The Bay of Silence (2020) Movie Review

Director: Paula van der Oest

Writer: Caroline Goodall (Screenplay) Lisa St Aubin de Teran (Novel)

Starring: Claes Bang, Olga Kurylenko, Brian Cox, Assaad Bouab, Alive Krige

Plot: Will believes his wife Rosalind is innocent of their son’s suspected murder, only to discover the devastating truth behind her past links her to another unsolved crime.

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Bay of Silence starts when Will (Bang) believes he is going to start the perfect life with his wife Rosalind, he twins and a new baby on the way, a new big house and a career moment which could secure his place in the company for years.

After an accident during the late pregnancy Rosalind believes she lost part of a twin, taking her down a dark path, which ends up seeing their baby die, Will must investigate, what really happened to their son and whether Rosalind was behind it.

Thoughts on The Bay of Silence

Characters – Will believes he is about to start the perfect life, his career is thriving, he has married his wife, with a child on the way and a dream home. Things take a turn, when he learns about his wife’s past and when their baby dies, he is left wondering just what to expect to be the truth about what happened to their son. Rosalind is the wife that believes she has lost a baby, she starts to lose control, only for her past to show the effects to what happened to her in the past. Milton is the fixer that has always solved the problems in Rosalind’s life.

PerformancesClaes Bang does show us how a husband would do anything to protect a wife from even the worst crimes, showing us how he is slowly losing his mind about what might have happened or not. Olga Kurylenko shows the changes her character is going through well, with Brian Cox being the highlight of every scene.

StoryThe story here follows a husband that is trying to figure out what caused his wife sudden change, which will see him dive into her past, which brings him a shocking truth, which will explain what happened to their daughter. This story is very busy, with most of the film circling around Will needing to discover what happened, which will give us more details by the end of the film, which does make much more sense to everything we see. We get to deal with very dark subjects, which could cause the changes, while not everything does seem to get to come out from what we are seeing.

ThrillerThe thriller side of this film comes from seeing what is happening, what could have happened and what did happen, we are left guessing to the truth.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to show us why the dream home is only the beginning of a new nightmare for the family, where most of the locations are here to show us what happened in the past.


Scene of the Movie – The truth.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – We do have too much going on with Will that seems to lead him down different routes.

Final Thoughts This is a thriller that will keep you guessing along with leading us to a shocking conclusion.

Signature Entertainment presents The Bay of Silence on DVD & Digital HD 28th September

The Tunnel (2019) Movie Review

Director: Pal Oie

Writer: Kjersti Helen Rasmussen (Screenplay)

Starring: Thorbjorn Harr, Ylva Fuglerud, Lisa Carlehed, Mikkel Bratt Silset, Peter Forde

Plot: When a truck crashes inside a tunnel, people on their way home for Christmas are brutally trapped in a deadly fire. With a blizzard raging outside, and the first responders struggling to get to the accident, it’s every man for himself.

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Tunnel starts on Christmas Eve with a blizzard outside and the Norwegian tunnel system under control, families are looking to get home for Christmas, when a lorry gets involved in an accident inside one of the large tunnel systems, with people trapped inside the smoke fills the tunnels as Stein (Harr) leads the rescue crew, which includes trying to save his own daughter Elise (Fuglerud).

Thoughts on The Tunnel

Characters – Stein is a fire and rescue operator, one that has become distant from his daughter, which is always a strain on their relationship over Christmas, he leads the rescue which starts out like normal, until he learns his daughter is inside the tunnel, where he will risk everything to rescue her. Elise is the distant daughter that is trapped in the tunnel, she uses her own survival skills to try and keep the passengers of the bus alive, this will give her a chance to follow in her father footsteps when it comes to becoming a heroic figure to some. We do meet the rest of the rescue team that are put in the impossible position of not knowing what to do next, other victims that are trapped that need rescuing, which are here to add even more drama to the events of the film.

PerformancesThorbjorn Harr in the leading role shows us the determination to first make up his relationship with his daughter and secondly his strength to fight to save people. Ylva Fuglerud leads the supporting with ease, as the whole cast looks great through the film.

StoryThe story here follows the events of a disaster in a tunnel in Norway, which sees people trapped in the smoke-filled tunnel with a race against time to survive. When it comes to disaster movies, we are used to seeing a big over the top moment, while this one brings us a more realistic idea of what could happen, if an accident happened, it is a slow build that occurs, with the threat being smoke over explosions. This is based on a real event, which does make us wonder just how much was real, or was it just the idea a tunnel got filled with smoke.

ThrillerWe are kept on the edge of our seats through this film, left waiting to see what will happen next.

SettingsThe film keeps the action inside the tunnel, which improves the intensity going on through the film.


Scene of the Movie – The last call.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Certain things characters don’t seem to use common sense.

Final Thoughts This is a great realistic looking disaster film that brings the importance of needing to save a loved one, no matter what it takes.

Signature Entertainment presents The Tunnel on Digital HD 21st September

Paul Walker Weekend – Eight Below (2006)

Director: Frank Marshall

Writer: David DiGilio (Screenplay) Toshiro Ishido, Koreyoshi Kurahara, Tatsui Nogmai, Susumu Saji (original Film)

Starring: Paul Walker, Bruce Greenwood, Moon Bloodgood, Wendy Crewson, Gerald Plunkett, August Schellenberg, Jason Biggs

 

Plot: Brutal cold forces two Antarctic explorers to leave their team of sled dogs behind as they fend for their survival.


Tagline – The Most Amazing Story Of Survival, Friendship, And Adventure Ever Told

Runtime: 2 Hours

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Incredible Survival Story

 

Story: Eight Below starts as we meet our Antarctic research team, with dog handler Jerry Shepard (Walker) who has 8 Siberian Huskies and knows the lay of land, while Charlie Cooper (Biggs) has mapped the land. When scientist Davis McClaren (Greenwood) wants to head towards dangerous territory in the wrong season, Jerry reluctant agrees to take him with the dogs.

When an accident occurs on the expedition, Jerry must get Davis back with a storm breaking out, the team need to evacuate and as the weather continues to turn, the dogs are left behind. Jerry does everything he can to get back with everybody refusing to let him.

 

Thoughts on Eight Below

 

Characters – Jerry Shepard is the dog handler and guide for the Antarctic post, he has a connection with the dogs where he has earnt the respect from them who will do anything to help him, following his instruction, we do get to see his experience as a guide shine through and after saving his guest he learns the dogs were never rescued. He does get filled with guilt and tries everything he can to get back to them believe the worst will happen. Davis is a scientist that is headed to Antarctic in search for meteors, he does push the limits with his last minute changes to the plan, but his determination lets Jerry’s guard down. Katie is the pilot who will take them to and from the research centre, she is known for taking risks and her former relationship with Jerry keeps them close. Charlie Cooper maps the land and gives us the comic relief because of his fear of flying and dogs.

PerformancesPaul Walker was always an actor brave enough to take a role outside of his comfort zone, this is one of those and he shows us that he was an actor that could pull off the serious with one of his best performances of his career. Bruce Greenwood is always an actor that can give us great performances in supporting roles and this is no different, Moon Bloodgood and Jason Biggs complete the main cast and they both known how to hit their roles well. The dogs who performed in the film do require a special mention too as they invest you in their survival story.

StoryThe story here follows a group of Antarctic researchers that must leave the dogs behind when a storm hits early, the story continues to follow their handler try to figure out how to get back to them and we get to see their amazing story of survival during the time away. This is a very loosely based on true story which test us as the audience because there is no way to know what the dogs got up to, away from that minor flaw in the story this is one that dog lovers will understand completely because we would do anything for our dogs, however impossible it might well be. This does have moments which would hard to watch too because of what goes on with the dogs. We could have also seen more of the determination behind wanting to get back even if they were all going to be ‘no’.

Adventure/FamilyThe adventure shows us just how incredible the story the huskies go through, we do have moments from the human side too, but it cuts between because they are pretty safe too. The youngest members of your family might get upset because of certain moments in the film too.

SettingsThe film uses the Antarctic settings wonderfully because it shows us just how difficult of a place it is to one get to and two survive in.


Scene of the Movie –
Max versus the sealion.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The journey home is overly safe with no peril.

Final ThoughtsThis is an incredible story of survival from the dogs that get left behind through a winter season with little hope of survival, while their handler does everything to get back.

 

Overall: Must watch for dog lovers.

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Summerland (2020) Movie Review

Director: Lankyboy

Writer: Chris Ball, Dylan Griffiths, Kurtis David Harder, Noah Kentis (Screenplay)

Starring: Maddie Phillips, Dylan Playfair, Rory J Saper, Noah Grossman, Kyle McCachen

Plot: Summerland is a road trip comedy that follows Bray, a teenager who poses as a girl on an online dating website. He falls for a guy who he believes is in the closet. Bray and his best friend Oliver plan a trip to SUMMERLAND, a music festival to meet him. The only problem? Bray is pretending to be his best friends girlfriend, who ends up coming on the trip with them.

Runtime: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Summerland starts as three friends, Bray (Ball), Oliver (Saper) and Stacey (Phillips) look to have one last road trip to a music festival for the last time before they go their sperate ways after school, Bray has arranged to meet a guy there, Shawn, who believes that Bray is Victoria, or Stacey, while Oliver and Stacey must make the big decision about their relationship and whether they can handle the long distance it will give them.

Thoughts on Summerland

Characters – Bray is a gay teenager, he has struggled to find a relationship and is looking forward to going away to college to let himself discover more, he has tried to start a relationship over a dating site, pretending to be his best friend’s girlfriend and now the adventure is his chance to meet him in person. Oliver is Bray’s best friend, he is about to return to England though, which sees him needing to find the right time to tell Stacey, he is considered more of a flake between the friends, doing silly things which can cause more problems for himself. Stacey is the girlfriend that isn’t sure what will happen next in her life, preparing to start a life with Oliver even if she knows he could be wrong, she is used by Bray to attracted men his way too.

PerformancesThe three leads are a delight to watch, Chris Ball, Rory J Saper and Maddie Phillips are all showing the reality of the difficult decision they are facing in life.

StoryThe story here follows three friends who head across country for a music festival before entry the next stage of their lives after school, where they are looking for love. This is a coming-of-age tale that shows us just how difficult entering adulthood can be, showing how mistakes can leave people broken and how the adventures you have with friends will be memories for life, no matter how many different paths you take together. While most of the adventure is what we would expect to see, it is a journey that will help people define their lives.

ComedyThe comedy in this film comes from seeing how the three’s adventure goes off track in places, usually ending in a moment that will lead them to an extra laugh for the memories.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to show us just where the friends end up going, be it the beauty spots, the big city or the festival, each one will end up giving them a story.


Scene of the Movie – The Waterfall.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Nothing really.

Final Thoughts This is a wonderful coming-of-age story that tells us the importance of making memories, even if you are going in separate directions in life.

I Used to Go Here (2020) Movie Review

Director: Kris Rey

Writer: Kris Rey (Screenplay)

Starring: Gillian Jacobs, Jermaine Clement, Josh Wiggins, Forrest Goodluck, Hannah Marks, Kate Micucci

Plot: Following the launch of her new novel, 35-year-old writer Kate is invited to speak at her alma matter by her former professor. After accepting the invitation, Kate finds herself deeply enmeshed in the lives of a group of college students.

Runtime: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: I Used to Go Here starts as we meet Kate Conklin (Jacobs) who has just released her first novel with her press tour being pulled and her wedding plans falling through, until she gets invited back to her college by her former professor David (Clement) for reading, with a plan for another reason, to offer her a job teaching.

Once in her college town, she starts to enjoy the trip down memory lane wondering where her life went wrong, looking to get things back on track after spending time with a group of college students who want to follow in her footsteps as an author.

Thoughts on I Used to Go Here

Characters – Kate is an author with her first book just getting released, her book tour gets cancelled after her marriage gets called off leaving her alone with her friends married with children on the way. She returns to her college hometown for a reading and spends her time bonding with the students in her old college home, remembering what she was like during her time in college. David is the professor that taught Kate and invited her back, he is delighted to see her succeed and still has his ways with the students. Hugo is one of the students living in the old college house that Kate lived in, he along with the other students offer her company in time in the old town.

PerformancesGillian Jacobs in the leading role is great to watch in the leading role, she makes us understand all the struggles she is going through during the film. The supporting cast fill their roles well through the film, without getting in the way of Jacobs performance.

StoryThe story here follows an author that is struggling with the release of her first novel when she ends up return to her college town to walk down memory lane learning and giving life lessons to people there. This does show us how important not having the biggest expectations in life can take time to learn, once you finish education, you could blink and realize you have missed large parts of life, but you can always snap out of routine to make something more, because people will be there for you. The story does well to help Kate learn about herself, while she can also help the students learn about what will come next in their lives, with a big heart about making the most of life.

Comedy/Romance The comedy in the film does work, it comes with more heart than pure laughs, with the difficult stage of Kate’s life getting more laughs at the way she feels older when looking at the student she remembers fondly, with the romance being more about what was once lost, more than looking for more sparks to fly.

SettingsThe film uses the small town college setting to show how the places we grow up, will be the places we won’t forget in life, each place brings back a memory for Kate.


Scene of the Movie – Tall Brandon special night.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Not enough of the professor, which did include his offer to start the film rolling.

Final Thoughts This is a film filled with a way to look at life in a reflective mood and see what could have been, but most importantly, what could be.

Signature Entertainment presents I Used To Go Here on Digital HD 14th September