ABC Film Challenge – Romance E – Everything, Everything (2017)

Director: Stella Meghie

Writer: J Mills Goodloe (Screenplay) Nicola Yoon (Book)

Starring: Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose, Ana de la Reguera, Taylor Hickson, Danube Hermosillo, Dan Payne, Fiona Loewi


Plot: A teenager who’s spent her whole life confined to her home falls for the boy next door.

Tagline – Risk everything… for love.

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes


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Verdict: Charming & Delightful


Story: Everything, Everything starts as we meet Maddy (Stenberg) an 18-year-old girl that has never left her house because of her rare immune disorder, her mother Pauline (Rose) is a doctor and has everything prepared to keep her alive. She has been educated and studied at home with the care of her nurse Carla (Reguera).

Maddy’s life has always been dreaming of going outside and when Olly (Robinson) family moves in next door, they become attracted to one another. When the two risk her Maddy’s life her mother tries to forbid them being together, but how can love be held back?


Thoughts on Everything, Everything


Characters – Maddy is an 18-year-old girl, she has never left her home because of rare disorder, her imagination has helped her experience parts of the world and her education has been home schooled. She meets Olly and falls in love through a window and takes the chance to experience love for the first time. Olly is the new neighbour, he wants to become friends with Maddy and it soon turns to love, he has his own personal problems at home and the moments with her give him the freedom he wants. Pauline is the mother of Maddy, she is a doctor and has spent her life trying to make sure she stays safe in the home. Carla is Maddy’s nurse and the only friend she has in the world.

PerformancesAmandla Stenberg is fantastic in the leading role, she gives us the full range of emotions she goes through, from the pure enjoyment of her life to the pain she suffers. Nick Robinson, well this young man keeps popping up everywhere now for me, he was brilliant in Love Simon and here he was great to watch too. Anika Noni Rose does make for a good controlling mother.

StoryThe story here follows a teenage girl that live her life behind closed doors because of a rare disorder which could see her become sick at any moment, when she falls for the neighbour she decides she is willing to risk her life to be with him. This is a teenage romance story so we know we are going to get stumbling blocks in their love for the most part. This is told in such a way that we see how Maddy is telling her story about how she looks at life in a positive way for each moment almost accepting her place in the world. it does try to tell everyone to enjoy their life whatever gets in their way.

RomanceThe romance between Maddy and Olly is believable from start to finish, we get the awkward moments and the passionate moment.

SettingsThe film shows us how Maddy has made the most of her home, how her imagination works and where she wants to go into the world one day.

Scene of the Movie –
The trip.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Is it that easy to get to Hawaii?

Final ThoughtsThis is a delightfully entertaining movie that shows us just how love can turn your life upside down when that person walks into your life.


Overall: Special vision on life.




The Hate U Give (2018)

Director: George Tillman Jr

Writer: Audrey Wells (Screenplay) Angie Thomas (Novel)

Starring: Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Anthony Mackie, Issa Rae, Common, Algee Smith, Sabrina Carpenter


Plot: Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right.

Tagline – Two worlds, one voice, no going back

Runtime: 2 Hours 13 Minutes


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Verdict The Biggest Eye Opener of the Year


Story: The Hate U Give starts as Starr (Stenberg) introduces us to everything in her life, her high school life away from the rough neighbourhood she is from, with her father Maverick (Hornsby) the former gangster and mother Lisa (Hall) who wants to get out of the neighbourhood too. She is the eldest of her siblings and has become a normal high student who is prepared for the worst.

Starr does find herself trapped between two worlds, the one where she grew up in and the one she is now growing up, this however changes for her forever, when a routine pull over by the police see her childhood friend Khalil (Smith) fatal shot. Starr in the aftermath must battle the social consequences of what happened with Starr being put in the middle of the investigation to what happened and putting her in the position to make her voice heard.


Thoughts on The Hate U Give


Characters – Starr is your normal high school student from so called wrong side of town, she lives in two worlds, one she grew up in with friends, the other is her escape with her high school giving her potential of a new life. When she becomes the only witness for her friend’s death at the hands of a police officer. Needing to keep her involvement secret she is dealing with the new wave of feelings and emotions that she must learn to control for the greater good. Everything we see is from her point of view which shows us just how a teenager can view what is going on within the neighbourhood. Lisa is Starr’s mother that wants to keep her daughter safe and out of the gangland mentality she sees around her family. Maverick is Starr’s father, he used to be part of the gangs and after his time behind bars, he escaped that life, being wise towards his family, preparing them for any incidents with the police. King is drug lord controlling the area, he has let Maverick out of his gang and this latest death brings his attention as his business will be put at risk.

PerformancesAmandla Stenberg in the leading role is fantastic, she is on another level to everyone else in the film as she must show her the problems she is facing and handles them all to help us understand her characters thought process. The whole cast are great in this film, Russell Hornsby gets the intense speech moments which grab our attention and for all the years we have questioned Common’s acting, here he shows that he has worked to improve himself and it is paying off.

StoryThe story here will give everyone who watches it a conversation they need to have, about how a death that never needed to happen. The story is told through the eyes of teenager Starr which helps us understand how she wants to see people seen as equals and how the divide between the black and white communities is massive. This story has so many talking points about what has been happening and it does use the correct characters to get points over with including a black police officer telling Starr the thought process of a police officer pulling over a car. Any story that give the audience questions to ask afterwards is an achievement in storytelling which should be praised, it is one that will stick with you long after it finishes.

CrimeThe movie starts with a major crime, the shooting of the high school student, it shows how the tension has risen with the crime that changed a neighbourhood.

SettingsThe film does an excellent job of showing the different neighbourhoods, the one Starr lives in and the one she attends school in, this reflects between the characters interactions.

Scene of the Movie –
The Hate We Give.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The lack of a proper investigation.

Final ThoughtsThis is easily one of the most important films of the year, it has a message people need to learn about if they ever want to see change in the world.


Overall: Important eye opener.




ABC Film Challenge – Action Movies – C – Colombiana (2011)

Director: Oliver Megaton

Writer: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen (Screenplay)

Starring: Zoe Saldana, Jordi Molla, Lennie James, Amandla Stenberg, Michael Vartan, Cliff Curtis


Plot: A young woman, after witnessing her parents’ murder as a child in Bogota, grows up to be a stone-cold assassin.


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Verdict: Good Pay Off Action Film


Story: Colombiana starts as a young Cataleya witness her parents murder by Marco (Molla) and his men for Don Luis (Benites) in Bogota, Columbia. Her father gives her the means to escape and Cataleya makes it to America where she reunites with Uncle Emilio (Curtis) who offers to teach her how to be a killer.

15 years later Cataleya (Saldana) is all grown up, she is now an assassin for hire and a brilliant one at that. Cataleya has been making a name for herself as a mysterious unknown killer leaving messages on her victims’ bodies, this is against her Uncle’s will and finds special agent Ross (James) tracker her down. Can Cataleya keep her secret life away from the authority and get her revenge on Don Luis that is what we are left to guess about.


Thoughts on Colombiana


Characters/PerformanceCataleya is the assassin who witnessed her own parent’s murder, she has trained for 15 years to get her revenge but now she must continue to pay the price for wanting to see the people responsible die. She is strong, determined and deadly one of the better assassins we know. Marco is you typical villain that breaks the rules and is willing to do anything to stay on the wrong side of the law. Ross is the agent looking to do the right thing on every step of the way.

Performance wise, Zoe Saldana is always going to make for a beautiful sexy assassin, Jordi Molla is fine throughout but isn’t used as much as you would think, and Lennie James is good as you would expect in a law role.

StoryA young girl that witness’s parent’s murder and turns into an assassin to get revenge, this has been done before and is a classic tried and tested formula for the genre which I feel does get the good pay off here without being the greatest in the genre. There isn’t too much we need to see for it to be new but what the hell it is fun.

Action/CrimeThe action is plenty of shooting with bullets and bodies flying around, this is all good fun and having the assassin revenge angle also works.

SettingsThe settings are all what you would have come to expect from the genre without being anything original.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good watch, it checks all the boxes without needing to make you think about what is going on.


Overall: Sit back and enjoy the action.