The Bay of Silence (2020) Movie Review

Director: Paula van der Oest

Writer: Caroline Goodall (Screenplay) Lisa St Aubin de Teran (Novel)

Starring: Claes Bang, Olga Kurylenko, Brian Cox, Assaad Bouab, Alive Krige

Plot: Will believes his wife Rosalind is innocent of their son’s suspected murder, only to discover the devastating truth behind her past links her to another unsolved crime.

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Bay of Silence starts when Will (Bang) believes he is going to start the perfect life with his wife Rosalind, he twins and a new baby on the way, a new big house and a career moment which could secure his place in the company for years.

After an accident during the late pregnancy Rosalind believes she lost part of a twin, taking her down a dark path, which ends up seeing their baby die, Will must investigate, what really happened to their son and whether Rosalind was behind it.

Thoughts on The Bay of Silence

Characters – Will believes he is about to start the perfect life, his career is thriving, he has married his wife, with a child on the way and a dream home. Things take a turn, when he learns about his wife’s past and when their baby dies, he is left wondering just what to expect to be the truth about what happened to their son. Rosalind is the wife that believes she has lost a baby, she starts to lose control, only for her past to show the effects to what happened to her in the past. Milton is the fixer that has always solved the problems in Rosalind’s life.

PerformancesClaes Bang does show us how a husband would do anything to protect a wife from even the worst crimes, showing us how he is slowly losing his mind about what might have happened or not. Olga Kurylenko shows the changes her character is going through well, with Brian Cox being the highlight of every scene.

StoryThe story here follows a husband that is trying to figure out what caused his wife sudden change, which will see him dive into her past, which brings him a shocking truth, which will explain what happened to their daughter. This story is very busy, with most of the film circling around Will needing to discover what happened, which will give us more details by the end of the film, which does make much more sense to everything we see. We get to deal with very dark subjects, which could cause the changes, while not everything does seem to get to come out from what we are seeing.

ThrillerThe thriller side of this film comes from seeing what is happening, what could have happened and what did happen, we are left guessing to the truth.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to show us why the dream home is only the beginning of a new nightmare for the family, where most of the locations are here to show us what happened in the past.

Scene of the Movie – The truth.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – We do have too much going on with Will that seems to lead him down different routes.

Final Thoughts This is a thriller that will keep you guessing along with leading us to a shocking conclusion.

Signature Entertainment presents The Bay of Silence on DVD & Digital HD 28th September

ABC Film Challenge – 80’s Movies – U – Masters of the Universe (1987) Movie Review

This is under U because it is about the Universe being saved.

Director: Gary Goddard

Writer: David Odell (Screenplay)

Starring: Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, Meg Foster, Billy Barty, Courteney Cox, Robert Duncan McNeill, Jon Cypher

Plot: The heroic warrior He-Man battles against the evil lord Skeletor and his armies of darkness for control of Castle Grayskull.

Runtime: 1 Hour 46 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Cult Classic 101

Story: Masters of the Universe starts as the evil Skeletor (Langella) is looking to gain the power of Grayskull, with only one threat He-Man (Lundgren) needing to stop him before he takes his new power and takes control of the land, which sees the two sides clash and He-Man, Teela (Field), Gwildor (Barty) and Duncan (Cypher) leaving the Eternia world, finding themselves in America.

When Julie (Cox) finds the key to which Skeletor needs, he sends soldiers to retrieve it, which leads her to He-Man that must step up and fight to protect Earth too now.

Thoughts on Masters of the Universe

Characters – He-Man is the fearless warrior that defends Eternia, the good following, the evil want him dead, he is stronger than any other person on the planet and will never back down from a fight no matter what the odds are against him. Skeletor is the evil lord looking to gain complete power of Eternia, he does this by force over anything else, killing anyone that goes against him. Evil-Lyn is the one leading the hunt for the key and He-Man, she has powers which will let her get anything she wants, proving to be an asset for Skeletor to have by his side. Gwildor is one of the soldiers that works with He-Man, he likes what he finds on Earth and is usually used for a laugh along the way.

PerformancesDolph Lundgren in the leading role has the look for the role, which is needed for the film, he looks like he would beat most people in a fight too. Frank Langella as Skeletor is great because his voice adds even more evil to the role. The rest of the cast fit in well, working for the characters they are playing.

StoryThe story here follows the adventures of He-Man as he looks to save the universe from the evil Skeletor who is trying to gain control and take over the universe using force. When superhero style movies weren’t a big thing, this was one that gave us the first live-action version of a comic book character, it is big, it is cheesy, being everything it needs to be for the concept behind the film of good versus evil, with the battle showing how one will always try for more power and the other will always step up to prevent it.

Action/FantasyThe action is big, it is everything you would imagine a live action animated character would have, with the fantasy worlds showing the different mindsets between the characters.

SettingsThe film uses the two main settings, with Eternia and Earth, it shows the different in beliefs and styles when it comes to fighting evil.

Special EffectsBeing made in the 80s this does have effects that work for the large scale style of the film, they add the charm to what makes this one of the cult classics of a generation.

Scene of the Movie – The final battle.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The humans are annoying.

Final Thoughts This is a fun over the top 80s movie, it does show how you can bring the larger than life animated characters to life and can enjoy the over the top battles they find themselves in.

Overall: Fun Movie