Franchise Weekend – Jeepers Creepers III (2017)

Director: Victor Salva

Writer: Victor Salva (Screenplay)

Starring: Stan Shaw, Gabrielle Haugh, Brandon Smith, Meg Foster, Jordon Salloum, Chester Rushing

 

Plot: Sheriff Dan Tashtego and a team of creeper hunters enlist the help of officer Davis Tubbs to help stop the monster’s eating spree.


Tagline – Fear the Creeper.

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: What Happened to This Franchise?

 

Story: Jeepers Creepers III starts when the Creeper (Breck) returns from its slumber, Sheriff Dan Tashtego (Shaw) has assembled a team that is ready to fight back against the Creeper who has started to leave a pile of bodies and destruction behind it.

Dan get Sgt Davis (Smith) to join his team, while Addison Brandon (Haugh) has a connection to the last assault as her grandmother Gaylen (Foster) lost someone to the killer creature.

 

Thoughts on Jeepers Creepers III

 

Characters – Sheriff Dan Tashtego has been hunting the Creeper for years, he has a team that has all experienced the horrors of what the Creeper can do, no it is back, his training has been put together to hopefully end everything. Addison Brandon is the youngest member of a family that has faced the creeper in the past, now she becomes one of the targets on its next hunt. Sgt Davis Tubbs is recruited by Dan, as he knows he is the best shot in town, he is reluctant to join the team at first, though his respect for Dan shows him the right decision to make. Gaylen lost her son to the creeper and now it is back, she can finally get the answers she requires about what happened that night.

PerformancesStan Shaw does make for a strong lead only he doesn’t seem to get too much from his character to make him as interesting as he should be. Brandon Smith is fine and Gabrielle Haugh does have a good scream because that is nearly all she has to do in the film. it would be fair to say the acting isn’t as strong as it could have been due to the poor character development.

StoryThe story here once again follows the Creeper on its feeding frenzy as we follow a group of hunters that are out to stop it, while moments from the past reveal bigger secrets about what the creature is all about. We also have a young woman that seems to be a target, though I am not sure if this was meant to be part of the main story or just a side story. considering where this film is set in the timeline it only confuses everything, the vehicle it travels in has been upgraded to be like a Saw trap, which, whatever. The idea that these hunters are tracking down the Creeper has come from absolutely nowhere and feels like tornado hunters if we are honest. Then we have the victims and the connection to the previous visit which just go before we get a chance to learn about them. We get thrown a small bone about the history of the creeper which could add something to the future installments and the twist in the final act does give us some redeeming qualities in the story.

Action/HorrorThis is more action packed for the horror side of things which is basically just trying to shoot the creeper and because of this, the creeper doesn’t feel as scary as before.

SettingsThe films settings only leave us in random country roads in America, nothing about any of them becomes iconic for the series.

Special EffectsThe effects have also taken a big step back with the bulletproof car moments being comical for the most part.


Scene of the Movie –
The twist ending, I guess.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The suddenly bulletproof vehicle.

Final ThoughtsThis is a weak third installment to the franchise which will leave the fans of the original hugely disappointed, but might appeal to the fans of the second film.

 

Overall: Third and worst film in the franchise to date.

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ABC Film Challenge – Biopic – E – 15:17 to Paris (2018)

This is under E for Eastwood in the directing chari.

 

Director: Clint Eastwood

Writer: Dorothy Blyskal (Screenplay) Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, Jeffrey E Stern (Book)

Starring: Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, Ray Corasani, Judy Greer, Jenna Fischer

 

Plot: Americans discover a terrorist plot on a Paris-bound train.


Tagline – The true story of a terrorist, a train, and three friends who became heroes.

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Painfully Boring

 

Story: The 15:17 to Paris starts as we meet three lifelong friends, Alek (Skarlatos) Anthony (Sadler) and Spencer (Stone) who are on a train to Paris, we flashback to see how their friendship came out and follow Spencer as he is driven to join the military.

As the boys turn to men they go into different fields with Alek following Spencer into the military and while on a European holiday the event which will redefine their lives happens, as they look to deal with a terrorist on the train to Paris.

 

Thoughts on The 15:17 to Paris

 

Characters – Alek, Anthony and Spencer all grew up together, stayed friends even when they were separated, they went into the fields they wanted to, with seemingly Alek and Spencer’s choices being important to the events on the train. They sum the idea that we are going to be seeing heroes who have normal lives, normal struggles, they aren’t special in their action, only in their reaction to crisis.

PerformancesThis is one of the biggest flaws in this movie, we have the real men, playing versions of themselves, the problem is they are not actors, they can’t act, they are heroes don’t get me wrong, but watching them deliver lines is just part of the dullness in this movie.

StoryThe story here follows the lives of the real men that stopped a terrorist attack on a train in Paris, the story has become the stuff of legends like it should do. The way this story is told is so boring, we learn about the men’s lives, which only seems to cover two of the three, we deal with dull sequences which include trying to enjoy American football and by the time we get to the big event moment we have lost interest in this film.

BiopicThis does show a big moment in history, the problem is that it is only a quick moment that stopped the event and stretching these men’ normal lives out just drags on and on.

SettingsThe settings feel as pointless as the random trip around the Europe they take, we never feel like we are on location.


Scene of the Movie –
The incident.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The lack of anything else happening.

Final ThoughtsThis is easily one of the worst movies you will see about one of the biggest moments in recent heroism.

 

Overall: Just what was Eastwood thinking?

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