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