You Only Live Once (2021) Movie Review

You Only Live Once – Solid Micro Budget Thriller

Director: Jimmy Dasaint

Writer: Jimmy Dasaint (Screenplay)

Starring: Bobby Rand, Yizzo, Edward Ferguson, Wyo Chi, Sakeena Felder, Lauren Mack

Plot: Investment Banker Lance Wilson has gotten himself caught up in a major money scheme. After losing a million dollars he is now a wanted man on the run. Now he must survive a perilous night in Philly or suffer the consequences.

Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: You Only Live Once starts when Lance Wilson (Yizzo) starts to see his investment catching up on his on his anniversary with his wife, seeing Blacky Knuckles (Rand) looking to track him down and collect his money.

With Lance on the run, he must look for someone to help him on the perilous streets of Philly, never knowing what will happen between each interaction he has, just wanting to get home to his wife.

Thoughts on You Only Live Once

Characters & Performances – Lance Wilson is the investment banker that finds himself seeing his latest investment crashing, leading to the people who invested through him hunting him down to collect. He must spend the night surviving the night on the Philly streets if he is to make it home to his wife for their anniversary. Yizzo takes this leading role, as we follow his journey through the night, he does a great job, giving us a grounded performance of someone who just wants to do the right thing. When we jump into the supporting cast, we get Blacky Knuckles who is leading the charge wanting his money back, with Robert Rand leading the supporting cast well.

StoryThe story here follows an investment banker that has seen his investments go wrong, leading to him needing avoid the people who have invested within the scheme that want their money back and will do anything to get it back. This is a story that will keep things simple by having the man on the run with a different selection of people, as he looks to prove himself not guilty of what happened. This does tend to go over the same routine, with nearly every scene talking about how Lance wants to get back to his wife. While not the deepest, it keeps everything simple and is easy to watch.

ThemesYou Only Live Once uses the Philly streets to show the uncertainty that you might find through a night, with thrilling side of the film, waiting to see what will come around next for Lance.

Final Thoughts You Only Live Once is a tidy thriller that shows how someone will need to run to solve the problems.

ABC Film Challenge – Sports – R – The Racer (2020) Movie Review

Director: Kieron J Walsh

Writer: Ciaran Cassidy, Kieron J Walsh, Sean Cook (Screenplay)

Starring: Louis Talpe, Matteo Simoni, Tara Lee, Iain Glen, Karel Roden, Timo Wagner, Sarah Carroll

Plot: It follows a rider who, after being dropped from the team, is reinstated following a doping error.

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Racer starts as experienced rider Dominique Chabol (Taipe) is preparing for the latest Tour de France starting in Ireland, he is getting through the final preparation in the team with the lead rider Lupo ‘Tartare’ Marino (Simoni) needing him to keep him calm, but the day before the race the team owner Viking (Roden) drops him from the formation.

With Dom facing the reality of his career in the sport being over, he finds himself getting redemption after a member of the team gets ill and Dom gets reinstated, only of the team to need to deal with a bigger problem, an investigation into what is giving them an advantage.

Thoughts on The Racer

Characters & Performances – Dominique Chabol is the veteran member of the team, he has been competing for 25-years, he is the anchor of the team, keeping the other riders grounded, prepared for what is next, only to find himself getting axed from the team last minute, starting to question what to do next. He has never held the Yellow Jersey, the one dream he never achieved and after getting one more chance on the team, he starts to show he desire to achieve more, while staying the team player. Louis Talpe is great in this role, showing us the pure emotion of someone who wanted more from his career, while also being proud of what he has achieved so far. Lupe ‘Tartare’ Marino is the leader rider, the guy who is meant to win the yellow jersey, he is a cocky arrogant hot head that needs Dom to help keep him calm before the races, he celebrates big when they win and rages when they don’t. Matteo Simoni shows us how you would expect more athletes to act when they don’t succeed. Dr Lynn Brennan is the local work placement doctor working with the tour, she helps Dom with his own problems, offering him more of a friendship that he was expecting, helping him put his own vision of life in perspective. Tara Lee is great in her role, being the stronger figure in a world where Dom has let people use him for years. Sonny is the oldest friend Dom has in this world, the masseur who also helps the riders with other ideas to stay up to the standard within the team. Iain Glen brings most of the comedy to this role, with his lard back motivation to everything going on.

StoryThe story here follows a veteran cyclist who has spent his career as part of a team but never been the lead rider within it, that starts to question his own future when the owner drops him, only to bring him back after an illness within the team. This will show us how veteran sports stars can be treated by teams after years of time given, how they can become the leader of the team, without needing to be the most important member to the spectators and how a career will leave someone always wanting more. This does show us just how the tour de France was filled with people that were trying to bend the rules to their own advantage in the late 90s, in a way that was both dangerous to the athlete and the reputation of the team. This is told in a way that shows us how the veteran can start to see the bigger picture to everything going on and will offer help to the team when they need it. It might well give us all of the drama behind the scenes, but for a film about cycling, we don’t get too much of the actual racing, which could have been played for a more intense finish.

ThemesThe Racer is a sports drama showing us the extreme measures riders would go to be the best in the Tour de France, while showing us snippets of the early stages within the stages, most of the cycling is only the final stretch, which is meant to be the most interesting part of the stage.

 

The Racer is a life defining moment for a veteran sports star in his final years to shine, that is performed excellently throughout.