The Pack (2015)

Director: Nick Robertson

Writer: Evan Randall Green (Screenplay)

Starring: Jack Campbell, Anna Lise Phillips, Katie Moore, Hamish Phillips, Charles Mayer

 

Plot: A farmer and his family must fight for survival after a ferocious pack of wild dogs infiltrates their isolated farmhouse. Through a series of frightening and bloody encounters they are forced into survival mode to make it through the night.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable Horror

 

Story: The Pack starts as the Wilson family Adam (Campbell), Carla (Phillips) and children Sophie (Moore) and Henry (Phillips) are struggling to make ends meet on their remote farm, they have an offer to leave or face losing everything and to make matters worse their sheep are being killed off at night.

The night comes are a pack of wild dogs trap the family inside the home, with nowhere to run and the blood thirsty animals outside the family must survive to make it through the night.

 

Thoughts on The Pack

 

Characters/PerformanceAdam is the traditionalist farmer that doesn’t want to leave his family farm even through the financial struggles but will do anything to protect his family. Carla is a vet that runs a small clinic out of the farm and does believe that moving could be right for the family. Sophie is your typical older teenager that wants to be in the city with friends instead of the middle of nowhere while Henry is the youngster and wanting to follow in both his parent’s footsteps.

Performance wise, well it would be fair to say that everybody is fine, most of what is needed in this film is terror and survive and that depends on the enemy and it would be fair to say they all pull this off well but it is the basics which don’t come off as well.

StoryA family in the middle of nowhere gets trapped by a pack of wild dogs and must survive the night. This isn’t the most difficult story to follow in fact it is easy to understand, we don’t get too much going on but the added financial situation problems shows these characters could become desperate.

Horror The pack of wild blood thirsty dogs does make for a good horror enemy as they will not stop when hunting and are stronger than the domestic ones, we get lots of drawn out scene just waiting for a jump attack to happen through this film.

SettingsThe film does put the family in their home but in the middle of nowhere which shows us the family is not safe in their own home but also have nowhere to run too.

Special EffectsThe effects are used sparingly to show the attacks but mostly editing protects the need for over use.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good horror to watch, mostly in the midnight selection but still rewarding.

 

Overall: Midnight horror treat.

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ABC Film Challenge – Action – I – Immortals (2011)

Director: Tarsem Singh

Writer: Charley Parlapanides, Vlas Parlapanides (Screenplay)

Starring: Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke, Stephen Dorff, Freida Pinto, Luke Evans, John Hurt, Joseph Morgan

 

Plot: Theseus is a mortal man chosen by Zeus to lead the fight against the ruthless King Hyperion, who is on a rampage across Greece to obtain a weapon that can destroy humanity.


Tagline – The Gods Need a Hero

Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Glossy Greek Muscles

 

Story: Immortals starts in a world where the immortals battled, the winners became Gods, the loser became Titans and buried under the mountain. With King Hyperion (Rourke) destroying village after villages in search for a stone that will grant him power. An average farmer Theseus (Cavill) trained in combat sees the war come to him, he is destined for greatness as the Gods watch over him with Zeus (Evans) knowing who will win the battle, but unable to interfere.

With the oracles including Phaedra (Pinto) knowing the truth about Theseus, she plans to release him and his fellow prisoners to go into battle against King Hyperion before becoming part of his plan.

 

Thoughts on Immortals

 

Characters – Theseus is from a quiet village that has lived in peace, but when the war comes to him, he must us his fighting skills to defeat the tyrant trying to conquer the land ad fulfil his destiny. He is the man that we see in many of these titles, a man that is meant to bring people together. King Hyperion has been taking control of the land of Greece, his armies are not taking prisoners in their conquering ways. This is a villain we are used to seeing because it is one that will go to any lengths to get what he wants. Stavros is a thief that joins Theseus and with this gets to plant the comical lines in places. Phaedra is the oracle that has seen the paths in which Theseus will take, believe he can bring the country to the freedom is deserves. Zeus is the all powerful God that is watching from the skies, he doesn’t want to interfere in this battle or any of the Gods to with the punishment of death.

PerformancesThe actors all have the look for their roles, so that won’t need discussing anymore. Henry Cavill is fine in the leading role, he doesn’t handle the emotion moments enough, but is saved with the fighting. Mickey Rourke is always good as a villain and he does a good enough job for the film. The rest are fine they just have nobody that sticks out long enough to be memorable.

StoryThe story plays into the idea of Gods and Titans that once ruled Greece, we see how they watched over the world waiting for the war which the humans will bring on themselves, now they must wait to see if the on man can fulfil the destiny. This is sword and saddles with what you are expecting to see after seeing 300. It all works fine but won’t become one of the more memorable within the genre.

Action/Fantasy/RomanceThe action is the highlight of the film, with plenty of big sequences that are left to see elements of the mythology. This dives us into the fantasy world we will be entering and there is a weaker romance side to the story.

SettingsThe film makes us feel like we are part of this world with ease, though most scenes look like they are from the same location and not looking special enough.

Special EffectsThe effects are nice to see because they play into this over the top style the film tries to make its own. Zeus coming to Earth is the highlight moment.


Scene of the Movie –
Hammer time.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Feels long.

Final ThoughtsThis will keep the fans of the films like 300 will enjoy this one, this is an entertaining watch if you don’t need to want to think and can be enjoyed.

 

Overall: Simple saddles and swords.

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