The Luring (2019) Movie Review

Director: Christopher Wells

Writer: Christopher Wells (Screenplay)

Starring: Molly Fahey, Michaela Sprague, Jake Katzman, Rick Irwin, Alex Emanuel, Daniel Martin Berkley

Plot: A man tries to recover a lost memory by returning to his family’s Vermont vacation home where an unspeakable act took place leaving him institutionalized as a child.


Tagline – Sometimes We Are Called To The Darkness

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Slow Thriller

Story: The Luring starts when Garrett (Irwin) heads back to a Vermont vacation home with his girlfriend Claire (Sprague) to look into the memories that he can’t remember as a child, waiting to meet a mysterious woman Jennifer (Fahey) from the internet, that might fill in the gaps for him.

As the time away sees Garrett acting strangely with the visits from Jennifer, while seeing himself start to become distant from Claire, as his past starts to come back to him.

Thoughts on The Luring

Characters – Garrett grew up with a blank in his memory, he wants to try and fill in this gap, which sees him returning to a family vacation home with his girlfriend, he is getting tired of his girlfriend and as the memories return, we see the darker side of his character, the side which may have caused the memory blank. Claire is the girlfriend that is desperate to have a good weekend away, she loves Garrett and is willing to spend her life with him, even if she is already sensing the problems between the two. Jennifer is the mysterious woman that has been willing to help fill in the holes in Garrett’s memories, only for her to have a real reason for drawing him back to the town.

PerformancesThe performances in this film are not the strongest, as some characters do feel overplayed, while others don’t seem to break out, to make their character standout in anyway.

StoryThe story here follows a man that is looking to fix the memories he has lost from his childhood, only for the truth to come out and haunt him more. This is a story that does do the memory needing refilled well enough, only we do seem to get two moments of story that feel completely out of place for the rest of the film. As the story unfolds, we do get to growing distain towards Garrett. We don’t seem to get into the full extend of what is causing everything to happen though, leaving a lot left to the imagination.

HorrorThe horror side of the film comes from seeing how the noises can’t be explained, before we do see one terrifying figure.

SettingsThe film uses the one main location, the vacation home, which has tragedy about it, it will create isolation for our characters through the film.


Scene of the Movie – The stilts.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The two scenes which seem disconnected to the main story.

Final Thoughts This is a horror thriller that doesn’t seem to use the ideas of memories being lost, to create everything, only for most things to end up missing, with exception of the stilts character being truly terrifying.

Overall: Thriller that doesn’t hit all the marks.

Lionsgate UK presents southern-fried crime thriller Arkansas on Digital Download 13 July & DVD 20 July

Lionsgate UK presents southern-fried crime thriller Arkansas on Digital Download 13 July & DVD 20 July

LIAM HEMSWORTH VINCE VAUGHN JOHN MALKOVICH
VIVICA. A. FOX MICHAEL KENNETH WILLIAMS CLARK DUKE

Synopsis:

Based on the best-selling novel from John Brandon, Arkansas is a thrilling slice of southern-fried organised crime from debut director Clark Duke (The Office, Hot Tub Time Machine), with a stellar cast including Liam Hemsworth, Vince Vaughn, Vivica A. Fox, John Malkovich and Michael Kenneth Williams.


Kyle (Liam Hemsworth) and Swin (Clark Duke) live by the orders of mysterious Arkansas-based drug kingpin, Frog (Vince Vaughn), who they’ve never met. Posing as junior park rangers by day, they operate as low-level drug traffickers by night, all under the watchful eye of Frog’s proxies (John Malkovich, Vivica A. Fox).

Swin settles into his day job but, against orders, takes up a relationship with a local woman (Eden Brolin), while Kyle spends his nights trying to discover Frog’s identity. As they begin to grapple for control of the lucrative underworld operation, Swin and Kyle soon find themselves under Frog’s deadly crosshairs. Who will live to survive as the boss of Arkansas’ fierce drug trade?

An official selection for SXSW 2020 with killer performances from its all-star cast, Arkansas weaves together three decades of Deep South drug trafficking to explore the cycle of violence that turns young men into criminals, and old men into legends.

ABC Film Challenge – Sci-Fi – P – Pixels (2015) Movie Rob’s Pick

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[On TV during the ball. Reciting] “New York was in trouble. / Pac Man caused a ruckus / But the Arcaders saved us / ‘Cause they’re bad mother – [TV broadcast is interrupted]” – Choir Kids

Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Jun 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Aliens mistake a message from Earth as being a call for war and use Video Arcade characters to attack the Earth.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have avoided ever since it came out because I’ve never really been the biggest fan of Adam Sandler films.

In the end, I chose to watch this movie or this series because it fit in so perfectly to my schedule and I went in to watching this with very low expectations.

As a child of the 80’s I was entranced by this film because it features so many of the video arcade games that I grew up with and still have fond memories for.

This enhanced the film for me so much and I’m sure that others who also are of my generation and who were fans of video games at the time will equally enjoy the way that this film brings forth such nostalgic themes so well.

The film utilizes modern special effects really well and that helps make these animated creatures come to life; Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Qbert, Galaga and Centipede and more all look fantastic with modern CGI graphics.

The film’s overall story is extremely weak and silly and even at certain points things hit rock bottom, but the scenes that do work (which are mostly action scenes) helps make this so enjoyable to watch.

The film has a spectacular cast that almost all fit so well into the geek/nerd ideas of the 80’s.

Sandler has Kevin James, Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad all join him on this quest and they are all perfectly cast in these roles.

The odd (wo)man out here tho is Michelle Monaghan, who is a great actress but fails to integrate herself well enough into this geek crowd for us to believe her character.

They do an amazing job integrating lots of TV and Movie nostalgia from the 70’s and 80’s and that also helps make this feel so retro in order to bring back feeling of my own youth 40 years ago.

Bottom Line – Really fun film especially for those of us who grew up on arcade games of the 70’s and 80’s. The special effects are done quite well and help make these animated creatures come to life. The story itself is a bit too crazy for its own good and at certain points, really hits rock bottom.  The cast is spectacular and really fit into this kind of story with Sandler, James, Dinklage and Gad all doing great jobs with these characters to help make them so much fun to watch.  I love Monaghan as an actress, but she is the one casting decision that really doesn’t work at all.  Loved the way that they integrate nostalgic 70’s and 80’s film and TV into the story in some very clever ways. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The movie’s video game high scores are based on real scores. Sam Brenner’s Pac-Man score of 3,333,360 is the highest attainable score for the game, first achieved by Billy Mitchell. A higher score is possible on the Namco Pac-Man Anniversary edition machines. Ludlow Lamonsoff’s Centipede score of 16,389,548 is one point higher than the real-life marathon world record set by Jim Schneider. Eddie Plant’s Donkey Kong score of 1,068,100 is 100 points higher than Hank Chien’s former world record. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

ABC Film Challenge – Sci-Fi – P -Planet of the Sharks (2016) Movie Review

Director: Mark Atkins

Writer: Marc Gottlieb, Mark Atkins (Screenplay)

Starring: Brandon Auret, Stephanie Beran, Lindsay Sullivan, Lauren Joseph, Daniel Barnett, Christia Visser

Plot: In the near future, glacial melting has covered ninety-eight percent of Earth’s landmass. Sharks have flourished, and now dominate the planet, operating as one massive school led by a mutated alpha shark.


Tagline – When The World Floods With Water, One Species Rises To The Top!

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Not Good

Story: Planet of the Sharks starts as we enter the world where most of the Earth is now covered in water, with a small floating town attacked by sharks, leaving just one survivor Beatrice (Joseph) rescued by Dillon Barrick (Auret) who is one of the member of the local towns that watch over the groups of civilizations.

When the communities learn they will become the latest targets, they look to end the new threat coming their way and stop the new shark army, being led by an alpha that has been controlling the rest of the sharks, turning them into a killing machine.

Thoughts on Planet of the Sharks

Final Thoughts In a world where we do get endless amounts of shark movies, we can get the over the top fun ones, like Sharknado,, we get the so bad they are enjoyable like Sharknado, then we get ones that are trying to be over the top and fail to land any of the tone and just feel like they are going through the motions of making a weak shark movie, this is a perfect example of one that misses way more than it hits and ends up being a drag, with acting that doesn’t hit, the story is dull and the idea just doesn’t click in the way it wants to.

Overall: Sloppy.