Chance (2019) Movie Review

Chance – Eye Opening

Director: Kenny Roy

Writer: Kenny Young (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Will Cannon, Peppur Chambers, Simone Baker, Eddie Goines

Plot: A peaceful pit bull struggles to maintain his values while surviving in the brutal world of dogfighting.

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Chance starts as we see Chance a pup in a pit bull litter, he is a dreamer still looking to learn from his mother before he gets bought and thrown into a pit bull fighting home. Here Chance befriends Sugar and Hannibal, where they learn to fight, looking to survive in this world.

The old Chance gets, the more determined he is to escape and live a life of freedom after seeing the horrors of the fighting pit and heading to haven, a place where dogs can live in peace.

Thoughts on Chance

Characters – Chance is the puppy taken and thrown into the world of dog fighting, he just wants to return to his life away from this world, one where he doesn’t want to fight and even in the ring, he finds a way to not kill. He spends his life searching for freedom to save other dogs, despite seeing the hopelessness the other dogs show in this world. Chance shows us just how innocent the dogs thrown into this world are before they are drained into become the dangerous fighters humans make them. Hannibal and Sugar are the two friends he makes in the pit, they both see his vision and want to support him, but know they must prepare for what could come next. Thor is the dog that teaches Chance how to fight in a deadlier manner, one where he won’t expose his weakness for the other dogs.

StoryThe story here follows a pit bull puppy that is taken from his mother and forced into dog fighter, despite trying to hold onto his dreams of being free from this world. This is not an easy watch for anyone, but it is an important watch, it shows us the brutal reality these dogs will face if they are thrown into the dog fighting world, forced to fight to the death, not given a chance to live their normal life an animal should. This does show the barbaric behaviour humans do towards dogs, giving them little chance of a life, they should have where they can be loved. We do get the clear message here that this film is here to try and help make a change, to stop these horrendous actions happening.

ThemesChance is an animated movie that might not have the standards of animation we would be expecting from the major studios, but it does get over the horrific side to everything that these dogs are being put through, the cuts, wounds and damage show the scars these animals must live through without proper treatment. With the locations being shown as fortress like yards or the fighting pits. Each one will give the dogs little hope of a bright future.

Coming to streaming & cable platforms May 4 and DVD June 8

Chance is a hard hitting highlight to the horrendous actions people do to dogs.

Chance will be available on Amazon Prime Here

ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – A – The Age of Shadows (2016) Movie Review

Director: Jee-woon Kim

Writer: Jee-woon Kim, Ji-min Lee, Jong-dae Park (Screenplay)

Starring: Kang-ho Song, Byung-hun Lee, Yoo Gong, Ji-min Han, Hee-soon Park, Tae-goo Eom

Plot: Korean resistance fighters smuggle explosives to destroy facilities controlled by Japanese forces in this period action thriller.

Tagline – Friend or foe? Infiltration and deception. Suspicion and betrayal. The enemy lies within.

Runtime: 2 Hours 20 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Keeps You Guessing

Story: The Age of Shadows starts as we see Korean detective Lee Hung-Chool (Song) trying to track down the leaders of the resistance in the country, he does find a way to get close to the leader through Kim Woo-Jin (Gong) who filled in information, while Lee offers information to get them out of the problems coming their way.

Lee is then joined by Japanese detective Hashimoto (Eom) who has a very different approach to looking to solve the problem, leading to the two clashing on approaches, throwing away the intel Lee had achieved, leaving him needing to rebuild the relationship, which has seen the Resistance move to Shanghai, we are left to wonder who can trust who, who is working for who and what the true motivation behind the actions of the resistance are.

Thoughts on The Age of Shadows

Characters – Captain Lee Jung-Chool is a well-respected Korean detective, he has been hunting the resistance that have been fighting against the Japanese trying to control the land, he has made connections which does see him getting torn between helping both sides, not knowing which will be the best for his homeland, clashing with the Japanese detective assigned to work with him, but trapped knowing either way will see him get killed. Jung Chae-San is the leader of the resistance, he lives in the shadows, only appearing when the time calls for it, knowing Lee could be corrupt, but willing to risk the connection to aid his people. Kim Woo-Jin is the man that makes the connection with Lee, he sees that he does want what is best for Korea, but does have his hands tied in how he can help

PerformancesKang-ho Song in the leading role is excellent to watch, we believe him in every difficult decision he finds himself needing to make, Byung-hun Lee brings the calm to the film, which works wonderfully and Yoo Gong as the man between the two shows us the more reckless side of someone in the underground.

StoryThe story here follows a detective that gets caught up in the middle of fighting the resistance of Korea or aiding the Japanese looking to take over, needing to get close to the leaders and learning the true meaning of being a patriot. This is a story that does keep us guessing as to what Lee’s action will be, the story balances how both sides are trying to do the right thing in their eyes and how they look to make the difference that will bring the country to a better place. We get to learn about the history of the resistance trying to get freedom from Japan, even if certain things will have been dramatized for the film. This is one of those stories that you can enjoy with the unknowing of the reality of what is going to happen.

ActionThe action in the film comes from the shootouts between the two sides, we get some tense moments before bullets fly through the scenes.

SettingsThe film does use the settings to take us to different locations from Korea, to Shanghai and showing us how the operation isn’t completely in the shadows, sometimes they are hidden in plain sight.

Scene of the Movie – The Police Bureau do.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Could have done with a little bit more information about the true events.

Final Thoughts This is an action thriller that does keep us guessing along the way, leaving us wondering who is on which side as both believe they are right.

Overall: Intense Thriller.