Inside (2016) Movie Review

Director: Miguel Angel Vivas

Writer: Jaume Balaguero, Manu Diaz, Miguel Angel Vivas (Screenplay)

Starring: Rachel Nichols, Laura Harring, Ben Temple, Gillian Apter, Andrea Tivadar

Plot: A woman in her third trimester of pregnancy is stalked by a stranger who is obsessed with her unborn child.

Tagline – Some women would kill for a baby.

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Inside starts when Sarah Clark (Nichols) and her husband are involved in a car accident, leaving Sarah alone and pregnant. Sarah is looking to have the baby alone, but nearing the end of it, she finds herself getting an unwanted visitor.

The lady (Harring) takes over the home, keeping Sarah in her home, trapped, needing to find a way to get help, killing anyone who gets close, all because of the baby she wants for a reason unknown to Sarah.

Thoughts on Inside

ThoughtsInside is a horror thriller set over one night, as a pregnant woman finds herself tormented by a strange woman who wants her baby, needing to battle to survive. This is a home invasion movie with a few angles to cover up the things which could be considered problems, first Sarah is deaf, so without her hearing aid she can’t hear certain things, Sarah getting tired of phone calls, cutting the phone cables, leaving her stranded. The problem with the story is that the motivation is so obvious, it is barely worth your time waiting for the reveal. The performances in the film are strong enough, with Rachel Nichols being the victim, while Laura Harring being haunting in her cold hearted villain role. The film does take place mostly inside Sarah’s home, which will be used to show how she might have an advantage on certain situations.

Final Thoughts Inside is a simple horror that doesn’t hit as hard as it could, with an ending you can see a mile away.

ABC Film Challenge – 90s Movies – R – Rapid Fire (1992) Movie Review

Director: Dwight H Little

Writer: Alan B McElroy (Screenplay) Cindy Cirile, Alan B McElroy (Story)

Starring: Brandon Lee, Powers Boothe, Nick Mancuso, Raymond J Barry, Kate Hodge, Tzi Ma

Plot: When student Jake Lo witnesses a killing, he finds himself caught between two feuding drug lords. Betrayed and set up by the federal agents, the only person he can trust is Ryan, a Chicago cop who reminds Jake of his deceased father.

Tagline – Unarmed and extremely dangerous.

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: By the Book

Story: Rapid Fire starts when Jake Lo (Lee) finds himself being the only witness in a gang war which sees Antonio Serrano (Mancuso) murder his competition and him wanting to clean up the mess. Jake is helped by Mace Ryan (Boothe) who has been investigating the gangs for a decade now.

Jake must face his own past if he is going get out of this alive, with the whole police force thinking he is a cop killer, Serrano and his men hunting him down, as well as Tau (Ma) the leader of the rival gang.

Thoughts on Rapid Fire

Characters – Jake Lo is an art student from China, where he saw his father killed, he is the traditional bad boy figure, riding his bike, staying out of the way of people, when he witnesses the murder, he shows the combat skills, as he fights his way out of trouble, though his hot headed nature will see him getting into fights he doesn’t need to be involved in, as he looks to clear his name. Mace Ryan has been investigating Serrano for a decade, giving up his personal life in his pursuit of this gang leader, he wants Jake to help him finally get his man, where he will do things the right way. Antonio Serrano funds one of the biggest drug rings in the country, he wants to continue to grow, which sees him start a war with a rival gang, only he needs to clean up the witnesses that could expose his true identity.

PerformancesBrandon Lee showed he was excellent at the combat scenes, never looking out of place, while he might not have been the best in the more serious scenes. Powers Boothe is the star of the show here, he brings the heavyweight performance as the desperate cop. Nick Mancuso as the villain is great, showing he won’t stop for anyone who gets in his way, always looking like he would be a danger.

StoryThe story here follows an art student from China that joins forces with a determined cop to eliminate both sides of a drug war, after he finds himself being a target from both sides. This does fit the 80s and 90s action story, where an unlikely pairing will take down a drug war, it gives us the increased stakes per fight and shows how both need to learn a lesson to succeed. It might well be by the book, but it does everything right to achieve this.

ActionThe action turns to Brandon Lee’s strengths of combat, he gets to show all his best fighting skills even with bullets flying around.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to show us how the criminal world would operate, with massive warehouses being the locations for most fight sequences.

Scene of the Movie – Lee vs Ma.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The musical montage.

Final Thoughts This is completely by the book action film that does everything right, without being as ground breaking as it could have been.

Overall: Action 101.