Me You Madness (2021) Movie Review

Me You Madness – Completely Self-Aware

Director: Louise Linton

Writer: Louise Linton (Screenplay)

Starring: Louse Linton, Ed Westwick, Shuya Chang, Jimmy Dinh, Tyler Barnes, Gwen Van Dam

Plot: A young thief cases an architectural dream house in Malibu, not realizing it is the home of an eccentric female serial killer.

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Me You Madness starts as we meet eccentric hedge fund manager Catherine Black (Linton)who lives a lavish lifestyle where she buys everything she wants and with her high intelligence, she is always ahead of the game. When Catherine looks to rent out a room in her home, Tyler (Westwick) visits to scope the place out for his thieving ways.

After a wild night together, Catherine find herself bored of Tyler, wanting to show her darker serial killer ways, only to find Tyler causing more problems of Catherine’s carefully planned life.

Thoughts on Me You Madness

Characters & Performances – Catherine is an eccentric hedge fund manager who has a life of luxury and a darker side, she is a serial killer, she finds her life turned upside down by Tyler a man she was just looking to prey on but finds herself drawn too in a battle of wits. Catherine often has monologues into the camera about her choices, which gives the character a self-aware approach. Louise Linton does take the writing and directing roles for the film too, which will give her character even more confidence in this world created. Tyler Jones is a petty thief that looks to view homes before robbing them with Catherine being the latest target, he finds himself falling for her, while also biting off more than he can chew when he learns the truth. Ed Westwick does a good job in this film being the dumber of the too in character, being aware of what he is meant to bring to this character.

StoryThe story here follows a rich successful woman who has everything in her life planned out perfectly including finding time to kill people, when she meets a petty thief the two have a bright chemistry that will see them clash and looks to battle each other in a game of wits, where they will need to decide what they want in life. This is a film that is fully self-aware of what is going on, Catherine’s character knows exactly what she is, similar in how Patrick Bateman was in American Psycho. This is the fun part of the film, even if being told each and every mindset can seem like it is being repeated too often in the film. When it comes to the back-and-forth side of the film, it does give both sides the reason to be winning the battles.

ThemesMe You Madness is a comedy that will bring us the extremes of how the rich will live, flashing their wealth in the eyes everyone around them, believing they can control every situation too. The luxury home is the main setting, which always feels like we are about to find yet another room.

 

Me You Madness is the American Psycho styled movie that doesn’t have the same flair, but is showing us just how the rich consume the poor.

Me You Madness will be available on Digital Download from 19th April

ABC Film Challenge – Action – G – Girl in the Spider’s Web (2018) Movie Rob’s Pick

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“They say time is the fire in which we burn. I’m running out of it.” – Frans Balder

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Apr 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Vigilante Lisbeth Salander gets herself involved in a complicated international conspiracy and must find a way to end it all.

My Take on it – Interesting story that adds a bit to the story of the main character of Salander who has been dealing with corrupt officials in Sweden.

This is the first of those stories not based on the works of the original author Stieg Larsson.

The story plays out in a very predictable and typical way and doesn’t manage to reach a much more intriguing level that would help keep things interesting the whole way through.

Claire Foy is fine in the lead, but she isn’t able to give us something as powerful as either of her predecessors in this role.

The story is more toned down in it’s depiction of the depraved and corrupt world than in the previous entries of the series and that lessens part of the effectiveness of the character and her tale.

The one thing that they get right here are the way that they present the action scenes, because they are quite thrilling to watch.

The story itself gets a bit too convoluted along the way and there are far too many aspects of things that don’t seem unique or original enough along the way which hurts things a bit too much.

It’s too bad that this series seems to have burned itself out because it had so much more potential with its characters.

Apparently, the three original novels as written by Larsson were done in the best way possible, and no other author will ever be able to understand and write these characters in a more effective and engaging way that he was during his lifetime.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Stieg Larsson had planned to write ten books about Lizbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, and the notes are in the possession of his partner, Eva Gabrielson. However, since they were not married, his father and brother inherited the rights to his literary estate upon his death, and the two parties never came to terms about the direction of the series. The family then hired another writer to create new stories. This film is based on the novel of the same name, the fourth book in the series and the first one not to be written by Stieg Larsson as he had died before he could write anymore entries. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

ABC Film Challenge – Action – G – Grand Isle (2019) Movie Review

Director: Stephen S Campanelli

Writer: Iver William Jallah, Rich Ronat (Screenplay)

Starring: Nicolas Cage, KaDee Strickland, Luke Benward, Kelsey Grammar, Zulay Henao, Oliver Trevena, Emily Marie Palmer, Beatruce Hernandez

Plot: A young father is charged with murder and must prove his innocence by recalling a very twisted and dark night of events.


Tagline – A storm is coming

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Grand Isle starts when new father Buddy (Benward) takes a job fixing a fence for Walter (Cage) and Fancy (Strickland), only for a storm to hit, which leaves him stuck there for the night, he is caught in an awkward conflict with Walter, while Fancy seems to be trying to seduce him.

When Buddy is framed for a murder, he becomes the prime suspect and must tell all on the night with Detective Jones (Grammar) to prove his innocence.

Thoughts on Grand Isle

Characters – Walter is the former marine that spends his days drinking and not doing much since his time in the services, he is in a loveless marriage with his wife and can switch between emotions in the click of his fingers. Fancy is the wife of Walter’s, she is flirty with everyone around her home, no matter what Walter thinks, while showing her welcoming nature. Buddy is the new father and former Navy man who is trying to make a living for his young family with odd jobs around town, his latest one will see him framed for murder and needing to remember the events of the night before, which will show his innocence from early on.

PerformancesNicolas Cage is always going to be an appeal to watch in any movie, here he draws you in and brings moments of his crazy style, only it doesn’t seem to hit home enough, with the rest of the cast all struggling to make an impact on the film.

StoryThe story here follows a young father who while on his latest job ends up being framed for a murder and most recount his night with the owners of the house. This does show us early that our lead Buddy clearly never killed anyone, so most of the story is him being tempted by the wife of the house and learning more about the couple’s secret, which will see them show to be more deadly than believed. It does go at a slow pace, it does seem to be all over the place with the direction of everything and by the end, it just seems to fizzle out into nothingness.

ActionThe action scenes in the film are very tame, with most being around the idea of a basic fight usually in the dark, so we can’t see enough going on and it doesn’t seem like enough is going on in them.

SettingsMost of the film is set in the house of Walter and Fancy, it is a big house with plenty of rooms, garden space and most importantly, locked doors, which will have secrets in.


Scene of the Movie – Cage in a fast car.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Too much happens in the darkness.

Final Thoughts This is an action film that holds back on the action and ends up being more of a mystery thriller, that doesn’t seem to hint at the bigger picture early enough into the film.