Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – The Hike (2011)

Director: Rupert Bryan

Writer: Rupert Bryan, Ben Loyd-Holmes (Screenplay)

Starring: Jemma Bolt, Stephanie Siadatan, Lisa-Maria Long, Zara Phythian, Barabara Nedeljakova, Tamer Hassan, Ben Loy-Holmes, Shauna Macdonald

 

Plot: This film is about a group of women who go on a camping trip in British countryside after one of them (Kate) gets back from doing a tour in Afghanistan where she witnessed her boyfriends death. While out in the bush area they come across a group of guys who are also camping out. But it all goes from having a good time and enjoying themselves to a fight for their lives as they are soon being hunted by someone in the forest. Who will survive?

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Boring at Best

 

Story: The Hike starts as five friends Kate (Phythian), Torri (Nedeljakova), Ellie (Long), Leanne (Siadatan) and Charlie (Bolt) head off into the countryside for a weekend away to help Kate get over the loss of her boyfriend while she was serving in Afghanistan.

As the girls hike goes on they meet a string off different characters also out in the woods but when one of their own goes missing, it is up to Kate to protect her friends and make it out of the woods alive using all her training.

 

Thoughts on The Hike

 

Characters/PerformanceKate is meant to be a soldier that is grieving the loss of her partner but soon must go back into soldier mode to save her friends from the enemy within the woods. The rest of the girls are all very painfully generic and never look like they would ever go into the woods camping. The villains are also generic and while we get a tease of who it could be either way would not surprise.

Performance wise, this isn’t the best acted movie all around, we get what feels like completely fake conversation between the girls, and villain performance that just comes off boring. We also have two bigger names thrown into the mix to sell the movie who are barely even in a scene.

StoryThe story is an easy follow, girls go down the woods and find themselves fighting for their lives from twisted rapist and murders, all in England, well I never. My problem with the story is we go for shock here by having member of the group killed without being able to put up a fight while the strongest member Kate is preparing herself for the battle, the story tries to force us into watching uncomfortable rape sequences that just don’t shock like ‘I Spit on your Grave’ and ends up just becoming forgettable.

HorrorThe horror does work in places when you look at how people could find it hard to watch the subject matter we are seeing but otherwise it is just girls running in woods and guys looking to rape and murder them.

SettingsWe are in the middle of the woods which is great for creating the isolation needed within the film.

Special EffectsThe effects are used when it comes to the kills all look good for the film.

Final ThoughtsThis is a film that feels like they put the wrong characters in the middle of a survival horror that also offers us nothing new.

 

Overall: Forgettable Horror.

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Frankenweenie (2012)

frankDirector: Tim Burton

Writer: John August (Screenplay) Leonard Ripps (Original Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Winona Ryder, Robert Capron

 

Plot: Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Charming Animated Film

 

Story: Frankenweenie starts as we see the movies Victor makes for his family with his loveable dog Sparky, Victor makes remakes classic films with his toys that show his loneliness of the world he lives in. when the science project comes around Victor’s father does him a deal, try sport and you can enter the project.

Victor agrees but Sparky always the playful character chases after the ball running in the road being killed, breaking Victor’s heart. Victor inspired by his teacher decides to work on his next project, bring Sparky back to life using the power of electricity.

When the other students learn about Victor’s project they turn to him to help them bring their pet back from the dead but things soon get out of hand in the town.

 

Thoughts on Frankenweenie

 

StoryThe story being told is one of the most difficult situation people and especially children must go through, the loss of a pet. The spin comes with the idea of being able to bring them back to life which all works as the desire for more time with a lost pet will always come through. I do think this story works very well with plenty of references to classic horror stories with the dawn of horror and dealing with losing pets.

Animated/Comedy/FamilyThe animation being used is the trademark of Tim Burton and works to keep it unique to the industry. The comedy comes from poking light hearted fun at the classic horror films with the family element coming from the persona situation these children would have to go through, each one compliments the others perfectly.

Characters The characters are all believable for the world created where they all create and are named after famous characters from other films that are all moulded to be. I liked and understood all the characters through the film as they all work to continue the telling.

SettingsThe settings created make us feel like we are in a beautifully created world that only these characters would live in making gothic horror world come to life.

Final ThoughtsThis is a charming tale giving us the most important life lesson as a pet owner, you will outlive your pet no matter what you do.

 

Overall: Enjoyable animated film that is full of Tim Burton’s quirk.

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2018 Anticipated Film #15 The Irishman

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.

The Irishman

Main CastRobert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci

Plot – A mob hit man recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.

Will I Enjoy It?This is a genre I don’t normally enjoy, but this cast is like wow, I must see this.

Will it be successful? I feel people will see this, I hope it makes a cinema run but Netflix don’t normally do this. This should be one of the most watched films on there though.

Release Date (UK)N/A

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

Director: Rian Johnson

Writer: Rian Johnson (Screenplay) George Lucas (Characters)

Starring: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Carrie Fisher, Andy Serkis, Kelly Marie Tran

 

Plot: Having taken her first steps into the Jedi world, Rey joins Luke Skywalker on an adventure with Leia, Finn and Poe that unlocks mysteries of the Force and secrets of the past.


Runtime: 2 Hours 32 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Spectacular

 

Story: Star Wars: The Last Jedi starts as the Force Awakens ends, Rey (Ridley) has tracked down Luke Skywalker (Hamill) in an attempt to bring in to join the rebel forces in the in battle against the First Order. Princess Leia (Fisher) is evacuating the Rebel Forces after the previous attack, with the First Order waiting to pick them off.

General Hux (Gleeson) is leading the assault from the First Order, with Poe (Isaac) leading to defensive assault, while Finn (Boyega) must go on his own adventure to bring down the First Order and help the Rebels escape. Kyle Ren (Driver) is trying to battle his inner demons deciding whether to make the transition to the Dark Side or not. This brings the characters into the next chapter in the saga who will have the upper hand by the end.

 

Thoughts on Star Wars: The Last Jedi

 

Characters – Let’s look at the newer characters first, Rey locates Luke and must try to convince him to return to help the Rebels only to need to learn her place in the battle, she starts to go through Jedi training showing the powers she has deep down ready to become a powerful force in the rebel battle. Fin spends most of the film wanting to find Rey, only to go on a secret mission to help stop the First Order from tracking the Rebels. Poe is still the trigger happy pilot that wants to fight more often than just survive, he has thee biggest arc to learn about through the film. Kyle Ren is now being questioned on his dark side alliance from Snoke, he must prove his alliance by taking out the threat which stands in their way.

Original characters, Luke has been in hiding after what happened with Kylo Ren, he doesn’t want to see another student influenced by the Darkside and is reluctant to help Rey, but he must learn from his own past to guide the future. Leia is leading the Rebels escape, knowing that they have dwindling numbers, she knows they must regroup in order to survive for the next battle, she does clash with Poe’s battle heavy beliefs.

There is one more character I feel deserves a mention, that is Rose, she is an engineer for the rebels, she goes on the mission with Finn and we learn just how many people have been affected by the First Order and how they are all doing their part to help somehow.

PerformancesWe can spend time going through all the individual performances here, but it would be hard to find a fault with any of them. The whole cast picks up where they left off last time around and the addition in Kelly Marie Tran and Benicio Del Toro shows we can get stars from different scales of the experience walk into the franchise without looking out of place.

StoryThe story continues from where we left off nicely, it does branch out into the four main stories with Rey & Luke, Finn, Rose and BB8, Poe trying to save the rebels and Kylo Ren showing his true colours. This helps continue the saga on to the next chapter, gives the characters the development needed for the next stage of the battle and gives the story a real time feel about it, as the film follows the Rebels trying to escape from The First Order for the most part of the film. it does have a darker town to everything, but this is needed because this is the middle of the trilogy story and now we are ready to see how the saga concludes.

Action/Adventure/Fantasy/Sci-FiThe action here is big battle set pieces, we have space battles, land battles and one wild race through a city, they entertain throughout the film. the adventure takes some of our characters to new worlds, with new fantasy creatures which helps them grow and learn the size of the battle they are part of.

SettingsEach world has its own unique style, the island Luke lives on feels abandoned and isolated for a reason, the rich person planet shows the type of people that could be using the battles for their own good and the space sets look brilliant too.

Special EffectsThis is one of the best looking special effects filled films in this whole saga, nothing looks out of place for this movie and it shows from the first shot to the final one.


Scene of the Movie –
Lightspeed, this moment had the whole cinema gasp in amazement.

That Moment That Annoyed Me I did find the timeline slightly confusing, Rey & Luke seem to be together for days maybe even weeks, while everything else seemed to be one or two days or nights only.

Final ThoughtsThis movie has bought the saga to new levels, our characters know their place in the battle and now they are ready to get to the next level of this battle, we know the stakes are at a critical level in the battle as we wait to see where things will go next.

 

Overall: This is the best addition to Star Wars since the Original Saga.

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