Franchise Weekend – Justice League vs. Teen Titans (2016)

Director: Sam Liu

Writer: Bryan Q Miller, Alan Burnett (Screenplay) Bryan Q Miller (Story)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Rosario Dawson, Christopher Gorham, Shemar Moore, Jerry O’Connell, Jason O’Mara, Stuart Allan, Jake T Austin, Taissa Farmiga, Sean Maher

 

Plot: Robin is sent to work with the Teen Titans after his volatile behavior botches up a Justice League mission. The Titans must then step up to face Trigon after he possesses the League and threatens to conquer the world.


Tagline – Two teams. One epic battle.

Runtime: 1 Hour 18 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Justice League Movie

 

Story: Justice League vs. Teen Titans starts as Robin’s behaviour on the latest mission sees him disappointing his father Batman and letting down the Justice League, being forced by Nightwing, to work with the Teen Titans, Raven, Blue Beetles, Beast Boy and Starfire.

With Robin needing to bond with people his own age, the evil spirit Trigon finds a new host in Superman, one deadlier than the Justice League is ready to handle, leading to the Teen Titans needing to assist in the defence of the planet.

 

Thoughts on Justice League vs. Teen Titans

 

Characters – Robin is the son of Batman, he has been getting tired of going on the mission and not getting involved in the action, he ends up being sent to the Teen Titan headquarters to learn about teamwork, here he discovers that his abilities will make him a great leader. Starfire runs the Teen Titans, she is from another universe which has seen her become like a guardian to the teens. Raven is another inter-dimension being that has called Earth home, she has a connection to Trigon showing she is the only one that knows how to stop him. Beast Boy, Blue Beetle and Nightwing complete teen titans. The Justice League do take a step back for Robin to learn, with Batman being the disappointed father, Superman being the one that gets taken over first, with Trigon as the demon villain wanting to destroy the Earth.

StoryThe story here shows that Robin needs to learn his place in the world of superheroes as he isn’t ready to be a part of the Justice League and will need to be ready to lead another team of young heroes, the Teen Titans. This does show how the Justice League can’t always be turned to, to fight evil and how the past of the young teens will show they will be best to fight against the enemies that will come to Earth. This does build on everything we have meant in the genre bringing the adventures the popular characters into the animated world which can make things bigger too.

Action/ComedyThe action is big fight sequences which show what each hero is capable off, the comedy in the film comes from how the teens react to the superhero world they aren’t fully prepared for.

SettingsThe film uses the basic big city settings, while going to other worlds to learn the bigger pictures.

AnimationThe animation is this film is good without reaching the levels of Pixar levels of the film.


Scene of the Movie –
The trip to hell.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It is too short really.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun animation that brings the Justice League into new light which is refreshing to see.

 

Overall: Justice League animation to enjoy.

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ABC Film Challenge – Action – # – 100 Degrees Below Zero (2013)

Director: R.D. Braunstein

Writer: H. Perry Horton, Richard Schenkman (Screenplay)

Starring: Jeff Fahey, Sara Malakul Lane, John Rhys Davies, Marc Ewins, Ivan Kamaras, Luke Healy

 

Plot: When a chain of volcanic eruptions rips through Europe, the enormous ash cloud blocks out the sun, plunging the continent into a new ice age. An American couple must find their kids and get them out of Paris before it freezes over.


Tagline – Cold as hell!

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict:

 

Story: 100 Degrees Below Zero starts when a chain of volcanic eruptions in Europe cause planes to be grounded, Steve Foster (Fahey) is flying his new wife Lacey (Fekete) to meet his kids Taryn (Lane) and Ryan (Ewins) who are living in Paris for school, needing to land in London, Steve must find his own way to Paris. Dr Goldschein (Kamaras) and Colonel Ralph Dillard (Rhys-Davies) must prepare for the chain of events which will see Europe covered snow for a potential two-year long event.

Steve being a former military man turns to Colonel Dillard who offers to help if he can arrive at a certain location within the time limit before the ice age hits.

 

Thoughts on 100 Degrees Below Zero

 

Characters – Steve Foster is an ex-military pilot, retired he is trying to get to his children in Paris, with his journey taking him from London, he has a new wife who will be meeting his kids for the first time. He will use his connections to get across the water however difficult the journey will be. Taryn and Ryan as the children of Steve’s they will be meeting their new step-mum for the first time and after the disaster starts, they must stick together to figure out how to survive, with Ryan seemingly falling over more than any normal person. Colonel Ralph Dillard is dealing with the events from a military side, preparing for the worse and helping his old friend.

PerformancesJeff Fahey is good though he doesn’t have much too do other than drive and talk a lot. Sara Malakul and Marc Ewins will get you laughing at the characters decisions and at times their over reactions to the earthquakes hitting Paris. John Rhys-Davies gets to do talking too, never really being challenged as an actor.

StoryThe story puts our characters in different countries as a major disaster strikes Europe and the race to survive takes place. so, this is a disaster movie with a story that is wildly over the top and for the most part it works for anyone that enjoys a slightly trashy disaster movie, the story is basic enough to follow and while moments will make you laugh, we do get to enjoy what we are seeing. You will have to watch this with a loss sense of realism because this is one that never takes things as seriously as they should be and you never feel the true scale of the event happening, we also are just accepting what happens, with one story arc just seems to be forgotten half way through the film.

Action/Sci-FiThe action comes from the disaster sequences which are destructive for any film like this, the sci-fi ideas comes from just where the disasters can go for the wildly over the top.

SettingsThe film keeps us in a couple of main locations with the Paris location showing most of the destruction and the journey being anywhere that is snow covered. The location show the distance the characters must travel, which is understandable if you know how far apart they are.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film are low budget, certain ones are bad, but this is a low budget movie that was made for next to nothing, we don’t need the best effects to be entertained.


Scene of the Movie –
The giant snowballs made me laugh the most.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Taryn and Ryan are easily the stupidest people you will ever meet.

Final ThoughtsThis is a film that you will enjoy if you like the disaster movies, you don’t take them too seriously and can just switch off and enjoy the ride.

 

Overall: Switch off and enjoy.

Rating

 

 

Small Town Hero (2019)

Director: Darren Bolton

Writer: Darren Bolton (Screenplay)

Starring: Simon Cassidy, Millie Reeves, Moir Leslie, Johnny Vivash, Joe Evans, Sarah Longworth, Ann Queensberry

 

Plot: Small Town Hero is a dark and comical drama set in an idyllic rural town in England. It follows the story of ‘Pep’ who becomes a local hero after taking the law into his own hands to prevent a crime. Relishing in his new found glory, Pep joins the neighbourhood watch to further his agenda and fulfil his dream of creating a utopia; a town free of crime and antisocial behaviour. Before long, the extremity of Pep’s measures and his aggressive and violent approach to achieving his goals becomes unacceptable to the local community and he is shunned. Desperate to regain his hero status, the rumour of a paedophile gives Pep one last chance to save the day; a manhunt ensues.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Hard Hitting

 

Story: Small Town Hero starts when local man Pep (Cassidy) gets involved in protecting a small shop from yobs, it doesn’t take long before his story makes him the talk of the community, leading to him being offered a role in the neighbourhood watch. Pep still wants to play his same role in the neighbourhood with a documentary film crew following him as he goes on the hunt for a recently released paedophile.

As Pep continues his aggressive tactics, he starts to push the neighbourhood watch away from him with the leader Sal (Leslie) having to make the difficult decisions, we are left to see his Pep will go too far or be able to bring the safety he desires to his community.

 

Thoughts on Small Town Hero

 

Characters – Pep wants to clean up his neighbourhood, he is aggressive in his tactics, but he is effective, striking fear into the residents, the crime rates have gone down, while the complaints against him have gone up. He must start reflecting on his actions because he is could lose everything. Pep is a highly unlikable person that has been holding in his own problems for far too long. Becky is the ex of Pep, she is raising their kid while moving on with her own life, she is scared of his aggressive actions and is getting worried about their son. Sal runs the neighbourhood watch and sees how Pep is going off the friendly ways the watch is meant to be following. Patrick is one of the locals that Pep decides is the paedophile, he is getting tired of the harassment that Pep is giving him.

PerformancesSimon Cassidy is easily the star of the film, sure you will hate his performance early on, but you will see how his arc comes through the film, through his angry performance. Johnny Vivash is strong through the film too as we see how somebody being harassed will react. Millie Reeves and Moir Leslie complete the main cast well through the film.

StoryThe story follows one man in a small village that wants to clean up the streets, he goes above the law at times, while holding back from going too far, he ends up striking fear into the neighbourhood. This does dive to the vigilante style story asking the question about how you feel about your neighbourhood and whether you would clean up the yob like behaviour. The story does get deeper because we see how Pep can balance the fine line between legal and illegal activities as he must learn what is right or wrong through the film, seeing how the locals react to his actions in the documentary style this story is shot in.

SettingsThe film is set in one small village, it is a location where everybody knows everybody which shows how people will react to Pep’s actions.


Scene of the Movie –
Pep reflecting on his life.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It is hard to like Pep.

Final ThoughtsThis is a hard hitting drama that shows the fine line in vigilante behaviour and see how people could go over the line.

 

Overall: The Reality of vigilante behaviour.

Rating