Nuclear (2019) Movie Review

Director: Catherine Linstrum

Writer: Catherine Linstrum, David-John Newman (Screenplay)

Starring: Emilia Jones, Sienna Guillory, Oliver Coopersmith, George MacKay, Noriko Sakura

Plot: Following an act of violence committed by her own brother, Emma escapes with her mother to wild, open country, where they find refuge in an isolated retreat in the shadow of a nuclear power station.

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Nuclear starts when Emma (Jones) helps her mother (Guillory) after she is assaulted by her brother (Coopersmith), taking the two on the run. As Emma looks to explore the area that they have found themselves in, she meets a Boy (MacKay) who offers her friendship in her time of need.

As Emma starts to learn the truth about what has happened, she finds herself needing to discover the darkness from her past, which could continue to rip the family apart.

Thoughts on Nuclear

Characters & Performances – Emma is the teenager that has gone on the run with her mother after an assault of her mother, she is hiding from her brother, while trying to discover herself, only to be bought back into the terror of the abusive family she was raised in. Emilia Jones is wonderful in this leading role, showing us just how conflicted the teenager is. When we look at the other characters, they don’t get real names, just figures in her life, Mother who she is trying to rescue, Brother who she is trying to hide from and Boy who will give her guidance in her time of need. The performances in this film are great by everyone, who has their own mystery about them.

StoryThe story here follows a teenage girl that goes on the run with her mother after an incident involving her brother, which will see her needing to understand what has happened to finally escape the years of abuse she has been living through. This is a powerful drama that will give us plenty to think about as we wait to see where everything will go next for Emma, just what is real or not for her and showing us just how difficult escaping trauma can be. It is given a deliberate slow pace, to help us believe how calm she is with the world she is in, despite always looking over her shoulder in fear. Leaving us with wonderful story telling.

Final Thoughts Nuclear is a powerful drama that will hit hard in all the important moments.

Witch Hunt (2021) Movie Review

Witch Hunt – Great Metaphor Using Witchcraft

Director: Elle Callahan

Writer: Elle Callahan (Screenplay)

Starring: Elizabeth Mitchell, Abigail Cowen, Christian Camargo, Cameron Crovetti, Gideon Adlon, Lulu Antariksa

Plot: In a modern America where witches are real and witchcraft is illegal, a sheltered teenager must face her own demons and prejudices as she helps two young witches avoid law enforcement and cross the southern border to asylum in Mexico.

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Witch Hunt starts as we enter a world where witchcraft is real, but illegal, Martha Goode (Mitchell) and her daughter Claire (Adlon) help witches gets across the border and out of America into Mexico.

When the BWI start investigating the local area, Martha’s connection is exposed, leaving Martha with two witches, Fiona (Cowen) and her little sister Shae, only for the authorities to start getting closer to her and the truth, how much can she risk to keep her daughter safe from these barbaric behaviours.

Thoughts on Witch Hunt

Characters & Performances – Claire is the high school girl that has been living next to the border seeing what happens when witches get close, she has her own feelings towards them, despite her mother helping them. She starts to learn more about what has been happening, learning they are innocent, learning to open her eyes to the bigger reality going on. Gideon Adlon does well in her leading role, showing the learning curve her character must go on. Martha Goode is Claire’s mother that has been living the quiet life to make sure her secret of helping witches remains that way, she is doing everything for the right thing, willing to help when most others turn away. Elizabeth Mitchell is good in her role, showing the importance of the person setting the right example. Fiona is the latest witch they family look after, with her appearance becoming longer than expect, helping show Claire just how normal the witches truly are. Abigail Cowen does bring the scared mixed with innocent to the film, which is important to show how people like her are being treated. The rest of the cast get to show us the different decision that Claire will end up watching unfold during the string of events that get increased over time.

StoryThe story here follows a family that are secretly helping witches cross the border to safety, while they are being hunted down for illegal activities, with the teenage daughter learning just how dangerous this world will become. This story does bring the clear message about immigration, using the idea of witches to step away from nationalities who will get treated differently. The story is mostly told through the eyes of Claire, shows us just how someone can learn about the problems going on which is good to see. While that side of the story is interesting to see, the man hunting them down could have been given a bigger intense presence while searching for the witches, building a more menacing presence for the innocent figures.

ThemesWitch Hunt is a horror thriller that uses the unique idea of having witchcraft being real, but being illegal, not showing the horrors of what witchcraft could do, but showing just how the human factor could do horrendous things to potential witches. The town by the border does help make this just as important for the main characters to get the right thing done.

Signature Entertainment presents Witch Hunt on DVD and Digital Platforms 5th July

Final Thoughts Witch Hunt is a smart horror that brings a modern problem in a supernatural twist.

Witch Hunt is available on Amazon to get your own DVD copy Here

Confession – Release News

Signature Entertainment presents Confession on Digital Platforms 20th August & DVD 30th August

Synopsis: One church. One priest. A wounded man and his loaded gun. Confession is an intense thriller played in real time during one fateful night where a vengeful confession must take place. It’s nighttime, late. Father Peter  (Colm Meaney, Con Air) is saying a final prayer and locking up when the church’s main doors burst open: Victor Strong (Stephen Moyer, True Blood) runs in  clutching his stomach as blood pours out of his gunshot wound… Gun to his head, Father Peter is forced to shut the lock on the church and listen to a dying man’s confession which will bring up a past he had forgotten. Also starring Seven Seconds and Children of Men’s Clare-Hope Ashitey, Confessionis from director David Benton(The Hatton Garden Job).