#Like (2019) Movie Review ‘Intense Thriller’

#Like – Intense Thriller


Director: Sarah Pirozek

Writer: Sarah Pirozek (Screenplay)

Starring: Marc Menchaca, Sarah Rich, Jeff Wincott, Ramon Nunez, Samantha Nicole Dunn, Dakota Lustick, Liz Meinders

Plot: “Woodstock teen, Rosie, mourning the first anniversary of her younger sister’s death discovers the mysterious man who sexploited and bullied her sister to commit suicide is back on-line trolling for new victims. After the authorities refuse to get involved she finds a darkness she never knew she had when she takes justice into her own hands.”

Tagline – The story of a girl who writes her own ending.

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: #Like starts as we meet Rosie (Rich) who has been in mourning for the last year after her younger sister Amelia (Dunn) committed suicide, Rosie has started to look into her social media posts, where she starts to unfold an online troll that has been holding information of Amelia.

After Rosie starts to learn more about the man behind the trolling her sister, Rosie looks to find the Man (Menchaca) she believes was behind it, in an attempt to get her own revenge for what she believes he did to her sister.

Thoughts on #Like

Characters & Performances – Rosie is the mourning sister that has always been looking for answers to why her sister killed herself, she lives with the pain of not being around when she needed her, deep diving into her personal life, learning about an online troll that looked to ruin her life. She will find herself crossing the line in an attempt to get revenge on the person she believes caused the trolling, leaving her with the battle of what is or isn’t right to cure the pain she is going through. Sarah Rich does an excellent job in this role, where you can see just how much is going through her characters mind. The Man is a local construction worker that Rosie believes is behind everything, he comes off on the shadier side, but there is the element of doubt, as he doesn’t know everything going on. Marc Menchaca will give us a man that you might not trust, but does have an element of innocence about him.

StoryThe story here follows a mourning older sister that decides to start look deeper into her younger sister’s suicide, which will lead to her going down a path she isn’t prepared for, as she searches for answers. This is a story that will dive into the same direction as ‘Hard Candy’ where a young woman is looking to find a way to get revenge for something by taking an older man hostage, demanding answers. This will give us the fine balance about whether people are behind it or not, it won’t give anything away at any point in the film. It is more about the balance about whether things are happening or have happened in the past, more letting us see how Rosie is letting her own mind create what she wants to see in the future.

Themes#Like is a thriller that puts us into a situation where we get to see how somebody believes they should be dealing with a potential online troll, it will balance the line of not having the real evidence to make this a reality or not. The location in the film does create a place where somebody could get away with a form of torture on someone. In what is trying to create extra thrills, we go through the typical interrogation sequences, which will see minor additions to the bigger picture.

#Like will be available on Digital Download from 1st November

Final Thoughts #Like is a thriller that will put you in the position of asking what is on the moral compass.

ABC Film Challenge – Horror – R – Road Games (2015) Movie Review

Director: Abner Pastoll

Writer: Abner Pastoll (Screenplay)

Starring: Andrew Simpson, Josephine de La Baume, Frederic Pierrot, Barbara Crampton, Feodor Atkine, Pierre Boulanger

Plot: The sun drenched days of summer turn dark and ominous for hitchhiking duo Jack and Véronique when they become inexplicably entangled with a mysterious married couple and a local road kill collector in rural France.

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Road Games starts when English hitchhiker Jack (Simpson) runs into French woman Veronique (Baume) with the two looking to travel around France together. The pair find themselves taken in by Grizard (Pierrot) and Mary (Crampton) as they take shelter for the night, but not everything is right about the couple.

As the Jack learns the truth about the couple, he finds himself needing to go in search of Veronique, while alluding the damage they want to inflict on him.

Thoughts on Road Games

Characters – Jack is the English traveller in France, he finds himself trying to hitchhike around the country, where he meets the beautiful Veronique, he is more laid back than she is, just looking to get home, before finding himself fighting for his life. Veronique is the free-spirit that travels to keep herself happy in life, searching for her own happiness, which she finds with Jack, Grizard and Mary are the couple that invite the two for a night out of the elements, while having their own motivation for being so welcoming to visitors.

PerformancesWhen it comes to the performances, we don’t get anything that step up and shine to the level that will make this film feel as intense as it wants to be.

StoryThe story here follows two hitchhikers that finds themselves being targeted by a serial killer in the French countryside in a battle to survive. This is a story that is pretty much by the book, with the only real change being the two hitchhikers not knowing each other first, which does add a minor mystery about everything, if we hadn’t been given everything from the open sequence. In the end the story does feel flatter than it should be, not giving us enough to work on to get behind.

Horror/MysteryThe horror in the film does seem to bounce between maybes, without giving us any of the true shock value we would expect to see here, with the mystery keeping us guessing along the way, waiting for more shocks it does get.

SettingsThe film is set in the French countryside, which does show how away from the characters are from the big world.

Scene of the Movie – The escape.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Jumping between English and French in the same conversation.

Final Thoughts This is a horror mystery that just doesn’t get to hit the levels it wants to, looking for a shock, it never does enough to delivery.