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)