10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

cloverDirector: Dan Trachtenberg

Writer: Josh Campbell, Matthew Stuecken, Damien Chazelle (Screenplay) Josh Campbell, Matthew Stuecken (Story)

Starring: John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr, Douglas M Griffin, Suzanne Cryer, Bradley Cooper

 

Plot: After getting in a car accident, a woman is held in a shelter with two men, who claim the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Mysterious Thriller

 

Story: 10 Cloverfield Lane starts as we see Michelle (Winstead) walking away from her married life with Ben only to find herself in a car accident. Upon waking up she finds her chained up in a bed as she desperately looks for a way out. Michelle’s capturer is Howard (Goodman) who claims to have saved her from an attack on America. Michelle isn’t the only other person in the bunker with Emmett (Gallagher Jr) also there.

Howard has been preparing this bunker for years and has everything needed to survive in luxury with electricity and plumbing. The three have to learn to live with each other as the paranoia about what has really happened keeps rising.

10 Cloverfield Lane is a very clever thriller that creates the paranoia of what could be going happening through nearly the whole film. We are sat wondering what is happening outside the bunker and what will happen inside the bunker. The downside from where I am sat was knowing it was a sequel, if this was just about the bunker and the final twist was that it was in the Cloverfield universe we would have found ourselves fully on Michelle’s side but as we know it is all real we kind of side with the paranoia filled Howard. This is good and tense throughout but the title alone takes away something truly special about the film.

 

Actor Review

 

John Goodman: Howard is the man who has built the bunker, he has let both Michelle and Emmett stay in his bunker as he believes America would come under attack from something. He is ex-navy and very paranoid, we are left wondering whether h is crazy or not though. John is great in this role where we see him using the talent he has.howard

Mary Elizabeth Winstead: Michelle is a young woman who is wondering about her life before finding herself being in a car crash. She wakes up in the bunker where she has to learn to live with Howard and Emmett. She is never comfortable there always trying to find a way out. Mary is great in this strong female role.michelle

John Gallagher Jr: Emmett was hired to help build the bunker and found himself inside when the attacks happened. He tries to be nice to Michele which only pushes Howard into his paranoia. John is good in this role if only the supporting of the three.

Support Cast: 10 Cloverfield Lane doesn’t have many other characters with most just being in one scene.

Director Review: Dan TrachtenbergDan gives us a thriller that really does keep up guessing what is real.

 

Horror: 10 Cloverfield Lane gives us the idea where we just don’t know what is going on showing the paranoia driving the horror.

Mystery: 10 Cloverfield Lane keeps us guessing from start to finish.

Sci-Fi: 10 Cloverfield Lane enters into a world which could have a post-apocalyptic world but never really understand.

Thriller: 10 Cloverfield Lane keeps us on edge for the whole film where we are left to wonder where the film will go.

Settings: 10 Cloverfield Lane has nearly the whole film inside the bunker where we see the tension rise.
Special Effects
: 10 Cloverfield Lane has good effects when needed without being in the film being all about special effects.

Suggestion: 10 Cloverfield Lane is one for fans of the original to enjoy but just remember this is only in the same universe rather than a sequel. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Performances.

Worst Part: Title is misleading.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: We could have.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $15 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 43 Minutes

Tagline: Something is coming

Trivia: Howard states that he worked on satellites for the military. Michelle sees an envelope in the bunker from a company called Bold Futura. Bold Futura is the company responsible for the satellite that is seen crashing into the ocean in the ending of Cloverfield (2008) which is what is believed to be responsible for disturbing the creature.

 

Overall: Great concept we don’t see in sequels with this only being in the same universe only.

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Top 5 Favourite Ewan McGregor Roles

Ewan McGregor is one of the most popular actors in Hollywood and one of the few stars who came out of the Star Wars Prequels with his reputation still intact. Today I am going to look at my favourite roles of his and I am willing to admit there will be some big films missed off the list as I have never seen Trainspotting.

5. Camerlengo Patrick McKenna – Angels and Demons (2009)patrick

Patrick is one of the members of the Vatican that works with Robert Langdon to uncover the truth about what is happening. I have only picked this character because this is one of the only books I have read since I left school.

4. The Ghost – The Ghost (2010)ghost

The Ghost is the writer hired to finished the auto-biography of former Prime Minster only to find himself in the middle of a cover up.

3. Henry – The Impossible (2012)henry

Henry is one member of the family that gets caught up in the middle of the tsunami that hit Thailand in 2004. This is a film that would leave us in shock throughout as we witness the family trying to get back to together.

2. Ed Bloom – Big Fish (2003)ed

Ed is going on this amazing adventures that an older version of himself is telling his son, we get to see how the stories have been elaborated to sound more exciting.

1.       Rodney Copperbottom – Robots (2005)rodney

Rodney is the robot who dreams of becoming a genius inventor and once he makes it to the big city he learns about the truth having to fight for what is right. Yes this is an animated film but Ewan’s voice works perfectly for it.

Horror Channel Premieres April 2016

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Film news (UK): Horror Channel serves up seven premieres for April 2016

 

Horror Channel will be broadcasting seven premieres during April, including the Network premieres of Tom Shankland’s gripping film noir serial killer shocker WAZ, starring Stellan Skarsgard, Tom Hardy and Selma Blair, and David Keating’s deadly supernatural drama WAKE WOOD, with Timothy Spall. There is also a UK premiere for Eric England’s edge-of-your-seat chill ride ROADSIDE.

 

Other network premieres this month are: Neil McEnery-West’s terrifying panic-thriller CONTAINMENT and William Malone’s gory remake of HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, starring Geoffrey Rush, Famke Janssen and Ali Larter, Richard Marquand’s creepy supernatural love story THE LEGACY and Norman J. Warren’s torrid tale of home counties devil worship SATAN’S SLAVE, starring Michael Gough

Sat 9 April @ 10.50pm – HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1999) *Network Premiere

 

Amusement park mogul Stephen Price (Geoffrey Rush) and his rather bitter wife Evelyn (Famke Janssen), invite a group of guests to stay in a vast creepy building that used to be an insane asylum. Stephen offers a million dollars to anyone who can stay the whole night. The guests eagerly agree, not knowing that Price has rigged the house with spooky contraptions. But when Stephen and Evelyn become trapped with their guests, they quickly realise that the house really is haunted and the spirits dwelling within are very angry …

Fri 15 April @ 9.00pm – CONTAINMENT (2015) * Network Premiere

 

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Struggling artist Mark (Lee Ross) wakes up in his flat one morning in the Southampton tower block where he lives to discover the windows and doors have been sealed shut, locking him inside. The bad day just gets worse when he discovers his neighbours – some of whom come breaking through the walls with sledgehammers – are in the same boat, and people in hazmat suits are enforcing a quarantine by any means necessary. A tense, sharp Brit genre offering which also stars Sherlock’s Louise Brealey and Andrew Leung.

Sat 16 April @ 10.55pm – THE LEGACY (1978) *Network Premiere

A young American couple, Margaret (Katherine Ross) and Pete (Sam Elliott), holidaying in England, accept a guest invitation at the stately house of Jason (Ian Standing) – a geriatric satanist breathing his last in an oxygen tent. Jason is convinced that Margaret is the reincarnation of his own mother, who was burned as a witch, and his successor as the head of the sinister cult.  She must come face to face with the source of this evil power and discover her tragic ‘legacy’. Also starring Roger Daltrey as a corrupt music promoter, this is the first feature film from Emmy winner director Richard Marquand (Return of the Jedi).

 

Fri 22 April @ 10.05pm – WAZ (2007) *Network Premiere

 

Tom (The Missing) Shankland’s well-received debut feature is based around a mathematical equation formulated by population geneticist George R. Price disproving altruism and selflessness exists. Trying to overturn his theory, a deranged serial killer constructs worst-case scenarios where victims are given the choice to die painfully or kill the ones they love. Stellan Skarsgard and Melissa George put in stunning turns as cops caught up in a sleazy rash of slaughter connecting to dark past secrets. Also featuring Tom Hardy and a haunting Selma Blair, this tense thriller, with its grisly horror twists will stay with you long after the poignant climax and the murderer’s identity is revealed.

Sat 23 April @ 10.45pm – SATAN’S SLAVE (1976) *Network Premiere

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A cult favourite, this post-Hammer ‘Sin and Satanism’ chiller stars Candace Glendenning as Catherine Yorke, who gets caught up in strange goings-on at the country mansion of her uncle (Michael Gough), where she has to live following the tragic death of her parents.  What she doesn’t know is that her uncle and his son (Martin Potter) are necromancers intent on using her body to resurrect an ancestor burned as a witch. There’s plenty of twists and garish gore and Gough’s (literally) avuncular villain is enjoyably theatrical.

Fri 29 April @ 9.00pm – ROADSIDE (2013) *UK TV Premiere

 

This engaging thriller stars Ace Marrero and Katie Stegeman as Dan and Mindy Summers, a young married couple with a child on the way traveling through the mountains to see their families for Christmas. Things quickly turn into a nightmare as an unknown gunman sets his sights on the couple and holds them on the side of the road against their will. They must find a way to escape before the gunman shows them how far he is willing to go. Written and directed by Eric England of Madison County fame.

Sat 30 April @ 10.50pm – WAKE WOOD (2010) *Network Premiere

 

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This supernatural thriller was the first theatrical release from Hammer Films in thirty years.

Still grieving the death of nine-year-old Alice – their only child – at the jaws of a crazed dog, vet Patrick (Aiden Gillen) and pharmacist Louise (Eve Birthistle) relocate to the remote town of Wake Wood where they learn of a pagan ritual that will allow them three more days with Alice. The couple find the idea disturbing and exciting in equal measure, but once they agree terms with Arthur (Timothy Spall), the village’s leader, a far bigger question looms – what will they do when it’s time for Alice to go back?

Breakdown (1997)

breakdownDirector: Jonathan Mostow

Writer: Jonathan Mostow, Sam Montgomery (Screenplay) Jonathan Mostow (Story)

Starring: Kurt Russell, J.T. Walsh, Kathleen Quinlan, M.C Gainey, Jack Noseworthy, Rex Linn

 

Plot: A man searches for his missing wife after his car breaks down in the middle of the desert.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable Action Thriller

 

Story: Breakdown starts as we watch couple Jeff (Russell) and Amy Taylor (Quinlan) when they encounter car trouble and locals Earl (Gainey). When the car breaks down Amy goes off with a trucker Red Barr (Walsh) for help when Jeff fixes the problem. When Jeff gets to the location suggested his wife isn’t their he starts to panic searching for her but when he finds the truck the driver has no idea who he is.

We follow Jeff as he finds himself going up against Red Barr and his men including Earl as they have kidnapped Amy in what is their plan to commit a robbery against this Jeff but Jeff isn’t willing to go along with the rules.

Breakdown is an action film that does everything it needs to without taking any risks, it is almost the 101 on how to make an action film. The robbery side of the story works without being shown how smoothly it seems to have worked before. The everyday one man trying to get his wife back also works on a cinematic point of view but that one man is Kurt Russell. This doesn’t have enough on the story but for what it is really all we need.

 

Actor Review

 

Kurt Russell: Jeff Taylor is the successful husband travelling cross country when his car breaks down, letting his wife go off with a trucker he finds himself having to locate her. Jeff finds himself in the middle of a battle with thieves who have his wife and want to exchange her for their money. Jeff doesn’t back down and goes on a one-man mission to find his wife. Kurt is a great in the leading action man role which is what we expect from him.jeff

J.T. Walsh: Red Barr is the trucker who helped take Amy to what Jeff thought would be safety. He comes off as the ring leader in the plan staying calm throughout the situation. J.T makes for a good villain without being to menacing.

Kathleen Quinlan: Amy Taylor is the wife of Jeff who goes off with the trucker looking for rescue from the broken down car, she is basically the damsel in distress that we don’t get to see for most of the film. Kathleen really isn’t involved in the story enough as she is just kidnapped off screen.

M.C. Gainey: Earl is one of the men involved in the kidnapping of Jeff’s wife, he is the first one they clash with in a driving incident and always having to chase Jeff down. Earl is your typical second in command for the leader. M.C is good in a role that we know he can play with ease.

Support Cast: Breakdown only has your typical supporting cast which includes fellow criminals and law officers.

Director Review: Jonathan MostowJonathan gives us a enjoyable action thriller.

 

Action: Breakdown as good action sequences that all play into the story well without being over the top.

Crime: Breakdown puts our hero Jeff in the middle of a crime where he is the only one that can stop it.

Mystery: Breakdown makes us wonder what is happening before we learn about the groups plan.

Thriller: Breakdown does keep us on edge from start to finish.

Settings: Breakdown uses the open roads of America for setting showing how easy it would to become caught in the middle of it all.
Special Effects
: Breakdown has good effects with the car chases but that is all it is used for.

Suggestion: Breakdown is one for the action fans to enjoy. (Action Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Final chase.

Worst Part: Over kill.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final chase

 

Believability: The idea is created to show it could happen but we know this is fictional.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $36 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

Tagline: No-one is safe from chance

 

Overall: Thriller ride of an action film

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Fantasy Film Casting 9 – Wolf Creek (Ireland Edition)

Let’s Recast a Film

You know how us film fans always want to recast a film, well today we play the role of producer and this script has turned up on our desk. The next job is to cast the film as if it the year is 2016, the rules are as simple you can’t use anyone who is in the original film however good or bad you think the film is. So without further ado let’s cast this movie.

Film: Wolf Creek (Ireland Edition) this will be the first of a string of recasting location for Wolf Creek to be set it.wolf creek

Original Cast: John Jarratt, Cassandra Magrath, Kestie Morassi, Nathan Phillips

New Cast

Mike Taylor – Liam Cunningham mike Liam is one of the most intense actors in the business and could you imagine him terrorising travellers from around the world.

Travellers – Robin McLeavy (Australian) –  Stig Frode Henriksen (Norwegian) – Gigi Ravelli (Dutch) trallers Having this mix we have a full range of travellers which is needed when it comes to dealing with Mike. Each member has worked in horror before with Robin in The Loved Ones, Stig in Dead Snow and Gigi in Kill Zombie!

Location: Ireland ireland I have selected the Irish countryside for this location because we have many of these beautiful locations that people naturally travel too, we also have cliff edges that show just how little space there would be to run.

Will you be going to see this new version of the film?
Who would you rather see in this film?