Unearth (2020) Movie Review

Unearth – Slow Burner

Director: John C Lyons, Dorota Swies

Writer: Kelsey Goldberg, John C Lyons (Screenplay)

Starring: Adrienne Barbeau, Marc Blucas, Allison McAtee, Brooke Sorenson, Rachel McKeon, P.J. Marshall, Lauren Valentine

Plot: A fracking horror story, “Unearth” follows two neighboring farm families whose relationships are strained when one of them chooses to lease their land to an oil and gas company. In the midst of growing tension, the land is drilled, and something long dormant and terrifying, deep beneath the earth’s surface is released. “Unearth” is about the horrifying repercussions sown by shortsighted decisions, and what our children reap from our actions.


Tagline – A sacrifice must be made.

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Unearth starts as we meet the two farming families. The Dolan’s with Kathryn (Barbeau) still trying to maintain the traditions of the family with Christina (McAtee) wanting away, Tom (Marshall) and Aubrey (Wyche), while the Lomacks, George (Blucas) a car mechanic who would rather not get involved in the farming side, is forced into making money, leasing the land to an oil and gas company.

As the drilling starts, the families do find themselves pushed further apart, but the worst is yet to come, as the strange condition starts to infect the families.

Thoughts on Unearth

Characters & Performances – Kathryn Dolan is the owner of one of the farms, she has kept the business going for her family and wants to see both farms continue to work together to help each other thrive in the future, she is pushing for her children to want to do the right thing on her side, despite knowing they have their own dreams, trying to hold them back from them. Adrienne Barbeau is the horror icon that takes the centre stage here, where she brings the mature figure in the changing world to life. George Lomack is the widowed father that was left the farm, he isn’t interested in running it as farmland, keeping to his garage business, even though he needs money, which he will take where he can from a company that will start digging on his land. Marc Blucas is fine in his role, only he is just the beginning of what is a series of bland characters that don’t make an impact on the bigger story. The two families have their minor events going on, only they don’t seem to have that much making anything seem interesting enough for the grander side of the film.

StoryThe story here follows to neighbouring families that start to clash when one of them decides to lease their land to a gas and oil company, against the wishes of the other, leading to a strange series of events to turn the friendship into a rivalry filled with horror. This is a story that shows us the generations of change going on within the farming community, it will give us the ideas that money is becoming difficult and they will need to go against everything they were once taught. This side of the bigger conversation going forward, but the strange events are filled with the unexplained, which will leave us wanting to know more, instead of just getting a few shocking images.

ThemesUnearth uses the locations of the two farms to show us just how away from the busy world the two families are, which will play into the friendship turned sour. The horror side of the film comes more from what is happening when things start going wrong, leading to the big shock moments, despite not giving us any real information about what is happening.

Signature Entertainment presents Unearth on DVD and Digital Platforms 28th June

Unearth is available on iTunes Here

Unearth is a slow burning horror that leaves too many unanswered questions.

The Man Standing Next (2020) Movie Review

The Man Standing Next – Nice Political Thriller

 

Director: Min-ho Woo

Writer: Ji-min Lee, Min-ho Woo (Screenplay)

Starring: Lee Byung-hun, Sung-min Lee, Do-won Kwak, Lee Hee-joon, So-jin Kim, Eric Bernard, Jerry Rector

Plot: In the 1970s Korea is under the absolute control of the president Park who controls the KCIA the organization with the edge over any branch of government.

Runtime: 1 Hour 54 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Man Standing Next starts as we learn about President Park (Lee) reign in power over Korea with the KCIA organization keeping him in power, but the former director Park Yong-Gak (Kwak) is looking to expose the meaning behind his power, while current director Kim Kyu-Pyeong (Byung-hun) is torn between the truth and an old friend, needing to let the evidence prove which side he should be fighting for.

Thoughts on The Man Standing Next

ThoughtsThe Man Standing Next follows the political coup that took place in Korea during the 1970s, which will see how the President found himself being exposed for the covering up he has been through over his reign of terror, showing just how much he was covering up to make sure he remained in power. The story is told with one man finding himself in the middle of truth, knowing what would happen if he exposed the truth, but knowing he needs to know what needs to change. This will keep you guessing to what will happen next, with the strong performances throughout elevating the film to the next level. This is a nice example of what has come out through the world of history and is one that could be used to show how the world can start to spiral out of control unless the right people step up.

Blue Finch Film Releasing presents The Man Standing Next in Virtual Cinemas including Curzon Home Cinema 25 June and on Digital Download 5 July

Final Thoughts The Man Standing Next is a good history lesson on Korean politics and the people that tried to do the right thing.

Meteor Moon (2020) Movie Review

Director: Brian Nowak

Writer: Joe Roche (Screenplay)

Starring: Dominique Swain, Michael Broderick, Chris Boudreaux, Jeff Prater, Gary Private, Carol Kaufman, Anna Harr

Plot: When a meteor crashes into the moon and shifts its axis, Earth’s gravity pulls the moon into the path of the planet. Now, a group of scientists must figure out how to stop the moon from hitting the earth before it’s too late.


Tagline – Survival is a long shot

Runtime: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Meteor Moon starts when a meteor hits the moon, pushing towards Earth for a global impact, now Jim Lawson (Broderick) is recruited by his brother Paul (Boudreaux) to go on a mission of his own creation in an attempt to save the world from the impact that will destroy everything.

The brothers need to get to the lift off despite the earthquakes causing damages between them, as General Hauser (Swain) is doing everything she can to stop a nuclear detonation happening to prevent this.

Thoughts on Meteor Moon

ThoughtsMeteor Moon is another one of these Asylum disaster movies with a huge concept that is more focused on some of the scientific ‘ideas’ behind the need to save the Earth from the Moon, over giving us the big disaster moments. The story is thin and doesn’t really get going in anyway, we have certain side stories which look completely used for filler rather than any point in the story. The performances are not good, the special effects we know aren’t going to be the strongest, but certain scenes involving the car are just terrible. This is a film that seems to have the biggest name standing on the same mark the whole film, just talking with plenty of big words.

Final Thoughts Meteor Moon is another disappointing sci-fi disaster movie that could have used bigger moments of destruction.

She’s In Portland (2020) Movie Review

Director: Marc Carlini

Writer: Patrick Alexander, Marc Carlini (Screenplay)

Starring: Tommy Dewey, Ricco Ross, Minka Kelly, Vishesh Chachra, Alexis Krause, Robin Gammell, Francois Arnaud

Plot: Hoping to reconnect with his college buddy, a 30-something businessman drags him along on a road trip.

Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: She’s in Portland starts Wes (Dewey) looks to help his college buddy Luke (Arnaud) out of his slump in life after he never appears to the reunion, Wes looks to travel across country with Luke to find Luke’s ex-girlfriend that they both are still hiding feelings about.

Along the way the pair get to meet women who are at different stages of their lives, showing Luke what life could happen, from the college days to the recently divorced woman who have seen the world and want more, all for a chance to help Luke find happiness.

Thoughts on She’s in Portland

ThoughtsShe’s in Portland is a road travel movie between two friends that are both in need of help, one has been hiding from the world, while the other is hiding something from the world and has turned to his friend to try and get some support without asking for it. The friendship we witness through the film is powerful, showing that you know there is always one person in life that can get you more than anybody else you could have imagined. The two leads do work very well together, showing us how they are both in need of their best friend in a most important part of life. The road trip feel does help us see just how far the pair go, showing us just how pair need to learn about different people’s life experiences to get through their conflict. This gets the biggest impact from the final half of the film, which turns the truth in a different direction, one that is a lot more serious than it seemed.

Final Thoughts She’s in Portland is a nice drama about finding out what you want most in life.

My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To (2020) Movie Review

Director: Jonathan Cuartas

Writer: Jonathan Cuartas (Screenplay)

Starring: Patrick Fugit, Ingrid Sophie Schram, Owen Campbell, Moises L Tovar, Judah Bateman, Katie Preston

Plot: Two mysterious siblings find themselves at odds over care for their frail and sickly younger brother.

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To starts when siblings Dwight (Fugit) and Jessie (Schram) are spending most of their free time caring for their frail younger brother Thomas (Campbell). The siblings must collect blood to keep Thomas strong, which will see the pair go down different paths to make this happen.

As Dwight starts to want to move away from this life of secrets, he finds his relationship with Jessie getting strained, as she starts to see the bigger problem coming, while Thomas is getting tired of being trapped in the same home, just wanting some freedom.

Thoughts on My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To

ThoughtsMy Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell it To is a slow methodical movie that will try to capture the same magic We Are What We Are did with the secret that could leave the world filed with fear. The film doesn’t capture this same magic with large parts of the mystery often leading down dead end, showing us just how captured the siblings are within this world. The mystery about what is wrong with Thomas is hinted at heavily, but never truly explained to how this happened, with more of the film being character driven over anything truly scary. Patrick Fugit, Ingrid Sophie Schram and Owen Campbell are all great with their performances, bring these characters to life, but in the end the story lacks the impact it wants to give us with the world they are in.

My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To will be available on Digital Download from 28th June

Final Thoughts My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To is a slow and methodical movie that doesn’t quite capture the magic others have with the mystery about the family’s secret.