Chronical: 2067 (2020) Movie Review

Director: Seth Larney

Writer: Seth Larney (Screenplay)

Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ryan Kwanten, Sana’a Shaik, Deborah Mailman, Aaron Glenane

Plot: One man’s journey to the future to save a dying world.

Runtime: 1 Hour 54 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Chronical: 2067 starts as we enter a world where all plant life has died, the oxygen levels on Earth are produced, seeing millions die and the communities fighting over the final supplies, Ethan Whyte (Smit-McPhee) is one of the employees trying to maintain the oxygen supply, while caring for his sick wife Xanthe (Shaik).

When the company reveals to Ethan their secret plan to travel in time to find a cure, Ethan is conflicted on what to do, knowing he could save millions with his sacrifice on what could well be a one way mission.

Thoughts on Chronical 2067

Characters – Ethan Whyte has been working for the company which produce the oxygen needed to survive, he is doing everything to support his sick wife, until he is given a chance to travel through time to learn of a cure from the future that could save the present and answer his personal questions about what happened to his father. Jude is the friend that finds himself trying to protect Ethan in the future like he has always done in his life.

PerformancesKodi Smit-McPhee in the leading role must do a large amount of the work with his character dealing with the most through the film. Ryan Kwanten adds the important supporting role well in the film.

StoryThe story here follows one man in the future that is given a chance to travel in time to find a cure that could save humanity from a world without a natural oxygen source, something his father was involved in creating. This is a very interesting story because it gets to see how climate change could see mankind struggling to survive. Only the story does seem to add a big mystery about what has happened in this future, which instead of playing into the bigger picture, it doesn’t help with the big problem they are trying to solve. How the plan is put in place though is great to see, braver than we would have expected too.

Sci-FiThe film uses the future world with little hope, which is filled with darkness which turns to time travel to solve the problems, which doesn’t always go through the most intense side of things.

SettingsThe sci-fi side of the film uses the dystopian world of a bleak future and the open world that could hold the answers.

Scene of the Movie – The landing.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The over the top discussions about what might have happened.

Final Thoughts Chronical: 2067 brings us a climate change warning movie that offers an interesting concept to survive.

Signature Entertainment presents Chronical: 2067 on DVD and Digital HD 7th December

Anything for Jackson (2020) Shudder Movie Review

Director: Justin G Dyck

Writer: Keith Cooper (Screenplay)

Starring: Sheila McCarthy, Julian Richings, Konstantina Mantelos, Josh Cruddas, Yannick Bisson

Plot: A bereaved Satanist couple kidnap a pregnant woman so they can use an ancient spellbook to put their dead grandson’s spirit into her unborn child but end up summoning more than they bargained for.

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Anything for Jackson starts when Audrey Walsh (McCarthy) and Henry Walsh (Richings) bring their kidnap victim Shannon Becker (Mantelos) who is pregnant, the couple want to use the baby to bring back their lost grandson Jackson, using their connection within a Satanic cult.

Once Audrey completes the ceremony, they couple learn that they have accidently unleashed something pure evil inside their home, something they don’t control and is coming for them.

Thoughts on Anything for Jackson

Characters – Henry Walsh is a doctor who has selected the victim from one of his pregnant patients, he has created his alibi, which will give him a good out for any investigation and needs to think quick on his think when things start going wrong, only he does struggle with moments of this. Audrey is the one that is planning ritual, she will do anything to get her grandson back, she does start to befriend Becker, only she is filled with the pain of losing their loved ones. Shannon Becker is the young woman that is pregnant, she doesn’t know the father and is seen as the best victim for them to take, she does try to convince the couple to let her stay as part of the life of the baby and is put through just as much of the horrific events in the home.

PerformancesSheila McCarthy and Julian Richings are both great to watch in the leading roles, showing the uncertainty about what is going on within the walls, but the determination to get their grandson back. Konstantina Mantelos might well spend a large part of the film tied to the bed, but she does make us feel like she is more than just a victim.

StoryThe story follows a couple that abduct a pregnant woman in hopes of using her baby to bring their dead grandson back to life, only for the ritual to bring evil they never planned for into their home. This does bring a fresh look to the satanic movies, showing us how the couple working the finer points out as they go, instead of having a set in stone smooth plan on what should happen, this shows us just how desperate they are to make this happen. The evil visits will add in good scares through the film and we will be left guessing to what will happen along the way.

HorrorThe horror comes from the aftermath of what happens after the ritual, we see a string of horrific visitors that targets the opening they have created.

SettingsThe film is mostly set in the one location, the home of the couple that are trying to make the event happen, it does make us seem to give us a feeling that we could easily be part of this world.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film are great with one of the creations being strikingly scarier throughout its appearances.

Scene of the Movie – The Suffocating ghost.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Not learning enough about Becker outside of the pregnancy.

Final Thoughts Anything for Jackson is a bright fresh and terrifying twist on the satanic movies we have seen for years.

ANYTHING FOR JACKSON premieres on Shudder December 3rd in the U.S., U.K., Australia and New Zealand (note: Shudder does not have Canada, where it is presently available digitally via Super Chanel)

Jiu Jitsu (2020) Movie Review

Director: Dimitri Logothetis

Writer: Dimitri Logothetis, Jim McGrath (Screenplay)

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Marie Avgeropoulos, Frank Grillo, Tony Jaa, Ricky Yune, JuJu Chan, Alain Moussi

Plot: The future hangs in the balance as a being from another world returns to Earth to face off against the best warriors the human race has to offer. From special ops soldiers to the best martial arts experts, an epic battle for survival will place humanity on the brink of extinction.

Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Jiu Jitsu starts when Jake (Moussi) is found injured in Burma, taking to a local military facility, Myra (Avgeropoulos) looks to help him unlock him memory. When Kueng (Jaa) helps break Jake out, he returns him to a unit run by Harrigan (Grillo) who wants answers, showing the unit being a group of elite soldiers, that will eliminate anyone in their way.

When Jake starts trying to put more of the answers together, he is visited by Wylie (Cage) who teaches him about a mysterious visitor that is looking for a fight, with answers about the fighting technique of Jiu jitsu.

Thoughts on Jiu Jitsu

Characters – Jake is the soldier that has lost his memory, he is left in a condition that needs to recover, but he has people searching for him, soldiers, fighters and a mysterious visitor, he needs to remember before he gets into conflict where he can handle himself with ease. Myra is the US soldier that is trying to help Jake learn the truth, being the only one of the base that will give him the time of day to learn instead of making him out to be an enemy. Wylie will help Jake remember the truth, show him who he is and what the battle will mean against the visitor, reminding him how important this is. Harrigan leads the field side of the unit that Jake was once part of, he expects him to pick it up and return to the conflict they were preparing for. Kueng is the one that rescues Jake to return him to the unit, he is the fastest and most skilled member of the unit, outside of Jake.

PerformancesAlain Moussi in the leading role continues to shine in the conflict heavy positions, building on his more serious side of his performances too, Nicolas Cage is always a joy to watch, this is no different, even if he doesn’t reach the full clown crazy we know off. Frank Grillo is strong in the supporting role, with Tony Jaa bring even more action to the film, stealing most fight sequences. Juju Chan bring yet another fighting style to the film, which will give us everything we need, to show different styles coming to life.

StoryThe story here follows a soldier that has lost his memory, as he looks to prepare to fight against a visitor looking for a fight of honour, which will help give him his memory back. This is a story that does a clever mix between the soldier who has lost his identity and Predator, giving us a reason for the fight to happen, that isn’t just a hunting, with it being more of a fight for honour between the galaxy. This does seem to have plenty going on, which will use the idea of a comic book to build a world that we could see even more from.

Action/Sci-FiThe action uses the single take idea, with Kueng’s introduction playing out following the action instead of cutting between the blows, along with the unique first person prospective Jake has, which easily swaps between a camera on him, to seeing him involved, transitioning between the two.

SettingsThe film is set in Burma, which will show us how America could have mission in smaller nations, along with playing into a cultural temple that is where the fight needs to take place.

Special EffectsWhen it comes to the effects, we are looking at the visitor, Brax that is a mix of Predator, with the costume that requires CGI and the weapons that can play into it, even if a lot of the combat is in your face battles.

Scene of the Movie – Brax versus Wylie.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Blink at you miss it death.

Final Thoughts Jiu Jitsu is an entertaining action sci-fi movie with a great cast, that does feel like a Predator movie we have been waiting for.

Signature Entertainment presents Jiu Jitsu on Digital HD 21st December and Blu-ray & DVD 4th January

Black Pumpkin (2018) Movie Review

Director: Ryan McGonagle

Writer: Ryan McGonagle (Screenplay)

Starring: Kamilla Alnes, Lily Keene, Connor Weil, Matt Rife, Jordyn Lucas, Alix Lane, Grayson Thorne Kilpatrick, Dogen Eyeler

Plot: On October 31st, two preteens in a small town accidentally awaken an evil that has lain dormant for decades. They are forced to survive through a terrifying Halloween night of cat-and-mouse, from the monster known as “Bloody Bobby.”

Tagline – Evil comes knocking this Halloween.

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Black Pumpkin starts when two kids, Elliot (Eyeler) and Lawrence (Kilpatrick) are working on a projected about the local myth of Diablo’s Den and Bloody Bobby, which will see their project going viral. Elliot’s sister Laurie (Patrikios) is dealing with the high school politics along with the babysitting duties put on her at Halloween.

The figure of Bloody Bobby has returned now and is looking to go on his Halloween killing spree, targeting the friends of Laurie with only the local crazy resident Alex Griffin (Clendenin) knowing the way to stop the killer.

Thoughts on Black Pumpkin

Characters – Elliot and Lawrence are the two pre-teeners that are doing a project on the Diablo’s Den area in their local town, they become a hit with their project, only it unleashes the monster known as Bloody Bobby, the two must figure out how to stop what they released. Laurie is Elliot’s big sister that is dating the high school football star and doesn’t take any nonsense from any of the school bullies picking on Lawrence, she is looking for a party but is left with babysitting duties on Halloween, becoming the target of Bloody Bobby.

PerformancesThe performances in this film are strong enough, the young stars bring the innocent approach to the film, while the high schools give the naughtier side of the film too blending the style of the slasher horror.

StoryThe story here follows two pre-teeners who are doing a project for school, which will accidently see them bring an evil spirit back to life, to go on a new killer spree through the town, targeting the loved ones of the two boys. This is a story that does seem to get caught up in what it wants to be, the Laurie side of the story brings the high school slasher story to life with plenty of blood, but the over targeting on what the two boys are up to seem to target more on the younger horror audience, only the violence won’t get seen by them. When we look at just the slasher side of things, we get an enjoyable horror that is similar to what we have seen before, with a unique killer in Bloody Bobby too.

HorrorThe horror in the film comes from the slasher blood kills, which works for the tone of the film, with one kills being planned for so much it might well have just happened then instead of waiting for the obvious to happen.

SettingsThe film does give us a small-town setting which will show us the myths and legends a town can always shave about them.

Special EffectsThe effects are basic, with the close ups of the injuries, with the big, planned kill not looking great as it is planned for.

Scene of the Movie – Trick or treating night.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Gets caught up in the middle of being an entry level horror and a full blown slasher.

Final Thoughts Black Pumpkin is a fun little slasher, with a fresh killer that could be enjoyed every Halloween.

The Red Turtle (2016) Movie Review

Director: Michael Dudok de Wit

Writer: Michael Dudok de Wit, Pascale Ferran (Screenplay) Michael Dudok de Wit (Story)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Emmanuel Garijo, Tom Hudson, Baptiste Goy, Axel Devillers, Barbara Beretta

Plot: A man is shipwrecked on a deserted island and encounters a red turtle, which changes his life.

Runtime: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Beautiful

Story: The Red Turtle starts when a man gets washed up on a desert island, alone he looks for the essentials, water and food, before trying to figure out how he can get off the island. First, he builds a raft, which only fails his escape plans.

Once the man learns that he is being followed by a mysterious red turtle his whole life on the island changes in a way her would never have imagined.

Thoughts on The Red Turtle

Characters – This is a film where the characters have no names, only roles, the man is the one that gets trapped on the island, looking for a way to find rescue, shelter and survival, something he can manages, before setting off on his own voyage of self-discovery on the island. The Red Turtle seems to be holding the man on the island before giving him a gift which will change his life.

StoryThe story here follows a man that becomes stranded on a desert island where he searches for a way off, looks to survive, only to clash with a mysterious creature that seems to be holding him to the island. This is a story that is all about the visuals we see, it could easily be reflected into the garden of Eden that the man has been given with different aspects of survival involved, be it from needing food, drink or shelter or one’s own mental ability of being alone. This is a story that could also be look at in different ways by different people, which only enhances this to new levels.

Adventure/FantasyThe adventure side of this film shows just how one man makes a life out of his time on the island, this does get mixed with the fantasy elements of the film too.

SettingsThe film is set on one desert island which does have a lot to survive with, only it has no escape from. It looks beautiful while feeling empty.

AnimationThe animation is amazing too, with the different lighting to show different times of day, weather conditions and environment changes.

Scene of the Movie – The Full Life.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Nothing.

Final Thoughts This is a beautiful animation that shows the importance of life, happiness and survival.

Overall: One of the most beautiful animations ever.