ABC Film Challenge – Action – N – Never Grow Old (2019) Movie Review

Director: Ivan Kavanagh

Writer: Ivan Kavanagh (Screenplay)

Starring: Emile Hirsch, John Cusack, Deborah Francois, Molly McCann, Quinn Topper Marcus, Sam Louwyck, Danny Webb

Plot: An Irish undertaker profits when outlaws take over a peaceful American frontier town, but his family comes under threat as the death toll rises.

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Slow

Story: Never Grow Old starts as we head to a small frontier town, where carpenter and undertaker Patrick Tate (Hirsch) with his family Audrey (Francois), Emma (McCann) and Thomas (Marcus) live, with the Christian beliefs, without alcohol or trouble in the town.

When Dutch Albert (Cusack) and his men arrive in the town, they challenge the religious beliefs by reopening the bar, bringing the sin back to the town, giving Patrick a chance to start making big money with the increased death rate, this is until his own family comes under threat.

Thoughts on Never Grow Old

Characters – Patrick Tate is an Irish immigrant living in this town, he has a family, but is struggling with his carpenter trade, as well as his undertaker business, this is until Dutch arrives, seeing the death rate increase, leaving him wondering if he is still doing the right thing or not now. Dutch Albert is an outlaw that roles into town, he looks to bring the sin back to the religious town, which sees the crime and death rates rise, though none of the deaths are at his hands. Audrey is Patrick’s wife that doesn’t approve of the new money that has been coming their way, knowing it is coming from the death of the neighbours, while Emma and Thomas are their children, he must protect.

PerformancesEmile Hirsch and John Cusack are the biggest two names in the film, they are both fine in the film, they don’t reach the levels they have in the past, but are above the rest of the cast in the film.

StoryThe story here shows how one town is turned upside down when an outlaw decides to make it his own, with the local undertaker making a profit from the new criminal actions in the town, pushed to the limits when his own family gets targeted by what happens. This does fall into the story we have seen before, with the small town getting turned upside down, with people not standing up because of fear, only for everything to get out of hand and the person who is making money out of the greed being the one that gets the most conflicted by everything.

ActionThe action is the typical frontier experience, showing us how the guns fights were shot, with the quickest draw getting the kill.

SettingsThe film is set in a small frontier town, which has a close community, it looks like the strongest part of the film, with the designs makes us feel like we are in the time period.


Scene of the Movie – The first visit.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – It is so slow.

Final Thoughts This is a slow action western that just never gets going, it doesn’t have much going on once it does, leaving us feeling like we aren’t watching much of anything.

Overall: Painfully slow.

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard – Release News

NEW RELEASE DATE SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY 23rd JUNE 2021

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The world’s most lethal odd couple – bodyguard Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) and hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) – are back on another life-threatening mission. Still unlicensed and under scrutiny, Bryce is forced into action by Darius’s even more volatile wife, the infamous international con artist Sonia Kincaid (Salma Hayek). As Bryce is driven over the edge by his two most dangerous protectees, the trio get in over their heads in a global plot and soon find that they are all that stand between Europe and a vengeful and powerful madman (Antonio Banderas). Joining in the fun and deadly mayhem is Morgan Freeman as… well, you’ll have to see.

I Blame Society (2020) Movie Review

Director: Gillian Wallace Horvat

Writer: Gillian Wallace Horvat, Chase Williamson (Screenplay)

Starring: Gillian Wallace Horvat, Keith Poulson, Chase Williamson, Lucas Kavner, Morgan Krantz, Jennifer Kim

Plot: A struggling filmmaker realizes that the skill set to make a movie is the same to commit the perfect murder.

Runtime: 1 Hour 24 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: I Blame Society starts as we meet filmmaker Gillian (Horvat) who is trying to get her film made, with her facing plenty of negative responses, she starts to try and think outside the box, with a movie that could help her commit the perfect murder.

To prepare for this, Gillian looks to commit smaller crimes, as she looks to understand how the mindset works on the criminal side, struggling to find the motivation she needs.

Thoughts on I Blame Society

ThoughtsI Blame Society is mix of found footage in a style of a documentary, looking to show how quickly a desperate filmmaker will find themselves spiralling into a world or criminal activities to find a way to make a movie of her choice. The story doesn’t seem to get the biggest impact it is going for, looking to try and bring through a shock value, without hitting the try creepy levels. It could easily be compared to ‘Creep’ with the nature of Gillian actions, while trying to have a bigger message about what is going on in society. The performances are made to feel natural for the characters we meet, which does help give a nature feel about the project. It is not an easy watch because the nature of the Gillian character goes from ambitious to psychotic quickly.

Blue Finch Film Releasing presents I Blame Society on Digital Download 19 April 

 

I Blame Society will give Creep a run for its money, for the found footage psycho.