Trailer Alert – The Unwilling

The Unwilling is an all new horror movie from Oscar-nominated director Jonathan Heap, Oscar-winning and Emmy-winning Cinematographer David Stump, acclaimed producerJulia Verdin, writer, co-producer and star David Lipper and co-producer Philip Morton who is an award-winning screenwriter.
Available DVD, Blu-ray and VOD release of The Unwilling on May 1st
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Starring David Lipper ( Sons of Liberty, Dantes Peak, Fullhouse)Dina Meyer (Saw I-II-III-IV, Piranha 3D, Starship Troopers), Levy Tran (Known for: Furious 7, Vigilante Diaries, Female Fight Club)Lance Henriksen (The Blacklist, Aliens, Terminator, Millenium, Pumpkinhead)Bree Williamson (True Detective, Mo mmy’s little Boy, General Hospital, One Life to Live), Jake Thomas ( A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Lizzie McGuire, The Cell), Austin Highsmith (Criminal Minds, Scream: The TV
Series, Dolphin Tale) and Robert Russler (Ray Donovan, A Nightmare on Elm
Street 2; Freddy’s Revenge), The Unwilling asks viewers, “what is your dying wish?”
David Harris (David Lipper) is normal in almost every way, but has to fight through a crippling obsessive compulsive disorder, brought on by his abusive father during his childhood. His OCD forces him to repeat movements and phrases and confines him to the safety of his home. Following his father’s death, David’s estranged relatives arrive to hear the reading of the will in anticipation for their piece of the fortune. They are surprised by the delivery of a “Lovecraft” style antique box instead. The box takes hold of their inner most desires one by one and entices the dangerous behavior that ensues. Will they last through the night or be wishing they never gave into temptation?
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Chimera (2018)

Director: Maurice Haeems

Writer: Maurice Haeems (Screenplay)

Starring: Henry Ian Cusick, Kathleen Quinlan, Erika Ervin, Jenna Harrison, Karishma Ahluwalia, Jennifer Gjulameti

 

Plot: A brilliant but disturbed scientist freezes his children alive, while he races to cure their deadly genetic disease by decoding the DNA of the immortal Turritopsis jellyfish.


Tagline – Do you want to live forever?

Runtime: 1 Hour 24 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Ambitious Sci-Fi Film

 

Story: Chimera starts as scientist Quint (Cusick) fails to save his wife from a genetic disease that he has been searching for a cure for years. Now in a desperate attempt to save his children, he freezes them while conducting experiments in a hope to find a cure.

The problem is that Quint is facing pressure from one of his financers Masterson (Quinlan) who believes his experiment will creating immortality to fix her loved one and former partner Charlie (Harrison) who does want to help with their previous work together. We are left to see the moral questions about being able to cure generic diseases and just how far you should be going in your search for answers.

 

Thoughts on Chimera

 

Characters – Quint is a desperate scientist that has spent years searching for a cure for a generic disease which has taken away his wife and will take away his children. He makes deals with people, one on his side, one searching for a similar answer, he will do anything possible to get this answer. Masterson is searching for a cure which would bring immortality in her mind, she is funding the research to make sure she gets the results required. Charlie is the former partner of Quint that has been working to find a cure in a more authorised manor.

PerformancesHenry Ian Cusick a man we know from ‘Lost’ he is the lead in this film and we see how his makes his character be as desperate to find the answers as he is, his performance makes us support him and understand his decisions. Kathleen Quinlan is good too as the easy to understand villain through the film and Jenna Harrison comes into her own during the runtime of the film.

StoryThe story here does keep us guessing as we are left wondering just whether there will be a cure, we are asked ethical questions which is always a plus in storytelling.  This does have twists along the way which will surprise us, but it does become overly ambitious at times because when you go into the scientific side of things, certain discussion can easily go over your head. This would be a good and bad thing because we do like increased intelligence in our films but could push the casual viewer away. I do think this is one for the sci-fi fans to see as the story will give you the questions to ask yourself.

Sci-FiThe sci-fi side of the film focuses on the idea of what we could achieve in science, when it comes to battling diseases and the process scientists go through, we are in the future for the methods uses, but it would be the near future.

SettingsThe film shows us the different locations Quint is performing his off the grid experiments, we see the labs that Charlie is involved in which look cleaner better funded and the shady areas for the meetings with Masterson.

Special EffectsThe effects are used very few times in the film, certain moments are to focus on how the characters are feeling during moments.


Scene of the Movie –
The final act unfolding.

That Moment That Annoyed Me This does feel like a film that could have been longer to add moments of scientific discussion.

Final ThoughtsThis is an interesting and ambitious sci-fi film, it will be one the fans of the genre will enjoy even if the casual fan might miss moments of the sci-fi discussion points.

 

Overall: Smart and ambitious sci-fi.

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ABC Film Challenge – Favourite Films – E – Event Horizon

Favourite Films

E

This month we are going to be taking on the films I enjoy, my favourites of all time. I have a strange taste in movies, so be ready to expect some true greats and some you could never see on anyone’s favourites list. I will only be picking movies on this list and it will just be my discussing my picks rather than giving full reviews.

Event Horizon

Why I’ve Picked this choiceIn the world of Sci-Fi the mainstream is the wild fantasy adventures of Star Wars and Star Trek or the bleak futures, when it comes to horror Alien has almost cornered the market. This movie came out in 1997 and gather quite the cult following.

We follow a rescue crew who must investigate the return of a ship long thought to have vanished in a black hole, but not everything is what it seems as we follow the crew living through their own nightmares.

We have an amazing cast with Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill and Jason Isaacs and from a director that I always enjoy his wild action horror movies Paul W.S. Anderson. For me this is one for any sci-fi horror fan to enjoy.