Baphomet (2021) Movie Review

Director: Matthew Harris

Writer: Matthew Harris (Screenplay)

Starring: Colin Ward, Rebecca Weaver, Matthew Harris, Ivy Opdyke, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Charlotte Bjornbak, Gerardo Davila, Dani Filth

Plot: The Richardson family celebrates their 28-year-old daughter’s pregnancy in Northern California. The celebration is interrupted when a Satanic cult member, Aksel Brandr, pays them an unexpected visit. Aksel, on behalf of the cult’s leader Henrik Brandr, offers to pay the family a large sum for ownership of their land. Jacob Richardson, the father, rejects the offer due to the priceless sentimental value of their home. Henrik and his cult, displeased, begin to put devastating curses on the Richardsons, trying to force them off their land – even if it means murdering them. After suffering unexplainable tragedies, the Richardsons seek help from Marybeth, a white witch high priestess. They soon discover a terrible secret about their home, revealing why it is so valuable to the cult. They realize they must protect their property from the cult at all costs, and a violent battle between good and evil ensues.


Tagline – The ultimate terror has awakened.

Runtime: 1 Hour 12 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Baphomet starts when Jacob Richardson (Ward) and his family, wife Elena (Opdyke) and expecting daughter Rebecca (Weaver) get a visit from Aksel Brandr (Brodie) offering to buy his home. After rejecting the offer, the family starts to go through a string of tragedies, leaving just Jacob and Rebecca alive, with Rebecca getting horrific visions of Henrik Brandr (Radice) and his demonic cult.

Looking to defend themselves, Rebecca turns to a witch Marybeth (Bjornbak) to stop the horrors coming, as they will need to prepare for the battle to protect themselves from an evil they can’t prepare for.

Thoughts on Baphomet

ThoughtsBaphomet is a demonic cult-based horror movie that will show us a family needing to fight back against a cult to stop an evil being released upon them and the world. This gives us a nice home environment, showing how close a family are, along with showing us the twisted ideas the cult wants to believe in, only we don’t get the full investment in what we are seeing, because the film doesn’t give us enough time with the characters, even though they offer up everything to do so. When it comes to the battle between the two sides, this is everything you would like to see, where the unknown will be happening next. While everything in this film is ready for something special, it does feel like parts of it are rushed when they don’t need to be, making the film become shorter than it needs to be.

Final Thoughts Baphomet is a horror film with all the potential to be great, only to get caught up in rushing through the development sequences.

ABC Film Challenge – Thriller – D – Driven (2018) Movie Review

Director: Nick Hamm

Writer: Colin Bateman, Alejandro Carpio (Screenplay)

Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Lee Pace, Judy Greer, Isabel Arraiza, Michael Cudlitz, Erin Moriarty

Plot: Intense thriller where politics, big business and narcotics collide.


Tagline – How a Lemon Became a Legend

Runtime: 1 Hour 53 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Driven starts when Jim Hoffman (Sudeikis) gets caught by the FBI carrying drugs into the country, he gets pushed into a deal of getting close and catching the drug lord he works for Morgan Hetrick (Cudlitz). Jim learns his new neighbour is John DeLorean (Pace) who is trying to make his own car the famous DeLorean we all know from Back to the Future.

As Jim gets close to John, he finds himself in the middle of the failure of the new car launch, turning to Jim to help him turn into the drug business connecting to Morgan to bring the both of them down.

Thoughts on Driven

Characters & Performances – Jim Hoffman is a drug trafficker using his family to cover up his flights in and out of America, until he gets caught. Jim is forced into becoming an informant for the FBI, getting information on his connection. He ends up making friends with John DeLorean and caught up in helping the infamous car being produced and covering the failures. Jason Sudeikis does well in this role, bringing his level of comedy into the film. John DeLorean is the car designer that has worked in most of the major companies in America, but he dreams of making his own car, one that is different, he is confident it will be a success and struggles with the fact the car struggles to make the impact it could have in the world. Lee Pace does bring us a character based on the real figure that does feel like he does believes, he is above everyone else. We get to meet both the men’s wives who enjoy the life of luxury they are in, without being involved in the criminal side of things. The FBI agents pushing the buttons to make thing happen and the drug dealer who brings the case together.

StoryThe story here follows a reluctant FBI informant that becomes friends with John DeLorean, leading him to get caught up in the middle of the rise and fall, as well as connection to a bigger drug deal between the designer and the man he is trying to catch. This is a film based on the real events that will show us just how friendship between two strangers would have been tested to make sure the world went smoother and how one of the biggest cases in drug investigation could start to spiral out of control. This isn’t anything we haven’t seen before though, leading us down the path you would expect from start to finish.

ThemesDriven is a biopic pick based on the friendship before a big drugs bust case involving one of the most ambitious car designers, we get to see how the car designer tried and failed to bring the world something different. We get a sprinkling of comedy from the connection Jim brings to everyone and we keep the era style settings in place well through the film.

 

Driven is a by the book biopic that doesn’t offer much new, but can be enjoyed for what we learn.