The Pact (2012)

logoDirector: Nicolas McCarthy

Writer: Nicolas McCarthy (Screenplay)

Starring: Caity Lotz, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Sam Bell, Mark Steger, Agnew Bruckner, Casper Van Dien, Dakota Bright, Petra Wright

 

Plot: As a woman struggles to come to grips with her past in the wake of her mother’s death, an unsettling presence emerges in her childhood home.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Ghost Whisper

 

Story: The Pact starts by introducing Nicole (Bruckner) trying to get her sister Annie (Lotz) to return to their childhood home to attend their mother’s funeral. Nicole gets an uncomfortable feeling that she is being watched and followed around her own house before investigating an open door to a dark room, and we will have to wait to see what that was.

We now meet Annie on her way back to the home but is unable to find her sister there, thinking she may have just slipped off the wagon she stays to see if she returns before getting a string of nightmares and strange occurrences. It soon becomes apparent that there is a presence in the house haunting Annie, her cousin Liz (Perkins) and Nicole’s daughter Eva (Bright).

Annie heads to the police and no one believes the story until Creek (Van Dien) offers to hear out the story because he knows the sister. After Liz vanishes Annie refuses to return to the home but stays in town, she continues to get the nightmares as well as investigating a GPS signal sent to her phone. After return to the home with Creek, Annie discovers a secret room that could spy on the whole house. Delving deeper into what could have happen we learn about a potential serial killer and secrets from within the family that could give away the answers to what happened.

The Pact is a film that is really going to make me want to rant. First off (and I am going to use block capitals) HOW THE HELL DO YOU NOT KNOW THERE IS A SECRET ROOM IN A HOUSE YOU HAVE LIVED IN YOUR WHOLE LIFE? That was the one biggest flaw I found in this film that does actually follow the lines of a general ghost haunting investigation based film. I do understand how it tried to pull in plenty of different sub-genres but when it is all set and done that is all it was. It doesn’t offer too many surprises and by the end of it all we are left wondering how certain things could have been missed from the childhood. (5/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Caity Lotz: Annie our returning home after losing a loved one that then gets haunted character, who then has to do all the investigating to see what is going on. Caity does a solid job as the leading lady but because the film over confuses a simple idea the fear comes off very mixed. (5/10)

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Support Cast: The Pact doesn’t have the biggest supporting cast and of the few it has they only turn up in a couple of scenes. We have the family members who have died or disappear leaving extra responsibility on our lead, we have the cop who makes rookie mistakes while trying to redeem himself and the paranormal communicator who is outside the box.

 

Director Review: Nicolas McCarthy – Nicolas does a good job with this, he offers a couple of scares and a story that could be very interesting for a franchise. (6/10)

 

Horror: The Pact doesn’t give you as many scares as possible but when you think about what happens it turns out to be a very scary situation. (7/10)

Mystery: The Pact offers a mystery about what happened to the sister and cousin while Annie has to try and solve it. (7/10)

Thriller: The Pact doesn’t really keep us guessing as much as it could. (4/10)

Settings: The Pact does try to shock with how close to home the truth really easy with the settings. (8/10)
Special Effects
: The Pact has a couple of good effects with the levitating scenes. (7/10)

Suggestion: The Pact is one of the horror fans to try, I can’t promise it will be a favourite but it has its moments. (Horror Fans Try)

 

Best Part: Ouija scene.

Worst Part: Not knowing the size of your own house.

Scariest Scene: Annie’s night after the funeral.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has one sequel.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

Tagline: The Future Is In Their Hands

 

Overall: Creepy thriller if you ignore certain things

Rating 60

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Reasonable Doubt (2014)

logoDirector: Peter Howitt

Writer: Peter A. Dowling (Screenplay)

Starring: Dominic Cooper, Samuel L Jackson, Gloria Reuben, Ryan Robbins, Erin Karpluk, Dylan Taylor, Karl Thordarson

 

Plot: A District Attorney has his life turned upside down when he’s involved in a hit and run and another man is arrested for his crime and charged with murder.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: It Builds

 

Story: Reasonable Doubt starts by showing our protagonist Mitch Brockden (Cooper) showing off his lawyer skills by putting a solid close in his latest case. Our sharp District Attorney celebrates where he decides to actually drive home drunk hitting a man, but believing he has got away with it he calls for help and covers up the evidence. The next day he finds out that the man has died and another man Clinton (Jackson) is being the prime suspect after he tries to help the dying man. As the case unfolds Clinton gets off thanks to the witness report from Mitch’s own step-brother, leading to Mitch trying to uncover the truth while looking over his shoulder trying to keep himself clean.

Reasonable Doubt tells an interesting moral story but leaves you thinking. First I have to say how does this guy Mitch have his job when he is so willing to break the law? It turns into a cat-a-mouse feel to it mixing up a couple of films ‘Law Abiding Citizen’ & ‘Changing Lanes’. It never reaches the levels it could and the twists come but only because the overall story comes off too short. The first case never seems to get investigated after the first man gets cleared. It has plenty of plot holes because the attorney seems to do more investigating jobs then the police. It will fill up a good hour and half, it is the best though. (5/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Dominic Cooper: Mitch Brockden District Attorney with a bright future, who for some unexplainable reason decides to risk his life’s career driving home drunk (seriously why would he?). He hits a man and finds out later that the man has been died. He thinks he is responsible but finally uncovers the truth but can he expose it before it is too late? Dominic does a good job in the lead role in what is an unlikely character. (7/10)

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Samuel L Jackson: Clinton Davis the man who gets arrested for the crime, he states that he was innocent and gets cleared, but he might have a bigger secret that he was covering up. Samuel does a good job even though it feels like he may have mailed some of it in. (6/10)

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Support Cast: Reasonable Doubt uses its support cast to its limited amount where they seem to turn up for a small moments to give information to what is happening.

 

Director Review: Peter Howitt – Peter gives a solid side of direction but fails to make the twists impactful as we are never led down the wrong direction. (5/10)

 

Crime: Reasonable Doubt uses the moral stand point on the cases but never answer the real law questions. (3/10)

Thriller: Reasonable Doubt is a solid thriller but never really asked you questions. (5/10)

Settings: Reasonable Doubt uses the settings well but never creates an iconic scene in a location. (5/10)

Suggestion: Reasonable Doubt is one to try but don’t expect it to be memorable. (Try It)

 

Best Part Of Reasonable Doubt: The motives behind the Samuel L Jackson character.

Worst Part Of Reasonable Doubt: How did Mitch get away scot free.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Law Abiding Citizen, Changing Lanes

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

Tagline: Proof in the burden

 

Overall: Disappointingly Predictable

Rating 50

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