ABC Film Challenge – Adventure – C – Chaos Walking (2021) Movie Rob’s pick

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“Weakness rots from within.” – Aaron

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Nov 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A young man living on a far off planet in the future, surrounded by a society of men living with the ability to hear everyone’s thoughts is confused when a ship crash lands with a sole female survivor.

My Take on it – This is a film that I was curious to see since it stars both Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley.

I knew nothing about it beforehand besides the two main actors.

This is a “quest” film on a far away [planet in the far future.

The film has great special effects that allow the viewer to get an idea of what it must be like to hear everyone’s thoughts around you in a very colorful way.

The problem here is that the story itself feels far too simplistic and unoriginal in all that they do here.

None of the characters are developed on any level and this makes it so much more difficult to try and care about any of them or about what will happen to them along the way.

The story moves along in a very predictable arc which doesn’t help make things any more enjoyably to watch unfold which is a shame since the potential is great here.

The biggest problem here is that very little actually happens along the way which makes it even more boring to try and get through.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – During the first week of filming, Tom Holland broke his nose after getting punched in the face by a stuntman during a fight scene. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

Aquarium of the Dead (2021) Movie Review ‘Typical Low Budget Sci-Fi Movie’

Director: Glenn Miller

Writer: Marc Gottlieb (Screenplay) Michael Varrati (Story)

Starring: Vivica A Fox, Eva Ceja, D.C. Douglas, Erica Duke, Anthony Jensen, Madeleine Falk

Plot: A scientific accident causes sea creatures in an aquarium to become zombies.

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Aquarium of the Dead starts when a struggling aquarium is seeking investment, with Miranda (Ceja) trying to convince the senator Bailey Blackburn (Jensen), when the aquarium sees the latest research turning the sea creatures into zombies.

Miranda must lead her team out alive, while Clu (Fox) looks to solve the problem and Daniel Hanley (Douglas) looks to make sure Skylar (Lee W) remembers his experience for the right reason.

Thoughts on Aquarium of the Dead

ThoughtsAquarium of the Dead brings us another look at the idea of zombies, with them being focused on the sea creatures going outside their normal habitats in search for human blood, with some of the creatures being easy to bat off, like star fish, but other like an octopus being a major threat, going through the vents. We know this is going to be a low budget film, with weak CGI created creatures, which will add to the bonkers side to everything we get to go through during the film, leaving us smiling at the comedy involved, waiting to see what the next creature introduced will be. The location is something different for the zombie worlds, which is the only original thing here, even though this is extremely watchable if you want to just relax and turn your mind off.

Final Thoughts Aquarium of the Dead is an easy to watch low budget sci-fi movie, you know what you are getting going in.

ABC Film Challenge – Adventure – C – The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) Movie Review

Director: Kevin Reynolds

Writer: Jay Wolpert (Screenplay) Alexandre Dumas (Novel)

Starring: Jim Caviezel, Henry Cavill, Guy Pearce, Dagmara Dominczyk, Richard Harris, Michael Wincott, James Frain

Plot: A young man, falsely imprisoned by his jealous “friend”, escapes and uses a hidden treasure to exact his revenge.

Tagline – Prepare for adventure. Count on revenge.

Runtime: 2 Hours 11 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Entertaining Adventure

Story: The Count of Monte Cristo starts as two French soldiers Edmond (Caviezel) and Fernand (Pearce) search for help, only for Edmond accepting a letter from an enemy, his bravery to save his captain see Edmond promoted to captain, with his life with Mercedes (Dominczyk) ready to marry him.

Edmond is however charged with treason with Fernand agreeing with the charges, locked up on a remote prison to rot, until he comes up with a plan to escape and extract his very own revenge on the people that left him there.

Thoughts on The Count of Monte Cristo

Characters – Edmond is the innocent natured soldier who will often get his unit in trouble with his kind-nature finding him convicted of treason, betrayed by his best friend and locked up in a prison with no escape, no visitors and no hope. This changes for him, when he meets a stranger, another prisoner who asks him to help him escape in exchange for an education. Returning home Edmond looks to extract his own revenge on his best friend, one that will take years to achieve. Fernand is the drunken best friend of Edmond who has always waiting for his chance with his partner, he betrays Edmond for his own jealousy living the life Edmond was meant to have. Mercedes is woman Edmond is meant to marry, only after he is locked away, Fernand takes his place.

PerformancesJim Caviezel in the leading role is a joy to watch, showing us the man that was betrayed, an innocent man, before showing us the more vengeful side to his character. Guy Pearce as the seedy figure is great to watch, you just want to see him pay for what he did to Edmond. In the supporting cast, we do get strong performances too, with them letting Caviezel take the centre stage.

StoryThe story here follows one man who is wrongfully imprisoned for years, where he plans his own revenge on the man that sent him to prison, a plan that will take years to execute. This is from the classic novel by Alexander Dumas, which tells the story of how one man could become consumed by his vengeance, as he searches for some reason to continue living, after seeing his own life taken from him. We do get to play into the idea of hope, while greed will also be a major factor in certain decisions that occur through the film. Seeing how everything unfolds showed us just how quickly can be spun on its head for the victims of the world, but the honest people will always remember the important part of life.

Action/AdventureThe action isn’t as heavy as it could be, with a couple of fights being held off for the key moments, when we look at the pure adventure side of everything, we get to see just how important this world will become to everyone involved.

SettingsThe settings look fantastic, showing us just how the world have been created to make us believe we are in the era the film is set in.

Scene of the Movie – The Count’s first party.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Could have seen more of the rise of Fernand.

Final Thoughts This is a hugely enjoyable adventure movie, that shows us just how one man’s revenge can take time to feel the best.

Overall: Entertaining.