Writer: Brooks McLaren (Screenplay)
Starring: Theo James, Kat Graham, Forest Whitaker, Kerry Bishe, Nicole Ari Parker, Grace Dove, Lanie McAuley
Plot: A desperate father tries to return home to his pregnant wife after a mysterious apocalyptic event turns everything to chaos.
Tagline – No One Survives Alone
Runtime: 1 Hour 53 Minutes
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Verdict: Terrible Leading Character, Interesting Story
Story: How it Ends starts as we meet couple Will (James) and Samantha (Graham) who are trying to break the news to her father Tom (Whitaker) about wanting to get married, let alone that she is pregnant. With Will in New York to try and break the news Sam is left in Seattle.
The morning after an unknown event happens on the West coast of America, which leads to Will and Tom putting aside their differences to drive cross country to try and save Sam from whatever has happened.
Thoughts on How It Ends
Characters – Will is a lawyer I think, he has a job where he wants to start his own practise, he is dating Samantha and the two are now expecting a baby, when the event happens, he must travel across country with his potential new father-in-law, this character could well be the very worst of the year, he makes SOOOOOOOOOO many terrible decisions along the way, you will actually hate this character by the end of the film. Tom is the father of Samantha, he has spent years in the marines and seemingly is the only prepared for an event like this happening, he wants to keep things together on the journey, willing to do anything to save his daughter. Samantha is the daughter left to experience the event, we don’t know what she has gone through, she offers the motivation to go on the journey. Ricki is the engineer the guys pick up along the way, she offers moments of comedy in what is a serious film.
Performances – Theo James is an actor that hasn’t struck much gold through the years, mostly because the characters he plays are awful, this is one of his better performances even if you hate his character. Forest Whitaker is good as the one prepared for everything, he gives us the calm persona we know him for. When we look at the rest of the cast we get solid enough performances with the actors doing the best they can with the time they are given.
Story – The story here follows two men that must travel across America to save their daughter and girlfriend after an unknown event happens off the Western Coast of America. The side of the film that takes us to down the unknown mystery about what happened is the highlight of the story because we get filled with the speculation like you would imagine. As for the journey, well it is basic, travel, bump into group mostly likely trouble and have to figure out how to get out of the situation. This will pass for the fans of the potential end of the world films, even if it doesn’t address just what happened.
Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi – The action is by the book which is the odd chase and gun showdowns, we get to see the idea of an adventure of the two men travelling across the country. The sci-fi side of the film shows us just what would happen if an event could take out a whole coast in an instant.
Settings – The film takes us on a road-trip after an unknown event, we get to see the back country between the two locations, nothing stands out as memorable even if the shots of the city look bleak.
Special Effects – The effects in the film are solid, they are never turned to, too often and when they do they come off short.
Final Thoughts – This is a good idea for a film that doesn’t hit the levels it could do.
Overall: Strong idea that just doesn’t hit the marks.
Writer: Chloe Traicos (Screenplay)
Starring: Chloe Traicos, Christelle Baguidy, Michael Keyes, Sammy Anderson, Mindee de Lacey, Caesar James, Jeff Prater, Cameron Barnes
Plot: An interracial lesbian couple commit a murder and have to flee for their lives.
Runtime: 1 Hour 21 Minutes
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Verdict: Edgy Thriller
Story: Devil’s Cove starts as we see how Jackie (Traicos) and Toni (Baguigy) are on the run after killing Toni’s husband Rick (Barnes), going to their go to bar ‘Devil’s Cove’ the bar is run by Alan (Keyes) and is filled with the regulars.
We flash back to see how Jackie and Toni became friends and lovers. We are given interviews from the friends that are looking back on the events which led up to the murder before the girls go on the run.
Thoughts on Devil’s Cove
Characters – Jackie is the loose cannon, recently out of prison, she is in a loveless relationship and enjoys pressing people buttons the wrong way. She does become interested in helping Toni come out of her shell, but soon becomes the dangerous part of the partnership. Toni is the naïve woman that arrives to be the new wife to one of the locals, she doesn’t know anyone else there and struggles to fit into this world, Jackie shows her a new sign to life and what she gets pushed into could release her from her toxic marriage. Rick is the abusive husband of Toni’s he has been married before and his reputation has caused him problem. Alan is the bar owner that has always tried to keep things natural in his bar.
Performances – Chloe Traicos also has her hands in the writing and producing of this movie. She takes the leading role where she does give us an on-edge character whose every move does feel unpredictable. Christelle Baguidy gives us a good performance as the naïve partner in crime, we believe she doesn’t want to be part of it and she looks beautiful on this role. The male members of the cast are strong without being able to take the spotlight off the leading ladies.
Story – The story here does channel moments of ‘Thelma & Louise’ by having the two women on the run from the law. This isn’t on the same path because we focus mostly on how Toni is experiencing the events unfolding compared to how Jackie seems to be enjoying the journey. It does touch on domestic abuse being the catalyst for the new attitude even if everything does follow the paths we know it will go. For the thrillers fans out there, this will be keep you on edge because you just don’t know where things will go next. I did like how the interview style was used to show how other characters react to the events.
Thriller – This does keep us guessing to where things will go next for the girls on run which is all we want when it comes to the thrilling side of the story.
Settings – The film keeps us in a dead end town, we focus on the bar where everyone hangs out before going on the run which shows us far freedom can be.
Final Thoughts – This is a good thriller that gives us two very strong female characters in a world they wish to escape even if their methods are not the most legal.
Overall: Thriller to enjoy.
Writer: Jose Rivera (Screenplay) Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, Albertto Grando (Book)
Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal, Rodrigo De la Serna, Mia Maestro, Mercedes Moran, Jean Pierre Noher
Plot: The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life’s calling.
Tagline – Before he changed the world the world changed him
Runtime: 2 Hours 6 Minutes
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Verdict: Wonderful Biopic
Story: The Motorcycle Diaries starts as Ernesto (Bernal) and Alberto (Serna) head off on their motorcycle journey across South America, starting in his native Argentina as they look for some self-discovery. As the journey continues they head through Chile and learn about a new culture as they use their skills to get supplies to continue their journey.
Using Ernesto’s medical training to help the poor that they have medical problems in exchange for supplies and rooms as they learn their purpose in life.
Thoughts on The Motorcycle Diaries
Characters – Ernesto is a medical student in Argentina, that goes on this journey of self-discovery before taking on his final year of studies. He gets to learn about life as he prepares for this next step in his life which will help him as he becomes the iconic figure Che. Alberto is the best friend joining him on the journey, he tries to push Ernesto to breaking the rules, being dishonest to get what they need supplies. Chichina is the woman that Ernesto falls in love with back in Argentina at the start of his journey, she gives him an extra reason to return.
Performances – Gael Garcia Bernal became a star after this performance, he has gone onto being one of the stars of Pixar’s new movie Coco, this shows the skills he must show the heart and kindness his character had towards helping the poor. The rest of the cast support his performance wonderfully as we do meet plenty of different people along the way.
Story – The story here follows the two young men that travel across South America, learning different levels of poverty being experienced by people without access to medical supplies, they learn their purpose in the world which opens the eyes to one of the most iconic revolutionaries of all time Che. It does play out like an adventure like they would never be able to experience again and for that it must be praised, because any story which teaches life lessons is a must watch.
Adventure/Biopic – The adventure our two men go on takes them from their guaranteed future in science and medical to learning the troubles the people of South America are experiencing and learning different cultures. The fact this is based on Ernesto’s own story before becoming an icon of revolution only helps explain his decisions.
Settings – The settings show us the different countries, the breath-taking views, the open roads and different weather conditions they must go through.
Final Thoughts – This is a wonderful biopic of an icon before he became the icon the world would know, this gives him motivation to follow his ideas.
Overall: Must watch biopic.