Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Elevator (2011)

Director: Stig Svendsen

Writer: Marc Rosenberg (Screenplay)

Starring: Christopher Backus, Anita Briem, John Getz, Shirley Knight, Michael Mercurio, Amanda Pace, Rachel Pace

 

Plot: Racism collides with corporate greed when nine strangers – one of whom has a bomb – become trapped in a Wall Street elevator.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Simple Thriller

 

Story: Elevator starts as we meet our guests heading to a corporate party, owner Henry Barton (Getz), his granddaughter Madeline (Rachel and Amanda), ambitious employee Don Handley (Backus) his date reporter Maureen (Sunny), another employee Martin Gossling (Ratray), Celine Fouquet (Briem), investor Jane Redding (Knight) hired comedian George Axelrod (Slotnick) and security guard Mohammed (Zuaiter), the group are all on an elevator heading to the party which becomes stuck after the emergency button is pressed. When we learn that one person on the elevator has a bomb the group must work out how to get off the elevator before it goes off.

 

Thoughts on Elevator

 

Characters/PerformanceDon is the ambitious employee that has his own secrets that would get revealed in the panic in the elevator. Celine is the pregnant woman who is going to the party for her own personal reasons, Henry is the boss about to announce his retirement but his action are the motivation behind everything that happens. Jane is there for her own reasons which involve her late husband, Madeline is the granddaughter of the boss, she is a full-blown brat. Martin is the happy go lucky employee that is happy to meet the boss at the party. George is the hired comedian and at the most part the asshole figure in the film. Maureen is the one who helps make report the story to the outside for help. This works for the environment the characters find themselves in.

Performance wise, I feel everyone in this movie is fine, no one really stands out as brilliant or bad just part of the process that is unfolding.

StoryPeople trapped in an elevator facing death if they don’t escape, well this is fine it works for everything we need it too. We get the usual clashes which is fine but otherwise this is nothing new to offer. We don’t get much happen than talking and seeing who will go onto make the difficult decision to save the rest.

ThrillerWe are kind off left wondering just if they will make it out but it doesn’t reach all the potential it should have.

SettingsThe film nearly all takes place in the elevator which is good for creating the tension needed in the story.

Special EffectsThe effects are all good when needed without being a CGI fest.

Final ThoughtsThis film has all the potential in the world but just doesn’t reach the potential it is capable off.

 

Overall: Simple thriller that lacks the punch needed.

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Millions (2004)

millionsDirector: Danny Boyle

Writer: Frank Cottrell Boyce (Screenplay)

Starring: Alex Etel, Lewis McGibbon, James Nesbitt, Daisy Donovan, Christopher Fulford

 

Plot: Ethics, being human and the soul come to the fore when a 7-year old finds a bag of Pounds just days before the currency is switched to Euros and learns what we are really made of.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Delightful

 

Story: Millions starts with Europe changing currency to the Euro and in this world the UK is about to too, two young boys Damian (Etel) and Anthony (McGibbon) are moving with their father Ronnie (Nesbitt) to a brand newly built house.

When Damien the religious of the two boys has visions of different Saints coming to visit him hoping one would know his mother in heaven he ends up being rewarded with a bag of money. Sharing it with his brother the two have different ideas of what to do with the money Anthony wants to invest while Damian wants to help the poor of the world like the Saints would have.

As the differences between the boys continues to come through they learn about a money robbery that their bag is actually one of making the boys want to be extra carefully with their money but as the time comes together the heart Damian has help people comes through.

 

Thoughts on Millions

 

StoryThe story going on in Millions is bar far one of the best in as we see how two boys are both dealing with tragedy of losing their mother and both dealing with in in different ones, our main focus is on the one that has turned to religion for answers. We see how two children would deal with having large amount of money suddenly. The ability this story has to balance what is right and wrong works very well throughout which makes us wonder what we would do in the same situation.

Comedy/Crime/FamilyThe film has light moments of comedy going on through the film but it is about the family connection with the crime background going on through the story. each genre balance the story well to make us care about what is going on throughout.

Characters/PerformanceThe two boys both give wonderful performances throughout with great performances from Nesbitt and Donovan complimenting the two. The characters also come off likeable throughout as we see Damian as the nice kind hearted boy next to the business hunger older brother.

SettingsThe settings all work showing the everyday life style these characters would be involved in which brings this story down to Earth for us to enjoy.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the nicest dramas you will see this year, that shows us that at Christmas you should be giving rather than being selfish with the only one that can see this is Damian the youngest child.

 

Overall: Wonderful Christmas story from a modern world idea.

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2018 Anticipated Film #1 Annihilation

2018 Anticipated Film

2017 was one of my favourite years for movies in years, so through the month of December I am going to look at 31 movies that I am looking forward to in the year of 2018, they are not in any order just 31 I want to discuss.

Annihilation

Main CastNatalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Oscar Isaac

Plot – A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply.

Will I Enjoy It?I believe this could be an early contender for one of my favourite films of the year.

Will it be successful? I feel this will get positive reviews and be a steady hit in the box office.

Release Date (UK)23rd February 2018

D-Love (2017)

Director: Elena Beuca

Writer: Dave Rogers (Screenplay)

Starring: Elena Beuca, Dave Rogers, Ditlev Darmakaya, Billy Howerdel, Christine Scott Bennett, Jessica Boss

 

Plot: Stefania reaches an existential crisis, amidst the stresses at home, at work, and in her memories. Her life and that of her hapless husband turn when they take in a charming and mysterious traveler, a gentle wanderer on his own quest.


Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Powerful Real Life Drama

 

Story: D-Love starts as we meet the Michael’s family, Stefania (Beuca) and Dan (Rogers) returning from a holiday to face the stresses of life, Dan struggles to find a job and is clumsy but a good man as he has dealt with his problems by closing off, while Stefania wants to put him back on the right track. When they arrive back they meet Danish traveller D-Love (Darmakaya) who they offer to give a place to stay while he waits for his bus, which continues to put a wedge between the two as Stefania doesn’t want to let him into their home, while Dan shows his good-natured side.

When D-Love stays longer his freestyle nature starts to spread to Stefania who has always spent her life searching for a plan after giving up on dreams, but the reality of life will always come back to haunt Stefania.

 

Thoughts on D-Love

 

Characters – Stefania is the wife of the couple, she works a job she hates and has always been planning her life a certain way. She gets hit hard when she learns about herself while becoming more distant from the man she does love, her husband. Dan is the husband, he has been mourning his parent’s death with drinks closing himself off from the world, D-Love helps him get through his problems and start wanting to follow his dreams again, with his cooking dreams. The two do feel like a natural couple with real problems. D-Love is a stranger the couple meet at the airport, he is heading East, but ends up staying with them, showing them his free lifestyle he accepts, following dreams not having a plan for life, he helps Dan get through his struggles and tries to show Stefanie a new vision of life.

PerformancesElena Beuca gives us a truly moving performance, she shows her characters struggles with every emotion she gives through the film. Elena also deserves the credit for her work behind the camera as the director she knows how the capture the character’s emotions through the tough moments. Dave Rogers gives us a strong performance through the film, he knows how to draw the best emotions he needs to for each scene. Ditlev is strong too, he doesn’t go full hippie with his other world visions that his character requires.

StoryThe story follows a married couple who are dealing with problems that could tear them apart with how they both deal with death in their family. They get a mysterious strange enter their lives who helps guide them through the problems, we get to see if he can have the impact on their lives to help them through the problems or not. This story does keep everything feeling grounded for the couple and shows problems that could happen for anybody in the world.

SettingsThe settings are mostly in homes or workplaces, this shows how everyday lives are holding the people back from escaping the problems they would be facing.


Scene of the Movie –
The Tree.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Not quite sure what Stefania job was.

Final ThoughtsThis is a true life drama that shows the struggles life can throw at you and how you will need the loved ones to help you through them. We have great performances throughout and we go on a healthy rollercoaster ride of emotions.

 

Overall: Emotional Rollercoaster.

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