Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Shadows Fall (2016)

Director: Aditya Vishwanath

Writer: Raj Jawa, Kuber Kaushik (Screenplay)

Starring: Dylan Quigg, Christian Wennberg, Jener Dasilva, Kinsey Diment, Talmage Thidwell, Marc Carlis, Yvonne Miranda

 

Plot: Shadows Fall is the haunting story of Senka, a young widow who confronts and answers that eternal question – what would you do for one more moment with someone that you love?

Resorting to the supernatural, she makes a bargain with a demon for the life of her dead husband, Jonas. Now she must live with the price of that deal.

 

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Mind Bending Horror

 

Story: Shadows Fall starts as we meet couple Senka (Quigg) and Jonas (Dasilva) who have come from different worlds but fallen in love never the less. What starts as a love story takes a twist when Senka finds herself having to make a deal with Amis (Wennberg) for parts of her life to go back to the way they were always meant to be.

As the story unfolds we learn the truth behind Senka and the deal she is trying to make giving us all the vision of just what would you do in her situation.

Shadows Fall is a horror mystery that instantly makes you wonder just what the hell is actually going on but this is what we want in a film giving us an instant question we want to see solved through the film. We get plenty of twists and turns along the way leading us to the final reveal in the final act. We don’t get any real scares but we don’t really need them for how this story unfolds.

 

Overall: Horror film that keeps you guessing from start to finish.

Rating75

 

 

Now You See Me 2 (2016)

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Director: Jon M Chu

Writer: Ed Solomon (Screenplay) Boaz Yakin, Edward Ricourt (Characters)

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan, Jay Chou, Sanaa Lathan, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman

 

Plot: The Four Horsemen resurface and are forcibly recruited by a tech genius to pull off their most impossible heist yet.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Simple Sequel

 

Story: Now You See Me 2 starts by going all Ocean’s Twelve on us by having Thaddeus Bradley (Freeman) wanting revenge on the Four Horsemen Daniel (Eisenberg), Merritt (Harrelson), Jack (Franco) and Lula (Caplan). Dylan (Ruffalo) brings the Horsemen back for their next job as they look to expose a new technology that will be stealing information.

With the Horseman being played and exposed they find themselves being handled by the puppet master Walter Mabry (Radcliffe) who wants the Horseman to steal a technology he helped create to make up for the money he had stolen by the Horseman a year before.

Now You See Me 2 gives us the sequel that plays out very much like Ocean’s Twelve where the robbed characters want revenge on the people that took their money. This plays out like something that has lost the elements of surprise which the first film had because the twist in the first film defines how clever the concept was but this time we lack that side of everything. This is easy to watch but in the end just doesn’t reach the full potential required in the film.

 

Overall: This is an unnecessary sequel to a fun film

Rating51

 

 

Opinion Battles Results Favourite Time Travel Film

Opinion Battles Results

We have had a small selection of Time Travel films this round but what were the most popular answers?time-travel-sresult

3rd – Back to the Future 2 pick by – SG Liput getting 3 Points.

2nd –. Terminator 2 Judgement Day picked by – Tom getting 6 Pointsterminator

1st – Back to the Future picked by – Table 9 Mutant, Emma, Drew, Movie Rob, J, Myself and Kevin all getting 12 pointsback

If you want to take part in the next round we are looking at favourite Clive Owen roles and send you choices to moviereviews101@yahoo.co.uk by 2nd October 2016

I am looking for one more category for next year, I am open to ideas but I would like to find a LEAST FAVOURITE to add, if you have an idea let me know.

Here is the table, (Drew – Drew’s Movie Reviews, Kim – Tranquil Dreams, J – Film & Nuance, Cinema Parrot Disco, Rob – Movie Rob, Damien Riley – Riley Central, Summer – Serendipitous Anachronisms, Daniel – A Tale of Two Dans, Emma – Emma Explains It All, S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason, Richard – The Humpo Show, Paul – Return to the 80s, Rachel – 54 Disney Reviews, Daniel – Dellens 456 , Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews, Anthony – Poetry, books, movies and music, Kevin – The Mental Attic) can anyone take this league by storm like last year?table

 

Franchise Weekend – Resident Evil: Damnation (2012)

residnetDirector: Makoto Kamiya

Writer: Shotaro Suga (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Matthew Mercer, Dave Wittenberg, Wendee Lee, Val Tasso, Robin Sachs, Courtenay Taylor, Salli Saffioti

 

Plot: Special Agent Leon S.Kennedy goes against his superior’s orders and works to destroy a series of biological weapons being used in a war zone in Europe.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Brutal Sequel

 

Story: Resident Evil: Damnation starts as we get filled into the Soviet divide with one newly formed independent country always at war until Svetlana Belikova the first female Prime Minister creates a peace between the two sides, but this is short lived as greed brings a new war for resource between the two sides.

Leon S Kennedy is set in to discover whether rumours are true about POW’s being used in the battle against American orders. With Svetlana leading the war on the resistance who are being called terrorists brings in Ada Wong to help with the situation using her expertise on bio-terrorism.

Leon must team up with naive young resistance soldier JD and the resistance led by Buddy to uncover the truth and once again save the world.

Resident Evil: Damnation is a follow up to both the first animated movie and the games which you can tell because it feels like a late stage of a video game. The story is a civil war with the resident evil creatures thrown into the mix which is disappointing because these monsters are what makes this such an enjoyable film because the final act is non-stop action that is filled with brutal consequences.

 

Character Review

 

Leon S Kennedy: Leon is the American agent deep behind enemy lines in the middle of the battle between the two sides of a civil war only to find the T-virus has been evolved to be used within the war by the government. Leon feels like a much more important character this time around where we see just how important he is to the Resident Evil universe.

Buddy: Buddy is leading the resistance movement driven by the loss of his wife in the war. He will not back down from anyone even putting his men and own life at risk. Buddy is a strong leader but very similar to Curtis in the last film.

Svetlana Belikova: Sevtlana is the Prime Minister of the country who claimed to be creating peace only to be just as corrupt as the previous leaders. Svetlana us the typical corrupt politician involved in the story.

Ada Wong: Ada Wong claims to be working against the spread of any virus and her history with Leon adds to the mix about her true identity in this war. Ada is a fan favourite from the game and we get to see her seductive side.

Support Characters: Resident Evil: Damnation has a few extra characters this time with JD being the highlight of the supporting characters with his love of everything that comes out of America.

Director Review: Makoto KamiyaMakoto gives us yet another enjoyable version of the much loved video game.

 

Action: Resident Evil: Damnation has much more action than the first film with blood flowing between them all.

Animation: Resident Evil: Damnation uses good animation which would be like watching any of the cut scenes in the games.

Horror: Resident Evil: Damnation does have a larger horror element this time with the blood and body count much higher.

Sci-Fi: Resident Evil: Damnation has a good use of the sci-fi side of the story as we see the creatures that have been created.

Settings: Resident Evil: Damnation puts us in the middle of a civil war for the setting which shows both sides of the conflict and how far they will go to win.
Suggestion
: Resident Evil: Damnation is one for all the video game fans out there to enjoy. (Video Game Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Final battle.

Worst Part: The story feels too far away from the Umbrella idea.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final battle.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Only in game format.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

Tagline: When Terror Crawls, Evil is Unleashed.

 

Overall: Bigger, bloodier and much more brutal than the first film.

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Franchise Weekend – Resident Evil: Degeneration (2008)

residtDirector: Makoto Kamiya

Writer: Shotaro Suga (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Paul Mercier, Alyson Court, Laura Bailey, Roger Craig Smith, Crispin Freeman, Michelle Ruff, Michael Sorich, Salli Saffioti, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

 

Plot: A warrior seeking revenge unleashes a deadly virus in Harvardville. Responding to the threat are former special forces members Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield, who look to bring down a mutated monster before history repeats itself.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Watch

 

Story: Resident Evil: Degeneration starts as we learn about the aftermath of Racoon City where Umbrella have built a new facility under the name WilPharma in Harvardville which has led to protests against the Senator Ron Davies who agreed for it to be built. We move to the airport where he is inbound but we learn that the protestors have arranged to unleash the virus in the airport where survivor from Racoon City Claire Redfield is attending.

With the virus unleashed the airport is quarantined and Leon S Kennedy arranges a team to clear out the survivors bringing the old friendship back together. Escaping the airport Leon and Claire must enter WilPharma to learn who is really involved and what the plan really is about as Curtis Miller the prime suspect and known terrorist is the brother of fellow soldier on this mission Angela. Can these soldiers save the world from the outbreak?

Resident Evil: Degeneration is a follow on to the popular game franchise which unlike the live action version of the film gives us a chance to follow the heroes of the games. We get what feels like a chapter in the game which can easily add to future games or animated films keeping the story away from movie franchise. The story does everything you need for a game style and makes it all feel like it flashes by before you realize it is over. I do think this is one of the better version of the game series.

 

Character Review

 

Leon S Kennedy: Leon has to lead the military response to the attack on the airport, having dealt with the situation before he knows how to handle himself against the infected, he works with his old friend Claire to reveal the truth. Leon is a character pulled right from the games and is a strong one at that, he is your typical will give anything to stop the evil character.

Claire Redfield: Claire is now working to fight against any future repeat of Racoon City but just so happens to find herself in the wrong place at the wrong time as the next virus outbreak happens. She has to use her knowledge to find out who is really behind this latest outbreak and put a stop to it with her old friend Leon. Claire is a strong character in this world and one that can handle herself in a fight.

Angela Miller: Angela is a member of the force bought into deal with the outbreak, she works with Leon only to find out her mysterious older brother could be the one behind the outbreak in an act of revenge. Angela is quite a generic supporting character who doesn’t add much to the main story other than filling in the back story to why Curtis would do what he does.

Curtis Miller: Curtis is the known terrorist protest against WilPharma that is setting out on his own revenge plan for the death of his family in the Racoon City Incident. Curtis is a good character because you can sympathise with his decisions and loss.

Support Characters: Resident Evil: Degeneration has a supporting cast of characters that all have an involvement in what is going on in the bigger picture.

Director Review: Makoto KamiyaMakoto gives us an entertaining action film that is an easy watch for anyone who has played the games.

 

Action: Resident Evil: Degeneration has plenty of action going on with the final battle being the highlight to the film.

Animation: Resident Evil: Degeneration has good animation making us feel like we are part of the video game world the story could have come from.

Horror: Resident Evil: Degeneration has the horror inside the action side of the story never really hitting any scare marks.

Sci-Fi: Resident Evil: Degeneration throws us into a world where virus can turn people into the living dead and this is only the beginning.

Settings: Resident Evil: Degeneration only really uses a couple of settings and that is all the film needs to get the story out.

Suggestion: Resident Evil: Degeneration is one I do think the fans of the game would enjoy watching. (Gamer Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Final battle.

Worst Part: It does play out like a video game only.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Has one.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

 

Overall: Enjoyable animated version of the Resident Evil game series.

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