ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – P – Paranormal Investigation (2018)

Director: Franck Phelizon

Writer: Franck Phelizon, Marie Durand (Screenplay)

Starring: Andrei Indreies, Jean-Baptiste Heuet, Pierre Porquet, Jose Atuncar

 

Plot: When a young man becomes possessed after playing a Ouija game,a ghost hunter investigated the evil spirit dwelling within him.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Lifeless Found Footage Film

 

Story: Paranormal Investigation starts when a group of friends play with a Ouija board, one of them Dylan becomes possessed acting strangely, the friends call in paranormal investigator Andrei to try and learn what has taken over their friend.

As the investigation continues, Andrei turns to a priest to perform an exorcism to free Dylan from the soul which has taken over his body.

 

Thoughts on Paranormal Investigation

 

Characters – Andrei is the man leading the investigation, he has worked in the paranormal field before with this latest investigation becoming the toughest of his career to date. Dylan is the man that has become possessed by the evil which has seen him start to act aggressive towards his loved ones.

PerformancesThe performances in the film are hard to judge, mostly because a lot of the film is just behind a camera.

StoryThe story follows a possession case which sees a paranormal investigator trying to get to the bottom of the case. The problems with this story start early because we have seen everything that happens before, we get nothing new and just follow the basics over everything that was done in the Paranormal Activity franchises. This is dull to watch without making us care about either of the main two characters.

HorrorThe horror in this film is slow and ineffective, the final act of the film is the closest we get to anything remotely scary and just lets us feeling let down.

SettingsThe film is set in one house which seems like it is in one location, the house is on a busy street which does work, showing us this could happen to anyone. The problem comes it just feels like we are watching a moody person potential possessed.

Special EffectsThe effects are poor through this film, we could have good moments, only it fails.


Scene of the Movie –
Most of the final act.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Final shot of the final act.

Final ThoughtsThis is just another poor found footage movie that just misses on every level it is trying to get to work.

 

Overall: Boring throughout.

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ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – O – Office (2015)

Director: Won-chan Hong

Writer: Choi Yun-jin (Screenplay)

Starring: Ko Asung, Seong-woo Bae, Eui-sung Kim, Sung-woong Park

 

Plot: The investigation following a sales manager brutally killing his entire family leads to a track of mystery and tragedy in an overwhelmed work team at Seoul.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 51 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Tension Fuelled

 

Story: Office starts when a section chief Byeong-Gook Kim (Bae) murders his family before going on the run, the police head to his office run by director Sang-Gyu Kim (Kim) to question the employees. Detective Jong-Hoon (Park) leads the investigation which sees him learning only good about the suspect.

Th newest intern Mi-Rye Lee (Asung) is question after being warned about how to answer the questions, which soon hints at a mystery surrounding the office and what goes on within the walls, as the manhunt for Byeong-Gook continues.

 

Thoughts on Office

 

Characters – Mi-Rye Lee is an intern in the office, she is the newest member of the staff, with the least knowledge of the accused murderer, she travels the furthest for this job seeing working in the big city as her dream. She knows the least about what the company and just what have caused the unusual behaviour. Byeong-Gook Kim is the section chief, he is the man that murdered his family before going into hiding, he was respected by his employees and seems to have a motivation for coming back. Director Sang-Gyu Kim wants answers and wants the company name kept out of the papers. Detective Jong-Hoon is leading the investigation into the murders which sees him asking the office the questions trying to figure out a way to understand how the office operates, he is honest in his approach which sees him searching for answers in places others would even think of looking.

PerformancesKo Asung is brilliant in this leading role of a character that is constantly evolving as the story unfolds, the range displayed is wonderful to see. Seong-woo Bae is haunting in his scenes in the film, you will be genuinely unsettled by his presence on screen. Sung-woong Park is the determined detective who shows us just how determined he is to get to the truth. Eui-sung Kim brings us the strict boss which seems to be his strength when it comes to movies.

StoryThe story follows an office that becomes the centre of attention after a murder by one of the member of the office, the investigation sees the truth slowly starting to surfaces with a shocking truth behind what is happening. This is a story that does truly keep us guessing through the film, it shows how an office could see extra stress placed upon the employees which would see the bickering between them increase, while the investigation shows just how far people would go for a promotion. Most of the story is spent wondering what the motivation for the murder in the first place was.

Horror/MysteryThe horror in the film comes from just seeing what happens when somebody is left alone in the office, with some uncomfortable tense scenes. The mystery surrounds just what is happening, why it is happening and whether it could be stopped from happening again.

SettingsMost of the film is set in and around the office which see how close these workers must be at all times, no matter how they feel about each other which could see tension rise between them.


Scene of the Movie –
The late visit one.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It does feel like not everything is answered.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the tensest movies you will see, it does keep you guessing, no matter what is going in and is filled with horror moments that drag you to the edge of your seat.

 

Overall: Edge of your seat thriller.

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Howl (2015)

Director: Paul Hyett

Writer: Mark Huckerby, Nick Ostler (Screenplay)

Starring: Ed Speleers, Holly Weston, Shauna Macdonald, Elliot Cowan, Amit Shah, Sam Gittins, Rosie Day

 

Plot: When passengers on a train are attacked by a creature, they must band together in order to survive until morning.


Tagline – Last train. Full moon. All change.

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable Werewolf Film

 

Story: Howl starts as train conductor Joe (Speleers) is forced into another shift, the graveyard shift on the train across country, the train has the normal passengers, the businesswoman Kate (Macdonald), the student, the couple returning home, the rebel and Joe’s love interest coffee server Ellen (Weston).

When the train breaks down in the middle of the countryside, Joe must take charge and keep the passengers safe after the driver does missing. The passengers soon learn they are under attack from creatures in the night and must work together to survive the impending threat.

 

Thoughts on Howl

 

Characters – Joe is the train conductor, he has just completed a long shift and is forced int going on the late shift because of his lack of tickets, he tries to be fair on his passengers taking the abuse, he is trying to get a date with Ellen the drinks vender, once the train gets stuck, he must lead the passengers in a battle to survive against the unknown creatures. Ellen is the drinks vender, studying for a better career and offers up an easy love interest for Joe, while being the only one that can offer medical attention during the attack. Kate is the professional businesswoman on the train, often looking down on the rest of the passengers while offering help to one of the other passengers. When we look at the rest of the passengers we get the usual mix for any horror film which adds to who we know will get picked off when.

PerformancesEd Speleers in the leading role is good as the reluctant hero that must keep his passengers safe, we can see his frustration with his job and his reluctant side of following through with saving them. Holly Weston does offer the love interest well and to be fair to most of the cast they all know where they stand in the film making the most of their moments to shine.

StoryThe story here is quite simple, it follows a group of survivors that must battle against unknown creatures in an attempt survive the night. We get the unlikely group of people that must work together which has always worked well for the genre. The creatures put us into a world where the characters would have never seen or dealt with werewolves which has been an issue in horror before, but for this is fine as they must learn how to deal with the creatures. The film doesn’t offer any crazy twists along the way and by keeping things simple we can enjoy.

HorrorThe horror in the film comes from the different moments against the creatures, we start off seeing small part before getting a full reveal which is always wonderful.

SettingsThe film is set on a couple of train carriages in the middle of the night, this puts our characters in an isolated location where they must figure out how to survive until daytime being safer inside than outside.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film are good, we get practical ones which show how unique the creatures look and when it comes to the attacks wounds come off realistic too.


Scene of the Movie –
The first attack on the train when they thought they were safe.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Kate the character jumps around in style too often, not the actresses fault it is the characters decision making process.

Final ThoughtsThis is an enjoyable werewolf movie that can be enjoyed by all the fans of the genre, it keeps everything contained which does help give us all we want.

 

Overall: Contain werewolf movie.

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ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – N – The Night Eats the World (2018)

Director: Dominique Rocher

Writer: Jeremie Guez, Guillaume Lemans, Dominique Rocher (Screenplay) Pit Agarmen (Novel)

Starring: Anders Danielsen Lie, Golshifteh Farahani, Denis Lavant, Sigrid Bouaziz, David Kammenos

 

Plot: The morning after a party, a young man wakes up to find Paris invaded by zombies.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Simple Zombie Survival Story

 

Story: The Night Eats the World starts when Sam (Lie) goes to see his ex-girlfriend Fanny (Bouaziz) who is hosting a party looking for his stuff, he ends up falling asleep waiting to hear from her, when he awakes he sees the apartment ransacked, blood everyone and outside the window, what seems like zombies chasing down the living.

Sam decides staying the apartment is the smartest option, but keeping himself busy becomes the challenge, first he starts looking around the other apartments for supplies and then potential weapons.

 

Thoughts on The Night Eats the World

 

Characters – Sam wakes up from a party to learn that the world has become overrun by zombies, he has just come out of a relationship and with the zombies around he must find a way to occupy himself in the apartment, knowing that going outside will be a mistake. Sam does eventually meet a fellow survivor, someone he can consider a friend through the loneliness. Sarah is the fellow survivor that has had her own way of making it through the time with the zombies. Alfred is the one of the zombies that Sam seems to have turned into a pet more than anything. If we are being truly honest, Sam is in 80% of this film on his own.

PerformancesAnders Danielsen Lie carries this film on his back, he is in nearly 80% maybe more on his own which he does keep us occupied through his actions in the film. when we do get other members of the cast they do all they need to without getting anytime to shine in this film.

StoryThe story follows one man who wakes up during a zombie outbreak and must figure out how to survive against the undead alone, keeping himself busy only to be left wondering just what is left out there. It plays into the idea of loneliness if the world was to end tomorrow, but otherwise this is one of the most simple stories you will see because not much happens, nor does it needs to.

HorrorThe horror in this film comes from the idea that the zombie outbreak happens and our lone survivor must figure out what to do in this position.

SettingsThe film is set in the apartment which shows us just how trapped Sam is through the film.

Special EffectsThe effects are used for a limited amount of time which is good because when they are used they look brutal.


Scene of the Movie –
The escape.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The music idea doesn’t seem to make much sense.

Final ThoughtsThis is a solid zombie survival story that shows how one man will learn to survive in an apartment building in the middle of Paris after a zombie outbreak.

 

Overall: Zombie Survival 101.

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ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – H – Honour (2014)

Director: Shan Khan

Writer: Shan Khan (Screenplay)

Starring: Aiysha Hart, Paddy Considine, Faraz Ayub, Shubham Saraf, Harvey Virdi, Nikesh Patel

 

Plot: A story centered on a young woman is targeted by her family for an “honour killing” and the bounty hunter who takes the job.


Tagline – Bound by tradition. Betrayed by blood.

Runtime: 1 Hour 44 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Tense Look at Shocking Culture

 

Story: Honour starts as a young Indian woman Mona (Hart) is looking to breakout of the family traditions of arranged marriage and certain religious expectations from her mother (Virdi). She meets Tanvir (Patel) a man who also is due to marry his family’s choice of bride as the two start an affair.

Mona looks to run away with the support of Adel (Saraf), but her brother Kasim (Ayub) and mother have other ideas, they hire a bounty hunter (Considine) to locate her, bringing her home, only the hunter is starting to question why he is gone down this road for his career.

 

Thoughts on Honour

 

Characters – Mona is a young woman, being forced into a marriage, following family traditions and religious beliefs. She meets a man that she wants to run away with, which only sees her have her family turn on her, meaning she will need to fight for her own life. The nameless bounty hunter is known for helping the Muslim community stop the breaks on the family traditions, he has gone too far in the past, which is why he isn’t happy for the work he is going through now. Kasim is the police officer brother of Mona, he is willing to break the law to make sure the family traditions are followed. Adel is the closest brother to Mona, he is the one she would turn to most for help even if he gets pushed into helping Kasim follow the family traditions.

PerformancesAiysha Hart in the leading role is strong, we get to see just how far her character must go to get away from the life, she makes us believe her desperation. Paddy Considine is one of the best performers here because he is torn between both sides of what he is doing. Faraz Ayub brings to light the horrific side of the culture that will see him make us hate him for his action.

StoryThe story follows the idea that we have the Indian Muslim culture turning on their family if they believe their traditions honour has been put in question. We see the extreme which sees a hit being put out on a daughter that goes against the family traditions and how she must look to escape. The story shows the clash of cultures because the bounty hunter isn’t willing to follow through as he learns she hasn’t done anything wrong. It shows how we need to start letting people make choices and not just expecting them to follow the old fashion culture. The bounty hunter’s storyline is interesting too because he learns that he hasn’t always been doing the right thing. The weakness with the story comes from the time between different times in the story, it doesn’t help make this as easy to follow.

ThrillerThe film uses the thriller side of the film to try to make us see just how dangerous the escape for Mona would be, how she must elude her own family for safety.

SettingsThe film is set in London, which shows the clash of culture in the city, we see how every corner could be dangerous too.


Scene of the Movie –
The rooftop.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The way the story is told.

Final ThoughtsThis is a strong thriller showing the culture problems the world is still experiencing and just how much will be risked escaping this type of life.

 

Overall: Thriller that is gripping throughout.

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