Writer: R Lance Hill, Hilary Henkin (Screenplay)
Starring: Patrick Swayze, Kelly Lynch, Sam Elliott, Ben Gazzara, Marshall R Teague, Julie Michaels, Red West, Sunshine Parker
Plot: A tough bouncer is hired to tame a dirty bar.
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Verdict: Fun Action Thriller
Story: Road House starts as we get to see how Dalton (Swayze) can control a bar from getting out of control. This leads to him being offered a role as a cooler for the Double Deuce owned by Tilghman (Tighe). The bar is filled with the roughest crowd around and Dalton puts in his plan to make the bar run smoother bringing in a sociable night out for people.
With Dalton in control of the bar, he gets rid of the problems within the staff making an enemy with the local crime boss Brad Wesley (Gazzara) who has been using the bar to conduct business. To fight back Dalton calls the best in the business Wade Garrett (Elliott) to put a stop to all the illegal activities Wesley is involved in.
Thoughts on Road House
Characters/Performance – Dalton is a man with a reputation of being a man people fear and respect within the bar and bouncer community. He gets recruited but ends up finding himself having to battle a crime boss controlling the town, he is a strong likeable character that is filled with regret after going too far once. Doc is the love interest for Dalton as well as being an almost pawn in the battle between Dalton and the Crime Boss Wesley. This isn’t the strongest female character you will see. Wade is the traditional mentor figure needed to explain the skills Dalton has, with Brad Wesley being the villain small town America could easily have.
Patrick Swayze shines in this role where he commands the screen in every single scene, Kelly Lynch is good but not anywhere near the level of Swayze with Sam Elliott giving us the performance we know he can do as the strong supporting friend. Ben Gazzara does a great job as the villain of the piece who enjoys the terror he reigns over the town.
Story – Looking into the story we get an easy to follow story of one outsider going on a crusade against a crime boss. Having only seen this for the first time I can say this does play out in the similar veins of Walking Tall and with that I found myself enjoying this all that much more. You can see the 80’s all over the story though which could turn people off but could also help people enjoy all that more.
Action/Thriller – We have action with all of the fights going with each fight becoming bigger as the story unfolds. We are left to keep things guessing as to where the story will unfold.
Settings – We are left in small town America which is nearly perfect for this film.
Final Thoughts –80’s films will always go in two different directions when we get to go back in time, they have either dated, become a cult or a true classic and this is one that still stands up.
Overall: This is a fun 80’s classic which is one you can enjoy.
Wednesday 21st March 2018: London, UK – Rakuten TV starts springtime with the best new cinema releases destined to delight the whole family. New titles will be available in 4K HDR quality for Smart TVs – presenting the latest films with a genuine cinematic experience for all film lovers at home.
The latest blockbusters from the cinema straight to your living room in 4K HDR
April’s two biggest box office successes will be available in high quality for Smart TV users on Rakuten TV. The 1995 classic Jumanji is reimagined in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, starring Jack Black and Dwayne Johnson (a.k.a. “The Rock”). The film follows four teenagers who discover a mysterious old video game, and are transported into the game’s jungle setting, where they must survive as the adult avatars they choose.
Bringing more adventures to your home with a true cinematic experience is Star Wars: The Last Jedi, in which the galaxy faces a new threat from the First Order. Meanwhile, Rey (Daisy Ridley) must take control of her destiny, and Luke (Mark Hamill) reassesses his life as a Jedi.
The latest releases to enjoy on Rakuten TV
With the film awards season having just come to a close, it provides the perfect opportunity for us to review some of this year’s best films and highlight which will be featured on your own Rakuten TV screens. The Greatest Showman, directed by Michael Gracey, is an original musical that celebrates the birth of showbusiness and was awarded as Best Original Song at the Golden Globes which will now be available on Rakuten TV. It will also have the multi award-nominated Molly’s Game starring Jessica Chastain, the true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game before being investigated by the FBI.
James Franco is back on screen with The Disaster Artist, for which he was awarded Best Actor at this year’s Golden Globes. The film tells the true story of aspiring filmmakers chasing their dream, reminding audiences that some legends can be born differently.
Ridley Scott’s latest film, All the Money in the World, is a thriller based on a true story of John Paul Getty III’s kidnapping and his desperate mother’s (Michelle Williams) attempts to save her kidnapped son by trying to convince his billionaire grandfather to pay her son’s ransom.
Ferdinand is the perfect family film. The story of a young bull that escapes his captor after realizing that his father never returned from a showdown with a matador. Ferdinand’s adventure leads him to be adopted by a girl who lives on a peaceful farm.
Rakuten TV –“Your cinema at home”– is one of the leading Video-On-Demand platforms in Europe providing the latest movie releases with the latest technology in a true cinematic experience available on Smart TVs. Rakuten TV is currently distributed in 12 countries and is part of the Internet and e-commerce Japanese giant Rakuten, now sponsor of FC Barcelona, The Golden State Warriors and Shakira’s El Dorado Tour.
Writer: Robert Fyvolent, Mark Brinker, Allison Burnett (Screenplay) Robert Fyvolent, Mark Brinker (Story)
Starring: Diane Lane, Billy Burke, Colin Hanks, Joseph Cross, Mary Beth Hurt, Peter Gray Lewis
Plot: FBI agent Jennifer Marsh is tasked with hunting down a seemingly untraceable serial killer who posts live videos of his victims on the Internet. As time runs out, the cat and mouse chase becomes more personal.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Dark Thriller
Story: Untraceable starts as we meet a partnership within the FBI computer division where Jennifer Marsh (Lane) and Griffin Dowd (Hanks) search for cybercrimes. This is show as we see how good the pair are at tracking down and capturing the criminals.
The main story starts when Jennifer discovers a website called ‘Kill With Me’ showing a tortured cat that can’t be closed down. When the killer returns, he picks a human victim with brings in Detective Eric Box (Burke) to work with Jennifer to figure out the motive behind the killer’s actions.
Thoughts on Untraceable
Story – We all like to see a good dark crime thriller and this story delivers on that, we get plenty of graphic murders happening by the killer as we are left to wonder just what his motives are. I do think we have a killer with good motives once we learn them and I also like how everything in circled around societies new obsession with the internet and viral videos. This is a crime story I would expect that fans of the genre to enjoy even if certain elements are slightly too dark for some.
Crime/Mystery/Thriller – We get a crime story that is full of the everything you need for an intense thriller that shows just how dark crimes can be when you looking for why the crime is taking place. We do have the mystery side of the story as we have to figure out why the killer is committing these crimes.
Characters/Performance – When it comes to the characters Jennifer Marsh is developed to be the solo parent who seems to be the only one smart enough to figure out how to stop the killer, well her and her partner Griffin. When you look at the Detective Box character you are left wondering how he was in that position because he has no clue about the crimes going on. The killer does have good motives but in the end we are left feeling he is defeated slightly too easily. I do think the performances are all good without being considered any of the best of that year.
Settings – I think the settings are solid because the killer wants it hard to find him but in the end, nothing feels like it is anything special to where the events of the film take place.
Final Thoughts – This is a good dark thriller I do think people can enjoy even if it is too dark for the casual fans.
Overall: Deliciously dark crime thriller that tries to push boundaries with the killer.