400 Days (2015)

daysDirector: Matt Osterman

Writer: Matt Osterman (Screenplay)

Starring: Caity Lotz, Tom Cavanagh, Brandon Routh, Dane Cook, Ben Feldman, Grant Bowler, Fernanda Romero, Sally Pressman, Sara Tomko


Plot: “400 Days” centres on four astronauts sent on a simulated mission to a distant planet to test the psychological effects of deep space travel. Locked away for 400 days, the crew’s mental state begins to deteriorate when they lose all communication with the outside world. Forced to exit the ship, they discover that this mission may not have been a simulation after all.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Potentially Great


Story: 400 Days starts with our four main characters Captain Theo (Routh), Emily (Lotz), Cole (Cook) and Bug (Feldman) being put in a social simulation for 400 days to show what it will be like to travel through space over long periods of time. We follow the four as they get put hiccups as the learn to manage them after losing connect to mission control early on but it is dealing with the psychological side of the mission that will test them the most.

When they open the hatch they find themselves questioning what happened but more worrying where they are now.

400 days really seems to be a film that is two different incomplete films, the first half is all psychological but when they leave the hatch it turns into a post-apocalyptic film that never really ends up being dealt with. Each side of the story works well as a single film but both don’t have enough time to really pull off what is really happen. As for the ending it is all left up to you what you think happens which doesn’t help and what happens to two of the character never really gets answered either. This has problems but really could have been great.


Actor Review


Caity Lotz: Emily is the medical officers who is also the former partner of Theo who has to make sure the crew remains sane over the course of the mission as well as keeping the medication up to date. Caity gives us a solid performance but really doesn’t get a chance shine.


Brandon Routh: Theo is the captain of the mission; he has to make the big decision with the information provided by his crew. He doesn’t want to be on the mission and has been on a four-day bender before the mission. Brandon continued to show why he is struggling to live up to the hype he once had early in his career.


Dane Cook: Cole is the engineer on the mission, he is easily the most unpopular on the crew and his cocky attitude leads him to become distant to the rest of the crew. Dane is another actor in this film who hasn’t made much of his career and even with this choice because he tries to do something different.


Ben Feldman: Bug is the brains of the crew making all the hard decisions and is clearly the smartest of the four crew members on the ship. He had to leave his young family behind for the mission which haunts him every day of the mission. Ben does a good job even if he does end up being a very generic character for the genre.


Support Cast: 400 days has a supporting you only see half way through the film but they end up being very generic.


Director Review: Matt Osterman – Matt brings us a great idea that doesn’t quite get pulled off effectively.


Mystery: 400 days keep you guessing what is actually happening to our characters.

Sci-Fi: 400 days puts our character in the experiment which would include space travel and a post-apocalyptic world.

Thriller: 400 days does keep us guessing from start to finish.

Settings: 400 days has two good settings the space ship which creates the isolation and the town the end up in that shocks.
Special Effects
: 400 days uses the effects for certain moments but tries to keep everything need to the  minimum.

Suggestion: 400 days is one to try, it does have a few flaws but you can see a couple of good points. (Try It)


Best Part: The ideas are good.

Worst Part: Not enough time for each story, both sides could have been short to increase the second one.


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes


Overall: Something Missing but good ideas being created.


Opinion Battles Round 14 – Who Should Be The Next James Bond?

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Who should be the next James Bond?


We have Spectre out in the cinema and Daniel Craig’s four deal Bond contract up, we are left wondering will he return for another outing as the iconic spy or is it time for someone new? We have looked at who we want in the next tuxedo but who do you think is the best choice?


If you like what we are doing here and would like to join in on Opinion Battles our next subject is Best Biographical if you are interest email moviereviews101@yahoo.co.uk by 15th October 2015


Darren – Movie Reviews 101


Luke Evans


When I first saw this question I wanted to say Dan Stevens because of age but with only 3 years on Stevens Evans has bought us ‘No One Lives’ where Luke plays a killer that has military training, Fast & Furious 6 where he is the best enemy Dom and the crew have taken on, Dracula Untold which is rubbish but he does a good job in and The Hobbit where he is one of the character you actually remember I feel he has the look, the style for the role. I feel this guy is just waiting to explode onto the popcorn scene for movies and let’s face it, that is all James Bond films really are now popcorn flicks.




Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Aaron Taylor-Johnson

My top five reasons are:

01 He’s English.
02 He’s under 30.
03 He’s got the looks.
04 He’s got the range for spy & drama.
05 He’s proven his physicality to do action.


Movie Rob


Idris Elba

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I think it’s time that they add a bit of color to Bond, so I think Idris Elba would be the perfect choice.  He can handle both the action and dramatic aspects of the role and has shown how well he can act in pressure situations


Khalid – The Blazing Reel


Damian Lewis


I know there most people out there are heavily in favor of Idris Elba being the next Bond but personally, I think there simply isn’t a better option than Damian Lewis. And for those of you opposing the fact that he has ginger hair, ever heard of ‘hair-dye’? Anyways, the reason I think Damian Lewis should be Bond is because he’s simply one of the most underrated actors working today. He came into the limelight mainly for his stellar central performance on Band of Brothers but it’s his turn as Sergeant Nicholas Brody on Homeland that proves the amazing range he possesses as an actor and anyone who has seen Homeland will know what I’m talking about and the fact that he played a conflicted character on Homeland so well can allow him to bring new dimensions to the character of James Bond itself. GO DAMIAN LEWIS!


Kim – Tranquil Dreams


Tom Hardy


Choosing the next James Bond is a hard one.  Do I think that Daniel Craig is a bad James Bond? I definitely don’t.  He’s a different sort of James Bond but he still holds the class  but adds some rugged sort of personality to it.  The next James Bond is a tough choice.  While I thought that Clive Owen and Sean Bean could be good choices, they are older than the general age that James Bond is portrayed at.  This leads me into some younger choices.  Tom Hiddleston could could it but he’s a little young.  Finally, Tom Hardy solely because he does have the class and the style.  He also has the action skills and the good acting abilities to take on this character.  Absolutely simple reasons and a slight process of elimination but that is who James Bond is to me and why Tom Hardy works. 




Idris Elba

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For me there is only one choice – Idris Elba. I don’t think he will be the next Bond, but I really really think he should be. He’s cool, he’s tough, he’s already well liked by pretty much everyone and he’s a darn fine actor. And whilst I think having a black actor play James Bond would be a great thing, that’s not the reason I champion Elba – I just think he’d be perfect. The thing is with Bond, everyone goes on about him being suave and sophisticated and forget he needs to be able to kick some arse as well. Elba is a bit rough around the edges in many of his roles but wouldn’t that be perfect for the modern Bond movies where the eponymous lead character has depth and intrigue? I just really don’t want it to be Damian Lewis. What a bore that would be.


Summer – Serendipitous Anachronisms


Benedict Cumberbatch


The question is where do they want to go next with Bond? Daniel Craig broke every mold for Bond, to go back to the ridiculous 70s camp is an injustice to the series. But moving in the same direction disserves any new actor who is not Daniel Craig.


Ideally, I would like the series to darken, so you would need an actor who can take it there.

In my opinion, two contemporary actors have the necessary attributes. James Bond must ooze with sex appeal, not overly handsome, be age appropriate, and physically capable of handling extreme stunt work.


So our two choices are Michael Fassbender or Benedict Cumberbatch. I love Fassbender playing Bond, but his existing franchise commitments may create scheduling conflicts.


The next Bond should be Benedict Cumberbatch. He is the only actor that makes complete sense in my book. 


Wait… Let’s just enjoy that photo for a minute.

Okay, if that photo did not persuade you, you must be male, so let me continue…

· Completely different type than Daniel Craig- CHECK

· An excellent actor in his own right- CHECK

· Famous enough to draw an audience, but not enough for his personality to eclipse his characters- CHECK

· Capable of intense physical performance- CHECK

· Tough but easily blends with ambassadors- CHECK

· Sexy but not overly handsome- CHECK

· British- CHECK

· Looks great in a tux- CHECK 

Um, did I mention he kicks butt? If you are a Sherlock fan, you might recall the moment when he threw a terrorist out the window… how many times? “It’s all a bit of a blur, Detective Inspector. I lost count.”


And he can rap as Alan Rickman, has legit dance moves, and roars like Chewbacca. 


Seriously, how is this guy not a 10?

S.G. Liput -Rhyme and Reason
Idris Elba
I’m not a big James Bond fan, but Bond is such a long-standing movie persona that speculation on the next recast was inevitable. While Michael Fassbender might be my second choice, the actor that I feel would bring the most to the role of Bond is Idris Elba. In the past, I might have thought casting a black Bond was a decision made just for the sake of switching things up, but I think Elba could really pull it off. He’s proven his acting ability and his range, acting stoic, menacing, suave, or likably heroic depending on the role. His casting might also offer new possible directions for the character. Plus, he’s British! (So he’s certainly eligible.)