ABC Film Challenge – Thriller – S – Salt and Fire (2016)

Director: Werner Herzog

Writer: Werner Herzog (Screenplay) Tom Bissell (Short Story)

Starring: Veronica Ferres, Michael Shannon, Gael Garcia Bernal, Volker Michalowski, Lawrence Krauss, Anita Briem

 

Plot: A scientist blames the head of a large company for an ecological disaster in South America. But when a volcano begins to show signs of erupting, they must unite to avoid a disaster.


Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Slow and Dull

 

Story: Salt and Fire starts as three scientists representing the United Nations Laura (Ferres), Dr Cavani (Bernal) and Dr Meier (Michalowski) are on their latest mission but find themselves taken hostage by Matt Riley (Shannon) in South America, but not everything is what it seems as Matt explains the actions of his team to Laura and the goals they are trying to reach.

Laura’s team is bought together for a reason, to study an ever-increasing Salt plain which could bring around a volcanic explosion that could end the world as we know it.

 

Thoughts on Salt and Fire

 

Characters – Laura Sommerfeld is the lead UN doctor on the latest mission, but she gets taken hostage by a radical group that want to take down a cooperation that has accidently started the end of the world, she must learn about the salt plain that could end the world. Matt Riley is the man behind the hostage taking as he knows about the potential threat to the world. Doctor Cavani is the loud mouth of the team that is also cowardly, he works with Laura but is sick for most of the film. we don’t get very much from any of the supporting characters in this film.

PerformancesVeronica Ferres is the main actress, she is in every scene as we see how she learns about the story unfold, she is solid in the leading role but never enough to hold our attention. Michael Shannon is good in his role but we just don’t get enough from him character, this can be said for most of the cast we just needed more from their characters.

StoryThe story follows one doctor that must learn of an impending disaster which needs solving even though it is considered unsolvable.  This story is dull and slow, but it does have meaning when you look at the message trying to be sent, other than that it is too preachy for its own good. It tries to make us feel guilty for a new threat to the world that is manmade but is slowly becoming too much.

ThrillerThis film tries to keep us on edge but in the end, you just don’t hit the edge of your seat by a long way.

SettingsThe film is set in an unknown location in South America, it is designed to make us feel like it could be anywhere in the world that this could happen.


Scene of the Movie –
Photo time.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Overly preachy.

Final ThoughtsThis is a film that doesn’t hit the marks it should, it could be breath-taking but in the end just sends you to sleep.

 

Overall: This movie was just painfully boring to watch from start to finish.

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Elevator (2011)

Director: Stig Svendsen

Writer: Marc Rosenberg (Screenplay)

Starring: Christopher Backus, Anita Briem, John Getz, Shirley Knight, Michael Mercurio, Amanda Pace, Rachel Pace

 

Plot: Racism collides with corporate greed when nine strangers – one of whom has a bomb – become trapped in a Wall Street elevator.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Simple Thriller

 

Story: Elevator starts as we meet our guests heading to a corporate party, owner Henry Barton (Getz), his granddaughter Madeline (Rachel and Amanda), ambitious employee Don Handley (Backus) his date reporter Maureen (Sunny), another employee Martin Gossling (Ratray), Celine Fouquet (Briem), investor Jane Redding (Knight) hired comedian George Axelrod (Slotnick) and security guard Mohammed (Zuaiter), the group are all on an elevator heading to the party which becomes stuck after the emergency button is pressed. When we learn that one person on the elevator has a bomb the group must work out how to get off the elevator before it goes off.

 

Thoughts on Elevator

 

Characters/PerformanceDon is the ambitious employee that has his own secrets that would get revealed in the panic in the elevator. Celine is the pregnant woman who is going to the party for her own personal reasons, Henry is the boss about to announce his retirement but his action are the motivation behind everything that happens. Jane is there for her own reasons which involve her late husband, Madeline is the granddaughter of the boss, she is a full-blown brat. Martin is the happy go lucky employee that is happy to meet the boss at the party. George is the hired comedian and at the most part the asshole figure in the film. Maureen is the one who helps make report the story to the outside for help. This works for the environment the characters find themselves in.

Performance wise, I feel everyone in this movie is fine, no one really stands out as brilliant or bad just part of the process that is unfolding.

StoryPeople trapped in an elevator facing death if they don’t escape, well this is fine it works for everything we need it too. We get the usual clashes which is fine but otherwise this is nothing new to offer. We don’t get much happen than talking and seeing who will go onto make the difficult decision to save the rest.

ThrillerWe are kind off left wondering just if they will make it out but it doesn’t reach all the potential it should have.

SettingsThe film nearly all takes place in the elevator which is good for creating the tension needed in the story.

Special EffectsThe effects are all good when needed without being a CGI fest.

Final ThoughtsThis film has all the potential in the world but just doesn’t reach the potential it is capable off.

 

Overall: Simple thriller that lacks the punch needed.

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