Mr Right (2015)

Director: Paco Cabezas

Writer: Max Landis (Screenplay)

Starring: Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick, Tim Roth, James Ransone, Anson Mount, Michel Eklund, RZA, Katie Nehra, Jaiden Kaine

 

Plot: A girl falls for the “perfect” guy, who happens to have a very fatal flaw: he’s a hitman on the run from the crime cartels who employ him.


Tagline – They just might make a killer couple.

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Action Comedy

 

Story: Mr Right starts when Martha (Kendrick) learns that her boyfriend has been cheating on her, looking to do something wild she joins her friend Sophie (Nehra) and Julie on a wild night. On the other side of the story Francis (Rockwell) an international hitman on a job in New Orleans who is also a target of Hopper (Roth).

The two meet and strike up a chemistry unlike they have experienced before. As the relationship blossom, Martha finds herself in the middle of a battle between old friends giving her the biggest rush of her life.

 

Thoughts on Mr Right

 

Characters – Martha believes her life is going well, that is until her boyfriend cheats on her, going through the emotions like any other broken-hearted person, she ends up going out her way to party. Meeting a new guy she seems to be rebounding perfectly only to find her life turned upside down as she ends up in the middle of the two waring assassins. Francis is an assassin that is in New Orleans, he kills the people that hire him and gets an instant attraction to Martha, he does want out of this world and is known to be one of the deadliest assassins in the world. Hopper has been tracking Francis for years, searching for a way to kill him, he can master of undercover.

PerformancesSam Rockwell shows us once again that he is easily one of the most versatile actors in the business, he knows he is having fun and shines as the assassin. Anna Kendrick once again shows she is wonderful in these rom com roles where she has a quirky side to everything. Tim Roth is great to watch to because his role gets laughs without any sort of interaction.

StoryThe story here follows an assassin that falls in love with a girl next door figure and their love is tested when the criminal underworld collides with romantic one. The story does get to poke fun at the genres that are colliding which gets plenty of laughs through the film, nothing runs out of the ordinary, even if Martha is a glorified damsel in distress needing rescuing from her new hero.

Action/Comedy/RomanceThe action lets Sam Rockwell turn fighting into a form of dance to stay ahead of his enemies, which is part of the comedy which comes from the colourful characters we are meeting through the film. the romance shows us just how much Francis will change to leave the world behind to be with Martha.

SettingsThe film is set in New Orleans which always makes for a great setting for the party scenes and date moments.


Scene of the Movie –
Pool fight.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The age gap between the two is one of the problems in Hollywood at the moment.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun action comedy that gets the laughs needed to compliment the action without either side getting too much attention.

 

Overall: Action comedy that should be enjoyed.

Rating

 

 

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Franchise Weekend – Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000)

Director: John Ottman

Writer: Paul Harris Boardman, Scott Derrickson (Screenplay) Silvio Horta (Characters)

Starring: Jennifer Morrison, Matthew Davis, Hart Bochner, Loretta Devine, Joey Lawrence, Anson Mount, Eva Mendes

 

Plot: A film school is the center of a fresh spate of killings based on urban legends.


Tagline – It was an urban legend that started it all. Now it continues on the Alpine University campus… 

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Late Night Movie

 

Story: Urban Legends: Final Cut starts as we head to a new university where the students are film students making a horror movie, Amy Mayfield (Morrison) comes from a line of famous film makers adding the pressure to excel, meeting Reese (Devine) the returning security guard that wouldn’t accept the silence after the events of the first movie, she give Amy the idea for her project, a serial killer using Urban Legends.

With Amy’s movie started it doesn’t take long before the cast start getting picked off, Amy must work with twin brother of highly regarded student Trevor Stark (Davis) and feisty security guard Reese to solve the murders and get her film done on time.

 

Thoughts on Urban Legends: Final Cut

 

Characters – Amy is the young filmmaker studying at university looking to find an idea for her project, she gets that idea from Reese, a horror film where the killer uses Urban Legends to kill the victims, she must deal with jealous students who feel she is stepping on their genre, young artists who want to make a name for themselves and soon a serial killer that wants to use the Urban Legends for their own killing spree. Sadly, she is the only character we truly get to know much about, we have the Stark twins, with the student one killing himself which draws his brother to learn why, the returning Reese who is the connection between the two movies, still the most entertaining character and many other students and professor who either work on or help plan the film Amy is making. This biggest problem with most of the supporting characters is that they don’t seem to understand horror movies, even though they are making one.

PerformancesJennifer Morrison takes her first leading role here, she is good for horror, as this role is the only one that seems to understand horror films. Matthew Davis in twin roles is solid enough as they are both in different mood settings through the film. Lorette Devine is the best character to watch once again. We have an early role from Eva Mendes here to which is a highlight.

StoryThe story here follows the events of the first film which have been swept under the carpet, now a film student learns of the idea and decides to make a movie based on an Urban Legend killer. This is understandable and should work because we like the idea of meta in movies, the problems arise when this film students that are making a horror movie don’t seem to understand the rules of horror movies, add in the fact that we only have certain kills in the film being based on urban legends while others are crimes of opportunity. When it comes to the slasher side of the film we don’t get as many suspects this time which does disappoints, but everything works well enough for the film if you want a late-night movie.

Horror/MysteryThe horror in this film does follow most of the same trends, we have the urban legends being the designs for most of the deaths, though the mystery in this film falls short because we don’t believe that any of the suspects could be guilty.

SettingsWe keep the university setting, with a lot of the sequences taking place in the created sets and giving us behind the look locations for horror movie production.

Special EffectsThe effects are mixed because we do get to see a lot of cheats behind how effects can be made with a couple of characters, when it comes to the real kills things are good without being anything special.


Scene of the Movie –
Reese is excellent to watch.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Most of the characters don’t understand how horror movies work.

Final ThoughtsThis is a solid enough sequel, it gives us plenty to enjoy when it comes to late night horror which can always be enjoyed by the right audience.

 

Overall: Solid sequel.

Rating

 

 

John Travolta Weekend – The Forger (2014)

forgerDirector: Philip Martin

Writer: Richard D’Ovidio (Screenplay)

Starring: John Travolta, Christopher Plummer, Tye Sheridan, Abigail Spencer, Anson Mount, Marcus Thomas, Jennifer Ehle

 

Plot: A thief works with his father and son to forge a painting by Monet and steal the original. Together, they plan the heist of their lives.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Easy to Watch

 

Story: The Forger starts as Raymond Cutter (Travolta) puts together a deal to get out of prison early, returning to his father’s Joseph’s (Plummer) home who has been looking after his son Will (Sheridan). Raymond makes a deal with Keegan (Mount) to help him get out early but the deal is that Raymond must use his skills to forge a painting or he will put Raymond back in jail.

Raymond is also having to deal with the tragic story of his son’s cancer treatment explaining why he would risk everything to get out of jail early. Raymond must keep everything together as he works on the highly risky job but also trying to help his son fulfill his dying wishes.

 

Thoughts on The Forger

 

StoryThe story going on through this story is very interesting, I have only heard bad things about this film and I found the story between Raymond and Will touching as we see how Raymond knows what is coming to his own son and posing a question to us all, how much would we give up for the final weeks/months of our son’s life. The crime story while is key to his release is just in the way of what could be a very impressive story, but the two do end up working well in parallel to each other.

Crime/ThrillerThe crime thriller side of this film all feels very generic and if you look past that to the personal side of the story you will find this interesting but the crime story is just there really.

Characters/PerformanceThe three generations of Cutter family all make for good characters with each member giving a good performance but the crime characters all end up feeling like we have seen them all before with the plucky cop background only making it hard to judge the performance.

SettingsThe settings are all what you would call generic for the style of film without being anything special or iconic for any of the scenes.

Final ThoughtsThis is a film that I only ever heard bad things so going in I wasn’t expecting too much, but in the end I found myself enjoying the personal element of the film between the family but struggled to enjoy the crime side of the film.

 

Overall: Solid but forgettable movie about family.

Ratingcard

 

 

Movie Reviews 101 Halloween Midnight Horror – All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006)

logoDirector: Jonathan Levine

Writer: Jacob Forman (Screenplay)

Starring: Amber Heard, Anson Mount, Whitney Able, Michael Welch, Edwin Hodge, Aaron Himelstein, Luke Grimes, Melissa Price, Adam Powell, Peyton Hayslip

 

Plot: A group of high-schoolers invite Mandy Lane, a good girl who became quite hot over the summer, to a weekend party on a secluded ranch. While the festivities rage on, the number of revellers begins to drop quite mysteriously.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Slasher School We Have Seen Before

 

Story: All the Boys Love Mandy Lane starts with a teenage house party where one of the cool kids tries to hit on the beautiful Mandy Lane (Heard) but when one of the boys chasing her dies in an attempt to impress her we see how close Mandy is to Emmet (Welch). 9 months have passed since the accident and Red (Himelstein) is arranging a party at his family’s ranch which will include the invitation of Mandy Lane.

We watch as a group of high school friends head off to a ranch for a weekend off fun with plenty or drinks, drugs and sex with all the boys after Mandy Lane. We watch as the friend go through the traditional high school relationship issues and adding in the alcohol we get everything elevated to the next level. The weekend away takes twist when somebody starts picking off the friends before we learn that there is a bigger motive behind everything that happens.

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane really is just a bogged standard slasher film for the most part, but it does have an interesting twist you don’t see coming. The characters are very painful generic and the story just follows everything you would expect to see in a slasher film. The film tries something different with the ending which is the only positive about this film otherwise it really is just offer nothing new. (5/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Amber Heard: Mandy Lane is the gorgeous girl that all the high school guys want to be with but she is very independent not falling for any of the guys lines. She strikes jealousy between the friends who each believe they are in the driving seat to get her. Amber does a solid job in the role but clearly only works because of how beautiful she is. (6/10)

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Anson Mount: Garth is the ranch hand on the ranch that all the girls fall for but he ends up planning babysitter to all of the high school kids who can’t handle their drinks. Anson does a basic job as the older wise protector of the film but doesn’t do enough with the whole story. (4/10)

 

Whitney Able: Chloe is the insecure member of the friends who thinks all the girls need a perfect skinny body to impress the guys. Whitney does end up being the very generic character that we are all expecting to get what is coming to her early on. (5/10)

 

Michael Welch: Emmet is Mandy’s old friend who is the guy picking off the popular kids to make them pay for what happened after the party incident. Michael plays the killer well using no remorse through the film. (6/10)

 

Support Cast: All the Boys Love Mandy Lane has a supporting cast that is basically there just to be disposable and only become helpful to make Emmet look more crazed.

 

Director Review: Jonathan Levine – Jonathan does a solid job with the horror film because it follows the same old routine but throws you out of the comfort zone with the ending. (5/10)

 

Horror: All the Boys Love Mandy Lane follows all the slasher ABC style very easily. (8/10)

Settings: All the Boys Love Mandy Lane puts our characters in an isolated location for the horror to take place where the killer can get away with whatever they wants. (7/10)

Suggestion: All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is one for the horror fans to enjoy otherwise it will just end up being very average. (Horror Fans Try)

 

Best Part: Final Twist.

Worst Part: Nothing new in the opening part.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Most Slasher films.

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $750,000

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Tagline: Everyone is dying to be with her. Someone is killing for it.

 

Overall: Just another slasher that we have seen too many times before.

Rating 50

Safe (2012)

logoDirector: Boaz Yakin

Writer: Boaz Yakin (Screenplay)

Starring: Jason Statham, Catherine Chan, Robert John Burke, James Hong, Anson Mount, Chris Sarandon, Joseph Sikora, Reggie Lee

 

Plot: Former Special Forces agent Luke Wright (Statham) whose life was destroyed by the Russian mob lives a solitary life. After he considers ending his own life he sees a young girl Mei (Chan) in danger, he rescues her and finds out that Mai is carrying a code that every crime syndicate is after. Luke must protect Mai from the Chinese, Russians and corrupt police.

 

Verdict: Jason Statham does what he does best.

Story: This is a good story that fits Statham to perfection, giving him enough time to show off his fighting skills and gives him a chance to show his emotional level without needing to excel. Having multiply villains and an overall group story with plenty of twists and turns keeps you guessing the whole way through. (8/10)

Actor Review: Jason Statham – Special Forces guy who just kicks everyone ass. This is what Statham was made for and he does enough to show why he is still selling cinema seats rather than DVDs. Star Performance Award, Action Star Award, Kick Ass Award, Lesley Stud Muffin Award (8/10)

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Actor Review: Catherine Chan – The ultra-intelligent young girl who can memorize numbers and do large maths instantly in her head, being used by the Chinese mob she is learning the business before getting put in a race for her life. A good debut performance from the young lady. Debut Performance Award (7/10)

mei

Actor Review: Robert John Burke – The leader of the corrupt cops and shows how greedy he is and how much he will do for the extra money. Mr Burke is finding the role of corrupt cop an easy fit for himself at the moment in time playing it on multiple entertainment platforms and he does a good job. (8/10)

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Actor Review: Chris Sarandon – The mayor of New York who is just as dirty as the cops who work for him. Typical dirty Politician performance doesn’t shine and doesn’t show enough to make him the most convincing villain. (4/10)

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Actor Review: Reggie Lee – Plays Mei’s guardian and mentor teaching her the way of the business. Does reach a good emotional bound with Mai making sure he always looks after her in the dangerous world he now lives in. (8/10)

 

Director Review: Boaz Yakin – A good story and directed very well, missing the action and the thrills very nicely to make a good watch. (8/10)

 

Action: Great action throughout be it gun fights, fist fights or just Jason Statham overcoming impossible looking odds.(9/10)

Thriller: Good thriller keeping you guessing all the way though.  (8/10)

Believability: With the amount of corruption in higher roles in life and endless battles for money and power between gangs this could be seen as a believable story the action less so. (7/10)

Chances of Tears: None (0/10)
Oscar Chances
: None

Chances of Sequel: it does get left open for a potential sequel; I guess it will be up to whether it made enough money.

Suggestion: A good action film with plenty of twists will be a good suggestion for any action junkie and all Statham fans will enjoy this one. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Statham enters a restaurant and cleans house.

Kill Of The Film: An unlucky mob remember in the restaurant asks a nice friendly question before Statham offs him,

This guy doesn't last much longer

This guy doesn’t last much longer

Favourite Quote: Mei ‘You’re a crazy man, but not so stupid’

Similar Too: Mercury Rising

 

Overall:  Statham Kicks ass

 

Lesley’s Rating 60%

Rating 78%