Cerebrum (2021) Movie Review

Director: Arvi

Writer: Arvi, Gary D Houk (Screenplay)

Starring: James Russo, Alexxis Lemire, Christina James, Anirudh Pisharody, John Ruby, Aly Trasher

Plot: To make ends meet, Tom signs on as a guinea pig at a home-based lab, but when he commits a crime he cannot remember, he must risk his own sanity to reveal the truth


Tagline – Have you backed up your brain?

Runtime: 2 Hours

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Cerebrum starts when Tom Davis (James) returns to his estranged father Kirk (Russo) who has been working on a research project that could look to solve Alzheimer’s after dedicating his life to creating a place where people can download their memories.

When Kirk dies suddenly, Tom gets caught up in the middle of wanting to finish his work, what caused his father’s death and making money that will set him for life by selling the research, as he must decide what is best for his own future.

Thoughts on Cerebrum

Characters & Performances – Tom Davis has returned to see his estranged father, he has had plenty of problems with his father in the past and this is all about the money until he learns what the research is truly for. He agrees to have his own memory backed up only to find himself being caught up in the murder of this father, trying to learn about the truth. Christian James does a great job in this film, where at times, he must deal with playing more roles. Kirk is the father of Tom who has been working on creating a cure for Alzheimer’s that will give people the ability to download their memories, he is living in the life of regret for not being around for his son, with his new work being a chance to reconnect at last. James Russo brings us the great broken father here, one that will forever be looking for change. Chloe is the old high school friend that works with Kirk and offers up friendship with Tom during his time of need, while Bruno is the assistant that is thinking more for himself.

StoryThe story here follows a young man that tries to rebuild the broken relationship he has with his father by helping him with his latest experiment, only to find himself in the middle of a bigger problem of dealing with the potential of being able to download memories into different minds. This is a fresh approach to dealing with the Alzheimer’s research, one that will use technology, we will get plenty of the moral dilemma about what is happening with it, mixing it with the greed people can show. This will end up getting slightly more complicated than it needs to, when we see how the reuploading of the memories in brains.

ThemesCerebrum is a sci-fi movie that will look at transferring memories in an attempt to battles Alzheimer’s where we will get the tech talk, but we don’t get involved in the grander scheme of what is going on, as more of the film focuses on the criminal side to what is going on.

 

Cerebrum is a sci-fi film that will make you think, while there will be a mystery about the greater picture going on.

ABC Film Challenge – Action – Z – House on Willow Street (2016) Movie Review

We are under Z because of star of the movie Zino Ventura.

Director: Alastair Orr

Writer: Jonathan Jordaan, Alastair Orr (Screenplay) Catherine Blackman (Story)

Starring: Sharni Vinson, Carlyn Burchell, Steven John Ward, Gustav Gerdener, Zinoe Venture, Gina Shmukler

Plot: After a young woman is kidnapped, her captors soon come to realize that in fact they may be the ones in danger and this young woman has a dark secret inside her.


Tagline – Evil has an address.

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Fresh Action Horror

Story: House on Willow Street starts when a group of criminals, Hazel (Vinson), Ade (Ward), Mark (Ventura) and James (Gerdener) look to target a house for a diamond robbery, they kidnap the daughter Katherine (Burchell) who promises bad things will happen to the criminals if they don’t let her go.

As the night continues, the criminals each get haunted by something from their past, where they slowly learn the truth about the house and just what will happen if they don’t fix the problem they have created.

Thoughts on House on Willow Street

Characters – Hazel is one of the criminals, she has chosen to make this latest job personal leading her team into a house which she knows more than she lets on about, she is damaged, like all the criminals in this film, taking charge when she learns more about the truth about the person they kidnap. Katherine is the young woman who gets kidnapped, she promises to make them pay, showing the truth about what has happened to her in the most twisted way possible. Ade is looking for this job to be his chance to escape certain life in prison, he becomes the most desperate to get out with the diamonds, even though he will stay loyal till the end. Mark is the leader of the gang, he lets others do the work, only to show his true nature when things become too tough.

PerformancesSharni Vinson in the leading role does well as the broken criminal who wants to clean up her own life, while the rest of the cast fill the generic roles with ease never being tested to be more than this.

StoryThe story here follows a group of criminals that kidnap the daughter of a family in hope of getting diamonds, only for the person they kidnap to have a much darker secret about them which will put them all in a fight to survive. While on paper this looks like it will be a run of the mill crime story, the twist it takes going into the new direction shows us a horror story about fighting demons. It is different it does work for the film, though it does seem like it goes too far into making a point that the possessed person if evil with no cure, rather than an innocent person in need of rescuing.

Action/HorrorThe action in the film comes from seeing how the team operate to get the kidnapping happening in the first place and then how they must deal with the horror, with the horror being around possession, which for once seems to focus on the idea of not having a fix, where the evil has already won the body who is now looking for more souls.

SettingsThe film uses an abandoned warehouse as the main setting, this does work because criminals would take a hostage there and it only adds to the horror of being along in this location.

Special EffectsThe effects in this film are used well, they do know how to make everything effective when it comes to seeing the possessed dealing with their hunt.


Scene of the Movie – The final battle.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Mark and Ade seems to have a character swap which isn’t implied in their early nature.

Final Thoughts This is a nice spin on the kidnapping genre, it enjoys adding the possession horror to this, keeping it fresh with the battles and motivation behind the characters.

Overall: Nice Spin.