Still/Born (2017) Movie Review

Director: Brandon Christensen

Writer: Colin Minihan, Brandon Christensen (Screenplay)

Starring: Christie Burke, Jesse Moss, Rebecca Olson, Jenn Griffin, Michael Ironside, Sheila McCarthy

Plot: Mary, a new mother, gives birth to twins, but only one of them is alive. While taking care of her living child, Adam, she suspects that something, a supernatural entity, has chosen him and will stop at nothing to take him from her.

Tagline – Losing a baby is devastating, but having a baby is terrifying.

Runtime: 1 Hour 27 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Still/Born starts as Mary (Burke) returns home with her first born child Adam, she lost the twin during the birth, which would cause the pain she is going through, while her husband Jack (Moss) is returning to work to cover their luxury life.

When Mary start to suffer from visions of something supernatural in the house, she doesn’t know who to turn to for help, with her husband continuing to want to work away, she must try to figure out the truth.

Thoughts on Still/Born

Characters – Mary is the new mother that did lose one of the twins in child birth, she is looking to get used to motherhood in the new home, without anyone she knows around her, with her husband working away. She does make friends with a neighbouring mother but starts to believe something is trying to take her baby and shows signs of increased paranoia. Jack is the husband that is spending more time away from home for work because of the commitments he has made for the future. Rachel is the only friend that Mary has made, a new mother herself she welcomes her to the neighbourhood.

PerformancesChristie Burke takes the leading role of the film, which will see her needing to take control of the horror moments, showing the fear through the film well, but struggling to mix between the fear and calm. The rest of the cast don’t get much time to shine in the film, with them filling the generic roles.

StoryThe story here follows a new mother that starts to believe that a supernatural spirit is trying to take her baby, growing ever increasingly worried about the truth as her sanity it put into question. This is a story that we have seen before, as we know how this will unfold with the mother dealing with her own side effects of post-natal depression, we get to see how there might be a supernatural side to everything, which no one else believes. The story does have big questions about it, which is why the husband went back to work so quickly after the loss, it might well have a few differences to what we know, but overall it is mostly more of what we have seen before.

Horror The horror in the form comes from seeing how Mary is struggling to cope with losing a baby, while believe a supernatural presence is trying to get to her baby.

SettingsThe film is mostly set in one location, which is the home that Mary has found herself isolated in during the early days with her baby.

Scene of the Movie – Hospital camera viewing.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Jack doesn’t seem like a good husband.

Final Thoughts Still/Born is a simple by the book horror that doesn’t hit the full heights of many horrors around the genre.

ABC Film Challenge – Favourites – Q – I Can Only Imagine (2018) Movie Review

This is under Q because of Dennis Quaid.

Director: Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin

Writer: Jon Erwin, Brent McCorkle (Screenplay) Jon Erwin, Brent McCorkle, Ale Cramer (Story)

Starring: J Michael Finley, Madeline Carroll, Dennis Quaid, Trace Adkins, Cloris Leachman, Jason Burkey

Plot: he inspiring and unknown true story behind MercyMe’s beloved, chart topping song that brings ultimate hope to so many is a gripping reminder of the power of true forgiveness.

Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: I Can Only Imagine starts as Bart (Finley) is being interviewed about the song that made his band MercyMe chart topping artists, we dive back into his childhood where his father Arthur (Quaid) a failed football star takes out his frustrations on him, beating him and seeing his mum leave him.

Bart tries to turn to the church for help, here Bart will find his true calling becoming a singer wanting to entertain and give his message to the world, we follow of journey that will help him discover himself to become the chart-topping artist.

Thoughts on I Can Only Imagine

Characters & Performances – Bart grew up in an abusive household where his imagination was never allowed to grow despite him always dreaming of something more, he tries to become a football star like his father, but an injury in high school changes his direction to become a singer, a talent his father would hate, but he explores. Bart looks joins a band and becomes popular, only he seeks of approval will see him need to face his past before he can become the true superstar he could be. J Michael Finley on the musical side is amazing, though he never looks right as the high school student, looking way to old for that stage of the story, this isn’t his fault, but you can see his musical stills are his strengths. Shannon is the love of Bart’s life, with the two meeting in Christian camp and being connected their whole lives. Arthur the father of Bart who has always put him down when he was growing up, using his own pain to justify why he would abuse his son, being the main reason why Bart can’t complete breakout as the musician. Dennis Quaid does bring extra star value in this role, he shows the redemption story needed.

StoryThe story here follows the lead singer of MercyMe Bart Millard as we see how he grows from abused child to popular Christian country singer, learning what help pave the way for him to become the iconic singer in that world. This is a biopic that will show that many people will do have been through a life before they reach stardom, which could have driven the passion to achieve, to escape everything. When we see the journey, it is everything we have seen before without taking away from the importance of the struggles Bart has to overcome, giving us a story that will inspire without preaching.

ThemesI Can Only Imagine has brilliant musical moments when Bart or J Michael Finley is allowed to sing the songs, he is stunning, they are the most entertaining parts of the film, even though this is a biopic about overcome obstacles to become a star.

I Can Only Imagine is an inspiring story of success through a difficult life that will see people achieve their dreams from this world.