Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Hybrid (2010)

hybridDirector: Eric Valette

Writer: Neal Marshall Stevens (Screenplay)

Starring: Oded Fehr, Adrien Dorval, Ryan Kennedy, Melanie Papalia, John Reardon, Shannon Beckner

 

Plot: Late one night, a mysterious car is brought into the Chicago police impound garage after a deadly traffic accident. The on-call mechanics soon discover the car has a mind of its own. With hundreds of horsepower and two tons of reinforced steel at its command, it’s a seemingly unstoppable killing machine capable of outrunning — and outwitting — humans.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Horror

 

Story: Hybrid starts as a slick looking car drive to an ally to draw the attention of the couple of car thieves, who become the first victims of this car cruising the streets at night, but when the car is involved in an accident the Chicago Police Department have a new mystery on their hands.

The car gets taken to a local garage for the investigation where Ray (Fehr) runs the garage with Gordy (Dorval), Bobby (Kennedy) and Tilda (Beckner) all working there. When the car continues, its body count the survivors must fight to survive against the killer car and hybrid creature that lurks inside.

 

Thoughts on Hybrid

 

StoryWhen it comes to the story it does have good elements of original story telling, we do have parts borrowed from other films too though. We have the killer car which is obviously one of the more iconic killer objects in horror. Where this story becomes different is when we learn how the car can morph into any car it has seen making it turn into a deadlier predator.  When we look at what our characters aim to do the beat this creature it does become a power struggle of reluctant team work nothing outside the normal really. The story is smart and enjoyable throughout.

Horror/ThrillerThe horror elements used are the fact that we have a killer car and we find ourselves on edge as we wait to see what the car will become next.

Characters/PerformanceWhen it comes to the characters you know exactly what you are going to get from this film, we have the strong female lead, the asshole greedy boss, the kid, well the youngster one studying for more, the ‘dumb’ receptionist and the minority that gets killed off first. The characters are nothing special and as for the performances they are solid without exceling to the top level within the genre.

SettingsNearly the whole film takes place within the garage which our characters find themselves trapped inside creating the isolation from the outside world and having all the different cars it can pick from leads to the suspense being gained throughout.

Special EffectsThe special effects do have moments that leave you wondering but the budget does explain certain drawbacks when it comes to the creature animations.

Final ThoughtsThis is an enjoyable horror if you switch you mind of to what is logical in anyway, this is fun more than scary.

 

Overall: This is a strong and enjoyable horror but mostly fun.

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The Number 23 (2007)

numberDirector: Joel Schumacher

Writer: Fernley Phillips (Screenplay)

Starring: Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen, Logan Lerman, Danny Huston, Lynn Collins

 

Plot: Walter Sparrow becomes obsessed with a novel that he believes was written about him. As his obsession increases, more and more similarities seem to arise.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Very Interesting Thriller

 

Story: The Number 23 starts as we follow mild mannered animal controller Walter Sparrow (Carrey) who had just celebrated his birthday which has made things change, he has a wife Agatha (Madsen) and son Robin (Lerman) in what looks like an ordinary life.

Walter’s life is turned upside when one of his gifts if a book called The Number 23 which just so happens to tell the same story of a character called Fingerling who has the same childhood Walter remembers. The further Walter looks into the character we see how he becomes obsessed with the number 23 in everyday life but is this a message or a former life he once lived?

Th Number 23 is a mystery thriller that puts us on a rollercoaster of conspiracy or truth about Walter’s life. Everything really does keep us guessing from start to finish. Each answer is spoon-fed to us which does take away the shock in the final act but this still does enough to keep us on edge.

The cast all do a good job with Jim Carrey really shining in the none comedic role yet again, but the supporting performances from Virginia Madsen, Danny Huston and Logan Lerman all keep up with the star of the show.

 

Overall: One of Jim Carrey’s most underrated films of his career.

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Baby Driver (2017)

Director: Edgar Wright

Writer: Edgar Wright (Screenplay)

Starring: Ansel Elgort, John Bernthal, Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzalez, Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx

 

Plot: After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: So Much Fun

 

Story: Baby Driver starts as we get to see just how skilled behind the wheel Baby (Elgort) is, as he completes the job while listening to his trademark tunes for Griff (Bernthal), Buddy (Hamm), Darling (Gonzalez) for their boss Doc (Spacey). We learn more about why Baby listens to music, because of his medical condition and that he owes Doc one more score to settle a debt.

Baby lives with is deaf foster dad Joseph (Jones) that tries to keep him on the straight and narrow because he sees the error in his ways and the beautiful waitress Debora (James) that Baby has fallen for, gives him a glimmer of light away from the world of crime.

When his final score is settle Baby believes it is time to walk away, but he would be wrong, Doc won’t let him and this next score with Buddy, Darling and loose cannon Bats (Foxx) pushes Baby to his limits, can he escape this world he has become stuck in and live the life he wants with music and the open road?

 

Thoughts on Baby Driver

 

Characters/PerformanceBaby is the young man with brilliant driving skills, killer tunes but his innocent nature and slight mental handicap means he is taken advantage of by the criminal world, he wants to live an honest life and he will have to go and show off his skills to escape this world. I would like to point out that his relationship with Joseph is very similar to what we saw in ‘The lookout’ where two handicapped people live together and the elder tries to guide the younger. Doc is the crime boss that uses Baby because he knows he is the best, he won’t use the same unit twice but Baby is the one he will always turn too. I have mixed feelings for this character because I feel he never leans one way or the either to evil or good, he almost feels businessman like. Buddy is the most interesting of the other criminals because we always see him calm but we are warned about his darker side, which we wait to see unleashed. Darling is the sexy girlfriend of Buddy, he turns heads and will kill anyone looking at her wrong. Bats is a character I felt got old quick, he is meant to be the loose cannon and that is fine, but things all turn into him trying to say something so out there it feels like forced laughter. Debora is the light at the end of the tunnel for Baby, she helps him realize he could get away from crime.

Performance wise, Ansel is great through this film as we get to see how he can blend with the music and action. Kevin Spacey is always good in a villainous role and this is no different. For me Jon Hamm is the best because he just captures you wanting to see what he will do next. Lily James is good too through the whole film. Jamie Foxx at times does seem to be trying too hard to be funny which can get hard to watch and is the only weak point in this film.

StoryThe story is something we have seen before, a person drawn to the criminal world wants out but now must fight against his former partners in crime to be free. The twists in the story come in the character of Baby who has the handicap which requires him to listen to music to stay focus and block out the noise in his head. We do have style in the story which works perfectly for the tone even if parts dip in the middle, but otherwise this is just fun action comedy. One more plus point is that every scene is seen through Baby’s point of view as he is the only person to be in every single scene as certain times we hear the music like he would and the conversations with his head phone in too, this made the film even more enjoyable

Action/CrimeThe car chases are all great and certain parts do all feel fresh too, this is a huge plus for the film. the opening sequence is one that we will all remember too, the crime world shows us just how different the people can be doing the jobs which is also a good plus point.

SettingsThe car chase are used most to show off the settings with most of them offering us new tighter situations to Baby to get out off behind the wheel.

Final ThoughtsThis is just such a fun movie, with brilliant music, wonderful car chase sequences and is one that fans of Edgar Wright will enjoy all the more.

 

Overall: Foot down, music on, play loud.

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Morgan (2016)

morganDirector: Luke Scott

Writer: Seth W Owen (Screenplay)

Starring: Kate Mara, Anya Taylor-Joy, Rose Leslie, Michael Yare, Toby Jones, Chris Sullivan, Boyd Holbrook, Michelle Yeoh, Brian Cox, Paul Giamatti, Jennifer Jason Leigh

 

Plot: A corporate risk-management consultant must decide whether or not to terminate an artificially created humanoid being.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Start, Bad Finish

 

Story: Morgan starts as a secret project has a murderous side leading to Lee Weather (Mara) being set to investigate what happened on the project known as Morgan (Taylor-Joy), her investigation isn’t just into the subject but the staff involved to see if everything is still going on their plans.

The humanoid known as Morgan has been with the doctors her whole life with the doctors including Amy Menser (Leslie), Simon Ziegler (Jones), Darren Finch (Sullivan), Brenda Finch (Robinson) Lui Cheng (Yeoh) and Kathy Grieff (Leigh) each member of the team has worked on different parts of Morgan to make her understand each environment needed for training.

When Dr Alan Shapiro (Giamatti) arrives on the base the two must start their investigation and assessment into whether Morgan should be destroyed or to keep the project alive.

Morgan is a sci-fi horror thriller that builds on similar style films of creating life that could be smarter than the current humans, so think Splice but with higher intelligence. Well I say that because the first half of the film is very interesting because we start at the moment where the incident happens and the decision needs to be made, all this is fine and comes off fine. Where this film starts to fall apart is in final act of the film where it just becomes some form of lazy hack and slash story of an experiment gone wrong. This movie would have been a lot more interesting if it had stayed focusing on morale questions involved if the experiment had gone wrong.

Morgan has a very impressive cast with highly respected names including Giamatti, Yeoh, Cox, Leigh and Jones with years of great work under their belts and you can expect the performance from them on any film. We add in Mara trying to get to the levels of her sister Rooney giving one of her best performances as the cold hearted consultant and rising stars Boyd Holbrook, Rose Leslie both give good supporting performances. Anya Taylor-Joy has had a great year with her performance in The Witch and this shows her ability in the roles in question.

 

Overall: Such an interesting start before becoming a generic messy ending.

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The Simpsons Challenge – Season 3 – Episode 6 – Like Father, Like Clown

The Simpsons Challenge

Season 3

Episode 6 – Like Father, Like Clown

Couch Gag – This time Bart arrives late, jumping into a laying down position on the family.

Plot SynopsisWhen the Simpsons have Krusty the Clown over for dinner, he says grace in Hebrew, and recalls his difficult relationship with his father, a rabbi. Bart and Lisa try to reunite the two of them.

What is going on reallyWe start with the latest episode of the Krusty the Clown show. When Krusty cancels the dinner with Bart who saved him from jail (this goes against the Mr Burns reaction to Homer) feeling heartbroken once again sends his membership back to Krusty.

After writing a letter to Krusty, Krusty reluctantly agrees to go for dinner with the Simpsons as we learn more about Krusty’s past and his relationship with his father a rabbi.

We learn that the relationship between the two as Krusty wanted to go against his father’s wishes and become a Clown over a Rabbi. The Simpsons family try to help bring the two back together.

Star Character

Krusty the Clown

Final ThoughtsThis is an important episode because it continues to show the world building for thee Springfield with the people outside the Simpsons family. It also does offer the chance to not judge an entertainer by their religion, but I do feel certain moments are slow in pace here.

Rating 2.5/5