Bloodline (2018) Movie Review

Director: Henry Jacobson

Writer: Avra Fox-Lerner, Will Honley, Henry Jacobson (Screenplay)

Starring: Seann William Scott, Mariela Garriga, Dale Dickey, Christie Herring, Raymond Alexander Cham Jr, Nick Noraine

Plot: Evan values family above all else, and anyone who gets between him, his wife, and newborn son learns that the hard way. But when it comes to violent tendencies, it seems the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Dexter Movie

Story: Bloodline starts as we see a woman killed in the shower then getting buried, Evan Cole (Scott) returns to his wife Lauren (Garriga), then off to help the students decide their future. As the couple have their first child, the sleep deprivation starts to come through, as the memories of an abuse from his childhood come back to him.

As Evan counsels the students, he starts to hear the stories of abuse they are going through and decides to channel his own aggressive into eliminating the threats in their lives, in an attempt to give them back the lives they are having taken from them.

Thoughts on Bloodline

Characters – Evan Cole is a guidance counsellor at a school, dealing with children that are suffering abuse, much like himself as a child, to vent this problem, he eliminates the threats to the children to filled his serial killer urges. He remains calm with everything going on in his life, including a new-born which is taking away his sleep, he still performs in a calculated manner. Lauren is the wife who has just given birth to their first child and starting to get stir crazy at home with the baby, she must decide what is right for the family. Marie is the mother of Evan, she has always looked after Evan in her life.

PerformancesSeann William Scott is chilling in the leading role, with how he can manage to seem calm and friendly, while also being disturbing at time. Mariela Garriga and Dale Dickey are both strong too, being the support in Evan’s life.

StoryThe story here follows a guidance counsellor who listens to the students problems, before using the night to solve the problems of the students moonlighting as a serial killer. The story does show us a lot of similarities to the Dexter the TV show with the anti-hero in Evan, he is only killing people who deserve it, rather than random people, which does work, where even in his conflicted head, he believes he is doing the right thing, the biggest change between the two would come with how the family dynamic unfolds. It is fun to start with, only it just seems to slow down when it comes to the investigation into the bodies being found.

Crime/HorrorThe crime side of the film follows the serial killer that is dealing with child abusers, while starting his own family, while also giving us the horror elements with how he gets the kills.

SettingsThe film gives us the residential setting, showing how a killer could be living next door to you.

Special EffectsThe effects are used to show the brutality of the kills we see through the film, that look as brutal as they need to.

Scene of the Movie – Lauren’s car trip.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The investigation side feels slow.

Final Thoughts This is a cold movie which only makes the killer more terrifying despite he remains calm through the film, even though it is a Dexter feeling movie.

Overall: Chilling Serial Killer Movie.

ABC Film Challenge – Oscar Nomination – # – 20th Century Women (2016) Movie Review

Director: Mike Mills

Writer: Mike Mills (Screenplay)

Starring: Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, Lucas Jade Zumann, Alison Elliott

Plot: The story of a teenage boy, his mother, and two other women who help raise him among the love and freedom of Southern California of 1979.

Runtime: 1 Hour 59 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Life Can Change For Everyone

Story: 20th Century Women starts with Dorothea Fields (Bening) with her son Jamie (Zumann) witnessing their car on fire, Dorothea lives with Abbie (Gerwig) and Julie (Fanning) during the late 70s, in a world where a divorced single middle-age woman isn’t seen in the same way as now.

Dorothea starts seeing a change in Jamie and turns to the ladies in house to help raise Jamie, using their experiences in life to help guide him, trying to prove that you don’t need a man to raise a man.

Thoughts on 20th Century Women

Characters – Dorothea is a divorced middle-aged woman raising a teenager son with two other women renting rooms in her house and starts to see a changes in her son, she turns to her women to help teach him, trying not to make it an issue that she doesn’t have a man around the house. Julie is the 17-year-old friend of the family that has grown up with Jamie, she is older and is acting out against her mother, with her own problems, never wanting to be more than a friend with Jamie. Abbie is the lady renting the room in the house, she as lived a free style life even if she has been held back by her own medical battles. Jamie is the teenage son that ends up starting to rebel against his mother, he is still open to discussions, though he does start to learn more about the world through the ladies in the house, he is learning to become smarter when it comes to preparing for life.

PerformancesAnnette Bening is wonderful in the leading role, she proves that at this stage of her career, she is arguable the best of her age group too. Elle Fanning continues to show she is going to be a force in the acting world for years to come, while Greta Gerwig is strong with her down to Earth character. Lucas Jade Zumann is also strong for being the least experienced in the film, showing the kinder side to his character.

Story The story here follows a single mother trying to raise her son with two other women around his life, she has broken certain trends for the time, which has reflected onto her son, which would make him a better man for the future world, with equal opportunities for all. This story does show how important the change in how women would be seen in life and one of the best ways to show and create an equal minded man, would be to raise him to be one, we do get to see how people need to learn to open up about everyday issues people will go through in life and how confusing it could be for somebody new to this moment in life. We get to see how life and experience can be seen in a very different light.

ComedyThe comedy side of the film is told in a light hearted manner when it comes serious issues being discussed.

SettingsThe film is set in a normal town, which does show us just how behind each door, there could be a different story to what you would be expecting to see.

Scene of the Movie – The drunk talk.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The stopping of the story to rewind on a back story.

Final Thoughts This is an insightful look at how life changed views on how people look at the world, how it can be taught, though both sides need to learn the change is happening.

Overall: Life Changes Through Many Eyes.