The Dyatlov Pass Incident (2013)

logoDirector: Renny Harlin

Writer: Vikram Weet (Screenplay)

Starring: Holly Goss, Matt Stokoe, Luke Albright, Ryan Hawley, Gemma Atkinson, Nikolay Butenin

 

Plot: Five young filmmakers retrace the steps of a doomed group of hikers in pursuit of an unsolvable mystery.

 

Verdict: Gets better as it goes

 

Story: We start by being told lose facts about the case, before our heroes tell us why they are studying the mystery. We see the group using their cameras telling us we are going to be dealing with found footage idea. The group of five includes a film student, audio expert and two climbers. It doesn’t take long 7 minutes for the film to tell us the five go missing and that it becomes a big story around the world. Flashback to one month earlier we follow our heroes as they look to complete their investigation into the Dyatlov Pass incident. We see how strange things start to happen to the group as they get closer to the location of the incident.group

When I went into this I really didn’t know what to expect, I started thinking we would just have the group running around the snow being haunted by something but as it unfolds it turns into accidently uncovering a conspiracy. Even though it used the idea of found footage the camera work isn’t too shaky only have one real scene that is shaky which works for the effect of the story. It really works this because just when we think we understand what is going on that theory gets blown out the water and with a final twist that will shock and leave you asking questions it comes off very enjoyable. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Holly Goss: Holly our lead student who puts together the team to help in her studies. She ignores the first few warnings to continue on the way and along with Jensen keeps a secret that could put everyone in danger. Holly gives a good performance in the lead role who puts her group at risk to get the truth. (7/10)

 

Matt Stokoe: Jensen our film student who suggests filming everything, he gets caught up with Holly trapped before making an impossible choice. Jensen gives a ok performance but spends more time behind the camera. (6/10)

 

Luke Albright: John Patrick (JP) our expert climber who is always prepared. After getting shot he ends up being left behind and becomes the first victim of the true terror of what is after the group. Matt gives a solid performance but fails to make an impact. (6/10)

 

Ryan Hawley: Andy our adventurer who believes he is ready for the mission. He gets injured during the first main incident and helps the rest escape. Ryan gives a standard performance but never ends up having enough time to make an impact. (5/10)

 

Gemma Atkinson: Denise our audio expert who also adds an extra female member to the team. Gemma gives a standard performance but never really has anything to work with, but she is the voice of reason. (5/10)

 

Support Cast: Filled with the Russians that tell the story, try to stop them but mostly very rarely seen.

 

Director Review: Renny Harlin – Unlike most found footage films this gets a well know director putting his experience stamp on directing. (7/10)

 

Horror: It only really has one horror worthy scene that is filled with jumps, calm and jumps again. (7/10)

Mystery: With the mystery never being solved it is good to see how each door could open a new mystery. (10/10)

Thriller: Without the group creating anything to make you care about them and the fact the film tells you they are missing early on it loses it thriller side because you know what will happen. (3/10)

Settings: Good setting for horror creating isolation with is good for any horror film. (9/10)
Special Effects
: We get good effects once the group enter the door with solid creature creations. (8/10)

Suggestion: Not having too many scares but good mystery side all works well but many horror fans might find thing a little bit of a let-down for scares. (Horror Fans Try)

 

Best Part: Creatures

Worst Part: Not enough scares.

What Could Have Been Better? – More scares and not giving away the outcome of the group early on.

Improve Ideas: Explain the footprints, make us care about this characters.

Lessons Learned: When weird unexplained stuff happens just get the hell out of there, don’t keep investigating.

Scariest Scene: The creature attack.

 

Believability: Even though the group are looking into a real event what happens is all part of one conspiracy idea. (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Closing Credits Rating: Filled with photos of the real group who had the unexplained happen to them. (7/10)

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

 

Overall: Give it time and it might impress

Rating 70

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Stolen (2012)

logoDirector: Simon West

Writer: David Guggenheim (Screenplay)

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Josh Lucas, Danny Huston, Malin Akerman, Sami Gayle, Edrick Browne, Mark Valley

 

Plot: In New Orleans, the notorious bank thief and family man Will Montgomery steals $10m with his partners Vincent, Riley Jeffers and Hoyt. However, he has an argument with Vincent in the runaway and Hoyt leaves Will behind. He tries to flee but the FBI agent Tim Harlend organizes a manhunt and Will is captured, but he burns the stolen money to get rid of the evidences against him. Eight years later, Will leaves the prison and he goes to the house of his teenage daughter Alison Loeb, who has issues against him. Alison leaves Will alone in a coffee shop and takes a cab to go to a session with her shrink. However, a couple of minutes later, Will receives a phone call from Vincent, who is presumed dead, telling that he has abducted Alison and will kill her unless he receives the $10m of the last robbery. Now Will has twelve hours to find a way to rescue his daughter from the hands of the psychopath Vincent.

 

Verdict: Easy Thrills

 

Story: How often have we seen a bank robbing team spilt up with one turning on the rest when a job goes bad? It’s easy to create the basic tension between the characters, you add in the resilient cop and we get the basic three way battle, all out to outsmart each other. Having the kidnapped daughter involved makes the villain of the piece look even more villainous. Sounds basic and it is, don’t expect any massive twists or turns just enjoy the story unfolding. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Nicolas Cage: Will the mastermind of the bank robbers who gets caught, fresh out of prison he wants to live a normal life but his old partner has other plans for him. Good performance from Cage, do what he needs to do without really excelling. (7/10)

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Josh Lucas: Vincent the twisted former partner of Will who has been through some hard times and even faked his own death biding his time until he can get his money from Will. Good villainous role that does enough to make himself worse than just an old friend out for revenge. (8/10)

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Danny Huston: Tim the FBI agent who has been tracking Will for years putting his own personal life at risk and just when he thinks he has him he loses out on catching him with the money. Typical FBI agent role, that uses his hat to try and making him look different. (7/10)

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Malin Akerman: Riley a member of the robbery team that gets away and has turned her life around to become more honest. She helps Will when he needs to resources of his old life to save his daughter. Good supporting role. (6/10)

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Sami Gayle: Alison Will’s daughter who resents him after his time away who gets kidnapped and tries to outsmart her kidnapper. Simple ‘Help’ performance that offers nothing new. (6/10)

 

Director Review: Simon West – Good direction to create a simple to watch thriller. (7/10)

 

Action: Few car chases that look good but not as much action as you would expect. (7/10)

Thriller: Good thriller that keeps you pulled in to see what will happen next. (8/10)

Settings: New Orleans makes for a good setting showing off the carnivals there. (8/10)

Suggestion: This is one for the thriller fans out there to enjoy, it could appeal to the more casual fans as well being easy to watch. (Thriller Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Will’s robbery, just nonsense style.

Worst Part: Where did they get the information to be ready at the start?

Action Scene Of The Film: Will trying to escape the opening chase.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $2 Million

Budget: $35 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

Tagline: 12 Hours. $10 Million. 1 Kidnapped Daughter.

 

Overall: Enjoyable Thriller

Rating 70

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