ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – O – Outlaws (2017)

Director: Stephen McCallum

Writer: Matt Nable (Screenplay)

Starring: Ryan Corr, Abbey Lee, Simone Kessell, Josh McConville, Matt Nable, Aaron Pedersen, Sam Parsonson

Plot: 1% is set within the primal underworld of outlaw motorcycle club gangs. It follows the heir to the throne of a motorcycle club who has to betray his president to save his brother’s life.


Tagline – 99% of motorcyclists are law-abiding citizens.

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Sons of Anarchy Australia

Story: Outlaws starts as two rival biker gangs clash with the temporary leader Paddo (Corr) being forced into making a deal with the rival leader Sugar (Pedersen), only the real president of the club Knuck (Nable) isn’t taking any type of deal.

With the new deal off the table Paddo is left in the middle of no mans land because the deal was only in place to save his brother Skink’s (McConville) life after he was caught stealing from the rival gang, leading him to need to turn on Knuck.

Thoughts on Outlaws

Characters – Paddo has always looked out for his little brother, when he finds himself in trouble once again through a rival biker gang, he makes a deal to try and create peace between the two sides, only he is left in the middle of the two gangs when the president of his current gang doesn’t want the deal. Paddo must put family and a future at risk to escape this criminal world. Katrina is the girlfriend of Paddo, she believes they have worked too hard to walk away from, she wants him to take over after all the extra work they have put into the operations while in charge. Hayley is the wife of the current president, she isn’t happy with the changes in the club and pushes for Knuck to put Paddo back in his place. Skink is the brother of Paddo, he has a drug problem which has led to the deal being put in place, his behaviour continues to cause the problems between the leaders. Knuck is the president of the gang, he has been in prison, which has seen changes in his club, one that he wants to return to its former strength.

PerformancesRyan Corr, Josh McConville and Matt Nable are all believable as the bikers trying to prove who is the most dominate in the gang, the problem comes more with the characters are basic enough and unlikable, while the actresses Abbey Lee and Simone Kessell do well with their roles too.

StoryThe story here follows biker gang that ends up getting caught in the middle of who is going to be in control of the gang going forward after the president is released from prison. This is a basic story of power within a biker gang, it is never implied just how much they are doing on the criminal side of things which doesn’t show just how much power they have, it just feels like a basic and it could just be an extended version of a Son of Anarchy just being angry bikers fighting for the sake of it.

CrimeThe crime world we enter shows us just how the bikers are operating through the world and how they don’t care if they get caught.

SettingsThe film is set in what feels like Australian suburbs which shows how the gangs can be in any location.


Scene of the Movie – The bar fight.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Not very interesting characters.

Final Thoughts This is a biker fighter gang that doesn’t seem to make us care about the characters and just seems like angry men fighting for no reason.

Overall: Basic biker battle.

ABC Film Challenge – Horror – K – Killing Ground (2016)

Director: Damien Power

Writer: Damien Power (Screenplay)

Starring: Aaron Pedersen, Ian Meadows, Harriet Dyer, Aaron Glenane, Maya Stange, Julian Garner, Tiarnie Coupland

 

Plot: A couple’s camping trip turns into a frightening ordeal when they stumble across the scene of a horrific crime.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Disturbing & Suspenseful

 

Story: Killing Ground starts when couple Ian (Meadows) and Samantha (Dyer) head off for a romantic camping trip, learning they are not the only couple on the grounds they look to stay out of the others way, only to never see them return to their grounds. Scotty (Pedersen) and Tood (Glenane) are two locals of the area that come off shady, also have had run ins with the law.

We know something happened to the family in the camp next door and when Ian and Samantha find their baby wandering around the area. Soon they will be fighting for their lives against the criminal psychopaths that enjoy hunting.

 

Thoughts on Killing Ground

 

Characters – Ian is a doctor who along with his girlfriend goes on the camping trip, he knows how to survive any injuries which makes him the one that could help survive the attack because o his logical decision making process. Samantha is the girlfriend that is using the trip for a big moment only to find herself needing to fight to survive. Scotty is the one of the two which seems to be the mastermind, well leader of the two who knows how to control the situation and Tood. Tood is the loose cannon, who comes off simple minded at times and other times he comes off like the psychopath he is meant to be.

PerformancesThe performances in this film do come off real, we believe the couple Ian Meadows & Harriet Dyer with each decision they must make, we also get scared of both the Aaron’s who gives us uneasy performances through the whole film.

StoryThe story here follows three lines to start with, we have the couple heading of to their romantic camping trip, the family on their camping trip, that we know something happens to and the two men who will be committing the crime. To start with this felt annoying, I won’t lie, but soon this just builds the tension through the film as we just want to know what happens, with each twist that connection the stories becoming unsettling. We see the aftermath of what has happened over just putting us through the events, which only continues to make everything extra disturbing. This is a type of story we have seen before, though the fresh approach to this only makes this more interesting to watch even if you want to look away.

HorrorThis is easily one of the most disturbing horror films you will see, when you stop to think about anything that happens, what you end up feeling is just uneasy because of what happens off camera, with the tension only making this harder to get through.

SettingsThe film takes place in a remote camping ground which gives us the feeling of isolation, with have no phone signal and the humans might not be the only danger here, this is a perfect use of setting.

Special EffectsThe effects are used to make each moment look more horrific, they are subtle and effective.


Scene of the Movie –
When the couple plan to leave, we have a wonderful shot of Samantha walking away with somebody desperately needing help behind her.

That Moment That Annoyed Me I didn’t like the opening moments of the three stories, it does work once we are get going.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the most disturbing non-graphic films I have seen, being left to imagine just what happens is even worse than watching it.

 

Overall: Unsettling and disturbing.

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