Method of Murder (2019)

Director: Elliot Manarin

 

Plot: British author Jacky Rom jets off to LA and Las Vegas on a fact-finding mission to investigate murder weapons, deception, and body disposal methods in order to help inspire her latest crime novel.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Interesting Look at Building a Character

 

Story: Method of Murder starts as British author Jacky Rom heads to America to investigate different types of murder, Jackie gets to meet experts in different fields from tattooist, historians and weapons experts in bows and guns, each expert offers information required to find her new killers specialist weapon of choice.

The learning curve Jacky goes through sees how she sees the positive and negative from each potential weapon as she gets to experience the power of different weapons for the first time.

 

Thoughts on Method of Murder

 

Final ThoughtsThis documentary gets to dive into the creative methods behind an authors attempt to create a new original style for their killer in a book, let’s be honest, this can make or break a novel because when somebody can find something new, we will be surprised and enjoy this. The best way to find a new way to create a kill would be to learn from the experts in the fields that could give away secrets to how to get away with a crime, this is something we see the detective side of the novel do, meet the specialist to learn secrets, so why not go in reverse. Each field we do enter does show how the people know the pros and cons of weapons which does give the answers Jacky requires. There is part of this documentary that does feel like a sightseeing holiday though, which is fine because seeing somebody being able to mix work with pleasure is always entertaining, see ‘Stephen Fry’s Every State Series’ he got to visit different locations and work with people in different states. This documentary is extremely watchable and does show how people could have twisted ideas going through their head too.

 

Overall: Documentary that teaches the author how to get away with murder.

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ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – D – District 13 (2004)

Director: Pierre Morel

Writer: Luc Besson, Bibi Naceri (Screenplay)

Starring: Cyril Raffaelli, David Belle, Tony D’Amario, Bibi Naceri, Dany Verissimo-Petit, Francois Chattot

 

Plot: Set in the ghettos of Paris in 2010, an undercover cop and ex-thug try to infiltrate a gang in order to defuse a neutron bomb.


Tagline – Welcome to District B13 Welcome to the future

Runtime: 1 Hour 24 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Quality Action

 

Story: District 13 starts in the near future well 2010 (it was the future when the film was made) Paris has blocked of ghettos which has only created more crime within the walls. Leito (Belle) is trying to fight a drug war himself against Taha Bemamud (Naceri) with his henchmen K2 (D’Amario) doing the leg work.

In an attempt to get back at Leito by taking his sister Lola (Verissimo-Petit) it only escalates the battle between the two. Trying to go to the cops, Leito is left locked up and Lola taken back, hooked up on the drugs by Taha who has taken over complete control of the district. Captain Damien Tomaso (Raffaelli) joins Leito to eliminate the threat after a neutron bomb is place in the middle of the district.

 

Thoughts on District 13

 

Characters – Captain Damien Tomaso is one of the best officers on thee force, he can go undercover to take down most criminals with his latest operation going perfectly, now he must work with Leito to return a stolen weapon which is due to explode within the day. Leito is a local resident of the district who has been trying to clean up the district, this ends him up in jail and being given a chance save his sister and end the war and get his freedom. The pair both uses their fighting and parkour skills to stay ahead of the game. K2 is the lead henchmen for Taha, he will confront any enemy before the fight even if he ends up looking like an idiot more often than not. Taha is the drug lord controlling the criminal activities in the district, he has an army that will not stop when it comes to following his instructions.

PerformancesCyril Raffaelli and David Belle are fantastic in the leading roles with their own style of parkour action which brings a new style of action to the already well know genre, we don’t have ropes or nets for most of the stunt work either. When we get to the supporting cast the villains are entertaining enough and give the heroes a chance to do what they do best.

StoryThe story is simple and does borrow from the likes of ‘Escape from New York’ by having the districts used to control criminals, while not everyone is a criminal, we see a cop and a rebel needing to take down the leader and stop a weapon being used on the richer side of the country. The film does focus on the action more than anything, which can take away any deepness in the story, though the simplistic idea keeps the action flowing for the audience.

Action/Crime/Sci-FiThe action is a mix of parkour and fighting which felt original at the time, certain stunt moments are fantastic to watch which feels like a breath of fresh air. The criminal world we are entering show us just how it can grow when the government give up on them and the sci-fi world shows us just how the future could become bleak when shutting people away.

SettingsThe film shows us the district have been built up to keep people in only to turn them against each other and the outside world, it creates great moments of parkour for the action to take place in.


Scene of the Movie –
The parkour escape.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Not the deepest story.

Final ThoughtsThis is a wonderful action film that bought the audience parkour for the first time, something which has been used more famously in bigger movies since, while it doesn’t have the deepest story, it makes up for this with the action.

 

Overall: Action fans treat.

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