The Shed (2019) Movie Review

Director: Frank Sabatella

Writer: Jason Rice, Frank Sabatella (Screenplay)

Starring: Jay Jay Warrne, Cody Kostro, Sofia Happonen, Frnak Whaley, Timothy Bottoms, Siobhan Fallon Hogan

Plot: A hunter gets bitten by a vampire and runs into a shed to avoid sunlight. Stan, a 17 y.o. on probation, and his supervisor grandpa live next to it. Stan’s bullied high school buddy can use a monster.

Tagline – Rage cannot be contained.

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Shed starts as Stan (Warren) being left in probation with his grandfather Ellis (Bottoms) after the death of his parents, finds a strange monster in his farm shed, a creature that can’t handle sunlight and a lust for blood.

Stan’s best friend Dommer (Kostro) always gets bullied by Marble (Petrovski) and wants to use the creature to get back at the tormentors, while Stan is trying to hold everything together.

Thoughts on The Shed

Characters – Stan has seen his parents die in what sees his family life shattered forced to live with his grandfather under strict rules because of his new rebellious behaviour. He finds a creature in the shed on the farm where he doesn’t know what to do with it after he captures it, but his reputation doesn’t help keep the secret. Dommer is the best friend of Stan’s that is always being bullied at school, with Stan doing what he can to protect him, but he gets tired of Stan wanting his own life, wanting to use the creature for his own good. Roxy is the former friend that has moved to the popular crew at school, she is still the love interest of Stan, while willing to challenge her social status to make sure he is ok still. We get the traditional overly tough acting bully, the strict grandfather, the mysterious creature hiding in the shed.

PerformancesThe performances in the film work well, we get the rebel without a cause like performance in the leading role Jay jar Warren. Nobody does end up getting too much stand out screen time compared to him though.

StoryThe story here follows a rebellious teenager that finds a vampire creature hiding in a farm shed and is left conflicted on how to react to what to do with it, while dealing with the high school politics. When we look at the high school politics, it is everything we have seen before, friendships changing, bullies, love interest, etc, nothing comes off fresh here. What does come off more interesting, is the idea of a vampire trapped in the shed, luring victims in during the day, while Stan must keep it trapped at night, it gives this side of everything the Lost Boys feel it seems to be targeting.

HorrorThe horror comes from the splatter filled attacks by the vampire, most are off camera, while we don’t tend to see the brutality of the attack.

SettingsThe film uses a mix of the small town setting to show how Stan is left in a place where he might not escape, with the farm’s shed for the horror elements of the film, showing it standing in a crop field, with no escape in daytime for the vampire.

Scene of the Movie – The showdown on the farm with the bully.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The high school politics are generic.

Final Thoughts The Shed brings out The Lost Boys spirit of fighting a vampire, while getting bogged down with the standard high school politics.

ABC Film Challenge – Thriller – S – Shot Caller (2017) Movie Review

Director: Ric Roman Waugh

Writer: Ric Roman Waugh (Screenplay)

Starring: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Omari Hardwick, Lake Bell, Jon Bernthal, Emory Cohen, Jeffrey Donovan, Evan Jones

Plot: A newly released prisoner is forced by the leaders of his gang to orchestrate a major crime with a brutal rival gang on the streets of Southern California.

Runtime: 2 Hours 1 Minute

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Crime 101

Story: Shot Caller starts when known gangster Money (Coster-Waldau) gets released from prison, returning to his gang with Frank (Bernthal) filling in the blanks of his time locked up, with Howie (Cohen) showing him around. Meanwhile Jacob a successful businessman gets involved in an accident which sees his best friend killed and him needing to take a plea to get a shorten prison sentence.

With Jacob being in prison, he builds up the reputation of a criminal, using his skills with money to gain the nickname becoming the big shot that everyone turns too, even though his parole officer Kutcher (Hardwick) is watching his every move once he is on the outside.

Thoughts on Shot Caller

Characters – Jacob was once a brilliant stockbroker until an accident leaves his best friend dead and him facing jail, he isn’t prepared for what he will be facing, until his skills become useful, he rising up the ranks of a gang becoming a man known as Money, who has respect and power, without the evil intentions behind the greed of the other gang members. Kutcher is the parole officer that has been dealing with the criminals, he knows how to get through the people, which unlike most sees him needing to take a stronger stand to get the best out of people. Kate is the wife that Jacob loses with his own mistake, she wants him to consider his options, knowing he is a good man inside, but doesn’t understand the man he has become. Frank is the man that takes Jacob into the criminal lifestyle, showing him the wrong path, which will only lead him to a world of darkness.

PerformancesNikolaj Coster-Waldau does give a strong performance in the leading role of the film, without being anything that we haven’t already seen in the crime world. Omari Hardwick does play an interesting character only we don’t get enough of his character. Lake Bell is the same, she doesn’t do anything wrong, only we could have seen more of her, this could well be the problem for most of the performance, not enough screen time for them.

StoryThe story here follows a stockbroker who is involved in a fatefully accident which sees him put in jail, where he slowly starts to rise up the ranks of a gang, finding herself as part of the big war for power. This story is told in a strange order, which just doesn’t make it easy to enjoy, it follows every single typical idea of how somebody would rise up the ranks of a gang, even if they come from a life where they wouldn’t be anyway near beforehand. We don’t seem to get anything new to the ideas and by the end we know what to expect.

CrimeThe crime side of this film focuses on how the world of crime and how somebody can climb the ranks by knowing how to play the system.

SettingsThe film is mostly set in the prisons, showing how Jacob uses his imprisonment to get what he wants.

Scene of the Movie – Cage fight.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – We don’t seem to get the motivation that Jacob has.

Final ThoughtsThis is a by the book crime drama that focus on one man’s rise into the gang world after an accident puts his own life into ruins, it isn’t anything we haven’t seen before though.

Overall: By the Book.