Darlin’s (2019) Movie Review

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Director: Pollyanna McIntosh

Writer: Pollyanna McIntosh (Screenplay) Jack Ketchum, Lucky McKee (Characters)

Starring: Lauryn Canny, Cooper Andrews, Bryan Batt, Lauren Ashley Carter, Pollyanna McIntosh, Nora-Jane Noone

Plot: Found at a Catholic hospital filthy and ferocious, feral teenager Darlin’ is whisked off to a care home run by The Bishop and his obedient nuns, where she’s to be rehabilitated into a “good girl” as an example of the miraculous work of the Church. But Darlin’ holds a secret darker than the “sins” she is threatened with, and she is not traveling alone. The Woman who raised her, equally fierce and feral, is ever present in the shadows of Darlin’s psyche and is determined to come for her no matter who tries to get in her way.


Tagline – Don’t Mess with Mother’s Nature.

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Darlin’ starts when the feral teenager Darlin (Canny) ends up in a hospital, where kind nurse Tony (Andrews) is the only person who can get through to her, with the local church care home run by The Bishop (Batt) offers to take her in.

AS Darlin starts to get reformed back into society, her Sister (McIntosh) goes in search of her, leaving bodies in her path to save her daughter from this world that made her suffer so much before.

Thoughts on Darlin’

ThoughtsDarlin’ is a horror thriller and the third instalment in the franchise, following on from The Woman. This version of the story will take a very different approach, moving away from the torture placed upon the woman in the last film, focusing more on the religious motivation being thrown towards a younger member of the group who is being put back into society in different way. Everything we follow on the religious side of the rehabilitation comes off on a disturbing level, as we learn what the Bishop character has planned, but this is taken away from following the original Woman searching for Darlin’, with most of the scenes being random attacks to have violent side of her shown, rather than the calmer side Darlin’ could be living. The performances in the film are strong through with Lauryn Canny taking the Darlin’s role and showing us every side of the transformation, she is going through.

Final Thoughts Darlin’ is a disturbing movie, on a different level to the torture filled fellow films in the franchise.

Queen’s Messenger (2001) Movie Review

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Queen’s Messenger – ABC Film Challenge – 00s Movies – Q – Queen’s Messenger – Movie Review

Director: Mark Roper

Writer: Peter Jobin, Harry Alan Towers (Screenplay)

Cast

  • Gary Daniels (Bring Him Back Dead)
  • Trie Donovan
  • John Standing
  • David Westhead
  • Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds)

Plot: By order of Her Majesty’s Foreign Office, Captain Strong (Gary Daniels) is given a dangerous assignment to deliver a delicate communication to the British Ambassador in Kazakhstan. As the senior officer for the elite Queen’s Messenger corps, Captain Strong must pledge to protect his diplomatic cargo with his life.

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Queen’s Messenger starts when Captain Anthony Strong (Daniels) is assigned to help in Kazakhstan. He must protect a delicate and goes on to meet locally assigned reporter Alexi Jones (Donovan).

When Ben Samm (Waltz) plans his own revolution of the country, he wants to use Captain Strong to regain control. Strong is the only one who can stop him from destroying the lives of millions.

Verdict on Queen’s Messenger

Queen’s Messenger is an action thriller that feels it has come straight from the early 2000s. it hasn’t aged very well at all, maintaining the low-budget side to everything we see. The basic idea of one man fighting back against an army works well enough for the film.

Seeing an early Christoph Waltz role is funny to see, as he is all the villainous side we would expect. Everything about this movie points to a simple late-night movie, one that would kill the time and not much else.

Final ThoughtsQueen’s Messenger is a complete late-night action movie.

Becoming Abi – Coming to Netflix

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Bolu Essien’s Becoming Abi is coming to Netflix on October 28th 2022

Inspired by true life events, “Becoming Abi” is loosely based on Bolu’s experiences while working in an advertising agency. “Becoming Abi” follows the journey of a young millennial who goes and grows through many daunting challenges while working in one of Nigeria’s leading Advertising agencies. This intriguing six-part Dramedy series shows how a seemingly young “Abi” navigates her new workplace – co-existing with her new bosses, exploring friendship, love triangles, and faith, in a fun, quirky, and relatable way.