Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
Writer: Ari Margolis, James Morley III, David Tish (Screenplay)
Starring: Maggie Q, Luke Hemsworth, Alex Essoe, Kat Ingkarat, Kelly B Jones
Plot: A vacationing couple must discover the mystery behind a strange video that shows one of them killing the other.
Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Death of Me starts when Christine (Q) and Neil (Hemsworth) are looking to move onto their next vacation spot before a series of events see them remaining in the hotel, where they discover a recording of one of them killing the other one.
As the pair look to solve the mystery behind the recording, they start to piece together certain parts of the night before, while finding themselves hallucinating through the search for the truth.
Thoughts on Death of Me
Characters – Christine is the wife in the couple, she has woken up from the rough night, while leading the panic to get off the island losing her phone and passport, she starts hallucinating around the island trying to discover the truth about what happened. Neil is the travel journalist that has seen this remote island as the choice for his latest piece, he is terrified by what is on the recording and is trying to help Christine escape. Samantha is the America that the couple rent the home from, she arrives back and offers them a chance to stay after the mix up, she knows everyone in the village, offering the friendship Christine needs to try and find her way out. We do meet plenty of islanders who fill in the information that the couple need.
Performances – Maggie Q in the leading role is the strongest part of the cast with her performance which will see her needing to uncover the truth. The rest of the cast do seem to struggle to keep up with the Maggie in the leading role.
Story – The story here follows a couple that are vacationing on an island in Thailand, when they lose the memory of the night before, finding themselves needing to learn the truth of the missing hours. This story does offer up a big mystery, which will keep us guessing to where things will end up going, showing us how the couple just don’t know what is real or not anymore. How everything unfolds does play heavily in traditions, beliefs and coincidence, letting us decide which one we believe is happening on the island.
Horror/Mystery – The horror comes from the events that Christine goes through with her visions, not being away of the truth they are going through.
Settings – The film is set in the one Thai island that is covered in traditions with the beauty of paradise.
Scene of the Movie – Samantha taking Christine to the ferry.
Final Thoughts – Death of Me is a nice mix of the cultural traditions and the modern beliefs to keep a society together.
Signature Entertainment presents Death of Me on Digital HD and DVD from November 23rd
Writer: Craig Johnson, Mark Heyman (Screenplay)
Starring: Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell, Boyd Holbrooke, Joanna Gleason
Plot: Having both coincidentally cheated death on the same day, estranged twins reunite with the possibility of mending their relationship.
Tagline – Family is a cruel joke.
Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Important Life Drama
Story: Skeleton Twins starts as a pair of twins, Milo (Hader) and Maggie (Wiig) who have grown apart, Milo does attempt suicide at the same moment Maggie is starting to question her own life chices. This event brings the twins back together as Maggie invites Milo to stay with her and her husband Lance (Wilson) to help him get his feet back on the ground.
As the twins spend time together they get to look at the problems they are facing in life as they search for answers in the future.
Thoughts on Skeleton Twins
Characters – Milo is a depressed out of work actor who tries to kill himself, this reunites him with his twin sister after time away from her. He gets face his own problems look into his past and find a reason to stay on better contact with his sister. Maggie is married only struggling with her decisions and a way to tell her husband she isn’t ready for children. She enjoys reconnecting with her brother which will give her somebody to talk to about her problems. Lance is the husband of Maggie’s he is always trying to show a positive attitude, welcoming Milo into their life without question.
Performances – Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig in the leading roles put aside the comedy they are most famous for, to show they are brilliant in the dramatic roles. Luke Wilson and Ty Burrell in the supporting roles are solid enough without taking the spotlight from the leads.
Story – The story follows twins who reconnect after years apart at a difficult time in both their lives, as they learn to support each other through the difficult times. We tackle a host of serious issues here, with depression being the most focal of these, we can see how people can see their lives in different eyes with family over friends. The other serious issues that get addressed head into spoiler land, so we don’t tackle them today. If you do want a laugh out loud comedy this story will not be for you, this is one of the braver stories out there that wants to try and shine a spotlight on the serious problems people can have in life.
Comedy/Romance – This isn’t going to be a laugh out loud comedy, we get a couple of chuckles which will get a giggle, we get a look a relationships and how difficult it can be for depressed people to have them, however it is the drama of the serious nature of these problems which makes this film standout.
Settings – The film shows us the two different lives the pair have been living, how they can adapt to each other’s lives too.
Final Thoughts – This is a movie that will tackle big issues people have in life in a smart manner that people can relate too.
Overall: Serious drama that needs to be watched.