Kate Winslet Weekend – The Mountain Between Us (2017)

Director: Hany Abu-Assad

Writer: Chris Weitz, J Mills Goodloe (Screenplay) Charles Martin (Book)

Starring: Idris Elba, Kate Winslet, Beau Bridges, Dermot Mulroney, Linda Sorensen, Vincent Gale

 

Plot: Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow-covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across the wilderness.


Tagline – What if your life depended on a stranger?

Runtime: 1 Hour 52 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Strong Performances, Over Dramatic Story

 

Story: The Mountain Between Us starts when Ben (Elba) and Alex (Winslet) are trying desperately to get home, but a storm has put a hold on those plans with the planes delayed for the day. The two make a deal to let pilot Walter (Bridges) fly them home, but mid-flight he suffers a stroke and the plane crash lands in the snow-covered mountain range.

Ben and Alex survive the crash and must learn to work together to survive against the harsh weather conditions and nature hidden in the mountains or face certain death.

 

Thoughts on The Mountain Between Us

 

Characters – Ben Bass is a surgeon, he needs to get back to New York to perform an operation, when the crash happens, he focuses on aiming to stay at the crash site believing he will get rescued, reluctant to follow Alex’s idea to find their own way out. His skills as a doctor are key to survive this one. Alex is a photographer heading home for her wedding, she does get hurt in the crash and wants to go in search of help rather than wait. These two are professionals that make decisions based on logic over panic which is why even if they are opposite, their discussions make sense.

PerformancesIdris Elba and Kate Winslet are the only ones that get any major screen time, they are both great in this film as we see them both playing to their strengths.

StoryThe story here follows two strangers who are involved in a plane crash in a mountain range and must put their differences a side to survive while searching and hoping for rescue. This is a survival movie at heart with a weak romance movie on the side, we go through the normal can they survive situations, each one becoming deadlier as they go along and leaving us guessing how rather than if they will get rescued, it seems to clear to say that they won’t make it because of it only being a two person. The fact that the dog is the most interesting character doesn’t help us out here and the timing we go through just seems weak when it comes to telling us how long they have been there, we get the odd scene, but learn nothing about moments inbetween.

Action/Adventure/RomanceThe action comes from the scene in which the plane crashed, it is shot well but is the only one we see. The adventure side of the film shows us just what the two must go through to survive their ordeal. The romance between them seems to just get tagged in for no particular reasons.

SettingsThe film puts us in the middle of nowhere in a mountain range, it looks stunning with views from the top, the biggest problem with the setting is we just don’t get the full scale of the situation.


Scene of the Movie –
The crash scene.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Not explaining the time period there are lost for.

Final ThoughtsThis is a standard movie with a simple story that gets everything it needs to in the film without being anything overly memorable.

 

Overall: Standard and safe.

Rating

 

 

Night Crossing (1982)

Director: Delbert Mann

Writer: John McGreevey (Screenplay)

Starring: John Hurt, Jane Alxeander, Doug McKeon, Keith McKeon, Beau Bridges, Glynnis O’Connor

 

Plot: Two men want to escape from East Germany, but they will only go if they can take their families with them.


Tagline – The East German border: 836 miles of barbed wire walls, automated machine guns, armed guards, and deadly land mines. On September 15, 1979 two families tried to cross it.

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Brave Story

 

Story: Night Crossing starts as we go to East Germany in 1979, The Strelzyk family, Peter (Hurt), Doris (Alexander), Frank (D.McKeon) and Fitscher (K.McKeon) who are getting tired of not being able to go to the west side of Germany, one they see as fairer. The friendship between this family and the Wetzel’s Gunter (Bridges) and Petra (O’Connor) keeps them strong, while they see the friends trying to escape getting killed.

When Peter comes up with up the idea to build a balloon with Gunter to escape, it will mean working in secret because getting caught will only see him killed. When Gunter leaves for family reasons, Peter must keep the idea within the family for the hope for their future.

 

Thoughts on Night Crossing

 

Characters – Peter is a father that has been living with his family in Eastern Germany, he is getting tired of the lack of change or unity with the Western side and decides he wants to risk his family’s life to escape, he plans to build a balloon which would fly over the borders in place. Doris is the wife of Peter, she is reluctant to help at first, but soon sees this being the only option. Gunter is the friend that wants to help build the balloon, only for his wife to push him into staying behind because of the young age of their children. Petra is Gunter’s wife that doesn’t want to risk their infant children with an escape plan so dangerous.

PerformancesJohn Hurt in the leading role is the strongest member of the cast, he shows that even a common man can have the hope required for his character. Jane Alexander and Glynnis O’Connor are both fitting the wife type of role which doesn’t get much else to do. Beau Bridges completes the cast with a performance that shows just how young men would have been affected in this world.

StoryThe story follows two families that work together to find a way to escape East Germany and get into West Germany in the late 70s, they must risk everything for this, which is failing would see them face certain death. this is a story of inspiration that showed us just how much people were willing to risk escaping a land they couldn’t live their natural life without being dictated too, it shows the patience to make it happen and how family can inspire you to risk everything.

Family/HistoryThis might be classed as a family film that is because of the families involved in trying to make this high risk situation happen, the history of their escape is one that could inspire many who were trapped in the land.

SettingsThe film is set in the harsh living conditions the families would have been living in and how secretive their plan would have been to make happen.


Scene of the Movie –
Are we in the West?

That Moment That Annoyed Me It could have been a lot darker.

Final ThoughtsThis is an inspiration story of two family’s determination to make it out of a life which didn’t offer them a true future.

 

Overall: True story that shows bravery and inspiration.

Rating

 

 

1000 to 1 The Cory Weissman Story (2014)

Director: Michael Levine

Writer: Bob Burris (Screenplay)

Starring: David Henrie, Luke Kleintank, Beau Bridges, Jean Louisa Kelly, Cassi Thomson, Hanna Marks

 

Plot: Cory Weissman is a college basketball player who suffers a devastating stroke. He perseveres to find new meaning in his life both on, and more importantly, off the court.


Tagline – No odds are too great.

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Inspirational Story

 

Story: 1000 to 1 starts as college basketball player Cory Weissman (Henrie) suffers a stroke in the gym, 19-years-old and his dreams shattered, facing first a battle for his life, then a battle to get back into everyday movement. His parents Tina (Kelly) and Marc (Watford) there to support the rehab.

Once out of hospital and rehab Cory must start to look at life a different way, one without his dream of basketball, with his friends moving on and him needing to fight just to go on.

 

Thoughts on 1000 to 1

 

Characters – Cory was going to be a star basketball player until he suffered a stroke, he was a good guy working on his college degree. He now faces a new battle to recover to do everyday routine, walking, talking and once he does try to get back to where he was before, college and then back to the court, never wanting to give up. Brendan is the best friend at college that is there for the rehab through college time trying to help him when he requires it. Coach is the one that is willing to let Cory back with the team for his rehab, not playing just taking part in team activities to help him recover. We do get meet other people that help with the rehab of Cory parents, doctors and friends.

PerformancesDavid Henrie in the leading role is wonderful, he shows the emotional levels Cory goes through, the determination he showed to overcome the problem and handles the disability with ease. Beau Bridges is good through the film as are the whole cast away from David.

StoryThe story here follows on college student Cory Weissman who suffers a stroke and spends the next two years of his life trying to get back to where he once was hoping to get back on the court, along the way he becomes an inspiration for his fellow student and his story inspires others who have been through the same. We see the struggles he must overcome to get back, the downs he must face and the patience he must show.

BiopicThe story of what Cory goes through first with the stroke and then after with his rehab process can inspire anyone that wants to be part of a sport they love or just continue their life after an event.

SettingsThe college setting shows us this could happen to anybody from any field of any athletic background, the settings show us just where people will be through recovery and how everyday life can help just as much.


Scene of the Movie –
The last game.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The times lapse is hard to figure out.

Final ThoughtsThis is a wonderfully inspirational movie that shows what you can achieve against the odds with the passion needed to succeed.

 

Overall: Wonderfully inspirational movie.

Rating

 

 

Max Payne (2008)

logoDirector: John Moore

Writer: Beau Thorne (Screenplay) Sam Lake (Video Game Characters)

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Beau Bridges, Ludacris, Chris O’Donnell, Donal Logue, Amaury Nolasco, Kate burton, Olga Kurylenko

 

Plot: Three years ago, NYPD detective Max Payne (Wahlberg) wife and baby were murdered. Max gets himself transferred to the cold case office where he can continue searching for the killer who got away. He’s a loner, but two people reach out to him during a fateful week. Alex (Logue) his ex-partner who may have found a clue and BB (Bridges), the security chief at the pharmaceutical company where Max’s wife worked. Meanwhile bodies are piling up, some as a result of a drug on the street that is highly addictive and for many who take it brings hideous hallucinations. When one of the bodies is a woman Payne was the last to see alive her sister Mona (Kunis) comes looking for him armed to the teeth. Max must move fast.

 

Verdict: Video Game Action success?

Story: Having never played the games or even knowing anything about the games I could really see this fresh as an action fan. I was expecting some form of supernatural side to the story but I was wrong. It is just a revenge thriller that has lots of action and very little dialogue. Most of the support characters have very little development and are each only used to pass on a small part of the story. In the end as a standalone action film it is switch the mind of acceptable. (6/10)

 

Actor Review: Mark Wahlberg – Max Payne the determined cop who wants to truth who ends up getting caught up in something bigger than he could have ever imagined. Solid from Mark but the fans of the games will dislike what he does to the character. (7/10)

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Actor Review: Mila Kunis – Mona from the more underworld side of the city she ends up teaming up with Max to take down the people responsible for the death of their loved ones. I think this was a bit too early in her career, she looks a little bit out of place, and maybe she could return for a sequel and use what she has learned. (4/10)

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Actor Review: Beau Bridges – BB Hensley friend of Max who was also good friends with his wife, he tries to help but ultimately is the guy responsible for everything that has driven Max. Good but nothing special performance. (6/10)

 

Actor Review: Ludacris – Jim the internal affairs officer trying to figure out what the corruption in the Police could change how they look at crimes being committed in the town. Another guy who was in a role that is hard to believe too early in his acting career, he tries but it just doesn’t quite some off for him. (5/10)

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Actor Review: Chris O’Donnell – Jason a former work colleague of Max’s wife, knows more than he is letting on. Good supporting role that is good use for information only. (5/10)

 

Actor Review: Donal Logue – Alex ex-partner who tries to reconnect after discovering a new clue about Max’s wife’s murder. Only a small role but the look of a desperate friend works well. (6/10)

 

Actor Review: Amaury Nolasco – Jack a man that spends a lot of time watching what is going on with Max and Mona, but he does have a motive, but we never know what he final motive is. Good supporting role used well to create a target for Max. (6/10)

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Director Review: John Moore – Simple direction used to create plenty of over the top action for the more casual fan to enjoy. (6/10)

 

Action: Plenty of gun fights throughout, I really don’t know how many bullets they must have used. (9/10)

Crime: Simple crime aspects used nothing truly original though. (6/10)

Thriller: Tries to pull of some thrills but doesn’t really succeed. (6/10)

Special Effects: Good special effects for the hallucination scenes and gun battles. (9/10)

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: Dark settings used to create a very dark world similar to the story they are in. (8/10)

 

Suggestion: This is really one to try I can’t say it is very original and like most video game films isn’t the most popular compared to the games. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Gun rights.

Worst Part: poor support character development.

Action Scene Of The Film: The office gun battle

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: Do to the poor box office it would be a no.

 

Overall: Video Game Action, You Know What You Are Getting

Rating 56