Mosquito State (2020) Movie Review

Mosquito State – Real Slow Burner

 

Director: Filip Jan Rymsza

Writer: Filip Jan Rymsza, Mario Zermeno (Screenplay)

Starring: Beau Knapp, Charlotte Vega, Jack Kesy, Olivier Martinez, Audrey Wasilewski, Daisy Bishop

Plot: August 2007. Isolated in his austere penthouse overlooking Central Park, obsessive Wall Street data analyst Richard Boca sees ominous patterns: His computer models are behaving erratically, as are the swarms of mosquitos breeding in his apartment, an infestation that attends his psychological meltdown.

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Mosquito State starts as we meet obsessive Wall Street data analyst Richard Boca (Snapp) who has built up a reputation for his brilliance with his own data model being used to run the company he works for. When he meets a beautiful young lady Lena (Vega) he lets someone else into his penthouse apartment for the first time in years.

After that night, Richard finds himself getting obsessed with a mosquito he finds him in his apartment that starts to find himself slowly breaking to them breeding in his apartment, as his computer model starts to fall apart, but are the two really connected or not.

Thoughts on Mosquito State

Characters & Performances – Richard Boca is the social awkward obsessive data analyst that has helped keep a company above the competition with his own brilliant design, leaving him a chance to have the penthouse overlooking Central Park. He sees his life starting to spiral out of control when he finds a mosquito in his apartment, seeing his design start to fail, he is desperate to fix everything before it is too late, even though the people around him don’t see a problem. Beau Knapp does give us a great performance in the leading role, with him needing to carry most of the film with his character’s slow descent. When it comes to the supporting characters we get to meet a potential love interest in Lena, his rival at work Beau and his boss Edward, each will other a conversation, which will lead to a different decision being made from Richard.

StoryThe story here follows a brilliant, minded data analyst who starts to see his life spiral out of control when his apartment gets tken over by mosquitos that start breeding. This is a film that will let everything shimmer on the surface as we wait to see just what will happen to Richard as he starts to lose control of his life. It will leave us to decide on what is real or not, showing us just how uncertain Richard’s mindset is, with part of it potential not being really, with the pure number of mosquitos appearing in his apartment, against what he sees as a problem in the computer system he helped create. We could have seen more from the supporting characters reactions to what is happening, whether there is more a calmer approach to what is going on or they have just amount of panic they are having.

ThemesMosquito State is a slow burning horror that will see most of the horror coming from what is within Richard’s mind and apartment. The apartment shows us the contained environment the penthouse shows us just how the mosquitos are taking control of Richard. We could have seen more horror and even explain about a nightmare sequence, which seems to go nowhere by the end.

Mosquito State Premiers on Shudder on the 26th of August.

Final Thoughts Mosquito State is a truly slow burning thriller that will leave more in your mind than on the screen.

ABC Film Challenge – Sports – F – Friday Night Lights (2004) Movie Review

Director: Peter Berg

Writer: David Aaron Cohen, Peter Berg (Screenplay) Buzz Bissinger (Book)

Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Lucas Black, Garrett Hedlund, Derek Luke, Jay Hernandez, Lee Jackson

Plot: Based on H.G. Bissinger’s book, which profiled the economically depressed town of Odessa, Texas and their heroic high school football team, The Permian High Panthers.


Tagline – Hope comes alive 

Runtime: 1 Hour 58 Minutes

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Story: Friday Night Lights starts as we head to small Texas town of Odessa, which relies on their football team to keep them happy, the high school football who are ready for the new season with Coach Gary Gaines (Thornton) preparing his team, only for his plan to be shattered when his star player Boobie Miles (Luke) gets seriously injured.

As the other players Mike Winchell (Black), Don Billingsley (Hedlund) and Brian Chavez (Hernandez) look to make their impact, we learn that not all the players are drawn to the game, some are looking to their own futures, which are not getting the attention they need, while others are dealing with other problems in their home lives.

Thoughts on Friday Night Lights

Final Thoughts Fright Night Lights is a movie where you need to understand the obsession with American Football, ho wit can motivate a town to remain strong through the troubles in life, while piling on the pressure that the high school students are facing, this did get spun into a TV series which would get to explore the problems the players are going through because we just don’t get the impact of the injured player who feels like his future is gone, the son living in the abuse of his father and one living under the shadow of his famous. The film doesn’t get the true spotlight on the personal problems, while showing the games in terrible camera angles, which if you don’t understand the sport will leave you wondering what is happening in the game.