White Sky (2021) Movie Review ‘Sci-Fi 101’

White Sky – Sci-Fi 101

Director: Adam Wilson

Writer: Philip Daay (Screenplay)

Starring: Ade Dimberline, Natalie Martins, Jordan McFarlane, Makenna Guyler, Malcolm Winter, Danielle Shurey

Plot: A strange alien invasion strands a trio of campers in a distant forest where they attempt to survive and hide

Runtime: 1 Hour 44 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: White Sky starts when three friends, Hailey (Martins), Sienna (Guyler) and Josh (McFarlane) head off for a camping trip in the forest, their weekend of peace is shattered when an UFO visits overhead, causing them to lose all signals and find themselves coming under attack by an unknown alien invasion.

The three find themselves roaming the forest, following instructions from Liam (Dimberline) who is willing to offer them safety if they follow his stricter rules, can they four survive from the threat.

Thoughts on White Sky

Characters & Performances – Hailey is the one that has been helping Sienna on her road to recovery from her addiction and joined by her boyfriend on the camping trip, she has military training, which will see her making the smart decisions when it comes to finding a way to survive this world, being the one that would most like to keep peace between the four characters. Sienna is the recovering addict that is in the middle of her withdrawal thanks to Hailey’s support, she isn’t interested in going on the camping trip, but goes along, knowing it could help her recovery. Josh is the boyfriend of Hailey’s, he supports them both with what they are doing, when the invasion happens, he looks to do what would be considered the logical thing when trying to survive. Liam is the lone traveller the three find, a man that offers them a place to stay, with his stricter rules about what is happening, not willing to let the people take advantage of him or even find him, getting edgier about letting the three in as the days pass. The four lead performances are strong, with each actor bringing the main part of what makes them unique to the story to the forefront, with Natalie Martins being the leader, Ade Dimberline being the unsettled paranoid figure, Makenna Guyler being the one that can be led astray and finally Jordan McFarlane being the reluctant fighter.

StoryThe story here follows three campers that find themselves needing to join forces with a stranger in the forest after an alien invasion comes to the area, with them needing to figure out how to survive. This is an interesting look at an alien invasion, one that we might well have seen before, with people using the isolation location of a forest to escape the bigger attack location. This is a story that is diving into a bigger idea behind the invasion, which is interesting, one that will make us want to see more from this world created, looking to go in a direction that will make us think more than anything else. How the human figures start to fall apart, will show us just how the difficult getting along can become affected with tensions rising.

ThemesWhite Sky is a sci-fi thriller that will take us into a world where an alien invasion has happened, transforming humans into deadly altered figures, which will give the zombie feel to everything. The location in the forest, will give us a chance to see what would be considered a smarter starting location during an attack. The effects are used for the extra part of the film, the highlight as to what might be happening if a character gets too close to an altered figure.

Final Thoughts White Sky is a sci-fi film that is offering something fresh in what might be happening in an alien invasion.

White Sky is available on October 19 on VOD – all streaming & cable platforms in the US & Canada

ABC Film Challenge – Horror – M – Matriarch (2018) Movie Review

Director: Scott Vickers

Writer: Scott Vickers (Screenplay)

Starring: Charlie Blackwood, Julie Hannan, Scott Vickers, Alan Cuthbert, Briony Monroe, Theron Ferguson

Plot: An expecting Mother (Rachel) and husband (Matt) crash their car in the countryside and are offered shelter by a farmer and his wife. Rachel soon realizes the farmer’s children are in fact stolen. Just as they try to escape from the farm Rachel goes into labor…..

Tagline – She Wants The Life You Give

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Matriarch starts when Rachel (Blackwood) and Matt (Vickers) are on a journey when they are involved in an accident, a heavily pregnant Rachel does need to return home, the couple find a small farm where Agnes (Hannan), Bob (Cuthbert) David (Ferguson) and Luke (Murphy) offer them shelter for the night.

When the couple start to believe the family aren’t as welcoming as they first thought, they try to escape, but the family has already set eyes on the baby to add to their family, another boy is their plan from God.

Thoughts on Matriarch

Characters – Rachel is the heavily pregnant woman travelling with her husband when they are involved in an accident, she isn’t comfortable with the farmhouse they find themselves in, she sees her baby taken from her and left to find her own way to fight back to survive. Matt the husband that is left helpless and left for dead by the farmers, he will do anything to protect his wife and baby. Agnes runs the family, she is a God worshiping woman who has complete control over her ‘family’ she is looking to add to it, with Rachel’s baby being her plan. She wants more boys with her two adopted children doing a lot of the dirty work for her. Bob is the partner of Agnes, he tries to keep people away, but will get the job done when it comes to keeping Agnes happy.

PerformancesWhen it comes to the performances, we don’t get the strongest, this is held up with the reaction moments in the film, which always looks more stop start, rather than a natural flow.

StoryThe story follows a married couple expecting their first child, who break down and seek help, only to find the farm they turn to is after something more from them. This does turn into the story idea of people in need of help turning to a remote residence and things not going the way they had planned, needing to escape the terrors within the walls. While the religious side of the story does make for the terror, we never seem to get to the full conviction of everything happening in the farm, we also don’t get as dark as you would have imagined it could in this world, with an ending you can see coming a mile off.

HorrorThe horror is more about the situation Rachel is put in, having her baby taken and trapped in a world where she can’t escape.

SettingsThe film does use the remote farm setting to show how the family are off the grid and could get away with what they have for so long.

Scene of the Movie – The escape.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The attacks don’t always look great.

Final Thoughts Matriarch is an easy watch horror that doesn’t hit the heights of the films in the same subject matter.