The Facility (2019) Movie Review

Director: Matt Mitchell

Writer: Matt Mitchell (Screenplay)

Starring: Sarine Sofair, Harriet Madeley, Adrian Edmondson, Sally Phillips, Omar Rose, Kevin Leslie, Michael Fatogun, Sophie Miller

Plot: A group of young urban explorers and a private military unit could become the final pieces in a 60-year plan to reopen a door that should have stayed closed. But what they unleashed could almost tear our world apart.

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Facility starts as five urban explorers Grace (Madeley), Becca (Burton), Steve (Leslie), Adam (Bronzy) and Maddie (Miller) break into an abandoned military facility, where they start to find unusual objects and goings on within the walls. Sgt Davies (Fatogun) is assigned to put his team together to get the explorers out at any cost by the mysterious Suited Woman (Philips).

With two teams in the facility, the evil inside is now ready to feed, but it will need to be stopped before it is unleashed on the Earth.

Thoughts on The Facility

Characters – Grace leads the urban explorers, the group does fall into the generic figures, but to bring us urban explorers, you would feel like there would be more professionalism or back stories to the previous explorations they would have been on, which would have made them more understand or used to the conditions before the haunting side of the journey. Davies leads the military unit that just wants the job done, his unit safe and answers before going into a place filled with danger.

PerformancesThe performances are not the strongest, but they are far from bad, certain lines might not be delivered in the most convincing method, but then this does end up playing more into the bigger picture going on.

StoryThe story here follows a group of urban explorers and a military unit that both find themselves trapped in a mysterious military facility which is filled with unexplainable events. The Facility it a sequel to The Rizen and makes a big jump in time to the modern time, which shows us how the spirits are still haunting the facility trying to possess a new generation a soldiers that could be used to feed the evil. We could have seen or at least learnt more about the urban explorers before entering, is this there first one, have they been doing this for years etc, something Grave Encounters made clear for extra horror effect. If you haven’t seen the original, a lot of this will seem strange and not add up on the same level, but the memories of the original, make things add up more. There is a lot going on through this story, which might see little moments missed, but the ambition behind the world creating is something that needs to be praised.

Action/Horror/Sci-FiThe action isn’t as big as it would like to be, with a lot being just shooting into blank spaces, with the horror coming from the darkness and the visions seen around the facility, with the sci-fi side of the film playing into the bigger picture being presented.

SettingsThe film is mostly set in the facility, filled with darkness and mystery around every single corner.

Special EffectsThe effects are mixed, with the practical looking good, while the CGI moments do stand out more than they should.


Scene of the Movie – Closing the door.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Not learning enough about the urban explorers past experiences.

Final Thoughts The Facility continues to build the world within the walls, giving us a chance to see how big this world could get.



Fall of a Kingdom (2019) Movie Review

Director: John Wynn, Akhtem Seitablaev

Writer: Rich Ronat, Yaroslav Voytseshek (Screenplay)

Starring: Tommy Flanagan, Robert Patrick, Poppy Drayton, Alison Doody, Alex MacNicoll

Plot: The Mongol Empire had grown to the largest the world had ever known. It’s armies now laid siege to much of Eastern Europe. A small village fights for freedom in the frontier landscape of the Carpathian Mountains.


Tagline – Family. Freedom. Legacy.

Runtime: 2 Hours 5 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Fall of a Kingdom starts as we meet the small village chef Zakhar (Patrick) who wants his sons Maksim (MacNicoll) and Ivan (Myers) to invite the leader of neighbouring village Tugar (Flanagan) for a town meeting, which will see Maksim fall for the daughter Myroslava (Drayton) after rescuing her.

When the small villages find themselves coming under attack by the Mongol Empire, Maksim, Ivan and Petro look to free the people who are being put through the sadistic games.

Thoughts on Fall of a Kingdom

Thoughts – Fall of a Kingdom aims to give us a battle against the odds as a small village looks to try and unite with others to defeat an empire of warriors the Mongols who are sweeping across the lands, killing anyone who stands in their way. We get left in a conflict between the villages who don’t want to work together despite it being best for the people and the empire that will not stop for anyone, seeing people’s true colours. We have solid enough performances, but nobody manages to stand out in anyway through this film, the fights don’t feel fresh, with the battles going into the land of everything we have seen before. The most redeeming part of the film comes from a dramatic water based sequence, which does look super cool.

Final ThoughtsFall of a Kingdom fills in the basics of a battle between small villages and an empire that will stop at nothing, bring little fresh to the table.

Signature Entertainment presents Fall of a Kingdom on DVD and Digital HD from November 30th



Flint (2020) Movie Review

Director: Anthony Baxter


Plot: A documentary based on five years of research into a Michigan auto town where tens of thousands were drinking water into which poisonous lead had leached, and how officials failed to respond.

Runtime: 1 Hour 54 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Flint starts by seeing the everyday residents of Flint, Michigan, each one will have a different horror story about what has happened to their family’s over the time when they started drinking water from the Flint River, one that was affected by being used as a dumping ground for years, creating a toxic level that shouldn’t be consumed.

We see how the scientists looked to prove the damage that has been done and the battle to find someone guilty for allowing this and how the people in the city are struggling just to make a living and the people trying to help are leading to multiply stories which only end up complicate the situation.

Thoughts on Flint

ThoughtsFlint is a documentary that shows more of the horrific story of the water situation in Flint, Michigan. We have seen films like Dark Waters, that tackled one approach to everything, while others have gone down the documentary path before, the reality it, people have been suffering from the events of changing the water supply to a city for years now and this documentary will show the last 5 years of trying to find the truth and expose the cover ups. We don’t just hear the stories of the people suffering, which are always going to be the backbone of this documentary. Looking at the different scientists or experts that are looking into the events, seeing how they are almost going against each others information, leaving the residents even more confused about the truth, not knowing who to trust is important to see. This documentary will be eye-opening to the problem in the city and how important the change will need to be for everyone.

Final Thoughts Flint is an essential documentary that will put a new light on the troubles in one city and how the people have been left helpless in their battle for answers.

FLINT is available on BBC iPlayer from 1st December http://www.flintdocumentary.com



Five Dates (2020) Interactive Movie Review

Director: Paul Raschid

Writer: Paul Raschid (Screenplay)

Starring: Georgia Hirst, Mandip Gill, Marisa Abela, Taheen Modak, Georgia Small, Demmy Ladipo, Sinead Harnett

Plot: The interactive film allows viewers to play along in their own unique way (with 10 different outcomes and a real-time Relationship Status Tracking). Players can navigate the lead character – Vinny – through digital game dates, awkward scenarios and unexpected truths.

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Five Dates starts as you set up a profile for Vinny (Modak), as he signs up for a dating app, where he gets five matches, you will get to pick between three of these five women, Grace (Hirst), Shaina (Gill), Maya (Abela), Saffron (Small) or Saffron (Hartnett).

Thoughts on Five Dates

Thoughts – When it comes to dating, it has changed this year, we are now in the video dating world, a way to speed up the first chats with strangers. Five Dates gives us the chance to create a virtual profile that will give us a chance to date, five women who are all different in their own way. This does open the window to what the new modern dating is happening now, when it comes to the dating questions, they don’t seem like questions you would ask on a date. While playing through the game, you will pick which woman you believe would be someone you would like a second, or third date. I picked one quite easily, but it does make dating even scarier that it already it. You can have a good laugh while playing through this game, with Vinny and Callum having funny moments throughout the film, while each date will put you in a different mindset for what is happening. The game does offer replay value because, each date will have different outcomes, with second and third dates being different for each woman too, so you can go through and see how you would like the dates to unfold.

Final Thoughts Five Dates is a fun interactive game that shows us just how difficult dating has become, showing how you can have some good and bad dates along the way.

FIVE DATES is released worldwide for digital download on Windows & Mac via SteamPS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch on 17 November. and IOS/Android 2021

 

Fugue (2018) Movie Review

Director: Tomas Street

Writer: Tomas Street (Screenplay)

Starring: Jack Foley, Laura Tremblay, Mike Donis, Kristen Da Silva, Michael Lipka

Plot: Amnesic Malcolm struggles to put the pieces of his life back together and begins questioning those closest to him in this puzzle of memory and identity.


Tagline – Who do you think you are?

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Fugue starts when Malcolm (Foley) wakes up without the memories of his life, his wife Helen (Tremblay) helping fill him in with the blanks of their life together, the small stories about them, until that night they get attacked, with Malcolm waking up not remembering anything.

Malcolm starts a new story, leading us to discover that people are trying to get a safe open in his life, with a code he can’t remember.

Thoughts on Fugue

Final Thoughts Fugue is a film that follows one man who is suffering from amnesia and finds himself being forced into giving up a code for a safe, he doesn’t remember each day, which will show from how the story is willing to shuffle to the timeline on everything we see. We do keep going through the different ideas of what might be happening with twists around each scene. The performances through the film are strong with Jack Foley in the leading role, showing us the strength of his character and the uncertainty required. The mystery we are looking to solve does keep us guessing, but we don’t seem to learn enough by the conclusion of the film, leaving a lot of empty loose ends to everything we have been watching.