Good Time (2017)

Director: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie

Writer: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie (Screenplay)

Starring: Robert Pattinson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Benny Safdie, Barkhad Abdi, Buddy Duress

 

Plot: After a heist goes awry, a bank robber tries to free his brother from Rikers Island, all in one night.


Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Contender for Film is the Year

 

Story: Good Time starts as we meet two brothers Connie (Pattinson) and the simple-minded Nick (Safdie) who commit a bank robbery, Connie has planned for escape but not everything goes to plan as Nick is captured.

Connie refusing to leave his brother behind sets out to find a way to get him out of jail as well as getting the money he stole, so the two can move away from the big city, using his contacts including Corey (Leigh) and teenager Crystal (Webster) to get away with it.

 

Thoughts on Good Time

 

Characters – Connie Nikas is the brains between the two brothers, he has planned the robbery with an escape which should be able to get him out of the problems that come their way. Once his brother ends up captured, he will do anything to get his brother out of jail. Nick is the simple-minded brother of Connie, he will follow his brother in any crime, but doesn’t get the treatment he requires for his problems, even after he gets captured after the robbery. Corey is one of Connie’s friends that helps him in his time of need. Crystal is the teenager that finds herself willingly helping Connie in his attempts to get his brother out of jail, she does seem to have a lack of authority figure in her life.

PerformancesRobert Pattinson is getting a lot of buzz about his performance and you can see why, this is easily his best performance of his career and he deserves all the praise he is receiving. The rest of the cast is fantastic too with the supporting roles.

StoryThe story follows the bank heist gone wrong with the Connie needing to rescue his brother from jail in one night. This is a gripping story to watch, we are kept waiting to see where things will go as everything unfolds and having the rescue attempt happening in one night helps give it a real time feel. The connection between the two brothers is shown too with just how far Connie will go to save his brother and how Nick will follow Connie through with anything.

CrimeThe crime side of the film starts with a heist that goes wrong but soon ends up in a rescue attempt to save the captured brother. We only see how Connie can use his criminal side to get through the night.

SettingsThe settings show how Connie must work around to survive against the background of the big city who are hunting him.


Scene of the Movie –
The heist escape.

That Moment That Annoyed Me I would have like to see more about Corey character.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the most impressive movies of the year. It is filled with tension from the opening to the finish with a powerhouse performance from Pattinson.

 

Overall: Must watch for the year.

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To the Moon (2017) – Short Film

Director: Matt Tory

Writer: Matt Tory (Screenplay)

Starring: Jordan Hopewell, Matt Tory, Zack Slort, Valerie Tory, Matt Silver, Jonathan Holmes

 

Plot: A young man with a mental disability dreams of one day going to the moon.


Runtime: 11 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Wonderfully Enlightening

 

Story: To the Moon follows two brothers, Brett (Tory) and his mentally handicapped brother Cooper (Hopewell) who dreams of going to the moon. Brett supports his brothers dreams while others just look down on him, but can he follow his dream against the odds.

 

Thoughts on To the Moon

 

ThoughtsWhen it comes to short films you don’t want to give everything away correct? Well with this film we get 11 minutes to tackle mental illness, how to support, how people are negative towards people with them and letting the people believe in their dreams however hard they could be to become true. We saw this team working together on ‘We Make Movies’ and this shows the team can handle a different subject matter on a serious toned film over the light hearted previous. If you want to see a story that will make you think about the small parts of lives, this one will open your eyes to them.

 

Overall: Brings a smile to your face.

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Kidnap (2017)

Director: Luis Prieto

Writer: Knate Lee (Screenplay)

Starring: Halle Berry, Sage Correa, Chris McGinn, Lewis Temple, Jason George

 

Plot: A mother stops at nothing to recover her kidnapped son.


Tagline – They messed with the wrong mother.

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Thrilling Thrill-Ride

 

Story: Kidnap starts as single mother Karla (Berry) who works as a waitress is shown working her ass off just to get time to spend with her son Frankie (Correa) which the afternoon offers her. The trip takes a turn when a moment of dealing with her ex’s demands leads to her son getting kidnapped but unknown people and the glimpse of the captures leads to a high speed chase down the freeways.

How far with Karla go to rescue her son but just what is the motives of the kidnappers, that is the questions we are left to wonder about.

 

Thoughts on Kidnap

 

Characters – Karla is the waitress that works extra hard to keep everything together for her son Frankie, in one of those moments of looking after her son she finds herself distracted with a phone call and finds herself chasing down the kidnappers. We get to see the determination she is to save her son through the film showing that he is the only important part of her life. Frankie is the son that has been kidnapped. Margo is one of the kidnappers who has taken Frankie for seemingly money, I do feel like we needed to learn more about their motivation.

PerformancesHalle Berry is strong in her role in the film, she doesn’t have the look of someone who would win in a physical battle which is why she makes a great opponent for the kidnappers, the other performances are good without getting enough time to make the full impact in the film.

StoryThe story is single parent has child taken and will not stop until they get their child back. This has always been entertaining but we are used to seeing a father in the role who would win in a fight, having a waitress shows how she must use her brain to win this but also use her surroundings in the car. Outside of the chase you are left wondering why no one seems to be reporting the car chases through the highways and not learning too much about the kidnappers does take something away because you are left wondering why they would risk so much for a child for only a little money, but I guess this does play into the idea we only see things from Karla’s point of view.

ThrillerWe are kept on the edge of our seats in this movie because we know Karla can’t do too much once she catches the kidnappers, because it could mean hurting her own son. The idea of waiting to see how far things will go is interesting and edge of your seat.

SettingsThe film keep the location on the move which works because it is mainly a chase with the final act in one location showing us the underworld that has been created.


Scene of the Movie –
New car to chase showing the goodness in Karla.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The kidnappers seem to make rash decisions which should only get them caught.

Final ThoughtsThis is a nice intense easy to watch thriller, sure it has flaws but not every film needs to be perfect sometimes you just need to be entertained.

 

Overall: Fun easy to watch thriller.

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The Limehouse Golem (2017)

Director: Juan Carlos Medina

Writer: Jane Goldman (Screenplay) Peter Ackroyd (Novel)

Starring: Olivia Cooke, Bill Nighy, Eddie Marsan, Douglas Booth, Maria Valverde, Sam Reid, Daniel Mays

 

Plot: A series of murders has shaken the community to the point where people believe that only a legendary creature from dark times – the mythical so-called Golem – must be responsible.


Tagline –  Before the Ripper, fear had another name.

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Slow Horror Thriller

 

Story: The Limehouse Golem starts when John Cree (Reid) is found dead in his bed chambers by his wife Lizzie (Cooke), she is accused of murdering him but when detective John Kildare (Nighy) is investigating the mysterious murder known as the Limehouse Golem the clues point to the potential killer being John Cree.

Kildare attends the trial of Lizzie where she gives the story of how she meant John Cree which let her follow her dreams of working with performer Dan Leno (Booth) who takes her under his wing. As the story unfolds we learn about the relationship Lizzie started with John all while Kildare searches for the real Limehouse Golem.

 

Thoughts on The Limehouse Golem

 

Characters – Lizzie Cree is accused of killing her husband during the attacks of The Limehouse Golem, while awaiting trial and during it she tells the tale of the poor girl that grew up to become part of the entertaining field in 1800’s England and her relationship with one of the suspects. John Kildare is the newly appointed detective to the Limehouse Golem case which brings him to look at a large selection of suspects that all seem to have a connection to Lizzie, including her late husband. Dan Leno is the lead performer at the theatre, he brings Lizzie in to the show and mentors her, he is also a suspect in the murder cases going in Limehouse. The suspects are all interesting throughout the film as we see the darker side of the people of Limehouse.

PerformancesBill Nighy is good as the detective keeping calm through the case, Douglas Booth is also good as the performer that gets to shown extra eccentricity through the film. Olivia Cooke is an actress I believe has a bright future and for the most part she is good here but then in moment she aims to try a cockney accent which doesn’t hit.

StoryThe story is told in two parts but together, the main part is the trial against Lizzie while the other part looks at what could have led to the decision in the trial for Lizzie as people search for the Limehouse Golem. This is fine as a story but when you go into a horror thriller film we are left feeling empty as this turns into a crime thriller, the murders seem to be off camera and it turns into a who was the killer.

Horror/ThrillerThe horror in this film disappoints greatly because we seem to skip over most of the moments revolving around the killer’s actions, the thrilling side of the film works in places as we are left with a race against time to see if Lizzie is guilty of not.

SettingsThe film is set in the 1800 hundreds London which is famous for the killings of Jack the Ripper which this film feels like it could easily be in the same time as that.

Special EffectsThe effects are used rarely and not ruining any moment of the film as we only have them where needed.


Scene of the Movie –
Final act.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Moments of the accent are annoying.

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Final ThoughtsThis is a film that builds up slowly to its final act, using the words to make sure we are left to follow clues to who the killer is and is saved by the final act from being just an average film.

 

Overall: Saved by the final act.

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The Beguiled (2017)

Director: Sofia Coppola

Writer: Albert Maltz, Irene Kamp (Screenplay) Thomas Cullinan (Novel)

Starring: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Oona Laurence, Angourie Rice, Addison Riecke

 

Plot: At a girls’ school in Virginia during the Civil War, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world, a wounded Union soldier is taken in. Soon, the house is taken over with sexual tension, rivalries, and an unexpected turn of events.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Thriller

 

Story: The Beguiled starts as the injured Union soldier Corporal McBurney (Farrell) is taken into a girl’s school run by Miss Martha (Kidman), teacher Edwina (Dunst) and their students Alicia (Fanning), Amy (Laurence), Jane (Rice), Marie (Riecke) and Emily (Howard) as they look to treat his wounds before turning him over the confederation soldiers.

Working together the women decide against turning him and keep him around the house to help out while he finishes he recovery, but when there is a sexual tension between McBurney and the girl’s things take a turn that no one could imagine.

 

Thoughts on The Beguiled

 

Characters – Corporal McBurney is a soldier hiding from the civil war after he is injured. He has a speedy recovery in the school but grabs the attention of the women but this will only make his life being put in danger. Miss Martha runs a strict school, with no men around, she reluctantly helps McBurney being the doctor of the house. Edwina is the teacher that takes a shine to McBurney which ends up being the straw that breaks everything down. The students are all different ages showing the levels of innocence we could see broken.

PerformancesColin Farrell gives one of his best performances of his career here being kind one moment and the broken man the next. Nicole Kidman is great in her role too as the head mistress of the school, she shows the mentoring figure of films just how it is done. Kirsten Dunst also continues to give us the mature performances we like seeing from here now. The young actresses who have been giving us good work in other projects all do great here too.

StoryThe story follows how the women of the school must keep themselves safe during the Civil War from the men who might come into their lives, we only focus on one who disrupts their calm life leaving nothing the same once they are finished protecting themselves. It is a slow-paced story but it flows past quickly making us want to see where things will go next.

SettingsThe film is set inside the girls school, this takes us away from the battlefield the war has been creating make us see how distant these women have become from the world too.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good thriller that shows the effects of the Civil War on the innocence people while people were fighting.  

 

Overall: Thriller that is edge of your seat from start to finish.

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