Seventh Moon (2008)

Director: Eduardo Sanchez

Writer: Eduardo Sanchez, Jamie Nash (Screenplay)

Starring: Amy Smart, Tim Chiou, Dennis Chan

 

Plot: Melissa and Yul, Americans honeymooning in China, come across the exotic ‘Hungry Ghost’ festival. When night falls, the couple end up in a remote village, and soon realize the legend is all too real. Plunged into an ancient custom they cannot comprehend, the couple must find a way to survive the night of the Seventh Moon.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 27 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Camerawork Ruins the Film

 

Story: Seventh Moon starts as newlywed Melissa (Smart) and Yul (Chiou) are travelling around China for their honeymoon, we get the montage to show the best bits, before they take a trip with their trust guide Ping (Chan) who leaves them in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night.

Getting concerned the two investigate only to learn not everything is as it seems and now they must battle to survive against the locals and their spirits that are visiting on the Seventh Moon,

 

Thoughts on Seventh Moon

 

Characters – We know horror movies don’t get the best character development and this movie shows why, we have American Melissa who would rather be swimming with dolphins than going to China the homeland of her husband, she is stronger when it comes to surviving horror, forcing her husband to do the manly thing. Yul is the Chinese American that married Melissa and is heading to his homeland for their honeymoon, she doesn’t speak fluent which shows during the non-English moments and needs to be pushed to do the right thing.

PerformancesDoes any remember when Amy Smart was shine in the teenage romantic comedies over the turn of the century, Road Trip and later Just Friends? Well this is where she ended up doing horrors which doesn’t involve too much actual acting. Tim Chiou doesn’t give the best of performances, again this is down to the material and awful camerawork.

StoryThe story wants to be something a lot bigger than what we got, in reality it is American tourist not understand culture and getting caught in the middle of a ritual they don’t understand, mostly running around the woods/forest screaming and hiding. When we watch horror, we don’t always need the best stories, granted but we do at least need something to care about, characters to root for an enemy we might understand. This gives us none of this and ends up feeling flat and boring throughout.

Horror/ThrillerThe horror in this film comes from what is in the woods/forest, it uses the myth of the Seventh Moon to say spirits will come out looking for fresh blood and these creatures are what we must see our character hide and fight against.

SettingsThe setting is the woods or forest, this is fine and works for the idea in the movie, we know that small communities will have different beliefs and while the settings are not used in the most terrifying way they suit the film we are watching.

Special EffectsThe effects are the confusing part of this film, this is because the make-up works very well for the creatures, but the camerawork makes this borderline unwatchable at times.


Scene of the Movie –
The creatures attack.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The camerawork is terrible.

Final ThoughtsThis is a solid idea for a horror film, but the camerawork starts to make this feel unwatchable for the most part.

 

Overall: Camerawork ruins a smart idea that should work.

Rating

 

 

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DJ Qualls Weekend – Road Trip (2000)

roadDirector: Todd Phillips

Writer: Todd Phillips, Scot Armstrong (Screenplay)

Starring: Breckin Meyer, Seann William Scott, Amy Smart, Paulo Costanzo, DJ Qualls, Rachel Blanchard, Tom Green

 

Plot: Four college buddies embark on a road trip to retrieve an illicit tape mistakenly mailed to a female friend.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Great Fun Teen Comedy

 

Story: Road Trip starts as Josh (Meyer) and Tiffany (Blanchard) childhood sweethearts who have gone their own separate ways with college, they communicate through phone and video messages, yes this is a movie from 2000. When Josh doesn’t hear from Tiffany he stats getting worried and with the beautiful Beth (Smart) flirting with him Josh is pushed to enjoy the college experience by his friends EL (Scott) and Rubin (Costanzo).

When a drunken night where Josh records his night of sex with Beth he finds out Barry (Green) has sent the wrong tape to Tiffany. Josh finds out why he hasn’t spoken to Tiffany and now must travel 18,000 miles in 3 days with EL, Rubin and Kyle (Qualls) the shy student that hasn’t come out of his shell, but he has a car. What follows is the wacky adventure the four students travelling cross-country.

 

Thoughts on Road Trip

 

Characters/PerformanceLooking at the characters we get to see the traditional college students, Josh is the ‘good’ boyfriend who has planned his life, EL is the party animal that will most likely just make it in life with minimal effort, Rubin is a student that isn’t challenge by college and whose genius is above them all, while Kyle is the shy timid student that gets to be let out of his shell on this adventure with EL pushing him the most to enjoy his life. Beth is portrayed to be the new girl in Josh’s life, she doesn’t know he has a girlfriend but feels just as used by the night, we don’t really get to learn enough about this character all around.

Performance wise Meyer is good in the leading role, with Seann William Scott continue his highlight performances in the teen comedies, Amy Smart is good but doesn’t get enough time to shine. Tom Green does bring his unique form of comedy that you are either going to love or hate. This is the first film performance from DJ Qualls and you can see him breakout in this performance.stars

StoryThe story is simple, guy records sex tape sends to girlfriend and must travel cross country to stop her seeing it. Yes, we do get a road trip that only student get to experience with partying going on through the trip. This is easy to follow and you do get moments of self-discovery for the guys on the trip.

Adventure/ComedyThe cross-country adventure is all good but I do feel like I would have liked to have seen more than just colleges, the comedy I would say is hit or miss, when I was younger I loved it but now certain jokes just miss for me.

SettingsWe get to see a lot colleges across America but considering how far they travel they seem to miss all the major landmarks.genre

Final Thoughts – I was a big fan of this when I was younger and being released the same time as American Pie this fits in the boom the teen comedies had, with this easily being one of the better ones.

 

Overall: Teen comedy that hits all the point it needs to for the target audience.

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The Butterfly Effect (2004)

logoDirector: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber

Writer: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber (Screenplay)

Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Melora Walters, Amy Smart, Elden Henson, William Lee Scott, John Patrick Amedori, Logan Lerman, Cameron Bright

 

Plot: A young man blocks out harmful memories of significant events of his life. As he grows up, he finds a way to remember these lost memories and a supernatural way to alter his life.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Smart Sci-Fi

 

Story: The Butterfly Effect starts by introducing us to our protagonist Evan (Kutcher) as he desperately hiding while leaving a note explains how he needs to go back and save a girl.  We are taken back to Evan’s childhood at school and we see how Evan has been having blackouts while drawing disturbing pictures. The blackouts continue to haunt Evan leaving him with blanks in his memory, usually over a traumatic moment in their lives. As he goes through his teenage years he suffers from more traumatic moments that lead too blackouts before he gets taken away from the friends that end up putting him through the moments.

Grown up to the college student age now Evan continues to try and mange his memories by studying how to memories can be reassembled. Seven years without a blackout and he reads an old journal he had been keeping since the blackouts started gives him the ability to go back and see what happened in the blackouts. Evan starts to study all of the moments he lost and starts to relive the moments again before he starts to try and change things. The effects could change everything that has ever happened in his life but can he go back and change things for the best or will only cause bad things.

The Butterfly Effect is one of these stories that really stands the test of time because it looks at the idea of time travel without having to use technology. It doesn’t get confusing because we see the cause and effect of every decision he tries to change. My questions would be how bad are these parents? Really do they not know that the dad did that to his children. What sort of kids grab dynamite and put it in a letterbox? I know these help make the story but in the end if the parents were normal these kids could have just been friends and had a good life together. The talking point for this film would the endings we have a couple of different endings that all make the story go in very different directions make sure you do see them all. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Ashton Kutcher: Evan young man who has suffered from blackouts through his childhood, but now as a student he starts to pieces things together which changes his past and future every time he tries to fix things. This could be Ashton’s best film performance of his career. (9/10)

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Amy Smart: Kayleigh the girl that Evan grew up with and experienced the traumatic moments with each time he tries to change things we see her in different parts of the life that Evan has changed. Amy gives a good performance in all the different outcomes she has to go through. (7/10)

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Support Cast: The Butterfly Effect has a large supporting cast that all turn up in the different outcomes that Evan creates, all the actors do a great job in these roles because they have to perform different roles each time.

 

Director Review: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber – Both work together to create a very good thriller that really asks questions but most importantly has a realistic idea of the ending. (8/10)

 

Sci-Fi: The Butterfly Effect enters the sci-fi world without getting carried away because it focuses on one idea without getting carried away with it. (9/10)

Thriller: The Butterfly Effect keeps you guessing to what will change next through the whole film. (9/10)

Settings: The Butterfly Effect has plenty of different settings each show the cause and effect of Evan’s actions. (9/10)

Suggestion: The Butterfly Effect is one to watch I feel it offers enough to keep everyone happy because it is an easy to watch time travel film. (Watch)

 

Best Part: The simple side to time travel.

Worst Part: The parenting.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: It has sequels

Post Credits Scene: Shows different endings.

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $96 Million

Budget: $13 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 53 Minutes

Tagline: Change one thing, Change everything

 

Overall: Enjoyable Look at Cause and Effect

Rating 80