Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Closer To God (2015)

logoDirector: Billy Senese

Writer: Billy Senese (Screenplay)

Starring: Jeremy Childs, Shelean Newman, Shannon Hoppe, David Alford, Isaac Disney

Plot: A genetic scientist successfully clones the first human being, a baby girl named Elizabeth, but his work is soon threatened by a dark secret, a secret that threatens to destroy everything and everyone precious to him.

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Verdict: God versus Science Again

Story: Closer to God starts with the birth of a new baby the first baby born by cloning but Dr Victor Reed (Childs), he along with his collogues have to look to deal with the consequences ones news of this baby comes out to the public. Victor lives with his wife Claire and their two daughters as well as couple who live and help around the house Richard (Alford) & Mary (Newman).

We learn that Richard & Mary have a child Ethan who has difficulties and Victor is his doctor, he has a habit of constantly banging. Meanwhile Victor brings his cloned baby Elizabeth home for safety but as things continue we see the morale dilemma come to the front where we see specialist decide whether clone is good or bad, using the good arguments. As the protests increases Victor’s past will come back to haunt him with a deadly consequences as we learn the true identity of Ethan.

Closer to God puts us into the situation about what is right and wrong about cloning, which is a good idea to give us the audience to question. I personally don’t know where I would stand on the argument but I didn’t like how we see such aggressive protesting. On another negative I didn’t like how we didn’t learn of the side effects we only see the final results with the original clone. The film did a very good job at leaving us asking morale questions but in the final quarter of the film it just got lost trying to make everything the clone a Frankenstein monster which is really didn’t need to be. I do feel this story was going places but ended to suddenly ruining the clever build up. (4/10)

Actor Review

Jeremy Childs: Victor is the scientist who creates the clone baby who he takes care of but also starts using his own experiments on to figure out how healthy she really is. He becomes the centre of a massive public debate with opinions coming from every angle about whether he is right or wrong. Jeremy does a solid job in the leading role showing the strain of his work. (6/10)

Shelean Newman: Mary is the help of the Reed family who has her own child that cause her family trouble due to his problems, she starts to gain jealousy towards the clone baby because of how it doesn’t have any faults as she grows the resent her own child. She gives a solid performance as we see her slowly break. (6/10)

Shannon Hoppe: Claire is the wife to Victor who feels he doesn’t offer enough attention to his own children as he focus on his clone. Shannon ends up filling a generic role that doesn’t really get enough time to shine. (5/10)

Support Cast: Closer to God has a supporting cast that is filled with family, but most importantly the protesters and scientist who are for and against cloning.

Director Review: Billy SeneseBilly gives us a solid film that does a good job for the most part but ends up falling slightly flat with the ending. (5/10)

Horror: Closer to God doesn’t really use the horror until the final sequence that doesn’t really seem to fit into the film. (3/10)

Sci-Fi: Closer to God gives us a brilliant look at how the world could react to the first human clone. (9/10)

Settings: Closer to God keeps the setting very simple with one being the hospital while the rest is set in the doctors home nothing is really stand out though. (5/10)

Suggestion: Closer to God is one to try but I don’t think it will be for everyone as it never seems to stick to one genre. (Try It)

Best Part: The argument between clones being right or wrong.

Worst Part: The final sequence.

Believability: The idea of cloning is getting very close so you never know how the effects would be. (5/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Splice

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 21 Minutes

Overall: Frankenstein the Clone edition

Rating50

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Taking Chances (2009)

rob challengeMovie Rob has challenged me to watch this film, and if I am being honest I have never heard of it, but I do like watching the stars of the movies in other work. Turns out i pick the wrong film, i was meant to pick the Kevin Bacon one

logoDirector: Talmage Cooley

Writer: Annie Nocenti (Screenplay)

Starring: Justin Long, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Rob Corddry, Keir O’Donnell, Missi Pyle, David Jensen, Jimmi Simpson, Nick Offerman

Plot: When he discovers that an Indian casino is about to be built over the town’s historic battlefield, Chase Revere, the self-appointed protector of a small town’s rather meager place in American history, joins forces with sexy but dangerous town siren Lucy Shanks to launch an all-out offensive against the project – earning the wrath of the entire town, who believe that the casino will save their decaying local community. 

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Verdict: Indie Comedy Lacking Something

Story: Taking Chances starts Chase Revere (Long) an historical museum employee who goes around spreading the story of his town’s forgotten battle in the civil war. Chase comes off as a very good guy who will help a person in need, never takes a chance and loves his job. Digger (O’Donnell) is trying to push Chase to come out of his shell but Chase isn’t interested in his plans.

Mayor Cleveland Fishback (Corddry) has an idea to try and save his town which involves going t the native Americans to make casino. Chase ends up having chance meeting with Lucy (Chriqui) a firecracker with early romantic sparks. Chase continues the romance with Lucy while he has to come up with an idea to stop the new casino being built over the battlefield which has a rich history for the town. We have to see if Chase can get enough backing to stop the casino being built when people in the town seem happy with the idea.

Taking Chances is an indie comedy with elements of a coming of age tale, I do think the whole concept reflexes the problems America is facing in the small towns but in the end the transformation Chase goes on is the most important part of the film. I found the awkward relationship between Chase and Lucy uncomfortable as we clearly want Chase to be happy but that is never going to happen with Lucy. I think there is way too much hate towards Chase for trying to keep the casino out of the town too. I think this is a solid story but there are certain parts that should have been added to give it that extra something to make it special. (5/10)

Actor Review

Justin Long: Chase Revere is honest guy who loves his historical job, when he hears that the battlefield is the prime location for a casino that the town wants to build. Chase also gets involved with a relationship of sorts with Lucy a girl that pushes him to come out of his comfort zone. Justin can nail comedy but this seem to be a struggle for him. (5/10)

Emmanuelle Chriqui: Lucy is the firecracker who comes into Chase’s life and pushes him to take more chances. She stands by Chase as he tries to fight for the city while hiding a secret that will change her relationship with Chase forever. Emmanuelle does a standard job but doesn’t make you like her character or care what happens to her. (5/10)

Rob Corddry: Mayor Cleveland Fishback is trying to bring the town back from the brink of bankrupt but he really just starts putting the town and all of its assets at risk by agreeing t terms to build a casino. Rob does his usual routine we have seen in every film with him. (5/10)

Support Cast: Taking Chances has generic supporting characters that sum up all the characters you would see around the town. They give a few extra laughs here and there.

Director Review: Talmage Cooley Talmage gives us a solid comedy but it lacks that little something to make it a good comedy. (5/10)

Comedy: Taking Chances has a couple of laughs but really doesn’t reach the laugh out loud stage. (4/10)

Settings: Taking Chances keeps everything inside a small town which works for the story. (9/10)

Suggestion: Taking Chances is one to try but I wouldn’t be recommending it too many people. (Try It)

Best Part: Leap of faith.

Worst Part: The town seems to be full of assholes.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

Tagline: Love’s always a gamble.

Overall: A comedy that lacks the real punchlines needed to make us laugh.

Rating 50

Opinion Battles Round Two Results

Opinion Battles Round Two Winner

Today we are announcing the winner of the second round of Opinion Battles, we would like to thank everyone who took part and hope you are enjoying seeing everyone’s choices. We do have Rounds going on still and as always if you want to join in just message moviereviews101@yahoo.co.uk

The points breakdown goes as

10 – Winner

5 – Second

2 – Third

0 – Rest

The Final Results are as follows

Second & Third will be splitting the points (3.5 each) because of the join score and that is Rob from Movie Rob with the pick of Star Wars Episode Five: The Empire Strikes Back and Allie & Jenna from Flick Chicks with their pick of Toy Story 2.

The Winner is Drew from Drew’s Movie Reviews with the pick of the Aliens.aliens

The Table reads like
1st Movie Rob – 13.5
2nd Drew’s Movie Reviews – 12
3rd Justine – 5
4th Flick Chicks – 3.5

Thank You to everyone who took part and voted on Opinion Battles and continue to spread the word.