My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To (2020) Movie Review

Director: Jonathan Cuartas

Writer: Jonathan Cuartas (Screenplay)

Starring: Patrick Fugit, Ingrid Sophie Schram, Owen Campbell, Moises L Tovar, Judah Bateman, Katie Preston

Plot: Two mysterious siblings find themselves at odds over care for their frail and sickly younger brother.

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To starts when siblings Dwight (Fugit) and Jessie (Schram) are spending most of their free time caring for their frail younger brother Thomas (Campbell). The siblings must collect blood to keep Thomas strong, which will see the pair go down different paths to make this happen.

As Dwight starts to want to move away from this life of secrets, he finds his relationship with Jessie getting strained, as she starts to see the bigger problem coming, while Thomas is getting tired of being trapped in the same home, just wanting some freedom.

Thoughts on My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To

ThoughtsMy Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell it To is a slow methodical movie that will try to capture the same magic We Are What We Are did with the secret that could leave the world filed with fear. The film doesn’t capture this same magic with large parts of the mystery often leading down dead end, showing us just how captured the siblings are within this world. The mystery about what is wrong with Thomas is hinted at heavily, but never truly explained to how this happened, with more of the film being character driven over anything truly scary. Patrick Fugit, Ingrid Sophie Schram and Owen Campbell are all great with their performances, bring these characters to life, but in the end the story lacks the impact it wants to give us with the world they are in.

My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To will be available on Digital Download from 28th June

Final Thoughts My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To is a slow and methodical movie that doesn’t quite capture the magic others have with the mystery about the family’s secret.

The Superdeep (2020)Movie Review

The Superdeep – The Russian Thing

 

Director: Arseny Syuhin

Writer: Arseny Syuhin (Screenplay)

Starring: Milena Radulovic, Sergey Ivanyuk, Nikolay Kovbas, Vadim Demchog, Kirill Kovbas

Plot: A small research team went down below the surface to find out what secret the world’s deepest borehole was hiding. What they have found turned out to be the greatest threat in history. And the future of humanity is in their hands.

Runtime: 1 Hour 53 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Superdeep starts when an underground research facility gets locked down after something goes wrong, Anya (Radulovic) is assigned to investigate what has happened, leading her to put together a team and head to the remote facility.

Anya heads down to the depths of the facility, where she will discover the unknown threat attached to one of the scientists, analysing what the threat will be, she wants to do the right thing, only to learn the truth of why she was called to investigate.

Thoughts on The Superdeep

Characters & Performances – Anya is the woman assigned to try and figure out what has been happening within the underground facility, he expert skills are used to identify what is happening, studying the evidence, knowing the threat it will cause to the world, she does know the dangers and wants to do the right thing to make sure the world remains safe. Milena Radulovic does work very well in this leading role, showing the fish out of water figure, who is also the smartest one in the facility, showing her characters strengths in a world surrounded by men. We do have a few other characters, which are mostly the military men that are either waiting to defend, or wanting something else from what they find.

StoryThe story here follows a scientific investigator that is assigned to learn what has happened within an underground facility, leading her to learn a terrifying truth and come against horrific creatures. This is a story that will slowly build up to the reveal of what we are dealing with, giving us the information as Anya learns about it before coming to the truth. We will also get into one of the more typical battles between doing the right thing and wanting the dangers for their own good, which has come out of the Alien franchise and many others before. This is a story that has nice pacing and will let you watch through everything as Anya learns about it, leaving us to want to make the decisions with her. It will get the clear message about the secret facilities in the world and just how dangerous they may become.

ThemesThe Superdeep is a sci-fi horror movie that will give us plenty of feelings that we are watching ‘The Thing’ with the unknown elements going on within the facility below the ground. This will be made more intense with the fact our characters a trapped in the underground facility that is well below ground, no quick escape. The effects with the creations are great to watch, with different ones becoming clearer are the film unfolds more.

The Superdeep is coming to Shudder on the 17th June.

 

The Superdeep is a great addition to the underground horror genre, with plenty of mystery and intensity in the claustrophobic filled horror world.

ABC Film Challenge – Thriller – N – November Criminals (2017) Movie Review

Director: Sacha Gervasi

Writer: Steven Knight, Sacha Gervasi (Screenplay) Sam Munson (Novel)

Starring: Ansel Elgort, Chloe Grace Moretz, David Strathairn, Catherine Keener, Terry Kinney, Cory Hardrict, Philip Ettinger

Plot: After his friend is murdered, a Washington, D.C. teenager undertakes his own investigation of the crime.

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Nice Mystery

Story: November Criminals starts when one of Addison (Elgort) and Phoebe (Moretz) classmates gets gunned down in a café, the police put it down as a gang crime, something doesn’t add up to Addison though.

Addison starts his own investigation to try and solve the crime, believing he couldn’t have been in a gang, with his father Theo (Strathairn) letting him do his thing, Phoebe must be the voice of reason to put him back on the right path before he learns something he shouldn’t.

Thoughts on November Criminals

Characters – Addison is best friends with Phoebe, he has been struggling with his studies after his mother’s death and when one of his classmates is murdered, he wants answers that the police aren’t giving, leading him to dive into his personal life to search for the truth, partly with him spiralling out of control, while also proving to be determined to not have a second unanswered death in his family. Phoebe is the best friend of Addison, she is more popular in her school and is ready for the next step of her life, she will support Addison, only she does worry for him when he gets too involved in the investigation. Theo is Addison’s father that is trying to let him deal with what happened his own way with Fiona being Phoebe’s mother that gets worried about their friendship.

PerformancesAnsel Elgort in the leading role continues to show why he is strong in leading role, we can see in his performance just how damaged he feels with his life. Chloe Grace Moretz is wonderful in the supporting role, with the rest of the cast doing a great job through it.

StoryThe story here follows a high school student who does start to investigate a classmate’s murders in a way to deal with his own loss in life, however dangerous it could be for him. This does show that losing someone in their life can put focus on things they shouldn’t showing just how dangerous diving into a world you know nothing about. We get the look at relationship between the two, which isn’t as strong as it could be, but does how difficult a modern relationship just before college can be. The crime doesn’t seem like we get enough time with the crime side of the film, which is disappointing.

Crime/MysteryThe crime side of this film is focused on the seemingly random shooting, with the mystery showing us the truth behind the crime, that Addison wants to expose.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to show how the city the characters are in, will have secrets they are not prepared for.


Scene of the Movie – The truth.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Just doesn’t feel like the police do something.

Final Thoughts This is a crime mystery thriller that just doesn’t reach the top levels it could, as the investigation seems slow.

Overall: Simple Investigation.