. (8/10)

 gordo

Jon Bernthal: Coon-Ass the engineer of the tank who makes sure everything runs smoothly from the inside but doesn’t have the most combat time. Jon manages to return to his Walking Dead days here and you feel like he has taken the Shane character to the next level. (8/10)

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Support Cast: Fury has a supporting cast that includes the support tanks and soldiers as well as the enemy trying to hunt them down. They all help but none get a chance to shine as well as the main five.

 

Director Review: David Ayer – David goes a great job directing and making this film make a real impact on the war genre in film history. (9/10)

 

Action: Fury uses great combat scenes and takes risks with them too, relying on the tanks battles to feel intense with plenty of explosions. (8/10)

War: Fury uses the war element very brilliantly and uses the effects of war between the battles and the quiet moments to show how easily things can change. (9/10)

Settings: Fury uses what would look like real locations for the battles making you feel like you are travelling with the unit. (9/10)
Special Effects
: Fury has great effects with how brutal the kills are throughout the film. (9/10)

Suggestion: Fury is one to watch but I do feel that some people might find it too violent so been warned. (Watch)

 

Best Part: The peaceful attempt at dinner.

Worst Part: The forced kill.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final battle.

Kill Of The Film: Head explosions.

 

Believability: The idea could have happened but how things happened is less likely. (3/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Saving Private Ryan

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $212 Million

Budget: $68 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 14 Minutes

Tagline: War never ends quietly.

Trivia: During filming, Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf almost got in a real fight with Scott Eastwoodwhile the cameras were rolling. Eastwood, riding on the back, kept spitting tobacco juice on the tank. Pitt and LaBeouf felt this was disrespectful to their “home”, and exchanged words with Eastwood. Things grew pretty heated until Pitt and LaBeouf found out the script actually called for Eastwood’s character to spit his tobacco juice on the tank.

 

Overall: Fury is easily one of the best war films I have seen, this to me puts it in the same league as Platoon, Saving Private Ryan and Inglorious.

Rating 89

New Releases – 27th February 2015

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel hotel The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai). Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy – posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two eligible and very wealthy suitors. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is newly installed co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith), the keeper of everyone’s secrets. As the demands of a traditional Indian wedding threaten to engulf them all, an unexpected way forward presents itself.

My Guess for Rating – 60%
My Anticipation Rating – 50%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

The Boy Next Door boy A newly divorced woman falls for a younger man who has recently moved in across the street from her, but their torrid affair soon takes a dangerous turn.

My Guess for Rating – 40%
My Anticipation Rating – 20%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

It Follows follows For 19-year-old Jay, fall should be about school, boys and weekends out at the lake. But after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she finds herself plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone, or something, is following her. Faced with this burden, Jay and her teenage friends must find a way to escape the horrors that seem to be only a few steps behind.

My Guess for Rating – 70%
My Anticipation Rating – 60%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Focus focu A veteran grifter takes a young, attractive woman under his wing, but things get complicated when they become romantically involved.

My Guess for Rating – 60%
My Anticipation Rating – 50%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – Yes

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My Guess for Rating – 75%
My Anticipation Rating – 80%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

The Boy Next Door (2015)

boyDirector: Rob Cohen

Writer: Barbara Curry (Screenplay)

Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman, Ian Nelson, John Corbett, Kristin Chenoweth, Lexi Atkins, Hill Harper

 

Plot: A newly divorced woman falls for a younger man who has recently moved in across the street from her, but their torrid affair soon takes a dangerous turn.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fatal Attraction the DVD Sequel

 

Story: The Boy Next Door starts by showing the details of Claire (Lopez) and her divorce from Garrett (Corbett), she has been getting through it with her friend Vicky (Chenoweth) but to make thing difficult Claire wants to do the right thing for their son Kevin (Nelson). Claire meets her new neighbour Noah (Guzman) who offers to help around the house as he looks after his ill uncle.

Noah and Kevin start hanging out with Noah showing Kevin certain things mostly handy orientated. Noah wants to get back into school to learn about literature which just so happens to be the class that Claire teaches, this brings the two closer together. Claire is forced into going on a date for the first time in 18 years and things go terrible, leading to Claire to spend the night with Noah, where she regrets the moment she wakes up in the morning.

When Kevin returns we start to see a change in Noah as Noah starts to become obsessed with Claire. Things take a turn when Claire decides to let Garrett have another chance and try and work out their marriage. Noah starts his plan to get Claire by talking Kevin into resenting Garrett for living him for 9 months. We continue to learn about Noah’s past and we see just how disturbed he really is and how much danger Claire has put herself in.

The Boy Next Door is a film that follows the very simple guidelines for stalker obsessed films, everything comes off very standard. We have the let’s get friendly with the neighbour routine, the wildly drunken night, realization of the mistake before the friendly person turns out to be crazy. Now time for the problems, the son really isn’t going to be swayed by a conversation when he was already excited about his parents getting back together. I also feel that Noah’s character really didn’t have any idea what he wanted from Claire because he never explains about running off into the sunset or anything. I don’t expect this to go down as one of the better films of the year but I do feel like that casual fan will get enough entertainment out of it all. (5/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Jennifer Lopez: Claire Peterson separated wife, mother and teacher who spends the night with her new neighbour, but when she wants to give her husband another chance leading to her having to fight for her career and life from this obsessed boy. I was going to give Jennifer a good mark but the final act was just terrible from her she looked completely out of place. (3/10)

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Ryan Guzman: Noah Sandborn the new neighbour who helps around the house before having a night with Claire. He turns obsessive when he gets told it was a mistake and Claire decides to give her husband another chance. Ryan does a solid job with his character and manages to play both sides nicely. (6/10)

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Ian Nelson: Kevin Peterson son of Claire who becomes friends with Noah who then starts to get played by Noah into pushing the family apart. Ian does a solid job but does come off very annoying. (5/10)

 

John Corbett: Garrett Peterson the husband who is trying to make up for his mistakes and rebuild his family with Claire and Kevin. John does a solid job in the supporting role but never does have enough time on camera. (5/10)

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Kristin Chenoweth: Vicky Lansing the vice principal and good friend of Claire’s who is trying to push her into dating but soon has to help her cover up for the mistake that Claire makes. Kristin gives a solid supporting performance. (6/10)

 

Support Cast: The Boy Next Door doesn’t have the biggest supporting cast with not many characters turn up in many other scenes.

 

Director Review: Rob Cohen – Rob does a solid job but the final act feels rushed and out of place for the whole film. (5/10)

 

Thriller: The Boy Next Door does give you the feeling of what will happen next but never pulls you fully in. (5/10)

Settings: The Boy Next Door uses very basic settings, the home, the school and well that seems to be it we have a few scenes here and there but they all work to make the film have the right location feel to it. (7/10)

Suggestion: The Boy Next Door is one to try, it does enough for the casual fan but it doesn’t stand up next to other thrillers. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Noah beats up the bully

Worst Part: Final act is rushed and escalates the story too fast.

What Could Have Been Better? – Better pacing.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Fatal Attraction

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $37 Million to date.

Budget: $4 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

Tagline: A moment she couldn’t resist, an obsession he can’t control.

 

Overall: The Boy Next Door really is a bog standard thriller that will easily be forgotten.

Rating 50

Top 5 James Wan Directed Films

James Wan is a Malaysian born director who has made a huge impact on the horror genre, he was behind 3 of the best rated horror films in the last 10 years. This has led him to get the directing job on the new Fast and Furious film out in April and he will be returning for The Conjuring Sequel. Today I am going to be looking at my top 5 favourite directed films and might I just say how hard this actually is. I have not seen Stygian so sadly that won’t be included.

5. Death Sentence (2007)death

This was the first time James went into action and with Kevin Bacon showing how James was getting bigger name into his films. This is a revenge thriller that is very solid to watch but could easily be the most forgettable of all of Wan’s films.

4. Dead Silence (2007)silence

It is hard to say this is his least best horror film because it really is a good horror film that didn’t get the praise it should have got. The film follows Jamie as he tries to figure out what happened to his wife, which leads to the story of a ghost of a murdered ventriloquist.

3. Saw (2004)saw

It is hard to think that this title almost went straight to DVD and started a mega franchise that Wan only directed the first and easily the best of the series. The story follows serial killer Jigsaw who puts people he believes to be wasting their lives through torturous tests to prove they want to live and we follow two men trapped in a room trying to figure out why they have been picked. Also it happens to have one of the most shocking twist endings in recent horror film history.

2. Insidious (2010)insidous

Insidious slips into number two mainly because of the final demon reveal, everything else about this film is brilliant horror with jump scares left right and centre. I personally found the creep walking outside and turning up in the room the scariest scene in the movie. There are people out there who dislike this film because of the end but the build-up is simple great.

1. The Conjuring (2013)conjuring

The Conjuring is a film that got rave reviews when it came out and it follows the stories of real paranormal investigators the Warrens. We watch how one family is being haunted and we see the Warren’s figure out how to stop it. The film is due a sequel and got a spin off which was panned. The film is filled with scares and some of the better ones, the ones you don’t see coming.