Dolph Lundgren Weekend – Puncture Wounds (2014)

Director: Giorgio Serafini, James Coyne

Writer: James Coyne (Screenplay)

Starring: Cung Le, Dolph Lundgren, Vinnie Jones, Gianni Capaldi, Briana Evigan, James C Burns

 

Plot: After returning home from a traumatic tour of duty in Iraq, John finds himself struggling with PTSD. What little peace he had managed to build around him is shattered one fateful day when he rescues a local call girl from a group of violent Aryan Brotherhood pimps. Having killed several of the high-ranking brotherhood during the rescue, John and his family are now the prime targets of Hollis, the ruthless criminal leader of the group.


Tagline – Pain Runs Deep

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Straight to DVD Action Standard

 

Story: Puncture Wounds starts as we meet John (Le) a former soldier suffering from PTSD, he wants to get his life back on track before returning to his family, making him a highly skilled weapon. When he breaks up a fight involving a woman Tanya (Evigan) in the parking lot of his motel, he kills the men.

These men happen to be working for Hollis (Lundgren) a violent pimp that uses his connection to hunt down John and everyone he loves.

 

Thoughts on Puncture Wounds

 

Characters – John is a former soldier that returns from war with PTSD, h wants to put his life back in order, but his good deed of protecting a woman, now he uses all his combat training to take out the people that took everything he loved. Hollis is the ruthless pimp that forces his girls to work with promise of drugs, he kills anyone that gets in his way and his money. This is quite a generic villain that has no remorse for anybody or anything he does. Bennett is a drug smuggler that works as most of a middle man for Hollis, but not for him.

PerformancesCung Le can handle the combat scenes well, he doesn’t need to give the best acting performance because his character is generic as they come. Dolph Lundgren is a good villain, much like Le he handles the combat well, but the acting isn’t the most difficult part of the film.

StoryThe story is the by the book action movie, it is good guy does the right thing only to find himself stuck in the middle of a bigger battle with a crime lord that will stop at nothing to kill him. This is an action movie that follows the rules and never tests the audience, it is easy to watch for the fans of the genre and will keep you entertained for the time it runs through.

ActionThe action is everything you expect, we have good hand to hand combat and moments of shooting, it works for the genre of the film.

SettingsThe film takes place in the big city that is riddled with crime, it shows the crimes happening in the world and how the people can hide away from it.


Scene of the Movie –
Final battle.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It can be forgotten easily.

Final ThoughtsThis is an easy to watch action film that plays the books well for action film fans, nothing too memorable and fun enough.

 

Overall: Easy to watch nonsense action film.

Rating

 

 

Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Burning Bright (2010)

burningDirector: Carlos Brooks

Writer: Christine Coyle Johnson, Julie Prendiville Roux (Screenplay) David Higgins, Christine Coyle Johnson, Julie Prendiville Roux (Story)

Starring: Garret Dillahunt, Briana Evigan, Charlie Tahan, Peggy Sheffield, Mary Rachel Dudley

 

Plot: A thriller centered on a young woman and her autistic little brother who are trapped in a house with a ravenous tiger during a hurricane.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Best Trapped in a House with Tiger?

 

Story: Burning Bright starts as we see reckless spending step-father Johnny (Dillahunt) buy himself a tiger to start his own safari park. We also meet his step-daughter Kelly (Evigan) who is about to go off to college but first must find someone to care for her autistic brother Tom (Tahan) but her plan has gone out the window after Johnny spends all her money.

With an inbound hurricane Kelly is facing the reality of losing her scholarship to raise her brother but her day is only going to get worst when she finds herself boarded inside the house with her brother and the tiger. No escape available Kelly must do all she can to protect her brother for the night.

Burning Bright is one of those really easy to watch horror thrillers because it doesn’t get over complicated or bogged down on with too many characters. We have the traditional story of how far one person will have to go to survive which is important for the story. we get to see how difficult it is for Kelly because of her brother’s disability and we all know Briana Evigan has become a bit of a modern day horror actress this shows how far she has come.

 

Overall: Good Horror Thriller that is an easy watch for all the fans out there.

Rating65

 

 

Mine Games (2012)

mineDirector: Richard Gray

Writer: Richard Gray, Michele Davis-Gray, Ross McQueen (Screenplay) Richard Gray, Robert Cross, Ross McQueen (Story)

Starring: Briana Evigan, Ethan Peck, Julianna Guill, Alex Meraz, Rebecca Da Costa, Rafi Gavron, Joseph Cross, Lindsay Lamb, Michael Guillod

 

Plot: A group of young friends make an incomprehensible discovery in an abandoned mine, but the more they try to change the future, the more they seal their fate.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Mind Bending Thriller

 

Story: Mine Games starts as we follow a group of college student friends Lyla (Evigan), Guy (Peck), Claire (Guill), TJ (Meraz), Rose (Da Costa), Lex (Gavron) and Michael (Cross) going to a camping trip in a cabin in the woods, they are meeting friends Sarah (Lamb) and Matt (Guillod) as they all look to celebrate their break.

As the party happens on the first night the two friends never turn up, the morning after the remaining seven friends end up finding an abandoned mine and of course they investigate it, even with the warning ‘Break the Cycle’ at the opening. Michael had dreams about the mine the night before being his warning.

Things take a turn when TJ and Lex discover what looked like the bodies of themselves and the friends inside the mine. The friends find themselves in a situation where they have no idea what is happening and only investigating can solve the questions but what secrets does the mine have?

Mine Games is a thriller that plays right into what I love to watch in films, it uses the idea of a time loop that our characters get stuck in. We get hints of what is happening through the film but I do find that sometimes we do get spoon feed the final outcome, I will say that this does help clean up nearly all loss ends with only one not really being solved. If you want to see a film that will test you this will but the actor isn’t the best going through the film.

 

Actor Review

 

Briana Evigan: Lyla is the good guy of the group as is the case in nearly all horror like films. She supports her boyfriend Michael who doesn’t fully fit in with the rest of the guys and always tries to find the most ratio reasoning behind everything. She becomes the leading lady of the film when the rest of her friends make the horror movie mistakes. Briana is good in this role but doesn’t end up standing out as much as she needs to in the leading role.

Ethan Peck: Guy is one of the friends, he tries to keep everything on a level where it all makes sense to him, not believing anything as he sees them all having the side effects of the drugs being used. Ethan is good in this role but doesn’t get time to show his skills.

Julianna Guill: Claire is the best friend of Lyla and on the trip with her friends, she comes off as the sexy friend compared to the rest of the woman involved. Claire is good but doesn’t get enough time to evolve her character.

Joseph Cross: Michael is the boyfriend of Lyla, he is on medication but we don’t learn why, he never really fits in with the rest of the group making him the prime suspect as the friends try to prevent their own murders from happening. He is the first to start experiencing the visions of the horror inside the mine. Joseph does the best job in the film playing the villainous role even if he gets pushed into it.

Support Cast: Mine Games has a supporting cast that all give the same level of performance throughout with no one standing out as good or bad.

Director Review: Richard GrayRichard gives us a mind bending thriller that is easier to watch than others.

 

Mystery: Mine Games keeps us guessing to what is happening from start to finish.

Sci-Fi: Mine Games puts us into a sci-fi time loop.

Thriller: Mine Games keeps us on edge as we try to figure out what happens next in the film.

Settings: Mine Games uses two main settings, the house and the mine which are in the middle of nowhere all helping the isolation idea.
Special Effects
: Mine Games has good effects being used throughout the film.

Suggestion: Mine Games is one for all the sci-fi fans to enjoy because of the time loop idea. (Sci-fi Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Story idea.

Worst Part: Spoon feeds a few too many things.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Triangle

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $1.5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

Tagline: The Deeper You Go, The Darker It Gets

Trivia: After Mikey has gone to bed, the others stay up drinking and playing games. One of the games has each player with a piece of paper whit a person’s name on it stuck to their forehead, and they have to figure out whose name is on it. Guy’s (Ethan Peck) paper says “Gregory Peck,” his real-life grandfather.

 

Overall: A true sci-fi thriller that keeps us guessing from start to finish

Ratingcard

Movie Reviews 101 Halloween Midnight Horror – Sorority Row (2009)

logoDirector: Stewart Hendler

Writer: Josh Stolberg, Peter Goldfinger (Screenplay) Mark Rosman (Original Screenplay)

Starring: Briana Evigan, Margo Harshman, Rumer Willis, Jamie Chung, Leah Pipes, Audrina Patridge, Matt O’Leary, Julian Morris, Debra Gordon, Caroline D’Amore

 

Plot: A group of sorority sisters try to cover up the death of their house-sister after a prank gone wrong, only to be stalked by a serial killer.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: I Know What You Did Last Party

 

Story: Sorority Row starts with a wild college party where all the party goes are involved in a pyjama party while hazing the newest members of the sorority.  At the party we meet the friends Cassidy (Evigan), Chugs (Harshman), Ellie (Willis), Claire (Chung), Jessica (Pipes) and Megan (Patridge) who are all playing a revenge prank on Garrett (O’Leary) for cheating on Megan. When the prank gets out of hand Garrett ends up stabbing Megan believe her to be dead and actually killing her. This leads to the remaining sisters to have to decide what to do with the body and after voting together they dispose of the body to protect themselves and sticking to the story that Cassidy killed her because she didn’t want to go along with the plan.

The girl are finish their school year and Cassidy has moved away from the sorority but they all get together for the final goodbyes but somebody sends the girls a photo of the murder weapon and the appearance of Maggie (D’Amore) Megan’s sister pushes the secret to the limits. When a mystery killer turns up and starts killing of the sisters the sisterhood pact gets pushed to the limits as the friends have to figure out who could be the killer.

Sorority Row is one of these very generic slasher horror films, it has very little suspense and just goes for a body count. While watching through the film I couldn’t help but wonder why certain people were getting picked off because certain characters had absolutely nothing to do with the murder and cover up. granted this does get explained at the end but it will leave you confused through the film. I will say this does have a couple of good kills and does try to bring in the idea of a new iconic murder weapon used in nearly all of the kills. This will fall flat because it doesn’t know how to build up the suspense and does end up resorting to cheap false jump scares. (5/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Briana Evigan: Cassidy is the only one who wants to take responsibility for the murder even if it means they all have to pay, she leaves the sorority after what happens but gets drawn back into the place for graduation. Briana does a good job and shows why she could become the leading lady in the world of horror heroine. (6/10)

 cassidy

Margo Harshman: Chugs is the slutty member of the sorority who helps set up her own brother with the prank and ends up becoming the first victim with a very unique kill. Margo does a simple job but never really gets enough time to make much out of her character. (4/10)

chugs

Rumer Willis: Ellie is the nerdy member of the sorority who is used by the rest of them to help with their work, she reacts the worst through the situation. Rumer easily becomes the most annoying character in the film and her performance really doesn’t come off well at all. (2/10)

 ellie

Jamie Chung: Claire is another member of the sorority who reluctantly agrees to go along with covering up the murder and ends up being involved in finding out who is after them. Jamie does a solid job but never really gets the chance to show her best talent. (6/10)

 

Leah Pipes: Jessica is the leader of the sorority who puts herself before everyone else to make sure she gets everything she wants. Leah plays the total bitch perfectly here as you will grow to hate her character. (7/10)

jessica

Support Cast: Sorority Row has a large supporting cast that include potential suspects, other victims and large amounts of party goers.

 

Director Review: Stewart Hendler –Stewart struggles to give us original scares but does pull off a couple of good kills. (6/10)

 

Horror: Sorority Row fits into the standard slasher category with ease but offers nothing new inside it. (7/10)

Mystery: Sorority Row tries to build a mystery about who is killing the friends but never seems to hint at anyone. (5/10)

Settings: Sorority Row uses the sorority house and the mine as the main settings making everything either a party, party preparation or investigation scene, seriously do these kids not study? (5/10)
Special Effects
: Sorority Row uses good effects for the kills. (7/10)

Suggestion: Sorority Row is one for the slasher fans to try, it won’t go down as a classic but you should enjoy what you see. (Slasher Fans Try)

 

Best Part: Good Kills.

Worst Part: Lack of suspect hinting.

Kill Of The Film: Chugs

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: It is left open to one but I doubt we will get one.

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: I Know What You Did Last Summer

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $27 Million

Budget: $16 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes

Tagline: The Sisters of Theta Pi Are Dying To Keep a Secret.

 

Overall: Sorority Row is a forgettable slasher that is actually watchable.

Rating 50

The Final Rites (2012) A.K.A Rites of Passage

logoDirector: W. Peter Iliff

Writer: W. Peter Iliff (Screenplay) W. Peter Iliff, Rick Halsey (Story)

Starring: Wes Bentley, Kate Maberly, Ryan Donowho, Travis Van Winkle, Briana Evigan, Christian Slater, Stephen Dorff

 

Plot: A group of anthropology students take a road trip to the family ranch of one of them for a weekend of drinking and taking drugs, the latter under the pre-tense of researching ancient rituals. They run in trouble, however, because the brother that lives on the seemingly abandoned premises displays disturbing behaviour in his search for a “bride” and a stranger named Delgado turns up to enact revenge for a misdeed in the past by one of the students.

 

Verdict: Swing & a Miss

 

Story: We have the typical group of college friends who end up having a night away having a good time along with learning about history. Add is a deranged killer, well man who ends up seeking revenge for his family’s death by one of the friends. Also to make things go another direction we have a lonely man who has taken too much special juice he keeps trying to create a wedding.

With these three different stories mixing together we do get an interesting story with some solid character development. The biggest flaw this film ends up having is that the good people are the waste of spaces and the villains of the piece just need help. The father out for revenge seems to have been left abandoned by society while the person who killed her seems to have got away with it. As I will always say not every teenager, young adult spends endless time getting high for fun. In the end I liked the idea of mixing the story up and the random moments which occur throughout. (6/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Wes Bentley: Benny estranged man who drinks a special herbal drink that makes him go into wild hallucination and by being in these he starts to look for a bride to go on the trips with him. When not high he comes off as a nervous but normal guy maybe a little socially awkward. Solid performance from Wes, who gets through without excelling but doing a good job. (7/10)

 bentley

Kate Maberly: Dani half Native American who caused the accident while drunk driving down the wrong side of the road. Personally I don’t know how she wasn’t in jail let alone aloud to drive or drink. Even though she is meant to be the main heroine she is very unlikable because of this. She does a solid job but doesn’t do enough to make us care whether she makes it or not, in fact most people will be cheering for her to get killed off. (5/10)

dani

Ryan Donowho: Nathan student and brother of Benny who brings his friends to the location. A lot of his motives are to impress Dani, but ends up spending a lot of time trying to control his brother. An ok performance, but another unlikable character. (5/10)

 nathan

Christian Slater: Delgado stranger on the facility who has lost him family in car accident, he spends his time growing drugs, but he also has moments where he talks to a toy monkey who has a Mexican accent. He gets a change to meet the girl who killed his family but decides he just wants to take out every student who could do the same thing. Good performance from Christian who makes a uniquely interesting character that we are meant to hate. (8/10)

 slatr

Briana Evigan: Penelope party going student who becomes the first choice of Benny to be his wife, she gets kidnapped for this and tries to escape the seemingly harmless Benny. Easy disposable character that does all she needs to do. (5/10)

 penelope

Travis Van Winkle: Hart jock of the group who can get the ladies but supports everyone in the group. He is ex-military and you support him throughout. Only good guy you root for and you are kind of waiting for him to have a heroic death moment. Good performance from Travis who does what he needs to and makes you support a good guy. (7/10)

travis

Director Review: W. Peter Iliff – Good direction trying to redefine a genre that is tried and tested, some elements work others don’t. (7/10)

 

Thriller: As you don’t root for too many characters you lose the thriller side of the story and also the fact you never know what Benny will do doesn’t help. (5/10)

Settings: Creates the isolation idea well and gives you the trapped feeling when things start to kick off. (9/10)

Suggestion: This is one worth trying, it is different but sometime confusing, but it does do well by using the human villain factor no undead monster, spirits or anything like that. (Horror Thriller Fans Try)

 

Best Part: Delgado’s conversations with the Mexican monkey change the feel of the film every time.

Worst Part: Unlikable heroine.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: It is left open for one.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $2.5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 43 Minutes

 

Overall: Different Thriller That Falls A Bit Short

Rating 60