Kid Cannabis (2014)

Director: John Stockwell

Writer: John Stockwell (Screenplay)

Starring: Jonathan Daniel Brown, Kenny Wormald, Aaron Yoo, Ron Perlman, John C McGinley, Corey Large, Bryce Hodgson

 

Plot: An eighteen year old high school drop out and his twenty-seven year old friend start trafficking marijuana across the border of Canada in order to make money and their lives are changed forever.


Tagline – Everyone wants to be a kingpin.

Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Entertaining Story

 

Story: Kid Cannabis starts as we meet high school drop out Nate (Brown) who is telling the story of how he along with his partner Topher (Wormald) become involved in the drug trafficking business. We start at the beginning where Nate learns about the idea that trafficking the drugs across the Canadian border.

We follow Nate who works with Topher and crime boss Barry Lerner (Perlman) to start up the business and just how often the border patrol would pull him over to check whether he is smuggling anything illegal. This was just the beginning of what become a small empire created that changed their lives forever.

 

Thoughts on Kid Cannabis

 

Characters – Nate is a high school dropout working a dead-end job getting high in his free time. He learns about the idea of trafficking across the Canadian border, he uses his intelligence to plan an operation which will see him become an overnight sensation, he does start to get carried away with his new money which sees him needing to fight for his own dominance in the field. Topher is the older friend of Nate’s who can handle the transport with his enjoyment of the wilderness, he can lead the teams across the borders and keep the peace between Nate and the fellow runners. Barry Lerner is the local crime boss that Nate turns to for the investment to the idea, he gives the basic threats and the money rolling in which will keep him happy. John is the farmer in Canada making the product, the best the Americans can get their hands on.

PerformancesJonathan Daniel Brown in the leading role does make for good story teller, he doesn’t look like a drug smuggler which is why it is a more unique story. Kenny Wormald fills the lead runner role well, he makes us believe he is just as desperate as the rest. Ron Perlman and John C McGinley are both here just to have big names in the film, they are mostly just cameo like performances.

StoryThe story follows the high school dropout that built a drug business worth $68 million simply by trafficking the drugs across the Canadian border. This is based on the true story, which does show us through the eyes of the leader just how he pulled the operation off, while preaching about the laws on drugs within America. While it might be an interesting story, it is one we have seen before, it does promote breaking the law, which doesn’t seem like a good thing to be promoting, while relying heavily on the drug community to support the actions of these young men. We do also have too many pointless party scenes, which are clearly here just to put some boobs in the film and fill time.

Biopic/Comedy/CrimeThe does show the drug trafficking side of the people involved in the story, shows how their lives changed with an idea however illegal it turned out to be. It does use the comedy to make light of the situation which is fine because this doesn’t ever feel like it needs to be serious, while the crimes being committed show just how the people involved didn’t care about the punishment they could face.

SettingsThe film is set between the borders of America and Canada, it shows the different life styles that Nate would have had between his time making the money and the environment taken to do the drug smuggling.


Scene of the Movie –
The travelling.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The pointless party scenes.

Final ThoughtsThis is an interest look at the true story, it shows how the operation came about, how quickly it gathered steam and how the lives of the people involved were changed forever.

 

Overall: Interesting true story.

Rating

 

 

ABC Film Challenge – Action – K – Killing Gunther (2017)

Director: Taran Killam

Writer: Taran Killam (Screenplay)

Starring: Taran Killam, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cobie Smulders, Bobby Moynihan, Hannah Simone, Aaron Yoo

 

Plot: A group of eccentric assassins are fed up with Gunther, the world’s greatest hitman, and decide to kill him, but their plan turns into a series of bungled encounters as Gunther seems to always be one step ahead.


Tagline – They’re Out to Change the Killing Business

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Silly Fun

 

Story: Killing Gunther starts as assassin Blake (Killam) hires a documentary crew to film himself putting a team together to hunt down the most famous assassin Gunther (Schwarzenegger). Blake’s team includes Donnie (Moynihan), Sanaa (Simone), Gabe (Brittain) Izzat (Talai) Young (Yoo), Mia (Tolman) and Barold (Gaul), each has their own reason to go after Gunther.

It doesn’t take long before things go terribly wrong as Gunther learns of the hit on him and starts picking off the members of the team, until they are left whether to continue on this mission or walk away.

 

Thoughts on Killing Gunther

 

Characters – Blake is the hitman that wants the title of the best in the world, one that Gunther has, he believes that if he can take out Gunther, he will get that position and he puts together the team. It is his plan even though it does have personal motivation for this too, which he doesn’t let the rest of the team know about. Donnie is the explosives expert that tends to be part of an on running joke going through the film. Sanaa is the daughter of a previous deadliest assassin, he still follows her around trying to protect her, she wants to prove herself to be better than him and does seem to be the deadliest of the group. Gunther is the assassin that has the biggest reputation within the world, he has become the target and has decided to have some fun at their expense.

PerformancesTaran Killam directs and stars in the leading role, the best way to judge the performances go down to just how you read the comedy, if you make sure this is just a bit of fun style, you will like the performances. This film revolves around just how committed Arnold Schwarzenegger was willing to be poking fun at himself, he isn’t afraid making this work with the final acts being the funniest.

StoryThe story follows a group of assassins that go on the hunt for the most legendary assassin in the business, things don’t go well for the team as the learn the hard way just how dangerous Gunther is. This story is sent in documentary style which sees the camera crew following the team around with interviews going on between scenes. This does add to the comedy in the story and prepares us not to take anything too seriously. We do get foreshadowing leading up to certain deaths too which works out well.

Action/ComedyThe action comes from the different situations where Gunther is almost caught and the explosions going on through the film. the comedy works because we get to poke fun first at assassins we have seen in films before and then at Schwarzenegger can laugh at his previous roles.

SettingsThe film takes our team to different cities in the search for Gunther, this leads to different moments through the film which again adds to the comedy.


Scene of the Movie –
Meeting Gunther.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Slightly hard to see these assassins being considered the best let alone good.

Final ThoughtsThis is a silly fun comedy that will get the laughs required as long as you don’t go in looking for anything serious.

 

Overall: Simple and silly fun.

Rating

 

 

Friday The 13th (2009)

logoDirector: Marcus Nispel

Writer: Damian Shannon, Mark Swift (Screenplay) Damian Shannon, Mark Swift, Mark Wheaton (Story) Victor Miller (Characters)

Starring: Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, Amanda Righetti, Travis Van Winkle, Aaron Yoo, Derek Mears

 

Plot: Jason is reborn, wait Jason wasn’t the killer in the original Friday The 13th. After a thirty second telling of how Jason’s mum went on a rampage before being murdered on front of him we meet a group of hikers looking for a bounty of cannabis. Whitney (Righetti) and her friend end up in Camp Crystal Lake and fall victim to Jason Voorhees (Mears). Clay Miller (Padalecki) Whitney’s brother goes in search of the truth about what happened to his missing sister; along his way he meets a group of rich college kids who are staying in ones parent’s vacation home for a weekend of drinks, drugs and sex. Before long Jason appears and causes problems for all of them.

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Verdict: Remake, reboot whatever you want to call it that just is not the same.

Story: Reboots are always way over the top and lose the old school atmospheric build ups and this is no different go for gore and blood over a good scare. The story is clichéd and offers nothing new to the franchise. The only positive I can take from this film is that they try to humanize Jason showing how never recovers from his mother’s death. (5/10)

 

Actor Review: Jared Padalecki – Desperate brother who goes all out to find his sister and meets finds an unstoppable force. Jared much like Jensen Ackles tries to get away from TV’s supernatural and even though Jensen’s My Bloody Valentine wasn’t that bad they both fail to make an impact in cinema. He doesn’t give a dominating enough performance required to become a cult hero of the Friday the 13th fans love. Failed Breakout Performance Award (6/10)

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Actor Review: Danielle Panabaker – Jenna the nice girl from the group of friends who hangs around with the wrong crowd. This opened the door in horror for the actress who does a good job in this role but also doesn’t show the true panic a leading lady character would normally make. Unluckiest Character Award (7/10)

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Actor Review: Amanda Righetti – Whitney the missing sister and object of Jason affections. Amanda has the screaming down to a tee after spending most of the film screaming and in constant terror. Does a good job in the situation she is in and becomes the only character with real emotions shown. (8/10)

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Actor Review: Derek Mears – Jason ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to defend his territory. Dominating figure on screen creates a brutal killer. Iconic Performance Award, Scariest Character Award (9/10)

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Director Review: Marcus Nispel – Working on remakes and reboots clearly is this guy’s thing but he clearly doesn’t know how to truly honour the classics. (4/10)

Horror: Way over the top kills, plenty of blood and gore, but against everything this franchise was about. (7/10)

Special Effects: Some great effects in the kills. (9/10)

Music: Doesn’t use the music as well as the original. (6/10)

Believability: The serial killer side yes but he supernatural side no. (2/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: Set around Crystal Lake rather than just the Camp show Jason to be a territorial killer but it doesn’t create the atmosphere there originals did. (6/10)

 

Suggestion: Friday the 13th is one of my favourite film franchises and I would suggest this even though I don’t think it is by any means one of the better ones. The new era slasher fans that have never seen the original one will more than likely enjoy this as it caters to the more hack em’ slash em’ audience. Horror fans in general will enjoy the basic side of the film but non horror fans avoid. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Trent getting what he deserves.

Worst Part: Ruins a classic.

Kill Of The Film:  Chewie as it offers a more solid use of new horror kills.

Trivia: Producer Michael Bay walked out saying there was too much sex.

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: Reboot that failed is getting rebooted in the future again.

Similar Too: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003, Halloween remake.

 

Overall: Reboot that made money but fails a classic

 

Rating 58%