Killer Mountain (2011)

Director: Sheldon Wilson

Writer: Sheldon Wilson, Peter Sullivan (Screenplay)

Starring: Emmanuelle Vaugier, Aaron Douglas, Paul Campbell, Andrew Airlie, Crystal Lowe

 

Plot: A group of mountain climbers disappears while climbing the Himalayas in the 1950s. In the present, another group takes the same route and also disappears. A shady rich man hires a professional mountaineer and some scientists to find them.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Standard Sci-Fi Film

 

Story: Killer Mountain starts when Mr Barton (Airlie) comes to Ward Donovan (Douglas) to help organise a rescue mission climbing a forbidden mountain. Ward’s ex-wife Kate (Vaugier) is leading the original mission which has gone missing, now Ward must team up with scientists to find her party on one of the most dangerous mountains in the world.

The rescue team learn that the original team is nearly all gone with Kate in hiding on the mountain from what is only meant to be a legend, but this legend is true with a monster living high up in the mountain waiting to feast.

 

Thoughts on Killer Mountain

 

Characters/PerformanceWard Donovan is the expert climber with all the records of being the faster to ascend and descend the deadliest mountains, he might well be out of the business but now he must come out of retirement to rescue his ex-wife. Kate is the ex-wife of Wade that finds herself alone on the mountain needing to find a way down away from the creature living in the high altitude. Barton is the millionaire searching for something on the mountain and isn’t worried about how many teams he loses searching for it.

Performance wise, Nobody in this film really shines, most of them just work with the script they have to make the most basic idea to happen without showing off any of the skills.

StoryA mountain with a creature living near the top that kills anyone that gets close, well that is original enough for a sci-fi standard film and nothing more, we get the tagged on former relationship between the trapped one and the leader of the rescue team and a greedy man trying to get something he shouldn’t, that covers it all.

Adventure/Sci-fiThe adventure does come from climbing an unknown mountain system with the sci-fi side of the story coming from the idea that a creature lives in the mountain protecting something powerful.

SettingsThe settings upon the mountain are good because we get our characters trapped with nowhere to run when being hunted down by the creature.

Special EffectsThe effects are all cheap and very weak CGI to create the creature which you can see placed into the film.

Final ThoughtsThis is a clear made for TV movie that has very little going for it and could become something you watch late night on TV.

 

Overall: Forgettable sci-fi adventure creature feature.

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ABC Film Challenge – Random – F – The Foreigner (2017)

Director: Martin Campbell

Writer: David Marconi (Screenplay) Stephen Leather (Novel)

Starring: Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan, David Pearse, Michael McElhatton, Katie Leung, Rufus Jones

 

Plot: A humble businessman with a buried past seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. A cat-and-mouse conflict ensues with a government official, whose past may hold clues to the killers’ identities.


Tagline – Never push a good man too far

Runtime: 1 Hour 54 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Chan Shines in Political Action Thriller

 

Story: The Foreigner starts as Quan Mgoc Minh (Chan) is getting ready to buy his daughter Fan’s (Leung) graduation dress in London, but this peaceful moment is shattered when a bomb goes off killing many, including Fan, with UDI claiming responsibility. England is now in locked down searching for the people responsible, while Quan has lost everything, a broken man.

Deputy Irish Minister Liam Hennessy (Brosnan) looks to investigate what happened using his power with the Irish government to try to get a deal between the two countries done. Quan will not rest until he learns who killed his daughter, he turns up at the police station everyday for answer before turning to the former UDI member Hennessy.

Refusing to accept we don’t know as answer Quan takes matters into his own hands, sending a warning to Hennessy, which soon turns into a cat-n-mouse chase around Ireland as we learn the truth about the bombing.

 

                 Thoughts on The Foreigner

 

Characters – Quan Ngoc Minh is a humble restaurant owner in London, his only daughter is about to graduate after losing the rest of his family years before, she is killed in a bombing leaving him empty and broken. He just wants names to see justice for those responsible and will use the training he has to get those answers. Liam Hennessy is the deputy Irish Minister who does have ties with UDI, he remains the on the peaceful side of the battle trying to find a solution, but the question remains just whether he is truly involved or not. The rest of the characters are the British police trying to solve the crime, The UDI members that have been working towards re-igniting the war between the two.

PerformancesThis is easily Jackie Chan most serious English Language role, he never let’s on to have any comic timing which is refreshing to see, the emotionless performance is just what we wanted to see. Pierce Brosnan is great too, he shows us how we imagine politicians to be like during the tension being shown in the film.

StoryThe story is where the things get interesting, the trailers made us believe we are heading into an action heavy movie about one man’s revenge mission about his daughter’s death. What we get is a thriller that looks at the tension between the British government and the Irish who still show the tension because of the difference between the two sides. We do have the revenge angle don’t worry if you want action you will get it, just be aware we balance the two stories very well to make this a thriller you will want to see the next chapter of the story.

ActionThe action lets Chan show off his skills in what is mostly a more serious style and includes him using a gun, which is something we rarely see him do in the English Language movies.

SettingsThe two main settings are London, which in real life has been a target of bombings and is a location which would make the biggest statement for any terrorists and the Irish farm where Quan is picking off anyone who tries to stop him.


Scene of the Movie –
The takedown.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It does fizzle out in the end.

Final ThoughtsThis is a surprisingly entertaining action thriller, you will want to see everything unfold, while also getting rewarded by the action sequences that are only used sparely.

 

Overall: Strong action thriller.

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