Franchise Weekend – Predator 2 (1990)

predator2Director: Stephen Hopkins

Writer: Jim Thomas, John Thomas (Screenplay)

Starring: Danny Glover, Kevin Peter Hall, Gary Busey, Ruben Blades, Maria Conchita Alonso, Bill Paxton, Robert Davi, Adam Baldwin, Kent McCord

 

Plot: Amidst a territorial gang war in 1997, a sophisticated alien hunter stalks the citizens of Los Angeles and the only man between him and his prey is veteran L.A.P.D. officer, Lieutenant Mike Harrigan.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable Sequel

 

Story: Predator 2 starts by taking us to LA in the middle of a drug war with Lieutenant Mike Harrigan (Glover) leading his team Danny Archuleta (Blades), Leona Cantrell (Alonso) and new member Jerry Lambert (Paxton) who has to start taking answers from FBI agent Peter Keyes (Busey).

When the crime bosses start getting killed as well as one of the men in Harrigan’s team it appears that the Predator (Hall) is cleaning up the streets using the same style of selecting its victims as we see how the Predator continues to collect trophies.

Predator 2 continues the idea from the original with an alien killing for trophies. The predator is only killing people he sees as a threats which we do learn from the original and this story continues to build on it. I will say having the Predator almost be the good guy does work because it does open the Predator universe to new possibilities in the future.

 

Actor Review

 

Danny Glover: Lieutenant Mike Harrigan is the hard working determined and rule breaking cop that gets the bad guy every single time but always finds himself in trouble from the higher ups. When his team start getting picked off he has to go against orders to find the killer who is also cleaning up the streets leading to a final showdown. Danny does a good job in this role showing how you didn’t need all muscles to take on the Predator.

Gary Busey: Peter Keyes is the FBI that comes into take over the investigation only to find himself having Harrigan following him around getting involved with the truth about why he is there. Gary does a good job but never truly make the character his own.

Kevin Peter Hall: The Predator is different one from the first film and this time he is stalking the streets of LA. It seems to be studying its victims making sure only to target the armed ones but when it kills one of Harrigan’s men it becomes the main target off his rage. I like how this film opens up the universe of the Predator character giving us a different direction in which it could go in the future. Kevin fits the bills for this character perfect with his imposing screen presence.

Ruben Blades: Danny Archuleta is Harrigan’s closest friend and partner on the force the two have been loyal to each other for their whole careers. Danny finds himself having to keep Harrigan calm whenever he would start to lose the plot. Ruben does well with the character that is not developed as well as it should.

Support Cast: Predator 2 has a bigger supporting cast than the original with Bill Paxton as fast talking charming detective being the star attraction on them.

Director Review: Stephen HopkinsStephen does a good job expanding the Predator universe.

 

Action: Predator 2 has plenty of action with a larger body count helping have wilder action scenes that original.

Horror: Predator 2 does use the horror element by showing all the different kills the Predator does.

Sci-Fi: Predator 2 throws the alien into LA as we see man versus alien coming through again.

Settings: Predator 2 is set in LA which works for the motives of the Predator wanting to only kill the threats with weapons.
Special Effects
: Predator 2 uses the special effects really well throughout.

Suggestion: Predator 2 is one for the action horror fans to enjoy as this is a good sequel. (Action Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Final battle.

Worst Part: LA is a busy setting.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Has one

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $35 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 48 Minutes

Tagline: Pull over, park, and pray.

 

Overall: Good sequel to quality original.

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Franchise Weekend – Predator (1987)

predDirector: John McTiernan

Writer: Jim Thomas, John Thomas (Screenplay)

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Sonny Landham, Richard Chaves, R.G. Armstrong, Shane Black, Kevin Peter Hall

 

Plot: A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extra-terrestrial warrior.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: True Classic

 

Story: Predator starts as a team of American Commandos led by Dutch (Schwarzenegger) are joined by CIA agent Dillion (Weathers) to go into the South American jungle to rescue hostages taken by guerrillas.

Dutch finding out his team were used to complete a different mission he orders an immediate evacuate only to find themselves having to fight an invisible enemy with weapons stronger than anything they have seen before.

Predator has one of the simplest stories for action sci-fi with it being man versus unknown enemy. When it comes to the story the film really doesn’t need anything more than this because anything that over complicates the story taking away from the action.

 

Actor Review

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Dutch is the tough leader of a group of lit commandoes that get assigned to the South American jungle for their latest mission, working with former friend and CIA agent Dillion he finds himself facing off against an alien creature that is picking off his men. Arnold is a perfect choice for this role, strong, tough and able to handle himself in a fight in what could be one of his most iconic roles.dtch

Carl Weathers: Dillion is the former soldier who served next to Dutch but now is a CIA agent, he knows Dutch’s skills and recruits him into helping with the mission in the jungle but he does have other motives. Carl is good in this role even if the character comes off feeling genetic.

Elpidia Carrillo: Anna is found in the jungle with the enemies, she gets captured to be taken back by Dillion but she knows what the men are up against in the jungle. Elpidia is good but also really just the damsel in distress figure.

Bill Duke: Mac is one of the soldiers in Dutch’s unit, he is the first to come face to face with the enemy where the others can’t believe what they are actually up against. Bill is good in this like all of soldier characters.

Support Cast: Predator has a small supporting cast with most just being the different members of the unit who all do a good job throughout.

Director Review: John McTiernanJohn gives us one of the best action sci-fi films ever made with perfect casting and a simple story that works so well.

 

Action: Predator has great action sequences happening throughout.

Adventure: Predator throws our characters into an adventure style survival story.

Sci-Fi: Predator puts our humans against aliens to create the battle arena.predator

Settings: Predator is set entirely within the jungle which help show the isolation the characters face against the predator.
Special Effects
: Predator has brilliant special effects for the time that have mostly all stood the test of time too.

Suggestion: Predator is a film I think all film fans should have seen at least it once. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Final showdown.

Worst Part: Pointless dialogue in the final showdown.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Nominated for one Oscar

Box Office: $60 Million

Budget: $15 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 47 Minutes

Tagline: It came for the thrill of the hunt. It picked the wrong man to hunt.

 

Overall: True classic of the genre that shows just how to make a simple story so much fun.

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ROGUE WARRIOR: ROBOT FIGHTER to premiere at AOF September 2!

ROGUE WARRIOR: ROBOT FIGHTER to premiere at AOF September 2!


Science-fiction gem nominated for eight majors awards at the festival! 

Neil Johnson’s highly anticipated sci-fi actioner ROGUE WARRIOR: ROBOT FIGHTER has been named as the Opening Night Film at this year’s Action On Film Festival, which is becoming one of the worlds top festivals to be in.

The screening also marks the World Premiere of the film, which has been nominated for eight major awards at the festival including Female Action Performer of the Year (star Tracey Birdsall) and Best Science Fiction Film.

Director Johnson will be in attendance at the red carpet event, along with the full cast led by star Tracey Birdsall (Who’s Jenna…?, Dawn of the Crescent Moon).

ROGUE WARRIOR: ROBOT FIGHTER is a science fiction film set in the distant future depicting the overthrow of humanity by artificial intelligence on Earth and other worlds. 

Starring alongside Birdsall are William Kircher (The Hobbit), Daz Crawford (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Stephen Manley (Star Trek III), Marilyn Ghiggliotti (Clerks), Livvy Stubenrauch (Disney’s Frozen), Tim McGrath, Ashley Park, Aaron Jacques, Marc Hawes, Tony Gibbons, Michael Scott Martin, and Charles Beck.

ROGUE WARRIOR : ROBOT FIGHTER, nominated for eight awards at Action On Film Festival, including:
FEMALE ACTION PERFORMER OF THE YEAR – FEATURE (for Birdsall);
BREAKOUT ACTION STAR- FEMALE – FEATURE (for Birdsall);
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS – FEATURE (for Johnson);
BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS – FEATURE (for Johnson);
BEST SOUND DESIGN – FEATURE (for Johnson);
BEST SCIENCE FICTION;
BEST YOUNG PERFORMER – FEATURE (for Livvy Stubenrauch); and
BEST SOUNDTRACK – FEATURE (for Alex Starpoli).

Ticket’s to the premiere are now available here The event is expected to SELL OUT, so it is recommended to pre-book tickets online ASAP.

Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Let Us Prey (2014)

preyDirector: Brian O’Malley

Writer: David Cairns, Fiona Watson (Screenplay)

Starring: Liam Cunningham, Pollyanna McIntosh, Bryan Larkin, Hanna Stanbridge, Douglas Russell, Niall Greig Fulton, Jonathan Watson

 

Plot: Held in a remote police station, a mysterious stranger takes over the minds and souls of everyone inside.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Worst Town Ever

 

Story: Let Us Prey starts when a mysterious stranger (Cunningham) appears in a small Scottish village. PC Rachel Heggie (McIntosh) witness regular offender Caesar (Vernel) hit this stranger but the man is gone. We continue to meet the rest of the police team Warnock (Larkin), Mundie (Stanbridge) and SGT MacReady (Russell).

The Stranger seems to have the ability to show each person their deepest darkest secrets showing that they need to pay for what they have done. As the night continues people start dying and we are left to wonder what all the secrets are for each character.

Let Us Prey brings us the idea of a stranger coming to a town to collect souls, he never harms anyone along the way. I do have to wonder why this town has so many criminals but then I do wonder if this was just a different stage before heaven and hell. I do think this works well and a huge mention goes to the music that draws you in giving the story a constant feel of tension. I will say there isn’t much to the imagination and I would have like to give the potential of them having redemption  

 

Actor Review

 

Liam Cunningham: Six is the mysterious stranger who remains nameless six is just the cell he ends up in. he arrives in the town with his cryptic message to everyone he meets as he exposes all of their deepest darkest secrets in a way where he makes them apologise before they go. Liam gives a good performance in this role where he adds mystery about his character all the way through.

Pollyanna McIntosh: PC Rachel Heggie is the new officers in the village who has a past of abuse, she questions every motive of both cops and criminals as the night unfolds. Pollyanna gives us a good performance in the leading role.  

Bryan Larkin: PC Jack Warnock is one of the officers who works with in the village he along with his partner Mundie have their own rule book when it comes to serving justice. Bryan is just one of the supporting cast really that never really gets too much surprising about him.

Hanna Stanbridge: PC Jennifer Mundie along with Warnock will punish the criminals as they see fit, she can push him into going too far. Hanna does give us a standard supporting performance.

 

Support Cast: Let Us Prey has a supporting cast that are all twisted in their own way having committed certain crimes that they need to pay for.

Director Review: Brian O’MalleyBrian gives us a good concept of a film but I do think it needs something to give the people a chance to live.

 

Horror: Let Us Prey does have good gore for the horror but in the end is doesn’t get too involved with other angles because of all gore.

Thriller: Let Us Prey builds the tension with the music bring us to the edge of our seats but once we figure it all ends up just waiting to see how they go.

Settings: Let Us Prey keeps most of the settings inside the police station showing the characters looking isolated throughout.
Special Effects
: Let Us Prey has good effects for the kills used through the film.

Suggestion: Let Us Prey is one for the horror fans to enjoy but the non-horror can easily skip it. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: The music.

Worst Part: It would have been nice have innocent characters involved.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Could do.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

Tagline: Darkness shall rise.

 

Overall: Good horror about paying for sins

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Broken (2012)

brokenDirector: Rufus Norris

Writer: Mark O’Rowe (Screenplay) Daniel Clay (Novel)

Starring: Cillian Murphy, Rory Kinnear, Robert Emms, Zana Marjanovic, Clare Burt, Bill Milner, Denis Lawson, Eloise Laurence, Lily James, Tim Roth

 

Plot: The story of a young girl in North London whose life changes after witnessing a violent attack.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Compelling Drama

 

Story: Broken starts as we follow Skunk (Laurence) a young girl that live on a London Estate with her father Archie (Roth) and brother Jed (Milner). Arriving home, she witnesses her friendly but mentally challenge neighbour Rick (Emms) attacked by thug of the neighbourhood Bob (Kinnear). Skunk has a Polish carer Kasia (Marjanovic) who is in a relationship with smooth talking teacher Mike (Murphy).

We watch how Skunk ha to deal with preparing to start a new school and how she witnesses the neighbour’s behaviour in what is a coming of age tale within the big city estates where danger could be around any corner in the eyes of this little girl.

Broken is a drama that I do feel the original synopsis really doesn’t give us the true story. looking at how the story unfolds shows just how families can be seen struggling with their own lives. This is all compelling to watch as we do see how they do deal with moments that happen. I did enjoy how the stories all connect and unfold to make you wonder which part will happen next.

 

Actor Review

 

Eloise Laurence: Skunk is our young girl just about to start secondary school, she lives in a London estate and finds herself witnessing a violent attack on men she respects. She finds herself falling in love for the first time as well as having her heart broken while witnessing the problems in others’ lives. Eloise is brilliant in this role showing all her potential.

Cillian Murphy: Mike is one of the teachers in the school Skunk is starting in but also has a previous relationship with the family as he was dating her carer. He tries to keep the relationship professional at school while also dealing an accusation that could ruin his career. Cillian is good in this role showing he doesn’t need to be the main part in any film.

Tim Roth: Archie is the father of Skunk who has raised his kids alone always doing what is best for them. He uses his lawyer skills to help out Mike when he is going through his troubles. Tim shines in this role as the calm caring father.

Rory Kinnear: Bob is the over protective of three troublemaking girls, he acts with violence before finding out any of the truth. This leads to him getting into trouble but also being a neighbour from hell. Rory is good in this role.

Support Cast: Broken has a mix of supporting character with each doing a great job making this feel believable throughout.

Director Review: Rufus NorrisRufus gives us a brilliant debut showing all the emotion needed to make this story unfold.

 

Drama: Broken shows us the drama of life through many complex stories unfolding through the story.

Romance: Broken gives us a look into the young love and how adult relationships are viewed by a young mind.

Settings: Broken keeps nearly everything set within in the small estate where all the families all live in.
Suggestion
: Broken is one I do think people should watch. (Watch)

 

Best Part: The performances are brilliant.

Worst Part: The drama won’t be for everyone.

 

Believability: Certain part could be.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

 

Overall: Compelling and powerful drama.

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