Sword of Vengeance (2015)

Director: Jim Weedon

Writer: Julian Unthank, Matthew Read (Screenplay)

Starring: Stanley Weber, Annabelle Wallis, Karel Roden, Ed Skrein, Dave Legeno, Edward Akrout

 

Plot: Vengeance is the driving force behind a shadow walker’s return to Norman conquered Saxon lands after the Battle of Hastings and a brutal repression of it’s people by a cruel lord.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 27 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Blood Splattered Action Mess

 

Story: Sword of Vengeance starts shortly after the Battle of Hastings (1066, if you don’t know your British history) Durant (Roden) has slaughtered the Saxons and strikes fear through the remaining citizens. Shadow Walker (Weber) has a score to settle against Durant, travelling around alone he finds himself working with Saxon warriors led by Anna (Wallis) wife of a former warrior, as the two forces look set for one final showdown for the land of British.

 

Thoughts on Sword of Vengeance

 

Characters – Shadow Walker is the mysterious stranger who travels alone for his own quest for vengeance, master of combat he can easily defeat multiple deadly foes at once, he ends up leading a Saxon fight back against the tyrant ruling the land. Anna is the leader of the Saxon group, she lost her husband in the battles and now she unites the other groups as they plan to fight back, she accepts Shadow Walker as their combat leader. Durant is the tyrant ruling the land, his armies have conquered and slaughtered villages, with his power showing just the force he has become, he isn’t afraid to get into the battles himself though.

PerformancesWhen it comes to the combat sequences Stanley Weber does look the part, this works in the film because he doesn’t get left to try any of the emotional scenes, just being emotionless is this guys strong point. Annabelle Wallis is strong also handling the fighting well, but does better with the emotional level of the film. Karel is a basic villain we know he can play this character well and this is no different.

StoryThe story follows Britain after the battle of Hastings, new conquerors control the land slaughtering the people and now we follow a lone walker seeking revenge only to find himself in the middle of the battle. This brings us into the idea of the reluctant hero needing to step into a battle for the same reasons he is involved to overcome the tyrant ruling the land. It is nothing new to the genre and can be easily watched without being difficult to watch.

ActionThe action is medieval style fighting swords and shields being used for combat.

SettingsThe settings leaves us in what could be any woodland area which are used for the fighting.

Special EffectsThe effects are used well for the combat injuries which are blood covered.


Scene of the Movie –
The first attack.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The lack of interest in the villains.

Final ThoughtsThis has plenty of blood, weak story and strong combat sequences.

 

Overall: Easy to watching, but nothing special

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Sabrina (2018) Netflix Film Review

Director: Rocky Soraya

Writer: Rihaem Junianti, Fajar Umbara (Screenplay) Rocky Soraya (Story)

Starring: Luna Maya, Christian Sugiono, Sara Wijayanto, Jeremy Thomas, Rizky Hanggono, Richelle Georgette Skornicki

 

Plot: Maira lives happily with Aiden, a doll maker and toy company owner. But Vanya, their adopted daughter and Aiden’s niece, is still dealing with the loss of her birth mother. After Vanya plays Charlie’s Pencil to summon her late mother, strange things begin to happen. Maira is terrorized by the Sabrina doll. What is happening with the doll and what does it want?

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 53 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Creepy Doll, Possession 101

 

Story: Sabrina starts as we meet Laras (Wijayanto) who is called upon to help another family with a spirit haunting their home. The home in question belongs to a dollmaker Aiden (Sugiono) whose niece Vanya (Skornicki) plays Charlie, Charlie in an attempt to make contact with her late mother, only ends up bring an evil spirit to the world that possess a Sabrina doll.

Vanya makes contact with her mother who see starts to play with believing it is her real mother returning to her, though the spirit isn’t as interested to keep Maira around.

 

Thoughts on Sabrina

 

Characters – Maira is the new mother figure in Vanya life, the wife to her Uncle who is trying to build a connection with her niece, she is trying her best and has her own tragic story of loss, with her daughter. She soon starts to become the target of the spirit that doesn’t want her around. Aiden is the dollmaker and toy story owner that brings the Sabrina doll to her niece, he is mostly used to be the one to rescue somebody in trouble. Laras is the retuning psychic that has dealt with possessions in previous films, and we see how this will become her toughest battle to date. Raynard is her partner in her battles, he isn’t as strong as she is and will be the one there to support through each of the battles.

PerformancesLuna Maya returns to the franchise and is good in the leading role, as an Aunt trying to connect with a niece while balancing her own grief of losing a daughter. Christian Sugiono is solid enough in his role, like most horrors the husband doesn’t get as much to do. Sara Wijayanto seems to be the human face of these films with her performance showing how important she is to the film. the rest of the cast are fine without needing to be anything more than this.

StoryThe story follows a young girl that unleashes a paranormal entity upon her home while trying to reconnect to her dead mother, with the use of a creepy doll to carry the entity we watch the psychic do battle with her toughest test to date. This does fall into a possession heavy movie which is strange because the opening half plays on the idea of the doll becoming the evil we will be battle. It does have a serious side which focuses on the battle a young girl will have when dealing with the loss of a parent which I feel is important for the story. this does start with clever moments on to fall into the generic possession heavy story we have seen plenty of times before.

HorrorThe horror in the film comes from the idea of a doll becoming possessed after an evil entity gets released after a game of Charlie, Charlie, the new Ouija Board, for the early stages of the film, we get nicely built up horror, only to fall into possession heavy battles against the entity which soon becomes too repetitive.

SettingsThe film is mostly set in the home of the family, which shows us just how an entity can gain strength from the family that first welcomes it and soon fears it.

Special EffectsThe effects are the weakest part of the film, we only get simple ones needed to be used though they are clear CGI moments which take away for the moment.


Scene of the Movie –
Entity Detector App.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It’s a ghost, lets lock the door.

Final ThoughtsThis is a solid little horror, it has good scares, though it is the third in a franchise which might not help if you haven’t seen the first two.

 

Overall: Dolls are made to be feared, especially this one.

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ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – S – Snatch (2000)

Director: Guy Ritchie

Writer: Guy Ritchie (Screenplay)

Starring: Brad Pitt, Jason Statham, Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Farina, Vinnie Jones, Alan Ford, Lennie James, Ewen Bremner

 

Plot: Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond.


Tagline – Stealing stones is hazardous.

Runtime: 1 Hour 44 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Gangster Wonderland

 

Story: Snatch starts as we meet Turkish (Statham) an underground boxing promoter who is on the biggest business with Brick Top (Ford), but when he loses his fighter to gypsy Mickey O’Neil (Pitt), he must work on a new deal to get Mickey to enter the fight.

When the fight doesn’t go as planned Turkish must make amends for the mistake, putting him where he never wants to be in debt to Brick Top, while we follow the gangsters in this world as they get themselves into a string of trouble.

 

Thoughts on Snatch

 

Characters – We have plenty of characters in this film, Turkish is our narrator telling us everything going on, he is a boxing promotor that gets himself in the bad books of the head gangster in the city. Mickey O’Neil is a gypsy that just so happens to be an amateur boxer that ruins the plans of Turkish. Brick Top is the gangster running the city, he keeps everyone in fear and promises to feed anyone that crosses him to his pigs.

PerformancesJason Statham broke out with this role, he had done a couple of supporting roles, but this made him the star we know he is today. Brad Pitt gives us a performance we didn’t see coming from him as he showed us he can bring us a supporting role that wants to break away from the Hollywood main stream. Alan Ford seems to enjoy playing the villainous gangster role too not holding back in anyway.

StoryThe story follows the many different members of the crime world on a serious of miss-adventures during a week long time, this takes us through robbers, thieves, gypsy and gamblers that are all trying to pull something off as things are unfolding. I will say at times it does feel like one too many things are going on, but they do all come full circle by the end of the film. as for gangster style movies this story is one of the more enjoyable without taking itself too seriously.

Comedy/CrimeThe comedy comes from things that do go wrong for the characters, with the dog having a squeaky toy instead of a bark is funny. The crime side of the film comes from every character that is from different places in the crime world.

SettingsThe settings keep us seeing everything coming from the different locations you would expect to see gangster films to take place.


Scene of the Movie –
The dog and the toy.

That Moment That Annoyed Me There is one too many stories to keep up with at times.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good gangster film that doesn’t want to take itself too seriously, which helps bring the colourful characters to life.

 

Overall: Enjoyable throughout.

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Martin Scorsese Weekend – Silence (2016)

silenceDirector: Martin Scorsese

Writer: Jay Cocks, Martin Scorsese (Screenplay) Shusaku Endo (Novel)

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano, Ciaran Hinds, Issei Ogata

 

Plot: Two priests travel to Japan in an attempt to locate their mentor and propagate Catholicism.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Tough Watch

 

Story: Silence starts in 17th century as father Ferreira (Neeson) is in Japan where he witnesses the torture the catholic believers will go through to keep their faith while Ferreira apostasy himself. Leaving only a letter two priests Rodrigues (Garfield) and Garupe (Driver) refuse to believe Ferreira would apostasy himself they travel to Japan to learn the truth being the last two priest to travel there.

As the hunt to find any Christians in Japan continues Father Rodrigues and Father Garupe continue to spread the faith around the villages as the villagers gain the strength to stand up for their own God. Rodrigues on his journey learns that Japan is dealing with the Christians in a different way to what he was lead to believe but can he finally learn the truth about what happened to Father Ferreira.

 

Thoughts on Silence

 

StoryThe story here is hard to get through even if it is easy to follow because what the Priest have to go through for what they call faith is difficult to sit through. The idea this is how people were treated is terrible and as a non-believer who is open to let people believe in whatever they want I think it is wrong. Make sure you are prepared going into this one though because it is long.

HistoryWe look at the historical side of this story as we see how Christians were treated by the Japanese in the 17th century.

Characters/PerformanceFather Rodrigues is our main character who wants to know what happened to his mentor, he is idealistic for the time and open to listen to anyone who wants to follow Christianity. Ferreira is the one being search for who has given up his faith for the people there. Father Garupe is a good supporting character that works well with Rodrigues. When you look at the performances they are all fantastic from the while cast.

SettingsEach setting is truly authentic for the time period and Japanese culture. We are left to see the struggle each character must go through on a daily basis with the Christians hiding from the Japanese looking to rid the country of them.

Final ThoughtsOne of the hardest films to get through this film because of all the religious aspects going on through the film, it is rewarding but also very long.

 

Overall: Long but rewarding historical drama.

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Scarecrows (2017)

Director: Stu Stone

Writer: Stu Shone, Adam Rodness (Screenplay)

Starring: Hannah Gordon, Mike Taylor, Umed Amin, Maaor Ziv, Jason J Thomas

 

Plot: Teenagers are kidnapped and made into scarecrows that are left to die in the crop fields


Tagline – It was supposed to be the summer of their dreams.

Runtime: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Late Night Horror 101

 

Story: Scarecrows starts when four teenage friends Ash (Gordon), Farbsie (Taylor), Ely (Amin) and Devon (Ziv) head of for a weekend trip at a luxury lagoon, well that is what Farbsie is calling it. Their trip takes them onto farm land where they keep running into crows eating body parts.

After they have their fun, they decide to head back to the car which has gone missing, they head towards the farm for help, only to learn the farmer has his own plans for them as he likes to make his own scarecrows.

 

Thoughts on Scarecrows

 

Characters – Ash is the ‘good’ girl out of the two, she is thinking about breaking up with her boyfriend before he goes to college, she is the more sensible of the two friends, though the character gets caught between being the virginal girl and the out going girl. Devon is the best friend of Ash, she is pushing her to dump Ash and believes all men are the same, she is your typica slutty friend. Frabsie is the louder mouth of the two guys, he thinks he is the real deal and supplies the drinks or drugs for the friends, this character feels like Stiffler from the American Pie movies. Ely is the one going off to college, he wants to pop the big question to Ash on this trip, though his eyes often wonder to Devon. Now these are four generic horror characters that do seem to fall into the brackets of the basic characters for horror, though we get the problems with character decisions being made throughout as the chemistry between the doesn’t feel real. The farmer is a silent killing machine, he whistles to warn of his arrival which only makes him feel more terrifying, he strength makes him an threat to anyone who gets in his way.

PerformancesThe performances from the cast are difficult to judge because they do lack chemistry between themselves, when the horror side of the film starts, it does improve, though the only one that gets a chance to become good enough is Hannah Gordon who gets the most to do.

StoryThe story here follows four friends that end up in a remote location where they get picked off by a farmer that wants to make his own scarecrows. Let’s break the story down, first off not once, but twice do the group find body parts and still decide to go on their trip, this is easily one of my pet hates in horror, when people ignore clear warning signs of danger and still continue on. When it comes to just what the killer is up to, this does become twisted and interesting because it would be horrific way to go and to give this character a minor backstory which could have been shown more feels like a missed opportunity. The story is easy to follow, even if certain character decision will leave you wondering about the friendships between the friends.

HorrorThe horror does take time to get going, once it does and you think about it, it is quite terrifying what the killer is doing to his victims.

SettingsThe film is set in and around a remote farm house, which does create the isolation factor needed with the corn fields making us understand just how scary they can be.

Special EffectsThe effects are used slowly at times which is good because we get to see how the preparation unfolds.


Scene of the Movie –
The preparation.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Knowing the mouths are sworn shut and still calling out like they will go ‘yeah I am here’

Final ThoughtsThis is a solid enough late night horror movie, it will best enjoyed with a drink because certain moments are eye rolling for the most part.

 

Overall: Late Night Drinking Horror

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