I Love Us (2021) Movie Review

I Love Us – Great Spin on Escaping Criminal World

 

Director: Danny A Abeckaser

Writer: Kosta Kondilopoulos (Screenplay)

Starring: Danny A Abeckaser, Katie Cassidy, David James Elliott, Jackie Cruz, Robert Davi, Greg Finley, James Madio, Jasper Polish, Courtney Lopez

Plot: Sammy Silver struggle to trade his criminal ways for a married life after he falls in love with a single mother.

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: I Love Us starts as we meet small time crook Sammy Silver (Abeckaser) who has been doing small time jobs, making him enjoy each day of his life, this changes when he meets Laura (Cassidy) on a bus, leading to a whirlwind romance, learning she has two teenage daughter Rachel and Aubrey.

When the couple eventually get married, what looked like a great future, takes a dramatic turn, leading to Sammy needing to win over the girls and take the straight and narrow.

Thoughts on I Love Us

ThoughtsI Love Us is a romantic crime thriller showing us how on man must decide on whether to continue his criminal life after falling in love with a widowed mother. We get to see the attempt to escape the criminal life and how it doesn’t go to plan, because of the mixed added responsibilities and boss who wants him to clear his debts. It will highlight how life can throw curveballs at you, leaving you needing to make major changes in life. Writer, director and star Danny A Abeckaser does a solid job with the concept idea, bringing a new approach to a typical crime drama. While the idea is very interesting, the acting isn’t the strongest, as you feel certain scenes feel like they could have had a bigger emotional impact towards what was happening. This is still a great spin and idea on taking the escaping the criminal world in a brand-new direction.

Final Thoughts I Love Us is a bright idea in an overly compacted escape the criminal world, we see too often.

Eye Without a Face (2021) Movie Review

Eye Without a Face – Creepy Horror

 

Director: Ramin Niami

Writer: Ramin Niami (Screenplay)

Starring: Dakota Shapiro, Luke Cook, Vlada Verevko, Rebecca Berg, Ashley Elyse Rogers, Evangelina Neuhart, Sarah Marie

Plot: An agoraphobic young man (Henry), living with a Youtuber and struggling actor (Eric), hacks the webcams of young women, and suspects that one of them is a serial killer.


Tagline – Alt. Shift. Homicide

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Eye Without a Face starts as we see how agoraphobic young man Henry (Shapiro) goes about his day watching woman Laura (Verevko), Ella (Marie), Tessa (Rogers) and Sky (Neuhart) through their webcams, making up stories of their lives. Henry lives with a YouTuber Eric (Cook) who is always trying to get Henry out of the house, with promises of parties.

When Henry’s voyeurism sees him witness something he didn’t expect to, one of the women murdering their date, he joins forces with his roommate to try and stop her before she takes her next victim.

Thoughts on Eye Without a Face

Characters & Performances – Henry is a young man that has been suffering with agoraphobia, even if he does try to find time to get outside at night, when less people are around, he spends his days hacking into women’s webcams to watch over them, making up stories about their lives. He witnesses what he believes to be a murder by one of the women, leading him to believe they are a serial killer. Finding himself becoming paranoid the woman is coming for him. Dakota Shapiro does give us a great performance, be it the struggles with his health or his concerning approach to who he is watching. Eric is the YouTuber and struggling actor, trying to make a name for himself in the city, trying to help Henry escape his life, he is always pushing Henry to break out of his comfort zone, talking he way out of problems he is facing. Luke Cook does give us a performance that will make us dislike his character, which is by design. When it comes to the women Henry watches they all have their own lives, ones they don’t know they are being watched through, showing their strengths and weaknesses, ones they thought would be behind closed doors.

StoryThe story here follows a young man that spends his days watching over women through their webcams, but when he sees something he believes is a murder, he finds himself being targeted by the woman, hoping he can survive and remain out of the targets. This is a story that will highlight just how someone can be suffering from agoraphobia will be pushed into dramatic ways to make their lives more entertaining, which is creepy to say the least. Jumping on the more famous Rear Window idea of watching something happen and making up their mind for what is happening which might not be everything that seems. This is an interesting story and will leave you wondering just what is going on, with the story going in a strange direction.

ThemesEye Without a Face is a horror thriller that will mix of found footage with voyeurism of watching over unsuspecting victims, with a serial killer on the loose. Having most of the film taking place within the apartment shows how lonely the life has become, while giving us a window into the world of the women, not learning their whole lives along the way.

Final Thoughts Eye Without a Face is a creepy horror which will also keep you wondering what is truly going on.