Wolves of War (2022) Movie Review

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Wolves of War – Movie Review

Director: Giles Alderson

Writer: Toby Kearton, Samuel Christopher Ellis, Ben Mole (Screenplay)

Cast

Plot: At the end of WWII, a tough British officer leads a band of Allied commandos into enemy territory in Bavaria on one last impossible mission to extract an American held hostage by the Nazis.

Runtime: 1 Hour 27 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Wolves of War starts as Captain Norwood (Willis) leads a group of soldiers, Jack (Westwick), and Deegan (Gittins) behind enemy lines. The mission is to locate a missing American Professor Hopper (Graves) who has been captured by the Nazis.

As the English start their mission, they find themselves coming up against the larger army, seeing them overcome the odds to save the scientist. They must still find a way out of the country, the next challenge the soldiers must face.

Verdict on Wolves of War

Characters

Jack Wallace is a soldier that is in the war to make sure his daughter has a future. He wants to help the families that might be in trouble, which sees him clash with orders to do the right thing. His decisions help Norwood complete the missions.

Captain Norwood is the man running the missions, he is left to make the difficult decisions along the way. He looks to do the right thing to save the people involved and keep his men safe.

Deegan is the sniper in the team. He keeps his distance from close combat because he is the best shot in the team. This is similar to most of the supporting cast, not many get used to moving forward with anything going on.

Performances

Ed Westwick does well in the leading role of the film. He gives his character the heart of anyone involved in the movie. Matt Willis in his first acting role does well keeping his character by the rulebook. The supporting cast does well in the film too, without anyone standout.

Story

The story follows a small group of British soldiers needing to go behind enemy lines for a top-secret mission. This will see them needing to solve the problems they are facing to make this happen.

When it comes to war missions, we are used to seeing a small number needing to overcome a large number to complete the mission. We have seen many stories like this before, which get to tell heroic stories that many people never heard about. This does tell an important story, but it never manages to get as intense as it should be.

Themes

Wolves of War is an action war movie that sees a small unit looking to complete an operation. The movie will use small country homes for locations, which never feels like it is dangerous for anyone involved. The gun fights feel tame for what they were, with some bad reactions to being shot along the way.

Where to Watch: Signature Entertainment presents Wolves of War on Digital Platforms on 12th September and DVD on 19th September

Final ThoughtsWolves of War is an easy-to-watch war movie, that doesn’t feel that intense.

The Twin – Home Release News

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The Twin arriving on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital 3 October 2022 from Acorn Media International.

Prepare for double the trouble as we come face to face with The Twin – a disturbing and terrifying psychological horror from Finnish director Taneli Mustonen (Lake Bodom, Reunion). Midsommar and Hereditary fans will be thrilled with this unflinchingly eerie and spine-chilling Shudder Original, arriving on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital 3 October 2022 from Acorn Media International.

In the aftermath of a tragic accident that saw their son killed, Rachel (Teresa Palmer – A Discovery of Witches, Lights Out, Hacksaw Ridges) and Anthony (Steven Cree – Maleficent, Outlander, Brave) decide to move to the other side of the world to focus on their surviving twin son, Elliot (Tristan Ruggeri – The Witcher).

What begins as a time to heal in the isolated Scandinavian countryside turns into a desperate battle for the very soul of their child. When an entity claiming to be his dead brother possesses Elliot, Rachel must embark on a deadly and disturbing journey to unravel the horrible truth about the twin. Forced to confront the unbearable truth, Rachel’s nightmare is only just beginning… 

This horror promises twists and turns galore and sinister shocks aplenty that will keep viewers guessing until the very end.

Dare you meet The Twin in this highly atmospheric and unrelentingly tense thriller?

ABC Film Challenge – 00s Movies – H – The Hole (2001) Movie Review

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The Hole – Overly Complicated View on the Upper Class

Director: Nick Hamm

Writer: Ben Court, Caroline Ip (Screenplay) Guy Burt (Novel)

Starring: Thora Birch, Desmond Harrington, Daniel Brocklebank, Laurence Fox, Kiera Knightley, Embeth Davidtz

Plot: Four teenagers at a British private school secretly uncover and explore the depths of a sealed underground hole created decades ago as a possible bomb shelter.


Tagline – An exclusive invitation. An excuse to party. But deep in the darkness lie their worst fears. The truth will be buried unless they survive…the hole.

Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Hole starts when Liz (Birch) has escaped after being missing with three other boarding school friends Mike (Harrington), Geoff (Fox) and Frankie (Knightley). Liz is recounting the events to Dr Philippa Horwood (Davidtz), as we learn she is the outsider at the school, who has a crush on Mike, with her best friend Martin (Brocklebank) arranging for the four to skip a field trip to have a weekend in a bunker on the school grounds.

When nobody returns after the three day arrangement, the four friends are left to try and figure out how to escape, showing the darker side of the natures, while Martin has his own story of the events, leaving everything caught up in the middle of not knowing the truth.

Thoughts on The Hole

Characters & Performances – Liz looks like the lone survivor of a secret three day trip away from the boarding school, she is traumatised about what happened, with her calculated story putting everything on Martin, as her plan was to get closer to her crush Mike, even if she is the outsider of the school in her own eyes, turning to the popular Frankie for help, outside of her story, she is seen as the popular one that planned the whole event, which will keep us guessing to which version of her is the real one. Thora Birch does make this character feel more complex with her performance. Mike is the son of a rock star, which makes him the heartthrob of the school, most of the girls have changed their image for a chance with him, with Liz setting her sights on him. Desmond Harrington does play into the bad boy image this character requires well through the film. Frankie is the popular girl at the school, she clicks her fingers and makes things happen, she is mixed in her position through different stories, one showing her the all powerful user, the other showing her to be the best friend. Keira Knightley does everything well in this role, even if she was too young to be doing some of the things her character goes through.

StoryThe Hole follows four friends that look to have a party away from the boarding school, which ends up going terribly wrong when only one survivor the events of extended time in the bunker. This is a story that jumps between stories, without making any as clear as they need to, we have the victim story, the set-up story, the twisted truth and the reality of the events, each one changes our perspectives of the characters involved through the film. This is the design I get, but seeing these what are meant to be around 15-year-olds acting like this, doesn’t come off as believable as it wants too and shows us just how terrible the upper class can be.

ThemesThe Hole uses the idea of extended isolation to turn the story on its head, showing us just how far someone will go to get what they want, showing us just how desperate to fit in and standout some can get. We know from the opening one survives, which only leads to us going through different stories, to pick up little hints of what really happened, nobody seems to be lying, just spinning the truth. The singular location does make things very interesting to se unfold through the film too, though we could have had a little bit more exploring, as it is heavily hinted this is just an escape hatch, not the only entrance.

Final Thoughts The Hole is a thriller that does seem to have become dated, with an overly complicated story going on through it.



Father Earth – Release News

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FATHER EARTH, the new feature film from Graham Fellows. is set to tour the UK Autumn 2022.

Iconic Filmmaker and Comedian Graham Fellows has followed his two previous indie features, It’s Nice Up North and Southern Softies, with his most personal film yet. FATHER EARTH is the touchingly quirky true story of one man’s efforts to save his world, whilst attempting to save the planet.

Can Graham, armed with a G Wiz electric car, successfully convert a derelict church on a windswept island in Orkney into an eco-friendly recording studio? Or will life and relationships, particularly those between fathers and sons, get in the way? And where does John Shuttleworth fit in to all this?

This 83 minute documentary will be touring cinema and arts venues around the UK from September through to December 2022 and each screening will be followed by a Q&A with Graham, who will reveal, amongst other things, why the film was 12 years in the making.

FATHER EARTH stars Graham Fellows as himself, and his comic alter ego John Shuttleworth – with guest appearances by Kids’ TV legends Sooty and Sweep and Graham’s eccentric and mathematically driven father Derek. Filmed mainly in the Orkney Isles, this is Fellows’ first movie project since Southern Softies in 2008, which was the sequel to It’s Nice Up North’ (2005) a collaboration with renowned photographer Martin Parr and described by The Telegraph as ‘A bit of a shambles, frankly, and utterly inspired’. Both films were distributed by Picture House and screened on Sky Arts TV.

FATHER EARTH is a Northern Pictures and Chic Ken Production, directed and edited by Graham Fellows. It stars Graham Fellows, Derek Fellows, Kevin Baldwin and George Fellows, with special guest appearances from John Shuttleworth, Richard Cadell and Sooty & Sweep. Camera: David Kew, Geraldine Geraghty, Matt Holt. Produced by Graham Fellows and Richard Bucknall.

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Broken Hearted (2019) Movie Review

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Broken Hearted – Movie Review

Director: Joseph Ammendolea

Writer: Joseph Ammendolea (Screenplay)

Cast

  • Chris Matteis
  • Irene Jean Santos
  • Jason Wieder
  • Jennifer Cove
  • Tyler Godden

Plot: Brian is a PhD candidate who thinks he has his life figured out until he meets Michelle who is coming out of a recently toxic relationship. Both their worlds are flipped upside down while they try to navigate their feelings for one another. A drama comprised of a soundtrack from the most talented independently produced music artists.

Runtime: 1 Hour 46 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Broken Hearted starts when Brian (Matteis) has a chance encounter with Michelle (Santos) while out with friends. However, Michelle is engaged but doesn’t reveal the relationship is toxic. As life roles by Michelle ends up in a break with her fiancée and Brian is looking for some friendship.

The longer the pair hang out, the closer they become, despite being resistant to getting involved in a relationship. Brian and Michelle continue to spend more time together, which sees them trying to understand their feelings for each, as their lives are changing.

Verdict on Broken Hearted

Characters

Brian is a PhD candidate who has planned his life out, but he can find himself lost in life. He meets Michelle and finds someone unlike anybody else in life. Brian believes he can win her heart despite finding himself caught up in the aftermath of a former relationship Michelle was in.

Michelle has come out of a complicated relationship with Tommy. She agrees to hang out with Brian, which sees the pair spending a lot of time together. Michelle is clear she doesn’t want a relationship, despite spending more and more time with Brian.

In the supporting characters, we have Brian’s family who want to help him through this strange relationship, along with his friends.

Performances

Chris Matties and Irene Jean Santos are our leads in the film. They both do a great job with their characters that don’t follow the traditional romance lines that we have seen for years now. Chirs shows the frustrations of his character, while Irene shows how conflicted she has become. The supporting cast do bring impact moments to the film, as well as a few laughs to lighten the mood of the film.

Story

The story follows a young man who has planned his life out and meets a stranger that he believes he has fallen in love with. As the two start an unusual relationship, she makes it clear it isn’t ever going to be serious, while he is convinced he can make it serious.

This story could easily be compared to ‘500 Days of Summer’ with the idea that two people with different ideas of love come together in a relationship. The story makes it clear that it is never going to be more than friendship. It is easy to see why Brian struggles with this, with how close they get. Deep down, this is about seeing how love can be strange and not everything is what it seems on the surface.

Themes

Broken Hearted is a romantic drama which shows how love can happen at strange times in life. It explores how people have different visions of what love is. The movie uses everyday locations to show how the lives can come together for the characters. There is a much bigger discussion about romance and how people see it differently and not everything is as perfect as you might want it to be.

Where to Watch: Broken Hearted is available on Amazon Prime Video.

Final Thoughts Broken Hearted is a reflective story about understanding love.