Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Creep (2004)

creepDirector: Christopher Smith

Writer: Christopher Smith (Screenplay)

Starring: Franka Potente, Sean Harris, Vas Blackwood

 

Plot: Trapped in a London subway station, a woman who’s being pursued by a potential attacker heads into the unknown labyrinth of tunnels beneath the city’s streets.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Simple Horror Thriller

 

Story: Creep starts as we see party girl Kate (Potente) wants to head into London looking for a night out with the potential of meeting George Clooney. Her night takes a turn for the worse when see falls asleep waiting for her train only to find herself locked inside the underground with a mystery killer after her.

Kate has to navigate her way through the tunnels with help from other trapped people including George (Blackwood) and Jimmy (Rattray) as they come face to face with a disfigured killer that roams the tunnels.

Creep is a horror film that follows our leading lady trying to survive against a creature hunting her down in a tunnel like situation which we have seen plenty of times before. The story is simple and offers nothing in the way of twists along the story, my problem with this film is that we just seem to have a very inconsistent killer one minute he kills the next he captures then we have added in random torture, the overall character doesn’t make any real sense. To make matters worse the Kate character makes all the dumb decisions when the simple answer would have been setting off the fire alarm.

 

Actor Review

 

Franka Potente: Kate is the party girl looking for a good night out in the centre of London but when she falls asleep missing her train she finds herself trapped. Not used to being in the situation she must tur to whoever she can for help to make it out when a deranged killer starts chasing her down. Franka does all she can with a weak script.

Sean Harris: Craig is the killer in the tunnels disfigured and blood thirsty he hunts down his victims at night. Sean is good in this role as the killer something he would become known for.

Vas Blackwood: George is fresh out of jail when he gets a job in the sewers as we see him meet the creature early on when learning the ropes. He helps Kate along the way in the battle for survival. Vas is solid as this supporting character without doing too much in the role.

Support Cast: Creep has a small supporting cast with most only appearing in the odd scene not doing much other than being another victim.

Director Review: Christopher SmithChristopher gives us a very standard horror that can get enjoyment for fans but doesn’t reach the true heights it could have.

 

Horror: Creep tries to put us into a horror situation but the suspense is non-existent and the kills all come off too random.

Mystery: Creep puts us into the mystery of what is going on without giving us any suspicious on what it could be.

Settings: Creep should use the settings to a newer level where we could see suspense being filled but the location just doesn’t get used enough.
Special Effects
: Creep has solid effects when it comes to the kills and make up needed for them.

Suggestion: Creep is one for the horror fans to try, it is a blood filled horror. (Horror Fans Try)

 

Best Part: The train attack works well.

Worst Part: The lack of suspense.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

Tagline: Evil Dwells Underground

 

Overall: Horror that lacks that X-Factor to make it reach all of its potential.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Weekend – What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

whatsDirector: Lasse Hallstrom

Writer: Peter Hedges (Screenplay) Peter Hedges (Novel)

Starring: Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis, Mary Steenburgen, Darlene Cates, Laura Harrington, Mary Kate Schellhardt, John C Reilly, Crispin Glover

 

Plot: After his father’s death, Gilbert has to care for his mentally disabled brother, Arnie, and his morbidly obese mother, which is suddenly challenged when love walks into his life.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Brilliant

 

Story: What’s Eating Gilbert Grape starts by taking us to the small American town of Endora where we meet the Grape family oldest brother Gilbert (Depp) mentally challenged Arnie (DiCaprio) sisters Amy (Harrington) and Ellen (Schellhardt) and mother Bonnie (Cates).

With Gilbert needing to spend every day looking after his family and most Arnie he finds himself only dreaming of leaving this small town but when he meets traveller Becky (Lewis) he starts with something he never saw coming but is left with the dilemma of can he leave his family.

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape gives us a story of a struggling family in America with all of their own problems but the leader of the household is very reluctant but knows he has to stay to hold everything together. The film shows how you need to love the ones closest to you however difficult it could be and it also shows how you can’t let your life be controlled or ever held back.

 

Actor Review

 

Johnny Depp: Gilbert Grape has to look after his family after his father’s suicide, he finds himself stuck in this small town facing a life where he could spend his whole life there. He is well respected through the town but his good nature is what is holding him back because his love for his mentally ill brother shines through his character. Johnny gives us a great performance where he has to keep everything subtle without stealing anyone else spotlight.

Leonardo DiCaprio: Arnie Grape is the mentally ill teenager on the verge of turning 18, he can’t handle the simple day interactions and is always needed to be watched over by Gilbert. The older he is getting the harder he is getting to control but Arnie just doesn’t understand the problems he is causing. Leonardo gives a performance which puts his name firmly on the map and one that gave him his first Oscar nomination.

Juliette Lewis: Becky is a traveller who is passing through only to breakdown in this small town. She shows Gilbert he could have if he didn’t have Arnie in his life giving him the glimpse into the life he could on dream off. Juliette is good in this role coming off like a natural character in this movie.

Mary Steenburgen: Betty Carver is a local lady who has been using Gilbert for an affair, she always asks for him to do deliveries but becomes increasingly jealous when Becky turns up in town. Mary is good in this role but is the only one that has moments where she could look out of place.

Support Cast: What’s Eating Gilbert Grape has a supporting cast which includes the rest of the Grape family with all their flaws and the locals who all have a built in friendship with Gilbert. Each member of the supporting cast shows us how this film all comes off feeling like a natural story.

Director Review: Lasse HallstromLasse is a director you can always trust to give you a touching story and handle all of the characters so well.

 

Drama: What’s Eating Gilbert Grape gives us the drama where we get to see the struggles in a small town America and a family with their own problems.

Romance: What’s Eating Gilbert Grape keeps the romance very simple as we see Gilbert learn that he will need to leave this town to every understand true love.

Settings: What’s Eating Gilbert Grape has the whole film set in the small town in America which helps the story shine through.
Suggestion
: What’s Eating Gilbert Grape is one I do think everyone should have watched at least once because the story is so powerful. (Watch)

 

Best Part: DiCaprio and Depp show their star quality in simple roles.

Worst Part: It is hard to find one.

 

Believability: The problems the characters go through could all be considered real problems but this story is fictional.

Chances of Tears: Maybe.

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Nominated for One Oscar.

Budget: $11 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 58 Minutes

Tagline: Arnie knows a secret. His big brother Gilbert is the greatest person on the planet.

 

Overall: One of the simplest and charming movies you will ever see.

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