Rapid Response (2019) Movie Review

Director: Roger Hinze, Michael William Miles

Plot: In 1966 Medical student and racing fan Stephen Olvey gets the opportunity of a lifetime when he is asked to volunteer at the Indianapolis 500 on their medical team. What started as fun insider view of a sport he loved quickly devolves before his eyes as he sees the level of medical support given to the drivers, whom he has befriended, is terrifyingly non-existent. After feeling helpless at the scene of what turns out to be a fatal accident. Dr. Olvey sets off on a mission to build a team to apply science to transform motorsports from the most fatal form of sport to one of the safest. Over the next 30 years they succeed and the science that they develop influences modern trauma medicine and the passenger cars we drive today. This is the story of the most fatal era in Motorsports and the Indy 500 doctors who pioneered safety and helped the drivers to cheat death. 

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Essential Viewing for Racing Fans

Story: Rapid Response starts as we meet racing fan Stephen Olvey, he has watch racing for years in the 1950s, where he does witness the deaths of his favourite drivers and wants to become one himself, his father talks him out of this decision, by studying medicine instead, where he took a volunteered to work on the medical staff on the races, helping with the accidents the drivers are involved in the Indianapolis 500.

As the reputation behind the team grows, the drivers push for the change and with Stephen working with fellow doctors they look to improve the condition of the safety procedures, which continued to improve over the years despite the obstacles that were thrown in their path.

Thoughts on Rapid Response

Final Thoughts As a racing fan, the one thing you never want to see is anybody injured because of an accident, this was not always the case and if you look back through the history of the sport we have seen ourselves the lowering number of death or serious injuries. This documentary shows us over the 50 years the improvements made in preventing injuries, learning from the past mistakes, with the doctors working with the drivers, teams and promotors that could make this happen. We do have the clips of the tragic accidents, which do show us just how dangerous the sport was before the safety plans were put into operation. We do only see how the plans were placed into the American side of motor racing, while we have seen the same idea implemented in many other sports including Formula One. This does put the spotlight on two men Stephen Olvey and Terry Trammell that have saved many careers with their work and they should praised for their work too. Any sports fan will enjoy watching this because it is always important to see just how hard the people in the sport have worked to keep the sport entertaining, while also being safe.

Overall: Sports Fans Watch.

London Screenings:

September 6, 7, 8 at 18:00 at the Prince Charles Cinema in London.


Doll Factory (2014) Movie Review

Director: Stephen Wolfe

Writer: Stephen Wolfe (Screenplay)

Starring: Justin Herman, Nicole Elliott, Andy Palmer, Boo Gay, Eric C Schneider, Tracy Collins

Plot: A small Texas town is terrorized by evil possessed baby dolls.

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Grindhouse 101

Story: Doll Factory starts as a group of friends Kay (Elliott), Melvin (Palmer), Miguel (Rubi), Derek (Schneider) and Allison (Collins) decide to ditch a Halloween party to head to a remote haunted house with the a book of spells, which unwittingly brings the killer dolls back to life.

Kay and Melvin are the only ones that make it out, with the police wanting nothing to do with their story, Kay turns to her brother Mark (Herman) to help hack into the local achieves to learn the truth about the factory, as they need to end the curse they have unleashed.

Thoughts on Doll Factory

Characters – Mark is the geeky brother of Kay, he has the computer skills to help them learn more about the doll factory, out of the three, he is the one that will scream the most and will get the most laughs of the three. Kay is one of the originals that releases the dolls, she is with her boyfriend and turns to her brother for information, only for her to be the bravest in the battle against the dolls. Melvin in the boyfriend that is jealous of her ex, he does want to remain brave for her and will step up to protect her against the dolls. Darius Grumley is the man that has thought the dolls in the past, now he is considered a mad man in town, though he will be the only one that could save the town.

PerformancesThe performances in the film across the board are just like you would imagine from a Grindhouse film, Justin Herman makes the geeky character believable throughout, while Nicole Elliott does bring us a strong leading lady. Andy Palmer will get more laughs that you would think too.

StoryThe story here follows a group of teenagers bored at a party who decide to read from a book of spells that bring a bunch of killer dolls back to life and must race against time to put an end to the spell before they become overrun. This is a story that plays into the grindhouse tone which is always seen as a type of horror that is way over the top and doesn’t care about the amount of blood being spilled, it is easy to follow without having to give us any twists along the way. We have the idea that will give us a few laughs along the way too, which is always nice to see in a horror comedy.

Comedy/Horror The comedy does try to use the one-liners like Chucky does, they do feel forced, though it does play into the comedy tone of the film too, the horror comes from the dark bloody deaths we see by the dolls.

SettingsThe film is set in a small town, which has the legend of the dolls, which most people have forgotten about, we do have a lot of the action in the abandoned factory which is the centre of the hauntings.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film aren’t afraid to hold back on the blood, while certain CGI moments might not look great, it does add to everything we are seeing unfolding for the tone of the film.

Scene of the Movie – Dolls in the bedroom.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Some of the comedy does miss.

Final Thoughts This is a fun grindhouse style horror comedy, it has plenty of blood, one-liners and a nice big body count.

Overall: Fun horror comedy.