ABC Film Challenge – Romance – A – The Age of Adaline (2015)

Director: Lee Toland Krieger

Writer: J Mills Goodloe, Salvador Paskowitz (Screenplay)

Starring: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn, Kathy Baker, Amanda Crew, Lynda Boyd

 

Plot: A young woman, born at the turn of the 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After many solitary years, she meets a man who complicates the eternal life she has settled into.


Tagline – The world has changed in the last century. Adaline has not

Runtime: 1 Hour 52 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Nice Fantasy Romance

 

Story: The Age of Adaline starts in modern day where Adeline (Lively) goes by the name of Jenny looking to start a new life like she does every so many years because of the events in her life. We follow the life of Adaline from her first marriage and child, where she has an accident which stops her from aging past the age of 29.

When the modern time Adaline continues her meetings with her now elderly daughter Flemming (Burstyn) her life starts getting more difficult, first her daughter wants to move away, while Ellis Jones (Huisman) walks into her life with sparks flying, will she finally let someone else back in her life with her secret.

 

Thoughts on The Age of Adaline

 

Characters – Adaline Bowman was born in the early 1908, the year is now 2014 and she still looks 29-years-old, this is a result of an accident which bought her life to a dramatic twist, she will see her daughter grow old, while keeping her secret safe from the world, now encouraged to live her life, she meets a man she falls in love with which only makes things complicated once again. Ellis is the man that walks into the life of Adaline, to give her new hope to come out of hiding and to experience love once again. William is Ellis father that remembers Adaline from his younger life, he changes everything in her life when she wants to bring out the secret. Flemming is the daughter of Adaline, well the two know this, as she gets older she takes different roles in her life.

PerformancesBlake Lively is great in this leading role of the film, she shows us just how her character wants to keep a secret from the world however much it hurts her. Michiel Huisman is strong in his role being his first leading role he does well, Harrison Ford might not turn up for an hour into the film and is solid enough as is Ellen Burstyn seemingly enjoying these roles of seeing her parents become younger than her.

StoryThe story follows a young woman that has lived over 100 years and still is 29-years old, she has seen the events of the world from the shadows until now she lets someone in bring her secret to light. This comes into the lines of if you would be able to live forever would you be able to let people into your life. It shows what seems like eternal life breaking ones ability to enjoy life knowing the secret will get them chased down and with the overall narration of the film it does feel like it has elements of a fairy tale.

Fantasy/RomanceThe fantasy side of the film comes from how Adaline become immortal, her accident is filled with the clichés for fantasy, the romance comes from needing to learn whether to let people back into your life after not letting anyone in.

SettingsThe film does take place over the century, we get to see how things change and how Adaline adapts to each situation.


Scene of the Movie –
The truth comes out.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It seems strange pushing your son to marry a woman you once had a summer fling with.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the fantasy romance films I do think people who are fans of the genre will enjoy, it gets the sweetness correct and asked the big question needed.

 

Overall: Romance delights.

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Halloween Horror – The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)

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Plot: After a family is forced to relocate for their son’s health, they begin experiencing supernatural behavior in their new home, and uncover a sinister history.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Horror

 

Story: The Haunting in Connecticut starts as we meet the Campbell family mother Sara (Madsen), Father Peter (Donavon) and the tragic story of their cancer stricken son Matt (Gallner) they have also adopted Mary (Knight) with babysitter Wendy (Crew). To make the trips to the hospital becoming difficult the family decides to move closer to Connecticut.

Moving into the new house Matt starts seeing things around the house but he also knows if he admits seeing things he will be taken off the trial. With the visions becoming more frequent Matt turns to fellow sufferer Reverend Popescu (Koteas) to understand what these spirits want from him as he starts becoming distant to his whole family.

The Haunting in Connecticut is a horror film that parallels the realism of cancer with haunting, the idea that Matt knows he is seeing things but knows the effects if he admits it, this helps the story as we are led down a path of what is real or in his head. The problem with this comes to the fact it has to all be real for it to be an actual horror. The scares are well built up but do feel separate from the story. this is an enjoyable horror and has plenty of scares too.

 

Actor Review

 

Virginia Madsen: Sara is the mother of the family that has to take her son on long distance trip to the hospital to treat his cancer. Tired of the trips she decides to move the family closer but this will test the family more as we see them starting to get haunted by the new house. She has to remain strong through the testing time. Virginia is good in this leading role where we do know she is good in most horrors.

Kyle Gallner: Matt is our cancer victim that upon moving and starting new treatment starts having visions of something horrific in the house. As this become more frequent he tries to communicate to see what these spirits want but can he handle their answer? Kyle is good in this role as we see him going through everything.

Elias Koteas: Reverend Popescu is a fellow cancer victim but does understand what Matt is going through and offers to help deal with the demons inside the house. Elias is good in this role but I feel we need to see more from his character.

Amanda Crew: Wendy is the live in babysitter and niece to Sara, we never truly understand why she has moved in with them but she helps Matt try to get to the bottom of the mystery inside the house. Amanda is solid in this role and is the only one that tries to uncover the truth.

Support Cast: The Haunting in Connecticut has a supporting cast that includes the rest of the family and spirits keeping everything feeling like a family problem rather than overall haunting.

Director Review: Peter CornwellPeter does give us a good horror that has plenty of scares and a story that keeps us engaged.

 

Horror: The Haunting in Connecticut has well built up horror moments which contains shock moments.

Mystery: The Haunting in Connecticut does give us a ghost investigation style mystery as we learn what happened in the house.

Thriller: The Haunting in Connecticut does keep us on the edge wondering where the next horror moment will come.

Settings: The Haunting in Connecticut keeps most of the film inside the house which helps for the horror.
Special Effects
: The Haunting in Connecticut has great effects that are used for the horror side of the film.

Suggestion: The Haunting in Connecticut is one for the horror fans to enjoy. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: The research actually makes sense and is achieved in a library only.

Worst Part:  Certain horror moments seem random.

 

Believability: Based on a true story.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Has one.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

Tagline: Some things cannot be explained.

Trivia: Ed Warren and Lorraine Warren, who are known for involvement in The Amityville Horror case, were investigators for this case.

 

Overall: Enjoyable horror that has good moments throughout.

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Repeaters (2010)

logoDirector: Carl Bessai

Writer: Arne Olsen (Screenplay)

Starring: Dustin Milligan, Amanda Crew, Richard de Klerk, Alexia Fast, Gabrielle Rose, Hrothgar Mathews

 

Plot: A gritty mind-bending thriller about three twenty-somethings who find themselves in an impossible time labyrinth, where each day they awaken to the same terrifying day as the preceding one.

 

Verdict: What would you do?

 

Story: We start by meeting our group of drug rehab members who are given the tasks to go out on a day pass to try and make up for the mistakes they have made while using. The days all go badly for our three heroes, but when they wake up the next day, they get a chance to re-live that day again. The group start to take advantage of their chance to re-live the same day over and over. After they had their fun they start to look at trying to make sense of what happened but when one starts to become darker the friendship starts to get pushed to the limits as the friends continue to get stuck in the time loop going further and further as each day happens.

This poses the old interesting question of ‘what would you do?’ if you were given the same day over and over. What this looks at is how the power of the repeating can go to someone’s head and shows how far he will go knowing whatever he does will be erased in the morning. It does offer a couple of plot holes which fail to get answered and with no real explanation to what is going on really leaves the repeating point up in the air. In the end it turns into a slightly random film that does try to offer the same sort of questions you would see but fails to looks at any real answers and focuses too much on how things could change someone. (5/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Dustin Milligan: Kyle Halsted member of the rehab facility who has made mistakes leading to his sister to not want anything to do with him. He keeps trying to make amends for what he did but with Weeks causing problems he gets pushed to the limits every time he repeats. Dustin gives a solid performance but doesn’t quite look ready to be a leading actor. (5/10)

 

Amanda Crew: Sonia Logan member of the facility whose last remaining family member dies leaving her in the facility re-living his death over and over. She has to face her past to get through the problem. Amanda gives a solid performance but we fail to see how much she changes because of what happens. (5/10)

 

Richard de Klerk: Michael Weeks member of the facility whose problems have left his father in jail and wanting him dead. He snaps and starts going further and further each time he repeats, committing worse crimes until he ends up having a showdown with Kyle. Richard gives a good performance and is the highlight of the film. (7/10)

 

Support Cast: Be it the people who have had their lives affected by the group and have to make amends for mistakes before the chance is going to be gone forever.

 

Director Review: Carl Bessai – Good idea with the repeating style but leaves a few too many loose ends for a solid time travel idea for a film. (5/10)

 

Action: Each time they return a new action sequence happens, pushing the levels to the next time. (8/10)

Thriller: You are left to wonder what will happen next time they repeat. (8/10)

Settings: Each setting is used to create the repeat to have different effects. (7/10)

Suggestion: This is one to try, it would be enjoy by the time travel fans but could leave them asking a few questions. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Weeks turning dark.

Worst Part: Too many questions left unanswered.

Favourite Quote: ‘See you this morning’

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

Tagline: What would you do?

 

Overall: Wake, Fight, Kill, Repeat

Rating 54