Good Time (2017)

Director: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie

Writer: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie (Screenplay)

Starring: Robert Pattinson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Benny Safdie, Barkhad Abdi, Buddy Duress

 

Plot: After a heist goes awry, a bank robber tries to free his brother from Rikers Island, all in one night.


Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Contender for Film is the Year

 

Story: Good Time starts as we meet two brothers Connie (Pattinson) and the simple-minded Nick (Safdie) who commit a bank robbery, Connie has planned for escape but not everything goes to plan as Nick is captured.

Connie refusing to leave his brother behind sets out to find a way to get him out of jail as well as getting the money he stole, so the two can move away from the big city, using his contacts including Corey (Leigh) and teenager Crystal (Webster) to get away with it.

 

Thoughts on Good Time

 

Characters – Connie Nikas is the brains between the two brothers, he has planned the robbery with an escape which should be able to get him out of the problems that come their way. Once his brother ends up captured, he will do anything to get his brother out of jail. Nick is the simple-minded brother of Connie, he will follow his brother in any crime, but doesn’t get the treatment he requires for his problems, even after he gets captured after the robbery. Corey is one of Connie’s friends that helps him in his time of need. Crystal is the teenager that finds herself willingly helping Connie in his attempts to get his brother out of jail, she does seem to have a lack of authority figure in her life.

PerformancesRobert Pattinson is getting a lot of buzz about his performance and you can see why, this is easily his best performance of his career and he deserves all the praise he is receiving. The rest of the cast is fantastic too with the supporting roles.

StoryThe story follows the bank heist gone wrong with the Connie needing to rescue his brother from jail in one night. This is a gripping story to watch, we are kept waiting to see where things will go as everything unfolds and having the rescue attempt happening in one night helps give it a real time feel. The connection between the two brothers is shown too with just how far Connie will go to save his brother and how Nick will follow Connie through with anything.

CrimeThe crime side of the film starts with a heist that goes wrong but soon ends up in a rescue attempt to save the captured brother. We only see how Connie can use his criminal side to get through the night.

SettingsThe settings show how Connie must work around to survive against the background of the big city who are hunting him.


Scene of the Movie –
The heist escape.

That Moment That Annoyed Me I would have like to see more about Corey character.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the most impressive movies of the year. It is filled with tension from the opening to the finish with a powerhouse performance from Pattinson.

 

Overall: Must watch for the year.

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Girls Against Boys (2012)

Director: Austin Chick

Writer: Austin Chick (Screenplay)

Starring: Nicole LaLiberte, Danielle Panabaker, Matthew Rauch, Liam Aiken, Caroline Lagerfelt

 

Plot: After a series of bad experiences with men, Shae teams up with her co-worker, Lu, who has a simple, deadly way of dealing with the opposite sex.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Tame, Twisted Revenge Film

 

Story: Girls Against Boys starts as Shae (Panabaker) gets dumped by her boyfriend, not wanting to let him ruin her night, she goes partying where she meets Lulu (LaLiberte) who helps her enjoy the night which the two have a great night meeting some guys. This night takes a turn when one of the guys won’t take ‘no’ for an answer forcing himself on Shae.

Tired of the way men treat her Lulu takes Shae on a revenge mission against men in general as they look to track down the rapist doing what they want, killing who they want.

 

Thoughts on Girls Against Boys

 

Characters/PerformanceLulu has been dealing with men who look at her the wrong way for a while now, she has become a bit of an expert, she takes Shae under her wing. Shae seems like a nice honest girl that just picks the wrong guys and she becomes a victim of rape. She snaps with this joining Lulu in a revenge plan leaving the bodies of their victims along the way.

Performance wise, Nicole and Danielle are both great, we know Danielle more from her filmography and it is good to see her in a none slasher role.

StoryTwo girls from different worlds come together to get revenge on men that have wronged them, ok there is something slightly different in this one, first one of the two comes off as a victim more while the other one does enjoy what she does. When it comes to revenge films you do feel you need the characters to be pushed to the limits which you feel only one of the guys does over the line the others just come off like bad people. This does make the story feel slightly light weight in places not creating enough motive.

Horror/ThrillerThe horror is parts revenge but otherwise lacks that punch, it also doesn’t keep us on edge like you would expect it too.

SettingsThe settings put us in the normal backstreets of New York which works for the tone of the idea that these are just normal people in New York City.

Special EffectsAll the effects do come off well through the film and are only used when needed.

Final ThoughtsIn the end this is a revenge thriller but feels very tame for what we are used and sure it does go into a different direction in places but by the end it doesn’t click on the levels it should do.

 

Overall: Thriller without the bite.

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Geostorm (2017)

Director: Dean Devlin

Writer: Dean Devin, Pau Guyot (Screenplay)

Starring: Gerald Butler, Abbie Cornish, Ed Harris, Andy Garcia, Jim Sturgess, Daniel Wu

 

Plot: When the network of satellites designed to control the global climate start to attack Earth, it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything and everyone.


Tagline –  Some Things Were Never Meant to Be Controlled

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: A Lot of Fun

 

Story: Geostorm starts as we see how the world has been getting hit by natural disasters only a deadlier than ever level, Jake Lawson (Butler) and a team of international scientists create Dutch Boy a space system that can stop storms from being created and it is a system that is working well, but Jake gets axed from the team.

3 years later the system starts to go wrong which leads to Max (Sturgess) to rebuild the bridges burnt with Jake to go into the space to solve the problem with Dutch Boy but when they learn that the problem is more than just a computer glitch and the race to stop the dreaded Geostorm could end the world as we know it.

 

Thoughts on Geostorm

 

Characters – Jake Lawson is the mastermind engineer that has been the head designer of Dutch Boy, the defence against the storm, he is rash with his decisions which leads him to being axed from the program but he is also the only one that could save the day when he learns the bigger picture. Max Lawson is Jake’s younger brother, he is political man that tries to keep Jake in line but ends up needing to make the hard decisions while building the relationship back with his brother. Sarah Wilson is the secret service agent that is also the girlfriend of Max, she is by the book but also knows how to get the jobs needed done. We have other characters that work for the film, the President preparing to open Dutch Boy to the world and a list of people that Jake doesn’t know on the space station that could be working against them.

PerformancesGerald Butler is a good lead and not having a pointless romantic story helps us enjoy his rough around the edges character. Jim Sturgess is good in the film getting a lot of the comedy moments. Abbie Cornish is great as the strong female performance in a role we are not used to seeing a female character in as the strong secret service agent. The performances from the bigger name are fine but are used in the way you are expecting them to be. The lesser known stars do enjoy themselves making a name for themselves in the best scenes.

StoryThe idea the world is going to be destroyed by natural disasters and we need to solve the problem before it is too late. The science in this film is something we could look at happening in the future but when it goes wrong what would we do. The idea works for a popcorn Blockbuster film because certain things are farfetched at times. Saving the world from space and from Earth does work to and the idea the brother’s need rebuild their relationship to save the world. Don’t go in thinking you will get an Oscar worthy script it’s just a fun nonsense disaster movie.

Action/Sci-FiThe action sequences are big cities being destroyed, but for once there is a reason why it is big cities being destroyed. The sci-fi behind this film works because it is something people have spoken about before so I feel it works for the films ideas.

SettingsThe settings take us to big cities to get destroyed which does make sense for the film as we have the satellites needing to be over the cities.

Special EffectsThe effects are one of the weakest parts of the movie, which is something that we have seen from modern disaster films.


Scene of the Movie –
Hong Kong escape.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The effects are weak.

Final ThoughtsI loved a disaster movie, I can enjoy the nonsense behind them which is entertaining to watch even though it is crazy throughout.

 

Overall: Just fun and easy to watch.

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Halloween Horror – The Greasy Strangler (2016)

Director: Jim Hosking

Writer: Toby Harvard, Jim Hosking (Screenplay)

Starring: Michael St. Michaels, Sky Elobar, Elizabeth De Razzo, Gil Gex, Abdulaye NGom

 

Plot: Ronnie runs a Disco walking tour with his son, Brayden. When a sexy woman takes the tour, it begins a competition between father and son for her love. It also signals the arrival of an oily strangler who stalks the streets at night.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: I Hate My Life

 

Story: The Greasy Strangler starts as we meet Ronnie (Michaels) and his son Brayden (Elobar) who run a walking disco tour which doesn’t get the best number of clients but when Brayden meets one of their clients Janet (De Razzo).

The town is does have a darker side when the mysterious Greasy Strangler kills people around town. Now with Brayden falling in love the Greasy Strangler is piling up his numbers.

 

Thoughts on The Greasy Strangler

 

Characters/PerformanceYou know what, I don’t want to talk about the characters in too much detail, we have the father son dynamic and a girl that is about it.

Performance wise, well some people just weren’t meant to be actors, that seems harsh but when you see this you will wonder how these ‘actors’ can take themselves serious after being in a film this bad.

StoryThere is a story here which mostly follows falling in love with the antisocial people I guess, I am really look for a needle in a haystack here to find anything.

Comedy/HorrorNope and Nope.

SettingsThis is the only remotely positive thing to come from this movie, we have a film that looks at how parts of LA don’t get the attention they once did.

Special EffectsThere are some.

Final ThoughtsThis is the last I will talk about this film, it was so bad I think I may have to give up watching films, just how did this get made?

 

Overall: NEVER SEE THIS FILM.

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The Girl with All the Gifts (2016)

girlDirector: Colm McCarthy

Writer: Mike Carey (Screenplay) Mike Carey (Novel)

Starring: Gemma Arterton, Glenn Close, Dominique Tipper, Sennia Nauna, Paddy Considine, Anamaria Marinca

 

Plot: A scientist and a teacher living in a dystopian future embark on a journey of survival with a special young girl named Melanie.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: The Last of Us Film?

 

Story: The Girl with All the Gifts starts in a military compound where children are bound to wheelchairs as they are forced to remember numerical sequences, the smartest of all the children is Melanie (Nanua) who in her classes taught by Helen Justineau (Arterton) is always looking for stories of the outside world.

In this world, there is a secret going on with the children who are all flesh hungry when the adults are not wearing protective cream. Once we exit the military compound we learn that there is a zombie apocalypse outside the walls where the children are offering a potential vaccine for humanity but when the walls are breached Helen, Dr Caldwell (Close), Melanie and Sgt Parks (Considine) escape the chaos. The story then follows how the group of survivors must search for somewhere safe before their supplies run out.

 

Thoughts on The Girl with All the Gifts

 

StoryWhen you look at this story you can see the weak point in this film, that is slightly harsh to say but when you follow the story it does feel like it has followed the ABC of zombie survivor film. we do have a couple of twists in the story with the new look of the infected evolved children but otherwise this does have a striking similarity to the Last of Us video game.

Horror/ThrillerWhen you look at the horror side of the story you might find yourself slightly short of ever being scared in this film which isn’t a bad thing because you are kept on the edge of your seat waiting to see where the story will go.

Characters/PerformanceOur main four characters are like what we have seen before, we have the scientist desperately looking for a cure to complete all the sacrifice they have made, the soldier who doesn’t like the idea having the young girl with them, the sympathetic woman that wants the children to be treated like children even if this is slightly naïve about it. It is the inclusion of the young girl that is an evolved infected which feels fresh because while she is immune she is also infected which is new to the genre.

Looking at the performances now we have great performances from Arterton, Considine and Close for their character but it is new comer Nanua who shines as she shows she can keep you with the better-known cast throughout the film.

SettingsWhen you are looking for beautiful use of setting this could well be one of the best visual representations of the zombie apocalypse genre you will see.

Special EffectsThe special effects all look fantastic be it with the creation of the zombies known as ‘Hungries’ or the vast post-apocalyptic world that is created.

Final ThoughtsThis is an enjoyable zombie film that does have elements that feel fresh but does have moments you have seen before.

 

Overall: Good addition to the zombie sub genre.

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