Blood Vessel (2019) Movie Review

Director: Justin Dix

Writer: Justin Dix, Jordan Prosser (Screenplay)

Starring: Alyssa Sutherland, Robert Taylor, Christopher Kirby, Nathan Phillips, John Lloyd Fillingham, Mark Diaco, Alex Cooke

Plot: Somewhere in the North Atlantic, late 1945. A lift raft adrift at sea, and in it, the survivors of a torpedoed hospital ship: With no food, water, or shelter, all seems lost – until an abandoned German minesweeper drifts ominously towards them, giving them one last chance at survival.

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Not Dead on Arrival

Story: Blood Vessel starts as the raft with Jane (Sutherland), Malone (Taylor), Jackson (Kirby), Sinclair (Phillips), Faraday (Fillingham), Bigelow (Diaco) and Teplov (Cooke) is drifting through the Atlantic Ocean during the closing days of World War II, with no food or water, they get approached by a German minesweeper, they board the ship only to find the ship is abandoned, with bodies lying around the ship.

As the group explore the ship more, they soon discover they are not alone and something evil is waiting for them on board.

Thoughts on Blood Vessel

Characters – Jane is the British survivor that is trying to protect Faraday, she like all have been a victim of the war and this will test her memories and ability to survive. Malone is the captain trying to find safety for the survivors. Sinclair is one of the men that was on the raft who is looking for a chance to fight after seeing the horrors of war. Teplov is the Russian prisoner that will help fight back, knowing they are all dealing with the same problems and can work together to survive.

PerformancesWhen we dive into the performance Nathan Phillips and Alex Cooke are the best of the performers making us believe they are going to be dealing with something they are going to be facing. Nobody is terrible, but some of them just don’t get enough time to do much.

StoryThe story follows a group of survivors that will need to find a way to survive out at sea, when they discover a German ship that just so happens to be abandoned, with an evil just waiting for them. This is a story that does us the horrors of war as the backdrop to the bigger events of the film, while it does start with a strong atmospheric feeling, it just dwindles into the action heavy idea which just seems to take away the mystery that could have been surrounding the events of the film. We get to deal into the side effects of war on the people as they must deal with their own pasts to get close to making it out alive.

HorrorThe horror in the film comes from the eerie feeling which does work very well, only for things to be left go when we get too into the action heavy side of the film.

SettingsThe film is set on the ship which does help the story have tension which is the highlight of the horror.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film are simple enough, they work for the enemy and wounds which is all we need it for.


Scene of the Movie – The ship approaches.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The sudden switch to action just feels to much mayhem too quickly.

Final Thoughts This is an enjoyable horror that uses the wartime era well, even if the tone of the film does change too quickly from claim to action heavy.

Overall: Enjoyable horror.

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James Bond Month – Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

Director: Guy Hamilton

Writer: Richard Maibaum, Tom Mankiewicz (Screenplay)

Starring: Sean Connery, Jill St John, Charles Gray, Lana Wood, Jimmy Dean, Bruce Cabot, Putter Smith

 

Plot: A diamond smuggling investigation leads James Bond to Las Vegas, where he uncovers an evil plot involving a rich business tycoon.

 

Runtime: 2 Hours

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Back to the Best

 

Story: Diamonds are Forever starts as James Bond (Connery) goes out for blood in his battle against Blofeld (Gray) killing him in his base, returning home James gets his latest mission to learn about a mysterious diamond smuggling ring, first sending him to Amsterdam.

James going undercover becomes part of the ring where he finds himself in Las Vegas joined by Tiffany Case (John) to find out just who is the mastermind behind the ring.

 

Thoughts on Diamonds are Forever

 

Characters – James Bond gets to finally take care of his arch nemesis Blofeld before going on his latest mission going undercover searching for diamonds, he shows us his usually swagger, getting the women along the way as he looks to solve this latest mystery. Tiffany Case is one of the connections in the chain of the diamond smuggling, the first one James makes contact with, she must learn the help along the way to get out alive. Blofeld is the old enemy that James gets to take care of early on, the man that has held James up from multiply other mission. We do get to meet plenty of people involved in the ring which only make James’s mission more difficult.

PerformancesSean Connery is back and back to his best in this outing as the iconic spy, it is great to have him back even if it is only for one last time. Jill St John is good as the Bond girl for the movie though offers nothing new for the series. Charles Gray keeps the role of Blofeld nicely giving us just what we need from the villain role.

StoryThe story here shows James finally getting his hands on Blofeld before needing to head off on a new mission, one that gives him everything he wants, beautiful women, casinos and a villain he wants to stay ahead off. This story plays out just like one of the more famous ones in reverse which becomes very interesting to watch, it has everything you need for the latest adventure for Bond, a villain that is prepared for the intelligence of Bond and the world needing saving once again. This does feel like it has given the life back to the franchise which needed to be bought back from the weaker outings, the story is simple enough and continues to keep us watching along with Bond.

Action/AdventureThe action is good even if the fights are simple enough to show how Bond can beat most in combat. The adventure just takes Bond to new and old locations for his mission.

SettingsFrom Amsterdam to America, we get a much more knowledge set of locations with the bases being in locations which would make sense for a super villain to be hiding in.


Scene of the Movie –
The base attack.

That Moment That Annoyed Me They seem to be too friendly Bond and Blofeld.

Final ThoughtsFor the Bond franchise this is a new feel to them, one that is more interesting and strong then the last few instalments.

 

Overall: Returning to what we want to see.

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