Winter Ridge (2018)

Director: Dom Lenoir

Writer: Ross Owen Williams (Screenplay)

Starring: Matt Hookings, Olwen Catherine Kelly, Hannah Waddingham, Michael McKell, Justin McDonald, Alan Ford, Ian Pirie, Noeleen Comiskey

 

Plot: A young detective is torn apart after his wife ends up in a coma while hunting a serial-killer at the same time.


Tagline – The Edge of Perception

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Tense Crime Mystery

 

Story: Winter Ridge starts as we meet detective Ryan Barnes (Hookings) about to celebrate his anniversary before an accident leaves his wife in a coma. This happens when the first sudden heart attack in the area starts.

With Sara still in her coma, the drink driver Mike Evans (Pirie) free on the streets the number of heart attacks in the area has been increasing, leading to Ryan needing to solve what seems to be a serial killer and need to learn the motives.

 

Thoughts on Winter Ridge

 

Characters – Ryan Barnes is the best detective on the force in area, he knows how to deal with the locals to be fair and strict depending on their offences. His good nature only ends up with his wife in a coma and him holding a grudge against anyone committing the same crime, this clouds his judgment when they learn about a serial killer in the area. He is grief guilt ridden man that knows and believes he is at fault for his wife’s coma. Jessica is the nurse that is on Ryan’s side when it comes to caring for his wife, she helps with information and is the ear to listen to about the pain he is feeling. Joanne runs the care home for the elderly while also being the therapist supporting Ryan through his troubles. John Faulkner is the police chief that keeps Ryan around because he knows he is the best man for the job deflecting any problems in the media circus.

PerformancesMatt Hookings in the leading role is the star of the show, he is in nearly scene and we understand his grief and determination being shown. Olwen Catherine Kelly is good with her limit role in the film, with the supporting cast all giving us good performances bouncing off Hookings’ performance.

StoryThe story here follows a detective that is dealing with his own personal guilt that must try to get to the bottom of a serial killer that is targeting the locals in the area. This is a mystery story to follow and as we only see how the lead detective learns different information unfolding. When it comes to this type of story we do need to be kept guessing to make everything look and feel more interesting as we try to solve the mystery ourselves (well I do). Once we learn who is behind the crimes we do get motives they believe in which is again always important and even gives us a chance to sympathise with their decision. The subplot where we see how Ryan must learn to forgive a crime against him which is unforgivable is what is great to watch, we see him keep his calm nature for the people who can’t help their crimes and turns on the ones that know what they are doing wrong. If you do like a good mystery to discover this is going to be one for you to enjoy.

ThrillerThe film does keep us guessing to who is behind the crime, we get plenty of suspects which could have their own motives which helps us enjoy this more than only learning having everything pointed at one.

SettingsThe film is set in a small English countryside town, which gives us the sense of community and gives us the chance to get beautiful shots of the landscapes.


Scene of the Movie –
Motivation speech.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The random journalist that turns up for only one scene with this many bodies turning up.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good mystery thriller that keeps you guessing from start to finish, uses the settings to give us beautiful shots and Matt Hookings shines in the leading role.

 

Overall: Must watch for mystery fans.

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ABC Film Challenge – Romance – C – Chalet Girl (2011)

Director: Phil Traill

Writer: Tom Williams (Screenplay)

Starring: Felicity Jones, Ed Westwick, Bill Nighy, Brooke Shields, Bill Bailey, Tasmin Egerton, Sophia Bush

 

Plot: Former skateboard champion Kim wants to make more money after her mother’s tragic death. She joins the elite posh servicing company, which sends her off to Austria.


Tagline – How to marry a billionaire.

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Sweet, Delightful and Enjoyable

 

Story: Chalet Girl starts as we meet Kim (Jones) a skateboarding icon that has vanished from the circuit following the death of her mother, working in a burger restaurant caring for father Bill (Bailey). Needing to make more money Kim takes a chance to work as a chalet girl for an elite posh household in Austria, giving on the basic training from fellow girl Georgie (Egerton), she gets to start a new direction.

The family includes father Richard (Nighy) that is willing to give anyone a chance, his son Jonny (Westwick) who is happy to accept Kim, his girlfriend Chloe (Bush) and mother Caroline (Shields) are quick to judge. Over her time in the slopes Kim finds that she is a natural snowboarder and learns to love this new life, but struggles to shake her own demons.

 

Thoughts on Chalet Girl

 

Characters – Kim is a common English girl whose talents are great for home life and is now hiding from his potential from the world after the death of her mother. She has always been safe even though her skateboarding career doesn’t seem so safe, she takes a job she clear would never fit in around the clients, she soon learns that she is a natural snowboarder, but will need to overcome her past nightmares to continue her life. Jonny is one of the household that visit, he catches Kim’s attention, but has a girlfriend, he is open to giving Kim a chance in this world even if she isn’t from the posh background like the normal girls they get. Richard is the owner of the house, he welcomes any help as long as they can do the job without any problems.

PerformancesFelicity Jones broke onto the scene with this role, she is fantastic as the common girl, never letting her performance look glamorous and making it easy to connect to her real-life issues. Ed Westwick is good in his role looking the part of the rich attractive guy. Bill Nighy and the rest of the supporting cast are all great through the film with Bill Bailey does get the most laughs.

StoryThe story follows a young girl about to take on adulthood with her first long-term trip away from home, she must learn how the high life live, while battling her own past which haunts her to this day and become the star in the sport she never knew she had the talent for. This is one of the strongest points in this movie, the other side of the film is watching how she falls in love with a guy from this other world, which I feel takes away from just how important her journey needs to be. For a popcorn rom com this is a by the book story that can be enjoyed and doesn’t seem to go in any direction you wouldn’t imagine it going.

Comedy/Romance For a comedy this gets plenty of laughs from the whole cast, while romance side of the film is by the book, but does take away from the bigger story.

SettingsThe film takes Kim from start in her normal common life, to live a life she had never imagined in Austria.


Scene of the Movie –
Snowboard run.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The commentator for the snowboarding event.

Final ThoughtsThis is an enjoyable rom com that does have a deeper meaning for our leading lady Kim, this will leave you with a smile on your face and can be enjoyed by all.

 

Overall: Leaves you will a smile on your face.

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