Follow (2015)

Director: Owen Egerton

Writer: Owen Egerton (Screenplay)

Starring: Haley Lu Richardson, Don Most, Noah Segan, Olivia Grace Applegate

 

Plot: A man who receives an early Christmas present from his girlfriend blacks out only to wake up in a terrifying nightmare.


Tagline – Love never dies… even when it should.

Runtime: 1 Hour 14 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Hits the Spots

 

Story: Follow starts as young couple Quinn (Segan) and Thana (Applegate) are approaching Christmas together with Quinn looking to move to a big city but Thana isn’t the type of girl that enjoys that environment. When Quinn is receiving a Christmas present a kinky sex game which involves a gun.

When Quinn wakes up in the morning he finds the terrifying truth that Thana is dead but was it the game gone wrong or was it planned, Quinn needs to try and remember what happened before his whole life gets shattered as each day goes from bad to worse as he tries to cover up the accident.

 

Thoughts on Follow

 

Characters – Quinn is a normal guy looking to get on with his life and is about to break out of the small town he lives in. This doesn’t happen when he gets involved in a sex game with his girlfriend and spends the days leading up to Christmas covering the accident up. Thana is Quinn’s girlfriend, she is known to be strange not liking to leave the house but when he games goes wrong we see how far she would go to keep him from leaving. Viv is a friend that just finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time becoming a prisoner during the cover up.

PerformancesNoah Segan is an actor I respect, he has been involved in a lot of enjoyable movies and this one is right up there, he gives us a strong leading performance showing the desperation his character finds himself in. both the actresses are good without being on the same level as Noah.

StoryThe story follows a normal guy that must deal with the consequences on an accident which left his girlfriend dead, things spiral out of control for him as he tries to figure out what to do which is an interesting watch. The story askes you what you would do if you were in this situation which is good to be tested as an audience but does fall slightly short with the length of the story idea.

ThrillerThe film does keep us guessing to where it will go which is the strongest part of the film because you are not sure where Quinn’s mindset it now.

SettingsThe film is set mostly inside this one house, where the accident takes place, it shows us just how far he will go to keep things the way they were.

Special EffectsThe effects are only used for a little amount but each one works well without looking out of place in the film.


Scene of the Movie –
Morning after.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It does try too many twists.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good enjoyable short thriller that does keep us guessing through the film.

 

Overall: Good short thriller.

Rating

 

 

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ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema Month – C – Call of Heroes (2016)

callDirector: Benny Chan

Writer: Benny Chan, Doug Wong, Tam Wai-ching, Tim Tong, Chien I-chueh (Screenplay)

Starring: Sean Lau, Louis Koo, Eddie Peng, Yuan Quan, Jiang Shu Ying, Wu Jing, Liu Kai-chi, Berg Ng, Sammy hung, Philip Keung, Xing Yu

 

Plot: During the warlords era in China, a village located in rural area called Pucheng fell into dangerous situation when its government allocated all its military force to the front line, the cruel commandant Cao from the enemy troops arrived the village and killed the innocent, the guardians of Pucheng were desperate to fight against Cao for justice and to protect their homeland.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Classic Styled Action

 

Story: Call of Heroes starts in 1914 China with Commandant Cao eyes up the small city of Pucheng after they offer shelter to escaped prisoners of the stone city. Ma Fung (Peng) the outsider arrives in town where Yeung Hak-nan (Lau) is the sheriff who must prepare for the coming of Cho (Koo) who ruthlessly murders residents in the village Hak-nan sentences him to be executed before Cho’s soliders turn up giving the village one day to release or they will slaughter the whole village. Ma Fung and Hak-nan must lead the battle against these soldiers to protect the village.

 

Thoughts on Call of Heroes

 

StoryThe story is one of the styles of film that feels like a western with the incoming army threating to destroy everything a small town stood for which brings together an unlikely group of heroes to fight back, this does everything you expect without going towards anything truly original. This is enjoyable for all the fans of the action westerns out there.

ActionThe action going on through this film is all brilliant choregraphed fight sequences that come off full of wow factor.

Characters/PerformanceThe characters are all what you would expect for the style of film, you have the dictator styled villain, the reluctant hero and the proud hero all with the rest coming off just like you would expect them to. The performances are all good and to the level you expect to just enjoy this film.

SettingsEach setting looks like the authentic location for the time of the film which helps with creation of certain action set pieces.

Final ThoughtsIf you want to see a good old fashioned action spectacle then this is for you.

 

Overall: Switch off and enjoy the action unfold.

Rating70