10×10 (2018)

Director: Suzi Ewing

Writer: Suzi Ewing, Noel Clarke (Screenplay)

Starring: Luke Evans, Kelly Reilly, Noel Clarke, Olivia Chenery, Jill Winteritz, Miles Webb, Jason Maza


Plot: A man abducts a flower shop owner and holds her captive in a small, soundproof room in an effort to extract a dark secret from her past.


Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes


There may be spoilers in the rest of the review


Verdict: Effective, but Slow


Story: 10×10 starts when Lewis (Evans) watches and plans the abduction of Cathy (Reilly) a flower shop owner in a small town, he locks her in a 10×10 concrete room as he looks to extract information from her.

Lewis only wants to know one thing, Cathy’s real name, he believes she has a past which she is keeping secret and he wants to expose her lies.


Thoughts on 10×10


Characters – Lewis has been planning the abduction of Cathy for a while now, he has his motivation for doing and has planned on where to keep her until he learns the truth, he was married, but something happened to his wife, he wants the answers from Cathy. Cathy is a popular florist in a small town, she gets on with everybody and is abducted by Lewis, she is keeping a secret from everybody, one that would ruin her reputation showing a much darker side to her.

PerformancesWe do only have two main performers in this film, Luke Evans as the sinister abductor goes through the range as the story unfolds, as does Kelly Reilly, the two have to see their characters take big twists through the story.

StoryThe story follows a man that abducts a woman in hopes of unlocking a secret from her past. This does seem like a simple enough story, it is a simple enough story, you are built into learn that we are going to get a twist on who Cathy is, other wise this whole plan is pointless, the main focus on the story is the Lewis trying to get the secret out and her not wanting to spill the beans. The story could have easily been a man of a televised series of mysteries, if we are honest, it does gets stretch longer than it needs to.

Thriller The film does try to keep you guessing as to what is going on because the idea that a stranger is taken and the only question being asked is what is her name, keeps us wondering what she has done in the past.

SettingsThe settings are one of the bigger disappointments, mostly because of the title of the film, which implies the film will take place in this room only, but we spend a while in the build up, we have a random car trip and most of the action takes place in the house, rather than just the room.

Scene of the Movie –
The truth.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The outside the room feels like false advertising.

Final ThoughtsThis is an interesting thriller, it has all the strong components required for a good film, it just ends up feeling like it was slightly miss-sold.


Overall: Interesting Idea for Thriller.




Look Away (2018)

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Director: Assaf Bernstein

Writer: Assaf Bernstein (Screenplay)

Starring: India Eisley, Jason Isaacs, Mira Sorvino, Penelope Mitchel, John C MacDonald, Harrison Gilbertson, Kristen Harris


Plot: LOOK AWAY is a psychological thriller that tells the story of Maria, an alienated high-school student whose life is turned upside down when she switches places with her sinister mirror image.

Tagline – Love/Fear. Passion/Seduction. Free/Trapped.

Runtime: 1 Hour 43 Minutes


There may be spoilers in the rest of the review


Verdict: Sinister Horror


Story: Look Away starts as we meet outsider school girl Maria (Eisley) who keeps to herself, with her one friend the popular Lily (Mitchell), her doctor father Dan (Isaacs) tries to let her be her own self, while her mother Amy (Sorvino) is constantly worrying about her daughter. When Maria starts talking to her reflection which uses the name Airam…

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ABC Film Challenge – Action – H – Hijacked (2017)

Director: Alex Merkin

Writer: Jesse Mittelstadt (Screenplay) Tyler W Konney, Jesse Mittelstadt, Richard Switzer (Story)

Starring: Denise Richards, Jonathan Lipnicki, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Liddel, Greer Grammer, John Posey


Plot: A female FBI agent is offered millions to help a thief escape from a hijacked airplane.

Tagline – A Heist at 30,000 Feet ..

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Late Night Action 101


Story: Hijacked starts as we meet FBI hostage negotiator Gretchen Blair (Richards), whose technique was to play along as a sexy call girl to distract the hostage taker. This has left her in hot water and out of a job, returning to her new role she boards a plane meeting Terry (Barker) who offers Gretchen money to keep him alive on the flight.

Terry has crossed the wrong paths, with Matthew Sharpe (Lundgren) and his team Sadie (Grammer) and the mystery members who could be anybody on the flight, as the plane is hijacked. Gretchen must use her skills and training to keep everyone alive.


Thoughts on Hijacked


Characters – Gretchen Blair is a hostage negotiator whose career has just gone down the drain, she gets a chance to redeem herself though on her flight home which become taken over by hostage takers out for revenge against a thief. Matthew Sharpe is the man wanting what is his, he takes the plane becoming the pilot while his team get the package. Sadie is the lady on the floor of the plane, making sure the hostages stay in position and the people they want are where they are. Sadly neither of these two villains become anything special and could be interchanged with ease.

PerformancesDenise Richards in the lading role, well this isn’t something you would be expecting to see and you can see why it doesn’t click for this role, she does handle the break down side of things but everything else not so well. Dolph Lundgren is fast becoming an actor I will watch in anything, this is why he is good enough for the role even if he does feel like he could be chewing the scenery at time. Greer Grammer is ok as the villain, she does have the most time for the villains and just being nothing that special either.

StoryThe story is hijackers take over a plane holding the passenger’s hostage while plucky FBI agent tries to take them out before they take lives. This is an easy to watch late night action movie story, it never challenges your brain and doesn’t always make the most sense, but by the end it has done everything it says it will.

Action/CrimeThe action is basic, there isn’t a memorable scene, while the crime side of the movie is the hijacking itself.

SettingsThe film taking place on the plane is great because we are left to see just how the characters could get out of this situation.

Special EffectsThe effects are not the best, in fact they are poor which only makes it difficult to see certain moments.

Scene of the Movie –
Opening sequence is the highlight.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The effects are poor.

Final ThoughtsThis is a late night level action film, it basic and just becomes simple enough to watch. It has questionable casting which pulls everything don.


Overall: Not the best.