Summer Shark Attack (2016)

Director: Misty Talley

Writer: Marcy Holland (Screenplay) Greg Mitchell (Story)

Starring: Allisyn Ashely Arm, Dave Davis, Michael Papajohn, Ross Britz, Ashton Leigh, Thomas Francis Murphy

 

Plot: A vacation to the Ozarks turns upside-down when bull sharks somehow infiltrate Arkansas’ freshwater lakes and wreak havoc on a town’s big fireworks festival.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good, Bad Shark Movie

 

Story: Summer Shark Attack starts as true low budget horror fashion by having thee bikini clad girls being the first victims of the shark in the lake. We do get to meet our main family next with teenagers Molly (Arm) and Harrison (Davis) joining their family parents Rick (Papajohn), Diane (Cayouette) and grandma (Garrison) who are having a long weekend on the lake in Arkansas,

When the family find themselves the victims of a shark attack they must team up with local Jones (Murphy) to stop the group of the killer bull sharks heading to a firework celebration before they can feed on the locals partying.

 

Thoughts on Summer Shark Attack

 

Characters – Molly is the teenage daughter that would want to be somewhere else with her boyfriend than in a lake but soon ends up being the ready to fight with the weapons collect from Jones. Harrison is the big brother that looks like he is ready to have a great time with the girls of the lake, he does have the strongest chemistry with the family too. Rick is the father of the family that must keep things together after getting wounded.

PerformanceThe performances are on the level you would expect for a sci-fi produced movie, we don’t have anybody that shines and the panic levels shown is mostly soft throughout which needs to be more intense.

StorySafe lake gets infested by sharks and one family must kill them before they get to a festival. This is a thin story but is doesn’t need to be anything more complicated either. I am not saying this is bad because it follows the Lake Placid idea which works perfectly but it would have been nice to have whether it was for the right or wrong reasons to have a character want to not kill the sharks.

Action/Horror The cheap action sequences of the shark kills do become repetitive after a while but does bring the kills up, the horror does come from the body count but most are off camera and computer designed.

SettingsThis is a different location for a shark movie as it is one place you would never expect to see them which does work for the film.

Special EffectsThe effects are not the best and most CGI cheap stuff that we have seen in sci-fi production world.

Scene of the Movie – Harpooning a shark.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Not trying to save the sharks which are just lost.

Final ThoughtsEasy, fun shark attack movie that can do everything you expect to see.

 

Overall: Easy Shark Attack Movie.

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ABC Film Challenge – Action – B – Black Hawk Down (2001)

Director: Ridley Scott

Writer: Ken Nolan (Screenplay) Mark Bowden (Book)

Starring: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, Eric Bana, William Fichtner, Ewen Bremner, Sam Shepard, Gabriel Casseus

 

Plot: 160 elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Hard Hitting Military Movie

 

Story: Black Hawk Down starts as we learn about why the Americans are in Somalia during the conflict within the country in 1993. We meet the host of different soldiers with different ranks with the main focus on the squad leader Eversmann (Hartnett) on his first mission as leader, with experienced squad leader Hoot (Bana). The mission is simple extract to captured soldiers from the middle of the militant controlled town.

When one of the helicopters is shot down the mission changes and know the soldiers must fight the militants in the city to save as many men as possible.

 

Thoughts on Black Hawk Down

 

Characters/PerformanceGoing through the characters may take a while, it would be fair to say we barely learn anything about our characters outside of this combat, of the main focal ones we have on the day promoted to leader Eversmann who is good and being fair to his men which includes the desk soldiers Grimes who has never been in conflict before. McKnight is the vet that gives the orders from the ground. Hoot has been in conflict many times and takes the similar role to Eversmann as gives the loose advice on how to command a small unit. Sanderson is like the super soldier that runs into conflict knowing it will be the best defence against the enemy. The soldiers do all get their own small stories of the conflict, with Nelson Twombly being one of the most memorable.

Performance wise, we have a cast which plays out like a who’s who of Hollywood starts or stars to be, not a single person gives us a bad performance and each member of the cast could be believable as a soldier through the film.

StoryThe story is how one mission turned into a massive conflict for control of the city as the American soldiers must overcome the Somalian militant. This story is more about the action and as always does only show the American’s being the good guys even if they don’t understand the conflict they are walking into, while with that statement I am not saying I side with the Somalian’s either. The story could be considered thin because it does only show one long conflict but that does mean we get the extended look at each member of the unit in their own battle to survive.

History/WarThis is one of the many battles America has faced in the 90’s yes, it is only one battle but it shows just how this battle went down in one of the biggest battles of modern warfare.

SettingsThe city shows us just how difficult conflict would be for both sides, we see how vantage points could leave soldier exposed but also how difficult it could be to stay safe.

Special EffectsAll of the effects put us right in the middle of the battle showing us how brutal, deadly and horrific the battle was.

Final Thoughtsif you want to see one of the best modern warfare movies, this is the best conflict showing film out there, it has an amazing cast that would go onto bigger projects in Hollywood too.

 

Overall: Must watch war movie.

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Lowlife (2017)

Director: Ryan Prows

Writer: Tim Cairo, Jake Gibson, Shaye Ogbonna, Ryan Prows, Maxwell Michael Towson (Screenplay)

Starring: Nicki Micheaux, Ricardo Adam Zarate, Jon Oswald, Shaye Ogbonna, Santana Dempsey, Mark Burnham, Jose Rosete

 

Plot: The sordid lives of an addict, an ex-con, and a luchador collide when an organ harvesting caper goes very, very wrong.


Tagline – Blessed Are The Meek

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Wonderful Connected Crime Comedy

 

Story: Lowlife starts as we see the organ harvesting business going on in LA, being run by Teddy ‘Bear’ Haynes (Burnham), one of his loyal employees is known as El Monstruo (Zarate) a luchador that goes around solving problems, he seems to black out on just what happens, which usually sees somebody else die.

We meet Crystal (Micheaux) who runs the small motel which is filled with the illegal immigrates and is facing a big decision regarding her husband. The final character we meet is Randy (Oswald), just out of prison with a swastika tattooed on his face, the four will cross paths and just where they will end up going for what they want is up in the air.

 

Thoughts on Lowlife

 

Characters – Crystal runs a small motel with her husband, she has to give up her daughter at a younger age, when her husband becomes ill, the local crime boss claims to have a solution with her daughter wanting to help, when she learns the truth she wants her own revenge on Teddy. El Monstruo is a luchador who has always lived in his father’s shadows, he can have moments where he blacks out where violence happens. He wants to protect his wife and keep his family’s legacy going. Randy is the recently released prisoner who has gotten tattoo of a swastika on his face, he will reluctantly help his friend deal with his dangerous situation. Kaylee is the pregnant wife of El Monstruo that becomes the target of everything the events in the film.

PerformancesWe have four main stories, with four different characters, each different and each performer makes their performance stand out for their roles in the film. nobody is better than anybody else and the chemistry between the cast feels genuine.

StoryThe story follows the four different people’s lives that intertwine in the course of one day, we have illegal body harvesting, kidnapping and a luchador that will smash any problems coming his way. We do get introduced to each character through chapters which does take time at certain times, but does give each character to develop the motives behind their actions. This does mean we head down certain directions, which include the opening sequence that doesn’t seem to get bought up in the way it is played out again, which does disappoint because it felt like a truly dark world being created. The story has the Tarantino style we have become used to which is always an entertaining watch.

Comedy/Crime The comedy plays into how the characters fit into the world, they are in the crime world too which sees them meet unlikely funny moments in the film.

SettingsThe film is set in LA which shows that not everything is the glitz and glamour that we know it can be.


Scene of the Movie –
First El Monstruo story.

That Moment That Annoyed Me We don’t dive into the world from the opening sequence enough.

Final ThoughtsThis is a weird and funny, crime comedy that takes us into a n unique world that is filled with colourful characters.

 

Overall: Funny Crime Comedy

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