Director: Mark Williams
Writer: Mark Williams, Steve Allrich (Screenplay)
Starring: Liam Neeson, Kate Walsh, Jai Courtney, Jeffrey Donovan, Anthony Ramos, RObet Patrick
Plot: Wanting to lead an honest life, a notorious bank robber turns himself in, only to be double-crossed by two ruthless FBI agents.
Tagline –Never Steal a Man’s Second Chance
Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Honest Thief starts as we see Tom (Neeson) completing his robberies, with the numbers rising, with his reputation as the ‘In Out Bandit’ spreading, this changes when he meets Annie (Walsh) and he looks to walk away from the life.
When Tom wants to come clean, he contacts the FBI, with Agent Sam Baker (Patrick), who has been listening to stories for years, with people confessing to being the thief, only for his two agents Nivens (Courtney) and Hall (Ramos) look to take advantage of the situation.
Thoughts on Honest Thief
Characters – Tom is a former marine turned famous solo thief, with 9 years of robberies under his belt, he has left the game though, looking to come clean for his actions, to start a new life with Annie, but when the FBI don’t play as fair as he imagined, he must prove he is only a robber not a murderer. Annie is a divorced woman running a storage operation, looking to rebuild her life, she knows nothing of the former life Tom has, but knows the two can spend their lives together. Agent Nivens is assigned to investigate the claim Tom is making, turning into his own opportunity to make money, going too far, on the levels where he will need to make sure he cleans up his own mess. Agent Meyers is one of the senior agents that passes on the claim, believing it isn’t real, like many of the other claims, he does start to investigate when things start to get out of control.
Performances – Liam Neeson continues to give us the aging action star, while he does bring the grounded side to the role, many action stars struggle with. Kate Walsh as the love interest works well through the film, Jai Courtney as the villainous agent brings the most out of a plain character, which is could be said for most of the FBI agents, however hard the actors try to make more out of them.
Story – The story here follows a thief that decides he wants to come clean after falling in love, only for him to discover the FBI agents he wants to confess to, are not as honest as he believes they could be. When it comes to the action storylines that are coming out, this does mix the idea of the getting out of the game one, with never knowing who to trust in authority, which helps the quiet humble man of Tom, needing to show a darker side to survive the cat-n-mouse like games with the different FBI agents, some are good, some are not. We don’t get the full brand-new action film, but it is one story that the stars can pull off with ease for pure entertainment.
Action – The action in the film comes from chases and fight scenes, with the fight scenes struggling with the fast cuts, while the chases are everything we have seen before.
Settings – The film uses the city settings to show how capable of disappearing Tom can be, with his ability to scout every possible escape route.
Scene of the Movie – Meyers dog.
Final Thoughts – Honest Thief is a fun, enjoyable action thriller, one that we know Liam Neeson can deliver in with ease, it is everything you would expect it to be, with the cute dog.
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Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Writer: Thomas Vinterberg, Tobias Lindholm (Screenplay)
Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Lars Ranthe, Magnus Millang, Maria Bonnevie, Susse Wold
Plot: Four friends, all high school teachers, test a theory that they will improve their lives by maintaining a constant level of alcohol in their blood.
Runtime: 1 Hour 55 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Another Round starts when four high school teachers Martin (Mikkelsen), Tommy (Larsen), Peter (Ranthe) and Nikolaj (Millang) discuss a theory that a human can function better with 0.05% alcohol in their system at all times, leading to them to have a more confident presence in the class, while being more relaxed.
The four start to see a huge improvement in their everyday lives, with Martin getting through to his students for the first time in a long time, where they show him the respect he deserves in the class room, but can they keep this up.
Thoughts on Another Round
Characters – Martin is a history teacher that has seen the pressure to help his students get a passing grade increased, his wife is working nights and his life is starting to feel stale. Martin is the first one to try the 0.05% alcohol, which will see him gain a knew lust for life, pushing the rest of the group into trying it, he finds his classroom filled with enjoyment again. Tommy, Peter and Nikolaj all start to find their own benefits and problems from this idea, which is helping record the effects of everything they are experiencing.
Performances – Mads Mikkelsen is fantastic in the leading role, we get to see how everything in his own life is effecting his character before the alcohol and see the changes after it, bring to us a more laid back persona. The rest of the cast compliment Mads perfectly, with the four friends having wonderful chemistry together.
Story – The story here follows four high school teachers that looks to play into a theory that you can function better with a 0.05% alcohol flowing through your body at all times, leading them to take a dangerous path to see if this theory could be true. This does look to show how life can start getting stale for some people and they will need a new inspiration to find a new love for life, in this one, it is the alcohol. We get to see the positives and negatives from this change in their lives with some not wanting to accept the negatives until it is too late. We also get to see how these characters could play out a reality that we have all thought about in life.
Settings – We get to see the everyday settings the characters are living through, showing how they are not changing what they are doing, just their own mind sets through the day.
Scene of the Movie – The full drinking day.
Final Thoughts – Another Round is a truly enjoyable movie that will ask a big question about drinking, getting laughs and serious life issues out in the open.
Writer: Andrew Klavan, Minako Daira (Screenplay) Yasushi Akimoto (Novel)
Starring: Shannyn Sossamon, Edward Burns, Ana Claudia Talancon, Ray Wise, Azura Skye, Johnny Lewis, Jason Beghe, Margaret Cho
Plot: Several people start receiving voice-mails from their future selves – messages which include the date, time, and some of the details of their deaths.
Tagline – What will it sound like when you die?
Runtime: 1 Hour 27 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Another Bad American Remake
Story: One Missed Call starts when one of a group of friends has been killed, believed to be suicide, Leann (Skye) receives a phone call from the friend which is dated in the future and is a recording of her death. not long after this Leann dies, leaving a message to another friend, this continues until Beth (Sossamon) meets detective Jack Andrews (Burns) who has seen his own sister killed in mysterious circumstances and her phone records show a connection to Beth’s friend.
The two team up to figure out what is going on as the latest friend Taylor (Talancon) turns to a spiritual miracle television from producer Ted Summers (Wise) for answers.
Thoughts on One Missed Call
Characters – Beth is the young woman that starts seeing her friends die after receiving phone calls that are recordings of their deaths in the future. She teams up with a detective to get to the bottom of everything after she receives a call herself. Being a student to tries to use her qualification to psycho analysis what is going on and with a dark past which teases a connection we never see. Jack is the detective that has seen his sister die in the circumstances, he works with Beth to investigate the strange goings on trying to stop more victims from being killed, this is a strange cop character who for some reason thinks it is ok to bring a civilian into the case. We do meet the friends, though we learn nothing about most of them with most being killed off within the first 30 minutes and the seedy tv producer which is a story arc which is forgotten within ten minutes.
Performances – Shannyn Sossamon is not the best in the leading role, she never makes us believe that she is scared in the film while also not being convincing in anything else, Edward Burns is likewise, not very good for what we know he can do, he might not have the best character to work with, but it sums up the weak acting through the film which includes wasting Ray Wise.
Story – The story follows a group of friends that start receiving a recording that is them dying in the future. They must investigate what is going on before the time of the recording comes true. For me I like a good ghost investigation style movie, which this story tries to give us, the problems come quickly here, it is a remake of a much better told story from Asian cinema, the supporting characters are offed way to quickly and the side story that is meant to hint at something else seems to be a complete waste of time. It does rely on the twist ending which is drawn out too long because the false ending happens just over an hour into the film and we clearly know that isn’t the end of the film. the story has plenty of pacing problems which only leaves us disappointed.
Horror/Mystery – The horror in the film comes from mostly bad CGI and the lack of ability to capture the same haunting feeling the inhaler had in the original films. The mystery side of the film is the highlight only it goes down too many false paths leaving us feeling flat by the end of the film.
Settings – The film uses basic student housing, police station and creepy burnt out hospitals as the settings, none of which see to be able to capture any moments of tension.
Special Effects – When it comes to the effects, this is a giant miss too because the attempted creepy face just look way to fake to be able to strike up any fear in any sensible person.
Final Thoughts – This is another one of those terrible American remakes of a truly scary movie, it lacks tension, fear factor and anything to make us scared.
Overall: Terrible remake.