The Desperate Hour (2021) Movie Review


The Desperate Hour is a solid real-time thriller.

Director: Phillip Noyce

Writer: Chris Sparling (Screenplay)

Starring: Naomi Watts, Colton Gobbo, Andrew Chown, Sierra Maltby, Michelle Johnston

Plot: A mother desperately races against time to save her child as authorities place her small town on lockdown.

Runtime: 1 Hour 24 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Desperate Hour starts as Amy (Watts) the widowed mother of Noah (Gobbo) and Emily (Maltby). Looks to take a day off on the anniversary of her husband’s death, taking the time for a jog for the local woodland.

As she is on the jog, she starts getting alarming calls of a shooting at her son’s school. Stranded away from everyone, she is desperate to get to where the victims are heading. She only learns about what is happening through updates on her phone.

Thoughts on The Desperate Hour

The Desperate Hour is a thriller showing the desperation a mother finds herself in after a school shooting starts in one of her child’s schools. It will keep us with the mother where Naomi Watts will be carrying the film. With her up and down reactions through the events of the film. Some of the decisions Amy makes are strange and dangerous, no matter what she is trying to do. It comes off as panic, which would be the natural reaction.

The story tries to throw us a couple of twists along the way about who the suspect will be. Which does make the emotions Amy goes through even more intense. The real time clock ticking away make it feel like a living news report for Amy to go through. Putting her in an everyday situation of a jog, without an easy way to get to the school. Helps with the locations and helplessness she is going through in the journey for answers.

Batman: Return on the Caped Crusaders (2016) Movie Review


ABC Film Challenge – Animation – B – Batman: Return on the Caped Crusaders (2016)

Director: Rick Morales

Writer: Michael Jelenic, James Tucker (Screenplay) William Dozier, Lorenzo Semple Jr, Bob Kane, Bill Finger (Characters)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar, Jeff Bergman, Sirena Irwin, Thomas Lennon

Plot: Batman and Robin of the 1960s live action series are back in action to take down their fiendish foes united once more against them.

Tagline – The crusade continues.

Runtime: 1 Hour 18 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Disappointing

Story: Batman: Return of the Caped Crusader starts as Bruce and Dick are looking to have a quiet night in. When the choice of television sees Joker, Penguin, Riddler and Catwoman taking over the show. Leading to the pair to become Batman and Robin to fight back against the villains of Gotham.

Batman and Robin chase the villains to places they never imagined in their quest to save the day from their evil plan.

Thoughts on Batman Return of the Caped Crusader

Characters – Batman and Robin are the unique team that have a father, son relationship. Which helps them work together in the fight against crime, they will always have the resources to escape any problems that come their way. Catwoman, Joker, Penguin and Riddler are one force now. They are planning to have their own prize if they can get their plan to work. Just the basics of the characters we know from the Adam West era of Batman shows.

StoryThe story follows four of Gotham most famous villains as the unite to take their evil plan out of this world. With only Batman and Robin to stop them. This is meant to be form of respect to the old school Adam West era of Batman. Cheesier than we are used to in the more modern serious take. Which just ends up making everything come off flat with how the story unfolds. We have too many of the famous villains that don’t get to hit the high notes of the characters.

Action/CrimeThe action is basic comic book material, it just never feels as strong as it should do, with the typical crime actions of the villains we know.

SettingsThe film uses the settings you would expect to see for the era we once knew, the over the top bases needed for the villains.

AnimationThe animation standard is strong through the film, it does feel like the same style of television, but it works for this film.

Scene of the Movie – Anti Gravity.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Just too much that doesn’t click.

Final Thoughts This is a poor animated comic book film that just doesn’t hit the heights of the fellow ones we have seen more recently.

Overall: Bland.