Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Apartment 143 (2011)

apartmentDirector: Carles Torrens

Writer: Rodrigo Cortes (Screenplay)

Starring: Francesc Garrido, Fiona Glascott, Rick Gonzalez, Kai Lennox, Gia Mantegna, Michael O’Keefe

 

Plot: A team of parapsychologists try to figure out a strange phenomenon occurring in an apartment building.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Nicely Done

 

Story: Apartment 143 starts as we meet our parapsychologist team of Dr Helzer (O’Keefe), Ellen Keegan (Glascott) and cameraman Paul Ortega (Gonzalez) as they head to the White residents of Alan (Lennox), Caitlin (Mantegna) and Benny (Roman) for their latest case. We hear the White’s story of their haunting which included moving house to escape it.

With the day together running smoothly with nothing going on the first night together the team get to experience the paranormal activity first hand as they start gathering evidence. As the nights pass the haunting become more dangerous as we learn the true identity of the ghost haunting the family.

Apartment 143 gives us something very different when it comes to the found footage horror, granted we only go down the same street we do get a more realistic look at paranormal. We get to look at how a scientist makes everything look like a human issue rather than just a ghost haunting which I did like but then we get plenty that went unexplained with the ghost encounters. I also liked how this ended up making us feel like it was just another episode of their show not about the actors. This isn’t great but better than a lot of the paranormal found footage films.

 

Actor Review

 

Michael O’Keefe: Dr Helzer is the scientist leading the team’s investigation, he always likes to see something before suggestion the paranormal making him the sceptic of the group. Michael is good but nothing stand-out in this role.

Fiona Glascott: Ellen Keegan is another member of the team, she takes the photos, conducts the interviews and works with Paul to look for any potential activity. Fiona is solid in this role coming off as part of the team well.

Rick Gonzalez: Paul Ortega is the technician on the team, he sets up the cameras while watches them and films each part of the investigation. He is the reason why we have to watch through the moments of shaky cam. Rick is solid without doing anything extra in this role.

Kai Lennox: Alan White is the father of the victim’s family, he is a widower that is trying to keep his two children safe but as the story unfolds we find out he might not be everything we believe he is. Kai is good again just not getting enough time to b memorable.

Support Cast: Apartment 143 only has a couple more cast members who do a good job with what they need to do.

Director Review: Carles TorrensCarles does a good job but I feel the final scene is extremely cheap scare tactic that takes away what the film has created.

 

Horror: Apartment 143 has good horror elements throughout that do achieve a few good scares.

Thriller: Apartment 143 does keep us wondering into where the story would go next.

Settings: Apartment 143 keeps nearly all of the story inside the apartment showing us how the problems have been hitting this family.
Special Effects
: Apartment 143 has good effects when needed but let’s most of the story play on our minds.

Suggestion: Apartment 143 is one for the horror fans to try but don’t expect the best. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Balancing the paranormal with human side to what is going on.

Worst Part: Final moment.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

Tagline: The First Real Ghost Story

 

Overall: Solid horror that does a have a few ups and downs.

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Franchise Weekend – Mad Max (1979)

maDirector: George Miller

Writer: James McCausland, George Miller (Screenplay)

Starring: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley, Tim Burns, Roger Ward, Lisa Aldenhoven

 

Plot: In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Classic

 

Story: Mad Max starts in the near future from now which would be the past for us watching I guess as we have police of this world chasing down criminal in their flashy yellow pursuit vehicles. We see how hapless the two first pursuit vehicles and motorcycle were but the criminals had no idea the Max (Gibson) was waiting for them.

When Max learns the people, who supporting the man he killed are after him he just laughs it off like nothing but the gang led by Toecutter (Keays-Byrne) comes for revenge by causing trouble causing Max to respond but when the case is thrown out Max’s partner flips but the pursuit team get can do what you want on the streets from their sergeant.

When the gang make things, personal Max becomes Mad Max and goes on a bloody mission of vengeance against the whole biker gang leaving bodies in his path.

 

Thoughts on Mad Max

 

StoryThe story behind Mad Max comes off as a simple revenge story as we follow a police officer who loses everything he has to a gang of criminals and goes on his own mission to kill them all. This work on so many levels because we are introduced to one of the icons of action cinema. I do think a lot of the scenes are shot to feel like a bloody version of Batman which adds light hearted comedy to what is going on.

Action/ThrillerThe action going on through this film are all over the top car chases with explosive consequences on each one, we are told this is in the future but it just doesn’t feel like the dystopian world it is advertised to be in the later chapters. The car chases do keep you on the edge of your seat throughout though.

Characters/PerformanceMel Gibson becomes the overnight sensation with his performance and this character becomes one of the popular action heroes of cinema. When it comes from the rest of the cast we don’t get too much special going on with the villain being slightly out there but never a true threat and the rest of the performances being good enough for the film.

SettingsThe Australian outback is perfect for the setting for this film as we get to see the open roads for the chase scenes and they show how they can go on for miles with no safety.

Special EffectsThe special effects are all great for the budget behind the film making everything work for the world created by the film.

Final ThoughtsThis is the beginning of the film franchise following the adventures of Mad Max but this film is actually a very slow build to meet him for the origin story because his quest for vengeance doesn’t start till well over the hour mark and is over within the hour and half run time. I did find this disappointing but great for what it is.

 

Overall: Never dated, never dull often misleading though.

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