Cargo (2018)

Director: Ben Howling, Yolanda Ramke

Writer: Yolanda Ramka (Screenplay)

Starring: Martin Freeman, Anthony Hayes, Susie Porter, Caren Pistorius, Kris McQuade, Natasha Wanganeen

 

Plot: CARGO is a post apocalyptic thriller and an emotional story of a father trying to save his child at all costs.


Tagline – The future is fragile

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Compelling Zombie Film

 

Story: Cargo starts as we meet Andy (Freeman), his wife Kay (Porter) and baby daughter Josie who are travelling across Australia to a military base after a zombie outbreak has swept across the country. Using the river their guide, things take a turn for the worse, when Kay gets bitten leaving her just 48 hours to live. When she turns she bites Andy, leaving him with 48 hours to find someone to care for his daughter.

Along the way he meets Vic (Hayes) a man that is using bait to keep his land safe, with not everything being as it seems and it ends up with Andy having to join a fellow survivor Thoomi (Landers) for the right person to look after his daughter.

 

Thoughts on Cargo

 

Characters – Andy is the husband and father trying to find safety for his family, he fails in this attempt with his wife now dead and him infected. He must rush to find somebody in the outback to care for his baby before he turns too, he is a man pushed to limits never imaginable. Vic is a man that Andy meets, he seems like the best possible pick until Andy sees the darker side of his survival. Thoomi is a young girl from the outback that joins with Andy to find a new home for baby Josie.

PerformancesMartin Freeman is brilliant in this leading role, he carries the story with his characters pure desperation to save his daughter. New comer Simone Landers is great too showing as one from the natives in the tribal lands. If we are honest we don’t meet enough of the supporting characters to give a true rating on their performances.

StoryThe story is adapted from a short film of the same name, with the same idea. The simple idea is one man in a zombie outbreak must find someone to care for his baby daughter after he becomes infected, 48 hours is his time limit. When it first got announced this sounded like a breath of fresh area, it does deliver on this because we are happy to follow along on this journey. The only draw back is that we do get to see him have options which might not be the best pick for such a short time limit in search for help. In fairness this is a simple and easy to watch story, it will test the moral discussion about what to do, but isn’t filled with any scenes that feel out of place.

Horror/ThrillerAny film that is set in a zombie apocalypse is going to get the marks for the horror, the undead do have traits we know as well as a few original ideas behind them which adds to certain moments of horror.

SettingsThe film is set in the Australian outback which is something that makes this stand out for the zombie genre, we don’t have big cities, we have large open spaces, which low numbers of the infected.

Special EffectsWhen we look at effects we must be praising them because the practical ones used for the zombie effects and injury effects look spot on.


Scene of the Movie –
The final walk.

That Moment That Annoyed Me I would question how he ended up in Australia in the first place.

Final ThoughtsThis is another good spin on the zombie genre, we often have the desperate attempts to save babies or loved ones, but this time we know his fate and we are gripped waiting to see where it will end up going.

 

Overall: Gripping and Intense zombie film.

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Franchise Weekend – The Karate Kid Part II (1986)

Director: John G Avildsen

Writer: Robert Mark Kamen (Screenplay)

Starring: Pat Morita, Ralph Macchio, Yuji Okumoto, Danny Kamekona, Tamlyn Tomita, Nobu McCarthy

 

Plot: Daniel accompanies his mentor, Mr. Miyagi, to Miyagi’s childhood home in Okinawa. Miyagi visits his dying father and confronts his old rival, while Daniel falls in love and inadvertently makes a new rival of his own.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Sequel

 

Story: The Karate Kid Part II starts 6 months after Daniel’s (Macchio) big competition win, his girlfriend has left him and now he must get ready to move once again only for Mr Miyagi (Morita) taking Daniel in. when Miyagi receives a note about his father being very ill, he takes Daniel to Okinawa to return to the past where Miyagi left a loved one behind to be with his best friend Sato (Kamekona) who become his biggest rival.

When Miyagi returns to his home village he learns things have changed but Yukie (McCarthy) never married, where Daniel strikes up a relationship with Kumiko (Tomita) which causes a new rivalry in the village.

 

Thoughts on The Karate Kid Part II

 

Characters – Daniel now lives with Miyagi, his girlfriend has left him and his mm has moved for work, he gets to experience a new culture when he goes to Okinawa, the home of Miyagi and soon finds himself in the middle of a battle while also falling in love again. Miyagi takes Daniel in, but when his father is dying he returns home where he must face his old love, his old friend and now sworn enemy Sato, as we learn about his past. Sato is the old rival of Miyagi who has been waiting for a chance to prove his honour against Miyagi, he lets him have the honour of mourning his father’s death before demanding the fight. Chozen is the hot-headed nephew of Sato that takes an instant dislike to Daniel, he has learnt the hate to reach levels higher than Sato

PerformanceRalph Macchio continues from where he left of as the excitable teenager learning the calmer style of karate. Pat Morita is again great as Mr Miyagi showing his characters calm and grace through each situation. Danny Kamekona and Yuji Okumoto both make for goo enemies for our heroes too.

StoryThe story continues to show the relationship between Daniel and Miyagi, even though they just write out Daniel’s girlfriend and mother in one sentence. Moving the action to Japan works because it helps us learn more about Miyagi’s past where he has rivals waiting for him, loves left behind but his beliefs will keep calm even through the toughest situations. This does continue the story well, it opens new doors without closing them either.

Action/Family/RomanceThe action is restrained this time, we don’t get many fights and the ones we get are very short lived. The family side of the film will hopefully teach the value of family and honour, the romance side of the film has the idea of dealing with lost love and the start of a new love with someone from a different culture, which was nice to see.

SettingsMoving the story to Japan gives us a new prospective on everything, it helps Daniel learn about new cultures too.

Scene of the Movie – Final showdown.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It hits at more fights then we get.

Tagline – This time, the combat is real.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good sequel to a much-loved original film, which is something that we would like to see more often, it builds on the world and the mystery about Miyagi.

 

Overall: Good sequel for all to enjoy.

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The Cured (2017)

Director: David Freyne

Writer: David Freyne (Screenplay)

Starring: Ellen Page, Sam Keeley, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Stuart Graham, Paula Malcomson, Natalia Kostrzewa

 

Plot: A disease that turns people into zombies has been cured. The once-infected zombies are discriminated against by society and their own families, which causes social issues to arise. This leads to militant government interference.


Tagline – The cure is just the beginning

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Starts With Nice Spin on Zzombie Genre

 

Story: The Cured starts in Ireland in the aftermath of a zombie outbreak, 75% of the infected have now been cured and are slowly being released back into society, they are scared with the horrors they committed while in the zombie state, Senan (Keeley) is one of the latest to be released in the care of his sister-in-law Abbie (Page).

The world isn’t ready to let the cured back into society, seeing them as criminals, Senan must keep his head down and get on with his job, which involves trying to help cure the remaining 25%. As the tension between the cured and the never infected rises, the cured create a group of terrorism against the people who treat them like diseased and the film turns into a moral discussion about what would happen.

 

Thoughts on The Cured

 

Characters – Abbie is the single mother that lost her husband in her outbreak. She takes her brother-in-law in to help he enter back into society after he is cured from the infection. She is doing the right thing only she finds herself in the middle of a political battle between the two sides. Senan is the man that has been cured, he is still having the nightmares of what he did through the infection, given an honest chance by his sister-in-law he is left tempted by his friend who wants to start a rebellion for the cured. Conor is trying to create a rebellion against the system that won’t give the cured a chance, he will go too far and start a battle people are not prepared for.

PerformancesEllen Page is clearly the big draw for this movie, she is good even if her role is basic lead zombie film material. Sam Keeley is the best in the because he is the one torn between the two sides, he does the guilt he feels and the desperation to fit in again. Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as the cured villainous figure works well because he makes us understand he full motives well throughout.

StoryThe story brings us into the world where the zombie outbreak has happened and now the infected can be cured and bought back into the world, we follow the effects on how society would act when letting the cured members of the community back into everyday life. This side of the film is the most interesting because it brings up the divide people can have in general life, not being given a chance, sadly the film does turn too political and ends up being like every other zombie film.

Horror/Sci-FiWe have here a zombie apocalypse, check one for the horror, the problem is that this isn’t the scariest by any means. The sci-fi elements are clear when it comes to dealing with the zombie outbreak.

SettingsThe film is set in Ireland, with one town that is dealing with the aftermath of the zombie outbreak and how they act towards the cured coming back into their lives.

Special EffectsThe effects are good without needing to be turned to, that often.


Scene of the Movie –
The final scene.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Is Abbie meant to be Irish?

Final ThoughtsThis is a nice fresh spin on the zombie genre, it does ask big questions, before turning into the typical zombie styled movie.

 

Overall: New, but not brave enough to follow through.

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ABC Film Challenge – Action Movies – R – Rumble in the Bronx (1995)

Director: Stanley Tong

Writer: Edward Tang, Fibe Ma (Screenplay)

Starring: Jackie Chan, Anita Mui, Francoise Yip, Bill Tung, Marc Akerstream, Garvin Cross

 

Plot: A young man visiting and helping his uncle in New York City finds himself forced to fight a street gang and the mob with his martial art skills.


Tagline – No Fear. No Stuntman. No Equal

Runtime: 1 Hour 44 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Great Action Flick

 

Story: Rumble in the Bronx starts Keung (Chan) heads to America to visit his Uncle Bill (Tung) a shopkeeper in the Bronx, as he gets married Elaine (Mui) plans to buy the shop with Keung overseeing the takeover. Keung finds there is a gang problem on the streets which it doesn’t take him long to clash with them protecting the shop.

Keung starts to look to clean up the streets when he continually gets targeted while trying to convert one of the gang Nancy (Yip) into being a better sister to her disabled younger brother.

 

Thoughts on Rumble in the Bronx

 

Characters – Keung is the kind-hearted young man coming from China to help the trade of his Uncle’s shop but ends up in the middle of a gang war. He uses his combat skills to clean up the streets while learning the new culture, while trying to focus them on new lives. Elaine is the young lady who takes over the shop but is left disappointed when Keung keeps leaving her in trouble. Nancy is one of the gang members that just so happens to live next door to Keung which shows her that she needs to change her ways. Tony is the leader of the street gang who doesn’t care who he hurts to steal and cause mayhem in the neighbourhood.

PerformancesJackie Chan is the star of the show, this film is designed for him and it shows with his performance here as the reluctant hero. The rest of the cast are good throughout letting Jackie take the spotlight.

StoryThe story follows the Asian figure coming to America trying to learn the culture but ends up getting stuck in the middle of a gang battle over the streets of the Bronx. It is the classic fish out of water film where the kind natured man teaches misled characters a new direction while taking on a bigger criminal causing the problems in the area. This is a great fun story to see unfold that could be enjoyed by all.

Action/Comedy/CrimeThe action is the highlight here, it is Jackie Chan’s bread and butter, giving us some truly entertaining action sequences from start to finish which seem to increase each time the film goes on. The comedy comes and goes which I feel it depends which couple of the film you watch to get the best of it. The crime puts us in the underworld of the Bronx which has different levels of crimes.

SettingsThe film is set in the Bronx which shows the new culture Keung must learn about and it shows the different levels of criminal activity going on.


Scene of the Movie –
Hovercraft

That Moment That Annoyed Me Sadly the version I watched was the edited and dubbed version.

Final ThoughtsThis is a great fun action film, it clicks to both entertain and excite, showing of Chan’s skills without making the story difficult to follow.

 

Overall: Must watch for action and Chan fans.

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