Thank You for Your Service (2017) Movie Review

Director: Jason Hall

Writer: Jason Hall (Screenplay)

Starring: Miles Teller, Beulah Koale, Joe Cole, Scott Haze, Haley Bennett, Amy Schumer, Omar J Dorsey

Plot: A group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield.

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Thank You for Your Service starts when three soldiers Adam Schumann (Teller), Tausolo Aieti (Koale) and Billy Waller (Cole) return home from their latest deployment. Adam returns to his wife and kids, while holding in guilt for the events of the last mission, Tausolo learns that he isn’t going to be welcomed back due to head injuries on duty, while Billy returns to learn his fiancée has left him with nothing.

As the three look to adapt to civilian life, they find themselves struggling and in need of help, the help that isn’t being given to them, leading down destructive paths needing to accept help from their loved ones.

Thoughts on Thank You for Your Service

ThoughtsThank You for Your Service is a drama showing what happens to three young veterans after their time on duty. Showing us three different reactions to the traumas they suffered through in the line of duty. This is a story that will highlight just how poorly treated soldiers are when they return, with the pure number being too high to cover the pain they have been through. The three lives do go in every different directions, showing us just how they can spiral out of control. The performances from Miles Teller and Beulah Koale are fantastic, showing us just how hard the lives of their characters have become. This is one of the films that is important to show just how difficult life will be for veterans who have been through horrific events they just can’t recover from.

Final Thoughts Thank You for Your Service is a brilliantly acted and important story about the struggles veterans face.

ABC Film Challenge – Horror – C – Chastity Bites (2013) Movie Review

Director: John V Knowles

Writer: Lotti Pharriss Knowles (Screenplay)

Starring: Allison Scagliotti, Francia Raisa, Louise Griffiths, Eddy Rioseco, Amy Okuda, Sarah Stouffer, Lindsey Morgan

Plot: In the early 1600’s, Countess Elizabeth Bathory slaughtered more than 600 young women, believing if she bathed in the blood of virgins that she would stay young and beautiful forever. Still alive today, she’s found a perfect hunting ground for her ‘botox’ as an abstinence educator in conservative America, and the young ladies of San Griento High are poised to be her next victims. But will her unholy ritual finally be stopped by Leah Ratliff, a feminist blogger and ambitious reporter for the school paper?

Tagline – Who says the virgin always lives ’til the end?

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Fun Comedy

Story: Chastity Bites starts as ambitious writer Leah (Scagliotti) is looking for her latest story for the school paper, with her best friend Katharine (Raisa) getting picked on by the popular kids in their school. She thinks she has the big story set up, until a new woman Liz Batho (Griffiths) arrives to try and teach the young women of the school about the importance of holding onto their virginity.

As Leah dives deeper into the investigation, she learns the identity of Liz and needs to save Katharine from her grasps as well as the rest of the girls getting caught in her spell.

Thoughts on Chastity Bites

Characters – Leah is always looking for a story in her high school, she doesn’t want to be popular, she wants to successful only to find herself riling people up with her stories. She is looking for one last attempt at a story, which leads her to get involved in a bigger battle than she could ever imagine exposing the mysterious new woman in town. Katharine is the best friend of Leah, she always follows her, until she gets put in a position of being able to think for herself, getting drawn into the group created by Liz. Liz is the mysterious new woman in town, she encourages the girls of the high school to make pact to hold onto their virginity in a club, with her own motivation behind why she wants to have them around, being seductive on how she manages the girls.

PerformancesAllison Scagliotti in the leading role does work well, in her previous roles she always knew how to make her character feel like a confident outsider and this is no different. Francia Raisa as the best friend as fills this role well with Louise Griffiths being the seductive character that demands the attention when on screen.

StoryThe story here follows a high school that gets a new member that wants to encourage the girls to hold onto their virginity, while one student isn’t convinced with the motivate behind it, only to discover the truth about the motivation. This is a fun story, it uses the idea of a determined single-minded reporter doesn’t follow the crowd, where she uncovers a bigger plan being put into plan. The idea of the villainous figure is clever and is one that is very interesting to dive into, only for them to get beaten way to easily. We can have a lot of fun with the style in this story and it could be a late night horror delight.

Comedy/HorrorThe comedy in the film is mostly around high school actions, while the horror in the film comes from Liz motivation through the film.

SettingsThe film does use the high school setting well, with the big house for the secrets to be happening in, adding to the mystery being Liz.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film are the weakest part of it, with one part coming off especially bad, while most of the blood looks like paint.

Scene of the Movie – The dream connection.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The CGI.

Final Thoughts This is a fun horror comedy, it will get laughs, we can enjoy the high school stereotypes too, with a story and villain which does stand out as more unique than most rivals.

Overall: Late Night Horror Comedy Delight.