The Clearing (2020) Movie Review

Director: David Matalon

Writer: David Matalon (Screenplay)

Starring: Liam McIntyre, Aundrea Smith, Steven Swadling, Sydelle Noel

Plot: A father must battle his way through the zombie apocalypse to save his daughter.

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Slow Movie Zombie

Story: The Clearing starts as Tom (McIntrye) reluctantly takes his daughter Mira (Smith) on a camping trip to spend time bonding, they have started to become distant over the recent years and his wife Naomi (Noel) believes this will bring them closer again.

The camping trip does start awkward, as the two need to first put aside their differences, only for the first morning to take a dramatic twist, when the two come under attack by zombies, with Tom stranded in the campervan, he must hope Mira is safe.

Thoughts on The Clearing

Characters – Tom is a distant father, who doesn’t always want to spend time with his daughter, he reluctantly goes on a camping trip with her, where he must first convince her, he wants to see her before they can enjoy their time together, only he finds himself alone when a zombie outbreak hits them and he must hope his daughter can defend herself. Mira is the daughter, she has hit the technology stage of life, where she doesn’t want to be around her father, she doesn’t feel like she is what he wants, which is what he must convince her about. She gets stuck outside with the zombies, using her former nature training to stay alive.

PerformancesLiam McIntyre must do most of the work here, he is the distant father, the man that believes he has lost his daughter, who knows he can’t risk too much to get out alive, while also showing the broken side of his character if things have gone wrong, he shows us the emotional rollercoaster his character must go on, though the accent isn’t the most convincing. Aundrea Smith brings the moody kid to life, while not being overly involved once the attack happens.

StoryThe story here follows a father trying to rebuild his relationship with his daughter, only to find himself needing to fight off zombies in a sudden outbreak, where he doesn’t know if his daughter or safe or not. This is kept to a simple story, of a father needing to survive in any hope of saving his daughter. We don’t get too much focus on the rebuilding the relationship, as more of the story is set on the father trying to survive, while seemingly constantly making bad decisions and somehow survive each moment, it does leave you shaking your head at certain moments that happen.

HorrorThe horror in the film comes from seeing how the zombies are attacking, while not much fresh comes from the attacks.

SettingsThe film does maintain one location, the clearing for the camping where we attack happens, it does show us just how helpless he is.

Scene of the Movie – The opening attack.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Decision making.

Final Thoughts This is a by the book zombie movie that is filled with terrible decisions even though it does create a smart location for setting.

Overall: Bad Decision Zombie Movie

ABC Film Challenge – Catch-Up 2020 – E – Charlie’s Angels (2019) Movie Review

This is under E because of director Elizabeth Banks.

Director: Elizabeth Banks

Writer: Elizabeth Banks (Screenplay) Evan Spiliotopoulos, David Auburn (Story)

Starring: Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Elizabeth Banks, Patrick Stewart, Djimon Hounsou, Sam Claflin, Jonathan Tucker, Nax Faxon

Plot: When a young systems engineer blows the whistle on a dangerous technology, Charlie’s Angels are called into action, putting their lives on the line to protect us all.

Tagline – A new world needs new Angels.

Runtime: 1 Hour 58 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Charlie’s Angel starts as we learn the scale of the network of Bosley’s and Angels, which has now gone global. John Bosley (Stewart) is retiring leaving Boz (Banks) to run the operations from his office, with the first main assignment being for Sabina (Stewart) and Jane (Balinska) who are looking to secure a whistle-blower Elena (Scott).

Believing there might be a mole inside the organisation, Boz arranges for the three women to go in search of a device which would cause major damage, showing how three different styles can come together to save the day.

Thoughts on Charlie’s Angels

Characters – Sabina Wilson is a laidback member of the team, she likes to party, living the best possible life away from the agency, she is more of a people person than the rest of the angels, usually providing a distraction on the missions. Jane is the former MI6 agent that is much more of a military trained waiting for the chance to get involved in the fights they find themselves in. Elena works for a technology company that has created a new power source, only she knows the danger it could bring and wants to expose the truth before it is too late, finding herself working with the angels to stop the threat. Boz is the member of the team that is taking over the office, she leads the women on the mission. The film does struggle with creating a villain with more being suspects rather than real threats.

PerformancesKristen Stewart returns to the mainstream with a role that brings us plenty of entertainment, filled with laughs along the way. Naomi Scott continued her rise to fame with how she can step into the role which gives her everything, with Ella Balinska being the more controlled with the conflict heavy role. The rest of the cast a great to watch playing into roles you would expect for the most part.

StoryThe story here follows Charlie’s Angels a now international organisation of women spies that look to stop evil in the world, as they face their latest threat, one that is a lot more personal than they are used to and one that will see them needing to learn to work together to become a stronger unite. This is a reboot of the series, that became a film, that tried to be a series again, only this time we get to see everything in a bigger light, a bigger company, not just three angels working for a billionaire. This does make this story feel different, in a way that Men in Black failed to capture the large world. When it comes to the events of the story, it is the by the book style, while trying to give us plenty of extra twists along the way, which can take away from the bigger picture going on, even if it does give us plenty of suspects, none of them feel like a real threat here.

Action/ComedyThe action in the film is entertaining, be it the car chases, the fight sequences each with a different style depending on the angel involved in them.

SettingsThe film does make the most of the international agency, by taking us around the world for the different events in the film.

Scene of the Movie – Quarry fight.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Lack of threat from the villains.

Final Thoughts Entertaining addition to the world of Charlie’s Angels, that delivers fun action, solid laughs and kick ass leading ladies.