A Quiet Place (2018)

Director: John Krasinski

Writer: John Krasinski, Bryan Woods, Scott Beck (Screenplay)

Starring: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds, Leon Russom, Cade Woodward, Doris McCarthy

 

Plot: A family lives an isolated existence in utter silence, for fear of an unknown threat that follows and attacks at any sound.


Tagline – If they can hear you, they can hunt you.

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Nerve Shredding Horror

 

Story: A Quiet Place starts as we follow the Abbott family, 89 days into an apocalypse, father Lee (Krasinski), mother Evelyn (Blunt) and children Regan (Simmons), Marcus (Jupe), Beau (Woodward), they must stay silent or an unknown predator will come for them, we see how they get supplies and travel on created paths which won’t make noise. When Beau makes a noise with a toy he has taken, we learn the devastation of the predator.

About one year later we return to the family, living on a farm, still in as close to silence as they can get, we do have tension between Regan and Lee, while Evelyn is expecting a new baby. The new two days will show how sudden the threat can be as the predators are attracted by the additional noise and the battle to survive is on.

 

Thoughts on A Quiet Place

 

Characters – The characters focus on the family dynamics, we have the father Lee that is desperately trying to find a way to keep his family safe, while supporting them by hunting and building a defence, Evelyn that is holding everyone together, while preparing for her next child, Regan is the most interesting character, in a world of silence, her character being deaf adds a dimension to how she can cope better than the rest, she is filled with guilt because of what happened to her younger brother, believing her father blames her. Marcus is the youngest and the one Lee wants to prepare to take over the duties in case something ever happened to him. These are the characters we spend most of the film with and you do want to see what they are getting up to.

PerformancesJohn Krasinski took dual roles here, behind the camera too which he gets it perfectly correct, his acting performance is wonderful too and being opposite his real wife helps get that extra level of emotion be needs as a husband and father. Emily Blunt, the one that can do no wrong, she is brilliant too throughout the film. the two child stars are fantastic here, giving us a performance that makes us believe they are actually related too.

StoryThe story here is simple, a family trying to survive in a world where any noise will attract a predator that will kill you, you can’t run, you can try to hide and you will not beat it. The story is brave because it shows you the predator early on, which is what is needed because it shows you just how sudden death will be if you make a sound. Watching the family dynamics is interesting too because we are seeing a family dealing with grief and guilt for what happened, while also trying to survive in this world. How they go about it is interesting to see and apart from generic horror mistakes this story will keep you on the edge throughout the film.

Horror/ThrillerThe horror in this movie comes from knowing you will not survive an encounter with this predator that hunts through sound, we are kept on edge for the whole film which helps us believe the world we are entering.

SettingsThe world created seems simple, it does feel lived in because of the time the characters are meant to have been surviving in 400days+ and using the environment to survive shows us how the human knowledge could find a way.

Special EffectsThe effects are mostly used for the world around the predators, they look scary, they are terrifying and effects show us what they can do.


Scene of the Movie –
The whole night sequence is edge of your seat.

That Moment That Annoyed Me This is a strange moan, as this is meant to be selected to be at times. We sometimes hear what the deaf Regan hears, which adds something haunting to the movie, then we have music which works, I would have loved to have seen this whole film from what she hears, pure silence.

Final ThoughtsThis is easily a contender for horror film of the year, it is fantastic, edge of your seat and by the end you will need regain your breath.

 

Overall: Must see Horror movie of the year.

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ABC Film Challenge – Random – Q – The Quiet Hour (2014)

Director: Stephanie Joalland

Writer: Stephanie Joalland (Screenplay)

Starring: Dakota Blue Richards, Jack McMullen, Karl Davies, James Browne, Brigitte Millar

 

Plot: In the aftermath of an alien invasion, a feisty teenage girl sets out to protect her farm from human scavengers who will stop at nothing in order to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Promising Sci-Fi

 

Story: The Quiet Hour starts in a world invaded by an alien force that constantly drill, well apart from two hours a day, the only hours the remaining humans can be active. Sarah (Richards) lives in her family farm with her blind brother Tom (McMullen) just keeping to themselves through the invasion.

When a stranger Jude (Davies) arrives in their home, he is injured but also being tracked by a group of savages who are hunting him down looking to take advantage of anything to survive for themselves. Sarah must make the difficult decisions to defend her farm from the human enemy, deciding on who to trust.

 

Thoughts on The Quiet Hour

 

Characters/PerformanceSarah is the feisty teenager waiting out an alien invasion with her brother, she is in control of everything within the house and knows how to stay safe, she must break her rules to survive though. Tom is the innocent brother that is blind living with Sarah, he has a skill for music but at times can hold Sarah back. Jude is the mysterious stranger claiming to be a reporter that Sarah takes in but we are never sure what to think of his motives in this film.

Performance wise, Dakota is good in the leading role as we see how she has grown up since her debut in The Golden Compass. Jack and Karl both give solid supporting performances without being brilliant, but it would be fair to say the performances reflect the films environment.

StoryThis is a good way to bring us a sci-fi thriller by doing something slightly different with the ‘they won the invasion’ angle. It all runs at a slow pace but that is because the film doesn’t want to focus on the alien invaders but instead focus on the human survival with the invasion going on. I do think it all works without being the most engrossing film you will see.

Sci-Fi/ThrillerThe world has been taken over by an unknown alien presence, humans hide to survive, this all sounds sci-fi enough for me. The thrilling side of the film comes from us wondering if the siblings can make it out alive.

SettingsThe film is mostly set within the small farm house which shows us the isolation our characters have created away from the problems in this world.

Special EffectsThe special effects are only used when needed and that is to look at how invaders are operating from a distance.

Final ThoughtsThis is a really promising idea for a film, it hits on many marks but just feels like it needed a couple more pieces to click together for something great.

 

Overall: Sci-fi fans give this a try.

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Original v Remake Weekend – Quarantine (2008)

Director: John Erick Dowdle

Writer: John Erick Dowdle, Drew Dowdle (Screenplay) Jaume Balaguero, Luiso Berdejo, Pace Plaza (Original Screenplay)

Starring: Jennifer Carpenter, Steve Harris, Jay Hernandez, Johnathon Schaech, Columbus Short, Andrew Fiscella

 

Plot: A television reporter and her cameraman are trapped inside a building quarantined by the CDC, after the outbreak of a mysterious virus which turns humans into bloodthirsty killers.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Did We Need It?

 

Story: Quarantine starts as Angela Vidal (Carpenter) a reporter who assigned with her cameraman Scott (Harris) to follow a firefighter team around on one night. Learning how the men get through their time together, they finally get a call to an apartment building where it isn’t a fire they are tackling, it is a blood thirsty group of humans but to make things worse, the team find themselves quarantined within the building.

Angela continues to report from inside the building as the others look for a way out even though nearly all the outings are closed up but they now face a bigger threat from the inside as the dead are coming back from the dead and after human flesh.

 

Thoughts on Quarantine

 

Characters/PerformanceAngela is the reporter just looking to get a great story but finds herself on the edge of one of the biggest stories she could have ever imagined. It would be fair to say the rest of the characters are just people in the building, the cameraman and firefighters, none of which we learn too much about.

Performance wise, Jennifer Carpenter is good in the leading role but the problem with a ‘found footage’ film is that if you know the stars it loses the realism needed from when you have unknowns.

StoryThe story is simple enough, the new reporter and her cameraman get caught up in the middle of a quarantine of a potentially deadly infection spreading around which could kill everyone in the building, city and eventually the world. This doesn’t offer anything new from the original but does lose moments it needed to make it stand out.

Horror/ThrillerThe horror is simple enough and does work in places but not to the levels the original offered us. You are also not on the edge of your seat like you once might have been watching the first film.

SettingsMost of the film is set within the building, it has no escape and a virus spreading, this does work and is easily the strongest element of this film.

Special EffectsThis movie does have a bigger budget than the original and does use that on the special effects which come off very well when it comes to the zombie like infected characters.

Final ThoughtsThis is a remake we didn’t need, the original has good sequels and this one offers nothing new to the idea which only disappoints for the audience.

 

Overall: Disappoint sequel that doesn’t hit all the heights of the original.

Rating

 

 

Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Queen Crab (2015)

logoDirector: Brett Piper

Writer: Brett Piper (Screenplay)

Starring: Michelle Simone Miller, Kathryn Metz, Rich Lounello, A.J. DeLucia, Steve Diasparra, Danielle Donahue, Ken Van Sant

Plot: A meteor crashes into a quiet lake in the remote countryside, awakening a centuries-old beast.  She emerges from the deep and tears through a nearby town and its inhabitants.  The humans must fight for their lives and stop this Queen Crab before she can hatch an army of babies that will overrun the entire world.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Creature Feature, Creature Feature

Story: Queen Crab starts in Crabbe Creek 20 years ago where a young Melissa finds a large crab in her family lake while her parents are fighting. Melissa feeds this crab part of her father experiment making it grow before disaster strikes as her parents are killed.

Move forward to the present where a farmer finds his prize cow eaten leading to the Sheriff (Van Sant) and deputy Sonny Huggins (Lounello) investigating. We meet a grown up Melissa (Miller) who has been keeping her and very private until an old friend Jennifer Kane (Metz) comes to visit. When Stewart MacKendrick (DeLucia) from the wildlife commission comes to town to look in to the tracks left by the crab.

When it appears that the giant crab has had babies the crabs start running wild through the town and once one of the babies gets kill the Queen goes on a rampage.

Queen Crab is nothing more than a classic b-movie creature feature, the story is very basic with genetically mutant animal this time a crab terrorizes a small town, what more do you need for a film like this? don’t go into this expecting to see something breathe taking jut enjoy the fun style of the film. (6/10)

Actor Review

Michelle Simone Miller: Melissa Webber has grown up looking after the ever growing crab, she is the town’s recluse who never lets people on her property but when her pet gets lose it starts going on a rampage. Michelle does a solid job in this role. (6/10)

Kathryn Metz: Jennifer Kane is a famous actress who comes back to her town to see her old friend Melissa, she helps out in fights but this could end up being her greatest battle off the screen. Kathryn does a solid job being the character building the bridges between the Melissa character. (6/10)

Rich Lounello: Sonny Huggins is the idiot deputy who is always getting himself into trouble by talking too much. His hot headed ways will get him into trouble as the one human character you are not meant to like. Rich does a solid job in this role. (6/10)

A.J. DeLucia: Stewart MacKendrick is the wildlife expert that comes to town to investigate what is going on only to find out it is the giant crab that is running around town. A.J. does a solid job making the character for the important information for the film. (/10)

Ken Van Sant: Sheriff Ray who is Melissa’s Uncle who looks after her once her parents die, he lets her live her life but once the crab starts coming after people he has to take a stand. Ken does a solid job as the generic Sheriff. (6/10)

Support Cast: Queen Crab has a supporting cast that mostly used for the crab to kill off.

Director Review: Brett Piper Brett knows what he wants to make to make and is one film that really is just fun. (7/10)

Sci-Fi: Queen Crab brings us a sci-fi monster to be the villain which works for the creature fiction angle. (7/10)

Settings: Queen Crab has the small town setting showing how a creature could pick off victims without the rest knowing. (7/10)
Special Effects: Queen Crab has questionable effects but in the end they en dup adding to the fun. (7/10)

Suggestion: Queen Crab is one for all the creature feature fans to enjoy, don’t expect too much just enjoy. (Creature Feature Fans)

Best Part: Sonny getting his.

Worst Part: People won’t like the effects.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Could have one.

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Eight Legged Freaks

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $75,000

Runtime: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

Overall: A Creature Feature Filled With Fun

Rating 60

The Quest (1996)

logoDirector: Jean-Claude Van Damme

Writer: Steve Klein, Paul Mones (Screenplay) Jean-Claude Van Damme, Frank Dux (Story)

Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Roger Moore, James Remar, Jaet Gunn, Jack McGee, Aki Aleong, Abdel Qissi

 

Plot: Chris embarks on an odyssey of self-discovery that spans the globe. Kidnapped and enslaved by gun smugglers, sold by pirates and thrust into the murky underworld of gambling and kickboxing, Chris’ journey takes him to forbidding Muay Thai Island where deadly martial arts are taught, the colonial splendor of British East Asia, the dank back alleys of Bangkok, desolate deserts once trod by the warriors of Genghis Khan and finally, the ancient Lost City. There he must face the ultimate test of his manhood in the fabled Ghang-gheng, the ancient winner-take-all competition in which the deadliest fighters from around the world employ the most spectacular feats of martial arts skills ever displayed in order to win the prized Golden Dragon. But fighting prowess alone will not be enough for Chris to triumph over such daunting foes. He must reach deep inside and access all of the determination, strength of character and sense of selfless honor within in order to triumph over this final obstacle on his long trek home.

 

Verdict: Fighting Champion minus the Intensity

 

Story: We all know that Jean-Claude Van Damme films are designed to show off his fighting skills and the story is not a priority. We do have a loose storyline following a man being captured, tricked but fights back with the skills he has learned. We get the world fighting champions from all over the world into battles which sadly only last a matter of seconds each time around. The support characters are very stereotyped to be known for each generic fighting style and it isn’t difficult to work out what will happen at the end. (6/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Jean-Claude Van Damme: Christopher the street criminal who gets captured and sold to an island for fighting only for his mission to compete in the championship becomes a reality. Typical Van Damme performance great fighting, poor dialogue. (7/10)

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Roger Moore: Lord Edgar a pirate who just wants to make as much money as he can as quick as he can even if he walks all over people. Basic performance from Moore who openly says this is his least favourite role. (4/10)

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James Remar: Maxie the American champion who gives up his chance to fight when he sees Christopher’s fighting technique. Good supporting performance but becomes a gloried cheerleader by the end of the film. (6/10)

 

Director Review: Jean-Claude Van Damme– He knows how to put some good fight sequences together but the rest he struggles to keep the attention. (6/10)

 

Action: The fights are good, but nothing special. (7/10)

Thriller: The fights are too short to really grab you in. (5/10)

Settings: Good generic settings created. (5/10)

Suggestion: This is for all those Van Damme fans out there not many more people will enjoy this. (Van Damme Fans)

 

Best Part: The fights.

Worst Part: The journey

Action Scene Of The Film: The final fight.

Believability: (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $57 Million

Budget: $30 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

Tagline: A lost city, A man of destiny, A test of honour.

 

Overall: B Class Fighting Film

Rating 55