What Keeps You Alive (2018)

Director: Colin Minihan

Writer: Colin Minihan (Screenplay)

Starring: Hannah Emily Anderson, Brittany Allen, Martha MacIsaac, Joey Klein

 

Plot: Majestic mountains, a still lake and venomous betrayals engulf a female married couple attempting to celebrate their one-year anniversary.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Tense Thriller

 

Story: What Keeps You Alive starts as married couple Jackie (Anderson) and Jules (Allen) head off to a beautiful majestic mountain lodge to celebrate their one-year anniversary.

As Jules learns more about Jackie’s past with the lodge, everything takes a dramatic twist and the cat-n-mouse chase is on.

 

Thoughts on What Keeps You Alive

 

Characters – Jackie is the owner of the house, well her family is, she brings her wife there to celebrate the anniversary, she has been trained in survival having a history with the place. Jules is the wife that can’t believe just how beautiful the location is, she must learn to adapt in the situation quickly if she is going to survive. The only other characters we meet are a couple across the lake.

PerformancesHannah Emily Anderson and Brittany Allen are our two leads, they are both great showing the intensity that both the characters must go through. The two are the only ones that get any real time on camera.

StoryThe story starts with what seems like a nice celebration but takes a sudden turn in tone and direction which brings the whole story to life. It turns into a cat-n-mouse style thriller which keeps you on edge, even if certain parts of this can be overly long. This does bottle down to keeping things simple as each scene seems to lead to a reveal of one trying to stay ahead of the other.

ThrillerThe thriller elements of the film keep us on edge from start to finish wondering just what will happen next.

SettingsThe film has a beautiful settings with stunning views, it does create the isolation needed for the events of the film to unfold in too.


Scene of the Movie –
The message.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Certain parts feel overly long.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good thriller that does the best with trying to keep us on the edge of our seats, both Anderson and Allen shine in the leading roles.

 

Overall: Thriller that keeps us guessing.

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The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time (2018)

Director: Anthony C Ferrante

Writer: Scotty Mullen (Screenplay) Thunder Levin (Characters)

Starring: Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Cassandra Scerbo, Vivica A Fox, Jonathan Bennett, Judah Friedlander

 

Plot: Fin has to go back in time to rejoin his shark-battling friends to stop the first Sharknado and save humanity.


Tagline – History’s biggest disaster comes to an end.

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Really Does Jump the Shark

 

Story: The Last Sharknado: It’s About time starts right where the last film finished, Fin (Ziering) travels back in time to destroy the first Sharknado, leading him to rich the dinosaur era, meeting old friends April (Reid), Nova (Scerbo) and Bryan (Friedlander), the friends learn they much go through time to save the world, including reaching Merlin’s castle, the American Revolution and the Wild West.

Through each time period the group must get through a critical moment in history to save the world from Sharknadoes once and for all.

 

Thoughts on The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time

 

Characters – Fin is our hero once again, leading the team in the fight against the Sharknadoes. He will do anything to keep his friends safe a stop the future being changed given a second chance to help his loved ones los in the past. April returns in human form this time where she must help Fin travel through time to save the world, Nova returns once again only this time she gets to have a moment that could change her own reason for fighting sharks, while kicking ass again. Skye is a character we lost in the second outing only to become part of the tour through history.

PerformancesThe performances are being measured compared to the previous films because we know the returning performers are enjoying these roles now. Ian Ziering is good in leading role which gets us given the wildly over the top leading man. Cassandra Scerbo is the standout of the supporting performers while dealing the most through the film.

StoryThe story continues our saga of Sharknadoes, this time we get complete time travel through big moments in history, the one thing you will say, is that is does commit to what it is doing. We know the story is wildly over the top and you wouldn’t expect anything less this far along into the franchise. On the negative we don’t get enough focus on the Sharknadoes which do feel like they have suddenly taken the back burner to the bigger story. we do get plenty of big quotes from popular movies that will get thrown in your face, though if you don’t understand them you might not get what we are doing with the story. This is meant to be the final chapter in the saga and I do feel the story rounds things off nicely.

Action/Adventure/Comedy/Sci-FiThe action in the film gives us a chance to see how different eras would battle a Sharknado which adds to the adventure we are going through with the time travel element adding to the sci-fi chapters which are heavily borrowed from over films. The film does have a comic tone throughout which is enjoyable to watch work.

SettingsThe film takes us to different locations in time which lets the location become bigger again after the World tour last time.

Special EffectsThe effects do feel like the lowest in the franchise to date, with less sharks it just doesn’t feel strong enough.


Scene of the Movie –
Deadpool joke.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Not enough sharks.

Final ThoughtsThis is a nice finish to the franchise which will keep the fans of the previous ones happy while not going to pull in a new audience.

 

Overall: Nice finish.

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ABC Film Challenge – Sci-Fi – U – Underdog (2007)

Director: Frederik Du Chau

Writer: Adam Rifkin, Joe Piscatella, Craig A Williams (Screenplay) W Watts Biggers (Television Series)

Starring: (Voice Talent) Jason Lee, Peter Dinklage, Jim Belushi, Patrick Warbuton, Alex Neuberger

 

Plot: A Beagle must use his newly-bestowed superpowers to defend Capitol City from mad scientist Simon Barsinister.


Tagline – One Nation, Under Dog.

Runtime: 1 Hour 24 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Little Movie

 

Story: Underdog starts as we meet the beagle on the police force that fails his training, only to be left homeless a stray in the city. Taken by Dr Simon Barsinister (Dinklage) who wants to perform an experiment on the strays of the city.

When the experiment goes wrong the beagle becomes Underdog a crime fighting super dog, but Simon isn’t finished with Underdog yet.

 

Thoughts on Underdog

 

Characters – Underdog is a simple beagle kicked off the police force and forced into becoming part of an experiment which gives him super powers, now he must make a choice between a family that is willing to welcome him in or saving the city from evil. Dr Simon Barsinister is the genius scientist that have been coming up with a formula to create genetically enhanced animals to fight crime, but when things go wrong he uses his creation for evil. Dan Unger is the former cop that adopts Underdog for his son to keep him company.

PerformancesJason Lee as the voice of Underdog works well because he knows how to handle the comedy required. Peter Dinklage is a great villain and has wonderful chemistry with Patrick Warburton as his assistant. Jim Belushi is good but mostly under used in his role.

StoryThe story is nice and simple a dog becomes superpowered after being involved in an experiment to take on an evil scientist that wants to destroy the city. We do have a deeper story about being accepted into a family for a dog. Overall this is a by the book family film too.

Adventure/Family/Sci-FiThe adventure side of the film is where the dog goes to fight crime, this does have a message for family and welcoming a dog into the family. The sci-fi side of the film looks at how the experiment could create superpowered dogs.

SettingsThe settings keep us in New York which plays into the idea of parodying the superhero genre.

Special EffectsThe effects are hit or miss throughout because of the flying moments do seem strange.


Scene of the Movie –
The final fight.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It is pretty short.

Final ThoughtsThis is a simple fun enjoyable family movie that never pushed the limits.

 

Overall: Simple enough.

Rating