Writer: Nick Cuse, Damon Lindelof (Screenplay)
Starring: Hilary Swank, Emma Roberts, Betty Gilpin, Ethan Suplee, Justin Hartley, Ike Barinholtz, Macon Blair
Plot: Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don’t know where they are, or how they got there. They don’t know they’ve been chosen – for a very specific purpose – The Hunt.
Tagline – The Most Talked About Movie of the Year is One That No One’s Actually Seen
Runtime: 1 Hour 55 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Entertaining Comedy
Story: The Hunt starts as 12 strangers wake up gagged in the middle of a woodland area, with a mysterious box sat in the middle of a field, soon they discover they are trying to fight back against a group of rich people that are looking forward to their hunting trip.
Crystal (Gilpin) soon turns out to be one of the strongest members of the strangers, being able to fight back, searching for an answer to why they have been select, where they are and proving to be a lot harder to kill than the rest of the group.
Thoughts on The Hunt
Characters – Crystal is one of the random strangers that has been taken for this game, she does head off on her own once she awakes, she proves to be difficult to kill, knowing how to get through different people bs and isn’t going down without a fight. Athena is the woman leading the hunt, she has planned, picked and set everything up, waiting for her chance to spill the motivation behind the selection. When it comes to the other characters, we meet the strangers who give out small clues to who they are, while the hunters give us clues to why they are doing this, letting the leading two get the most scenes.
Performances – Betty Gilpin is wonderful in the leading role, which sees her holding back a lot, while letting her actions speak louder, while Hilary Swank is meant to be more of a surprise, though the trailer gives everything away with her appearance and she is great to see in this role. The supporting cast get plenty of laughs along the way.
Story – The story here follows the 12 strangers that have been taken to be used in a hunting situation for the rich elite to hunt down for their own pleasure. This is a simple side of the story, with the wild introduction that doesn’t let you know which character is going to be the lead character and once we learn who it will be, we don’t get bogged down with the standard hunting situation, we get well into the bigger picture and why everything has unfolding, which is a clear message about how to react to what we say in any tone.
Action/Horror – The action here is fantastic to watch, with the final showdown being a true highlight of the film, being completely engaging and showing the characters look like they have been hurt during it, we do get a lot more comedy that expected with the satire style of the film, which shows the horror of what is going on to them.
Settings – The film does take us to the woodland area, which is part of the mystery about where we are, with the characters needing to learn this along the way, it works because it could have been anywhere.
Scene of the Movie – The final showdown.
Final Thoughts – This is a wonderful satire that will get laughs that will make you think about who you word things in your own life, with a outstanding leading performance from Betty Gilpin.
Overall: Entertaining Throughout.
Writer: Mark Mavrothalisitis, Max Pachman (Screenplay)
Starring: Lynn Collins, Rigo Sanchez, Josue Aguirre, James Tupper, Roberto Sanchez, Thomas Chavira
Plot: The American Dream becomes a nightmare for a group of undocumented day laborers hired by a wealthy couple. What they expect to be their biggest payday turns into a terrifying fight for survival.
Tagline – They came for the american dream. They got a nightmare.
Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Get Out 2
Story: Beneath Us starts as we meet Alejandro (Sanchez) and Memo (Aguirre) who are trying to live the American dream looking for labouring jobs on the streets, with the first one together being for wealthy couple Liz Rhodes (Collins) and Ben (Tupper), which sees the two of them joining two others on the job.
After the job starts out simply enough, it soon becomes clear the four are trapped on the grounds, with Liz and Ben using the fact they are undocumented to their own advantage to make them do anything or face consequences.
Thoughts on Beneath Us
Characters – Liz Rhodes is the lady of the house, who comes off like a friendly person offering the job, but soon shows a more sadistic side as she uses the home to trap the men there to have her way with them and if they don’t follow her rules, she will kill them. Ben is her husband that helps keep the men in line, doing the dirty work for her. Alejandro has been trying to make a living in America for years now, he will open his house to Memo and teach him the way so they can bring the rest of their family to America. Memo is fresh to the states, he wants to learn about the American dream, only he must learn about hard work to stand a chance.
Performances – Lynn Collins does ooze the sexy on edge character that you literally don’t know what she will do next, she does stand out from the rest of the cast, with James Tupper, not doing much to make a name for himself here. Rigo Sanchez and Josue Aguirre are both fine as the labourers made to look like more average joes rather than coming off like anything over the top.
Story – The story here follows four undocumented workers that get hired by a rich couple to help on construction on their property, they soon find themselves trapped and being forced into the twisted games of the owners who enjoy torturing immigrants, knowing they could get away with it. This does have a sense of Get Out, minus the overall plan, it shows how the couple will get enjoyment out of doing these twisted games and how they can’t run or they could face being deported. This does play into the idea of power the rich want over the poor, which shows how once caught they might not stand a chance to get out of the situation.
Horror – The horror side of this film shows the torture the men are put through and just how the couple get enjoyment out of it, they start simple and become more twisted as the time goes on.
Settings – The film is set in the one location, the house and grounds of the Rhodes, it shows how they could get away with what they want because nobody would get close to their land.
Special Effects – The effects are used slowly without giving us too much to get through, with the torture moments being the ones that show good use of camerawork.
Scene of the Movie – Try it, its gin.
Final Thoughts – This is a tidy thriller that shows the clear divide between rich and poor, with the rich always wanting their own way with the poor, where Lynn Collins is psychotic throughout.
Overall: Psychotic Collins Shines.
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Why I’ve Picked this choice – The X-Men franchise is the main reason why we have the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the films in the franchise might well be up and down, but when they hit, they give us something as fantastic as Logan. This is a darker than anything we have seen before, one of the darkest comic book movies you will ever see, with stunning performances from Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart giving us an older look at the characters which were crucial through the franchise. This is bloodier than we have ever seen and something we have always wanted to see from the Wolverine character.