10,000 Days (2014)

Director: Eric Small

Writer: Eric Small (Screenplay)

Starring: John Schneider, Peter Wingfield, James Harvey Ward, Kim Myers, Lisa Pelikan, Kenneth Meseroll, Riley Smith

 

Plot: Ten thousand days ago, Comet 23 struck Earth with the magnitude of all the nuclear weapons in the world sending the planet into a deep freeze. Now, 27 years in the future, those who survived are locked in an epic battle of life or death.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Typical Sci-Fi Bore Fest

 

Story: 10,000 Days starts as we enter the world 27-years after a comet struck Earth putting the survivors into a permanent ice age, we follow two groups of survivors, once together now at war, William Beck (Schneider) on one side, Remy Farnwell (Wingfield) on the other.

As the Beck’s discover moments of truth about the disaster and a potential cure, Remy is playing his attack to take their base, the race against time for human survival is on.

 

Thoughts on 10,000 Days

 

Characters – William Beck runs one of the clans in the frozen land, he has kept his people safe, always searching for the next way to survive, hopefully peacefully even against his enemy, he knew the world before the disaster and now he wants to return to it. Remy Farnwell leads the rival clan, living on the ice he fell out with the Beck’s wanting revenge for the betrayal as he sees it. He doesn’t mind killing people in the battle which he has made too personal. We do have a lot of characters in this film, William has three sons that all look exactly the same, we have the scientist figures which seems to be three different female characters, a pilot who failed to stop the comet who still lives with the nightmare. We get so many characters it truly is hard to keep up or invest in any of them.

PerformancesThe performances, well this is difficult because nearly all the actors and characters look the same, it is difficult to figure out who the lead is, nobody has any sort of emotional factor or strong moments to stand out.

StoryThe story is the end of the world happened, we are now in an ice age which could be coming to an end, but two war driven clans want control of the best location. This sounds interesting enough, you would be wrong, we have moments of discovery, moments of war, though this just never knows which one is the most important. Sadly, this only ends feeling boring, we don’t get invested in the characters and for some reason the film kind of just ends with a massive cliff hanger.

Sci-FiThe world has ended and now an ice-age has hit, well that is the sci-fi side of the film.

SettingsThe film give us generic location which include ice area or cold looking warehouse.

Special EffectsThe effects here are just terrible and look completely fake.


Scene of the Movie –
The concept should work.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The Effects.

Final ThoughtsThis is a poor sci-fi movie that just doesn’t become interesting at any point in the film.

 

Overall: Boring throughout.

Rating

 

 

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ABC Challenge – Biopics – # – 42 (2013)

Director: Brian Helgeland

Writer: Brian Helgeland (Screenplay)

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie, Christopher Meloni, Ryan Merriman, Lucas Black

 

Plot: This movie is about Jackie Robinson and his journey to becoming a Brooklyn Dodger and his life during that time.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Brilliant Sports Biopic

 

Story: 42 starts with the history of baseball and how after World War II there was 400 players in the MLB and they were all white, the black players had their own league until 1947 when the number dropped to 399. Branch Rickey (Ford) wants to bring the first black man to the major leagues for the Brooklyn Dodgers against everything the world at the time suggests, that player is Jackie Robinson (Boseman).

Jackie must start in a feeder team and must put aside the segregation issues that is still going through America, Jackie and his wife Rachel (Beharie) must show they have the thick skin to deal with the abuse from the crowd, other players attitude and prejudices going through America to become a trailblazer for the African American Baseball players.

 

Thoughts on 42

 

Characters – Looking at the characters we are looking at real people this time and one Jackie Robinson who would stand up for what he believed in while making his name on the baseball field, he becomes the trailblazer given the chance to become the first black major league baseball player defining all the segregation problems going through America. Branch Rickey was a bible loving owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers who wants to make a difference in the game giving Jackie a chance to change the game so he could be owning a victorious team. Rachel is Jackie’s wife that stands by him through the discrimination he experiences.

PerformanceChadwick Boseman is fantastic in this role showing that he was going to be a huge name in the future. Harrison Ford gives us one of his best performances of his elder career that is outside his known franchises, with Nicole Beharie doing well with the character she has to work with.

StoryThe story of Jackie Robinson is the stuff of legends on America, the trailblazer for African America baseball players fight on and off the field against the discrimination he faces to become the star of the season. We get to see how the country of America was so far behind the times with their equality that is still happening without being as serious as it once was. This is an important history lesson if you are a fan of baseball, sport and history in general.

Biography/SportsJackie Robinson is an icon of the sport of baseball, this shows how he fought off everything to become that icon.

SettingsEach setting shows us the different worlds that Jackie must walk into with different opinions on the difference in race.

Scene of the Movie – The team standing up for Robinson against ben Chapman.

That Moment That Annoyed Me I don’t understand baseball.

Final ThoughtsWhen you look at sports biopics you will always see an icon born and this shows just how Jackie Robinson became the legend the game knows and is a must watch.

 

Overall: Must watch for sports fans.

Rating

 

 

ABC Film Challenge – Biopic – E – 15:17 to Paris (2018)

This is under E for Eastwood in the directing chari.

 

Director: Clint Eastwood

Writer: Dorothy Blyskal (Screenplay) Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, Jeffrey E Stern (Book)

Starring: Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, Ray Corasani, Judy Greer, Jenna Fischer

 

Plot: Americans discover a terrorist plot on a Paris-bound train.


Tagline – The true story of a terrorist, a train, and three friends who became heroes.

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Painfully Boring

 

Story: The 15:17 to Paris starts as we meet three lifelong friends, Alek (Skarlatos) Anthony (Sadler) and Spencer (Stone) who are on a train to Paris, we flashback to see how their friendship came out and follow Spencer as he is driven to join the military.

As the boys turn to men they go into different fields with Alek following Spencer into the military and while on a European holiday the event which will redefine their lives happens, as they look to deal with a terrorist on the train to Paris.

 

Thoughts on The 15:17 to Paris

 

Characters – Alek, Anthony and Spencer all grew up together, stayed friends even when they were separated, they went into the fields they wanted to, with seemingly Alek and Spencer’s choices being important to the events on the train. They sum the idea that we are going to be seeing heroes who have normal lives, normal struggles, they aren’t special in their action, only in their reaction to crisis.

PerformancesThis is one of the biggest flaws in this movie, we have the real men, playing versions of themselves, the problem is they are not actors, they can’t act, they are heroes don’t get me wrong, but watching them deliver lines is just part of the dullness in this movie.

StoryThe story here follows the lives of the real men that stopped a terrorist attack on a train in Paris, the story has become the stuff of legends like it should do. The way this story is told is so boring, we learn about the men’s lives, which only seems to cover two of the three, we deal with dull sequences which include trying to enjoy American football and by the time we get to the big event moment we have lost interest in this film.

BiopicThis does show a big moment in history, the problem is that it is only a quick moment that stopped the event and stretching these men’ normal lives out just drags on and on.

SettingsThe settings feel as pointless as the random trip around the Europe they take, we never feel like we are on location.


Scene of the Movie –
The incident.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The lack of anything else happening.

Final ThoughtsThis is easily one of the worst movies you will see about one of the biggest moments in recent heroism.

 

Overall: Just what was Eastwood thinking?

Rating

 

 

ABC Film Challenge – Action – # – 100 Degrees Below Zero (2013)

Director: R.D. Braunstein

Writer: H. Perry Horton, Richard Schenkman (Screenplay)

Starring: Jeff Fahey, Sara Malakul Lane, John Rhys Davies, Marc Ewins, Ivan Kamaras, Luke Healy

 

Plot: When a chain of volcanic eruptions rips through Europe, the enormous ash cloud blocks out the sun, plunging the continent into a new ice age. An American couple must find their kids and get them out of Paris before it freezes over.


Tagline – Cold as hell!

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict:

 

Story: 100 Degrees Below Zero starts when a chain of volcanic eruptions in Europe cause planes to be grounded, Steve Foster (Fahey) is flying his new wife Lacey (Fekete) to meet his kids Taryn (Lane) and Ryan (Ewins) who are living in Paris for school, needing to land in London, Steve must find his own way to Paris. Dr Goldschein (Kamaras) and Colonel Ralph Dillard (Rhys-Davies) must prepare for the chain of events which will see Europe covered snow for a potential two-year long event.

Steve being a former military man turns to Colonel Dillard who offers to help if he can arrive at a certain location within the time limit before the ice age hits.

 

Thoughts on 100 Degrees Below Zero

 

Characters – Steve Foster is an ex-military pilot, retired he is trying to get to his children in Paris, with his journey taking him from London, he has a new wife who will be meeting his kids for the first time. He will use his connections to get across the water however difficult the journey will be. Taryn and Ryan as the children of Steve’s they will be meeting their new step-mum for the first time and after the disaster starts, they must stick together to figure out how to survive, with Ryan seemingly falling over more than any normal person. Colonel Ralph Dillard is dealing with the events from a military side, preparing for the worse and helping his old friend.

PerformancesJeff Fahey is good though he doesn’t have much too do other than drive and talk a lot. Sara Malakul and Marc Ewins will get you laughing at the characters decisions and at times their over reactions to the earthquakes hitting Paris. John Rhys-Davies gets to do talking too, never really being challenged as an actor.

StoryThe story puts our characters in different countries as a major disaster strikes Europe and the race to survive takes place. so, this is a disaster movie with a story that is wildly over the top and for the most part it works for anyone that enjoys a slightly trashy disaster movie, the story is basic enough to follow and while moments will make you laugh, we do get to enjoy what we are seeing. You will have to watch this with a loss sense of realism because this is one that never takes things as seriously as they should be and you never feel the true scale of the event happening, we also are just accepting what happens, with one story arc just seems to be forgotten half way through the film.

Action/Sci-FiThe action comes from the disaster sequences which are destructive for any film like this, the sci-fi ideas comes from just where the disasters can go for the wildly over the top.

SettingsThe film keeps us in a couple of main locations with the Paris location showing most of the destruction and the journey being anywhere that is snow covered. The location show the distance the characters must travel, which is understandable if you know how far apart they are.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film are low budget, certain ones are bad, but this is a low budget movie that was made for next to nothing, we don’t need the best effects to be entertained.


Scene of the Movie –
The giant snowballs made me laugh the most.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Taryn and Ryan are easily the stupidest people you will ever meet.

Final ThoughtsThis is a film that you will enjoy if you like the disaster movies, you don’t take them too seriously and can just switch off and enjoy the ride.

 

Overall: Switch off and enjoy.

Rating

 

 

10×10 (2018)

Director: Suzi Ewing

Writer: Suzi Ewing, Noel Clarke (Screenplay)

Starring: Luke Evans, Kelly Reilly, Noel Clarke, Olivia Chenery, Jill Winteritz, Miles Webb, Jason Maza

 

Plot: A man abducts a flower shop owner and holds her captive in a small, soundproof room in an effort to extract a dark secret from her past.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Effective, but Slow

 

Story: 10×10 starts when Lewis (Evans) watches and plans the abduction of Cathy (Reilly) a flower shop owner in a small town, he locks her in a 10×10 concrete room as he looks to extract information from her.

Lewis only wants to know one thing, Cathy’s real name, he believes she has a past which she is keeping secret and he wants to expose her lies.

 

Thoughts on 10×10

 

Characters – Lewis has been planning the abduction of Cathy for a while now, he has his motivation for doing and has planned on where to keep her until he learns the truth, he was married, but something happened to his wife, he wants the answers from Cathy. Cathy is a popular florist in a small town, she gets on with everybody and is abducted by Lewis, she is keeping a secret from everybody, one that would ruin her reputation showing a much darker side to her.

PerformancesWe do only have two main performers in this film, Luke Evans as the sinister abductor goes through the range as the story unfolds, as does Kelly Reilly, the two have to see their characters take big twists through the story.

StoryThe story follows a man that abducts a woman in hopes of unlocking a secret from her past. This does seem like a simple enough story, it is a simple enough story, you are built into learn that we are going to get a twist on who Cathy is, other wise this whole plan is pointless, the main focus on the story is the Lewis trying to get the secret out and her not wanting to spill the beans. The story could have easily been a man of a televised series of mysteries, if we are honest, it does gets stretch longer than it needs to.

Thriller The film does try to keep you guessing as to what is going on because the idea that a stranger is taken and the only question being asked is what is her name, keeps us wondering what she has done in the past.

SettingsThe settings are one of the bigger disappointments, mostly because of the title of the film, which implies the film will take place in this room only, but we spend a while in the build up, we have a random car trip and most of the action takes place in the house, rather than just the room.


Scene of the Movie –
The truth.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The outside the room feels like false advertising.

Final ThoughtsThis is an interesting thriller, it has all the strong components required for a good film, it just ends up feeling like it was slightly miss-sold.

 

Overall: Interesting Idea for Thriller.

Rating