Mimic: Sentinel (2003)

logoDirector: J.T. Petty

Writer: J.T. Petty (Screenplay) Donald A Wollheim (Short Story)

Starring: Lance Henriksen, Karl Geary, Alexis Dziena, Keith Robinson, Tudeorel Filmon, Rebecca Mader

 

Plot: A man enclosed in a plastic bubble, his sister, and their best friend must defend an apartment complex from the mutant Judas Breed insects.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Franchise Killer

 

Story: Mimic: Sentinel starts with the creature returning and lurking around a block of flats where it has been feeding but one man has been watching it from his apartment. Marvin (Geary) has been watching the whole neighbourhood and along with his much more outgoing sister Rosy (Dziena) claims to have found a dead body. Marvin has been watching a mysterious garbageman who may have something to do with a missing child.

Marvin has taken a shine to a new member of the neighbourhood Carman (Mader) who his sister brings over to his apartment where he tries to stay away from the world because of his alleges. When Carmen joins in watching the neighbourhood the three start to notice something strange with the garbageman including witnessing the death of drug dealer Desmond. When the three start to investigate the garbageman they discover he has been working on something involving the creatures and plans to stop them and they agree to help.

Mimic: Sentinel manages to keep the story related without using any of the original characters instead it targets the idea of a victim after what has happened. The film takes a lot of its ideas from ‘Rear Window’ and even talks about how similar it actually is to it. The story is very short which is one of the biggest negatives and the fact we don’t get too see as much of the creatures as we are used to doesn’t help. In the end this tries to move the story along further by showing the creatures trying to become part of the world but really moves nicely before just flash bang wallop ending ruins things. (4/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Lance Henriksen: Garbageman an expert on the Judas Breed who has secretly been watching them wait for his chance to expose what is happening. Lance makes his trademark appearance in horror films that have gone on too long without make too much an impact. (4/10)

 

Karl Geary: Marvin Montrose one of the few survives of the original disease but with the disease he has ended up with alleges to the world, Marvin keeps himself in his room watching over the neighbourhood with his camera and witnesses what looks like a murder only for it to end up being one of the creatures hunting. Karl makes for an interesting character but never really shines to the levels he could. (5/10)

 

Alexis Dziena: Rosy Montrose sister to Marvin, who goes outside the house for him to develop his photos as well as having a drug habit, she is the bubbly sister who meets the neighbours so Marvin can put a name to the photos. Alexis does a solid job but ends up just becoming background because of the length of the film. (5/10)

 

Rebecca Mader: Carman newest neighbour that Marvin has taken a shine to, she becomes involved with his ideas and wants to help find out what is happening in the neighbourhood. Rebecca does a solid job but never really makes an impact either. (5/10)

 

Support Cast: Mimic: Sentinel has a supporting cast that includes the rest of the resident of the neighbourhood most become victims while others just show much Marvin knows about them.

 

Director Review: J.T. Petty – Petty does try to change the main story but struggles to capture any of the real enjoyment from the first two films. (4/10)

 

Horror: Mimic: Sentinel makes most of the horror quick and never makes the characters feel truly trapped in the situation. (4/10)

Sci-Fi: Mimic: Sentinel shows the evolution continuing within the Judas Breed. (7/10)

Thriller: Mimic: Sentinel doesn’t manage to pull you as much as the other two but does keep you interested. (6/10)

Settings: Mimic: Sentinel tries to move the settings outwards but in the end it loses it’s isolated and trapped ideas we are used to seeing. (5/10)
Special Effects
: Mimic: Sentinel seems to have the same level of CGI the previous 2 did have without using it as much. (4/10)

Suggestion: Mimic: Sentinel if you liked the first two finish of the trilogy otherwise just avoid this one. (Franchise Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: We get to see a victim of the disease being the main character.

Worst Part: Way too short.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 17 Minutes

Tagline: Terror has been reinvented!

 

Overall: Mimic Sentinel really was the final part of a franchise that ran its course without any real punch, scares and gore the film could end up going towards.

Rating 50

 

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The A Plate (2011)

logoDirector: Terre Weisman

Writer: Terre Weisman (Screenplay)

Starring: Shane Jacobsen, Sam McMurray, Julie Ann Emery, Priscilla Barnes, Erika Smith, Bobby DiVito

 

Plot: A car salesman scheming to take over his dealership finds his plan thrown off course after he falls for his boss’s daughter.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: A Film About Dealing is Filled With Deal Breakers

 

Story: The A Plate starts by introducing us to Jay Roth (Jacobsen) a car salesman working for Stevens Motors, Jay sees himself as one of the best in the business and uses his position to pick up woman but what he really wants it to be the manager which is currently filled by Dick Stevens (McMurray). When Dick gets cheating on his wife Candice (Barnes) she wants divorce which includes taking the dealership.

Jay sees this as a chance to take over the dealership by playing both sides of the divorce to put everything into place to become a partner. Jay takes a turn when he meets the Stevens’ daughter Andrea (Emery) who he gets told is off limits. As we know Jay won’t say no to a lady leading him to continue chase Andrea before getting involved in a relationship that will put his dealership dreams in threat.

The A Plate is a romantic comedy that is filled with hugely unlikable characters. We have an owner of car dealership going through a divorce which seems to end up getting pushed to the back while an awkward painfully romantic angle where the girl still falls for the guys crap even though she knows what car dealers are meant to be like. I don’t think the storylines mix together enough to have an impact upon each other and as soon as the romantic angle starts the whole business idea gets forgotten. We do have funny moments but I just never got into the idea of this being realistic story because of the characters. (4/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Shane Jacobsen: Jay Roth is the slick car salesman who uses all his skills on selling cars to get woman into bed. Jay wants to becoming the dealer but to do so he must play both sides of the owners into making them agree with them. All his plans get put at risk when he starts dating his boss’ daughter. Shane does a solid job even if his character is hugely unlikable. (6/10)

 

Sam McMurray: Dick Stevens is the owner of the dealership who is going to lose everything after getting caught cheating. He has to try and work out a way to make sure he keeps the dealership. Sam does a solid job but seems to over try and make each scene seem important. (5/10)

 

Julie Ann Emery: Andrea Stevens is the daughter of the boss who has caught the eye of Jay who even after being told to keep away goes after her as she returns home to help with the parents’ divorce. Julie does a solid job but never really has enough chemistry with Shane. (5/10)

 

Priscilla Barnes: Candice Stevens is the wife of Dick’s who wants everything after she catches him cheating and working with Jay tries to get the dealership. Priscilla does a solid job with her limited scenes. (6/10)

 

Support Cast: The A Plate has a supporting characters that are mainly used to add comedy to the film, we have Jay’s grandfather who steals the scenes.

 

Director Review: Terre Weisman – Terre creates a standard romantic comedy that will not go down as ground breaking. (5/10)

 

Comedy: The A Plate has its moments but never makes you laugh out loud. (5/10)

Romance: The A Plate has what looks like an awkward romantic angle where both sides should know better and still get involved. (5/10)

Chemistry: The A Plate struggles to create enough chemistry between the two leads. (4/10)

Settings: The A Plate has standard group of settings but none of which will make you remember anything in the film. (5/10)

Suggestion: The A Plate is one for the romantic comedy fans to try but I didn’t find it one of the good ones. (Rom Com Fans Try)

 

Best Part: Whip cream moments.

Worst Part: The stories don’t work well enough together.

Funniest Scene: Second whip cream moment.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Awards: Won 3 Awards in small festivals including Boston International and Hoboken International.

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Release Date: 2nd June 2015 on VOD

 

Overall: Rom Coms have to do a lot to make me interested, this didn’t do enough.

Rating 50

Trailer Alert – The Lake on Clinton Road

Plot – When six friends from Massachusetts travel to the jersey shore, they end up on Clinton road at a house on a lake. They’re not alone, one by one they disappear, who will survive.

Release Date:  17 July 2015 (VoD)

Stars:  Starring Alan Bendich (TVs Cagney & Lacey), India Autry (TVs My New Roommate), Aram Bauman (The Lost Children), Tina Krause (Zombie Holocaust), Leah Jones (Urban Legends), Stephanie Marrone, and Richard Ryker. Written and directed by Deshon Hardy

Summary: This is being called ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ meets ‘The Evils Dead’ and the trailer doesn’t give too much away. All we see is the start of the haunting now how things start or why, which is a good thing so we can actually be surprised about the truth. The film looks like it will have plenty of scares and a good amount of gore.

Questions:

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

Mimic 2 (2001)

logoDirector: Jean De Segonzac

Writer: Joel Soisson (Screenplay) Donald A Wollheim (Short Story)

Starring: Alix Koromzay, Bruno Campos, Will Estes, Gaven E Lucas, Edward Albert, Jon Poilto, Jody Wood, Jim O’Heir

 

Plot: When a cockroach-spread plague threatened to decimate the child population of New York City in the original Mimic, biologist Susan Tyler and her research associates developed a crossbreed species of insect, the “Judas Breed” and introduced them into the environment, where they were to spread a toxin, lethal to the cockroaches. The plan worked until the bugs evolved to mimic their next prey…..humans! Just when they were all thought to be dead, the giant Judas bugs are back, and this time they’ve mutated to take on human form!

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: DVD Standard Sequel

 

Story: Mimic 2 starts with a bang when new deadlier creature attacks a man causing an accident. Detective Klaski (Campos) gets filled in on the information at the scene. The man who is on the run is carrying suitcases of dirt. Next we meet elementary school teacher Remi (Koromzay) who is teaching her students about bugs and just so happens to be the assistant to Susan Tyler from the first Mimic film.

We see how Remi is having a terrible time finding love and attracts all the wrong type of guys but has nightmares about a mysterious creature following her. She receives a visit from Detective Klaski who for some reason lurks in the dark before the meeting her as he tries to figure out what happened to the man on the run from the start. Exiting from the meeting the body of one of the recent dates falls literally into the lap of Klaski with the body having the same marks left on the first victim.

The army turn up to investigate interrupting Klaski’s investigation while Remi gets stuck inside the school with student Sal (Lucas) and former student Nicky (Estes). They find themselves trapped but the creature who has boarded up all the entrances. Armed with what they can get their hands on and a camera Remi has to try and make it out of the school with the two boys before the creature finds them.

Mimic 2 really does use the ideas created in the first film well by building upon them to reach the next level. We see how the evolution has continued and by bringing back a supporting character to become the lead we already have a built character knowing what she is dealing with. These ideas help with what is funny enough a more memorable story than the first one, because when anyone asks me about ‘Mimic’ I always think so the scene in the school. The film doesn’t try to be too clever and shows the next step the creatures would be taking to become part of the world. As for sequels it does seem to honour the first one nicely and remain true to the material created. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Alix Koromzay: Remi Panos teacher and former member of the CDC who worked on the Judas Breed who has become the latest interest for the creature, she must keep two students safe when the creature targets them inside the school. Alix does a good job stepping up into the lead role because he character feels more everyday. (7/10)

 

Bruno Campos: Det. Klaski the man investigate a couple of murders that points towards Remi, he has to team up with her to defeat the creature. Bruno does a solid job in the supporting role. (6/10)

 

Support Cast: Mimic 2 has a supporting cast that doesn’t add too much to the overall storyline we get the two students but most others only turn up in a scene or two.

 

Director Review: Jean De Segonzac – Jean gives us a solid sequel but never really tests us to the levels the first one did with character development. (5/10)

 

Horror: Mimic 2 uses the same ideas for horror making us wonder what could be hiding in the shadows. (7/10)

Sci-Fi: Mimic 2 continues to show the effects of trying to play God have had on the world. (7/10)

Thriller: Mimic 2 doesn’t keep you as close to the edge of your seat as the first one does but does keep your attention throughout. (7/10)

Settings: Mimic 2 creates isolation but on the surface when the characters get trapped in the school. (9/10)
Special Effects
: Mimic 2 still struggles with the effects as you can see the CGI every single time. (3/10)

Suggestion: Mimic 2 is one to be trying if you enjoyed the first one you should enjoy this but if you didn’t like the first one don’t bother. (Fans of the First Watch)

 

Best Part: Continuing the idea.

Worst Part: Foreshadowing in Klaski character.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: 1 more to go.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $10 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 22 Minutes

Tagline: Nothing will stop them

 

Overall: Mimic 2 is a solid follow up to an already good film but it does lose out on story telling because this time we only follow one person.

Rating 60

Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Byzantium (2012)

logoDirector: Neil Jordan

Writer: Moira Buffini (Screenplay) Moira Buffini (Play)

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton, Sam Riley, Jonny Lee Miller, Daniel Mays, Thure Lindhardt, Caleb Landry Jones

 

Plot: Residents of a coastal town learn, with deathly consequences, the secret shared by the two mysterious women who have sought shelter at a local resort.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Interview With a Vampire: Homework Edition

 

Story: Byzantium starts by Eleanor (Ronan) talking about how she can’t tell her story even though she spends time writing it over and over. Eleanor tells an elder gentleman the story about how she met Clara (Arterton) and that they are living together but Werner (Lindhardt) is hunting them down. As we continue through introduction we see how both kill their victims but have to leave because of the mess left behind.

New town and same problems Clara enters into the prostitution to try and make ends meet while Eleanor uses the desire to learn about people to help her express herself. After Clara meets Noel (Mays) the girls move into his bed and breakfast called Byzantium where he lets the girls stay. We learn about the code the girls follow to stay safe but Eleanor is desperate to tell people the truth.

We flashback to what happened to Clara 200 years ago we also learn the Eleanor is her daughter that she did in fact give up and we learn about how Ruthven (Miller) put Clara in the life she has now. When Eleanor makes friends with Frank (Jones) she starts to feel like she could open up to someone while we continue to Eleanor pick her victims who are on deaths door. Clara turns the bed and breakfast into a brothel knowing she can make plenty of money from it.

After Eleanor tells her story in the modern day we learn the conclusion of the original story of how the girls become vampires and why they have both been on the run. The past is about to catch up with them but can they out run it this time or will their time finally be up.

Byzantium really does feel like a modern take on the ‘Interview with a Vampire’ idea but puts it into a lost story that is in need of telling. It follows very similar ideas of being forced into the vampire life and also has one character who doesn’t want the story told. It all comes off very nicely and does make for a very solid addition to the vampire genre of films and could easily be enjoyed by the fans of those films too. It won’t go down heavy on blood which certain fans will expect in the vampire genre but it tells a better story of surviving with the curse. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Saoirse Ronan: Eleanor permanent 16 year old who craves the connection of other people and just wants to be able to tell her story to but when she meets a young man she could finally have found someone she could have forever. Saoirse does a good job in the role that showed her continues playing the teenage is good for here. (7/10)

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Gemma Arterton: Clara mother of Eleanor who works as many different things over the years to make ends meet, mostly prostitution but anything to protect them both from the people who are after them. Gemma does a good job here filling the role of determined minder over the long time span. (7/10)

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Jonny Lee Miller: Ruthven the man who put Clara in the situation she finds herself in taking her from quiet job into prostitution leading her to enter into the world they are in now. Jonny does solid job as the original person that leaves them where they are. (6/10)

 

Caleb Landry Jones: Frank the boy that ends up helping Eleanor open up about her story but ends up putting himself into a situation where he will be in the middle of the war between the girls and the brotherhood who hunt them down. Caleb does a good job in this role that opens up a potential romantic angle. (7/10)

 

Support Cast: Byzantium has a support cast that tries to help the characters but also has people who are after them, they all mix nicely to make us want to see how it ends.

 

Director Review: Neil Jordan – Neil does a good job directing this modern day vampire classic. (7/10)

 

Horror: Byzantium has vampires but really isn’t much of a true horror films. (4/10)

Thriller: Byzantium does keep you guessing as you know that people are after them you just for to wait and see who. (8/10)

Settings: Byzantium uses the settings very nicely and even shows how the characters have been put into familiar location from the past. (8/10)

Suggestion: Byzantium is one to try I don’t think many casual fans will enjoy it but I do think it will appeal to fans of the vampire sub-genre. (Try It)

 

Best Part: The final twist is nice.

Worst Part: Does have slow spells.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Interview with a Vampire

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $8 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 58 Minutes

 

Overall: This is a film that could end up going down as a favourite of some but it is too similar to Interview for my liking.

Rating 70