Enemy Lines (2020) Movie Review

Director: Anders Banke

Writer: Michael Wright (Screenplay) Tom George (Story)

Starring: Ed Westwick, John Hannah, Corey Johnson, Tom Wisdom, Pawel Delag, Ekaterina Vladimirova

Plot: In the frozen, war torn landscape of occupied Poland during World War II, a crack team of allied commandos are sent on a deadly mission behind enemy lines to extract a rocket scientist from the hands of the Nazis.

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: War 101

Story: Enemy Lines starts when American General McCloud (Johnson) turns to British Colonel Preston (Hannah) to use his men to help Major Kaminski (Westwick) looks to extract a rocket scientist Dr Fabien (Delag) from Poland under the guard of the Germans, to bring back to the American’s.

Once the team has Fabien, the next challenge is getting home, with Kaminski needing to use his connections in Poland to elude the Germans that are now hunting down the people that have their scientist.

Thoughts on Enemy Lines

Characters – Kaminski is the American Major that is leading the mission, his connection to Poland is key to the mission with him being fluent in Polish and knows how important this mission will be, he shows the leadership, while making the tough decisions along the way. Colonel Preston is the British Colonel that must select a unit to support Kaminski, he picks his best and gives them everything they can to achieve the mission working with the General. General McCloud arranges the mission, he watches over the potential outcome with Preston, with them always planning their ideas to survive the situation. We do get to meet the unit, the resistance soldiers that are helping in the extraction, as well as the rocket scientist that is being extracted, who has become conflicted with the potential weapon he could create.

PerformancesEd Westwick in the leading role is the strongest part of the mission, with John Hannah and Corey Johnson doing everything right from the war room scenes. Elsewhere we don’t have the strongest acting, but most of the characters are meant to just be part of a military unit.

StoryThe story here follows a mission which sees British and American soldiers going behind enemy lines in Poland to extract a scientist who could help swing the victory of war and we follow the mission unfolding. This story does show the mission happening, it is a behind enemy lines mission, only it doesn’t feel as intense as it could do, we get to see how both sides are looking to capture the scientist. The story plays out like most stories in this genre, where we see how what could be a routine mission, does require something else to happen to make it a success, which should give the leader of the mission a dilemma about what to do if a problem arises.

WarThe film is set in World War II, with the mission being targeted in Poland, the war sequences being routine military positions with bullets flying.

SettingsThe settings are used for military positioning for the battles trying to get their hands on the scientist.

Scene of the Movie – The extraction.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Not enough John Hannah.

Final Thoughts This is a war movie that doesn’t become as intense as the mission implies, though it does like to look at the bigger decision of what the scientist could bring to the war.

Overall: Routine War Film.

Signature Entertainment presents Enemy Lines on DVD & Digital HD from May 4th

ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – A – Among the Living (2014) Movie Review

Director: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury

Writer: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury (Screenplay)

Starring: Anne Marivin, Theo Fernandez, Francis Renaud, Zacharie Chasseriaud, Damien Ferdel, Fabien Jegoudez

Plot: Three kids skip school in order to explore an abandoned film studio lot where they catch site of a woman being dragged across the lot by a masked man.

Tagline – Certains secrets ne doivent pas être révélés. [Some secrets shouldn’t be uncovered.]

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Brutal Horror

Story: Among the Living starts as we follow three rebellious school kids Victor (Fernandez), Tom (Chasseriaud) and Dan (Ferdel) who skip the last day of school looking to get into more trouble, including clashing with a local, the three end up at Blackwoods Film Studio, long abandoned, where they hear a noise coming from the boot of a car, inside a tied up woman, one they can’t rescue before the abductor returns.

Trying to save the woman, but being chased off by the masked killer, the boys are taken home, where the killer is sent to finish the job and eliminate anybody that might have seen him.

Thoughts on Among the LIving

Characters – Victor is the leader of the group of boys, he has been bitter at the world after his father’s death and needing to accept a new stepfather in his life, he will lead the guys into trouble not caring about the consequences, Tom is the most aggressive member of the group, he gets abused at home, which has led to him acting out this way, though his aggression can be controlled by Victor, when it needs to be. Dan is the final member of the group, often the butt of jokes, he comes from a wealthy family that would rather keep their appointments over spending time with their son. Julia is Victor’s mother that is disappointed in his behaviour, but knows he doesn’t mean the harm he is causing. Isaac is the man that controls his son, the masked killer, he has chosen to hide him from the world, only sending him to clean up any messes.

PerformancesTheo Fernandez, Zacharie Chasseriaud and Damien Ferdel are great together capturing the sense of the teen friendship like IT Chapter One and Stranger Things. Anne Marvin is strong once we meet her, she does the determined mother role with ease. Francis Renaud and Fabien Jegoudez are both great too with Fabien creating a terrifying screen presence.

StoryThe story here follows three school friends that stumble upon the liar of a serial killer who has captured his latest victim and now they have become the targets of the killers. This story does have a nice friendship tone to start with group where we do see how they work together to get into trouble, we do get a big turn in the tone, when they become the targets and while it might be confusing how the killer knows where to go to get them, it turns into home invasion style story which sees the teenagers needing to fight for their lives. We get a big mystery about what the killer will look like, which makes them somebody that is wanted to be hidden from the world. We do follow a strict one day and night events, which does make this feel just as fast forward as it is meant to and by the end you will be surprised with how it all unfolds.

HorrorThe horror in this film comes from the masked killer hunting down the teenagers, it will give us plenty of slasher type moments along with bringing the special effects to the table to bring us disturbing moments.

SettingsThe film does us settings which would be the location you shouldn’t be heading too, while the attacks do happen from within their homes.

Special EffectsThe effects are used to make the attacks look brutal, with one involving an arm being very difficult to watch.

Scene of the Movie – Victor’s house attack.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – How the killer knew where to go.

Final Thoughts This is a brutally disturbing horror that will give you a couple of moments that you would need to look away at times through the film.

Overall: Must Watch Horror.