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Signature Entertainment presents Alone on Digital HD from December 28th

They Reach (2020) Movie Review

Director: Sylas Dall

Writer: Sylas Dall, Bry Troyer (Screenplay)

Starring: Mary Madaline Roe, Morgan Chandler, Eden Campbell, Kyan Zielinski, Elizabeth Rhoades

Plot: In 1979, a young girl stumbles upon a possessed tape player. She unknowingly unleashes a demonic entity that haunts her family while slowly dragging the small town of Clarkston to Hell.

Tagline – First you hear them. Then you see them. Then they reach…

Runtime: 1 Hour 27 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Reach starts as Jessica Daniels (Roe) is struggling to overcome the death of her older brother, she is taking after her father John (Calder) with her tendency to collect items around the house, with her latest items leading to supernatural item release an evil in her home.

Jessica must team up with her best friends Sam (Chandler) and Cheddar (Campbell) as they look to unlock the truth before her family is taken by the evil she accidently released.

Thoughts on They Reach

Characters – Jessica is the grief filled young teenager that has seen her brother die, she is collecting items which sees her end up releasing an evil into the home, which she must work with her friends to stop, she will face her own demons to make this happen. Sam and Cheddar are the best friends that are looking to support Jessica through the difficult times, with Cheddar getting laughs through the film. The three do have great chemistry together, which drives the story forward.

PerformancesMary Madaline Roe, Morgan Chandler and Eden Campbell are great to watch together, they give us the feeling of true friendship through the whole film, while Mary gets to tackle the solo side of the film required she is just as good.

StoryThe story follows a young teenage girl that accidently release an evil into her home and must work with her friends to try and stop it from getting unleashed upon the whole town. The story here does show us a world where someone is grieving in their own way, which is always used to attract the evil into their life, it does have a feeling of a Stranger Things with how the three are trying to solve things, with the parents having their own side story dealing with the events. The story is told in a fun way that can be enjoyed.

Adventure/HorrorThe adventure side of this film shows us how the characters will be doing everything to stop the horror they find haunting them throughout the film.

SettingsThe film uses the small town setting to show us how the character would be able to work together and shows us how the town knows Jessica and her family’s loss.

Scene of the Movie – The first appearance.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Not keen on certain moments, which will include spoilers.

Final Thoughts They Reach is a fun adventure horror that will show the characters at their best, working together to fight evil.

Rogue (2020) Movie Review

Director: M.J. Bassett

Writer: Isabel Bassett, M.J. Bassett (Screenplay)

Starring: Megan Fox, Philip Winchester, Greg Kriek, Brandon Auret, Jessica Sutton, Kenneth Fok

Plot: O’Hara is a mercenary leading a squad of soldiers on their mission to rescue hostages in remote part of Africa. Unfortunately the mission goes wrong and the team are stranded, forced to survive against the local rebels.

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Rogue starts when Samantha O’Hara (Fox) is leading a team of mercenaries on a extraction mission in Africa, her team includes Joey (Winchester), Mike (Kriek), Elijah (Auret) and Bo (Fok) who must rescue Asilia Wilson (Sutton) from rebels, with the escape plan taking a turn for the worse, the unit find themselves stranded.

The unit takes up shelter in an abandoned poacher farm and quickly learn there is still a lion roaming the land, looking for its latest prey, using the dark to its advantage.

Thoughts on Rogue

Characters – Samantha O’Hara is hired to put the team together for the extraction, she has worked with the team before, even if some of the male members question her position of lead on the operation. She must protect her team, her assets and find rescue against the odds. Joey, Mike, Elijah and Bo are part of the Samantha’s unit, they all have their strengths in combat and they will need to show them. Asilia Wilson is the primary target for extraction, she is being used to control a governor by the rebels, which will see her needing to placed back in the hands of her father. Zalaam is running the rebel group which terrorise the locals, human traffics and poaches the rare animals of Africa, he has built the army of people that will follow his every order.

PerformancesMegan Fox continues to come back in roles we wouldn’t have seen her in during her early career, doing everything right through the film, Philip Winchester and Kenneth Fok do steal most of the movie with their excellent chemistry, the laughs through the film.

StoryThe story here follows a group of mercenaries who are on an extraction mission, which will see them needing to think on their feet when the rescue takes a turn as well as dealing with a bloodthirsty lion roaming the land they find themselves trapped in. This story does bring us a by the book action concept, mixed with a creature feature, thrown together with a bigger message about a problem going on in the world. We do see how the characters will fall into what we expect, but you can just enjoy the action unfold.

ActionThe action in the film is big, with the military operations, lion attacks, which do rely heavily on the CGI creation.

SettingsThe settings are used to show the remote location for the attack and for the safety, using the environment to try and find the best way to survive.

Special EffectsThe film does rely on the CGI lion, which isn’t very strong and can be seen as one of the biggest weaknesses in the film.

Scene of the Movie – Joey and Bo singing time.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – CGI isn’t good.

Final Thoughts Rogue is a fun action film that brings Megan Fox back into the spotlight in a new role, while putting the attention on the lion farming industry.

Lionsgate UK presents Rogue on Digital Download 9 November and DVD 16 November