Weekly Round Up 8th – 14th September

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The Last Showing (2014)

logoDirector: Phil Hawkins

Writer: Phil Hawkins (Screenplay)

Starring: Robert Englund, Finn Jones, Emily Berrington

 

Plot: A couple trapped in a cinema are manipulated into becoming unwilling actors in a film being captured by CCTV cameras.

 

Verdict: Great Thriller

 

Story: Ever get tired of the daily jobs? Well this shows what happens when one man gets pushed too far. When Stuart ends up in a heated argument with his boss he decides he wants to make his own film and who better to star in it than a young couple on a date. We see how Stuart puts Martin through hell to save Allie. There are twists in the story that really make a difference to anything we might have seen before. The one thing I really liked about this was the fact the couple were only just starting to date and we get to see how people can react to what could have been done while learning to trust instead of a long term couple who would never doubt each other. I was surprised with what I got here and I think this really needs to get a full cinema release, it is easily one of the best thrillers I have seen this year. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Robert Englund: Stuart a cinema employee who can get all the odd jobs done, but when his boss pushes him too much, he finally snaps attacking him and setting up to make his own film with a young couple on a date. Robert is haunting in this performance, this could easily be put on a par with Robin Williams in One Hour Photo. (9/10)

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Finn Jones: Martin who is on his date with Allie who doesn’t really want to watch the film they are seeing. He gets put through tests by Stuart so he can save Allie, but things for him take a twist. Good performance showing how easily you can look wrong in the eyes of someone you are trying to get to trust you. (8/10)

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Emily Berrington: Allie who brings her date to watch a midnight screening of a horror film (Good choice, sounds like a great date) but when she gets drugged, she spends half of the film being used as bait by Stuart before not knowing who to trust anymore. Good performance from Emily, could she become the English scream queen? (8/10)

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Director Review: Phil Hawkins – I am always one to praise a director who can come up with an original idea and make it entertaining, watch out for this guy, brilliant work here. (9/10)

 

Thriller: Really keeps you guessing from start to finish just wondering what will happen next. (9/10)

Settings: Isolation works perfectly here, being trapped in any building has been done but a new modern cinema really comes off original. (10/10)

Suggestion: This is a must watch for all the thriller fans out there, it will tick all the boxes to make it an enjoyable experiences. (Thriller Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Robert Englund is brilliant.

Worst Part: Not enough people will see it.

Favourite Quote: Stuart ‘But I’m not the killer’

Believability: I guess someone could snap but I don’t think they would end up going this far. (4/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: Yes

Similar Too: One Hour Photo

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $2 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

 

Overall: Brilliant Thriller

Rating 85

Running Scared (2006)

writtenDirector: Wayne Kramer

Writer: Wayne Kramer (Screenplay)

Starring: Paul Walker, Cameron Bright, Vera Farmiga, Hazz Palminteri, Karel Roden, Johnny Messner, Ivana Milicevic, Alex Neuberger

 

Plot: After a drug-op gone bad, Joey Gazelle is put in charge of disposing the gun that shot a dirty cop. But things goes wrong for Joey after the neighbour kid stole the gun and used it to shoot his abusive father. Now Joey has to find the kid and the gun before the police and the mob find them first.

 

Verdict: Fowl Mouthed Thriller

 

Story: With a good thriller with plenty of twists and turns the really keeps the tory flowing. The big problem with the story is yes the story is good but the dialogue is terrible with swearing just for the sake of it. The whole story is set over 18hours and this keeps everything tightly connected and the unexpected twists really do surprise. As you know the ending from the opening scene we are left kind of empty feeling as there is no risk at all to our hero as we know they make it through the night. It is the support characters that you have to wait and see what happens too.  The reality of this film is that it could have been brilliant but the lack of likeable characters and nonstop swearing instead of clever lines costs it big time. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Paul Walker: Joey the low ranking thug, who has been keeping evidence in case he needs it, but when one of the guns is used in a shooting he spends the night tracking it down and meeting a full range of colour mobsters and criminals. Good performance from Paul but the level of performance is effect by the poor script. (7/10)

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Cameron Bright: Oleg the young boy who has used the gun and goes on the run meeting all sorts of criminals while he tries to hide. Good performance in the role which needed to play emotionless throughout. (7/10)

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Vera Farmiga: Teresa Joey’s wife who is trying to raise their son not be in the life of crime that his father is in. she has plenty of fight in her and will defend everyone. Good performance showing that she can play a range of characters. (7/10)

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Chazz Palminteri: Detective Rydell the corrupt cop who was part of the first shooting who wants to take revenge on the criminals that took out his team. He wants money or he will bust the whole gang. Simple performance. (5/10)

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Director Review: Wayne Kramer – Creates a good thriller shame he can’t put together any decent dialogue. (5/10)

 

Action: Plenty of action when it takes off, but slow builds up between in all. (8/10)

Thriller: Good thriller that keeps you at the edge of your seat. (9/10)

Settings: Each setting is dark and works for the story with the ice rink being very good addition. (7/10)

Suggestion: This is one that should be tried by the fans of the thriller but will not be liked by the people who dislike over use of swearing. (Try)

 

Best Part: The odd couple.

Worst Part: Language

Action Scene Of The Film: Ice Rink Shoot Out

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $9 Million

Budget: $15 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

Tagline: If anything can go wrong, it will and at the worst possible time.

 

Overall: Solid Thriller

Rating71

2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

As part of the Paul Walker focus weekend here is my review of one of Paul’s portrayals of Brian O’Conner in the Fast and Furious series. I hope you enjoy, Aled from SofaWatch

Title – 2 Fast 2 Furious

Year of release – 2003

Genre – Action/Crime

Length – 1 hour 47 minutes

Rating – 15

Director – John Singleton

Writer(s) – Gary Scott Thompson and Michael Brandt

Who is in it? – Paul Walker as Brian O’Conner, Tyrese Gibson as Roman Pearce, Eva Mendes as Monica Fuentes, Cole Hauser as Carter Verone plus many more
What’s it about? – Brian O’Conner (Walker) is an ex cop and along with his partner Roman Pearce (Gibson) they set on a job to transport dirty money for a shady Miami criminal Carter Verone (Hauser). However O’Conner and Pearce are working undercover for the police and are on a mission to bring Verone down.

Equipped with high powered cars and their wits they take on the challenge and work together to bring this criminal to his end.

Is it any good? –  Loved this film and the combination of Paul Walker
and Tyrese Gibson worked a treat. The lovely Eva Mendes was as pleasing
to the eye as always. The story line was fantastic. Go undercover and
work for the drug exporter and then bring him down whilst saving the
girl. Plus doing all this in a modded Mitsubishi Evo and Mitsubishi
Spyder, amazing cars and the exhaust tones were pleasing to he ear.

Why should I watch it? – Any fan of fast cars will love this film. It is full of awesome cars, awesome driving and of course Eva Mendes!!

How do you rate it overall? – 8/10

Trailer Alert – John Wick

When John Wick (Keanu Reeves) lives a simple life with his fancy car and little dog. This all comes crashing down when he gets ambushed in his own home, his dog is killed and the true identity of John Wick is revelled. John Wick is a former hit-man for the mob and he goes on a killing spree of everyone involved in the attack.


Release Date: Non Set for UK

Questions:

Keanu looks like he might work in this lead role, do you agree?

Very emotional driven storyline, do you agree?

What will the body count be?

Will the critics slam this or could it get a ‘Taken’ reaction?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 90%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – Yes