Ouija Shark (2020) Movie Review

Director: Scott Patrick

Writer: David A Lloyd (Screenplay)

Starring: Steph Goodwin, Robin Hodge, Amy Osborne, Christina Roman, Zoe Towne

Plot: A group of teenage girls summon an ancient man-eating shark after messing with a spirit board that washes up on the beach. An occult specialist must enter the shark’s realm to rid this world of the deadly spirit ghost once and for all.


Tagline – Gonna need a bigger board.

Runtime: 1 Hour 21 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Not So Good

Story: Ouija Shark starts as five friends Donna (Roman), Jen (Towne), Tiffany (Osborne), Kim (Hodge) and Jill (Goodwin) head for weekend away for drink and a pool party, where Jill finds a Ouija Board while on the beach, that the girls look to use for fun.

After the board is played, a spirit shark comes to life and starts picking off strangers and the group around the area, with a race against time to stop it before it kills too many.

Thoughts on Ouija Shark

Final Thoughts Ouija Shark is from the same company that bought us The Velocipastor, which was an enjoyable ‘bad’ entertaining movie, it understood how to make fun of itself, with how ludicrous the story was. Here we get yet another shark movie that fails to capture the magic many movies have with a ludicrous concept, see Sharknado for the best example. We are left with a tiny event, which caused a spirit shark, which lurks people, we lack the blood that could have a lot of fun with the idea, we lack the fact that we could just have a fun over the top idea, we are left with disposable characters and an idea which just doesn’t click into place. The effects are meant to look low budget, while sometimes low budget effects improve certain movies, this time, it just doesn’t improve anything. I do think you could have a lot of fun watching drunk though, but this is not a sober movie.

Overall: Watch Drunk.

ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – O – Outlaws (2017)

Director: Stephen McCallum

Writer: Matt Nable (Screenplay)

Starring: Ryan Corr, Abbey Lee, Simone Kessell, Josh McConville, Matt Nable, Aaron Pedersen, Sam Parsonson

Plot: 1% is set within the primal underworld of outlaw motorcycle club gangs. It follows the heir to the throne of a motorcycle club who has to betray his president to save his brother’s life.


Tagline – 99% of motorcyclists are law-abiding citizens.

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Sons of Anarchy Australia

Story: Outlaws starts as two rival biker gangs clash with the temporary leader Paddo (Corr) being forced into making a deal with the rival leader Sugar (Pedersen), only the real president of the club Knuck (Nable) isn’t taking any type of deal.

With the new deal off the table Paddo is left in the middle of no mans land because the deal was only in place to save his brother Skink’s (McConville) life after he was caught stealing from the rival gang, leading him to need to turn on Knuck.

Thoughts on Outlaws

Characters – Paddo has always looked out for his little brother, when he finds himself in trouble once again through a rival biker gang, he makes a deal to try and create peace between the two sides, only he is left in the middle of the two gangs when the president of his current gang doesn’t want the deal. Paddo must put family and a future at risk to escape this criminal world. Katrina is the girlfriend of Paddo, she believes they have worked too hard to walk away from, she wants him to take over after all the extra work they have put into the operations while in charge. Hayley is the wife of the current president, she isn’t happy with the changes in the club and pushes for Knuck to put Paddo back in his place. Skink is the brother of Paddo, he has a drug problem which has led to the deal being put in place, his behaviour continues to cause the problems between the leaders. Knuck is the president of the gang, he has been in prison, which has seen changes in his club, one that he wants to return to its former strength.

PerformancesRyan Corr, Josh McConville and Matt Nable are all believable as the bikers trying to prove who is the most dominate in the gang, the problem comes more with the characters are basic enough and unlikable, while the actresses Abbey Lee and Simone Kessell do well with their roles too.

StoryThe story here follows biker gang that ends up getting caught in the middle of who is going to be in control of the gang going forward after the president is released from prison. This is a basic story of power within a biker gang, it is never implied just how much they are doing on the criminal side of things which doesn’t show just how much power they have, it just feels like a basic and it could just be an extended version of a Son of Anarchy just being angry bikers fighting for the sake of it.

CrimeThe crime world we enter shows us just how the bikers are operating through the world and how they don’t care if they get caught.

SettingsThe film is set in what feels like Australian suburbs which shows how the gangs can be in any location.


Scene of the Movie – The bar fight.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Not very interesting characters.

Final Thoughts This is a biker fighter gang that doesn’t seem to make us care about the characters and just seems like angry men fighting for no reason.

Overall: Basic biker battle.

ABC Film Challenge – Action – O – Olympus Has Fallen (2013) Movie Review

Director: Antoine Fuqua

Writer: Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt (Screenplay)

Starring: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Rick Yune, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Dylan McDermott, Melissa Leo, Radha Mitchell

Plot: Disgraced Secret Service agent (and former presidential guard) Mike Banning finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack; using his inside knowledge, Banning works with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers.


Tagline – When our flag falls our nation will rise. 

Runtime: 1 Hour 59 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Action-Packed Thriller

Story: Olympus Has Fallen starts after disgraced secret service agent Mike Banning (Butler) has found an office job near the White House after failing to save President Benjamin Asher’s (Eckhart) wife after an accident. With the President holding talks with the South Korean Prime Minister, Washington comes under attack with the President finding safety is the bunker, only to learn known terrorist Kang (Yune) has been planning this attack for a long time.

Mike Banning finds his way into a battered White House to help save the President’s son first before looking to rescue the President with his only communication being from the current leaders of the country, can he save the day from this ruthless terrorist.

Thoughts on Olympus Has Fallen

Characters – Mike Banning was once the President’s closest friend in the secret service, the one his trust, he lost this trust after an accident sees Mike choosing to save the President over his wife (even though that is his job). He is left disgraced, but always ready to protect his country and his president, which he will have to do today, showing off all of his military training to take on the full army of enemies stood in his way. Mike is clearly designed to be like John McClane too, with how he goes about dealing with the enemies. President Benjamin Asher is a much-loved President, he is looking to help South Korea with the problem they are facing from the North only to find himself held captive, he doesn’t want to see his team injured or killed, forcing them to help give away the codes Kang wants, trying to prove America won’t negotiate with terrorists. Kang is the terrorist that has been known to the world by name, never face, until today, he takes over the White House with his men and wants the President to help him withdraw forces in the oceans around South Korea, he isn’t afraid to kill people to get what he wants and will make the President watch too. Speaker Trumbull takes control of the country with the President and Vice-President held captive, he must help make the difficult decisions which could see people killed.

PerformancesGerard Butler is intense as the action hero, we know he is always going to be strong in these type of films and here is no different. Aaron Eckhart as the president is always going to be a good choice because he does have a calming presence which we saw in places during The Dark Knight. Rick Yune as the villain is strong showing his cold side through the film, while Morgan Freeman does lead a strong cast through the table of power.

StoryThe story here follows a disgraced secret service agent that will get the chance to redeem his name after the President is taken hostage in the White House by a terrorist. This is a pure action film, it does everything that we saw in the likes of Die Hard, with one man needing to do everything he can to save the hostage, which just so happens to be the President. We don’t get many twists or turns along the way, with everything just being what we need to keep us guessing to what will happen next, because we know Mike isn’t going to be losing along the way. The side of the story which does shine, comes from just how deadly the terrorists are by how many people they are willing to kill.

Action The action in the film does include large scale destruction with bodies flying everywhere, we do calm this down with a much more scaled down approach within the walls, but this is still showing us how good Butler is at action.

SettingsThe film is set in the White House, one of the safest places and hardest to break into, this does help show how dangerous this situation has become because the people being held hostage have the power to destroy the world.

Special EffectsWhen it comes to the special effects, this could well be the weakest part of the film because we see a clearly CGI attack happening from the outset, which looks like it has dated badly.


Scene of the Movie – The attack might well have CGI issues, but the scale is brilliant.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Seems too easy to pull off.

Final Thoughts This is a pure fun action movie that easily knows what it is, with it being action packed fun, it is one man verses an army which is all we need at times.

Overall: Big action spectacle.

James Bond Month – Octopussy (1983)

Director: John Glen

Writer: George MacDonald Fraser, Richard Maibaum, Michael G Wilson (Screenplay)

Starring: Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Louis Jourdan, Kristina Wayborn, Kabir Bedi, Steven Berkoff, David Meyer

 

Plot: A fake Fabergé egg, and a fellow Agent’s death, lead James Bond to uncover an international jewel-smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy, being used to disguise a nuclear attack on N.A.T.O. forces.


Tagline – Nobody does him better.

Runtime: 2 Hours 11 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun & Enjoyable

 

Story: Octopussy starts when a Fabergé egg goes missing and one agent ends up dead, James Bond (Moore) is bought into investigate the case, this starts by following Kamal Khan (Jourdan) and Magda (Wayborn) all the way to India and the mysterious Monsoon Mansion.

James will come face to face with a jewel smuggler known as Octpussy (Adams) who has been working with the Russian, can he solve the case and avenge his fellow agent’s death?

 

Thoughts on Octopussy

 

Characters – James Bond is still considered one of the best agents in the force which meaning he must once again go into action as he goes in search for answers when one of the agents gets killed, he still has his charm as he goes about his mission. Octopussy is the leader of a jewel smuggling ring that has an involvement in the agent’s death, she knows how to control the situation and both sides of the law. Kamal Khan is the middle man for everyone, he is working for the Russians and Octopussy, leaving him to be facing all of the deals that are taking place. He will kill anyone that gets in his way. Magda is one of the beautiful women that work for Octopussy, she uses her looks to trick the men into giving her what she wants, including Bond.

PerformancesRoger Moore was always the best Bond for the cheesy lines, which he hits perfectly well, he did have the weak side when it came to the action spots like others hand, this show us why. Maud Adams goes work in the role which could be a villain or just somebody against the law, while Louis Jourdan does make for a fun villain doing the dirty work. For the most part this is one of the better acted Bond movies in a few years now.

StoryThe story here continues the adventures of James Bond, this time he enters the world of jewel smuggling which will see him travelling the world and learning just what is the major plan behind the sort after Faberge egg. This does bring the story back to the grounded roots which are always the better stories, with no connection to the previous films. The suspense is kept going through the story and by the end, we do feel like we are in a situation where the worst could happen.

Action/AdventureThe action contains a couple of entertaining chase sequences which seem o place us in location we haven’t seen before including the streets of India.

SettingsThe film does take us across the globe, with India, Austria and Germany being the locations used for solving the case.


Scene of the Movie –
India street chase.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Not understand backgammon.

Final ThoughtsThis is easily one of the most underrated Bond movies to date, it keeps the story tight, has great action sequences and even the cheesy one liners work this time around.

 

Overall: One of the best Bond movies.

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The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012)

Director: Peter Hedges

Writer: Peter Hedges (Screenplay) Ahmet Zappa (Story)

Starring: Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, CJ Adams, Odeya Rush, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Rosemarie DeWitt, David Morse

 

Plot: A childless couple bury a box in their backyard, containing all of their wishes for an infant. Soon, a child is born, though Timothy Green is not all that he appears.


Tagline – He’s a force of nature.

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Beautiful Fantasy

 

Story: The Odd Life of Timothy Green starts as Cindy (Garner) and Jim (Edgerton) a married couple learn they can’t have children, in one last night of accepting the truth, they write a list of ideas that would have been their dream child place it in a box and bury it in their garden.

That night something unexpected happens, when the couple learn that Timothy (Adams) comes to life and the couple must deal with being a parent for the first time. Timothy goes through the childhood problems where he meets Joni (Rush), but he is keeping a secret from everybody.

 

Thoughts on The Odd Life of Timothy Green

 

Characters – Cindy is the artistic wife that works in a gallery, she is devastated about not being able to have children, once Timothy turns up she wants to give him everything she wanted to for a child. Jim is a factory worker that sees Timothy as a chance to be a father he never had. Timothy is the boy that appears one night, he has all the good the parents want in their child and shows that he is going help the depressed parents that are facing a childless future, he inspires the people around him, while dealing with the everyday problem in life of a young boy. Joni is the girl that Timothy meets and accepts him for who he is because she knows she is just as different as him, they bring out the best in both.

PerformancesJennifer Garner has a reputation for being one of the best parental figures in acting today, she shows us just why she is always picked. Joel Edgerton is strong here too as we believe he is the one that is seeing his chance to be a father in his character. CJ Adams as Timothy is wonderful showing the innocence his character requires to make a difference in the world. Odeya Rush brings everything needed for the rebellious outcast character that has the heart of gold to give to the right person.

StoryThe story here follows a couple that believe they can never have a child only to get an unexpected surprise when one arrives, one they created, they are given new hope as they see new horizons in their lives and the ones he touches. This is a story I didn’t see coming, it felt original in the way everything was handled and shows just how anyone can walk into somebody’s life and change it forever. When it comes to the child learning aspects of a story, this is everything we have seen before, but the fantasy elements make the biggest impact on this story. the story does play into your feelings and will be one that you don’t forget easily.

Comedy/FantasyThe comedy used in the film is standard material, you will get a laugh when you need to even if we are looking at the more serious moments often. The fantasy comes from Timothy as they learn more about his true presence in the world.

SettingsThe film is set in a small town which shows how close the community is when it comes to dealing with their own problems, this helps with the outcome of the film and helps us see how everyone knows each other.


Scene of the Movie –
The leaves.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The football match is poorly shot.

Final ThoughtsThis is a delightful fantasy film that will deliver on the feels, you will see the direction it is heading in, but you will want to be part of the journey.

 

Overall: Delightful.

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