Final Score (2018)

Director: Scott Mann

Writer: Jonathan Frank, David T Lynch, Keith Lynch (Screenplay)

Starring: Dave Bautista, Pierce Brosnan, Ray Stevenson, Martyn Ford, Ralph Brown, Victoria Broom, Lucy Gaskell, Lara Peake

 

Plot: After deadly terrorists abduct his niece at a soccer match, an ex-soldier with lethal fighting skills wages a one-man war to save her and prevent mass destruction.


Tagline – 35,000 lives. 90 minutes. No extra time

Runtime: 1 Hour 44 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Late Night Action Delight

 

Story: Final Score starts when Michael Knox (Bautista) visits his niece Danni (Peake) in London to take her to the last ever game at the Boelyn Stadium for West Ham in a European Semi Final (This is hilarious because West Ham haven’t been near one in decades) against a Russian team called Dynamo FC.

With his niece going to be with her boyfriend, Michael must search for her, which just so happens to become locked down by terrorist Arkady (Stevenson) who wants to use the game to kill his brother Dimitri (Brosnan), when Michael learns of the problem, he must become a one man fight to save the stadium.

 

Thoughts on Final Score

 

Characters – Michael Knox is a soldier that has travelled the globe fighting the good cause, his brother was lost in battle and he watches over his niece taking her to football matches. He sees that there is a big problem and uses his training to save his niece and the people in the stadium. Arkady is the terrorist that has taken over the stadium, the former war criminal will do anything to get his hands on his brother even if it means killing everyone in the stadium. Dimitri is the brother that recreated his life after leaving his brother to be destroyed and bring peace to their home country, he is now the target for the nights terrorist actions. In the rest of the characters we get the typical men working for Arkady, the one that is bigger than Michael, the bad ass woman and the tech heavy one etc, we also have the rebellious teenager and the quick talking steward.

PerformancesDave Bautista has been steadily getting on with the action genre, he does a good job once again as the reluctant hero of the situation, handling the combat scenes well and looking like the uncle that would only scare boys away from the niece. Ray Stevenson in the villainous role is good to never letting his accent drop through the film. Pierce Brosnan is good even though he doesn’t really do too much in the film, as are the rest of the cast working well through the film.

StoryThe story here follows one man that must stop a terrorist attack within a certain amount of time, 90 minutes well 105 minutes if you include half time. This is simple enough for a story and by having the countdown helps us feel like part of the action. This does follow the trend of any action film which can be compared to Die Hard, only this time in a football stadium. When we look at the villains motives we get mixed feelings as it seems simple to start with only to become overly complicated when we get the mass numbers outside the stadium trying to stop anything happening. Overall the story isn’t challenging, it is watchable and enjoyed which is all we want to see.

ActionThe action in the film comes from the fights, which all play into Dave Bautista’s strengths, with the highlight of the film being the motorcycle chase through the stadium, which shouldn’t work only to be brilliant.

SettingsThe film is set inside Upton Park, now this could be easy to say this is Die Hard in a football stadium and it is, but having the match going on at the same time gives us a true look at the time rolling by and just how difficult it would be to stop people from knowing what is going on.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film don’t always look good, but strangely enough fit the movie well.


Scene of the Movie –
Motorbike chase.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It is too hard to believe West Ham would be in a semi-final in European football.

Final ThoughtsThis is an enjoyable action film that gets most things right to make us enjoy what we are seeing, easy to watch and shows Bautista to be a good action star.

 

Overall: Action packed fun.

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The Big Take (2018)

Director: Justin Daly

Writer: Justin Daly (Screenplay)

Starring: James McCaffrey, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Zoe Bell, Robert Forster, Dan Hedaya, Bill Sage, Oksana Lada

 

Plot: Douglas Brown is a movie star who wakes up to find he is being blackmailed by someone he doesn’t know. He calls his agent Jack Girardi who calls Hollywood private detective Frank Manascalpo to sort things out. Frank does well, at first, but he finds the wrong man. He finds an aspiring writer/director Max O’Leary, who is under the mistaken impression that the sudden attention he is receiving might be because Douglas Brown wants to make his movie. He doesn’t. In the end, Max does get his big break in Hollywood. Unfortunately, he is going to have to kill someone to get it.


Tagline – It’s murder to make a movie

Runtime: 1 Hour 23 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Oozes Potential

 

Story: The Big Take starts when actor Douglas Brown (McCaffrey) gets drugged by Vic Venitos (Holmgren) into ding an action which he will want to keep quiet, to which Vic blackmails Douglas into making a movie for his writer friend Max O’Leary (Moss Bachrach).

Turning to his agent Jack (Sage) and fixer Frank (Hedaya) Douglas looks to clear up the mess before it gets exposed. Frank turns to his own fixer Edie (Bell) to get the results as she leads the investigation to what is going on.

 

Thoughts on The Big Take

 

Characters – Douglas Brown is an actor that does have pull in Hollywood, he is the one that gets drugged and blackmailed which sets of the events in the film, he just wants to keep his reputation together. Max O’Leary is the aspiring writer that believes he is about to get the big break when he learns Douglas Brown is interested in his script, along with his wife get put in the middle of the blackmailing incident with the people trying to expose the blackmailers. Edie is one of the fixers that is set to expose who is behind the blackmailing, she does take out the bad people leaving the innocent alone. Detective Aborn is the man caught up only getting small information about what is going on, he gets increasingly frustrated with what is going on.

PerformancesJames McCaffrey as the actor is solid enough in his role, we don’t get to see enough of his character to make us truly care about what happens. Ebon Moss-Bachrach is the best of the cast, this is because he is accidently playing dumb to the situation showing how easily he is to believe through each scene believing this is his chance to make it. Zoe Bell continues to show why Tarantino turns to her so often, in her few scenes we get to see that she can demand the centre screen. The rest of the cast is good taking advantage o the time on screen.

StoryThe story follows an actor that gets blackmailed as we are trying to see private investigators try to cover up the blackmailing as inspiring writer gets his moment to figure where he stands in this story. this is an clever idea for a story, it tries to have good twists along the way and does want to create a style which would give us a flashy unique story telling concept, only we find the story does feel too short in places, the scenes which would give the characters the fully flushed out moment just doesn’t come out like the masters of the trade would bring us. We can however see the potential in the storytelling ability here, because the design of the story feels positive and enjoyable.

ThrillerThis does keep us guessing to where things will be going throughout, each scene does seem to create more to the story which helps us wonder where the film will go next.

SettingsThe film does take place in and around LA which helps give us the idea of the different levels people involved are in fame wise.


Scene of the Movie –
How to hold a gun.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The music choice.

Final ThoughtsThis is a film that is filled with potential when it comes to storytelling, it does fall slightly short of this potential which is does disappoint even if the acting can’t be faulted.

 

Overall: This is a film that shows potential.

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ABC Film Challenge – Romance – G – The Graduate (1967)

Director: Mike Nichols

Writer: Calder Willingham, Buck Henry (Screenplay) Charles Webb (Novel)

Starring: Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross, Williams Daniels, Murray Hamilton, Elizabeth Wilson

 

Plot: A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter.


Tagline – This is Benjamin. He’s a little worried about his future.

Runtime: 1 Hour 46 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Great Coming of Age Movie

 

Story: The Graduate starts when college student Ben Braddock (Hoffman) returns home after the four years of studying, he has no idea what to do with his future and when he his father’s partner’s wife Mrs Robinson (Bancroft) tries to seduce him, he starts having an affair throughout the summer.

With the affair keeping the sex happening whenever they want it, when Mrs Robinson’s daughter Elaine (Ross) returns to town the two are set up by the rest of the parents. Soon Ben is torn between the two women as he searches for answers in his future.

 

Thoughts on The Graduate

 

Characters – Ben Braddock is the college student that has finished his studies and now he doesn’t know where to start the next chapter of his life, this changes when he ends up in an affair with Mrs Robinson before falling for her daughter complicating his life even more. This character shows how difficult life after college can be for anyone that spends years studying if they have no direction afterwards. Mrs Robinson is Ben’s father’s partner’s wife (wow that is a mouthful) who seduces Ben offering his sex in secret whenever he would like it, they have an affair and she becomes very demanding to escape her loveless marriage. Elaine is the daughter of Mrs Robinson that has grown up with Ben, also back from studying the two start dating against Mrs Robinson’s wish.

PerformancesDustin Hoffman in the leading role is great, he shows the nervous side to his character during the affair and the determination to be with Elaine. Anne Bancroft as the older woman coming into the young man’s life is great to, we see how easily she could have seduced someone. Katharine Ross is good as the daughter that has good chemistry with Hoffman.

StoryThe story here follows a young man taking his first steps into the real world after college, he has no idea where he wants to go and ends up in the middle of a love triangle with a mother and daughter. This does touch on the difficult side of life after college even though we don’t spend enough time face this truth. The main part we focus on dealing with one man trying to understand love even when people are going to make things difficult for him. This does send the message about finding love before a career, which is strange. The idea works well for this story as does pace things perfectly well.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy comes from Dustin Hoffman’s reaction to most things, he looks awkward throughout which does make us laugh, the romance however is strange because why would the woman date the guy she knows had an affair with her mum, just why?

SettingsThe film settings show the everyday life these people would be going through, we do get to head off to different cities as long as you know the university lay out you will know where we are.


Scene of the Movie –
The single shot of the summer follow Ben.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The weird idea of the relationships between the women and Ben.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the biggest coming of age movies of all time, it has iconic scenes and is one people will always remember the songs for.

 

Overall: One of the classics of cinema.

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