Minor Premise (2020) Movie Review

Director: Eric Schultz

Writer: Eric Schultz, Justin Moretto, Thomas Torrey (Screenplay)

Starring: Sathya Sridharan, Paton Ashbrook, Dana Ashbrook, Purva Bedi, Alex Breaux

Plot: Attempting to surpass his father’s legacy, a reclusive neuroscientist becomes entangled in his own experiment, pitting ten fragments of his consciousness against each other.

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Minor Premise starts as Ethan (Sridharan) has started to continue his father’s research into neurological behaviour, one which is looking to imprint memories for everyone to relive, with the person getting a chance to experience the memories again.

As the experiment continues, Ethan find himself questions his every movement in life, with Alli (Paton Ashbrook) being the one who is watching over the changes in his life, as he looks to get to the bottom of the truth on whether everything works or has he just made it all up.

Thoughts on Minor Premise

Characters – Ethan is the scientist that is trying to follow in his father’s footsteps with his work trying to build on what was once proposed, he does start to see results, but they come at a cost for him as he starts to get caught up in what is real and what is reality. Alli is the partner who is helping Ethan maintain control on reality, being the only one who truly knows what is going on with the experiment, rather than knowing how Ethan is feeling through the process.

PerformancesSathya Sridharan in the leading role does a great job, showing how he is always feeling uneasy with what is happening, never confident in who he really is. Paton Ashbrook brings the grounded character to life, as the two work well showing the different mindsets they are going through during the film.

StoryThe story here follows a scientist looking to experiment on himself, which will see him needing to go through a process that will test his own version of sanity, needing to be grounded to learn the truth. This is a clever idea for a story, which will leave us wondering what will happen next, with the way that Ethan is experiencing different moments during the procedure. This is a story that isn’t going to go down the simple path, instead getting into the deeper concepts behind everything that is happening within the process, though the pace could be seen as slow if you are looking for an all action assault on the area.

Sci-FiThe sci-fi side of the film comes to us through the mindset of what is going on with Ethan and how he needs to unlock the truth in a science we are not aware of.

SettingsMost of the film is set in the singular locations, the lab where the experiment is happening, it keeps everything contained for the best results.

Final Thoughts Minor Premise is a thinking sci-fi film that will keep us guessing to the truth behind the reality of what is going on.

The Blackout: Invasion Earth (2019) Movie Review

Director: Egor Baranov, Nathalia Hencker

Writer: Ilya Kulikov (Screenplay)

Starring: Aleksey Chadov, Pyotr Fyodorov, Svetlana Ivanova, Lukerya Ilyashenko, Kseniya Kutepova

Plot: Life on Earth is rapidly destroyed except for a small area in Eastern Europe.

Runtime: 2 Hours 7 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Blackout: Invasion Earth starts in the near future when a sudden blackout over the major cities occurs, the people die and the communication between the countries is gone. The Russian military is looking to investigate what is happening to their country within the blackout sites, Oleg (Chadov) leads his unit with Yuriy (Fyodorov) and a camera crew Olga (Ivanova) to learn what is happening in the blackout spots, after previous crews when missing, with one soldier having a deeper connection to what happened, with a warning from an unknown figure.

Thoughts on The Blackout: Invasion Earth

Characters – Oleg is one of the soldiers that gets bought in to fight against the unknown enemy, he gets injured but it always going to be fighting for his men and stop the enemy coming to cause a major threat on everyone in the world. Olga is the press member who is recording the footage of the missions, she will get up close and personal looking for the truth, bringing a more human approach to everything going on. Alyona is the medical soldier that Oleg met before the incident and now needs help from during the attack. We do meet the military officers having to make the big decisions along with the visitors as we learn what they want from Earth.

PerformancesThe performances in the film are strong through the film, we get the military characters, the human factors and the mysterious visitors that will each offer up a different position for the actors to bring to life.

StoryThe story here follows a group of soldiers that need to learn the effects of a mysterious alien attack, which will see them facing a new enemy, with a bigger reason for their visit. This story is very big, it will take focus on the unknown, while borrowing from other massive sci-fi movies with the use a visitor that has been bought to bring a bigger reality to the world. The unknown is what makes the story stand out, where the military is doing all they can to survive knowing they are looking to save their loved ones from something that they can’t defend against. We will be get left with a bigger issue by the end of the film, dealing with moral questions about what to do next.

Action/Sci-FiThe action is massive with the military fights along with the massive horde like attacks, which will have the sci-fi invasion elements about them.

SettingsThe film uses a lot of the aftermath of attacks to show the destroyed cities for the action sequences.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film are strong, showing us just how the alien figure will stand out and look different in the world, even giving a shocking reveal.

Scene of the Movie – The rooftop encounter.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Some of the military unit side of things does seem like filled compared to the bigger picture going on.

Final Thoughts The Blackout: Invasion Earth is an ambitiously big sci-fi that has big action and big moral questions going on throughout.


Chronical: 2067 (2020) Movie Review

Director: Seth Larney

Writer: Seth Larney (Screenplay)

Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ryan Kwanten, Sana’a Shaik, Deborah Mailman, Aaron Glenane

Plot: One man’s journey to the future to save a dying world.

Runtime: 1 Hour 54 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Chronical: 2067 starts as we enter a world where all plant life has died, the oxygen levels on Earth are produced, seeing millions die and the communities fighting over the final supplies, Ethan Whyte (Smit-McPhee) is one of the employees trying to maintain the oxygen supply, while caring for his sick wife Xanthe (Shaik).

When the company reveals to Ethan their secret plan to travel in time to find a cure, Ethan is conflicted on what to do, knowing he could save millions with his sacrifice on what could well be a one way mission.

Thoughts on Chronical 2067

Characters – Ethan Whyte has been working for the company which produce the oxygen needed to survive, he is doing everything to support his sick wife, until he is given a chance to travel through time to learn of a cure from the future that could save the present and answer his personal questions about what happened to his father. Jude is the friend that finds himself trying to protect Ethan in the future like he has always done in his life.

PerformancesKodi Smit-McPhee in the leading role must do a large amount of the work with his character dealing with the most through the film. Ryan Kwanten adds the important supporting role well in the film.

StoryThe story here follows one man in the future that is given a chance to travel in time to find a cure that could save humanity from a world without a natural oxygen source, something his father was involved in creating. This is a very interesting story because it gets to see how climate change could see mankind struggling to survive. Only the story does seem to add a big mystery about what has happened in this future, which instead of playing into the bigger picture, it doesn’t help with the big problem they are trying to solve. How the plan is put in place though is great to see, braver than we would have expected too.

Sci-FiThe film uses the future world with little hope, which is filled with darkness which turns to time travel to solve the problems, which doesn’t always go through the most intense side of things.

SettingsThe sci-fi side of the film uses the dystopian world of a bleak future and the open world that could hold the answers.

Scene of the Movie – The landing.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The over the top discussions about what might have happened.

Final Thoughts Chronical: 2067 brings us a climate change warning movie that offers an interesting concept to survive.

Signature Entertainment presents Chronical: 2067 on DVD and Digital HD 7th December

Jiu Jitsu (2020) Movie Review

Director: Dimitri Logothetis

Writer: Dimitri Logothetis, Jim McGrath (Screenplay)

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Marie Avgeropoulos, Frank Grillo, Tony Jaa, Ricky Yune, JuJu Chan, Alain Moussi

Plot: The future hangs in the balance as a being from another world returns to Earth to face off against the best warriors the human race has to offer. From special ops soldiers to the best martial arts experts, an epic battle for survival will place humanity on the brink of extinction.

Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Jiu Jitsu starts when Jake (Moussi) is found injured in Burma, taking to a local military facility, Myra (Avgeropoulos) looks to help him unlock him memory. When Kueng (Jaa) helps break Jake out, he returns him to a unit run by Harrigan (Grillo) who wants answers, showing the unit being a group of elite soldiers, that will eliminate anyone in their way.

When Jake starts trying to put more of the answers together, he is visited by Wylie (Cage) who teaches him about a mysterious visitor that is looking for a fight, with answers about the fighting technique of Jiu jitsu.

Thoughts on Jiu Jitsu

Characters – Jake is the soldier that has lost his memory, he is left in a condition that needs to recover, but he has people searching for him, soldiers, fighters and a mysterious visitor, he needs to remember before he gets into conflict where he can handle himself with ease. Myra is the US soldier that is trying to help Jake learn the truth, being the only one of the base that will give him the time of day to learn instead of making him out to be an enemy. Wylie will help Jake remember the truth, show him who he is and what the battle will mean against the visitor, reminding him how important this is. Harrigan leads the field side of the unit that Jake was once part of, he expects him to pick it up and return to the conflict they were preparing for. Kueng is the one that rescues Jake to return him to the unit, he is the fastest and most skilled member of the unit, outside of Jake.

PerformancesAlain Moussi in the leading role continues to shine in the conflict heavy positions, building on his more serious side of his performances too, Nicolas Cage is always a joy to watch, this is no different, even if he doesn’t reach the full clown crazy we know off. Frank Grillo is strong in the supporting role, with Tony Jaa bring even more action to the film, stealing most fight sequences. Juju Chan bring yet another fighting style to the film, which will give us everything we need, to show different styles coming to life.

StoryThe story here follows a soldier that has lost his memory, as he looks to prepare to fight against a visitor looking for a fight of honour, which will help give him his memory back. This is a story that does a clever mix between the soldier who has lost his identity and Predator, giving us a reason for the fight to happen, that isn’t just a hunting, with it being more of a fight for honour between the galaxy. This does seem to have plenty going on, which will use the idea of a comic book to build a world that we could see even more from.

Action/Sci-FiThe action uses the single take idea, with Kueng’s introduction playing out following the action instead of cutting between the blows, along with the unique first person prospective Jake has, which easily swaps between a camera on him, to seeing him involved, transitioning between the two.

SettingsThe film is set in Burma, which will show us how America could have mission in smaller nations, along with playing into a cultural temple that is where the fight needs to take place.

Special EffectsWhen it comes to the effects, we are looking at the visitor, Brax that is a mix of Predator, with the costume that requires CGI and the weapons that can play into it, even if a lot of the combat is in your face battles.

Scene of the Movie – Brax versus Wylie.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Blink at you miss it death.

Final Thoughts Jiu Jitsu is an entertaining action sci-fi movie with a great cast, that does feel like a Predator movie we have been waiting for.

Signature Entertainment presents Jiu Jitsu on Digital HD 21st December and Blu-ray & DVD 4th January

The Facility (2019) Movie Review

Director: Matt Mitchell

Writer: Matt Mitchell (Screenplay)

Starring: Sarine Sofair, Harriet Madeley, Adrian Edmondson, Sally Phillips, Omar Rose, Kevin Leslie, Michael Fatogun, Sophie Miller

Plot: A group of young urban explorers and a private military unit could become the final pieces in a 60-year plan to reopen a door that should have stayed closed. But what they unleashed could almost tear our world apart.

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Facility starts as five urban explorers Grace (Madeley), Becca (Burton), Steve (Leslie), Adam (Bronzy) and Maddie (Miller) break into an abandoned military facility, where they start to find unusual objects and goings on within the walls. Sgt Davies (Fatogun) is assigned to put his team together to get the explorers out at any cost by the mysterious Suited Woman (Philips).

With two teams in the facility, the evil inside is now ready to feed, but it will need to be stopped before it is unleashed on the Earth.

Thoughts on The Facility

Characters – Grace leads the urban explorers, the group does fall into the generic figures, but to bring us urban explorers, you would feel like there would be more professionalism or back stories to the previous explorations they would have been on, which would have made them more understand or used to the conditions before the haunting side of the journey. Davies leads the military unit that just wants the job done, his unit safe and answers before going into a place filled with danger.

PerformancesThe performances are not the strongest, but they are far from bad, certain lines might not be delivered in the most convincing method, but then this does end up playing more into the bigger picture going on.

StoryThe story here follows a group of urban explorers and a military unit that both find themselves trapped in a mysterious military facility which is filled with unexplainable events. The Facility it a sequel to The Rizen and makes a big jump in time to the modern time, which shows us how the spirits are still haunting the facility trying to possess a new generation a soldiers that could be used to feed the evil. We could have seen or at least learnt more about the urban explorers before entering, is this there first one, have they been doing this for years etc, something Grave Encounters made clear for extra horror effect. If you haven’t seen the original, a lot of this will seem strange and not add up on the same level, but the memories of the original, make things add up more. There is a lot going on through this story, which might see little moments missed, but the ambition behind the world creating is something that needs to be praised.

Action/Horror/Sci-FiThe action isn’t as big as it would like to be, with a lot being just shooting into blank spaces, with the horror coming from the darkness and the visions seen around the facility, with the sci-fi side of the film playing into the bigger picture being presented.

SettingsThe film is mostly set in the facility, filled with darkness and mystery around every single corner.

Special EffectsThe effects are mixed, with the practical looking good, while the CGI moments do stand out more than they should.

Scene of the Movie – Closing the door.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Not learning enough about the urban explorers past experiences.

Final Thoughts The Facility continues to build the world within the walls, giving us a chance to see how big this world could get.