Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Inanimate (2015)

inanimateDirector: Alec Gillis

Writer: Alec Gillis (Screenplay)

Starring: Lance Henriksen, Matt Winston, Camille Balsamo, Giovonnie Samuels, Mick Ignis Winston James Francis


Plot: A group of grad students have booked passage on the crabbing boat Harbinger to study the effects of global warming on a pod of Belugas in the Bering Sea. When the ship’s crew dredges up a recently thawed piece of old Soviet space wreckage, things get downright deadly. It seems that the Russians experimented with tardigrades, tiny resilient animals able to withstand the extremes of space radiation. The creatures survived, but not without mutation. Now the crew is exposed to aggressively mutating organisms. And after being locked in ice for 3 decades, the creatures aren’t about to give up the warmth of human companionship.


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Verdict: The Thing Rip Off


Story: Inanimate starts when Sadie (Balsamo), Stephen (Winston) and Ronelle (Samuels) join Sadie’s grandfathers Graff (Henriksen) crabbing ship as they look to work on tag whales for their research. What the team finds is a crashed Soviet space craft with dead astronauts.

As the team investigate the find in greater detail they discover that certain parts of the bodies have led to mutations. The group on the ship find themselves trapped on the ship with a parasite that can get into anything leaving us in the middle of what feels like The Thing on water.

Inanimate brings us what can only be called The Thing on Water because the concept is all about finding something from space that is frozen only for it to get defrosted and being able to shapeshift into anything to kill or take over anyone on board. We keep meeting different human villains that all come and go before we really get to see enough of them to truly hate them with their decision making. The parasite shapeshifting creature is a very good creation but we see what it is very early which will take away the suspense of not knowing fully what they are up against. This really doesn’t give us enough for what it is meant to be giving us.


Actor Review


Lance Henriksen: Graff is the captain of the ship who brings his grand-daughter onto the ship for her college research. When they discover an object in the ocean he allows it to be bought on-board where the team investigate what it is only to find themselves having to face a monstrous parasite searching for food. Lance gives us the performance you would expect without being stand out.

Matt Winston: Stephen is the professor with the research team, he lets them do their thing until they make the discovery only for him to want to use his name to become famous, he fast becomes the human villain of the film. Matt does a good job making us hate his character early on.

Camille Balsamo: Sadie is the grand-daughter that joins the ship to help her research at college, she finds the object, brings it on board and researches what has been discovered. She is the one that learns about the parasite and just what it is capable off. Camille is good but doesn’t become the dominate character you need here to be.

Reid Collums: Bowman is the trusted member of the team that takes a shine to Sadie as he helps her with her research, he becomes the gunslinger with the only protection against the parasites. Reid gives us a safe supporting performance that just doesn’t make the impact needed.

Support Cast: Inanimate has the generic supporting disposable characters who really don’t get time to make an impact in the story.

Director Review: Alec GillisAlec gives us a thriller that just doesn’t capture the tension required for the subject involved.


Horror: Inanimate has good horror elements but just isn’t scary when it comes to the final product.

Sci-Fi: Inanimate has the idea of a sci-fi film with where the object and creature has come from but that is it really.

Settings: Inanimate keeps all the action on the ship making our characters feel trapped with nowhere to run.
Special Effects
: Inanimate has good special effects at times with the creature creations but then we do have a couple of bad moments too.

Suggestion: Inanimate is one to try, it is short which makes it an easy watch but it doesn’t reach the tension levels needed. (Try It)


Best Part: It is short.

Worst Part: ‘We’re gonna need a bigger bucket’


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: The Thing, Thaw


Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 22 Minutes

Tagline: Terror is just beneath the surface.


Overall: Disappointing thriller that just doesn’t capture our attention.



Layer Cake (2004)

layer cakDirector: Matthew Vaughn

Writer: J.J. Connolly (Screenplay) J.J. Connolly (Novel)

Starring: Daniel Craig, Colm Meaney, Jamie Foreman, Tom Hardy, Sienna Miller, Tamer Hassan, Kenneth Dranham, Michael Gambon, Ben Whishaw


Plot: A successful cocaine dealer gets two tough assignments from his boss on the eve of his planned early retirement.


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Verdict: Slick Thriller


Story: Layer Cake starts as we meet the guy (Craig) we never learn his name who has taken advantage of being a business man within the drug world, he keeps everything strictly business with a plan to get out of the business with his latest deal completed. When his boss Jimmy Price (Cranham) sends for him to find his daughter Charlie (Lunghi) while also working with loose cannon Duke (Foreman) on the latest job. The problem is the Duke has started an international war with his latest attempt to get a score. Can our guy get through all of the troubles and out of the business with his life?

Layer Cake enters into the type of film I personally don’t enjoy too much and that is the drug crime world ones, that isn’t going to judge whether I think this is a god or bad film. I liked how the usage of drugs was minimal to no existent in the film. The story is filled with twists and turns along the way which really does keep us guessing as we see where the final outcome of the film will take us. I did find myself enjoy this one and would suggest to people to watch.


Actor Review


Daniel Craig: We never learn the name of this character but he is our leading man through the story, a smart business man in the world of drugs. He finds himself stuck doing one last job before trying to get out of the business but this job leads him into going against all of his business plans. Daniel is good in this leading role showing he was ready for the next step up.

Colm Meaney: Gene is the second in command to Jimmy who has always been the middle man between the guy and Jimmy until the two have to work together to clean up the mess. Colm is your always reliable supporting character.

Kenneth Cranham: Jimmy Price is the supplier that the guy works for, he hires him to find his partners daughter and deal with the Duke a loose cannon. He is loud and will do anything to make sure he makes extra money. Kenneth is solid as this gangster character who has too much for their own good.

Sienna Miller: Tammy is a mystery girl that comes into the guy’s life that seems to have a plan that should be keeping her ahead of anyone else. Sienna is good and bursts onto the big screen with this role.

Support Cast: Layer Cake has a big supporting cast that does have a lot of familiar faces in that all become part of the bigger picture with our leading man, all giving good performance throughout.

Director Review: Matthew VaughnMatthew shows off all his style in this film showing how he can handle multiple story branches around the main one going on.


Crime: Layer Cake puts our characters in the middle of the drug world where we don’t know who to trust.

Thriller: Layer Cake does keep us guessing to what will happen next through the story.

Settings: Layer Cake keeps nearly all of the settings being what feels like the criminal underworld location which works out nicely for the film.
Special Effects
: Layer Cake has good effects when needed but only uses them for the occasions needed.

Suggestion: Layer Cake is one I do feel or the gangster fans will enjoy. (Gangster Fans Watch)


Best Part: Craig shows he is ready to a leading man in this role.

Worst Part: Slightly too much going on.


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $4 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes


Overall: Slick crime thriller from start to finish.




2017 Anticipated Countdown #16 The Mummy

2017 Anticipated Countdown

Through December I am going to look at 31 films I am looking to watch in 2017, some I am looking forward to and others I want to see where the film idea will go next.

The Mummy

The Mummy Poster

Main CastTom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Russell Crowe

Reasons I want to see

·        I loved the Brendan Fraser Mummy films, can this be as fun?

·        Is this going for a more serious tone?

·        Will Tom Cruise be too much of a Cruise like character?

·        Is the birth of the Universe Monster Franchise?

Will it be successful? I think it will make money but I do wonder whether the fans will enjoy it.