Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre (2009)

whaleDirector: Julius Kemp

Writer: Sjon Sigurdsson (Screenplay)

Starring: Pihla Viitala, Nae, Terence Anderson, Miranda Hennessy, Helgi Bjornsson, Godrun Gisladottir, Stefan Jonsson, Aymen Hamdouchi, Snorri Engilbertson, Gunnar Hansen

 

Plot: An epic tale about a group of whale watchers, whose ship breaks down and they get picked up by a whale fisher vessel. The Fishbillies on the vessel has just gone bust, and everything goes out of control.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Strong Ideas

 

Story: Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre starts with opening credits showing whaling which is very difficult to watch to say the least. We move to meet our characters Annette (Viitala), Endo (Nae), Marie-Anne (Hennessy) and many other nationalities as they are preparing for a day of whale watching of the coast of Iceland.

The peaceful whale watching trip is about to turn into a nightmare when the Captain Petur (Hansen) gets killing in an accident, but this is only the beginning as they are left as bait for Tryggvi (Bjornsson) and his team of whalers that kill any tourists instead of whales.

Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre gave me the feeling of the Hostel in Iceland, it does have some random sides to the story because we never really learn the motives of the killers, or why the man is acting retarded. The characters are slightly generic with Marie-Anne really confusing me because she should be a character you feel her pain but they turned her into a complete bitch in the final act of the story. This does have good parts because some of the kills are shocking but in the end it feels just like another splatter based film.

 

Actor Review

 

Pihla Viitala: Annette does go through a lot in this film, she starts off being the last to arrive on the boat injuring herself getting on the boat, where she ends up almost being rapped, before they get captured where she becomes the target of the most deranged of the killers. Pihla is good having gone through everything she does.

Nae: Endo is the assistant to a Japanese business couple who gets treated badly by her boss. Once captured she becomes one of the hardest to capture by the killers. Nae is good giving us a very interesting character through the film.

Helgi Bjornsson: Tryggvi is the leader of the killers, he brings his victims in as if he is helping them only to unleash his killer side once they are on board. Helgi is good as the leader of the killers.

Miranda Hennessy: Marie-Anne is on this trip in memory of her late fiancée as they trip would have been her honeymoon. She comes off as the responsible one on the trip as she is using it as time to grieve. Miranda is good but her character is so confusing as she should be the leading character with the sympathy for what has happened but they turn her into the asshole character.

Support Cast: Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre has a supporting cast that are just the disposable characters for the killers.

Director Review: Julius KempJulius gives us a good splatter filled horror.

 

Horror: Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre is a splatter filled horror that is filled with gore throughout.

Settings: Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre puts our characters in the middle of the Sea with nowhere to run, but you can see the shore.
Special Effects
: Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre has good effects when it comes to the kills of the characters.

Suggestion: Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre is one to try, I do feel like the horror fans out there will enjoy this one. (Try)

 

Best Part: Kills are good.

Worst Part: Marie-Anne character

Kill Of The Film: French Guy.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Hostel

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $4 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Tagline: The catch of the day … is you.

 

Overall: Enjoyable but flawed horror.

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Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)

casting cardDirector: Elizabeth Banks

Writer: Kay Cannon (Screenplay) Mickey Rapkin (Book)

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Skylar Astin, Adam Devine, Katey Sagal, Anna Camp, Ben Platt

 

Plot: After a humiliating command performance at The Kennedy Center, the Barden Bellas enter an international competition that no American group has ever won in order to regain their status and right to perform.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Delightful Sequel

 

Story: Pitch Perfect 2 starts as we learn of all the success the Barden Bellas have had in the world of A Capella now performing for the President. The show doesn’t go as planned as Fat Amy (Wilson) humiliating herself and the how team making national media.

Chloe (Snow) always wants to find a way to redeem themselves as she wants to enter the Bellas into the World Championship or face being banned from competition forever.

Beca (Kendrick) wants to move on with her life and career in music while the Bellas get a new member Emily (Steinfeld) as they go into the touring the World. The Bellas have to take on the German champions that intimidate them every time they meet but also face new career choices that could split them up and start their new lives.

Pitch Perfect 2 is the sequel to the surprise hit and this time the story puts the girls in a position where they have to regain the fame they have just lost. Dealing with this shows how united the girls are but part of the story that I really enjoyed watching was the real factors of the girls facing the reality they will be leaving college and going into the world and however much they loved the music side of things they need to look to their futures. I do think this side of the story helps make this fully enjoyable throughout.

 

Actor Review

 

Anna Kendrick: Beca is the lead performer of the Bellas when the incident happens, knowing she is in the final year of college she has already starting to plan her future with an internship with a record company where she gets to see the darker side of the music industry. I will say I wasn’t keen on the part of the character where she gets sexually confused because that seems added for no reason. Anna is good in this role even if she does start to have weird character development.

Rebel Wilson: Fat Amy is the cause of the problems after her flashing incident, she continues to be the best friend of Beca while finally having to work out her feelings for bumper. Fat Amy does give us most of the laughs. Rebel gives us the performance we have come to know from her.

Hailee Steinfeld: Emily is the daughter of a Bella icon that gets to join the team through the legacy program. She has dreamed of this chance and working with Beca offers up a chance she could only dream off. Hailee is a good addition to the cast giving us a character that could continue the series.

Brittany Snow: Chloe is the head of the Bella household always getting herself worked up about each performance and holding herself back in college to continue this life. Chloe enters us the situation of never wanting to take that chance to get to the next stage of our lives. Brittany is good in this role but does sadly become more a supporting one this time around.

Adam Devine: Bumper is from a rival team from the first outing and is still around the college, I do feel we needed more from his character because he is usually all the laughs. Adam does well but in this reduced role we are disappointed.

Support Cast: Pitch Perfect 2 has a good supporting cast with the rest of the Bella, the fellow groups being the rivals. Each member does help the story unfold.

Director Review: Elizabeth BanksElizabeth gives us great work from behind the camera make us enjoy the film throughout.

 

Comedy: Pitch Perfect 2 has solid laughs throughout without turning to them too often.

Music: Pitch Perfect 2 has brilliant use of music remixing some of the favourite songs.

Settings: Pitch Perfect 2 makes each show feel like a spectacle while keep the college scenes looking grounded.
Special Effects
: Pitch Perfect 2 has a few uses of special effects which all work for the time they are used.

Suggestion: Pitch Perfect 2 is one for the fans of the original otherwise you won’t be interested. (Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Final Show.

Worst Part: Random character change to Beca.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: One is planned.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $29 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 55 Minutes

Tagline: We’re Back, Pitches

 

Overall: Enjoyable sequel that is all singing and dancing.

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