Fear of Rain (2021) Movie Review

Fear of Rain – Rear Window with Schizophrenia

Director: Castille Landon

Writer: Castille Landon (Screenplay)

Starring: Katherine Hiegl, Harry Connick Jr, Madison Iseman, Israel Broussard, Eugenie Bondurant

Plot: A girl living with schizophrenia struggles with terrifying hallucinations as she begins to suspect her neighbor has kidnapped a child. The only person who believes her is Caleb -a boy she isn’t even sure exists.


Tagline – Some voices you can’t outrun

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Fear of Rain starts as we get to learn how bad Rain’s (Iseman) schizophrenia is, with her parents Michelle (Heigl) and John (Connick Jr) doing everything they can to help her, pushing her into getting back into her medication to hopefully get back to a more normal life.

As Rain looks to get back to normal life with school, she finds herself as an outsider, before new guy Caleb (Broussard) offers her friendship. Rain does start to question the neighbour, believing her she has been keeping a child hostage in her home, but is this just Rain’s mind playing tricks on her again.

Thoughts on Fear of Rain

Characters & Performances – Rain is the teenager that is suffering from schizophrenia with her latest attack landing her in hospital, needing to get back on her medication. With her family’s support she is trying to get back to her life, with school, which leaves her as an outsider and the new neighbour giving her a reason to be suspicious of a new kidnapping and even her new friend Caleb potentially not being real. Rain is trying to hold everything together, not letting her support network be there for her in her time of need. Madison Iseman is great in this leading role, we have seen her take on horror before, which she handles well, with the mental illness side coming off strong throughout the film. Michelle and John are Rain’s parents that are trying to support Rain through her difficult decisions going forward with her life, they will support her, but know they are there for the difficult times. Caleb is the boy Rain meets in the high school, he is the one person that will talk to her, being new to town and offering her the friendship she needs in her life. He might become the perfect friend, but wondering whether he is real not, is the most difficult part for Rain. Israel Broussard does make for the good friend role, bringing the ray of light into the world for Rain.

StoryThe story here follows a teenage girl that has been suffering from schizophrenia with her latest bout being one that leaves her in hospital, that returns home to try and have a normal life, only for her own hallucinations to lead her down the path of suspecting her neighbour of being a child abductor. This is a story that balances the superior Rear Window, with the ideas that a mental illness could leave the suspicious one believing something is happening when nobody else would believe so. We are left to see how most of the story revolves around how Rain is questioning each moment of her own life, which will keep us guessing about what is or isn’t real, away from just being the suspect abduction case. The one side of the story which feels poorly written, is how the high school students don’t try to help Rain, basically letting the bully take control of her, not welcoming her back with open arms.

ThemesFear of Rain is a horror mystery that will give us the balance of what Rear Window or Disturbia did, with the mystery about a neighbour doing something wrong, with the schizophrenia being put into the world that could leave everything inside the head of the character.

Signature Entertainment presents Fear of Rain on Digital Platforms 26th April

Fear of Rain is a modern day spin on Rear Window, that has nice tension, but does look for more twists than needed.

ABC Film Challenge – Action – S – Second in Command (2006)

Director: Simon Fellows

Writer: Jonathan Bowers, David L Corley, Jayson Rothwell (Screenplay)

Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Julie Cox, Alan McKenna, Razaaq Adoti, Velibor Topic, William Tapley, Warren Derosa

 

Plot: The new military attache is also second in command at the US embassy in “Moldavia”. The loser at the recent presidential election isn’t letting that stop him. The president seeks protection at the US embassy bringing it under attack.


Tagline – It’s time to take charge!

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Simple Van Damme Action

 

Story: Second in Command starts after the new President as been elected in Moldavia, the problems and protest start with the losing candidate Anton Tavarov (Topic) isn’t taking the defeat lying down. Commander Sam Keenan (Van Damme) is called in to protect the new President by taking him to the US Embassy, which soon comes under attack.

As the battle from the outside continues, Sam must do his best to remain in control on the inside, which isn’t going as planned as Frank Gaines (Tapley) should be in control after the ambassador is killed during the assault.

 

Thoughts on Second in Command

 

Characters – Commander Sam Keenan is a military man called in to help with the crisis in Moldavia, he takes control of the situation knowing his way will save the most lives, though it isn’t long before he must fight from within to remain in control and bring the situation to an end. Michelle is a journalist and one of America’s most famous, she is involved in a relationship with Sam which only makes his decision-making process more difficult. The rest of the characters include the military men, the two presidential candidates who are at war with each other and the paper pusher believing he is in power.

PerformancesThere are certain films Jean-Claude Van Damme can do in his sleep, this is one of those type of films, he gets to show off parts of his fighting skills, while not delivering the most convincing dialogue. The rest of the performances are mostly forgettable fitting the level of movie this is meant to be.

StoryThe story follows the battle between two presidential candidates with the loser of the vote wanting to take over from the winner with an American Commander coming to help keep the peace only to find himself in the middle of the battle. This story teases a lot of twists which almost feel like they get forgotten on the next page of the script, we should have seen a lot more focus on just which one of the candidates is n the right instead of giving us a bland boring villain who goes completely by the book. This is a story that you will be able to watch late night on TV but not one that you will need to give your full attention too.

Action/WarThe action in the film is all around the war side of the film, it shows how the two sides are planning and fight to gain or keep the ground.

SettingsThe film is set in the US Embassy as the surroundings which is simple enough, it shows how escape isn’t possible, but getting in isn’t going to be easy either.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film are used to show us just how the war moments are created, they are simple without showing the true effects of the injuries.


Scene of the Movie –
Final fight.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Most of the supporting characters are forgettable.

Final ThoughtsThis is a simple basic action film, it offers nothing new and misses too many opportunities to improve the quality of the film.

 

Overall: Basic and Bland.

Rating

 

 

The Karma Effect (2020) Movie Review

The Karma Effect – Smart Crime Tale

Director: Jimmy Dasaint

Writer: Jimmy Dasaint (Screenplay)

Starring: Bobby Rand, Nacirema Ledom, Edward Ferguson, Tiona Brown, Markee Djordan, Lauren Mack, Cathy Dance

Plot: One man’s journey to find the man responsible for his sister’s death.


Tagline – Sometimes our enemies are the ones we love

Runtime: 1 Hour 6 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Karma Effect starts as Manny (Ferguson) looks to go about his day of taking dealings off the book around Philadelphia, wanting to make sure his girl Nikki (Ledom) is safe at home while he is on job.

When Karma (Rand) arrives at Nikki’s home, he forces Manny into getting his money, holding Nikki hostage until he does, which will see Manny needing to run around town looking to collect favours.

Thoughts on The Karma Effect

Characters & Performances – Manny is a wheeler and dealer around town that holds people up for the money they owe, but doesn’t become violent when they don’t. he finds himself needing to collect money to pay off a mysterious visitor holding his girlfriend hostage, using his connection to make it happen. Edward Ferguson brings us an everyday man that fits in as the family man and the connection around town. Nikki is the girlfriend that finds herself being held hostage, wanting to know why and making sure she stays alive. Nacirema Ledom does well in her role, which isn’t just a victim in distress. Karma is the man that is holding Nikki hostage demanding money, he has his motive for being here and it will become clear as the story unfolds. Bobby Rand gives the calming performance needed for being in control of what is happening.

StoryThe story here follows a man who must spend the day tracking down money to pay off a man that is holding his girlfriend hostage for an unknown reason, using all his connection to get this done. This is a story that plays out like you would imagine for the most part, seeing the connections coming in good for the money, while having a big mystery about why the person wants the money in the first place. Where this story truly stands out is with the final act reveal, which will make you think back to every single interaction we have seen earlier in the film. The story does have a bigger message behind everything and is based on a true story too.

 

The Karma Effect is a crime thriller that gets turned on it’s head in the final act which makes you want to re-watch each interaction.