Plurality (2021) Movie Review

Plurality – Captivating

 

Director: Aozaru Shiao

Writer: Tzu-Yung Hung, Benjamin Lin, Aozaru Shiao (Screenplay)

Starring: Tony Yo-ning Yang, Sandrine Pinna, Yi-lan Chao, Yi-wen Chen, Lei Fu, Duncan Lai, Frederick Lee, Cheng-Chun Liang, J.C. Lin, Zaizai Lin

Plot: A man who wakes up from a coma to find himself uploaded with the minds of four dead serial-murder suspects. These hold the only clues for the police to track down the last surviving victim.

Runtime: 1 Hour 47 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Plurality starts when after a bus accident one of the men Chen Guang-Xuan wakes up learning his has had his mind uploaded with four dead people, with one of the four being a potential serial killer that the police have been trying to track down.

As the scientist and detectives start working together they start getting hints at different people being the suspects, with each mindset offering clues to who the true killer is, but can the killer be found before it is too late.

Thoughts on Plurality

ThoughtsPlurality is a sci-fi thriller that will take us into a world that matches ‘Cell’ and ‘Identity’ as we navigate a world where minds are put together to try and unlock the truth about a serial killer. It will bring us a new improved science behind it, one that will leave us in the middle of questioning nearly every moment we see in the film, trying to put our figure on just which one of the minds is in control at the time. This is what makes this one of the most captivating films of the year, constantly keeping us wanting more from each scene. The performances in the film are strong throughout, with the lead needing to pull off each mindset, while filming the sequences get to give us a flash of which character, he believes he is. The special effects are great, with the colour pallets being used to show the different environments we are going through. The one side of the film does feel weak and that is the length, as it does seem like we are about end, only for another sequences of events coming up.

Signature Entertainment presents Plurality on Digital Platforms from 19th July

Final Thoughts Plurality is a captivating thriller that will constantly keep you guessing.

ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – K – Krystal (2017) Movie Review

Director: William H Macy

Writer: Will Aldis (Screenplay)

Starring: Rosario Dawson, Nick Robinson, T.I. Grant Gustin, Felicity Huffman, William H Macy, Kathy Bates

Plot: A young man living a sheltered life develops a crush on an ex-stripper and joins her Alcoholics Anonymous group just so he can be in the same room with her.


Tagline – She turns men into boys and boys into men

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Krystal starts when 18-year-old Taylor Ogburn (Robinson) who hasn’t taken many chances in his life, meets Krystal Bryant (Dawson) on the beach, he falls in love wanting to help her, despite the fact she is twice his age, with a kid Bobby (Latimore) only a couple of years younger than Taylor.

Taylor must start to learn about growing up, when Krystal’s ex Willie (T.I.) returns to her life, wanting her back, leaving the unlikely pairing in the middle of nowhere.

Thoughts on Krystal

Characters & Performances – Taylor has had a medical condition his whole life and when his latest episode happens, he wants to start trying to live his life more after he falls for Krystal, an older woman, he gets caught up in a lie, which will see him getting closer to her, learning that people can always have secrets that will be hard to deal with. Nick Robinson does everything well in the film, part of what happens with the accent does get annoying, which is the same for all the male performers in this film, with their deep south accent not sounding right. Krystal is the mysterious woman to Taylor that walks into his life, she is a recovered addict, that has put her life back together where she is holding everything together for her disabled son. She doesn’t want anything to do with Taylor before learning more about him. Rosario Dawson does give this older woman a life that would appeal to the younger person. We do meet Taylor’s family, which is parents who have guided him their way and the older brother who has achieved more, while seeing Krystal’s side, with her son dealing with his problems well for the first time since being disabled and the old flame does bring the threat to the film.

StoryThe story here follows a young man who falls in love with an older woman who helps save his life, which will see him looking to try and change himself to win her heart. This is a story that does look to show how finding yourself is the most important thing in life, you don’t need to fake being someone, if you are honest, along with a wacky side effect to everything connecting the people involved. It doesn’t end up being much fresh in the genre and is truly off putting with the dodging accents.

ThemesKrystal is a drama comedy that tries to play light into the mood being created by the situation, it doesn’t get the laughs you would expect, with a lot of the comedy missing often.

Final Thoughts Krystal is a lacklustre comedy playing into the older woman fantasy.



Fear Street Part One 1994 (2021) Movie Review

Fear Street Part 1: 1994 – Brilliant Slasher

 

Director: Leigh Janiak

Writer: Kyle Killen, Phil Graziadei (Screenplay) R.L. Stine (Books)

Starring: Kiana Madeira, Olivia Scott Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr, Julia Rehwald, Maya Hawke, Fred Hechinger Charlene Amoia, David W Thompson

Plot: A circle of teenage friends accidentally encounter the ancient evil responsible for a series of brutal murders that have plagued their town for over 300 years. Welcome to Shadyside.


Tagline – Three movies. Three weeks. One killer story.

Runtime: 1 Hour 47 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Fear Street Part 1: 1994 starts when a murder happens between the towns of Shadyside and Sunnyvale. With Deena (Madeira) stuck between the rivalry and her former girlfriend Sam (Welch). After the two schools clash on the road a skull masked person turns up at Deena’s house, with them wanting to get revenge, it seems like it is just the rivalry between the towns.

What starts believing it is just school pranking each other turns into Deena, Sam, Kate (Rehwald), Josh (Flores Jr) and Simon (Hechinger) needing to fight to survive against the town’s most notorious killers from the past and present.

Thoughts on Fear Street Part 1: 1994

Characters & Performances – Deena is dealing with the break-up of her girlfriend which has left her feeling alone in the town, often seen as the outsider, when she is involved in a clash with the rival school the pair get drawn back together as they try to figure out why they are being hunted down by a serial killer. Sam if the former girlfriend of Deena that moved to the rival town, she ends up getting caught up in the middle of the battle to survive, bringing her back to the friends she once left, leaving her with the difficult decision of what to do. Kate is the confident friend that will do step up and make the difficult decisions for the group to make sure they survive the nightmare situation. Josh is the younger brother of Deena that has studying the history of the town, knowing about what has happened before and knows what could help the group. Simon is the idiot friend that is here while everything unfolds, he will become a key part to fighting back, even if he does end up take the typical ditzy figure we see in slasher films. The performances in the film are strong throughout, be it Kiana Madeira leading final girl figure, Olivia Scott Welch bringing everything to her performance, Benjamin Flores Jr full confident geeky figure or Julia Rehwald no-nonsense thinking.

StoryThe story here follows a group of friends that discovery they are involved in more than just a school rivalry when they start getting hunted down by killers from the town’s history after disturbing a witch’s grave. This is everything you would want from a slasher style story, we have the lead group who are all given enough to make them standout needing to fight against killers that will become difficult to defeat. It dives into town history, takes twists along the way and will see them dealing with different abilities of evil after them, filled with the tone that will make it enjoyable and creating a group you want to see survive the horrors.

ThemesFear Street Part 1: 1994 is a slasher horror that is the first part of a trilogy, it will introduce the evil and what it can do, while keeping everything in the slasher style tone, with plenty of blood and gore along the way. The idea of two rival towns side by side will try to distract from what is happening, showing one side it could just be what is expect in the tragedy hit town, while the other side will always look down on them.

Final Thoughts Fear Street Part 1: 1994 is a highly entertaining slasher film that is one of the best of the modern era of the horror sub-genre.