Dolph Lundgren Weekend – Puncture Wounds (2014)

Director: Giorgio Serafini, James Coyne

Writer: James Coyne (Screenplay)

Starring: Cung Le, Dolph Lundgren, Vinnie Jones, Gianni Capaldi, Briana Evigan, James C Burns

 

Plot: After returning home from a traumatic tour of duty in Iraq, John finds himself struggling with PTSD. What little peace he had managed to build around him is shattered one fateful day when he rescues a local call girl from a group of violent Aryan Brotherhood pimps. Having killed several of the high-ranking brotherhood during the rescue, John and his family are now the prime targets of Hollis, the ruthless criminal leader of the group.


Tagline – Pain Runs Deep

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Straight to DVD Action Standard

 

Story: Puncture Wounds starts as we meet John (Le) a former soldier suffering from PTSD, he wants to get his life back on track before returning to his family, making him a highly skilled weapon. When he breaks up a fight involving a woman Tanya (Evigan) in the parking lot of his motel, he kills the men.

These men happen to be working for Hollis (Lundgren) a violent pimp that uses his connection to hunt down John and everyone he loves.

 

Thoughts on Puncture Wounds

 

Characters – John is a former soldier that returns from war with PTSD, h wants to put his life back in order, but his good deed of protecting a woman, now he uses all his combat training to take out the people that took everything he loved. Hollis is the ruthless pimp that forces his girls to work with promise of drugs, he kills anyone that gets in his way and his money. This is quite a generic villain that has no remorse for anybody or anything he does. Bennett is a drug smuggler that works as most of a middle man for Hollis, but not for him.

PerformancesCung Le can handle the combat scenes well, he doesn’t need to give the best acting performance because his character is generic as they come. Dolph Lundgren is a good villain, much like Le he handles the combat well, but the acting isn’t the most difficult part of the film.

StoryThe story is the by the book action movie, it is good guy does the right thing only to find himself stuck in the middle of a bigger battle with a crime lord that will stop at nothing to kill him. This is an action movie that follows the rules and never tests the audience, it is easy to watch for the fans of the genre and will keep you entertained for the time it runs through.

ActionThe action is everything you expect, we have good hand to hand combat and moments of shooting, it works for the genre of the film.

SettingsThe film takes place in the big city that is riddled with crime, it shows the crimes happening in the world and how the people can hide away from it.


Scene of the Movie –
Final battle.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It can be forgotten easily.

Final ThoughtsThis is an easy to watch action film that plays the books well for action film fans, nothing too memorable and fun enough.

 

Overall: Easy to watch nonsense action film.

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ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – D – Deathgasm (2015)

Director: Jason Lei Howden

Writer: Jason Lei Howden, Sarah Howden (Screenplay)

Starring: Milo Cawthorne, James Blake, Kimberly Crossman, Sam Berkley, Daniel Cresswell

 

Plot: Two teenage boys unwittingly summon an ancient evil entity known as The Blind One by delving into black magic while trying to escape their mundane lives.


Tagline –  Evil is coming

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Heavy Metal Mayhem

 

Story: Deathgasm starts as high school student Brodie (Cawthorne) is moved to live with his uncle in a small town of Greypoint. Brodie is a metal fan which goes completely against his Christian Uncle, we get the high school dynamics with Medina (Crossman) being the beautiful girl Brodie takes a shine towards, Dion (Berkley), Giles (Cresswell) being the only friends Brodie makes and his Cousin David being the school bully. It is in a metal shop Brodie meets Zakk (Blake) that gives him the instant click.

When the two find some older written music, they decide to learn the song for their band Deathgasm. When the lyrics get translated it ends up summoning a demon that Brodie must defeat to save the town.

 

Thoughts on Deathgasm

 

Characters – Brodie is the new kid in town, he helps us have a reason to meet everyone in the town. Brodie is a metal head that makes new friends who are also metal fans with his band playing lyrics that will bring demons to Earth, he must step up to save the world. Zakk is the metal head that starts a bad with Brodie, but soon we see how selfish he can be even if he is the only hope Brodie has of defeating the demons. Medina is the beautiful class mate that Brodie takes a shine too, she is currently with the jock but also sees something in Brodie. We do have the rest of the generic high school types in here too.

PerformancesMilo Cawthorne is good in the leading role filling the high school outsider very nicely. James Blake does enjoy his role as the bad example to Brodie. While Kimberley Crossman look beautiful and gives us a good performance through the film.

StoryThe story follows a select group that must work together using their strengths to defeat the evil running rampant through their town. This time we focus on heavy metal fans who play too which gives us the new creative lead figures for the film with the demon being summoned through music, this is original and must be appalled because it brings a new style to movie.

Comedy/Horror/MusicThe comedy is looking at how the world doesn’t completely work for the idea poking fun at the ideas going on in the film. the horror is demons, gore and plenty of blood. We also have plenty of heavy metal music going on through the film.

SettingsThe small-town setting shows how everything can go wrong if demons are unleashed upon the town. It works and we get the introduction to who the people are with the new kid in town.

Special EffectsThe effects are great throughout, the blood and gore is way over the top which adds to the comedy and even the moments of CGI work for the tone of the film.


Scene of the Movie –
Ploughing through the enemies.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The high school is too generic.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun horror movie with plenty of gore and crazy metal music

 

Overall: Mad, Crazy enjoyable horror comedy.

Rating

 

 

Robin Hood The Rebellion (2018)

Director: Nicholas Winter

Writer: Nicholas Winter (Screenplay)

Starring: Ben Freeman, Kristian Nairn, Brian Blessed, Marytn Ford, James Oliver Wheatley, Marie Everett

 

Plot: With his true love captured by the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham, the legendary Robin Hood and his crew of outlaws execute a daring rescue to save her.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Just Another Weak Robin Hood Outing

 

Story: Robin Hood The Rebellion starts with Robin (Freeman) already at war with the Sheriff of Nottingham (Wheatley), the battles is becoming intense with the Sheriff’s men getting close to Robin’s people. When Maid Marian (Evertt) is taken by the Sheriff’s men, Robin plans his own attack to the Sheriff, first to get Maid Marian back and secondly to end the battle between the two and bring justice to the world.

 

Thoughts on Robin Hood The Rebellion

 

Characters – Robin Hood, we know the name we have seen him come to the screen multiple times, this time he is in the middle of the battle with the Sheriff, the people turn to him for safety and he understands why the people can side with the Sheriff at times, he leads the battle to prevent the people suffering the rulership. The Sheriff of Nottingham is controlling the area, he is forcing people to follow his rules with an iron fist, only he needs to test the people following him to capture Robin once and for all. We get versions of the iconic characters from the stories of Robin Hood too.

PerformancesBen Freeman as Robin Hood is fine, he doesn’t do anything to make him stand out and by the end of the film you will forget anything he does through the film. This is a film being sold on two names, Brian Blessed and Kristian Nairn, both have next to no screen time, it is unfair to criticise the acting because most are fine as they don’t have much to work with.

StoryRobin Hoods battles against the Sheriff of Nottingham have been getting told for decades now, every few years we get another version of the events, each one seemingly trying to make them more realistic, by making them more realistic we lose all of the fun created with them and it just becomes another bland good versus evil battle that could have random names instead of just using the iconic name of Robin Hood. This must be one of the weakest stories because of the fact it is just one singular battle, we learn nothing to what caused the battle between the two, see none of the previous battles between them and by the end you will feel like you have just watched the last episode o the television series over a fan story.

Action/AdventureThe action is just swords swinging and the occasion arrow being fired, its all tight battles which we have seen before, the adventure side of the film feel sucked out of this film because of the none quest idea in the film.

SettingsThe film is set in the woods, which could be anywhere, nothing makes it look like the place of the iconic battles and the second location is the castle which again has nothing to make it stand out from any other castle battle.

Special EffectsThe effects come from the fights mostly wounds that just seem to be the basics for the most part.


Scene of the Movie –
The big man fight.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Nothing original for the Robin Hood story.

Final ThoughtsThis is a weak version of the story we have seen way too many times, it just feels like an episode of a television series with way too much missing from the bigger picture.

 

Overall: Disappointing and Dull.

Rating