Triassic World (2018)

Director: Dylan Vox

Writer: Marc Gottlieb (Screenplay)

Starring: Shellie Sterling, Hayley J Williams, Joseph Michael Harris, Jennifer Levinson, Thomas Steven Varga, Joel Berti


Plot: Dinosaurs are being used to grow human organs for transplants. But the scientists that created them have to fight back when the creatures escape.


Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes


There may be spoilers in the rest of the review


Verdict: Nice Late Night Movie


Story: Triassic World starts when investor Steven Hagen (Berti) is visiting a research facility that is using dinosaurs to grow human transplant organs to help save thousands of lives, Dr Martinelli (Williams) is giving the tour showing the progress while Diana (Sterling) isn’t playing along like she should be.

When one of the dinosaurs gets out of its cage, the facility is put on lock down with Thomas Adkins (Harris) tracking the dinosaur down before it gets its teeth into too many employees.


Thoughts on Triassic World


Characters – Diana is the scientist who knows she is searching for the right outcome, she doesn’t want to let her research get released early in case it hasn’t been complete. She doesn’t want to kill the escaped dinosaur knowing it could lose the research and remains calm through the situation the group find themselves in. Dr Marisa Martinelli is the public relations doctor that will say anything to get the money her team needs. Thomas Adkins is the one running the capture attempt, he is the best at tracking the dinosaurs and knowing the weak spots. Think this is meant to be the Owen character from the bigger budget sister. Bridget is the assistant to Steven, he isn’t interested in anything going on until it becomes life and death which shows her as the screaming character for the most part.

PerformancesThis is an Asylum movie, we know that the performances are not going to be fantastic, but unlike many of the company’s films, these performances feel stronger than normal, we get generic characters that are just disposable like others giving the actors time to perform.

StoryThe story here follows the idea a test facility becomes overrun by dinosaurs looking for dinner. We follow the survivors look for a way out, while containing the situation before it gets out of hand. This does feel like something we have seen before, though it is a nice formula that works well, we have seen infected people or creatures and then turning to dinosaurs makes this a bigger threat for the people to go against. When we look at the research side of the film, we get to see a lot of the Deep Blue Sea ideas borrowed here, using an animal to get results in human health problems, again nothing new, but nothing that needs fixing.

Action/Horror/Sci-FiThe action in the film follows the survivors battling the dinosaurs which isn’t the best action, but works for the horror side of the film because we see how the violence can be seen from the attacks. The sci-fi side of the film shows us just what humans would do with animals to save their own lives.

SettingsThe film is set inside the research facility that is put in lock down once one of the dinosaurs escapes, we have our characters trapped with no escape because of a quarantine against the blood thirsty dinosaurs. This usage of settings does help the movie feel contained and improves the tension in places.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film are lower budget, they do work for the film through, we get the less is more technique, with glimpses of the CGI dinosaurs looking weaker, but when it comes to the attacks the action improves a lot.

Scene of the Movie –
The drill.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Certain CGI clips do feel like repeats of previous ones.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun dinosaur movie, it keeps everything simple and you can see plenty of bloody splatter unlike the blockbuster dinosaur movies.


Overall: Simple and enjoyable.




ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – A – American Made (2017)

Director: Doug Liman

Writer: Gary Spinelli (Screenplay)

Starring: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, Jesse Plemons, Caleb Landry Jones, Lola Kirke


Plot: The story of Barry Seal, an American pilot who became a drug-runner for the CIA in the 1980s in a clandestine operation that would be exposed as the Iran-Contra Affair.

Tagline – Based on a True Lie

Runtime: 1 Hour 55 Minutes


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Enjoyable


Story: American Made starts as Barry Seal (Cruise) a pilot gets offered a job by the CIA agent Monty Schafer (Gleeson) to fly over different parts of Northern and Southern America to take photos for the CIA, the job is exclusive but as his family grows with Lucy (Wright) having children, he needs more money.

When one if his flights takes him to South America he meets businessman Pablo Escobar (Mejia) and his partners who recruit him to smuggle drug into America. Before long Barry is getting pushed into other forms of smuggling both to and from America.


                            Thoughts on American Made


Characters – Barry Seal was a small-time cigar smuggling pilot before he gets recruited by the CIA to fly over other parts of the Americas to spy, soon he becomes involved in large scale smuggling across America both in and out, he believes he is working in the CIA but always seemed to be getting slightly in deeper than first thought. He struggles to keep his personal life together with his wife and children suffering his sudden changes in location. Monty is the CIA agent that recruits Barry to smuggle, he believes he is in control of the whole situation as he bails Barry out of trouble and gives him the instructions from the American side of the events. Lucy is the wife of Barry that must deal with his lifestyle but once there is a large amount of money involved she embraces the life of luxury for her family. We do have the drug dealing side of the characters that Barry deals with but we only see them in the dealing side of the story.

PerformancesThis is another Tom Cruise vehicle where he shows just how talent he is, this helps his credibility after the disaster which was The Mummy, this could be his best full ranged acting performance in years. Domhnall is great in his supporting role showing he can work in nearly any genre right now. Sarah Wright is good but we don’t get to see enough of her characters struggle or enjoyment of the money.

StoryThe story follows Barry Seal and how he went from small-time cigar smuggler into one of the most infamous drug and gun smugglers in modern American history. We follow the events from how he remembers them explaining how he just didn’t seem to know how things just kept falling his way but he went with the flow and how the government helped support the international gun trade. This was a lot more interesting that I could imagine showing us just how corrupt the government could be when it needed to be.

Action/Biopic/ComedyThe action comes from how Barry would get the job done, he has edge of the seat moments of when it comes to the flight sequences, the comedy is lightly toned into the story which sounds like a comedy over a real story but seeing the story of Barry Seal and his smuggling makes for an interesting biopic.

SettingsThe film does take us across difference parts America to show where Barry ends up going to which all look like the time being presented in the film.

Scene of the Movie –
Emergency Landing

That Moment That Annoyed Me It does make the idea seem like a good thing rather than a criminal in action.

Final ThoughtsThis is an entertaining biopic that shows how a smuggler ran a multi-million-dollar organisation that even the government supported.


Overall: Enjoyable movie all around.




Opinion Battles Results – Worst Horror Franchise

Opinion Battles Results


This round we have had an excellent selection of Worst Horror Franchises, but just which one was the most popular?


Choice – Sharknado

Players – Damien

Points – 6


Choice – Saw

Players – Table 9 Mutant, S.G. Liput

Points – 12

If you want to take part in the next round, we are looking at Worst Animated Sequel

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Closing Date – Friday November 30th 2018

Here is the table, (Drew – Drew’s Movie Reviews, Kim – Tranquil Dreams, J – Film & Nuance, Cinema Parrot Disco, Rob – Movie Rob, Damien Riley – Riley Film Reviews, Emma – Emma Explains It All, S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason, Rachel – 54 Disney Reviews, Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews, , John –, , Milo – Stuff and That) can anyone take this league by storm like last year?