The Chamber (2016)

Director: Ben Parker

Writer: Ben Parker (Screenplay)

Starring: Johannes Kuhnke, Charlotte Salt, James McArdle, Elliot Levey, Christian Hillborg, James Artaius

 

Plot: A claustrophobic survival thriller set beneath the Yellow Sea off the coast of North Korea where the pilot of a small submersible craft and a three man Special Ops team on a secret recovery mission become trapped underwater in a fight for survival.

 

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Verdict: ABC of Underwater Thriller

 

Story: The Chamber starts when submersible pilot Mats (Kuhnke) finds his craft needed by an elite three person special ops team, Edwards (Salt), Parks (McArdle) and Denholm (Levey) having to guide them on a secret mission in a 6 hour dive off the coast of South Korea in the Yellow Sea.

The topside side gets boarded by the North Korean’s the submersible is alone with the mission going on. When the mission gets complete the submersible finds itself damaged and taking on water with no hope of rescue, with the tensions rising we are left to see who could escape and if there will be anyone waiting on the surface for them

 

Thoughts on The Chamber

 

Characters/PerformanceMats is the expert when it comes to surviving underwater in the submersible even if things do go wrong, he is calm through the situation as long as no one does anything rash. Edwards is the leader of the team who will do anything to complete the mission putting the civilian life before hers and soldiers. Parks is the panic quickly one and Denholm is the one who does believe Mats could be making the right decision.

The performances are all fine with nobody truly standing out or coming off terrible, every performance just keeps the story rolling.

StoryThe story is easy to follow without being anything we haven’t seen before, group of divers get trapped underwater let’s rely on the tension to keep the audience happy. While this isn’t bad its just what we have seen in ‘Pressure’ or ‘Pioneer’ previously.

ThrillerThe being trapped underwater with no potential escape is always good for a thriller movie because it plays into a fear very well.

SettingsThe film is mostly set in the submersible both pre-mission and post-mission trying to survive, this works and is the highlight of the film.

Special EffectsThe special effects are few and far between which is good because the film doesn’t leave us having to deal with a CGI mess rather than focusing on the character decisions.

Final ThoughtsThis will fit into the trapped underwater genre of films well without being truly special.

 

Overall: Easy to watch thriller

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Harvey Keitel Weekend – Corrupt (1983)

corruptDirector: Roberto Faenza

Writer: Ennio De Concini, Roberto Faenza, Hugh Fleetwood (Screenplay) Hugh Fleetwood (Novel)

Starring: Harvey Keitel, John Lydon, Nicole Garcia, Leonard Mann, Sylvia Sidney

 

Plot: A pair of corrupt cops spend their illegal cash on an uptown New York City flat.

 

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Verdict: Slow Thriller

 

Story: Corrupt starts as we follow two corrupt police officer’s LT Fred O’Connor (Keitel) and his partner Bob (Mann) who use their secret money to stay in a uptown New York flat, but with a cop killer targeting the narcotics division that does these potential victims or suspects in this crime case. Leo Smith (Lydon) has been searching for the corrupt officers within the force looking to hand out his own form of justice.

When Leo tracks down Fred, he finds himself being kept prisoner and claiming to be the killer, but not everything is adding up the way Fred believes it is, leading him to investigate Leo’s past while Leo must wait his fate but with him trapped in the flat is the cop killer off the streets?

 

Thoughts on Corrupt

 

Characters/PerformanceFred is what you would call your typical officers that takes advantage of the situations to look out for himself while remaining a good detective, he gets confused with the Leo character’s story and motives. Leo is a very interesting character because one minute he claims to be the cop killer the next he doesn’t but he gets a control over Fred unlike anyone else has.

Keitel and Lydon both give good performances here both embracing their characters well making sure we are not complete sure of eithers actions.stars

StoryThe story here is following corrupt cops who are searching for a potential cop killer, but where this film goes in a different direction the two parties find themselves having to cover for each other. There are elements of what we have come to know from Insomnia but otherwise the slow nature of this film gets hard to keep up on as everything unfolds.

Crime/ThrillerWe have a crime side of this story with two different styles of criminals one with the law on their side the other without, we are left to wonder what the motives behind everything are but we don’t get sucked in the way we should.

SettingsThis film is set in New York City but doesn’t seem to want to use the iconic settings in any of the backdrops of the film.

Special EffectsWe have limited special effects going on here but the ones we do get all work very well.genre

Final ThoughtsThis is easily a thriller I doubt many people will have heard of let alone seen, I can understand why and I do feel the Keitel fans out there should give it a go.

 

Overall: Slow burner but easy to watch thriller.

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Colossal (2017)

Director: Nacho Vigalondo

Writer: Nacho Vigalondo (Screenplay)

Starring: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Austin Stowell, Tom Blake Nelson, Dan Stevens, Hannah Cheeramy

 

Plot: Gloria is an out-of-work party girl forced to leave her life in NY and move back home. When reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, she gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this phenomenon.

 

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Verdict: Very Hard Work

 

Story: Colossal starts as New York party girl Gloria (Hathaway) is kicked out by her out of patience boyfriend Tim (Stevens), forcing her to return to her home town. It doesn’t take her long to meet an old friend in Oscar (Sudeikis) and the regulars from the bar Joel (Stowell) and Garth (Nelson).

Finding herself a job at Oscar’s bar the world starts to come under panic when a giant monster appears in Seoul randomly and continues to appear, after a while Gloria notices a movement the monster makes that is like the nerves tick she has.

When Gloria confirms she is the monster she must figure a way to stop things happening using only her new friends knowing the truth but things take a turn for the worse through the days of trying to control this phenomenon.

 

Thoughts on Colossal

 

Characters/PerformanceGloria is an out of work alcoholic who enjoys the party life, she is forced home to face old memories but soon finds herself dealing with a bigger problem, she is in fact controlling a giant monster terrorising Seoul. This is a good look for a character that has seen life not go the way she wanted it too. Oscar is the old friend in the old town that finds himself going through the same routine going in the direction he never thought his life could go. The rest of the characters are the trademark bar locals and the boyfriend that gives up help Gloria.

Performance wise, Hathaway and Sudeikis are good without being great, I personally feel we could have got a lot more out of other actor in both roles but that is down to the confusing and poorly decide tone for the film.

StoryI want to start this by saying I liked the idea, I think there was loads of potential in this story, but I feel this feel missed out on most of it, only really uses the concept, not using the personal growth needed in the characters and lacking the idea of what a comedy is meant to be.

Action/Comedy/Sci-Fi The action doesn’t happen often and when it does it is easily forgettable, the comedy happens in the early parts of the film but soon gets forgotten that this is a comedy, with the sci-fi side of the film coming in how monsters arrive.

SettingsThe small town setting should be used for the personal growth to go next to the monster side of the film.

Special EffectsThe special effects are all good when needed and are the best part of the film.

Final ThoughtsFor me this film disappoints on many levels, it should be a full comedy but it does turn dark and serious for the 2nd thirds of the film, I feel we can have better written characters and a better selection of story creation.

 

Overall: Disappoint comedy that drags once we forget the comedy side of the film.

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Charlie’s Farm (2014)

charliesDirector: Chris Sun

Writer: Chris Sun (Screenplay)

Starring: Tara Reid, Nathan Jones, Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley, Genna Chanelle Hayes, Allira Jaques, Madeleine Kennedy, Dean Kirkright

 

Plot: In an effort to do something different, four friends head into Australia’s outback to explore Charlie’s Farm, the site where a violent family met their end at the hands of an angry mob. Despite all warnings, they persist in their horror-seeking adventure.

 

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Verdict: Hmmmmm

 

Story: Charlie’s Farm starts as we see four friends Natasha (Reid), Melanie (Jaques), Jason (Kirkright) and Mick (Coward) looking for a new adventure in Australia going in land to the infamous Charlie’s Farm. Here we know how the blonde lead, the slutty brunette friend, the caring boyfriend and the comic relief who is way out of his league with the friend.

When the friends find the farm it isn’t long before strange things start happening before they learn the truth about Charlie’s Farm when they come face to face with the deranged killer Charlie (Jones) and have to fight to survive.

Charlie’s Farm is a very basic slasher film that offers nothing new to the genre in fact it actually takes the genre backwards because we get a killer that is inconstant when it comes to his kills, a group of friends you really just don’t care about which all leads to a slow build and wham bam thank you mame to finish the film. We have the inclusion of two horror icons in Kane Hodder and Bill Moseley which are wasted in these roles. This film really ends up being slightly insulting to all the slasher fans out there because we all know where it will be going.

 

Overall: Another pointless slasher film giving us nothing new.

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Anton Yelchin Weekend – Charlie Bartlett (2007)

charlieDirector: Jon Poll

Writer: Gustin Nash (Screenplay)

Starring: Anton Yelchin, Robert Downey Jr, Hope Davis, Kat Dennings, Tyler Hilton, Mark Randall, Dylan Taylor

 

Plot: A rich kid becomes the self-appointed psychiatrist to the student body of his new high school.

 

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Verdict: Brilliant High School Film

 

Story: Charlie Bartlett starts as Charlie (Yelchin) finds himself expelled from a private boarding school for making fake driving licences, returning to live with his mother Marilyn (Davis) as he agrees to try a public school. Charlie makes an impression on his first day with his naïve nature to the high school experience, where he shakes off the bully and not having social status to continue his kind nature.

Charlie continues to find ways around his problems with Susan Gardner (Dennings) being the love interest, Murphy (Hilton) as the bully he confronts to deal with the problem where he comes up with the idea of selling his medication. Charlie’s new plan does become more difficult when the Principal Gardner (Downey Jr) installs cameras in the student lounge. Charlie starts his own business as a psychiatrist for the students holding sessions in the boys room fast tracking him to the most popular kid in school.

 

Thoughts on Charlie Bartlett

 

StoryThis story is a high school comedy drama about one boy coming from a wealthy family who enters the public high school system and using his own intelligence to help the kids with problems no one is listening to. We do get the typical situations going on with bullying, anti-social behaviour to certain students and a relationship between students with one being the principal’s daughter. The story really does look at how difficult the high school experience can be on the students and if the students could talk the problems through themselves they can help each other find what they want from life.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy going on through this film feels very much like a modern Ferris Bueller which all works because none of it feels forced. The romance is pretty much what you would call a standard high school romance angle.

Characters/PerformanceAnton Yelchin gives what could easily be considered his best performance of his career as the character shows confidence through each situation even if he is dealing with his own problems. Robert Downey Jr shows he can easily play a supporting character with this Principal character that works well because he is open to help with the problems. As for the rest of the cast each performer gives great performances making the character’s work for the story being told.

SettingsNearly all of the film is set in and around the high school setting which of course is all that is needed for a high school comedy drama.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the most underrated high school comedy dramas I have ever seen, the character of Charlie shines through to be one of the most important characters in high school films I have ever seen with the power of Ferris Bueller but the smarts to keep everyone together.

 

Overall: Easily the most underrated high school movie out there.

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