For Jennifer (2018) Movie Review

Director: Jody Barton

Writer: Jody Barton (Screenplay) James Cullen Bressack (Characters)

Starring: Dominique Swain, Felissa Rose, Madeleine Wade, Meghan Deanna Smith, Lanett Tachel, Frankie Cullen, Tiffani Fest

Plot: Jennifer, Stefanie, and Joey are making a movie. But soon the lines between what is a movie and what is real begin to disappear. And when making a horror movie, that can be a difference between life and death.

Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Bad Horror

Story: For Jennifer starts as horror blogger Jennifer (Fest) is sent a new horror movie which seems too real for her own taste, her boyfriend Joey (Finley) comes up with he idea of making a horror movie between himself, Jennifer and Stefanie (Tachel) along with other friends.

The more serious the friends take making the movie, the stranger the events around Jennifer are, with the friends looking to do the right thing to get the film made, they find themselves in a battle to survive.

Thoughts on For Jennifer

Characters – Jennifer is reluctantly agrees to help her boyfriend make a horror movie, being a horror blogger, this is a chance for her to make something that she always talks about. She does look to create the film the proper way, auditions and all, she is working on creating a great movie. Stefanie is the best friend that has agreed to help with the movie, she wants to remain behind the camera supporting the way Jennifer wants to make the movie. Joey is the man that is behind the camera, it is his idea to make the movie, which sees him needing to set up the cameras for the life to have everything recorded.

PerformancesThe performances in the film are not the strongest, it does help in places that we are in the found footage sub-genre, but it is never convincing from anybody involved.

StoryThe story follows a group of friends that want to make a horror movie and they start to make one, only to learn of another one being made along side, with a much deadlier side. This story struggles with the idea of you needing to know what has happened in the previous movies in the series, needing an understanding which we just don’t get from the opening descriptions. The way everything unfolds in the story does also feel messy for the most part and shows why found footage can have a reputation for being poorly made movies.

Comedy/HorrorThe comedy in the film seems to come from trying to be self-aware of the world of horror, though the horror is found footage and never manages use the style for scares.

SettingsThe film uses the home settings which shows how you could try to make a horror at home, only again it fails to be used for the horror side of the film.

Special EffectsThe effects are used off camera, with us only seeing the aftermath of any injuries.


Scene of the Movie – The social media stars reveal.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The found footage style doesn’t work for what the film is trying to say.

Final Thoughts This is a horror that shows us the struggles of indie movies being made, only it ends up holding it all back with the lack of playing into the strengths of the genre we are being thrown into.

Overall: Disappointing Horror.

ABC Film Challenge – Action – U – USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016)

Director: Mario Van Peebles

Writer: Cam Cannon, Richard Rionda Del Castro (Screenplay)

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Tom Sizemore, Thomas Jane, Matt Lanter, James Remar, Brian Presley, Yutaka Takeuchi

 

Plot: During World War II, an American navy ship is sunk by a Japanese submarine leaving 890 crewmen stranded in shark infested waters.


Tagline – Based on a true story of survival.

Runtime: 2 Hours 8 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Overly Confusing

 

Story: USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage starts when the USS Indianapolis is selected for a new mission, Captain McVay (Cage) must lead his ship solo in an attempt to deliver weapons on the secret mission, the ship can handle any ship or plane, but the weakness comes from submarines, which they usually have destroyers to help with.

After completing the mission they are returning home, when the ship gets torpedoed by a Japanese submarine, the men get scattered in the ocean with limit supplies and sharks waiting to pick them off, this turns into a battle to survive in wait for rescue.

 

Thoughts on USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage

 

Characters – Captain McVay has the respect of the crew, they know they can trust him, they know he will treat them well, he is part of the crew that is sunk, he will make sure his men are safe taking control in a fair way where everybody is given the same, he will spend his time searching for more crew. McWhorter is one of the crew that gets injured in the sinking, he fights through with McVay by his side. Lt Adrian Marks is a pilot that manages to finally find the crew while searching for lost planes. We do meet way too many crew members to keep on top of who was who in this film, which only confuses us while trying to keep on top of the cast.

PerformancesNicolas Cage is the highlight of the performances and he ends up making certain scenes feel like a comedy. Tom Sizemore does all he can, while Thomas Janes doesn’t have enough time to do anything. The overly large cast just makes everything confusing, making it hard to judge any of the performances.

StoryThe story looks at the history behind the USS Indianapolis sinking after delivery the weapons that bought about the end of the war. The story should be one that brings historical survival moment to life, instead we spend way too much time following too many characters just stranded in the water, which I understand is a big part of what happened, but seeing the political side of the story felt a lot more interesting. This is a story that does seem to end up falling into one that drags for way too long, we are left wondering just why we need to end up seeing too many characters, which makes it difficult to support any of the characters involved. This is hard to say because we know this really happened and these were real people of the horrors of war.

Action/History/WarThe action in the film is war based which is solid enough, to tell the historical moment at the end of the war.

SettingsThe film is set mostly in the ocean as the survivors need to wait in hope of rescue, surrounded by sharks with limited supplies.


Scene of the Movie –
Court Case.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Too many characters.

Final ThoughtsThis should be a much better movie when you see just how serious the story should be, sadly moments feel like comedy and it is hard to keep up with he pure number of characters involved.

 

Overall: Misses the point.

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