Stalker (2010)

logoDirector: Martin Kemp

Writer: Martin Kemp (Screenplay) Martin Kemp, Jonathan Sothcott, Phillip Barron, James Kenelm Clarke (Story)

Starring: Jane March, Anna Brecon, Jennifer Matter, Danny Young, Billy Murray, Colin Salmon, Deo Simcox, Triana Terry

 

Plot: A writer struggling with her second novel is terrorised by a homicidal PA.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Unsuspenseful Thriller

 

Story: We start by following our struggling writer being pushed into taking a break to focus on her next book. We also meet a hounding journalist who wants an interview with the author but her publicist won’t agree to it. As the book is struggling a new PA is sent to take away all the pressure the author is having, but with her nightmares haunting her she struggles to find a direction. With the reporter trying to track our author down through other routes our writer still struggles while her PA tries to offer a helping hand, before showing her darker side. As the time away continues our PA starts to take over writing duties while our author gets lost trying to figure about a mysterious little boy.

The idea sounds pretty good on paper, but what really lets this down in the lack of any suspense, we have a lot of build with very little happening, we then have a couple of random snap scenes but in the end it all ends in a blur. We can see the final twist coming off a mile away and this twist really makes all the build-up rather pointless. The ghost like mystery seems to get forgotten half way through even though we do learn who it was, the scares just dry up and become a thing you forget about. This ends up coming off feeling like a bad episode of a television drama where things might get wrapped up nicely but they end up offering nothing interesting. (4/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Jane March: Linda the PA sent to help Paula with her work, who comes off very friendly. She does have a dark side after taking over writing duties and controlling everything. Jane gives a solid performance with the being able to switch emotional state easily. (6/10)

 

Anna Brecon: Paula Martin our author who is sent to the country to relax and refocus on her new novel. She lets the PA take over while she is dealing with nightmares which could be telling her a truth she hides from. Anna gives a solid performance but struggles with a few of the final moments of the film scenes. (5/10)

 

Jennifer Matter: Sara Phillips publicist who wants to protect her client from the world while she writes her book. She thinks everything is going well but she doesn’t know the truth. Jennifer gives a solid performance, having a perfect look for a publicist. (6/10)

 

Support Cast: Most of the support cast offer small gaps to fill in story but really only used for ways to expose Linda’s true identity.

 

Director Review: Martin Kemp – Creates the setting, the outline of the story well but fails to build the suspense needed for this to be a solid thriller. (5/10)

 

Horror: Offers a couple of early scares, but then seems to forget about them. (4/10)

Thriller: Even though this should pull you in it ends up leaving you losing interest early on and never manages to pull you back in. (3/10)

Settings: The isolation setting works with the story and leaves our lead stranded. (9/10)

Suggestion: I think this could be one to miss, it doesn’t offer anything fresh to the ideas of a horror thriller. (Skip It)

 

Best Part: I liked the idea of a ghost story.

Worst Part: I didn’t like that it was almost forgotten.

What Could Have Been Better? – Make up its mind where the story wants to go.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $3.1 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 17 Minutes

Tagline: When Paula Martin wakes up, the nightmare doesn’t end.

 

Overall: Flat, Dull and rather boring

Rating 30

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The King’s Speech (2010)

logoDirector: Tom Hooper

Writer: David Seidler (Screenplay)

Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Timothy Spall, Derek Jacobi, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Gambon

 

Plot: Tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George (‘Bertie’) reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stammer and considered unfit to be king, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue. Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country through war.

 

Verdict: Brilliant Drama

 

Story: With many people around the world suffering from speech impediments this shows how someone who was such public figure had to overcome his to lead a nation into war. In fairness it isn’t solely about this, we see how the royal family was struggling to cope with a scandal with an heir to the throne and how the family treats Bertie differently because of his problems. We also see that being in a role of power can alienate people leading to a friendship growing between both Bertie and Lionel. In conclusion this is a brilliant story of how one man faced his biggest weakness and conquered it to become a leader. (10/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Colin Firth: King George VI at the start he is second in line to the throne, with the new invention of radio requires public speaking and skill he doesn’t have due to a speak impediment. He has tried all sorts of treatments, but all have failed. He tries one more person Lionel Logue who pushes him in direction he would never have been pushed. He takes up the advice and comes along leaps and bounds under him all while dealing with family issues before taking his seat as the King of England, leader of the nation. Brilliant performance from Colin, which won him an Oscar.  (10/10)

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Geoffrey Rush: Lionel Logue the unconventional speech therapist who gets selected to try and help King George overcome this problem with the methods no one has been brave enough to try on him. Lionel pushed George to limits he wasn’t used to and gets results. He also builds a friendship which he never knew he could achieve. Brilliant performance from Geoffrey who also got a Oscar nomination for this role. (10/10)

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Helen Bonham Carter: Queen Elizabeth George’s wife who is trying to help him find the right person to help cure his problem. She is loyal and always stands by his side and always encourages him even when other people put him down. Great performance as the supporting wife. (9/10)

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Guy Pearce: King Edward VIII old brother to Bertie who was next in line to be king but due to his choice in wife he has to give up his chance pushing Bertie into a role he never thought he would get. He also intimidates his young brother because of his confidence. Good supporting performance playing the role well. (8/10)

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Director Review: Tom Hooper – Great direction telling the incredible story of George’s courage. (10/10)

 

Biography: Brilliant to show how one man’s struggle will become his greatest strength. (10/10)

Drama: Brilliant drama that flows at a perfect pace. (10/10)

Settings: Each setting is perfectly re-created authentic settings for the time period. (10/10)

Suggestion: This is a must watch, but what Oscar winning best picture film is not? (Watch)

 

Best Part: The final speech

Worst Part: The non-drama fans will find it slow.

Believability: Yes based on the true story.(10/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Awards: Won 107 awards across all ceremonies as well as a further 131 nominations.

Oscar Chances: Won 4 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director and Best original Screenplay. Was also nominated for a further 8 Oscars

Box Office: $414 Million

Budget: $15 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 58 Minutes

Tagline: When God couldn’t save The King, The Queen turned to someone who could.

 

Overall: Brilliant Drama About Overcoming One’s Problems.

Rating 95

New Releases – December 12th

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five ArmieshobbitBilbo and Company are forced to be embraced in a war against an armed flock of combatants and the terrifying Smaug from acquiring a kingdom of treasure and obliterating all of Middle-Earth.

My Guess for Rating – 80%
My Anticipation Rating – 85%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – Yes

The Face of Loveface of love A widow falls for a guy who bears a striking resemblance to her late husband.

My Guess for Rating – 80%
My Anticipation Rating – 90%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

At Any Priceat any priceA farming family’s business is threatened by an unexpected crisis, further testing the relationship between a father and his rebellious son.

My Guess for Rating –50%
My Anticipation Rating – 40%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Newguy’s Pick of the Week – The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies

Trailer Alert – Dark Summer

Plot – A teenager is placed on house arrest while his mother is traveling for work. Gets haunted by a girl he ended up witnessing her suicide.

Release Date:  Non set for UK

Questions:

Actually looks like an interesting horror, what do you guys thinks?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 70%

My Guess Rating – 70%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No