2: Hrs (2018)

Director: D James Netwon

Writer: Roland Moore (Screenplay)

Starring: Harry Jarvis, Ella-Rae Smith, Alhaji Fofana, Keith Allen, Siobhan Redmond, Marek Larwood

 

Plot: Slacker Schoolboy Tim is an expert in wasting time. So what happens when he discovers he has two hours left to live?

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Family Film

 

Story: 2: Hrs starts as we meet teenage slacker Tim (Jarvis) who spends his time painting London with graffiti with his best friends Vic (Smith) and Alf (Fofana). While on the school trip to a museum, the three sneak off and interrupt a science conference being hosted by conman Groad (Allen) who has created a machine that can tell when the living object inside will die.

Tim goes in the machine only to learn that he only has 2 hours left to live, left shocked, Tim sets out a small bucket list of achievable targets and while the friends target these goals, they are being chased down by the people behind the experiment who want to research and make sure Tim dies on time.

 

Thoughts on 2: Hrs

 

Characters – Tim is a school slacker with a talent for graffiti, he has been acting out because of the death of his father, which has changed him, his friends see this and his rebellious ways puts his life in danger when he learns he only has 2 hours to leave from spending time in a machine which can perform a prediction of when someone will die. He must go through a life lesson as this film unfolds. Vic and Alf are the two supportive friends, that join him on the adventure, we don’t learn too much about them without giving away spoilers. Groad is the businessman/conman that is running the operation, he hides in his apartment with fake backdrops as he conducts meetings. He is always looking to create a good face story for any PR situation. We also have the younger sister Shona to Tim that wants to look up to him only to be left disappointed most of the time and the two bumbling idiots trying to catch the teenagers.

PerformancesHarry Jarvis in the leading role does a very good job, we see how his character must change over the course of the film ad he shows us this in his performance. Ella-Rae Smith and Alhaji Fofana are both good in their supporting roles while Keith Allen gives us a good performance as the shady character we see behind the curtain about.

StoryThe story follows three friends that decide to ditch a school trip and end up on there on adventure after being caught in the middle of an adventure when one of them learns they only have two hours to live. This does sound like a simple fun adventure family film, which it is, though it does have deeper meaning for Tim who must learn to life lessons in this time while dealing with his own personal tragedy after not doing so when it happened.

FamilyThis film keeps the films moments all around the family problems Tim is facing, it keeps everything PG even with jokes adults will understand.

SettingsThe film is set around London, which is good because it shows how difficult losing a parent can be in the busy city and how easy it is to rebel.


Scene of the Movie –
Poetry competition.

That Moment That Annoyed Me That pet, what was that?

Final ThoughtsThis is a family film that can be enjoyed by everyone, it has good laughs, a smart character development story and a nice adventure.

 

Overall: Family film for all to enjoy.

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Game Night (2018)

Directors: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein

Writer: Mark Perez (Screenplay)

Starring: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Sharon Horgan, Billy Magnussen, Lamorne Morris, Kyle Bunbury

 

Plot: A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves entangled in a real-life mystery.


Tagline – This is not a game.

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Funny Comedy

 

Story: Game Night starts as competitive couple Max (Bateman) and Annie (McAdams) preparing for the latest game night with friends Ryan (Magnussen), Kevin (Morris) and Michelle (Bunbury) when Max’s brother Brooks (Chandler) arrives to put Max off his game.

When Brooks invites the group and Ryan’s trademark random date Sarah (Horgan) to his hosted Game Night, it involves one member of the party being kidnapped and the rest needing to solve the case. The night takes a twist when Brook is really kidnapped by criminals and the friends must work together to stay alive.

 

Thoughts on Game Night

 

Characters – Max has always been competitive when it comes to quiz or game nights, he has his perfect match in Annie, but has always been overshadowed by his brother and now he must be the one to help his brother. Annie is the perfect match for Max, strangely we don’t learn much else about her through the film, which is easily going to be the problem with most of the characters, we enter just one night of their lives, so we don’t need to learn too much back story. Brooks is the brother that has a shady past that has caught up with him tonight. Ryan and Sarah are funny as the first date couple that don’t want to admit their attraction and Kevin and Michelle as the married couple who are going through a situation.

PerformancesJason Bateman gives us one of his best comedic performances of his career and his chemistry and Rachel McAdams who shows she can handle the comedy genre whenever she wants. The supporting cast all get the laughs with Billy Magnussen getting most of the laughs and Jesse Plemons seems to steal every scene.

StoryThe story follows a group of friends that entertain on a weekly game night only for the latest one to take a deadly twist as they must take on criminals. The film takes place over one night which helps the story keep the pacing with each situation the friends finding themselves in feeling legitimate for the story. while we don’t learn too much about the characters we get everything we want from the story unfold which does keep us guessing.

Comedy/Crime/MysteryThe comedy in the film hits on the most part with each character offering different moments of laughs with Billy Magnussen and Jesse Plemons giving the most laughs. The crime twists the game night to what is real or not through the film which increases the suspense and the mystery keeps us guessing throughout.

SettingsThe film is set in one city over one night, which puts the characters that don’t normally attend.


Scene of the Movie –
Nearly every scene with Jesse Plemons.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Tries too much for twists.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun comedy that hits on the laughs more often than it misses and does keep us guessing to where the story will go with characters that will make you laugh throughout.

 

Overall: Comedy film I enjoyed.

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ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – E – Everly (2014)

Director: Joe Lynch

Writer: Yale Hannon (Screenplay) Joe Lynch, Yale Hannon (Story)

Starring: Salma Hayek, Hiroyuki Watanbe, Laura Cepeda, Togo Igawa, Akie Kotabe, Gabriella Wright

 

Plot: An action/thriller centered on a kidnapped woman who faces down hitmen sent by a mob boss/her captor while trying to protect her family from his wrath.


Tagline – Enter if you dare

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fast Paced Action Movie

 

Story: Everly starts as we see Everly (Hayek) trying to get prepared to escape armed enemies as we learn that she has ben planning to bring down crime boss Taiko (Watanabe), not able to leave the building because of his goons, Everly must find a way to bring her mother and daughter to safety before getting captured.

This is an all out action romp as Everly will face friends and foes who have been given a bounty on her head by her boss and her escape this life.

 

Thoughts on Everly

 

Characters – Everly has been working in undercover in a brothel to bring down crime boss Taiko, now the escape is putting everyone she loves at risk and we see how far one woman will go for their family. Taiko is the ruthless crime lord, he has the police in his pocket making him the ruler of the city, when Everly betrays him, he will not stop to kill her before his power is removed. Edith is Everly’s mother that has been worried about her daughter for years believing she was dead.

PerformancesSalma Hayek is good in this strong female leading role, we believe her in battle and her characters actions. Hiroyuki may well be the main villain, but we just don’t see enough of his character to rate him highly. Laura is the same, like most stars of this movie we only get glimpses and it is all about who can make the biggest impact in this time.

StoryThe story follows one woman trying to escape the life of crime, but their boss isn’t letting them leave this world. This story takes place over just the one night as Everly takes on enemies that become an increasing threat through the film and almost plays out like a reverse of The Raid. This is an easy to watch action story, as it plays out like acts with break periods between the action sequences.

ActionThe action does come thick and fast with different style of battles for Everly to need to go through.

SettingsThe film remains in the one building for the whole film, this helps because it the action in contained for the most part within one apartment, playing into the no escape that she is facing.

Special EffectsThe effects being used in the film are good throughout and look as brutal as they need to be.


Scene of the Movie –
The Sadist is twisted.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It is just fight, calm, fight, calm too often.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good enjoyable by the book action film, it does everything it needs to without being anything overly original.

 

Overall: Action fans will enjoy.

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