Danielle Panabaker Weekend – Mr Brooks (2007)

logoDirector: Bruce A Evans

Writer: Bruce A Evans, Raynold Gideon (Screenplay)

Starring: Kevin Costner, Demi Moore, Dane Cook, William Hurt, Marg Helgenberger, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Danielle Panabaker, Aisha Hinds

Plot: A psychological thriller about a man who is sometimes controlled by his murder-and-mayhem-loving alter ego.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Surprisingly Good

Story: Mr Brooks starts by introducing us to Mr Earl Brooks (Costner) a successful business man winning the business man of the year award. Earl has a dark passenger called Marshall (Hurt) who wants him to follow his victim because his dark side is that he is a serial killer. Earl is happily married to Emma (Helgenberger) and has a teenage daughter Jane (Panabaker) who have no idea what he gets up to in his free time.

Detective Tracy Atwood (Moore) has been trying to catch this killer for years and thought the killer had become de-active. When the mysterious Mr Smith (Cook) comes to Earl wit photos of the murder he just committed Earl finds himself being blackmailed into taking Mr Smith on his next kill. Mr Brooks and Mr Smith make a mutual agreement that will have a murder committed in exchange for all the evidence.

With Brooks & Smith plan their murder we see Atwood dealing with power struggle in the police department as her divorce starts getting messy, as well as Jane secret being revealed leave Earl to question his addiction.

Mr Brooks follows us a serial killer who becomes our protagonist of the film rather than just a popular idea of a monstrous killer. We end up having a very slick film where we end up following our everyday killer, his blackmailer and a detective all trying to keep on step ahead of each other. I think this all works for the film because until the final outcome you are total guessing and won’t see what happens by the end. I will give a few negatives and that is following the slow moving interaction between Brooks & Smith. I think this will have to go down as a great story that really should be watched by all. (8/10)

Actor Review

Kevin Costner: Mr Earl Brooks is the serial killer who everyone believes is a mild man business man respected in the community and the city. He is happily married and has a grown up daughter. When he ends up making a mistake on his latest kill, he finds himself being blackmailed by a stranger who witnesses the crime, who he has to take on his next murder in exchange for the evidence. Kevin ends up going against the character we are used to him playing giving us a dark character behind his calm persona. (8/10)mr books

Demi Moore: Det Tracy Atwood is a troubled lady going through an ugly divorce as well as having a serial killer on the loose one that she previously caught. She is hunting down Mr Brooks but has only an idea on how he kills and nothing about his personal information. Demi does give us a good performance but I do feel her character needed one real interaction with Mr Brooks. (7/10)detective

Dane Cook: Mr Smith is the stranger who witnesses Mr Brooks kill a couple and blackmails him to take him on one of his murders, he is nervous about the whole situation but wants to get off with on the thrills. Dane does a solid job but I feel his comic side is desperate to come out through the film. (6/10)smit

William Hurt: Marshall is the dark passenger that keeps Earl on his toes, the pair have been together for years and he is easily the one that pushes Earl into the murders. William does have fun with his role because his character only interacts with one character. (7/10)marshall

Danielle Panabaker: Jane Brooks is Earl’s daughter who has just dropped out of college, she is also pregnant with someone who won’t be around for the baby. She wants to work with her dad but she is really keeping another secret from her father. Danielle does a good job but doesn’t get enough screen time to really explore her character enough. (6/10)jane

Support Cast: Mr Brooks has a supporting cast that only seems to get involved in our main three characters lives, each one tries to stop them getting most of their job done or becomes victims.

Director Review: Bruce A EvansBruce manages to use the three characters brilliantly to create a thrilling story that has plenty of branches too it. (8/10)

Crime: Mr Brooks puts our characters into a serial killer run world where we have one killer, one want to be killer and one character trying to stop them, even with another killer on the lose. (8/10)

Mystery: Mr Brooks keeps you guessing to what Mr Brooks’ plan will be when it comes to dealing with the situation he finds himself in. (9/10)

Thriller: Mr Brooks is a film that holds you attention throughout and just when you think you know what is going on you will be left surprised with the next twist in the story. (9/10)

Settings: Mr Brooks uses everyday settings to make the killer look like he is just part of the background of the lives we all could be living. (9/10)

Suggestion: Mr Brooks is one film that should be watched by all, I feel it offers enough for all the thriller fans out there. (Watch)

Best Part: Costner is great.

Worst Part: The driving scenes sometimes come off slow.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Dexter

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $20 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours

Tagline: There’s something about

Overall: Mr Brooks is one of the most underrated films of the year that really does deliver on every single level.

Rating 80


Opinion Battles Round 9 Results

Opinion Battles Round 9 Results

For the first time in a long time we have actually got three places with no split points this time around. We had a big range of films that include two drifters, a prison escape, a downward spiral in a mental home, a fighter going against the odds, an epic journey, a hunt for a submarine, a cooking drama and a gangster real life story, but what film won?

Well in third we have the Lord of the Rings Trilogy selected by That Other Critic getting 2 points.lord of rings

In second place we have Goodfellas selected by Khalid getting 5 points.goodfellas

The winner this month is Shawshank Redemption selected by the most people Rob, Emma and S.G. Liput each getting 10 points.shawshank

The table now looks like,

1st Rob – 46.1

2nd Drew – 29.9

3rd Flicks Chicks – 28.9

4th Khalid – 28.6

5th Emma – 22.1

6th Kim – 20.4

7th S.G. Liput – 17.9

8th James – 12.9

9th Filmfunkel – 8.5

10th That Other Critic – 8

11th Darren

As always if you want to join opinion battles or have a subject you would like us to cover email moviereviews101@yahoo.co.uk

2015 Watched List Part 8

Over the past year I have seen an incredible amount of films and I have decided to share with you all which ones I have seen in what order. I am going to be doing these in groups of ten, where I will pick my favourite of the bunch and the worst of the bunch. I am also offering just for fun a chance for you all to guess which actor/actress I have seen the most films off.

So without further ramblings here we go with 81 – 90:

1. Digging Up the Marrow logo A documentary exploring genre based monster art takes an odd turn when the filmmakers are contacted by a man who claims he can prove that monsters are indeed real. A good mockumentary style horror.

2. Scanners logo A scientist sends a man with extraordinary psychic powers to hunt others like him. Classic horror that will blow your mind.

3. Boy Next Door boy A recently cheated on married woman falls for a younger man who has moved in next door, but their torrid affair soon takes a dangerous turn. A weak steamy thriller.

4. Fury logo April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened Army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. Brilliant war time story.

5. Walking Tall logo A former U.S. soldier returns to his hometown to find it overrun by crime and corruption, which prompts him to clean house. Simply action thriller.

6. Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters logoHansel & Gretel are bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past. Lacklustre horror thriller.

7. When the Lights Went OutPoltergeists attack a family in Yorkshire during the 1974 nationwide blackouts. A dull ghostly experience.

8. Knights of Badassdomlogo Live-action role players conjure up a demon from Hell by mistake and they must deal with the consequences. An action comedy that got taken out the director’s hands.

9. Catch .44logo For Tes (Akerman) and her two cohorts Kara (Nikki Reed) and Dawn (Deborah Ann Woll), the job sounded simple enough: intercept a double-cross drug shipment for their crime boss Mel (Willis) at an isolated diner. But when an unstoppable chain of events unfolds, everyone soon realizes no one is who they seem and the job may be something other than eliminating the competition. What started as simple instructions has now turned into a deadly cat-and-mouse game – with large guns pointed at everyone. Poor, eyes hurt now.

10. Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death woman in black 2 40 years after the first haunting at Eel Marsh House, a group of children evacuated from WWII London arrive, awakening the house’s darkest inhabitant.

The Best – Furylogo

The Worst – Catch .44logo

Star leading the way – Bruce Willis, Chris Tucker, Forest Whitaker, Gemma Arterton, Haley Joel Osment, Jackie Chan, Peter Stormare, all with 3 films each.