Rust Creek (2018)

Director: Jen McGowan

Writer: Julie Lipson (Screenplay) Stu Pollard (Story)

Starring: Hermione Corfield, Micah Hauptman, Jay Paulson, Sean O’Bryan, Daniel R Hill, John Marshall Jones

 

Plot: An overachieving college student gets lost on her way to a job interview. A wrong turn leaves her stranded deep in the Kentucky forest. The woman must defend herself against the harsh elements and a band of ruthless outlaws. She is forced into an uneasy alliance with a strange loner who has unknown intentions.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 48 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fresh Spin on the Survival Thriller

 

Story: Rust Creek starts as a college student Sawyer (Corfield) gets offered a job interview for the job she has spent her life studying for, she must travel across the country to arrive at this location, which takes her through a Kentucky forest, on a journey she hasn’t taken before, which only leaves her lost.

While trying to figure out her location, Sawyer is approached by two locals, Hollister (Hauptman) and his brother Buck (Hill) who she handles with, getting injured and lost on foot in the woods. Sheriff O’Doyle (O’Bryan) starts searching for the owner of her car after it is located abandoned on the road, leaving Sawyer to fend for herself after overly friendly local Lowell (Paulson) offers her shelter.

 

Thoughts on Rust Creek

 

Characters – Sawyer is the successful college student that is about to be offered a job interview that could be the future she always wanted, she gets lost, but knows how to take care of herself against a threat, she keeps away from them using survival techniques. Sawyer is a strong character, everything about her abilities to survive is done in a believable manor, the problem is that we never learn what her subject of choice is. Hollister is the smarter, more forward brother of the two, he tends to be the one who steps up to create the problems, though he will be the one that looks to end them. Lowell is the meth producer and cousin to Hollister, he offers Sawyer shelter, trying his best to keep her safe knowing what could happen to her if the others get hold of her. Sheriff O’Doyle is trying to figure out what happened to Sawyer, he has pressure from both sides and is planning on not making this a big scene.

PerformancesHermione Corfield takes the leading role in this film, she is the highlight of the film with the strength she shows, the evolution her character goes through and the survival skills she shows. Micah Hauptman, Jay Paulson and Sean O’Bryan are good in the supporting roles.

StoryThe story here follows a college student that becomes the target of locals and must survive in the local forest with the help of a meth producer. This story does go in one direction to start with, one we have seen many different times which would have been fine too, the fact this takes a turn and gives us actual development behind villainous characters instead of making them just local hicks. The story does give us the ideas or a survival thriller, only to take that away for part of the story, while this is different, it can take away from what we are expecting to see. The twists do keep the story feeling refreshing though.

ThrillerThe movie uses the thrilling side of the events to keep us on edge to just who Sawyer can trust and what will happen to her if she gets caught.

SettingsThe film is set in a Kentucky forest which does show us how easily it can be to become lost in the environment you don’t know, how easy secrets can be kept and how the locals know how to track.


Scene of the Movie –
The final fight.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Not learning what Sawyer’s education or job interview is for.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good thriller that does bring a new look to the survival thriller, it has a good leading lady in Hermione Corfield and will keep you on edge until the end.

 

Overall: Thriller to keep you guessing.

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ABC Film Challenge – Best of 2018 – A – A Star is Born (2018)

Director: Bradley Cooper

Writer: Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters (Screenplay) Moss Hart, John Gregory Dunne, Joan Didion, Frank Pierson, Williams A Wellman, Robert Carson (Original Screenplay)

Starring: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott, Andrew Dice Clay, Rafi Gavron, Anthony Ramos, Dave Chappelle, Alec Baldwin

 

Plot: A musician helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.

 

Runtime: 2 Hours 15 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Musical Enjoyment

 

Story: A Star is Born starts when rock star Jackson (Cooper) looking for another drink stumbles into a drag bar, he sees working class woman Ally (Gaga) perform on stage, instantly he knows she has talent and learns more about her, bring her on stage for his latest show.

When Ally becomes an overnight success story the two-start performing together which only attractions more record labels who come calling to make Ally the next biggest star in the music world which soon sees her become more famous than Jack whose own problems could bring an end to his fame.

 

Thoughts on A Star is Born

 

Characters – Ally is a hotel worker that performers in a local drag bar after being rejected by record labels before. She meets rock star Jack who encourages to perform, first with him and soon the world wants to see her become the biggest star in the music industry. Ally must learn about the world around her, one she has never stepped foot in before or become consumed by it. Jack is the rock star who sees Ally believing she could become a star, he offers her a chance to perform which sets her on her way, Jack however has his own problems with drinks and drugs would could finish his own career just as Ally’s is about to take off. These two characters do take centre stage for the most part, we do see family that support as well as friends who see their friend get to levels of fame they never thought they could.

PerformancesBradley Cooper gives one of his best performances of his career here, not just on front of the camera, but behind it too. He manages to make us feel like his problems are real, which are problem many musicians could be facing. Lady Gaga was always going to be a wonderful choice for the singing side of the film, it was the acting side people wanted to see if she could handle, she does a good job through the film managing to show the bond the two have throughout the film. the supporting cast are good without needing to be challenged to reach the levels of the lead two actors.

StoryThe story follows the rise of a musician after being discovered by an alcoholic rock star. We know this is a remake, so we know this had been modernised to tell an old story which deals with the modern problems of fame for musicians. We see how one side is taking every opportunity thrown her way and the other than has been watching his career fade away because of alcoholism and drug abuse. This is a great story of how important taking chances are and how success can ruin lives. The story does however become slightly slow paced because we just jump into a song to cover up anything that needs to be talked about more.

Music/RomanceThe music in the film is good with songs that Gaga performs with ease. The romance between the two shows how they can support each other through the lives they didn’t know they would be going through.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to show the journey that Ally takes from the small venue to awards ceremony showing here rise to fame.


Scene of the Movie –
First song.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The rise feels too fast.

Final ThoughtsThis is a great look at how the fame can affect lives in the music industry, we get strong performances from Cooper and Gaga who both shine through the film.

 

Overall: Great Music based movie.

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