ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – # – 5 to 7 (2014) Movie Review

Director: Victor Levin

Writer: Victor Levin (Screenplay)

Starring: Anton Yelchin, Berenice Marlohe, Olivia Thirlby, Lambert Wilson, Frank Langella, Glenn Close

Plot: An aspiring novelist enters into a relationship with a woman, though there’s just one catch: She’s married and the couple can only meet between the hours of 5 and 7 each evening.

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Delightful Look at Relationships

Story: 5 to 7 starts as New Yorker Brian (Yelchin) searches the city for stories, finding them on park benches, before he notices a beautiful woman Arielle (Marlohe) who shares a cigarette with him, wanting to see her again, he does only to learn that she is married with children and the two get to spend two hours together.

The two do start an affair between the hours of 5 and 7 which sees them even meeting each other’s family including Arielle’s husband Valery (Lambert) and Brian’s parents Arlene (Close) and Sam (Langella).

Thoughts on 5 to 7

Characters – Brian Bloom is a struggling author in New York City, he likes to search for stories around the city, he ends up meeting a beautiful French woman, taking a chance that she has one that he hasn’t seen before, he gets caught up in the middle of an unconventional relationship which sees him being welcomed into the family despite her being married, he is caught up in what could be, he doesn’t want to see the bigger picture, even though his work starts to get recognised only for him to know he has found a new story. Arielle is a married French woman that is in New York, she spends time looking for strangers in what is her free time, she enjoys her time with Brian despite being married with children, she shows Brian a different life and culture, which sees the two different cultures being about what could have been. Jane is a woman that Valery is seeing on the side, she knows the situation that Brian is in with Arielle’s husband. Arlene and Sam are Brian’s parents that don’t approve of his decision, you do feel like they might have had a bigger impact on things too, but we don’t see it.

PerformancesAnton Yelchin once again shows the world what we are missing since his death, he gives us such a grounded performance that will make it easy to identify with. Berenice Marlohe is wonderful too, with the two having excellent chemistry through the film. The supporting cast all get their scenes and don’t put a foot wrong in this film, they will get the messages they need to over in the smaller scenes.

StoryThe story here follows two strangers that meet in New York, they get involved in a complicated relationship which sees them needing to play by rules, with the clash of cultures being questioned at all times. This is a story about relationships, stories and talking to people. We do get to see how sometimes things can become more complicated than they need to, learn the chances can’t always be taken, because of certain things holding people back and people will to just be friends at times. This shows us that you never know what you could miss in life, if you don’t look and see what is in front of you.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy in this film comes from the days of enjoyment you see Brian and Arielle have together, they make each other laugh more than the rest of their lives, the romance here shows how you could meet somebody that make you see life in a different way, one whose vision you want to spend your life with.

SettingsNew York is a setting I have always said makes a beautiful location and one that will always be perfect for a romantic backdrop.


Scene of the Movie – Tasting test.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The aging on Brian, looks to dramatic.

Final Thoughts This is a wonderful look at a relationship people can have, it shows us just how you could meet somebody out of nowhere and the chemistry between the two leads is fantastic.

Overall: Lovely drama.

ABC Film Challenge – Horror – # – 14 Cameras (2018)

Director: Seth Fuller, Scott Hussion

Writer: Victor Zarcoff (Screenplay)

Starring: Neville Archambault, Amber Midthunder, Brytnee Ratledge, Hank Rogerson, Lora Martinez-Cunningham, Chelsea Edmundson, Brianne Moncrief

Plot: When a family of five rent a beautiful house for their summer vacation, the price seems too good to be true.

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Thriller That Misses Potential

Story: I See You Starts as we see how Gerald (Archambault) rents out homes to holiday makers, he uses a beautiful woman to bring in the people, where his secret cameras film their holiday, every room, he sneaks around the residents too, he captures Sarah (Edmundson) placing her in an underground bunker with another victim Claire (Moncrief).

When a travelling family Lori (Martinez-Cunningham), Arthur (Rogerson), Kyle (Howard), Molly (Ratledge) and Danielle (Midthunder) rent out one of these rooms, they become the latest victims in his twisted game.

Thoughts on I See You

Characters – Gerald is the creepy stalker, watcher, kidnapper and murder that watches over the rooms where he sells the videos on the dark web, he even breaks into the homes where he takes other items to sell to his viewers, he has a disturbing and unsettling look about him too. Sarah is the latest victim taken and thrown into a bunker, she wants to fight back believing with the help of the other girl they could escape. Molly and Danielle are best friends on a family holiday they are doing the usual troublemaking, having a good time and breaking the rules, they are the ones being watched by him.

PerformancesNeville Archambault does look creepy throughout the film, he does make you as uncomfortable as he is meant to through the film. Chelsea Edmundson does well with her character, while the actors behind the family are effective enough.

StoryThe story follows a stalker who uses cameras in his homes to sell the videos on the dark web, with his latest victims being a family on a vacation, he also collects the girls at times too. This is a story that plays on the idea of hidden cameras where you don’t expect them invading privacy in our everyday lives, we once again jump into the dark web idea of selling material without permission, where this film struggles in the story side of things, is where we see constant bickering between the teenage side of the film, which just seems to waste a lot of tension about Gerald’s full scheme. If this had been told purely through his eyes we could get along with certain parts that happen, yes, he is evil, but he is the one in control, instead of spending time watching a side story which barely goes anywhere and a family which is just three teenagers who would rather argue about drinking than anything else.

Crime/HorrorThe crime in this film follows the scheme that Gerald has going, it shows how he can operate with such ease, which adds into the horror of what he is doing, not just watching, but taking too.

SettingsThe film does use the limited settings to show us just how this could become an everyday life watched by a person selling your life on the internet, let alone a killer.

Special EffectsThe effects are barely used, they are barely needed either though, which does make this film feel more realistic.


Scene of the Movie – The escape attempt by Sarah.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – We don’t get deep enough into how big his dark web side of the plan is.

Final Thoughts This is an interesting thriller, it does look at real potential hidden cameras being used on innocent people and what those recordings could be worth.

Overall: Interesting thriller.

Rating

ABC Film Challenge – Horror – X – 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) Movie Review

We need to find a difficult letting of X, so with Corinne Foxx, we are clutching at straws here.

Director: Johannes Roberts

Writer: Ernest Riera, Johannes Roberts (Screenplay)

Starring: Sophie Nelisse, Corinne Foxx, Brianne Tju, Sistine Rose Stallone, John Corbett, Nia Long

Plot: Four teen girls diving in a ruined underwater city quickly learn they’ve entered the territory of the deadliest shark species in the claustrophobic labyrinth of submerged caves.


Tagline – The Next Chapter

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Improvement

Story: 47 Meters Down Uncaged starts as we meet stepsisters Mia (Nelisse) and Sasha (Foxx) who have different status in their school, Mia being the outsider, while Sasha doesn’t want to put her group of friends are risk.

Mia and Sasha are joined by Alexa (Tju) and Nicole (Stallone) as they look to go diving in the underwater city beneath their city, which does seem like an adventure, until they discovery themselves trapped in the city, with a blind great white shark hunting them down.

Thoughts on 47 Meters Down Uncaged

Characters – Mia is the bullied teenager, she has a close relationship with her father and stepmother, while still looking to build one with her stepsister, she agrees to join Sasha on a trip away from the planned one, with her friends, which sees her join the cave diving, needing to use her diving experience to help survive once they become trapped. Sasha is the more popular stepsister, she has her group of friends that doesn’t include Mia, she does encourage Mia to stay away from the bullies though, getting her to join her on the cave dive adventure. Alexa and Nicole are clearly going to be the disposable friends in this, with one Nicole being the most naïve through everything, while Alexa claims to know what to do to survive.

PerformancesWe have a young cast, who spend most of the film underwater, some of it screaming or panicking, which does make it hard to believe the performances, it doesn’t help that certain characters change through the film too.

StoryThe story here follows 4 teenagers that decide to go cave diving in an underwater system only to find themselves trapped down there with a great white shark hunting them down. While we do have improvements on the first film, by having the idea of a secret underground structure, along with the idea that we are going to be dealing with sharks evolving to the underwater world, this is all good, but by the end it is mostly just the panicking, with Mia needing to prove how brave she is, almost giving us the point of the film to impress the most popular girl in school.

HorrorThe horror in the film comes from seeing how the shark is hunting down in the claustrophobic environment, it does show the situation to be difficult.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to keep the action tight, confined and with plenty of peril throughout, making this different to most shark movies.

Special EffectsThe effects are a mixed bag because the environment looks great, but not all the shark moments seem as real as they should be.


Scene of the Movie – The open water.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Characters seem to change with their actions in the film.

Final Thoughts This is an improvement on the first film, that does seem to have a confusing title though, if we are looking for just a tight shark horror film, this is everything you would like to see, even if the characters are not very strong.

Overall: Shark Fun.

ABC Film Challenge – Romance – # – 500 Days of Summer (2009) (Revisited)

Director: Marc Webb

Writer: Scott Neustadter, Micheal H Weber (Screenplay)

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Geoffrey Arend, Chloe Grace Moretz, Matthew Gray Gubler, Clark Gregg, Patricia Becher

 

Plot: An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn’t believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her.


Tagline – Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love. Girl doesn’t.

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Perfect Relationship Movie

 

Story: 500 Days of Summer starts as we meet Tom (Gordon-Levitt), he has just broken up with Summer (Deschanel), this is the 248th day of these 500 Days of Summer. Tom’s sister Rachel (Moretz) is called to help him with the recover process by his best friends McKenzie (Arend) & Paul (Gubler). We proceed to the how Tom and Summer, met started dating along with the aftermath of their relationship.

As the story unfolds, we see the ups and downs the two have through their relationship, showing us how the modern day relationships are more difficult than people think they are.

 

Thoughts on 5000 Days of Summer

 

Characters – Tom is a greeting card writer with unrealistic visions of love, he is coasting through life with this job, even though he has a degree in architecture. When he meets Summer, he believes he has fallen in love and we see him at the best and worst moments of the beginning and aftermath of the relationship which will redefine his life. Summer is the new girl to the city and workplace of Tom’s, she isn’t looking for a serious relationship, though she does want friend, which sees her befriend Tom for a casual relationship. She does make this clear from the start which we do see from the subtle signs she is making that this isn’t for the serious moment in life, not ready to follow in her parent’s footsteps. McKenzie and Paul are the two best friends of Tom’s who have been through different relationships, one doesn’t date the other met their wife at a young age. Rachel is the older than she should be younger sister of Tom’s, she is still in school, but seems to know more about relationships then Tom. Vance is the Tom’s boss who treats his staff very well, willing to see they might be going through problems and discussing them with their staff.

PerformancesJoseph Gordon-Levitt gives one of the best performances in any romantic comedy film that you will ever see, he makes his character feel like an everyday person that we can relate too. Zooey Deschanel is fantastic too, she has always been able to play the girl-next door with ease and this is no different. The supporting cast compliment the two leads excellently giving us the moments of comedy that we need while handle the serious moments too.

StoryThe story here paints the modern relationship through the eyes of Tom, somebody who believed in love only to end up in a relationship with a lady that doesn’t believe in it. We see the beginning where everything is going smoothly and the aftermath, which shows us just how romance isn’t going to be easy to get over. For me this is one of the most realistic looks at love because it shows just how you can fall in love, you can be coasting through life and you need moments in life help put you back on course to reach your own potential. This is easily the most relatable stories you will ever see, it tells us just how difficult love can be in the modern world and shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy in the film mostly comes from the supporting cast, it all hits well giving us the laughs we need to lighten the mood without turning into a laugh out loud scene. The romance in this film shows us just how difficult love can be in the modern world.

SettingsThe film is set in the big city, which show how people can come from around the country to be together in the unlikely outcome.


Scene of the Movie –
You Make My Dreams Come True.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The girl at the interviews name, always has pissed me off.

Final ThoughtsThis is easily one of the most perfect romance movies in modern cinema, it shows the realistic vision of love unlike most of the romantic movies that are getting thrown out there.

 

Overall: Must watch romance.

Rating

 

 

ABC Film Challenge – Romance – X – 10 Things We Should Do Before We Break Up (2020) Movie Review

This is under X because of the struggles with relationships

Director: Galt Niederhoffer

Writer: Galt Niederhoffer (Screenplay)

Starring: Christina Ricci, Hamish Linklater, Mia Sinclair Jenness, Brady Jenness, Lindsey Broad, Jon Abrahams

Plot: After Abigail, a single mom of two, becomes pregnant following a one-night stand with Ben, the unlikely pair try to make a go of it.


Runtime: 1 Hour 14 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Nice Little Romance Film

Story: 10 Things We Should Do Before We Break Up starts when single mother Abigail (Ricci) get tricked into a blind date with Benjamin (Linklater) the two have a spark, an unusual date of planning what they would do on in a relationship before it ended, which does start like a normal fun date, only after the relationship is going well, Abigail becomes pregnant.

The two must decide what to do with this news, with Benjamin being unsure of what to do next, with Abigail knowing what it would be like to have a child, deciding whether they could be a couple that raise a kid or not.

Thoughts on 10 Things We Should Do Before We Break Up

Characters – Abigail is the single mother that has gotten to the stage of her life where she has accepted her life, seeing her kids over certain days, not searching for love, until her friend sets her up with a stranger. She gets pregnant and wants to keep the baby, believing this would be the change to help her feel whole again. Benjamin is the man that has been set up with Abigail, he never wanted kids or to be involved with someone with kids, until he tries to grow up to maybe have his own family. We do meet the kids, they are Wallace and Luke, who are like against Benjamin to start with, but can be won over in time.

PerformancesChristina Ricci brings the spark to her role, we can see the struggles she is dealing with, as well as the desire to have more in her life, the happiness she desires in her life too. Hamish Linklater shows how reluctant someone would be to getting into a relationship, while showing how much they will try to change.

StoryThe story here follows a single mother that gets involved in a relationship with a man that isn’t ready for kids, with her ending up getting pregnant. We follow how the two try to make a relationship out of the situation and figure out whether they can make it or not. This is a story that starts of like a meet cute style of trying to bring us a new idea of trying to get something fresh out of relationship. Saying, this we do get to deal with the traditional relationship, showing the ups and downs through one as the couple need to figure out if they are right together or not. It is a nice easy watch, that will get a few laughs.

RomanceThe romance side of the film shows us just how difficult love can be for people in different stages of their life.

SettingsThe film uses the home setting of the most part, it shows us just how the lives of everyone in that house will change during the pregnancy.


Scene of the Movie – The list being made.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Too short, with an ending that could have seen more.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun and enjoyable romance that does show us just how complicated relationships can be for everyone involved, with Christina Ricci take the front and centre role with ease.

Overall: Enjoyable.