Hatching (2022) Movie Review

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Hatching – Movie Review

Director: Hanna Bergholm

Writer: Ilja Rautsi (Screenplay)

Writer: Hanna Bergholm (Story)

Cast

  • Siiri Solalinna
  • Sophia Heikkila
  • Jani Volanen
  • Reino Nordin
  • Oiva Ollila

Plot: A young gymnast, who tries desperately to please her demanding mother, discovers a strange egg. She hides it and keeps it warm, but when it hatches, what emerges shocks them all.

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Hatching starts as young gymnast Tinja (Solalinna) is facing increasing pressure to perform from her Mother (Heikkila). After seeing her mother kill a bird in their home, Tinja discovers an egg in the woodland area surrounding their home. She decides to keep the egg, only to see it grow to a massive size.

When the egg finally hatches, Tinja is left to care for what was inside. As she learns the dangers that have been created from the unknown.

Verdict on Hatching

Characters

Tinja is a young gymnast who has been getting pushed to her limits and has not reached the perfection level her mother expects. She is a lonely girl that doesn’t get to socialise with the other gymnast. Tinja does seem to lack other social skills in her life, as we see how she reacts to the bird in the home. She decides to help hatch the egg left behind and finds herself caring for something she never imagined.

Tinja’s mother is a social media blogger, using her family life to try and capture perfection. This is seen in how she expects Tinja to enter and win competitions. She pushes Tinja past her limits and seems to have the whole world revolving around her.

Tinja’s Father and little brother Matias are in her life, with her Father supportive, from a distance and Matias being the annoying little brother.

Performances

There is only one true star in this movie and that is young actress Siiri Solalinna. She is incredible in the movie, showing the vulnerable state her character was in. We see the striking loneliness coming through, as well as the desperation to achieve success. Sophia Heikkila makes us hate her mother’s character very easily. You can see her selfish side of her and only caring about herself.

Story

The story follows a young gymnast who decides to hatch an egg she finds in the forest after its mother is killed. It soon grows to a massive side, leaving the young girl shocked at what comes out of the egg.

This story is a strange one, as it plays heavily into the pressure a younger sports star can find themselves under. Creating an isolated and lonely environment for a growing child. This pressure seems to create everything else that happens, causing a ripple effect in her life and fighting any of the problems she is facing.

In truth, you could read a lot into this, being part of a breaking family. Ignoring the truth to try and move on with your own life and wanting to create a better version of yourself.

Themes

Hatching is a fantasy horror that follows a young girl hatching an egg and becoming shocked at what she finds inside. The movie gets pushed into horror comedy with certain interactions between Tinja and the creature. With this almost feels like E.T.’s relationship between the two. However, it does go into more horror with the connection. When it comes to the special effects, this is the highlight of the film, as they look amazing.

Final Thoughts Hatching is an odd movie, filled with laughs, shocks and great creature creation.

Death Pursuit (2022) Movie Review

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Death Pursuit – Movie Review

Director: James Clayton

Writer: Cooper Bibaud, Danny Mac (Screenplay)

Writer: James Clayton (Story)

Cast

Plot: After stealing millions in cash from sadistic mob boss Temple’s drug-dealing hideout. A thief finds a stowaway in his getaway car: Temple’s pregnant wife, Mia. Desperate to reclaim his cash and his unborn son. Temple sends out a squad of hit men and bounty hunters to bring in Mia and the thief. Speed, cleverness, and good aim give the duo a brief advantage, but how long will their luck hold out?

Runtime: 1 Hour 21 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Death Pursuit starts as a Thief (Clayton) rips off a sadistic mob boss Temple (Jones). As he looks to escape, he discovers Temple’s pregnant wife Mia (Lecompte) in the trunk of the car. He reluctantly agrees to help Mia find safety.

As the pair goes on the run, Temple places a bounty on his head of the Thief. He must use his skills to escape the different situations the pair find themselves in and escape Temple’s reign of terror.

Verdict on Death Pursuit

Characters

The Thief goes about his business in the shadows, eluding the gangster while completing his robbery. It looks like an easy job, but his getaway will see him needing to take risks. He will have to decide whether to help Mia or not, as he only wants the money and to get out of the country. This will see him needing to show his skills to stay ahead of everyone.

Temple is the sadistic mob boss who is hunting down his wife. He pushes his team to complete the job at hand, even if it means a suicide mission. Temple is relentless in how he goes about business.

Mia is Temple’s wife, she is pregnant and trying to escape from him. She has a plan which gets ruined, forcing her to work with the Thief to give her child a new safe life.

The supporting cast is mostly filled with characters trying to hunt down the pair on the run. The Frenchman is the standout of the bounty hunters, getting the most fight sequences.

Performances

James Clayton in the leading role, as the man of little words thief trying to get quick money. He gives the cool, calm collective figure in the film.

Vinnie Jones is the ruthless mob boss who works well. We know he can play this with his eyes closed, it is his strongest style of role.

Lina Lecompte does a good job in her role, standing up to the male figures in the battles they find themselves in.

Janvier Katabarwa is the stand out of the supporting cast, who are a string of different people trying to hunt down the Thief and Mia.

Story

The story follows a thief that gets caught up in the middle of his latest job. Where he will need to make a decision on whether to help a ruthless mob boss’s wife escape or not. This leads to them getting hunted down as they race to safety.

The story will use the race across the open roads to create a timeline of who is ahead of who. Creating the pitstops they must face to recover from the previous battles. This does play out nicely, keeping everything tight, and letting the colourful characters come out of the shadows to get involved.

Themes

Death Pursuit is an action thriller following a thief that goes on the run with a pregnant mob boss’s wife. It will use the sneaky stealth mode for the opening sequences. Though it isn’t afraid to go in all guns a blazing for later fights. The car chases are solid and the fights involving The Frenchman are the highlights.

Where to Watch: Signature Entertainment presents Death Pursuit on Digital Platforms 12th September

Final ThoughtsDeath Pursuit is an entertaining, fast-paced action movie.

Shapeless (2021) Movie Review

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Shapeless – Movie Review

Director: Samantha Aldana

Writer: Bryce Parsons-Twesten (Screenplay)

Writer: Kelly Murtagh (Story)

Cast

  • Kelly Murtagh (The Lovebirds)
  • Bobby Gilchrist
  • Jamie Neumann (21 Bridges)
  • Erika Ashley
  • Gralen Bryant Banks (Queen & Slim)

Plot: Ivy, a struggling singer in New Orleans trapped in the hidden underworld of her eating disorder, must face her addiction – or risk becoming a monster.

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Shapeless starts as we meet struggling singer Ivy (Murtagh) who performs in New Orleans. Ivy keeps to herself, with her own eating disorder controlling her at night. As the stable parts of her life start falling apart, Ivy starts to see herself unravel.

Ivy continues to spiral out of control, taking on her eating disorder battle alone. This will see her needing to fight for what she loves or face losing everything she worked so hard for.

Verdict on Shapeless

Shapeless follows a young woman who is battling an eating disorder in private while trying to make a career as a singer. This is a strange movie, to say the least, it is trying to put focus on the different battles people go through daily. With the massive point, you would barely realize that Ivy would look like she is suffering on the outside.

There is also a point that people do have certain things that keep them stable in life and if they change, it can cause bigger problems.  It tries to make it seem like a monster is taking over, with some graphic body part appearing moments. Giving us a shocking moment along the way.

Kelly Murtagh is brilliant in the leading role. She shows the troubles her character goes through in private, while not showing the weakness in everyday life.

Final Thoughts Shapeless is a strange and disturbing movie.

ABC Film Challenge – 2000s Movies – E – Exorcist: The Beginning (2004) Movie Review

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Director: Renny Harlin

Writer: Alexi Hawley (Screenplay) William Wisher, Caleb Carr (Story)

Starring: Stellan Skarsgard, Izabella Scorupco, James D’Arcy, Remy Sweeney, Julian Wadham

Plot: Years before Father Lankester Merrin helped save Regan MacNeil’s soul, he first encounters the demon Pazuzu in East Africa. This is the tale of Father Merrin’s initial battle with Pazuzu and the rediscovery of his faith.

Runtime: 1 Hour 54 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Exorcist: The Beginning starts when faithless priest Father Merrin (Skarsgard) is recruited to use his specialist skills to help understand the mystery about a buried church found in Africa. Merrin is joined by rookie field priest Father Francis (D’Arcy) and Doctor Sarah (Scorupco) as the three will start seeing the strange series of events around the dig.

As the events intensify, Father Merrin will need to start questioning his own faith, when the events point towards a demon, giving him his first encounter with Pazuzu.

Thoughts on Exorcist: The Beginning

ThoughtsExorcist: The Beginning is the horror prequel to the legendary Exorcist, where we get to see Father Merrin have his first encounter with the demon Pazuzu. The version will dive into Father Merrin’s past, which will give us an insight to why he has lost his faith after making it through World War II, showing how Pazuzu will use the life’s horrors to control his victims, putting them through the traumas they must relive driving them crazy. Where this will fall short of the original is with the overuse of special effects, which does feel like they have been completed into this movie, making for certain comical scenes instead of the horrors it wants to imply. The smartest side of the story comes from seeing the two sides coming hand in hand, with the conflict versus the demon’s appearance, showing for the must darker side of the world whether it is religion or human nature. Stellan Skarsgard is great as Father Merrin showing the haunted back story behind him. The supporting cast are strong too without getting enough time to shine.

Final Thoughts Exorcist: The Beginning is by the book prequel, never capturing the tension the original had.