Silo (2019) Movie Review

Director: Marshall Burnette

Writer: Jason Williamson (Screenplay)

Starring: Jeremy Holm, Jill Paice, Jack DiFalco, Jim Parrack, Chris Ellis, James DeForest Parker

Plot: Disaster strikes in a small American farm town when teenager Cody Rose becomes the victim of a grain entrapment accident. As corn becomes quicksand inside of a 50-foot tall silo, the town locals must put aside their differences to save Cody from drowning in the crop they harvest. 

Runtime: 1 Hour 16 Minutes

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Story: Silo starts as teenager Cody (DiFalco) still recovering from his father’s death has become distant from his mother Valerie (Paice) working on a small grain farm to make money for his ambition to be part of a band.

On the farm dementia-stricken Mr Adler (Ellis) is being cared for by his son Junior (Parrack) believes he is on a normal working day, setting off a chain of events which will see Cody being trapped in the quicksand like grain silo, which will bring the whole town together in a desperate attempt to rescue him.

Thoughts on Silo

Characters & Performances – Cody is the teenager that finds himself trapped in the silo, he is trying to become a heavy metal singer, with his own dreams of being part of a band, he has suffered loss before with his father’s death and has found himself becoming distant to his mother. He might well be the one that becomes trapped, with his position being the thing that will bring more people together. Jack DiFalco is mostly trapped in this role, he does show the panic he is going through, even if he needs his character to remain calm. Valerie is the nurse mother of Cody who has been trying to keep themselves close, but has been in a constant battle and must watch over helplessly as the town tries to save her son. Junior is running the farm while caring for his father who once ran the farm and will continue to try to help around. He is left with guilt after what happens as the added stress on his life is going to continue to get worse. Frank is the former best friend of Cody’s father that is the local that will need to help rescue him, despite Valerie blaming him for her husband’s death. Each character does give us the great creation of the local community that would band together. Every performance is strong throughout the film.

StoryThe story here follows a small farming town that must come together to help rescue a teenager that becomes trapped in a grain silo, in what is a race against time before he drowns in the grain. This is a story that is a mix of awareness of troubles that silos can and have caused throughout the years, it does also show us how a town will come together to save one of their own, no matter what the differences might have been in the past. We have a part of the story, which will show how dementia will be left to family to support, which can cause big problems too, as they can’t give the person all the time they need. Putting everything together, we get a very interesting thriller that will keep us wondering as to what will happen to the helpless victim.

ThemesSilo is a thriller that will keep us in the farm location, as the silo become the centre of the story, showing the dangers within the silo and what could happen to someone trapped in one. The location also helps bring the community feeling to the film, that will show us just how important supporting each other will become. (

 

Silo is a thriller that shows the importance of community.

ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – E – The Elephant and the Butterfly (2017) Movie Review

Director: Amelie van Elmbt

Writer: Amelie van Elmbt, Matthieu de Braconier (Screenplay)

Starring: Isabelle Barth, Thomas Blanchard, Judith Chemla, Kristof Coenen, Alice de Lencquesaing, Lina Doillon

Plot: Dour ex-boyfriend Antoine (Thomas Blanchard) returns to his Belgian hometown where he reunites with his ex-lover and the mother (Judith Chemla) of their five-year-old girl, Elsa (Lina Doillon), whom he has never met. Through an unexpected turn of events, Antoine suddenly finds himself left alone to take care of the young, inquisitive and spirited youngster. Produced by the Dardenne brothers.

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

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Verdict: Charming

Story: The Elephant and the Butterfly starts when Antoine (Blanchard) looks to visit his ex-girlfriend Camille (Chemla) who has been raising a daughter Elsa (Doillon), she doesn’t want to speak to Antoine, but when her business meeting occurs, she is left with no other option to leave Elsa with Antoine.

With Antoine left alone with a young child, he does the right thing by caring for her, until he forgets the keys, forcing him to take Elsa back to his own home, waiting for Camille to return, getting to know his own daughter for the first time.

Thoughts on The Elephant and the Butterfly

Characters – Antoine moved away from the town he had with his former girlfriend, now he has returned, he finds himself being asked to first meet, and then look after the daughter he never met. While things with Elsa do go well, his own personal life starts to suffer, though the joys of being a father shine through for him. Elsa is his daughter, the daughter he never met, she is like every 5-year-old, she just wants to explore the world. Camille is Elsa mother and the ex-girlfriend of Antoine, she has made a life for her daughter, but business has forced her into turning to Antoine for help with her for the first time.

PerformancesThomas Blanchard in the leading role is great to watch, he shows the connection a father is first trying to make with a daughter, looking at the time together with such delight, while also showing moments that his character isn’t prepared for parenthood. Lina Doillon is cute as they come as the daughter, she fills the screen with joy at all times.

StoryThe story here follows a man that returns to his home town to meet his daughter, where he ends up having to look after her for a weekend, while her mother is on a business trip. This does show the bond grown between a father and daughter over quick time, it does also show the highlight of the problems between the two adults. It is told in such charm that makes you believe this is done for the right reason.

SettingsThe film does take the father around his local area to spend time with the daughter, it shows us just how close they will become over the short time.


Scene of the Movie – Beach day.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Sudden ending.

Final Thoughts This is an easy to watch charming movie about building a relationship with a child, after not spending any time together.

Overall: Enjoyable.