Portal (2021) Movie Review

Portal – Great World Building

Director: Jeff Desom, Saman Kesh, Dugan O’Neal

Writer: Jeff Desom, Saman Kesh, Dugan O’Neal, Ed Hobbs, Chris White (Screenplay)

Starring: Lina Esco, Josh Peck, Wilson Bethal, Rory Anne Dahl, Julianna Collins, Jordan Rock

Plot: Without warning, millions of mysterious alien “doors” suddenly appear around the globe. In a rush to determine the reason for their arrival, mankind must work together to understand the purpose of these cosmic anomalies. Bizarre incidences occurring around the sentient doors leads humanity to question their own existence and an altered reality as they attempt to enter them.

Runtime: 1 Hour 21 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Portal starts when the world has been overcome by over a million of his objects known as doors, with the world looking to learn about them after loved ones start going missing. Becky (Esco) and Vince (Peck) are leading the investigation into one of these doors.

Once inside the door they discover a world that can’t be explained, one that transforms through each doorway, that is looking to consume them as they search for an answer.

Thoughts on Portal

ThoughtsPortal is a film broken up into three chapters, with three different sets of characters, at different stages of the appearances of the doors. First, we get the first appearance, without knowing much the students try to figure out what is happening, while this is a nice introduction to what could happen if this appears suddenly. Second, we follow the government trying to learn more about what could be inside the doors, seeing a couple of scientists enter a world they can’t explain. Third, we find a researcher that kept the door a secret, so he could study it. All three stories give us a unique way of approaching it, but it would be fair to say, we would have liked to see more about what is happening in each of the chapters, they could have all been expanded to develop more about the characters involved, as well as the work they are looking to explore. We could have plenty more to work with, as this world is only just touch upon, which could see plenty more going on, with more mysteries we don’t learn more about.

 

Signature Entertainment presents Portal on Digital Platforms and DVD 19th April

Portal is an interesting idea that feels like we could have had even more from the world created.

Cowboys – Release News

Blue Finch Film Releasing presents Cowboys on Curzon Home Cinema and Digital Download 7 May

Troy (Steve Zahn, Dallas Buyers Club, Lean on Pete) is on a camping trip with his transgender son Joe (Sasha Knight), an 11-year-old with a passion for cowboy yarns and the great outdoors. As they travel through the majestic beauty of the northern Rockies, television news reports emerge claiming that Joe is missing. As detective Faith (Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale) investigates, we see a bigger picture involving Joe’s conservative mother Sally (Jillian Bell, Brittany Runs a Marathon) and her inability to let go of the little girl she loves.

ABC Film Challenge – Action – H – The Hunter’s Prayer (2017) Movie Review

Director: Jonathan Mostow

Writer: John Brancato, Michael Ferris (Screenplay) Kevin Wignall (Novel)

Starring: Sam Worthington, Odeya Rush, Allen Leech, Veronica Echegui, Amy Landecker, Martin Compston

Plot: An assassin helps a young woman avenge the death of her family.


Tagline – It’s Just Business

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Hunter’s Prayer starts when Metzger (Compston) breaks in a assassinates a family, leaving the daughter Ella (Rush) in the boarding school, where an assassin Lucas (Worthington) finds her to protect her from his former boss Richard Addison (Leech).

Lucas must convince Ella he wants to protect her, with the countless numbers of assassins coming their way trying to clear up the loose ends.

Thoughts on The Hunter’s Prayer

Characters & Performances – Lucas is the washed up former assassin that relies on drugs to get through the day, he finds himself looking to complete one more good deed by protecting Ella from his former employer, showing he will still have the skill set to disappear from the world and fight back when need to. Sam Worthington does bring this role to life, as the down and out assassin looking to do the right thing. Ella is the teenage girl in a boarding school, looking to escape whenever she can, she finds herself taken by Lucas after a group of people tried to kill her, she is thrown into a world she doesn’t know who to trust, making all the typical errors we see in these styles of film. Odeya Rush does well in her role, hitting the innocent victim role. Richard Addison is the successful businessman that has a been working in illegal operations including hiring assassins. He wants to clean up the loose ends which means having Ella killed and he isn’t prepared to let his former employee get in his way. Allen Leech does give us the sleezy businessman figure that is always looking down on everyone with ease. In the supporting characters we mostly meet the different characters from the criminal world, each offering a different fight for Lucas.

StoryThe story here follows a washed up assassin that looks to help a teenage girl that has become the latest target of his boss, putting him against the people he has been fighting for to try and save the innocent one involved. This is a story that we have seen many times before, it is an easy to make story, one that will give us plenty of action-based entertainment, while trying to hold back the biggest secret to his motivation for being involved. While it is one style of story we have seen before, it doesn’t try anything to try and make itself any different to anything we have seen before, it feel very safe in what it is telling.

ThemesThe Hunter’s Prayer is a by the book action film, with plenty of gun battles usually in tighter areas, a few fights, but the gun fire is the most important part of this assassin’s world, which will take us across Europe for everything to unfold in.

 

The Hunter’s Prayer is a by the book action movie that will keep everyone entertained throughout.