Disappearance at Lake Elrod will be released on Digital Download and on DVD in the UK from Nov 1st.
Director: Hannes Þór Halldórsson
Writer: Hannes Þór Halldórsson, Nína Pedersen, Sverrir Þór Sverrisson (Screenplay) Hannes Þór Halldórsson, Egill Einarsson, Auðunn Blöndal (Story)
Starring: Auðunn Blöndal, Egill Einarsson, Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir, Sverrir Þór Sverrisson, Vivian Ólafsdóttir, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Júlíana Sara Gunnarsdóttir
Plot: A cop in denial of his sexuality, falls in love with his new partner, while investigating a string of bank break-in.
Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Cop Secret starts as we meet Bússi (Blöndal) who has the reputation of being the toughest cop in Iceland, along with his partner Klemenz (Sverrisson) who is reluctantly involved in a high speed pursuit cause plenty of damage along the way, leaving Bússi’s rival Hörꝺur (Einarsson) to steal the spotlight, getting closer to taking his title as the toughest cop in Iceland.
When the pair find themselves working on the same case, they decide to put their differences aside to bring down the mastermind criminal Rikki (Haraldsson) behind it all
Thoughts on Cop Secret
Characters & Performances – Bússi has the reputation of being the toughest cop in Iceland, he always gets the criminals, even if it means sometimes he steps outside the law to achieve this. He has seen partners wanting to stop working with him, but when the latest case comes up, he is left to work with his rival, while questioning his own sexuality. He will always do what is best for his country, making it safe for the people. Auðunn Blöndal is great in this role, he brings all of the action hero traits, along with the comedy of being over the top in the role. Hörꝺur is the rival officer, coming from a wealthy family, where he clearly doesn’t need to put his life at risk, he has become just as efficient in the stopping criminal game, where he will start taking the spotlight away from Bússi. Egill Einarsson plays this role perfectly, knowing he is meant to be more over the top than his rival, which will get more laughs than it needs to. Rikki is the criminal mastermind that has been waiting for his chance to take down his plans, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson is a great villain to watch, clearly designed to be wildly over the top, which will create the extra impact in his scenes. The whole cast do play their roles well through the film, letting the three leads standout.
Story – The story here follows the toughest cop in Iceland finding himself getting competition from a rival officer, which will see him needing to put his differences aside to take down a criminal mastermind looking to plan something devastating in the capital. This is an action comedy story, with the whole point being that an odd couple find themselves together taking down a criminal mastermind, while everyone in charge doesn’t want them working on the case because of their destructive ways. Outside of the action side of the film, we do have a love story between the two leads, with this heavily masculine world, putting in a lead character that is unsure about his own sexuality, which is something we have never seen before and is a welcome addition. The core side of the action side of the story is like what we have seen many times before, but it works, why change something that works so well.
Themes – Cop Secret is an action comedy that starts with a car chase, before giving us a host of different action sequences along the way, with most of the comedy coming from the reaction people have towards the action happening, including things like, ‘this isn’t a movie’ line. The locations are used to show the different areas the cops can operate in, with the criminals in the typical shady areas, with the main attraction point being a major sporting event.
Final Thoughts – Cop Secret is one of the best action comedies of recent years, it will make you laugh along with the action.
Director: Jon Keeyes
Writer: Matthew Rogers (Screenplay)
Starring: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, John Malkovich, Jenna Leigh Green, Ruby Modine, Jon Orsini, Thaddeus Street
Plot: A year and a half after the fall of civilization due to a viral outbreak, a former FBI agent forced to protect a young woman immune to the disease from a dangerous gang leader hunting her.
Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: The Survivalist starts as a woman Sarah (Modine) is on the run from Aaron (Malkovich) and his group of thugs in a post-apocalyptic world. Sarah finds herself being sent to meet an FBI agent Ben (Meyers) who has been living off the grid during the viral outbreak.
As Sarah arrives on Ben’s ranch, Aaron isn’t far behind, with his thugs looking to seize the ranch for their own benefit, knowing just how important Sarah is for the future of humanity.
Thoughts on The Survivalist
Characters & Performances – Ben is the former FBI agent that has survived the viral outbreak alone on his ranch, he has dealt with family problems before and during the outbreak. He finds himself in the middle of the fight between the thugs and the woman, needing to use his skills to protect her and his ranch from losing everything. Jonathan Rhys Meyers does well in this role, he handles the action well, but doesn’t always get the time for the serious side of things. Aaron is the leader of the thugs who believes he has beaten the virus, believing he has come from a higher power to make the world a better place, he has serious cult leader vibes, making people believe he knows everything is the best. John Malkovich gets the good speech moments, but away from that, he doesn’t seem to do much. Sarah is the woman that ends up on Ben’s ranch, she doesn’t get affected by the virus. She only seems to be here to explain what is happening. Most of the supporting characters don’t seem to have much to do other than the odd battle against Ben.
Story – The story here follows a potential saviour of the nation who is immune to a devasting virus turns to a former FBI agent, as they look to escape from a ruthless gang of thugs who have their own plans for her. This is a story that can be seen two ways, the first negative side is to use the real life pandemic disease name for what happened, instead of just making one up, which would have been easier. On the positive side this story does feel like an episode of The Walking Dead, without the zombies, where the lead character must come up against a menacing villain to show off their skills. This does get into the action quickly, which is great, making everything feel more time based unfolding.
Themes – The Survivalist is an action thriller that has been created to show the very worst of what could have happened in a viral outbreak, the early days of the end of humanity, if you will. It plays out with commentary that something big has happened, but then contains the action to one main ranch, which only disappoints showing us the grander scale of the environment. The action does come off as the basics of what you would expect in a limited ammunition fight scenario.
Signature Entertainment presents The Survivalist on Digital Platforms 11th October
Final Thoughts – The Survivalist is a by the book action thriller, that puts the spotlight on Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the action hero role.