BLACK WATER: ABYSS sees adventure-seeking couple Eric (Luke Mitchell AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Jennifer (Jessica McNamee THE MEG) convincing their friends Yolanda (Amali Golden THE INVISIBLE MAN) and Viktor (Benjamin Hoetjes 10×10) to explore an uncharted cave system, in remote North Australia, with the help of the unpredictable Cash (Anthony J. Sharpe ROBERT THE BRUCE) as their guide.

As a tropical storm floods the caves the adventurers are trapped in the dark recesses underground, cut off from the outside world. As the waters rise they soon realise they aren’t alone, and their desperate attempt to escape turns into a frantic man and woman versus crocodile fight for survival.

Shepherd: The Hero Dog (2019) Movie Review

Director: Lynn Roth

Writer: Lynn Roth (Screenplay) Asher Kravitz (Novel)

Starring: Ayelet Zurer, Ken Duken, August Maturo, Levente Molnar, Lois Robbins, Rebeka Rea

Plot: SHEPHERD is based on the award-winning and bestselling Israeli novel, “The Jewish Dog,” by Asher Kravitz. Kaleb, a beloved German Shepherd, is separated from his Jewish family when the Nuremberg Laws are enacted in WWII Berlin. He is adopted by an SS Officer who trains him to attack and round up Jews at a concentration camp. Kaleb is well cared for and good at his job until one day when he is distracted by a familiar scent. His original master, a young boy named Joshua, has arrived as a prisoner of the camp. Kaleb has not lost his loyalty to Joshua who finds solace in secretly visiting his dog at night. Joshua’s life is at risk. Together they escape the camp and after months of near-death experiences, they are found by partisans who help Joshua make safe passage to Israel.

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Heart Warming

Story: Shepherd: The Hero Dog starts when young Joshua (Maturo) and his family have a new litter of German Shepherds, which Joshua becomes extreme close to one Kaleb, only when the Nazis start to take over their home town of Nuremberg, the Jewish family must rehome the dogs after becoming prohibited from owning pets.

Being rehomed, Kaleb finds himself alone is the city crumbling, with his original family long gone, he becomes a stray Kaleb is captured and trained by a German solider to hunt Jews and work on the prison camps, only for Joshua to arrive at the camp, with Kaleb leading him to freedom away from the camp.

Thoughts on Shepherd: The Hero Dog

Characters – Joshua is the young Jewish boy who becomes close to a German Shepherd puppy, the two have a bond which gets broken when Joshua’s parents are forced into getting rid of the dogs. Joshua finds himself separated from his family in a concentration camp. He is assigned to look after the animals, which just so happens to include Kaleb. Kaleb is the dog that gets confused about being rehomed and only wants to get back to his home, his family and Joshua. He thrives as a stray and looks to do the right thing if he sees people in danger. He is trained to hunt Jews, until he wants to save Joshua from the camp, where he knows his fate. We do meet the solider that trains Kaleb, as well as other people who support Joshua in the camp.

PerformancesAugust Maturo as young Joshua is the strongest performer, even though most of the work in the film comes from seeing the dog’s interactions, nobody is bad in this film no matter which location we meet them through the film.

StoryThe story here follows a dog taken away from his family, trained by Nazis before saving his former owner from a concentration camp. The story does show how the war affected a dog, we know the devastation the human factor had, but spinning this to an animal’s point of view, we get to see something new, we see the bond a dog will have with a child and shows just how it could never be broken. We do have strange few moments of memories, which show how the dog will remember good, even from a bad person.

SettingsThe film uses the locations to show us the different chapters of Kaleb’s life, while we know the locations would have a darker side to them, which isn’t shown to the full effect in the film.

Scene of the Movie – The escape.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Not dark enough.

Final Thoughts This is a heart-warming tale of one boy and his dog during one of the darkest moments in human history.

Overall: Nice Dog Drama.

Signature Entertainment presents Shepherd: The Hero Dog on Digital HD from June 29th

ABC Film Challenge – Sci-Fi – W – Icetastrophe (2014) Movie Review

This is under W because of star, Victor Webster.

Director: Jonathan Winfrey

Writer: David Sanderson (Screenplay)

Starring: Victor Webster, Jennifer Spence, Richard Harmon, Tiera Skovbye, Mike Dopud

Plot: A meteorite brings ice and freezing temperatures, which threatens to harm the residents of a small town at Christmas.

Tagline – Mankind is on thin ice.

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Typical SyFy Disaster Movie

Story: Icetastrophe starts when a small town is struck by a meteorite, Charlie Ratchet (Webster) must try to save the residents of his town, including his son Tim (Harmon), with research student Alex Novak (Spence) heading to the town to investigate, the side effects of the meteorite are shown, as a new flash ice wave covers the land, killing anyone caught in the path, it becomes a race against time to stop the whole area become an frozen wasteland before it is too late.

Thoughts on Icetastrophe

Characters – Charlie is the explosives expert in the town, he finds himself needing to save the town and his family after a freak meteorite strike hits the town covering it in a ice storm, he must save his family and work with a scientist to save the town from complete destruction. Alex Novak is the astrophysicist that had been following the meteorite and is now looking to study what has happened, bringing the expert opinions on how to stop the sudden change they have faced. Tim is the son of Charlie who risks his own life to save his girlfriend Marley, which show how the support cast are involved in small subplots while the bigger event is going on.

PerformancesThe film is led by Victor Webster who has the look of an action hero, with Jennifer Spence as the scientist who is helping, the two are the best part of the film, they don’t get challenged by any means, but for a disaster film we don’t have any truly bad acting, which is often the case for these movies.

StoryThe story here follows a small town that gets hit by a meteorite which brings a devasting ice storm, which is covering the land freezing people instantly, it become a race against time to save the land before it is too late. We know we get big ambitious ideas when it comes to the disasters, this does bring a wild idea to life, even if the peril related scenes are just a repeat scenario. We get the characters you would expect to see in the roles, the reluctant hero, the scientist out to prove themselves, the greed one who makes mistakes and of course the lost teenagers. It plays out like most of them, with the idea being the stand out from what we are seeing.

Action/Sci-FiThe action is more about trying to outrun the ice, the chase scenes don’t feel like they are filled with much peril, with the sci-fi side of the film being surrounding origin of the meteorite.

SettingsThe film does us the small mountain town as the setting, which shows us just how many different beauty spots this town could have.

Scene of the Movie – The warm woods.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The random flare showdown.

Final Thoughts This is everything you would expect from a SyFy disaster movie, it has fun, while not being original in character design, even if the concept is interesting.

Overall: Interesting Concept.