Intensive Care (2018)

Director: Jared Bentley

Writer: Jared Bentley, Darrin Scane, Eric Storlie (Screenplay)

Starring: Tara Macken, Jai Rodriguez, Kevin Sizemore, Jose Rosete, Leslie Easterbrooke

 

Plot: Three low-life criminals attempt to rob an elderly dying woman’s home, but her live-in nurse turns out to be much more trouble than they bargained for.


Tagline – Crazy knows crazy.

Runtime: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Action Flick

 

Story: Intensive Care starts as we see just how talented a fighter Alex (Macken) is as she leaves her previous military life to become a live-in nurse for Claire (Easterbrook). Claire has one remain grandson Danny (Rodriguez) who has his own financial problems, which brings in Seth (Sizemore) and Rudy (Rosete).

With Danny trying to distract Alex, so the others can break into the house and steal the life savings, it isn’t long before the three learn they messed with the wrong woman in Alex who will make them pay for what they did.

 

Thoughts on Intensive Care

 

Characters – Alex is a former marine that has shown her skills for audience in the opening sequence, she has step away from that life to become a live-in nurse believing it will be a quiet life. She will once again need to show her skills to fight off three criminals trying to rob her patient. She knows how to take out anyone who is bigger and stronger than her, while also being able to handle large amounts of punishment. Danny is the grandson of Claire, the only living relative who has gotten himself into money problems hoping that he can take her money while she is on her death bed, he uses his charm to distract Alex, while he is being forced into going along with the plan. Seth and Rudy are the two that are left to locate the money hoping to make sure they get their money and finish their deal with Danny.

PerformancesTara Macken in the leading role proves to be a good one, with her background in stunt-work we get to see her handle combat sequences through the film. Jai Rodriguez will give you most memorable scenes in the film with his action being the parts of the film you will remember the most because they bring a small element of humour. Kevin Sizemore and Jose Rosete are both good too as the generic bigger guys for Alex to fight.

StoryThe story follows one former military lady that needs to fight off three criminals who are trying to steal the money in the home. This sounds simple enough right, well it is until we get too the moments where both sides are interested in proving they are better than the opponents. This story could and should have ended a lot earlier because both sides have clear chances to eliminate the problems and for the most part, they fail to do this. This is a story that doesn’t end in the way you would imagine either and please stay for a post-credit scene.

Action/Crime/HorrorThe action is the highlight of the film because we get plenty of fight sequences for Tara Macken to go through, this brings in the crime side of the film as the criminals want the money and will do anything to get it and the horror side of the film plays into the home invasion side to horror that works well here without being truly terrifying.

SettingsThe film takes place in one location, a home in the middle of nowhere with open surroundings which shows just how difficult to escape from, for both sides.


Scene of the Movie –
Car ride.

That Moment That Annoyed Me One phone call seems too random

Final ThoughtsThis is a nice simple action flick that can be enjoyed by the action fans, being just over an hour long we get to keep everything going well, never letting up.

 

Overall: Entertaining action film.

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I Am Paul Walker (2018)

Director: Adrian Buitenhuis

 

Plot: Documentary examining the life of the late actor Paul Walker.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Essential Viewing

 

Story: I Am Paul Walker starts as we get to see the real friends and family giving us the memories from the early stages of the life of Paul Walker, the people that would be his closest friends, the family who supported him and the history of his family.

We learn how he was a child star that ran out of money and was reluctantly to return to acting, until he learned that he was going to be able to make a massive career out of it and he could continue to live a quiet life style he enjoyed. We see how Paul’s career took off and how he managed with life in the limelight and never let the fame truly get in the way.

 

Thoughts on I Am Paul Walker

 

Final ThoughtsPaul Walker is an actor we lost too early in an accident which left his fans in shock. We know about his acting career which is what made us all know him, I Am Paul Walker gets to show us more about his personal life from his childhood, early acting career, charity work and family life. Much like how I Am Heath Ledger did for Heath, this gives us a chance to see the man behind the camera and just how he made the most out of his life with his only addiction being, making the people in his life happy. If you were one of his fans you must be watching this movie because it will show you that he gave back without ever needing to be known for his work.

 

Overall: Must watch documentary

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ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – I – It’s a Wonderful Afterlife (2010)

Director: Gurinder Chadha

Writer: Gurinder Chadha (Screenplay)

Starring: Sanjeev Bhaskar, Steve Morphew, Steve Jones, Jamie Sives, Sendhill Ramamurthy, Mark Addy

 

Plot: A comedy centered on an Indian mother who takes her obsession with marriage into the world of serial murder.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable Rom Com Horror

 

Story: It’s a Wonderful Afterlife starts with four mysterious Indian cuisine related murders, D S Raj Murthy (Ramamurthy) is bought into help get information from the Indian community but we learn early on that his old family friend Mrs Sethi (Azmi) is behind the murders as she is trying to find a husband for her daughter Roopi (Notay) and all the victims have insulted her daughter but are now haunting Mrs Sethi.

As the investigation points in Roopi’s direction the spirits haunting her mother works with them to find her a husband before she will confess to the murders giving the spirits a chance to be reincarnated and with Raj back in the life he makes for a perfect choice.

 

Thoughts on It’s a Wonderful Afterlife

 

Characters – D S Raj Murthy is assigned to go undercover in search for the killer that is killing people in the Indian community, he offers a love interest for Roopi but is also finding out if she is the killer. Roopi is the Indian woman that hasn’t gotten married yet with her mother trying to find her a husband, she is a kind woman helping others but just doesn’t believe in herself. Linda is the best friend that returns believing she can handle spirits and that she will be finding her partner. Mrs Sethi is the murderer, she is killing people that insult her daughter but finds herself being haunted by the spirits.

PerformanceThe performances through the film are great with Sendhil Ramamurthy from heroes taking the leading man role with ease, Shabana Azmi is also great as the concerned murdering mother. Goldy Notay does a great job too as the daughter looking for love but not searching for it and Sally Hawkins does seem to get the most laughs from her character.

StoryThe story uses the idea of arranged marriage being around in Indian culture still and this film takes things to the next level showing how a mother would kill to make sure her daughter would get married to the right person. It does have the usual misleading issues with our characters being involved in a murder case but otherwise things all go the way you would expect in the story.

Comedy/Horror/RomanceThe comedy comes from all the idea of the kills, the spirits haunting the mother and the arranging of finding Roopi a husband. The horror comes from the haunting of Mrs Sethi but is used for the comedy with the romance focusing on the idea of searching for the husband.

SettingsThe settings show how the Indian culture has become a part of England and the mix can work in harmony for the story.

Special EffectsThe effects are good through the film only being used to show interaction with the spirits.

Scene of the Movie – Carrie parody.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It focuses too much on the rom com side of things over the horror.

Final ThoughtsThis is an enjoyable rom com with a small part horror, it shows us about how people can go too far for the happiness of their own family with laughter and murder.

 

Overall: One to try for rom com community out there.

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I Think We’re Alone Now (2018)

Director: Reed Morano

Writer: Mike Makowsky (Screenplay)

Starring: Peter Dinklage, Elle Fanning, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Paul Giamatti

 

Plot: The apocalypse proves a blessing in disguise for one lucky recluse — until a second survivor arrives with the threat of companionship.


Tagline – In the End…Chaos Will Find You

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Bleak & Beautiful

 

Story: I Think We’re Alone Now starts as we meet Del (Dinklage) who after a sudden apocalypse which has left everybody in his town dead, is in the middle of cleaning up the neighbourhood, burying the dead, cleaning up their homes, this has been the best thing to happen to him.

Del’s perfect life gets an unlikely visitor in Grace (Fanning) a young woman who is also looking for her own place in the abandoned world, the two reluctantly decide to help each other, which only forces Del to change his ways, can he cope with having someone else around.

 

Thoughts on I Think We’re Alone Now

 

Characters – Del is a recluse that never got on with people and with the apocalypse giving him the chance to be alone, he spends his days cleaning up his home town, moving the dead bodies, cleaning the homes and trying to make the town livable again. His quiet life is turned upside down, when a stranger arrives, he is left with the question of deciding whether he can live with someone else or just keep his lonely life. Grace is the young woman that turns up in Del’s town, she is just looking for more people in the world which brings her to try and help bring Del out of his lonely way.

PerformancesPeter Dinklage is fantastic in this leading role showing us just how content his character is because life hasn’t changed too much in his characters life. The idea where he can make us care about this lonely character going through the motions shows his talent. Elle Fanning is great too, she brings life to the film because of her energy to this bleak world.

StoryThe story here follows one man that has been given the perfect life in his eyes after the world goes through an apocalypse, he is cleaning up his town making it how he believes it should look even with all the people dead. This side of the story is portrayed perfectly because never have you seen someone so content in this world, even Wall-E was depressed in this type of world. his life changes when a stranger arrives and he is torn between wanting to be left alone and having somebody else around who might not follow his method of living. This story doesn’t give us the full explanation to what killed everybody and strangely enough we don’t need it, just be thankful it isn’t a zombie one. The idea that the world hasn’t always been as accepting as Del would have liked is clear too, which makes us understand why he likes being alone, while having that craving of human interaction once Grace turns up in his life. We tackle ideas of isolation through the apocalypse and address how people can be affected by this in normal life, almost becoming accepting of it. The story does go down a road we have seen before which never reaches the full levels of similar films, which is nice because it keeps everything grounded from the views of Del and the world he is happy in.

Mystery/Sci-FiThe mystery side of the film comes from seeing and wondering just what caused the apocalypse, why Del survived it and whether he is the only one left, this only gets more questions for the audience to ask when Grace arrives in his life. The sci-fi element of the film comes from seeing just what the world would look like with a sudden death apocalypse.

SettingsThe film creates one of the most haunting towns possible for being empty, Del marking up houses, to his visits to the library show us just how empty the world is, though full for Del.


Scene of the Movie –
Watching Del go about his day.

That Moment That Annoyed Me People could be annoyed by not knowing the true reason why the people got died.

Final ThoughtsThis is a beautiful and bleak apocalypse movie that keeps the story simple, the performances fantastic and you just wanting to see more of the world created.

 

Overall: Dinklage shines bright here.

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ABC Film Challenge – Horror – I – I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016)

Director: Billy O’Brien

Writer: Billy O’Brien, Christopher Hyde (Screenplay) Dan Wells (Novel)

Starring: Max Records, Christopher Lloyd, Laura Fraser, Christina Baldwin, Karl Geary, Dee Noah

 

Plot: In a small Midwestern town, a troubled teen with homicidal tendencies must hunt down and destroy a supernatural killer whilst keeping his own inner demons at bay.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Chilling Horror Drama

 

Story: I Am Not a Serial Killer starts as we meet high school student and son of a coroner John Cleaver (Records) who does help with mother April’s (Fraser) work, but John is a troubled young man having being diagnosed as a psychopath by his doctor Neblin (Geary).

When his small town starts having a serial killer active and the bodies start adding up. When Max discovers who the killer is Mr Crowley (Lloyd) he starts to learn that not everything is as simple as him being a serial killer and the two end up getting involved in a game of cat and mouse.

 

Thoughts on I Am Not a Serial Killer

 

Characters – John Wayne Cleave is the young man with a troubled mind, he has been diagnosed as a psychopath but he isn’t going to give into his homicidal thoughts but when he learns about a serial killer he sets out to try and stop him. Mr Crowley is the serial killer in question, an old man from the neighbourhood who doesn’t look like he could overpower anyone but there is something different about him. April is John’s mother that also is the town’s coroner which gives John an understand of human anatomy.

PerformanceMax Records gives us a wonderful performance in the leading role for an actor so young and who has been away from the business for about five years. Christopher Lloyd gives us a chilling performance and one you wouldn’t have put him down for after his comedic turns through the years. Laura Fraser is good but doesn’t get too much time to do too much.

StoryThe story of a young man discovering a serial killer and trying to stay ahead of them has been seen before but this film takes things in a new direction as the young man is battling to stop his homicidal ways. The idea is smart and doesn’t go at a fast pace instead keeps us wanting to see where it will all unfold and just what is the killers secret.

Horror/ThrillerWe have a serial killer but not like one you would expect here, we have one that will kill in ways you wouldn’t expect their body to be able to, which does keep us on edge as we wait to see what will happen next.

SettingsThe small-town setting helps this film because it shows that not everyone you think you will know is just who they thought they would be.

Special EffectsThe effects are great, with most being from a distant until the final parts which look fantastic up close and personal.

Scene of the Movie – Discovering the truth.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Can be slow in places.

Final ThoughtsThis is a smart take on a serial killer/creature movie that does keep us guessing along the way and does have a dark and rewarding conclusion.

 

Overall: One for the horror fans

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