Evan Rachel Wood Weekend – Into the Forest (2015)

Director: Patricia Rozema

Writer: Patricia Rozema (Screenplay) Jean Hegland (Novel)

Starring: Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Max Minghella, Callum Keith Rennie, Michael Eklund


Plot: After a massive power outage, two sisters learn to survive on their own in their isolated woodland home.


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Verdict: Slow Thriller


Story: Into the Forest starts as Robert (Rennie) and his daughters Nell (Page) and Eva (Wood) live in a remote house where humans rely on technology, but when the technology goes out the people struggle to cope. When Robert sees the ways the world has started to go he decides to keep the girls safe in the house until the power outage is over, but when he is killed in an accident, the girls must fend for themselves.

The girls learn how to fend for themselves as they are left to wonder where to go next with Nell’s boyfriend Eli (Minghella) offer a chance to go to Boston, but when the girls decide to stay they do learn the dark side of humanity while trying to survive.


Thoughts on Into the Forest


Characters/PerformanceNell is the elder sister that doesn’t want to stay waiting for everything to blow over but must take responsibility once her father dies, she fills the big sister role needing to keep everything together even when she has a chance to leave. Eva is the younger sister and once promising dancer, she wants to continue her dancing even without the power but must learn to be more responsible. The male characters all offer different visions on the good and bad in life when a power outage would happen.

Performance wise, I feel one of the big problem here is that Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood are nearly ten years older than the characters they are playing, this does make it harder to see the teenage nativity needed in the role but sadly this takes away the strength in the performance needed.

StoryThe story does focus on what could happen if the world stopped have power, this could also help show us how the world could fall apart and not cope like it once did. This also doesn’t just give us the undead being a threat which is important as it is mostly about the struggle of what is meant to be two teenage girls through this sudden change. I think the story is refreshing even if it is slightly slow.

Sci-Fi/ThrillerThe power is go and now the end of the world that creates us the sci-fi side of the story well, we also deal with wondering just what will be thrown at the girls next for the thrilling side of things.

SettingsThe film is set mostly in and around the home in the forest which gives us the isolation needed for a potential end of the world type of problems the girls must work through.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good watch even if it is slightly slow in places, we do struggle to get the most out of the deeper side of things but we are kept interested in where things could go next.


Overall: Slow but strong thriller.




ABC Film Challenge – Thriller – G – The Ghoul (2016)

Director: Gareth Tunley

Writer: Gareth Tunley (Screenplay)

Starring: Tom Meeten, Alice Lowe, Rufus Jones, Niamh Cusack, Geoffrey McGivern, Paul Kaye


Plot: A homicide detective goes undercover as a patient to investigate a psychotherapist he believes is linked to a strange double murder. As his therapy sessions continue the line between fantasy and reality begins to blur.

Tagline – I Know Its Name

Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes


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Verdict: Mind Bending


Story: The Ghoul starts as Chris (Meeten) a detective goes undercover after a strange double murder, he starts seeing a psychotherapist Fisher (Cusack) while trying to get access to the personal records, while catching up with a former university friend Kathleen (Lowe).

As the story unfolds we start to learn more about the back story to why Chris is in therapy he starts to tell the story of how he believes he is undercover and befriending fellow patient Coulson (Jones) they start seeing a new doctor in Morland (McGivern) that has a different approach, soon things start blending into one which leaves Chris not sure what to believe anymore.


Thoughts on The Ghoul


Characters – Chris is an undercover detective that starts seeing a psychotherapist to help solve the latest case, but the more time he spends in therapy the thinner the line between reality and the truth come from. Kathleen is an old friend from university that supports Chris, while also having him when she needs help. We have other characters that come into the life of Chris, the therapists trying to help him, the fellow patient trying to warn him, the film does keep the character numbers down with each posing a potential end of the investigation for Chris.

PerformancesTom Meeten appears in every scene and his performances needs to be great to carry the film, he is wonderful through the film as we feel his confusion through it all. Going into the supporting cast, we do have good performances for Tom to bounce off too.

StoryThe story is the hardest thing to describe, it will keep you guessing from start to finish as you wait to see where the film will go next. This is both a good thing and a bad thing, because you will need to give the film 100% attention to make sure you don’t miss anything and even if you blink you might miss an important clue.

ThrillerThis has tension driven through the film as we can see how thing could end up becoming something shocking.

SettingsThe film is set in London which helps us se the busy street feel to the busy lives that the people are living.

Scene of the Movie –
The final reveal.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It is slightly too confusing.

Final ThoughtsThis is a real mind bender, I always enjoy seeing film makers push things to the limits even if I don’t personally enjoy the film as much as I should have.


Overall: Real mind bender for all.