Chronical: 2067 (2020) Movie Review

Director: Seth Larney

Writer: Seth Larney (Screenplay)

Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ryan Kwanten, Sana’a Shaik, Deborah Mailman, Aaron Glenane

Plot: One man’s journey to the future to save a dying world.

Runtime: 1 Hour 54 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Chronical: 2067 starts as we enter a world where all plant life has died, the oxygen levels on Earth are produced, seeing millions die and the communities fighting over the final supplies, Ethan Whyte (Smit-McPhee) is one of the employees trying to maintain the oxygen supply, while caring for his sick wife Xanthe (Shaik).

When the company reveals to Ethan their secret plan to travel in time to find a cure, Ethan is conflicted on what to do, knowing he could save millions with his sacrifice on what could well be a one way mission.

Thoughts on Chronical 2067

Characters – Ethan Whyte has been working for the company which produce the oxygen needed to survive, he is doing everything to support his sick wife, until he is given a chance to travel through time to learn of a cure from the future that could save the present and answer his personal questions about what happened to his father. Jude is the friend that finds himself trying to protect Ethan in the future like he has always done in his life.

PerformancesKodi Smit-McPhee in the leading role must do a large amount of the work with his character dealing with the most through the film. Ryan Kwanten adds the important supporting role well in the film.

StoryThe story here follows one man in the future that is given a chance to travel in time to find a cure that could save humanity from a world without a natural oxygen source, something his father was involved in creating. This is a very interesting story because it gets to see how climate change could see mankind struggling to survive. Only the story does seem to add a big mystery about what has happened in this future, which instead of playing into the bigger picture, it doesn’t help with the big problem they are trying to solve. How the plan is put in place though is great to see, braver than we would have expected too.

Sci-FiThe film uses the future world with little hope, which is filled with darkness which turns to time travel to solve the problems, which doesn’t always go through the most intense side of things.

SettingsThe sci-fi side of the film uses the dystopian world of a bleak future and the open world that could hold the answers.

Scene of the Movie – The landing.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The over the top discussions about what might have happened.

Final Thoughts Chronical: 2067 brings us a climate change warning movie that offers an interesting concept to survive.

Signature Entertainment presents Chronical: 2067 on DVD and Digital HD 7th December

Anything for Jackson (2020) Shudder Movie Review

Director: Justin G Dyck

Writer: Keith Cooper (Screenplay)

Starring: Sheila McCarthy, Julian Richings, Konstantina Mantelos, Josh Cruddas, Yannick Bisson

Plot: A bereaved Satanist couple kidnap a pregnant woman so they can use an ancient spellbook to put their dead grandson’s spirit into her unborn child but end up summoning more than they bargained for.

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Anything for Jackson starts when Audrey Walsh (McCarthy) and Henry Walsh (Richings) bring their kidnap victim Shannon Becker (Mantelos) who is pregnant, the couple want to use the baby to bring back their lost grandson Jackson, using their connection within a Satanic cult.

Once Audrey completes the ceremony, they couple learn that they have accidently unleashed something pure evil inside their home, something they don’t control and is coming for them.

Thoughts on Anything for Jackson

Characters – Henry Walsh is a doctor who has selected the victim from one of his pregnant patients, he has created his alibi, which will give him a good out for any investigation and needs to think quick on his think when things start going wrong, only he does struggle with moments of this. Audrey is the one that is planning ritual, she will do anything to get her grandson back, she does start to befriend Becker, only she is filled with the pain of losing their loved ones. Shannon Becker is the young woman that is pregnant, she doesn’t know the father and is seen as the best victim for them to take, she does try to convince the couple to let her stay as part of the life of the baby and is put through just as much of the horrific events in the home.

PerformancesSheila McCarthy and Julian Richings are both great to watch in the leading roles, showing the uncertainty about what is going on within the walls, but the determination to get their grandson back. Konstantina Mantelos might well spend a large part of the film tied to the bed, but she does make us feel like she is more than just a victim.

StoryThe story follows a couple that abduct a pregnant woman in hopes of using her baby to bring their dead grandson back to life, only for the ritual to bring evil they never planned for into their home. This does bring a fresh look to the satanic movies, showing us how the couple working the finer points out as they go, instead of having a set in stone smooth plan on what should happen, this shows us just how desperate they are to make this happen. The evil visits will add in good scares through the film and we will be left guessing to what will happen along the way.

HorrorThe horror comes from the aftermath of what happens after the ritual, we see a string of horrific visitors that targets the opening they have created.

SettingsThe film is mostly set in the one location, the home of the couple that are trying to make the event happen, it does make us seem to give us a feeling that we could easily be part of this world.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film are great with one of the creations being strikingly scarier throughout its appearances.

Scene of the Movie – The Suffocating ghost.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Not learning enough about Becker outside of the pregnancy.

Final Thoughts Anything for Jackson is a bright fresh and terrifying twist on the satanic movies we have seen for years.

ANYTHING FOR JACKSON premieres on Shudder December 3rd in the U.S., U.K., Australia and New Zealand (note: Shudder does not have Canada, where it is presently available digitally via Super Chanel)

Jiu Jitsu (2020) Movie Review

Director: Dimitri Logothetis

Writer: Dimitri Logothetis, Jim McGrath (Screenplay)

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Marie Avgeropoulos, Frank Grillo, Tony Jaa, Ricky Yune, JuJu Chan, Alain Moussi

Plot: The future hangs in the balance as a being from another world returns to Earth to face off against the best warriors the human race has to offer. From special ops soldiers to the best martial arts experts, an epic battle for survival will place humanity on the brink of extinction.

Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Jiu Jitsu starts when Jake (Moussi) is found injured in Burma, taking to a local military facility, Myra (Avgeropoulos) looks to help him unlock him memory. When Kueng (Jaa) helps break Jake out, he returns him to a unit run by Harrigan (Grillo) who wants answers, showing the unit being a group of elite soldiers, that will eliminate anyone in their way.

When Jake starts trying to put more of the answers together, he is visited by Wylie (Cage) who teaches him about a mysterious visitor that is looking for a fight, with answers about the fighting technique of Jiu jitsu.

Thoughts on Jiu Jitsu

Characters – Jake is the soldier that has lost his memory, he is left in a condition that needs to recover, but he has people searching for him, soldiers, fighters and a mysterious visitor, he needs to remember before he gets into conflict where he can handle himself with ease. Myra is the US soldier that is trying to help Jake learn the truth, being the only one of the base that will give him the time of day to learn instead of making him out to be an enemy. Wylie will help Jake remember the truth, show him who he is and what the battle will mean against the visitor, reminding him how important this is. Harrigan leads the field side of the unit that Jake was once part of, he expects him to pick it up and return to the conflict they were preparing for. Kueng is the one that rescues Jake to return him to the unit, he is the fastest and most skilled member of the unit, outside of Jake.

PerformancesAlain Moussi in the leading role continues to shine in the conflict heavy positions, building on his more serious side of his performances too, Nicolas Cage is always a joy to watch, this is no different, even if he doesn’t reach the full clown crazy we know off. Frank Grillo is strong in the supporting role, with Tony Jaa bring even more action to the film, stealing most fight sequences. Juju Chan bring yet another fighting style to the film, which will give us everything we need, to show different styles coming to life.

StoryThe story here follows a soldier that has lost his memory, as he looks to prepare to fight against a visitor looking for a fight of honour, which will help give him his memory back. This is a story that does a clever mix between the soldier who has lost his identity and Predator, giving us a reason for the fight to happen, that isn’t just a hunting, with it being more of a fight for honour between the galaxy. This does seem to have plenty going on, which will use the idea of a comic book to build a world that we could see even more from.

Action/Sci-FiThe action uses the single take idea, with Kueng’s introduction playing out following the action instead of cutting between the blows, along with the unique first person prospective Jake has, which easily swaps between a camera on him, to seeing him involved, transitioning between the two.

SettingsThe film is set in Burma, which will show us how America could have mission in smaller nations, along with playing into a cultural temple that is where the fight needs to take place.

Special EffectsWhen it comes to the effects, we are looking at the visitor, Brax that is a mix of Predator, with the costume that requires CGI and the weapons that can play into it, even if a lot of the combat is in your face battles.

Scene of the Movie – Brax versus Wylie.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Blink at you miss it death.

Final Thoughts Jiu Jitsu is an entertaining action sci-fi movie with a great cast, that does feel like a Predator movie we have been waiting for.

Signature Entertainment presents Jiu Jitsu on Digital HD 21st December and Blu-ray & DVD 4th January

Beast Mode (2020) Movie Review

Director: Chris W Freeman, Spain Willingham

Writer: Chris W Freeman, Spain Willingham, Drew Fortune (Screenplay)

Starring: C Thomas Howell, Leslie Easterbrook, James Hong, Ray Wise, James Duval, Robert Costanzo

Plot: ‘Bad boy’ actor Huckle Saxton lets fame get to his head and turns into a ferocious beast, ripping Hollywood to shreds. Will he sink his teeth into the role of a lifetime or succumb to the dangers of the Hollywood lifestyle?

Tagline – This Town Will Eat You Alive

Runtime: 1 Hour 27 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Beast Mode starts when Hollywood producer Breen Nash (Howell) has seen his latest movie bomb, even with the bad boy actor Huckle Saxton (Duval) starring in it, under pressure to make the next film a success, Breen get the money from Pish (Hong) to finance the next movie, only Breen has accidently killed Huckle.

Wanting to go ahead with the movie, Breen looks find a body double to replace him, while performing a ritual to try and bring Huckle back to life, while holding together the production of the film, only the ritual will have side effects.

Thoughts on Beast Mode

Thoughts – Beast Mode follows a producer that wants to make a movie happen after accidently killing the lead of the movie, which will see him first get a body double and then turning to a ritual to try and bring the actor back to life, only for it to have consequences he never planned for. This story could easily be described as a dark version of Bowfinger, seeing at the idea of a producer going to extraordinary lengths to make a movie happen, with the darker side of the film coming from seeing what happens to Huckle. We do have a well known cast here in C Thomas Howell, James Duval and Ray Wise who all don’t look out of place, even if the story doesn’t manager to become as interesting as it believes it could be. There is plenty of satire about the Hollywood system in the film too, and how it will consume people and change them. It doesn’t seem to reach the horror levels it could with what is happening, but it doesn’t hit enough of the comedy marks to be funny enough for a true comedy.

Final Thoughts Beast Mode is an attempt to bring us a darker version of Bowfinger, only it lacks the comedy or scares.

Flint (2020) Movie Review

Director: Anthony Baxter

Plot: A documentary based on five years of research into a Michigan auto town where tens of thousands were drinking water into which poisonous lead had leached, and how officials failed to respond.

Runtime: 1 Hour 54 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Flint starts by seeing the everyday residents of Flint, Michigan, each one will have a different horror story about what has happened to their family’s over the time when they started drinking water from the Flint River, one that was affected by being used as a dumping ground for years, creating a toxic level that shouldn’t be consumed.

We see how the scientists looked to prove the damage that has been done and the battle to find someone guilty for allowing this and how the people in the city are struggling just to make a living and the people trying to help are leading to multiply stories which only end up complicate the situation.

Thoughts on Flint

ThoughtsFlint is a documentary that shows more of the horrific story of the water situation in Flint, Michigan. We have seen films like Dark Waters, that tackled one approach to everything, while others have gone down the documentary path before, the reality it, people have been suffering from the events of changing the water supply to a city for years now and this documentary will show the last 5 years of trying to find the truth and expose the cover ups. We don’t just hear the stories of the people suffering, which are always going to be the backbone of this documentary. Looking at the different scientists or experts that are looking into the events, seeing how they are almost going against each others information, leaving the residents even more confused about the truth, not knowing who to trust is important to see. This documentary will be eye-opening to the problem in the city and how important the change will need to be for everyone.

Final Thoughts Flint is an essential documentary that will put a new light on the troubles in one city and how the people have been left helpless in their battle for answers.

FLINT is available on BBC iPlayer from 1st December