Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – The Evil Gene (2016)

evilDirector: Kathryn F Taylor

Writer: Kathryn F Taylor (Screenplay)

Starring: Richard Speight Jr, Cameron Richardson, Lindsey Ginter, Anthony L Fernandez, Gene Gabriel, Ted Heyck, Lindsay Ayliffe


Plot: FBI agent Griff Krenshaw is dispatched to solve a murder at a federal correctional facility for inmates with a rare genetic defect that leads to psychosis and violence. Once there, Griff becomes convinced that the facility is plagued by a much darker force.


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Verdict: Good Tension Builder


Story: The Evil Gene starts in a world where scientists prove that there is something called an Evil Gene which causes psychotic behaviour and now they are looking for a cure. Griff Krenshaw (Speight Jr) is an FBI agent in trouble for shooting first too often and is sent to a correctional facility to solve what looks like an apparent suicide of one of the doctors.

While inside the facility Griff finds himself being led in different direction by the Warden (Ginter) the fellow DR Ehrhart (Richardson) and the inmates themselves. As the investigation gets though Griff starts to question his own decisions as he finds a bigger force within the facility trying to take over.

The Evil Gene is a very good tension builder as we see how people inside the facility have been genetically branded Evil and this does offer up a moral question about whether if there was such a thing how would we deal with it. The only downside to this film is the almost lacklustre vision ending to the film as we are promised some sort of violence only to find ourselves only having the after effect. This is a very interesting film that does keep us guessing with moments that take things in all direction even though they do end up coming back to answer all the questions.


Overall: Great tension building horror.





Franchise Weekend – The Matrix (1999)

casting cardDirector: The Wachowski Brothers

Writer: The Wachowski Brothers (Screenplay)

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Gloria Foster, Joe Pantoliano, Marcus Chong, Julian Arahanga, Matt Doran


Plot: A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.


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Verdict: Stunning


Story: The Matrix starts as we follow Mr Anderson (Reeves) a computer tech guy who lives a double life as a computer hacker under the name Neo. When Agent Smith (Weaving) catches up with he is left with a choice, but there are two sides to the story as Morpheus (Fishburne) along with Trinity (Moss) want to recruit him too.

Neo agreeing to help Morpheus finds himself in the real world, a world controlled by Artificial Intelligence that feed of humans using The Matrix to keep everyone believing they are living a normal life. Enter into the real world Morpheus believes that Neo is ‘The One’ who can save the world from the ruin it has become, but can he handle himself inside the Matrix with Agent Smith on his tail.

The Matrix is one of those films that you would have heard about for years and amazingly it still comes off as one of the greatest most original stories in film history. The story took everything we knew and understood about computers and took it all to the next level. Think what Terminator was offering only with a complete story of destruction actually having happened. The story does have the generic if not enhanced version of the mentor student relationship coming through between Neo and Morpheus which all works well too.


Actor Review


Keanu Reeves: Neo believes he lives in the real world working as a computer programmer and moonlighting as a hacker which gets him noticed by both sides of a war. Neo gets taken to the real world controlled by Artificial Intelligence where he gets trained by Morpheus who believes he can stop the war. Neo really is a character that we need in this role because he is asking a lot of question that do need answering and once we get into the full story he is the ultimate reluctant hero. Keanu gives one if not the best performance of his career in this role.

Laurence Fishburne: Morpheus is the Captain of a ship resisting the war that has taken over the world, he has been searching for The One who can put a stop to it once and for all and Neo is his latest candidate. He is a good leader and teacher as we need mentor to help Neo through the world. Laurence is great in this performance which has fast become one of his most iconic.

Carrie-Anne Moss: Trinity is the lead fighter under Morpheus and the one who brings Neo through everything when he isn’t fully trained, she also ends up being a love interest for Neo. Carrie gives us one of the strongest female characters in sci-fi history.

Hugo Weaving: Agent Smith lives within the Matrix and has the ability to become any character within the Matrix as he hunts down the illegal programs inside the Matrix. Hugo makes for one of the most sinister and emotionless villains in any film.

Support Cast: The Matrix had a small supporting with Joe Pantoliano being the biggest impact in the overall story.

Director Review: The Wachowski BrothersThe brothers gave us one of the greatest sci-fi movies of the modern era of cinema.


Action: The Matrix has some of the most breath-taking action sequences we have seen when it comes to film, many of which have become parodied over time.

Sci-Fi: The Matrix puts us into a world where humans have been destroyed and reduced to fuel showing us a future that we could create.

Settings: The Matrix has two main settings one is within the Matrix the world we all know and live in, the second is the destroyed future world run by the robots using humans as fuel. The two settings work perfectly throughout the film.
Special Effects
: The Matrix has the special effects that just blew the audience away and 17 years later still haven’t dated a single bit.

Suggestion: The Matrix is one film I do think everyone should have seen at least once. (Must Watch)


Best Part: Slow motion scenes.

Worst Part: It really is hard to find one.

Action Scene Of The Film: Lobby scene.

Favourite Quote: Trinity ‘Dodge This’


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Has two.

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: Won 4 Oscars

Budget: $63 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 16 Minutes

Tagline: The Future Will Not Be User Friendly


Overall: One of the best sci-fi movies ever made plain and simple.






The 60th BFI London Film Festival announces that for the first time in its history, it will host a Japanese animated film in competition.

Blending comedy, drama, heartbreak and wonder, Your Name is directed by Makoto Shinkai, who is often hailed as Japan’s successor to Hayao Miyazaki. In Your Name, Shinkai creates a film which leaps between the urban bustle of central Tokyo and the rural beauty of a country backwater, presented in the radiant detail that has made Shinkai’s films beloved by animation fans.

Your Name is the story of a teenage boy and girl who have never met, but who start to magically swap minds and live each other’s lives. Mitsuha, a teenage girl student, lives in a small mountain town, but longs for the bright lights of Tokyo far away. Then she is astonished to wake one morning in the body of Taki, a teenage Tokyo schoolboy – who in turn wakes up in Mitsuha’s body!

Switching back and forth between two lives, locations and genders, Mitsuha and Taki must cope with their fantastic shared situation. At first they are outraged and mortified by what’s happening, but soon they start enjoying their double lives, though they never meet directly. Eventually, though, one of the youngsters will learn the devastating truth behind what’s happening…

Released in Japan this August, Your Name was an instant hit, shooting to the top of the box-office charts. Both the modern and traditional sides of Japan are shown with extraordinary realism, the modern infrastructure of Tokyo and the ancient Shinto traditions of Mitsuha’s rural home. (The traditional way of making “sake” is shown – it’s not what you’d expect.)

Shinkai’s previous films include The Garden of Words, Journey to Agartha, 5 Centimeters per Second and The Place Promised in Our Early Days. Typically, Shinkai shows young protagonists with a spiritual link who are kept tragically apart – a motif taken to metaphysical levels in Your Name. As well as directing, Shinkai created Your Name’s story, and handled the film’s script, storyboard and editing. He also wrote the film’s novelisation, already published in Japan.

In addition, the director employed the talents of acclaimed animation professionals. Your Name’s Animation Director is Masashi Ando, one of the three Animation Directors on the Oscar-winning Spirited Away, directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Ando took the same role on Studio Ghibli’s Oscar-nominated When Marnie Was There, and on two celebrated films by the director Satoshi Kon, Paprika and Tokyo Godfathers.

Your Name’s Character Designer is Masayoshi Tanaka, who took that role on the animated Anthem of the Heart, which was shown in this year’s Japan Foundation touring film programme. Ryonosuke Kamiki voices Taki, Your Name’s male protagonist.

Back at the age of seven, Kamiki voiced the giant baby Boh in Spirited Away. Kamiki also featured in Howl’s Moving Castle, Arrietty, and he voiced the hero in Mamoru Hosoda’s film Summer Wars. Your Name’s music includes more than twenty pieces by the hugely popular Japanese rock band RADWIMPS.

Following its UK premiere at the London Film Festival, Your Name will open nationwide at 78 UK cinemas on November 24. The UK is one of the first countries outside Japan where the release plans for the film have been announced.