Eternal Code (2019) Movie Review

Director: Harley Wallen

Writer: Harley Wallen (Screenplay)

Starring: Scout Taylor-Compton, Richard Tyson, Billy Wirth, Mel Novak, Yan Birch, Vida Ghaffari, Colleen Gentry, Damien Chinappi, Erika Hoveland

Plot: After a revolutionary invention with great implications Bridget finds a character flaw in the company they’ve partnered with to develop the prototype that could be the fountain of youth. When she pulls the plug and step away from their original deal she quickly realizes they will stop at nothing to get it back. After her family gets kidnapped to sway a favorable vote their hopes rely on their teen daughter Miranda and her unlikely allies Corey (a suicidal military veteran) and Stephanie (a prostitute). 

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Twist Filled Actioner

Story: Eternal Code starts as an inventor Bridget (Hoveland) wants to put the pull on her invention because her boss Oliver (Tyson) wants to use it for the wrong reasons, her husband Mark (Wirth) is pushed into helping her change her mind, despite the fact she isn’t budging, meanwhile a homeless war veteran Corey (Chinappi) helps defend a prostitute Stephanie (Kaiti Wallen) proving he has been doing the right thing in life.

Oliver plans to kidnapped Bridget’s daughter Miranda (Cama), which sees him hire a group of criminals Sam (Harley Wallen) and Charlie (Taylor-Compton) to use her kidnapping of Mark and Bridget as leverage, which see Corey stepping up to defend Miranda to fight for the right once again.

Thoughts on Eternal Code

Characters – Corey is a homeless suicidal war veteran, he keeps to himself and when he gets given money, he spends the money on helping the fellow homeless, being friendly with lonely older men in the park and helping somebody in danger. He will get a chance to use his skills once again to help a teenage girl who is being hunted down by criminals, his skills will help make him deadly to anyone who crosses his path. Oliver is the leader of the project, he wants to continue using it for his own good, which means he will go to the extremes to make sure it gets done. Charlie is one of the criminals that has taken the family members, she along with her team are solely in this for the money. Mark is the husband of Bridget, he tries to advice, even though he will only support her decision. Bridget is the woman that has invented a revolutionary idea, which she doesn’t want used for the wrong thing, her pulling the plug has set about the events including her kidnapping.

PerformancesThis is a movie that does try to use the biggest names to sale the movie, Scout Taylor-Compton being the biggest name in the film, even though she is mostly just a criminal thug, she doesn’t give us a bad performance, just she isn’t really a main character. Damien Chinappi would be one of the leads in the film as the he does bring us a performance that does fit the action side of the film, where we do feel sympathy for his character. Richard Tyson will always make for a great villain and this is no different. When we look at the rest of the cast, we see solid performances across the board.

StoryThe story here follows the events of a kidnapping which takes a turn, when a war veteran looks to help the helpless, while a corrupt businessman looks to complete a project which will change everything as we know it in the world. When it comes to the idea of the kidnapping side of the story, we do get a nice spin on how everything unfolds, making it truly unpredictable with what will happen next. While that is a good thing, it can mean we do meet a couple of too many characters, which doesn’t let other get flushed out enough. We are left with seeing just how dealing with inventions will see people looking for greed, while seeing a war veteran getting another shot to prove himself in combat is nice to see.

ActionThe action is restricted, but it does show how the conflicts are meant to be edgy and more in the shadows which is better to watch for the tone.

SettingsThe film is set in and around one city which shows how the minds in it would operate, we see how the project would be secretly locked away from the world and see how the criminals will act in the shadows of abandoned locations.

Scene of the Movie – Corey military trained scenes.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – It does feel like we have a few too many characters at time.

Final Thoughts This is an action thriller that does have a lot of direction you wouldn’t normally see, it does keep us guessing despite having a couple of characters we don’t need to have.

Overall: Action film that goes down different paves.

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ABC Film Challenge – Thriller – B – Blood Father (2016)

Director: Jean-Francois Richet

Writer: Peter Craig, Andrea Berloff (Screenplay) Peter Craig (Novel)

Starring: Mel Gibson, Erin Moriarty, Diego Luna, Michael Parks, William H Macy

 

Plot: An ex-con reunites with his estranged wayward 17-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her.


Tagline – A Father Makes His Own Justice

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Easy to Watch Action Film

 

Story: Blood Father starts as John Link (Gibson) who has recovered from his own substance abuse problems to be a tattooist while being parole. He has been searching for his daughter for years but when Lydia (Moriarty) calls him in need of help he races to her aid.

Link finds out that Lydia is in over her head which leads him into going on the run breaking his parole to protect her and locate the people who are trying to kill his daughter, using old connections along the way.

 

Thoughts on Blood Father

 

Characters – John Link is a former alcoholic convict, he has cleaned himself up but when his daughter finds herself in trouble he must go back into the routes that left him in prison, he must go after the men trying to kill his daughter, while stopping himself going off the bandwagon. Lydia is the teenager daughter runaway, she finds herself in too deep with the drug cartels but now she needs to trust her father to keep her safe. Jonah is the boyfriend of Lydia that she believes she killed cause the effects of the film. Preacher is one of the people Link turns to for help while Kirby is his support while trying to stay off the drinks.

PerformancesMel Gibson might have had troubled times recently but he shows us here the talent he holds to lead a movie in the action genre. Erin Moriarty is good in this film too because she shows us a street wise character beyond her years. Diego Luna is solid as the villain but we just don’t get enough from his character. This is a problem through the film, we don’t give the support characters enough time.

StoryThe story is good, as it follows a distant father daughter relationship needing to rebuild after she finds herself in trouble with the law. This works for the story because we know how the aging hero is the new thing now, as an actor that can easily be the new one that saves his child and this gives us everything we want, we have moments of comedy as the two come from difference backgrounds but overall this is everything you would expect it to be

Action/Crime The action is fire fights between Link and anyone that gets in his way, this does work well as the crime side of the story takes us into.

SettingsThe settings show us the underworld that works for the hiding from potential trouble using no iconic landmarks which makes this fully believable.


Scene of the Movie –
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That Moment That Annoyed Me We don’t learn enough about the villains.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good action film that is enjoyable, short sweet and gives you everything you want.

 

Overall: Action film 101.

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