Out of Death (2021) Movie Review

Out of Death – Nice Action Film


Director: Mike Burns

Writer: Bill Lawrence (Screenplay)

Starring: Bruce Willis, Jaime King, Lal Kent, Kelly Greyson, Tyler Jon Olsen, Megan Leonard, Michael Sirow, Kayla Eva

Plot: A corrupt Sheriff’s department in a rural mountain town comes undone when an unintended witness throws a wrench into their shady operation.

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Out of Death starts as Shannon Mathers (King) is on a remote trip in the woodland area to say goodbye to her father when she witnesses deputy Billie Stanhope (Kent) commit a murder to cover up a deal gone bad.

With Billie trying to track Shannon down, retired officer Jack Harris (Willis) stumbles upon the situation and lends the helping hand against the corrupt cops covering up for the wannabe mayor Hank Rivers (Sirow).

Thoughts on Out of Death

Characters & Performances – Shannon Mathers is a photojournalist who has come to the woodland area to spread the ashes of her later father and come to peace with his passing. She witnesses to incident which sees the deal go wrong, leading to her needing to go on the run in the woods to survive. She proves to have more fight than the officers believed, but she will look to fight back to survive. Jaime King does well in her role, showing the emotion of losing a loved one, with the determination to make the most of her future. Jack Harris is the retired police officers looking to relax to the country after losing his wife, with his niece giving him somewhere to stay. He ends up coming across the hunt, looking to help Shannon find safety using his years of experience to do the right thing. Bruce Willis does the basics right, but is in his making a movie for money mindset through the film. Sheriff Hank Rivers has been running the operation in the mountain town, where he is calm with how he handles things, while planning his time to become mayor soon. Michael Sirow is by far the best part of the film with his calm calculated delivery in the film.

StoryThe story here follows a woman that witnesses the corruption within the local sheriff’s department and must go on the run through the local woods with the help of retired police officer looking to have a quiet life. The story will give us a battle of cat-n-mouse in the woodland area, showing us how the person who looks like they could be a helpless victim has more fight than expected. The survival battle will take twists, with the villainous sheriff doing everything you would expect to clean up the position he finds himself in, while the experience officer will look to stay ahead of the game. You will be kept guessing through the film, as not everything goes the way you would expect.

ThemesOut of Death is a survival action movie that will see a woman needing to try and survive against the sheriff’s department looking to keep things quiet. The woodland area outside of the small mountain town will add into the survival environment we see, while most of the action is chasing with brief fights.

Coming to Digital Download from August 2nd & DVD from October 4th

Final Thoughts Out of Death is an action film that will having the intense moments, even if the film follows the basic survival action.

Kandisha (2020) Movie Review

Kandisha – Atmospheric Horror


Director: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury

Writer: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury (Screenplay)

Starring: Walid Afkir, Suzy Bemba, Bakaray Diombera, Sandor Funtek, Feliz Glaux-Delporto, Dylan Krief, Mathilde Lamusse, Samarcande Saadi

Plot: It is summer break and best friends Amélie, Bintou and Morjana hang together with the neighborhood teenagers. At night, they have fun sharing goosebumps stories and urban legends. But when Amélie is assaulted by her ex, she remembers the story of Kandisha, a powerful and vengeful demon. Afraid, upset, she summons her. The next day, her ex is found dead. The legend is true and now Kandisha in on a killing spree. The three girls will do anything to break the curse.

Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Kandisha starts when Amelie (Lamusse) finds herself being assaulted by her ex-boyfriend Abdel (Lyes) leading her to summon a demon known as the Kandisha, who kills Abdel. The Kandisha doesn’t stop with just Abdel though, going on a rampage of its own, leading to Amelie needing to work with her friend Bintou (Bemba) and Morjana (Saadi) to stop the vengeful spirit.

Thoughts on Kandisha

ThoughtsKandisha is a French horror that will see a group of young women summon a vengeful spirit to take out the men who have wrong them in life, one that gets out of control as they look to find a way to stop it before it kills people they love. This is a story that will give us good motivation for the summoning to happen to start with, even if things do get out of control. Each attack does become more terrifying and horrific, as we get to learn more about what the demon looks like, with each cosmetic addition shows how deadly the demon is. The locations do feel like we are watching Candyman, with how the locations are used for added fear effect. The performances in the film are strong with the chemistry between the three leads shining through.

Final Thoughts Kandisha is a great horror that uses the atmosphere to created added effect.

ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – S – The Smuggler (2014) Movie Review

Director: Tony Mahony, Angus Sampson

Writer: Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Jaime Browne (Screenplay)

Starring: Hugo Weaving, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Ewen Leslie, Geoff Morrell, Georgina Haig, Noni Hazlehurst

Plot: After a trip to Thailand, a first-time drug mule finds himself in police custody, with his stomach crammed with narcotics. Now, he has to endure seven sphincter-clenching days to convince them of his innocence. Will nature take its course?

Tagline – It’s what’s inside that counts.

Runtime: 1 Hour 43 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Fun Crime Comedy

Story: The Smuggler starts when a small town football team honour Ray Jenkins (Sampson), with the prize being a trip to Thailand with Gavin (Whannell) using this trip as chance to smuggle drugs back to Australia.

Getting home turns out to be more difficult as Ray is detained and held by Detective Croft (Weaving) as they wait for him to unload the drugs he has been smuggling, refusing to give away the people he is working for as Gavin desperately searches for Ray and the drugs.

Thoughts on The Smuggler

Characters – Ray Jenkins is the good-natured man that has been playing for his local football team for years, he gets honoured for this and talked into joining the team on a tour of Thailand, he gets forced into helping the teammates smuggle drugs back into the country, only he gets caught and refuses to give up either the drugs or the people he is working for. Det Croft is the man watching over Ray, he wants the case closed quickly and will do anything to push Ray to him limits. Gavin is the vice-captain of the football team and is the one that pushes Ray into taking part in the smuggling, only needing to hunt him down once he is captured. We do get the criminal who are after their drugs, lawyers that want to support Ray and other detectives trying to get the truth.

PerformancesAngus Sampson is great in the leading role showing the slower side of his character, while dealing with the intense pain his character is going through. Hugo Weaving is always a class act in film with his character being everything he needs to be through the film, with the rest of the cast doing a strong job through the film.

StoryThe story here follows a good-natured man tricked into becoming a drug smuggler only to get caught and held by authorities waiting for him to empty out the drugs in a dangerous game of cat-n-mouse. This is based on a true story, it does show how people might well take advantage of people and how authorities will do anything to prove somebody is guilty. We see how Ray will do what he can to stay ahead of the game despite the pain he is going through and just how much damage is being done to the people. It does reflect how being held in custody can be questioned on how legal it all is.

Comedy/CrimeThe comedy isn’t as strong as it could be through the film, while the crime side is often in the background to what Ray is going through.

SettingsThe film uses the hotel to show the containment Ray finds himself trapped in, this does work well, while the small town setting shows us just a small ring could operate in.

Scene of the Movie – Ray’s final move.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Too much detail around one scene with Ray.

Final Thoughts This is an interesting crime film that does show us a story which would have seen an intense level of determination to not give up the material they have.

Overall: Silly Crime Comedy.