Franchise Weekend – Seed of Chucky (2004)

seedDirector: Don Mancini

Writer: Don Mancini (Screenplay)

Starring: Brad Dourif, Jennifer Tilly, Billy Boyd, Redman, Hannah Spearritt, John Waters, Jason Flemyng

 

Plot: Chucky and Tiffany are resurrected by their innocent son, Glen, and hit Hollywood, where a movie depicting the killer dolls’ murder spree is underway.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Solid Addition

 

Story: Seed of Chucky starts as we meet Glen (Voiced by Boyd) the son of Chucky and Tiffany who has been having nightmares about killing people but he knows nothing about his parent’s past as he is just used in a ventriloquist competition.

Elsewhere in the world, there is a new Chucky movie being made following Chucky and Tiffany with Jennifer Tilly returning to the franchise. When Glen sees a feature about the making of the film he sets out to find what he believes to be his parents all the way in Hollywood.

When Glen brings Chucky and Tiffany back to life the killing spree begins once again but this time in Hollywood. With the dolls looking for new bodies Chucky and Tiffany battle with what sex Glen or Glenda is as he learns how his parents are killers and they need to teach him their ways.

 

Thoughts on Seed of Chucky

 

StoryWhen you look at the Chucky film franchise it went in a new direction with Bride of Chucky and this story continues that idea with the family dynamic, this story as well before it’s time by tackling the transgender character in Glen/Glenda as well as having the parental reaction one supporting the other against. Putting the film within the settings of the real world of making a film does borrows heavily from New Nightmare and the Scream franchise which works adding a new dimension to the comedy but in the end this became the of the franchise direction.

Comedy/HorrorThe comedy in this film comes from the references being used within the film to other films as we see how the dolls try to cover up their kills from their child. The horror is a slasher and comes off very effective for the genre with all blood, gore and unique kills.

Characters/PerformanceThe returning characters are al fun throughout the additions all work well with Glen/Glenda adding to the laughs and Jennifer Tilly not being afraid to poke fun at herself. The performances all fit the film well without being one of the most iconic of the franchise.

SettingsBring the action to Hollywood makes this film have a lot more fun with itself where it gets to bring the characters into the real world of being the stars of the films they are being made for.

Special EffectsWhen you look at the special effects, you can see how it has started to date over time which does take away from some of the kills.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun addition to the franchise not being the best or the worst just another addition to it.

 

Overall: Enjoy the crazy adventures of Chucky and his family.

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Layer Cake (2004)

layer cakDirector: Matthew Vaughn

Writer: J.J. Connolly (Screenplay) J.J. Connolly (Novel)

Starring: Daniel Craig, Colm Meaney, Jamie Foreman, Tom Hardy, Sienna Miller, Tamer Hassan, Kenneth Dranham, Michael Gambon, Ben Whishaw

 

Plot: A successful cocaine dealer gets two tough assignments from his boss on the eve of his planned early retirement.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Slick Thriller

 

Story: Layer Cake starts as we meet the guy (Craig) we never learn his name who has taken advantage of being a business man within the drug world, he keeps everything strictly business with a plan to get out of the business with his latest deal completed. When his boss Jimmy Price (Cranham) sends for him to find his daughter Charlie (Lunghi) while also working with loose cannon Duke (Foreman) on the latest job. The problem is the Duke has started an international war with his latest attempt to get a score. Can our guy get through all of the troubles and out of the business with his life?

Layer Cake enters into the type of film I personally don’t enjoy too much and that is the drug crime world ones, that isn’t going to judge whether I think this is a god or bad film. I liked how the usage of drugs was minimal to no existent in the film. The story is filled with twists and turns along the way which really does keep us guessing as we see where the final outcome of the film will take us. I did find myself enjoy this one and would suggest to people to watch.

 

Actor Review

 

Daniel Craig: We never learn the name of this character but he is our leading man through the story, a smart business man in the world of drugs. He finds himself stuck doing one last job before trying to get out of the business but this job leads him into going against all of his business plans. Daniel is good in this leading role showing he was ready for the next step up.

Colm Meaney: Gene is the second in command to Jimmy who has always been the middle man between the guy and Jimmy until the two have to work together to clean up the mess. Colm is your always reliable supporting character.

Kenneth Cranham: Jimmy Price is the supplier that the guy works for, he hires him to find his partners daughter and deal with the Duke a loose cannon. He is loud and will do anything to make sure he makes extra money. Kenneth is solid as this gangster character who has too much for their own good.

Sienna Miller: Tammy is a mystery girl that comes into the guy’s life that seems to have a plan that should be keeping her ahead of anyone else. Sienna is good and bursts onto the big screen with this role.

Support Cast: Layer Cake has a big supporting cast that does have a lot of familiar faces in that all become part of the bigger picture with our leading man, all giving good performance throughout.

Director Review: Matthew VaughnMatthew shows off all his style in this film showing how he can handle multiple story branches around the main one going on.

 

Crime: Layer Cake puts our characters in the middle of the drug world where we don’t know who to trust.

Thriller: Layer Cake does keep us guessing to what will happen next through the story.

Settings: Layer Cake keeps nearly all of the settings being what feels like the criminal underworld location which works out nicely for the film.
Special Effects
: Layer Cake has good effects when needed but only uses them for the occasions needed.

Suggestion: Layer Cake is one I do feel or the gangster fans will enjoy. (Gangster Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Craig shows he is ready to a leading man in this role.

Worst Part: Slightly too much going on.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $4 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

 

Overall: Slick crime thriller from start to finish.

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Julianne Moore Weekend – The Forgotten (2004)

forgottenDirector: Joseph Ruben

Writer: Gerald Di Pego (Screenplay)

Starring: Julianne Moore, Anthony Edwards, Gary Sinise, Dominic West, Robert Wisdom, Alfre Woodard, Linus Roache

 

Plot: After being told that their children never existed, a man and woman soon discover there is a much bigger enemy at work.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Interesting Thriller

 

Story: The Forgotten starts as we meet Telly Paretta (Moore) who is seeing her therapist Dr Jack Munce (Sinise) as he is still guiding her through the loss of her child Sam. With her relationship with her husband Jim (Edwards) strained because of the death we see how Telly has been having memory lapses. She knows another man Ash Correll (West) who has also lost a child but deals with his loss in drink.

One morning while going to do her daily routine to grieve she finds all evidence of her son gone and gets informed that her son never existed and was still born. Telly must spend each moment convincing people her son was real in a world where no one believes her but the truth is even more shocking.

The Forgotten is a thriller that keeps us wondering just what will happen in the end for both our leading characters Telly and Ash, because the film does ask the simple question ‘what would you do if everyone told you your children never existed?’ just this element of the film is fantastic but finding out the answers is very generic going in the direction that is slightly too far out of this world. The settings are all used well even if again slightly generic for this style of film.

The acting is all average to what you would expect from this film with big names give good accounts for themselves without ever reaching their award calibre levels. This film does keep us guessing throughout even if the final act is slight too much.

 

Overall: Good thriller that does ask the question every parent would dread.

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Creep (2004)

creepDirector: Christopher Smith

Writer: Christopher Smith (Screenplay)

Starring: Franka Potente, Sean Harris, Vas Blackwood

 

Plot: Trapped in a London subway station, a woman who’s being pursued by a potential attacker heads into the unknown labyrinth of tunnels beneath the city’s streets.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Simple Horror Thriller

 

Story: Creep starts as we see party girl Kate (Potente) wants to head into London looking for a night out with the potential of meeting George Clooney. Her night takes a turn for the worse when see falls asleep waiting for her train only to find herself locked inside the underground with a mystery killer after her.

Kate has to navigate her way through the tunnels with help from other trapped people including George (Blackwood) and Jimmy (Rattray) as they come face to face with a disfigured killer that roams the tunnels.

Creep is a horror film that follows our leading lady trying to survive against a creature hunting her down in a tunnel like situation which we have seen plenty of times before. The story is simple and offers nothing in the way of twists along the story, my problem with this film is that we just seem to have a very inconsistent killer one minute he kills the next he captures then we have added in random torture, the overall character doesn’t make any real sense. To make matters worse the Kate character makes all the dumb decisions when the simple answer would have been setting off the fire alarm.

 

Actor Review

 

Franka Potente: Kate is the party girl looking for a good night out in the centre of London but when she falls asleep missing her train she finds herself trapped. Not used to being in the situation she must tur to whoever she can for help to make it out when a deranged killer starts chasing her down. Franka does all she can with a weak script.

Sean Harris: Craig is the killer in the tunnels disfigured and blood thirsty he hunts down his victims at night. Sean is good in this role as the killer something he would become known for.

Vas Blackwood: George is fresh out of jail when he gets a job in the sewers as we see him meet the creature early on when learning the ropes. He helps Kate along the way in the battle for survival. Vas is solid as this supporting character without doing too much in the role.

Support Cast: Creep has a small supporting cast with most only appearing in the odd scene not doing much other than being another victim.

Director Review: Christopher SmithChristopher gives us a very standard horror that can get enjoyment for fans but doesn’t reach the true heights it could have.

 

Horror: Creep tries to put us into a horror situation but the suspense is non-existent and the kills all come off too random.

Mystery: Creep puts us into the mystery of what is going on without giving us any suspicious on what it could be.

Settings: Creep should use the settings to a newer level where we could see suspense being filled but the location just doesn’t get used enough.
Special Effects
: Creep has solid effects when it comes to the kills and make up needed for them.

Suggestion: Creep is one for the horror fans to try, it is a blood filled horror. (Horror Fans Try)

 

Best Part: The train attack works well.

Worst Part: The lack of suspense.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

Tagline: Evil Dwells Underground

 

Overall: Horror that lacks that X-Factor to make it reach all of its potential.

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Halloween Horror Franchise – Tremors 4 The Legend Begins (2004)

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Plot: A prequel to Tremors (1990), this movie tells us about the founders of Rejection Valley and how they defended it against the dirt dragons AKA graboids.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Nice Twist With Prequel

 

Story: Tremors 4: The Legend Begins starts by taking us back to 1889 Nevada where we find a group of miners being terrorised by the graboids. With danger in the mine the town of Rejection has its future looking bleak with the Chang family Pyong (Lo), Lu Wan (Look) and Fu Yien (Ly) having the future of having to return to China and Christine (Botsford), Juan (Roam) and Tecopa (Schellenberg) left waiting for something to happen. When Hiram Gummer (Gross) the owner of the mine arrives in the town to see what is happening as he could be the only saviour of the town.

When investigating the truth Hiram has to fund a hunting mission against the graboids attacking the town where he fast becomes fond of the small town. The man who comes to help out Black Hand Kelly (Drago) to the rescue the reputation Hiram no longer has.

Tremors 4: The Legend Begins does something I really enjoyed with the original with the side of the story being set in the community fighting to keep their town around. Turning it into a prequel also works because while only brief we do get to see another evolution of the graboids but also an earlier one. Having the Gummer being a complete opposite works to as by the end we learn how his generation would have created him. On the negative it is a western style which while looks good just doesn’t seem to get the same impact as it could.  In the series of films it works well though.

 

Actor Review

 

Michael Gross: Hiram Gummer is the owner of the mine, he turns up in Rejection to find out why the mining has stopped only to learn the truth where he must learn to love the small town while saving it from the graboids. Hiram comes in as a very stuck up man not being used to the western way of life. Michael is good in this role playing an almost opposite to the character we have got to know.

Sara Botsford: Christine is the hotel manager in the town who has to deal with the stuck up attitude while being a welcome host. Sara is solid in this role without doing too much.

Billy Drago: Black Hand Kelly is the hired gun that comes to the town to collect a bounty, he is one of the best shooters in the west with an attitude to go with it. Billy is good in this mysterious role but we don’t see enough of his character.

Brent Roam: Juan Pedilla is one of the few miners that has stayed in town mostly because he has been dreaming of something better. He is always looking for a new hat as he keeps losing his and stands next to Hiram in the battle. Brent is good in this supporting role offering the comic relief when needed.

Support Cast: Tremors 4: The Legend Begins has the supporting cast you have come to know which works on the level the original did with the community coming together to fight.

Director Review: S.S. WilsonS.S. brings the tone of the film back to what the original once had with the sense of community in the town with a western feel to it.

 

Action: Tremors 4: The Legend Begins is filled with the action you have come to expect from the franchise.

Comedy: Tremors 4: The Legend Begins does lose parts of the comedy side of the story but is still light hearted about the horror.

Horror: Tremors 4: The Legend Begins is starting to lose the horror side of the story now.

Western: Tremors 4: The Legend Begins takes the action into a western setting which is used for a couple of laughs and new ways to kill the graboids.

Settings: Tremors 4: The Legend Begins brings us back to the original town with a twist on the time period which I feel does help this film.
Special Effects
: Tremors 4: The Legend Begins has good special effects with most being practical.

Suggestion: Tremors 4: The Legend Begins is one I think the fans of the franchise will enjoy. (Franchise Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Hiram character.

Worst Part: Isn’t the funniest in the series.

Kill Of The Film: Big Horse Johnson

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes

Tagline: A Revolution Has Begun…

 

Overall: Nice twist by making it a prequel but more of the same really.

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