Inside (2016) Movie Review

Director: Miguel Angel Vivas

Writer: Jaume Balaguero, Manu Diaz, Miguel Angel Vivas (Screenplay)

Starring: Rachel Nichols, Laura Harring, Ben Temple, Gillian Apter, Andrea Tivadar

Plot: A woman in her third trimester of pregnancy is stalked by a stranger who is obsessed with her unborn child.

Tagline – Some women would kill for a baby.

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Inside starts when Sarah Clark (Nichols) and her husband are involved in a car accident, leaving Sarah alone and pregnant. Sarah is looking to have the baby alone, but nearing the end of it, she finds herself getting an unwanted visitor.

The lady (Harring) takes over the home, keeping Sarah in her home, trapped, needing to find a way to get help, killing anyone who gets close, all because of the baby she wants for a reason unknown to Sarah.

Thoughts on Inside

ThoughtsInside is a horror thriller set over one night, as a pregnant woman finds herself tormented by a strange woman who wants her baby, needing to battle to survive. This is a home invasion movie with a few angles to cover up the things which could be considered problems, first Sarah is deaf, so without her hearing aid she can’t hear certain things, Sarah getting tired of phone calls, cutting the phone cables, leaving her stranded. The problem with the story is that the motivation is so obvious, it is barely worth your time waiting for the reveal. The performances in the film are strong enough, with Rachel Nichols being the victim, while Laura Harring being haunting in her cold hearted villain role. The film does take place mostly inside Sarah’s home, which will be used to show how she might have an advantage on certain situations.

Final Thoughts Inside is a simple horror that doesn’t hit as hard as it could, with an ending you can see a mile away.

ABC Film Challenge – Sports – S – Spaceman (2016) Movie Review

Director: Brett Rapkin

Writer: Brett Rapkin (Screenplay) Richard Lally, Bill Lee (Book)

Starring: Josh Duhamel, W. Earl Brown, Ernie Hudson, Winter Ave Zoli, Carlos Leal, Stefan Rollins, Sterling K Brown

Plot: Story of former MLB pitcher Bill ‘Spaceman’ Lee following his release by the Montreal Expos.

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Slow Drama

Story: Spaceman starts as MLB pitcher Bill Spaceman Lee (Duhamel) sees his career disappear after a interview with a drug magazine, he gets axed by his team, with none of the other teams in the league wanting anything to do with him, because of his reputation.

Bill finds himself with one option, joining a senior team across the road from him, where he finds he love for baseball once again, even if it meant he could continue to spiral down a drug hellhole he has created for himself.

Thoughts on Spaceman

Characters – Bill Lee is a pitcher in the MLB, he is one of the best in the game, only his reputation for drug use hits a new low when he appears in High Time Magazine, he loses his job and must find a way to rebuild his career and life, as well as learning about his love for baseball, to get his life back together. We do meet the ex-wife who has got tired of trying to help him get back on his feet and must put their children first, other players from different stages of their careers and coaches that has supported him or want nothing to do with him.

PerformancesJosh Duhamel is the best he has been in a leading role, going well outside of his comfort zone. The rest of the cast are fine without needing to do much through the film.

StoryThe story here follows the late career of Bill Lee as he sees his career taken from him, with him desperately trying to get back into the game despite the reputation he has created for himself. This isn’t the most engaging story, if you don’t follow baseball, you won’t understand how the system works, Bill Lee isn’t the most likable character because of his own reckless decisions. The style the story unfolds is even more disappointing, as it ends up just going in a direction that shows him trying to play for laughs, rather than seeing how he fixes his life all together.

ComedyThe comedy is mostly coming from trying to poke fun at different generations of baseball players, as well as stoner jokes.

SettingsThe film does take us around America as Bill tries to find a new team to play, it isn’t the easiest to figure out everywhere he has been attending.

Scene of the Movie – The rookie can’t handle the pitches.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Not understand baseball at all.

Final Thoughts This is a disappointing sports comedy that is trying to tell an important story, only to end up feeling forced more than anything else.

Overall: Poor comedy.

ABC Film Challenge – Sports – C – Chokeslam (2006) Movie Review

Director: Robert Cuffley

Writer: Robert Cuffley, Jason Long (Screenplay)

Starring: Chris Marquette, Amanda Crew, Michael Eklund, Niall Matter, Gwynyth Walsh, Mick Foley

Plot: A mild-mannered deli clerk finally gets a second chance to pursue his high school sweetheart, a notorious female professional wrestler, when she returns for their ten-year reunion.

Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Fun Little Comedy

Story: Chokeslam starts as the mild-mannered deli clerk Corey (Marquette) meets an old class colleague Luke (Eklund) who joins him in attending the high school reunion, one where Corey could get a second chance with his high school sweetheart, Sheena (Crew) who followed her dream of becoming a wrestler.

Corey sees his chance going in a strange direction when he learns that Sheena’s career hasn’t gone the way she had planned, with it spiralling out of control, wanting to look to retire from the industry, with a retirement match being planned, with Corey using it as a chance to reconnect with his old love.

Thoughts on Chokeslam

Characters – Corey is a mild-mannered young man who hasn’t really achieved too much in his life, which is more about how much he has struggled with his own heartbreak and missed opportunity. When his old sweetheart is returning he wants to make a move on the one that got away, trying to help her career. Sheena DeWilde was Corey’s high school sweetheart, she has gone onto have a career in wrestling which has seen her reach the top and spiral out of control, deep down she has had enough of the journey, but doesn’t know how to escape the life, Corey helps her see her life is her choice, while her boyfriend pushes her into wanting to continue. Luke is the former popular guy at school who has fallen off the rails who finds Corey needing to help him get out of his own slump. Tab is the boyfriend and manager of Sheena, he always looks down on people using his power to try and control the people in his life.

PerformancesChris Marquette is solid enough in the leading role, showing how an average everyday person struggles through life. Amanda Crew is great as the wrestler with problems outside the ring, showing the true struggle of celebrity lifestyle. Michael Eklund gets plenty of laughs along the way, while Niall Matter makes us hate his character with his actions.

StoryThe story here follows a mild-mannered man who hasn’t achieved too much in his life after having his heart broken in high school, now when his high school sweetheart returns, he wants to go all in on trying to win her back, despite the fact that she has become a big name in the wrestling world. This story does show us how life can be hard when you get your heart broken, it can put somebody into a downward spiral that holds their life up for years, only getting a second chance could change everything. We do also get to see how the celebrity life isn’t always what it is cracked up to be with wrestling being one that is even hard than most people would imagine. The mix shows us how comfort can be found in life through people, not achievement.

ComedyThe comedy in the film is more slapstick than anything else, the laughs aren’t as hard as they could be, but work well for the tone of the film.

SettingsThe film uses the small town setting to show how the wrestler returning will get memories, deal with people that enjoy watching them fail and seeing how the rest of the town are all together in their own problems.

Scene of the Movie – The main event.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – They do a prep match, then a surprise match, which doesn’t make sense for the industry side.

Final Thoughts This is an entertaining enough comedy, it puts a new light on wrestling and its difficulties along with life struggles too.

Overall: Entertaining.

Carnage Park (2016) Movie Review

Director: Mickey Keating

Writer: Mickey Keating (Screenplay)

Starring: Ashley Bell, Pat Healy, James Landry Hebert, Michael Villar, Bob Bancroft, Larry Fessenden

Plot: Part crime caper gone awry, part survival horror film, this 1970s set thriller depicts a harrowing fight for survival after a pair of wannabe crooks botch a bank heist and flee into the desert, where they inexplicably stumble upon Carnage Park, a remote stretch of wilderness occupied by a psychotic ex-military sniper.

Tagline – Out here, God don’t pick no favorites

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Basic Cat-n-Mouse

Story: Carnage Park starts as two criminals Scorpion Joe Clay (Hebert) and Lenny (Villar) are fleeing from a bank robbery when they find themselves on the land of Wyatt Moss (Healy), Wyatt has been waiting for more victims of his twisted sniper gangs in his open desert land, using the men as his latest, along with their kidnap victim Vivian (Bell).

What follows is an extra cat-n-mouse battle between the sniper and the victims, who will show the survival skills to make it out alive.

Thoughts on Carnage Park

Characters – Vivian is the innocent victim, first about to lose her land, then abducted and then forced to play along with a psychotic sniper’s game, she must use her knowledge of the land to try and outwit the killer, knowing it is life or death, putting up the fight he requires. Wyatt is the psychotic sniper that traps people on his land to play his games, where he looks to hunt them down for his own blood sport pleasure. Scorpion Joe Clay and Lenny are the two criminals on the run, they have always looked for quick scores and this has given them their chance for quick money.

PerformancesAshley Bell is strong in the leading role, she shows the determination required for the role, which does she her needing to balance someone who wants to stay alive with somebody who has been fighting her whole life. Pat Healy does a great job too, though it would have been nice to see more of his character or introduce us to him later. The rest of the cast don’t have much to do, but don’t do anything wrong.

StoryThe story here follows a woman that finds herself thrown into a twisted game of cat-n-mouse with a sniper in the desert, that has been waiting for more victims on his killing spree. This does feel like it should be an intense story to watch, the story does seem simply enough, though it does miss a lot of positive points, with time jumps and losing the idea of everything being about a sniper, very early, it turns more into a ground chase, rather than trying to allude a sniper, which does seem to be how the story is advertised.

Action/HorrorThe action in the film does follow the chase sequence between the sniper wanting to use military action happening, while this could have been a lot more horrific, it does seem to hold back at times.

SettingsThe film does use the desert location to help create the area in which the sniper hunts, it makes complete sense that he would use his own environment to his advantage.

Special EffectsThe effects do get to see blood splatter on the screen for bullet wounds, only we do a couple of these for shock value, rather than to create anything more in the world.

Scene of the Movie – From hostage to victim.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – We don’t get enough sniper side of the world.

Final Thoughts This is an easy to watch action horror that does show us just how the world could be unfolding, only to give up on the sniper angle too early on.

Overall: Easy to watch.

The Free World (2016) Movie Review

Director: Jason Lew

Writer: Jason Lew (Screenplay)

Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Boyd Holbrook, Octavia Spencer, Sung Kang, Frederick Weller, Austin Amelio

Plot: A recently released former convict becomes involved with a married woman with an abusive husband.

Tagline – Only love can truly set us free.

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Free World starts as Mohamed Lundy (Holbrook) a convict released from prison, working in an animal shelter, always wanting to give them the best care he can. When Doris Lamb (Moss) and her husband bring an injured dog to the shelter, he tries everything he can to help it, only for it to pass away.

Mohamed discovers Doris in the shelter, looking to hide, learning she has killer her abusive husband, the police are still tracking Mohamed, believing he is trouble being back on the streets, with him needing to find a peace in this world.

Thoughts on The Free World

ThoughtsThe Free World follows the life of an ex-con who is trying to put his life back together without getting much help from the police on the outside, always looking to catch him out. He helps a woman in need, which only leads to him putting the spotlight on them, putting all his hard work on the line. This is a drama that does show us just how much people will looks to help others in need, no matter how difficult it might end up being for them, in a world that doesn’t want to give them hope. The performances in the film are great with Moss and Holbrook showing all their skills throughout the film, with a strong supporting cast to back them up.

Final Thoughts The Free World is a strong look at doing the right thing, even if you have to risk even more to do so.