Amy Adams Weekends – The Master (2012)

asterDirector: Paul Thomas Anderson

Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson (Screenplay)

Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Ambyr Childers, Rami Malek, Jesse Plemons

 

Plot: A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future – until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Missed Opportunity

 

Story: The Master starts as we follow the naval veteran Freddie Quell (Phoenix) as he returns after World War II, he struggles to find a place after what he has been through working as a photographer at a before moving on to a farm job. Struggling with everyday life after the war Freddie finds himself on-board a boat, the boat offers him a chance to meet Lancaster Dodd (Hoffman).

On-board the ship Freddie learns that Lancaster is leading a cult like group of people that believe each moment on all lives lived are able to be communicated and Lancaster sees Freddie as his protégé. As the group gathers momentum we see how Freddie is embracing where he is within the cult but will his nature push the limit of how the Master sees him.

The Master is a drama showing the slow rise of a cult like group that should be one of the more compelling stories out there, the problem is that it comes off very slow and you never really believe the cause they are trying to bring together. The acting can’t be questioned but everything just feels very messy and almost never goes in a direction that makes much sense. I may have misunderstood the film in which case I do apologise but in all honesty I didn’t enjoy this story.

 

Actor Review

 

Philip Seymour Hoffman: Lancaster Dodd is the leader of ‘The Cause’ he has the power to pull people into his belief and sees Freddie as a protégé what could continue spreading the word. We can see the comparison of Scientology with this character.  Philip is great in this role as you would expect from the late great.

Joaquin Phoenix: Freddie Quell is a Naval veteran of World War II, he is struggling with life once he has returned but when he ends up on Lancaster Dodd’s boat he joins The Cause as the protégé to the Master. He is aggressive and easily switched into a fight mode. Joaquin shines in this role showing the full range of emotion needed.

Amy Adams: Peggy Dodd is the wife of Lancaster and firm believer in the Cause so much so that she does have a big say in what is going on behind the show Lancaster puts on. Amy is also good in this role standing strong next to the leading men.

Support Cast: The Master has a strong supporting cast that all do a great job in a film where acting isn’t the problem.

Director Review: Paul Thomas AndersonPaul is a director that has given us some of the best films we have ever seen but this time I feel the film gets dragged down with a slow story.

 

Drama: The Master is a drama that doesn’t seem to get enough out of the potential story it has but can’t have anything bad to say about the acting.

Settings: The Master doesn’t have any memorable settings trying to make us feel like a cult could be raised within your local neighbourhood.

Suggestion: The Master is one film I think people would like but I can see many people like myself not enjoying this. (Try It)

 

Best Part: The acting.

Worst Part: The Story

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Nominated for 3 Oscars

Budget: $32 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 24 Minutes

 

Overall: Brilliantly acted but such a slow moving story.

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Vice (2015)

logoDirector: Brian A Miller

Writer: Andre Fabrizio, Jeremey Passmore (Screenplay)

Starring: Ambyr Childers, Thomas Jane, Bryan Greenberg, Brue Willis, Johnathon Schaech, Charlotte Kirk, Brett Granstaff

 

Plot: Bruce Willis stars in this Sci-Fi thriller about ultimate resort: VICE, where customers can play out their wildest fantasies with artificial inhabitants who look like humans.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Been Here Seen This

 

Story: Vice starts by showing a bank robbery before showing Julian (Willis) explaining about ‘Vice’ an experience where you can do anything you want. Detective Roy (Jane) is working on finding a criminal which takes him to Vice but all he does is walk around. Next we meet Kelly (Childers) being awaken who is trying to start a new life. When Roy catches up with the man he is looking for inside the artificial world he captures him. Kelly celebration night takes a turn for the worse when a stranger kills her friend before turning his sights on her.

Kelly is just part of the artificial experience world created to be in the good mood every night in the world. When Kelly starts gathering memories from the previous night something is starting to go wrong with her and the technicians have to try and figure out why. Kelly escapes the facility entering into the real world leading to Roy coming along to investigate what is happening and Julian arranging for his team to look for her to make sure it never leaks that she got out. Kelly struggles to find anywhere safe but a familiar face fills in the blanks about who she really is while detective Roy is trying to uncover what happened at Vice.

Vice comes off like a mix of films, it has part A.I. I, Robot, Westworld and Blade Runner where it uses small parts of all of them to make an unoriginal storyline. It gives us the creation of a Westworld going rogue maybe not evil like I, Robot and getting hunted down like Blade Runner. It all comes down to how moral the creation of artificial intelligent models are, when it comes to being made for our own pleasure. The problem is it doesn’t offer enough of that, we will get a surprise ending leaving it open for any potential sequel which is a nice touch. In the end it is a rather plain sci-fi thriller that will easily go under the radar. (6/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Ambyr Childers: Kelly artificial person created for the world where any dream can come true. When there is a fault with the memories she escapes into the real world going on the run from the people who built her. Ambyr does do a good job stepping into the lead role opposite more accomplished stars with ease and easily out shines the two of them. (8/10)

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Thomas Jane: Roy no-nonsense detective who doesn’t like the resort but does like that it brings the criminals to the city for him to capture. Thomas continues his downward spiral in the action world here with an average performance. (5/10)

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Bruce Willis: Julian owner of Vice who offers the world a chance to do whatever they want inside the world he has created. Bruce continues to prove that he isn’t the star he once was here. (5/10)

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Support Cast: Vice has the people helping Kelly who all are very genetic, we have the cops all by the books except Roy and the people who work for Vice again all very generic.

 

Director Review: Brian A Miller – Brian does a a basic job here creating an average sci-fi thriller. (5/10)

 

Action: Vice has action scenes that will make you watch but nothing original to the ideas. (7/10)

Sci-Fi: Vice enters an interesting sci-fi world for the story to take place in. (7/10)

Thriller: Vice doesn’t keep you guessing you know what will happen in the end. (5/10)

Settings: Vice creates a very dark future setting where this reality is the best place to be. (7/10)

Suggestion: Vice is one to try if you like simple sci-fi action. (Try It)

 

Best Part: I like the end of the film because it changes the direction it could go.

Worst Part: It was a shame it was the end because it could have made it more interesting earlier.

Action Scene Of The Film: The escape.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: It is left open for one but I don’t think we will get one.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $10 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes

 

Overall: Sci-Fi Simple

Rating 55

We Are What We Are (2013)

logoDirector: Jim Mickle

Writer: Nick Damici, Jorge Michel Grau, Jim Mickle (Screenplay)

Starring: Kassie Wesley DePaiva, Laurent Rejto, Julia Garner, Ambyr Childers, Jack Gore, Bill Sage, Kelly McGillis, Wyatt Russell, Michael Park

 

Plot: The Parkers, a reclusive family who follow ancient customs, find their secret existence threatened as a torrential downpour moves into their area, forcing daughters Iris and Rose to assume responsibilities beyond those of a typical family.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Brilliantly Built Up

 

Story: We Are What We Are starts by letting us meet Emma Parker (DePaiva) as she goes about her day only for her to have some kind of illness and dying. Moving back to her house we meet her child Rose (Garner), Iris (Childers) and Rory (Gore) who have gone into their family traditional fasting. With the father Frank (Sage) grieving it is up to the girls to identify their mother. To keep up with their mysterious traditions Iris now has to step up as the eldest woman in the household. While the family continues to grieve the loss, the young daughters plan to take over the tradition. The girls learn about the history of the family and how they survived for years with the tradition. While they are preparing things Doc Barrow (Parks) finds a bone and starts looking into missing persons including his daughter. While we know what is going on it isn’t until the preparation for the meal that we see what the Parker family is really doing.

We Are What We Are does what many horror film fail to do that is create a genuine shock moment, and this builds it up to levels I haven’t seen in recent horror films. We get the basic idea of hiding the idea without giving too much away before slowly revealing small parts of the film before we get the big reveal. It is hard to even find a negative side to this story telling it is told with near perfection. It pulls you in to each scene leaving you wondering what will happen next waiting for something big to happen and when it finally does it is worth the wait. This is simple, it is how you make a horror that will shock. (9/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Ambyr Childers: Iris Parker eldest daughter who has to take over from her mother after her death in prepare for the family traditions. She wants to keep her younger siblings but has to go through one last ritual before trying to escape. Ambyr does a great job in the lead role and could easily be a name in horror for years to come. (9/10)

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Bill Sage: Frank Parker father of the household who is showing the effects of years of cannibalism but still forcing his young family to continue to follow the traditions after his wife dies on the first day of them. Bill does a great job in the leading role where he shows a full range of emotions. (9/10)

 

Michael Parks: Doc Barrow local doctor who upon finding a bone starts to think he could uncover the truth about what happened to his daughter who has been missing for a while now. Michael gives a good performance and continues to show that he is always good to go to in horror. (9/10)

 

Julia Garner: Rose Parker younger of the two sisters who has to help her sister in the work but is clearly too young to be involved in that sort of thing. Julia gives a great performance and starts the shock moment. (9/10)

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Support Cast: We Are What We Are has a small cast but the remaining members of the cast all offer to the main story be it the officer trying to ask simple questions with a romantic angle with Iris or neighbour who has helped the family they all work well to help the main story.

 

Director Review: Jim Mickle – Jim does a great job directing a horror that is a genuine shock value contender. (9/10)

 

Drama: We Are What We Are uses the drama side of the story to build up everything the characters are going through. (9/10)

Horror: We Are What We Are hides the horror until little parts get revealed before we see the real horror of what they are doing. (9/10)

Thriller: We Are What We Are builds up to shock everyone with the final moment. (9/10)

Settings: We Are What We Are uses settings to make everything seem like it could be your very own neighbour instead of making anything a creepy looking location. (9/10)

Suggestion: We Are What We Are is a must watch for all the horror fans out there, it actually will shock you. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part of We Are What We Are: Not giving too much away too fast.

Worst Part of We Are What We Are: Hard to find one.

Oh My God Moment: The final moment will shock you.

 

Believability: It creates the story to make it look like it could be very real. (9/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Could have one

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Awards: 7 Awards including Best Horror Film in Toronto After Dark Film Festival.

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

Tagline: Blood is the strongest bond.

 

Overall: Genuinely Shocking Horror

Rating 90

Trailer Alert – Vice

Plot – Bruce Willis stars in this Sci-Fi thriller about ultimate resort: VICE, where customers can play out their wildest fantasies with artificial inhabitants who look like humans.

Release Date:  Non set for UK

Questions:

Having just watch Ambyr Childers in The Sacrament I have to wonder how she will handle action?

Bruce and Thomas as usually good go to guy for action even if the film comes off plan, do you think the action will be enough?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating –60%

My Guess Rating – 60%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No