Don’t Breathe (2016)

dontDirector: Fede Alvarez

Writer: Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues (Screenplay)

Starring: Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, Emma Bercovici, Franiska Torocsik


Plot: Hoping to walk away with a massive cash, a trio of thieves break into the house of a sick man who isn’t as helpless as he seems.


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Verdict: Brilliant Suspense Driven Film


Story: Don’t Breathe starts as we meet three thieves Rocky (Levy) who dreams of leaving the Michigan, Alex (Minnette) who has the codes to break into the houses and Money (Zovatto) who is their connection to the boss who takes part of their cut. When the three get information about a Blind Man (Lang) who has six figures inside his house they see this as an easy score to change their lives forever.

When night comes the thieves enter the house finding the house isn’t as simple as first thought and things only get worse when the blind man wakes up and proves to be deadlier than they could ever imagine.

Don’t Breathe is a suspense driven horror that plays against the sense, first with a character that can’t see before turning the tables on the thieves by taking away their sight in the dark. While I found the suspense brilliant throughout this film I couldn’t question a single side of it. Where I do question and I understand the film did this for a reason is that we have morale incorrect characters in what is meant to be the protagonist roles because why should we root for thieves? The only one of the three that seems like he cares about who they are doing these crimes to because the support character to a final girl figure that has her own agenda but is driven by greed. The so called villain of this piece is a blind man who has lost his only daughter to dangerous driver and just wants to be left in peace. I personal loved the concept but didn’t truly understand which side of the fence I was meant to be rooting for which is both praise and a criticism of this film because too often we find ourselves cut and dry on who to root for.


Overall: Stunning addition to the suspense horror genre.




Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Halloween Horror – Psych 9 (2010)

psychDirector: Andrew Shortell

Writer: Lawrence Robinson (Screenplay)

Starring: Sara Foster, Cary Elwes, Michael Biehn, Gabriel Mann, Colleen Camp, Winter Ave Zoli, Susie Amy


Plot: Working alone at night in a recently closed hospital, an unstable woman witnesses events that may be connected to a string of murders.



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Verdict: Twist Filled Horror


Story: Psych 9 starts as we meet Roslyn (Foster) who takes a night job at a hospital set for closure, her job is to transfer the files to computer before the demolition takes place. Spending her nights alone inside the hospital Roslyn gets visited by Detective Marling (Biehn) just checking up on her because of a recent string of murders of women in the neighbourhood.

Believing she is hearing noises from within the hospital Roslyn seeks help from Doctor Irvin Clement (Elwes) from the psych department who is working nights too. Spending more time in the hospital Roslyn start to see things around the hospital and is left wondering if it is in fact her losing her mind or real when fingers start pointing at people closest to her to who the serial killer really is.

Psych 9 is a mystery horror film that is filled with twists, but I do feel it could be one too many twists though. The mystery idea is about looking at a serial killer killing woman around the hospital which does make us think we have a few suspects to who it will be. The problem with this is that we all know the obvious choice won’t be the killer and we also rule one other out leaving just two remaining suspects. The final third of the movie does come off slightly messy because we learn the truth but also makes us wonder just what the hell has been happening and the final twist doesn’t make the full sense to where the story should have gone.


Actor Review


Sara Foster: Roslyn is a lady with a troubled past who takes a night job at an abandoned hospital. Inside the hospital she starts seeing things she can’t explain and with a killer on the loose she starts suspecting her husband. Sara is very strong in this leading role where we see both sides of her character shine through.roslyn

Cary Elwes: Dr Irvin Clement is also working nights at the hospital in the psych ward, he is the man that Roslyn turns to when she starts questioning her sanity offering his skills to help her unlock the truth. Cary is good in this role where we get to see him in a wise role of a doctor.

Michael Biehn: Det Marling is trying to find the serial killer that is roaming the streets around the hospital. He turns up to question the people inside the hospital with his own idea of who the killer is. Michael is solid in this supporting role without getting the full screen time required for this role.

Gabriel Mann: Cole is the husband of Roslyn who also works nights as a taxi driver, the two are not as close as they once were as the fingers start pointing towards him being the serial killer. Gabriel is solid in this supporting role where he has to deal with his wife who is struggling with her own mental problem.

Support Cast: Psych 9 has a very small supporting cast with the only characters we really meet are staff members from the hospital who appear every now and then.

Director Review: Andrew ShortellAndrew does create the mystery well but when it comes to horror it just seems thrown in around the mystery not helping either side of the story come through strong enough.


Horror: Psych 9 has a couple of jump scares but the horror side doesn’t seem to fit around the mystery created.

Mystery: Psych 9 throws us into a mystery that really does try to keep us guessing from start to finish with 4 main suspects too.

Thriller: Psych 9 does keep us on edge throughout the film just wondering what is going on.

Settings: Psych 9 is set inside the hospital for the most part which adds to the horror side of the story but doesn’t help with the mystery.
Special Effects
: Psych 9 has good effects when it comes to the use of them which all works for the film.

Suggestion: Psych 9 is one for late night television but not one to go out of your way to see. (Late Night TV)


Best Part: Mystery created.

Worst Part: The final twist doesn’t work for me.


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

Tagline: Fear is all in the mind…?

Trivia: The movie was shot in 2006, but released only in 2010.


Overall: A horror with one too many twists involved.




Focus (2015)

focusDirector: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa

Writer: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa (Screenplay)

Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Adrian Martinez, Gerald McRaney, Rodrigo Santoro, BD Wong, Brennan Brown, Robert Taylor


Plot: In the midst of veteran con man Nicky’s latest scheme, a woman from his past – now an accomplished femme fatale – shows up and throws his plans for a loop.


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Verdict: Stylish


Story: Focus starts as we meet experience con artist Nicky (Smith) who scouts for fellow con artist where he finds Jess (Robbie) a young upstart who he shows a few tricks to. Nicky brings Jess into his team of petty thieves and con artists teaching her all the tricks his team use to make their money.

After making a record score with his team we get to see Nicky get seduced into a gambling battle with Liyuan (Wong) where he shows off all of his skills taking everything to a level Jess wasn’t ready for, leaving her out of the business.

Three years later Nicky has been hired by Garriga (Santoro) a race car driver who wants him insure his team wins only for his plan to go out the window when Jess turns up claiming to be out of the business.

Focus is a con artist film that seems to have a con going on during every single scene seemingly having a con going on. Where the story struggles is the awful chemistry between Nicky and Jess which keeps getting thrown at us and comes off cringe worthy. The story does come off well without being that stand out in the genre of the con artist.


Actor Review


Will Smith: Nicky is the expert the con artist who leads a team on all his jobs, he takes young con artist Jess under his wing who takes him out of his game. After trying to cut her out his life he struggles to find work and when he finally gets back into the game Jess re-enters his life turning everything upside down on his latest job. Will is good with the con artist side of the story but when it comes to chemistry there is none between them.

Margot Robbie: Jess is a young con artist that Nicky shows the ropes to while catching his attention, she learns from him before finding herself in the middle of his latest job. Margot is solid but lacks that chemistry with Will.

Adrian Martinez: Farhad is Nicky’s tech guy and go to guy on any job he is working on. Farhad has always adds the only laughs in the film. Adrian is good comic relief only really.

Gerard McRaney: Owens is the muscle for Garriga who has always been against using a con artist checking up on every single move Nicky makes. Gerard is solid in this role but is just a glorified muscle like character.

Support Cast: Focus has a supporting cast that all work with the con going on but in the end they don’t come off memorable.

Director Review: Glenn Ficarra, John RequaThe pair give us a twist on the con artist film where they try to make us wonder just what is real or not throughout the film.


Comedy: Focus doesn’t really hit many of the laughs it tries for.

Crime: Focus does through us into the world of petty criminals and con artists showing just how slick they can be.

Settings: Focus doesn’t use any iconic settings through the film never really using them to make anything big happen.
Special Effects
: Focus has a few effects but tries to keep everything with slick camera work.

Suggestion: Focus is one I do think is worth a try but other than that it won’t be for everyone. (Try It)


Best Part: Con Artist side of the story.

Worst Part: Chemistry really sucks.


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

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Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $50,1 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

Tagline:  Never Drop The Con


Overall: Stylish but bland con artist film.




Top 5 Favourite Danny Boyle Films

Danny Boyle is one of the best directors in the business today and he has tackle a full range of genres in his 22-year career. Today I am going to pick my five favourite films of his career and my first disclaimer is that I have never seen Trainspotting.

5. Trance (2013)trance

This crime mystery keeps us guessing through hypnotherapy that is going on making us guess what is real or what is not as we see the story unfold.

4. Shallow Grave (1994)shallow

In Danny’s first directed work we get to see all of his skills as a director being able to handle the tension building throughout.

3. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)sulmdog

The Oscar winning movie to his name that tells the unbelievable story of how one teen wins a game show and has to explain how he knew all the answers from his life experiences.

2. Sunshine (2007)sunshine

Stepping into the world of sci-fi without getting into an extra-terrestrial villain but instead tackling a human problem when the sun is dying, this story follows our astronauts with the last chance to save humanity facing morale decisions which could change human history.

1.       28 Days Later (2002)28 days

28 Days Later brought a brand new look to the zombie genre with the rage zombies that simply don’t stop. We get beautiful shots of the English countryside left abandoned following the outbreak.



Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Halloween Horror – Bereavement (2010)

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Plot: The horrific account of 6-year-old Martin Bristol, abducted from his backyard swing and forced to witness the brutal crimes of a deranged madman.


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Verdict: Standard Horror


Story: Bereavement starts as we see a young boy Martin Bristol kidnapped from his own backyard, we learn that he has a condition where he can’t feel pain that needs to be watched and checked daily. The man who takes him is a serial killer but that is all we know as we move 5 years into the future to meet Jonathan Miller (Biehn) and his niece Allison (Daddario) who is coming to stay with him for the first time in years.

We learn that the killer is still doing his thing and has Martin with him still, the killer like to kidnap young woman before torturing and killing them. Allison moving to this new area after her parent’s die has to learn to be with a new family and it isn’t long before she meets William (Funk) to show her around.

When Allison becomes the latest victim we see how she must fight to survive against the killer.

Bereavement is a horror film that plays out like most, we have a character move to a new area where something strange has been happening but not to the levels that anyone would notice. Because she is new she starts piecing it together only to find herself the latest target and then the film aims for shock value of any development. We get something that is the tried and tested theory that will always stick but never test.


Actor Review


Michael Biehn: Jonathan Miller is the Uncle to Allison who has promised to look after her if anything ever happened to his brother and after that tragedy strikes he takes her in. he has to convince her this is right while protecting her from their estranged neighbour. Michael is solid but used mostly because of his name really.

Alexandra Daddario: Allison Miller has to move to live with her Uncle after her parents are killed, she has to adapt to this new town which she doesn’t want to be part of where she clashes with her Uncle. Allison ends up getting kidnapped by the local killer and must battle to survive. Alexandra makes for a good horror victim because she will bring in the sex appeal but she just looks too old for this role.

Brett Rickaby: Graham Sutter is the killer that has been taking woman for years, but has always gotten away with it. He believes he is doing this for a greater good as he keeps a young boy to witness everything he does. Brett is solid but you just feel the character needed that final level to him.

Nolan Gerard Funk: William is the local boy that gets the instant attraction to Allison but due to his family’s reputation he gets pushed away by her Uncle. Nolan is solid in this supporting role but really doesn’t do enough.

Support Cast: Bereavement has a supporting cast that is mostly just disposable characters with no real development given to any of them.

Director Review: Stevan MenaStevan gives us a shock film but the problem is that it goes for too many shocks over developed characters.


Crime: Bereavement has a serial killer but that is the only place it goes with the crime side of the story.

Horror: Bereavement uses the killer to kidnap and torture the girls as well as the family.

Thriller: Bereavement tries to keep us on edge through the film as we wait to see how the film unfolds.

Settings: Bereavement keeps us in the farming town where we see how isolated the houses are.
Special Effects
: Bereavement uses solid effects for the kills but that is it really.

Suggestion: Bereavement is one to watch late night television only. (Late Night TV)


Best Part: Daddario is good to see in this role.

Worst Part: Lack of character development.


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: Yes


Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $3.6 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 43 Minutes

Tagline: There are some evils…so unspeakable…they will scar you forever.


Overall: Horror film that goes for shock value over story telling.