2047: Virtual Revolution (2017)

Director: Guy-Roger Duvert

Writer: Guy-Roger Duvert (Screenplay)

Starring: Mike Dopud, Jane Badler, Jochen Hagele, Maximilien Poullein, Kaya Blocksage

 

Plot: Paris 2047. Most of the population spend all their time online, connected into virtual worlds, and don’t care anymore about reality. A shadow agent, Nash, working for one of the multinational companies behind these virtual worlds, is tracking down terrorists who threaten the system…


Tagline – The revolution did happen… Just not the way they thought it would.

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Strong Addition to the Sci-Fi World

 

Story: 2047: Virtual Revolution starts as we enter the world where people lock themselves inside to enter virtual reality worlds in the near future, 2047. When someone starts performing terrorist actions inside the game, Nash (Dopud) a shadow agent is hired by the company reporting to Dina (Badler) on his findings to do about the crimes.

To learn who is behind this terrorist attack inside the game Nash takes over an avatar of one of the terrorists and infiltrates the cell online, but not everything is completely what it seems.

 

Thoughts on 2047: Virtual Revolution

 

Characters – Nash is an off the grid shadow agent, he gets hired to find a terrorist that is killing people inside a virtual reality world, he uses his contacts to get the job done as he is one of the few people that doesn’t spend his whole time logged into the virtual reality world. Dina is the owner of a cooperation that is seeing her customers murdered, she hires Nash to find the people behind it. Stilson is part of the Interpol unit that is searching for answers too, looking at both the companies and the terrorists.

PerformancesMike Dopud in the leading role is good, he has the grittiness for his character of the detective that finds himself in the middle of a bigger battle. The rest of the cast are good and fit their characters well through the film.

StoryThe story takes into a world where people hide from reality in a virtual world everyday all the time. When a movement wants to end this a Shadow Agent must work his way through all the different parties to figure out who is doing the right thing for the world, for what he wants from the world and work out who the terrorists really are. This story does keep you guessing by having plenty of different twists in the story, different sides to the story and puts us into a future which could be a reality for some. We need to have a story that keeps us guessing here otherwise we will find ourselves feeling empty and the way this all unfolds does feel like something we have seen before, but does have enough twists to make it original too.

Action/Crime/Sci-FiThe action is steady, we have a mix of fights in both the real world and the virtual world with the second offer bigger chances to fight. There is a crime conspiracy going on and we must figure out who is the one that is guilty, the future world helps with the sci-fi concepts with the bleak world we enter and the virtual world we enter.

SettingsThe settings show both the bleak future world, mostly in backdrops though and the virtual world only seems to be a swords and armour battle location.

Special EffectsThe effects are limited for a world that could be all about the effects, this doesn’t mean they are bad just not needed to tell this world.


Scene of the Movie –
Learning the truth.

That Moment That Annoyed Me While this gets away without using effects, it could have had a couple to help show the bleakness of the modern world.

Final ThoughtsThis is a smart idea for a sci-fi film, it keeps you guessing from start to finish, it takes us into a modern world that works well with strong performances.

 

Overall: Good sci-fi movie that deserves attention.

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The 5th Wave (2016)

5thDirector: J Blakeson

Writer: Susannah Grant, Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinkner (Screenplay) Ricky Yancey (Novel)

Starring: Chloe Grace Moretz, Zackary Arthur, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, Maika Monroe, Liev Schreiber, Maria Bello

 

Plot: Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Just Another Young Adult Franchise

 

Story: The 5th Wave starts as Cassie (Moretz) shows just how deadly she has become before flashing back before everything has changed when alien ships turned up above towns. The first wave of the attack was taking out all the electricity in the world. The second wave was flooding the Earth. The third wave was a deadlier version of the bird flu crippling the surviving number. The 4th wave is the ‘Others’ becoming humans taking out any other survivors and this is where Cassie gets separated from everyone.

With Cassie along we see how Sergeant Reznik (Bello) building a new defence against the Others which is most child soldiers from the remaining survivors. This brings us to the 5th Wave and that is saved for a twist in the film but it this the beginning of the next franchise of young adult stories.

The 5th Wave is the latest in what feels like an endless run of them which luckily is dying out now. This one stands out slightly more because it jumps straight into the battle between the humans and alien invaders instead of wasting too much time building up to this in a later film. I do think this would be a good addition to the genre if we hadn’t had too much rubbish before it.

Chloe is good in the leading role but the character isn’t written as strong as she could have been, while the known adult actors are clearly having the story arc to make them the villainous roles. the rest of the teens are or children are very basic never really getting time to make the impact with the Robinson struggling to make the true impact in his role. This would be an interesting addition to the world of teen young adult films but came too late into the flood of them.

 

Overall: I do feel this would have been a good addition to the young adult genre but I feel we won’t see the whole story now.

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6 Days (2017)

Director: Toa Fraser

Writer: Glenn Standring (Screenplay)

Starring: Jamie Bell, Mark Strong, Abbie Cornish, Martin Shaw, Ben Turner, Emun Elliott, Aymen Hamdouchi

 

Plot: In April 1980, armed gunmen stormed the Iranian Embassy in Princes Gate, London and took all inside hostage. Over the next six days a tense standoff took place, all the while a group of highly trained soldiers from the SAS prepared for a raid the world had never seen.


Tagline – London 1980, the world witnessed a new way to tackle terrorism.

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Slow and Tensionless

 

Story: 6 Days starts on the 30th April 1980 when Iranian terrorists storm the Iranian Embassy in Princes Gate taking hostages and demanding the release of 91 prisoners back in Iran. We follow the negotiator Max Vernon (Strong), reporter Kate Adie (Cornish) and the specialist SAS unit with rookie Rusty Firmin (Bell) planning their ideas of for entering the embassy.

England faces the idea of negotiating with terrorists or being strong and taking them down from the within showing the strength to deal with terrorist situations. As the tensions rise, Max tries to find a peaceful solution to everything while Rusty and his team are preparing for any chance of taking the embassy by force.

 

Thoughts on 6 Days

 

Characters – Rusty Firmin is the lead on a SAS team that are called to try and solve the hostage situation, they have only ever done training never being able to get their hands-on experience before. Rusty is desperate to show they are ready to protect their country. Max Vernon is the negotiator that keeps the terrorists calm, trying to make their demands happen, he stays calm through the whole situation even when the pressure to make something happen is getting to him. Kate Adie gives updates from outside for the watching television public to see how everything unfolds, in all honesty, we don’t need to be following this character.

PerformancesWhen you look at the performances you can’t fault them because they are give good performances, Mark Strong shines like he always does, Jamie Bell is good too, the limited scenes Abbie Cornish is in she does well to. The problem is the characters are not the most interesting.

StoryThe story is based on the real Iranian terrorist hostage situation in 1980 which last the 6 Days. It shows how England didn’t want a copy of what happened in Munich, didn’t want to give into terrorism and wanted to remain strong in the eyes of the world. It also shows how while being trained to deal with the situation, the SAS had never had to tackle things in reality. This should be an interesting watch but in the end, we don’t focus on enough of the negotiation process or the tactical side leaving us feeling like we haven’t learnt enough by the end.

Action/HistoryThe get tactical action, the most part is training ideas before one main shot, but it doesn’t feel like it was shot the best way. We learn moments from the historical events, but most comes from the reading over the storytelling.

SettingsThe film is set instantly around the Embassy, which puts us into the action from the start which is all we want to see.


Scene of the Movie –
The practise sieges

That Moment That Annoyed Me I feel we should have followed one side more instead of trying to cover three angles.

Final ThoughtsThis is a solid enough history lesson, we learn what we need to, but not enough from the action unfolding before us.

 

Overall:  Disappointing historical drama.

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1922 (2017)

Director: Zak Hilditch

Writer: Zak Hilditch (Screenplay) Stephen King (Short Story)

Starring: Thomas Jane, Molly Parker, Dylan Schmid, Kaitlyn Bernard, Brian D’Arcy James, Neal McDonough

 

Plot: A simple yet proud rancher in the year 1922 conspires to murder his wife for financial gain, convincing his teenage son to participate.


Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Plain & Boring

 

Story: 1922 starts as Wilfred James (Jane) is about to lose part of his property to his wife Arlette (Parker), Wilfred doesn’t want to lose the farmland he has raised his son Henry (Schmid) on and wants to come up with a way to keep all the land.

Wilfred’s plan is to get his son to help him murder Arlette, to get the financial gain of taking ownership of the property. The guilt of what he did only ends up driving Wilfred crazy here as the mental state start to unfold.

 

Thoughts on 1922

 

Characters – Wilfred is a farmer and father that doesn’t want to leave his farm, he designs a plan to get that as he looks to stay but soon his mind starts slipping into insanity. Arlette is the wife that wants to move away but has to overcome the husband’s decision not to, only to find herself murdered and visiting him in ghost form. Henry is the son that helps with the cover up, but soon goes out on his own to learn the harsh reality of the world.

PerformancesThomas Jane does give us a good performance in this film, but the rest of the cast are just ok, none of the performances drag us into the film in any way to see where it will end up going.

StoryThe story was hard to follow, I think the idea is that one man loses everything because of killing his wife, the problem is that this is an incredibly slow-moving film that doesn’t seem to go very far or have any redeemable qualities. Is gets caught in the middle of a breakdown and a supernatural movie without being set on one that could make either feel stronger.

Crime/Horror/MysteryThere was a crime as it leads to a cover up of a murder which leads to the horror involved in the story as the past comes to haunt Wilfred.

SettingsThe settings do fit the time in question which is fine but nothing stands out as the best of the best.

Special EffectsThe effects are good when used but the film doesn’t just turn to effects to make things happen.


Scene of the Movie –
Final Scene.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It was so so so so slow.

Final ThoughtsWell this is one of the dullest movies of the year, it has nothing happening for the most part and for a Stephen King spin it only disappoints.

 

Overall: Boring is being polite.

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3 (2017)

Director: Lou Simon

Writer: Lou Simon (Screenplay)

Starring: Katie Carpenter, Todd Bruno, Aniela McGinness, Mike Stanley

 

Plot: A man and a woman kidnap her rapist in order to extract a confession, come hell or – hell.


Tagline – Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, hand for a hand, foot for a foot.

Runtime: 1 Hour 21 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Tense Twisted Thriller

 

Story: 3 Starts as He (Bruno) abducts It (Stanley) on the side of the road, tying him up in the basement so he can get a confession out of It about committing rape on She (McGuinness), (this is going to be hard to talk about with only He, She or It to describe). As the torturer prepares us for what he will do if he doesn’t get a confession, we learn about how the two come together to work on this plan, the two are from different worlds both looking to help each other through their own struggles, but how far will they go to get the confession?

 

Thoughts on 3

 

Characters – The characters are not named only know as He, She and It. He is the man behind trying to get the confession out of It, he is a former soldier suffering from PTSD which shows us he doesn’t seem to have limits to how far he will go. She is the victim of the rape, the night it happened is a nightmare in her memory, she wants the person responsible to pay or at least admit what he did, but her memories conflict the truth from coming out. It is the man that is being accused of the rape, he believes he didn’t rape this woman but is he innocent or not, this is the question we are left to see answer.

PerformancesThe is a three-person cast, Todd Bruno is our lead performer where he is great as the unstable man trying to learn the truth. Aniela McGuinness is the victim, she is great as the conflicted victim struggling to remember her nightmare. Mike Stanley is the good as the victim or rapist it is up to us to work out which he is.

StoryThe story follows a man and woman who look to get another man admit he raped her. We are left to see if the man will confess, or even if he is guilty at all. We see how the story unfolds and the truth comes out which is a story that does have twists coming out, while also dealing with a very real situation in the aftermath of rape.

Horror/MysteryThe horror from this story is a mix of what could get done to the potential rapist and what has happened to the victim with their nightmares of that night. The mystery comes from just what could be the truth about the connection with the potential rapist.

SettingsThe film is set in a house in the middle of nowhere, this gives our character the time he needs to learn the truth, he can get away with more extreme methods here too.

Special EffectsThe effects reflect the budget by for the most part choice to hide the doing only showing the aftermath of anything.


Scene of the Movie –
The truth.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The one moment that didn’t get explained.

Final ThoughtsThis is a mystery thriller that does keep us on edge throughout, it deals with a sensitive subject in a direction that people wouldn’t imagine it going. We also get the horror side of the film for the fans out there too.

 

Overall: One to watch from 2017.

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