Just Say Goodbye (2017)

Director: Matt Walting

Writer: Layla O’Shea (Screenplay)

Starring: Katerina Eichenberger, Max MacKenzie, William Galatis, Jesse Walkers, Pamela Jayne Morgan, Olivia Nossiff

 

Plot: Sarah slashes down the days to her summer vacation trip with all the gusto of Zorro and his infamous ‘Z’, until she discovers her best friend’s plot to end his life while she’s away.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Important & Genuine

 

Story: Just Say Goodbye starts as we meet two high school friends Sarah (Eichenberger) and Jesse (MacKenzie) who have been friends for years, since the day Jesse’s mum died. With the school year coming close to an end, Sarah is getting ready to spend time away from the town with her father in New York, leaving Jesse back in the town.

Just before the summer vacation starts Jesse reveals his biggest secret to Sarah, he is planning on killing himself during the summer vacation because he is tired of being treat badly at school, in the town and by his father. Sarah is left in the impossible position of figuring out why and how she can stop it from happening.

 

Thoughts on Just Say Goodbye

 

Characters – Sarah has been best friends with Jesse for years now, she spends her summers away with her father and is always the strongest of the two when it comes to dealing with bullies. She is left in an impossible position when he tells her his plans, forcing her to try and help no matter how much he doesn’t want to stop. Jesse saw his mother kill herself when he was young, his father turned to alcohol, his only friend is Sarah. He gets bullied at school and has decided that this summer he is going to end his own life. Rick is the father of Jesse, he turned to alcohol after his wife’s death becoming abusive towards Jesse. Chase has been bullying Jesse for years now and doesn’t care what the consequences of his action are.

PerformancesKaterina Eichenberger and Max MacKenzie both have wonderful chemistry together, you can believe their bond as friends and can understand both sides of the emotions being dealt with. William Galatis makes the depressed abusive father feel authentic, Jesse Walters fills the bully role with ease too.

StoryThe story here follows two high school friends that face a big decision after one has planned his own suicide while the other wants to do everything to stop this happening, leading us down the path of whether he will follow through or not. This story does deal with one of the most sensitive subjects in the world today, teen suicide. This is going to be one of the subjects people will not want to discuss as opening because they don’t know how to deal with the conversation, we do get to see how people will hide their problems from even their best friends. This story is a way to open up on the conversation, it is important and shows us just how depression can affect lives.

SettingsThe settings keep us in the one town location, you get the feeling the high school student do just want to get out of their own lives.


Scene of the Movie –
The vacation plans.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Cycling without helmets.

Final ThoughtsThis is a film that is important, we get to see one of the most difficult subjects out there and tackles it with the sensitivity required.

 

Overall: Must see film.

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ABC Film Challenge – Action – V – Vertical Limit (2000)

Director: Martin Campbell

Writer: Robert King, Terry Hayes (Screenplay) Robert King (Story)

Starring: Chris O’Donnell, Bill Paxton, Robin Tunney, Scott Glenn, Temuera Morrison, Ben Mendelsohn, Alexander Siddig, Izabella Scorupco

 

Plot: A climber must rescue his sister on top of K2, one of the world’s biggest mountains.


Tagline – Hold Your Breath

Runtime: 2 Hours 4 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Edge of your Seat Thriller

 

Story: Vertical Limit starts with the personal climb tragedy that Peter (O’Donnell) and Annie (Tunney) go through, the siblings go their separate ways, three years later work brings them back together on K2, as Annie is part of billionaire Elliot Vaughn’s (Paxton) team planning to climb to the top for an advertising opportunity.

When the weather turns, the crew on the mountain gets thrown into a cave in the middle of the mountain with no escape, Peter will now lead a team to rescue his sister in a race against time and the weather.

 

Thoughts on Vertical Limit

 

Characters – Peter is the brother of Annie, he had to make a difficult decision which led to his father’s death becoming distant from his sister in the process, now a wildlife photographer in extreme conditions which reunites them on K2, when she becomes trapped, Peter puts together a team to rescue her before it is too late. Annie is the sister and just as experienced climber ass Peter, she works on K2 for the billionaire that arranges tours, she has records on climbing the mountain too. She is on the team which gets trapped on the mountain, needing to remain in control while the rest look to survive. Montgomery Wick is the expert climber that has spent years searching for his lost wife on the mountain, he doesn’t work with others unless it is a rescue mission, he will get Peter to his location at the quickest pace. Elliot Vaughn is the billionaire that climbs for money, this expedition is planned as a marketing campaign for his new airline, he doesn’t care about lives as much as the other people on the mountain.

PerformancesChris O’Donnell in the leading role is good, he shows the knowledge while the innocent panic one would have while trying to save a loved one, Robin Tunney shows the strength needed for her part spending most of the film opposite Paxton who once again showed why he could become any role in a film. Scott Glenn gets the strongest scenes because of his outside persona created by his character, which does need a moment of emotional strength.

StoryThe story here follows sibling mountain climbers that have become distant after a tragedy, now one must rescue the other one on one of the most dangerous mountains in the world K2. This is a survivor story which shows how dangerous in the first-place mountain climbing is and just how much more dangerous rescue mission can be. Each character in the film has their own reason for being on the mountain which gives us a reason to follow and support each character through the mission, though this does end up feeling strange when we see what happens to most of the rescue team. For the most part this is a simple to follow story that does the directions most survival movies go without needing to make anything complicated, showing us the good and bad in people.

Action/AdventureThe action sequences in this film are fantastic, clearly the highlight of the film, we see the climbers hanging on for dear life, avalanches and explosion which the teams must survive, which plays into the adventure of climbing one of the most dangerous mountains in the world.

SettingsThe settings in the film only make this more breath-taking, the views from the mountain, mixed with the locations the people are trapped or climbing show us just how dangerous this is.

Special EffectsThe effects are weak though, we have one moment with a helicopter where you can almost make out that it is shaking like a rodeo machine.


Scene of the Movie –
Learning about the explosives in the sun.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The forced foreshadowing from the opening sequence.

Final ThoughtsThis is an enjoyable survival movie which will grab to the edge of your seat from the moment things go wrong until the gripping conclusion.

 

Overall: Survival Film at its best.

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