She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Movie Review

Director: Amy Seimetz

Writer: Amy Seimetz (Screenplay)

Starring: Kate Lyn Sheil, Jane Adams, Kentucker Audley, Katie Aselton, Chris Messina, Michelle Rodriguez, Josh Lucas

Plot: Amy thinks she’s dying tomorrow…and it’s contagious.

Tagline – Your Deepest Fear is Spreading

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Bleakly Thought Provoking

Story: She Dies Tomorrow starts when Amy (Sheil) believes she is going to die tomorrow, she is looking into the next stages of her body’s life, turning to her best friend Jane (Adams) to talk to. Amy is filled with this fear of death tomorrow, which sees her look for more from her final night on this planet, only this fear starts to wear off on Jane too.

With the ominous threat starting to become contagious, more people are facing the reality that they are dying tomorrow, only there is no evidence to prove they would be, is the mind just planning tricks, or is there something more sinister afoot.

Thoughts on She Dies Tomorrow

Characters – Amy finds herself suddenly struck down with a bleak depression realization she is dying tomorrow, she can’t explain why this is, but she knows it is it for her, turning to her best friend only to see her fears spread, Amy does look to spend the last night doing things she wants to do. Jane is the first friend that starts to get infected by the cause, only for her to turn to more spreading things even more people. We continue to see this spread between households, with more people starting to think this is their last day.

PerformancesKate Lyn Sheil does a great job in the leading role showing us just how life has been drained from her, the supporting cast all show the change they go through during the film.

StoryThe story here follows one lady who starts to believe she is dying tomorrow, which soon starts to get spread between her friends, as everyone starts to question their own morality, asking the big questions in life. This does bring us to ask the big question on life, what would it be like if things were to end tomorrow, what would you do and how would you spend that time. It does also play into the idea of how something could spread without any explanation. We do meet a lot of characters in this film, with each having their own final plans. The unexplained side to everything does add to the disturbing factor involved in the film.

SettingsThe film gives us the everyday life of all the characters, each one has and is in a good place until the dread starts spreading to them.

Scene of the Movie – Awkward birthday.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Not enough explained.

Final Thoughts This is a disturbing look at how dread can spread, well acted and leaves you wanting to know more about what is going on.

Overall: Disturbing Nightmare.

ABC Film Challenge – Animation – X – FernGully the Last Rainforest (1992) Movie Review

We are going under X because of Hexxus, the villainous character.

Director: Bill Kroyer

Writer: Jim Cox (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Tim Curry, Samantha Mathis, Christian Slater, Jonathan Ward, Robin Williams, Grace Zabriskie

Plot: The magical inhabitants of a rainforest fight to save their home, which is threatened by logging and a polluting force of destruction called Hexxus.

Tagline – They live in a secret world touched by magic and surrounded by nature, and the only human who has ever been there, must now fight to save it.

Runtime: 1 Hour 16 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Dark and Important Message

Story: FernGully: The Last Rainforest starts as we meet the fairies in the rainforest, Crysta is a young fairy learning from the wise Magi Lune who defeated the evil Hexxus that would bring devastation to the rainforest if released, spreading the poison to the land.

When Crysta discovers smoke in the distance, she wants to explore, with Magi Lune knowing the threat the return of the humans could bring to the rainforest, with Hexxus being given something to feed and grow on, so it can consume the rainforest once again. Crysta must work with the other fairies and the human she accidentally shrunk Zak to save the rainforest.

Thoughts on FernGully: The Last Rainforest

Characters – Crysta is a young fairy that is still learning how to control her magic like the elders, she is curious about what she could discover in the world, where she brings a human back to the village, where she must learn the harsh reality of humans involvement in the world as well as stop an evil coming to the land. Magi Lune is the mentor of Crysta, she has fought the battles for years and is ready to pass on her experience to Crysta to fight for the next generation of fairies. Zak is the human that gets shrunk, he is a city boy that is just working mostly as a slacker, only he learns the magic of the rainforest with his time with the fairies. Hexxus is the evil toxic poison that was defeated from consuming the rainforest, now he has been freed and looks to bring his devastation on the fairies and other creatures in the rainforest.

StoryThe story here shows how an evil toxic poison created by humans will destroy a rainforest unless the fairies can come together to look for a way to defeat it before they lose their homes. This is a story that seems like it is way before its time, with the message about deforestation coming through clearly, we might well have a fantasy element involved, but the idea that humans will destroy different species homes unless they can learn is clear here. We have the musical numbers and the side of the story that is about someone learning their own potential coming through strong too. The message is clear, the importance is relevant, this is a great story for all to understand.

FantasyThe fantasy side of this film is about the idea that fairies and toxic poisons are real in the fight for nature, rather than just the battle between humans and nature.

SettingsThe film uses the rainforest setting to show the beauty that was once there, the destruction caused and how we can have beauty once again in the world.

AnimationThe animation is on the top level for the early 1990s, we see the brightness of the beauty and the darkness that could consume the world.

Scene of the Movie – Hexxus growing into the world.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – It isn’t long enough.

Final Thoughts This is an important animation that has a clear message that should be told to all, it has beauty and darkness through the film and is one that could become one of the most important for years to come.

Overall: Important Animation.