The Sisters Brothers (2018) Movie Review

Director: Jacques Audiard

Writer: Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain (Screenplay) Patrick DeWitt (Book)

Starring: John C Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed, Rebecca Root, Allison Tolman, Rutger Hauer

Plot: In 1850s Oregon, the infamous duo of assassins, Eli Sisters (John C. Reilly) and Charlie Sisters (Joaquin Phoenix), chase a gold prospector and his unexpected ally.

Tagline – Make a killing. Make a living. 

Runtime: 2 Hours 2 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Slow

Story: The Sisters Brothers starts by following Eli (Reilly) and Charlie (Phoenix) as the two brothers are travelling across a developing America in search of Hermann Kermit Warm (Ahmed) who John Morris (Gyllenhaal) is escorting to show of his latest formula which could help America grow.

As the two pairs continue their journey, they start to seen the strengths and weaknesses coming through more, showing how they could see the mindset changing over time.

Thoughts on The Sisters Brothers

Characters – Eli is the calmer of the two brothers, he is willing to try a new invention and will do anything to watch over his brother. Charlie has always enjoyed a drink, which usually shows him letting his guard down, getting into fights, though he will become important during any battle. John Morris is meant to be tracking Warm, only he starts working with him trying to allude the Sisters brothers. Hermann Kermit Warm has created an idea which could bring the country together more than ever, his ideas will help, though it has also drawn a target on his back because of it.

PerformancesWe have four of the best actors in the business today in the leading roles, not even with their abilities, could we get saved from the mostly boredom this film puts us through.

StoryThe story here takes us the 1850s America where four men are trying to make their way in the world, with two hunting the other two, only to learn that there is more in working together than killing each other. This is a story that drags along and is trying to put a highlight on the prospecting era in America. We don’t seem to get very deep into this idea before things start getting slow early and it just doesn’t really because that interesting in how things unfold.

Crime/WesternThe crime and western themes balance well here showing us how both will be used to achieve what the men want from the story.

SettingsThe film does have the nice backdrops where we get to see how the men are travelling open plains trying to get to the next locations on their story.

Scene of the Movie – Water side shootout.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The pace is so slow.

Final Thoughts This is an uninteresting western that moves are a poor pace which never gets going, despite having a brilliant cast.

Overall: Dull.

ABC Film Challenge – Sci-Fi- G – Global Meltdown (2017)

Director: Daniel Gilboy

Writer: Daniel Gilboy (Screenplay)

Starring: Michael Pare, Leanne Khol Young, Patrick MacEachern, Cameron Gordon, Scott Roberts, Anna Barker


Plot: A helicopter pilot and an environmental scientist lead an exodus of survivors in a search for a safe haven after a catastrophic tectonic event causes the crust of the earth to break apart.


Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes


There may be spoilers in the rest of the review


Verdict: Standard Basic SyFy Channel


Story: Global Meltdown starts when scientist Karen Cavanaugh (Young) is investigating a sudden number of sheep deaths, it escalates quickly to the idea of an underwater eruption which ha caused tidal waves that have destroyed the coastal cities. Karen in a small town must get the residents to safety with Mayor Wally (Roberts) helping and shady doomsday prepper Amos Cade (Pare) not wanting to share.

As the group travel to where they believe will be safe, they meet a conspiracy theorist while dealing with Cade’s enjoyment of the end of the world environment, can they make it before the world is destroyed?


Thoughts on Global Meltdown


Characters – Amos Cade is a doomsday prepper that has been preparing for the end of the world for years, now it might be happening and he couldn’t be happier. He becomes the human villain in the world which might not even have a future. Karen is the scientist that predicts what is going to happen, only she doesn’t seem to be able to make a logical decision along the way. Davis is a helicopter pilot that crash lands near the town, he has seen the destruction first hand, which helps him drive them to the next location. Mayor Wally agrees to join the escape plan which will see him need to try and lead the people of the town and making the brave choices.

PerformancesThe performances in this film are not helped by the basic story, because none of the actors get a chance to have an iconic moment in this film because everything just seems to fizzle out.

StoryThe story follows a group of survivors who are looking for safety after a global destruction event happens and continues to happen as they run. We get the generic fitted characters including a human villain, the biggest problem with this story comes from the drastic change in tone between the characters because we get no timeline to how long they are on the run, it feels like it could be a couple of days, but the action make it feel like a couple of months. Sadly, we just don’t get enough happening through this film which just drags along.

Action/Sci-FiThe action in the film is very basic, we get mostly explosions which never feel real and the occasion chase which again has no tension about it. The sci-fi elements of the film comes from the idea of the end of the world coming which doesn’t get played in the same way you imagine.

SettingsThe settings used in the film is are the basic forest locations which just add little to the story.

Special EffectsThe low budget effects are just not good but do take place in the background more often than not.

Scene of the Movie –
Destruction scenes.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Not timeline.

Final ThoughtsThis is a typical low budget syfy movie, it does the basics of any storytelling without hitting any of the marks required to reach the levels of even good.


Overall: Basic background movie.