Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – The Task (2011)

taskDirector: Alex Orwell

Writer: Kenny Yakkel (Screenplay)

Starring: Alexandra Staden, Victor McGuire, Sean McConaghy, Adam Rayner, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Ashely Mulheron, Amara Karan, Tom Payne, Marc Pickering

 

Plot: A group of reality show contestants must survive the night in a haunted jail.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Poor Horror

 

Story: The Task starts as we meet our contestants with Dixon (Battle) being the last to be kidnapped and taken to a remote location to be part of the latest new reality run by Connie (Staden). The show includes Toni (Karan), Stanton (Payne), Randall (Pickering), Dixon (Battle), Angel (Campbell-Hughes) and Show (Mulheron) who have to stay in an abandoned prison for the night.

With the game under way the six contestants have to follow a string of tasks around the prison but it soon turns out that the game show set up are not the only people inside the prison when a serial killer makes the contestants fight for their lives.

The Task is a horror film that does have a good idea with the tasks being set against the contestants fears but this gets forgotten when a real killer turns up. Ok I can deal with this happening and it works for what the film is trying to do but things get worse because we get a false finish we all know can’t be true and this ends up throwing out either a false twist ending which it tries and the actual ending. This horror ends up getting stuck in the middle without taking control over either side of the horror elements.

 

Actor Review

 

Antonia Campbell-Hughes: Angel is our leading lady within the game coming off fearless within the tasks and having to find her own way out of the game alive. Antonia is solid but no really star in this role.

Tom Payne: Stanton is one of the contestants who has entered along with his sister. He is a wild spirit being the cocky guy within the group. Tom has become well known because of his recent work in the Walking Dead as Jesus but this really is a standard horror role.

Texas Battle: Dixon is the last person to get kidnapped for the game and where the character have to face their fears he find himself stuck in the hole while everyone is getting picked off. Texas doesn’t really get enough to do until the final act so it is hard to judge his performance in a leading role.

Amara Karan: Toni is the brains of the contestants who find herself having to remember the instructions the others forget knowing she needs them for the money. She also finds herself isolated out of the game early on. Amara does a basic job but again is a poorly written character.

Support Cast: The Task has a supporting cast which include the behind the cameras guys that really go feel like what Cabin in the Woods did and a few other contestants who does give too much to the overall feel.

Director Review: Alex OrwellAlex does give us a basic horror that fails on the scares and doesn’t help itself with the false ending.

 

Horror: The Task tries to put us into a face your fears horror only to quickly change into a survival style horror but never moving between the two enough to work as either.

Settings: The Task does keep everything inside the prison which does work very well for the film.
Special Effects
: The Task has simple effects that never really do anything original or breath-taking.

Suggestion: The Task is one I do feel the horror fans could watch late night on television one day but otherwise it can be skipped. (Late Night TV)

 

Best Part: Concept

Worst Part: Mixing the two horrors don’t work.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

Tagline: The Audience Isn’t The Only One Watching.

 

Overall: Sloppy horror that just never makes up its own mind of the genre.

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La La Land (2016)

lalaDirector: Damien Chazelle

Writer: Damien Chazelle (Screenplay)

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt

 

Plot: A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Charming Fairy Tale of the Big City

 

Story: La La Land starts as we see aspiring actress Mia (Stone) dreaming off getting out of her coffee job and becoming a star, even if she keeps getting rejected in her audition. We also meet Sebastian (Gosling) a jazz musician who is one of the final lovers of the original art in a world that is modernising the style forgetting the magic jazz had on people.

When the two keep clashing it starts with a case of try to get one over each other between the two before it turned into flirting and sparks fly. Both searching for a way to make their dream come true they both take different paths to find it motivating each other two rise to the occasion. This is all singing, all dancing road to following your own dreams.

 

Thoughts on La La Land

 

StoryThe story here shines through as it pushes you to follow your dreams and not want to let them become compromised for anything. We see how both motivate to chase the dreams which are both old fashioned in the modern world of both Hollywood and Jazz. I did like the style of the story telling going over the four seasons showing how times in the relationship are changing. The story will leave you with a smile on your face.

Comedy/Musical/RomanceThe comedy going on in this movie is placed just when you need it without taking over the film. The main attraction of this film is the romantic angle which feels fresh and modern with everything that happens. The musical side isn’t as heavy as I was expecting but has all the elements of beautiful songs fitting each situation.

Characters/PerformanceMia represents all the aspiring actresses that struggle to get that first role that could make them, Sebastian is a musician that dreams of being able to listen and play the purest form of jazz, both these characters could easily be relatable if you are a fan of the subjects the way they are. Emma Stone gives what is easily her best performance of her career and I feel is also above Gosling who again is also brilliant. When you consider the supporting cast we don’t get enough from them to reach the levels of these two.

SettingsThe backdrop of Hollywood makes this film feel like the fairy tale Hollywood can be for anybody dreaming of making it in the city of dreams.

Final ThoughtsThis is easily one of the films of the year, original, feel good and charming, one that everyone can enjoy.

 

Overall: The true film of the year contender.

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2016 Awards – Best Supporting Actor

 

Through the month of January, I will be looking back on 2016, I will be looking at a range of subjects where I will be picking my best or worst in separate posts.

Today I will be look at Best Supporting Acting Performance

Nominations

Hugh Jackman – Eddie The Eagle

Jack O’Connell – Money Monster

Jeremy Irons – The Man Who Knew Infinity

Jack Reynor – Sing Street

Chris Hemsworth – Ghostbusters

Aaron Eckhart – Sully

Aaron Taylor-Johnson – Nocturnal Animals

Winner

Jack Reynor – Sing Street

Sing Street is the one of most enjoyable movies of 2016 and this performance from Jack Reynor is the perfect example of what a supporting character should do in a film where he guides his brother through his musical decisions as well as teaching him to grow up after making his own mistakes.