Rams (2020) Movie Review

Rams – Nice Life Comedy

Director: Jeremy Sims

Writer: Jules Duncan (Screenplay) Grimur Hakonarson (Original Film)

Starring: Sam Neill, Miranda Richardson, Asher Keddie, Michael Caton, Hayley McElhinney, Wayne Blair

Plot: A decades-long feud between two sheep farming brothers comes to a head when disaster strikes their flocks.

Runtime: 1 Hour 55 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Rams starts as we meet the two brothers and rival sheep farmers Colin (Neill) and Les (Caton) who live next door to each other, but haven’t spoken to each over in nearly 40 years, they both compete with the other farmers in the area, with the two always being the final two in any competitions.

After Les wins the latest competition, Colin discovers the flock could all be contaminated and both flocks will need to be destroyed and the pair will need to follow the government guidelines if they are either going to get back to their passion.

Thoughts on Rams

Characters & Performances – Colin is one of the two rivalling brothers, he will become more open to talking to the rest of the community, he is the one that discovers the disease in the area and makes the hard decision with his flock as he looks to work with the government to clean the area, he approaches the change in a different way to his brother. Sam Neill is great in tis role, he has the comedy skills to make this character seem straight-faced, while not being a parody of the situation. Les is the rival brother that usually wins the awards, he is a recluse that doesn’t want anything to do with anyone in the town, including his brother, he struggles a lot more with the changes the area must make, seeing him turn to alcohol for help. Michael Caton works very well opposite Neill in this role, showing the character that feels like they have nothing and hating the world. Kat is the local vet that must deal with the biggest problems in the area, while trying to learn what caused the problems between the brothers. Miranda Richardson does well with her role, she will bring the more serious side to the story with most of her scenes. When we look into the rest of the cast and characters, we get the most comical moments from the other resident, only we could easily have spent more time with them for more laughs.

StoryThe story here follows tow rivalling brothers who must deal with the loss of their flock of sheep and the effects that will cause, which might finally see them put aside their differences for the better. This is based on an Icelandic movie, with most of the Australian culture sprinkled into how everything unfolds, it does show how overly committed to being the best two farmers are, how losing everything could turn people into doing something desperate and needing to put aside differences could bring about a better life for everyone around you. The core story does unfold well, it is the side characters that seem to get small threads of story, which just seem to get forgotten too quickly through the film, which could have added even more light heartedness to the story.

ThemesRams is a comedy drama that does get the mix of the two down very well, it does use the gorgeous backdrops to show us the beauty of the area the film is set in, while giving us a reality check on how diseases would need to be eliminated quickly to save more around them.

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Rams is a nice comedy drama, which will see Sam Neill shines throughout.

ABC Film Challenge – Catch Up 2020 – Z – The Dead Don’t Die (2019) Movie Thoughts

This is under Z because of the use of Zombies.

Director: Jim Jarmusch

Writer: Jim Jarmusch (Screenplay)

Starring: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tom Waits, Chloe Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Eszter Balint, Danny Glover

Plot: The peaceful town of Centerville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves.


Tagline – The Road To Survival Could Be A Dead End

Runtime: 1 Hour 44 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Goes Nowhere

Story: The Dead Don’t Die starts as we head to a small peaceful town where two police officers go about their day, Chief Robertson (Murray) and Officer Peterson (Driver), where they do find themselves dealing with missing livestock, being the highlight of their day, nothing happens here.

This changes when two diner employees are killed mysteriously overnight, leading to the strange string of events in the town, where the officers must work together to survive the mystery zombie horde that has found itself in their town.

Thoughts on The Dead Don’t Die

Final Thoughts The Dead Don’t Die tries to bring a different approach to the zombie genre, by having the small town slowly getting infested, with three hapless police officers looking to find a way to solve the problem, as more people start getting picked off. This is sold as a comedy, with any attempts of the comedy being complete dead pan and not hitting the level it could, seemingly leaving us with an awkward silence after most lines. I am sure there is meant to be some sort of deeper message here, only it doesn’t seem to be one that is clear enough for anyone. It is a film that just seems to go nowhere, and not have any entertaining characters, with the few characters we do meet, pretty much getting killed off camera, not getting any of the horror side of the film out there for the fans.

Overall: Dull Horror Comedy.

Shepherd – Release News

Kindred Presents: Shepherd will be released in 2021.

Widower Eric Black (Tom Hughes) attempts suicide after the suspicious death of his adulterous wife. He becomes distracted by a bizarre advertisement for a shepherd, working alone on a remote, desolate island off the west coast of Scotland. Eric grabs the chance to run away from his troubles and reflect. But the island is a psychological trap.

 

What appears to be the perfect wind swept escape turns into the most terrifying, unescapable nightmare.

 

A bump in the night morphs into a horrifying mind game, where the paranormal meets one man’s escalating madness. Haunting images of his dead wife and a mysterious hooded figure taunt Eric to the brink of insanity.

 

Eric needs to face his greatest fears if he has any chance of surviving and escaping the island.

Cast:

Tom Hughes (Red Joan, Victoria)

Kate Dickie (Game of Thrones, The Witch)

Gaia Weiss (Vikings, Medici)

Greta Scacchi (The Player)

 

Writer/Director – Russell Owen

Producers – Karim Tshibangu, Aslam Parvez,

Associate Producer – Sam Orams