Franchise Weekend – Jarhead 3 The Siege (2016)

Director: William Kaufman

Writer: Chad Law, Michael D Weiss (Screenplay)

Starring: Charlie Weber, Scott Adkins, Tom Ainsley, Erik Valdez, Dante Basco, Sasha Jackson, Dennis Haysbert

 

Plot: A group of Marines must protect a US Embassy in the Middle East when it suddenly comes under attack from enemy forces.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Basic Siege Movie

 

Story: Jarhead 3: The Siege starts as new recruit Evan Albright (Weber) who has just gotten a role working in the US Embassy in the Middle East, welcomed by Hansen (Ainsley) and under the orders from Gunny Raines (Adkins) with the job to protect the Ambassador Cahill (Hogan). With Evan going through the lesson of how to operate in the embassy we are ready to begin.

Evan notices somebody outside the normal outside the embassy, which soon sees him learning the lessons of the protocol. The marines find the embassy under siege and must use all their training to keep the Ambassador alive against countless enemies.

 

Thoughts on Jarhead 3: The Siege

 

Characters – Evan is the newest marine bought into the embassy, he does fill in the gaps for the protocol that must be followed by the team, learn to work with the rest of the unit and is the first to suspect something is going on around the embassy and ends up being the one leading the fight back. Gunny Raines is the leader of the marines, you play by his rules or face the consequences. Major Lincoln is the one leading the rescue attempt, bringing the back-up required to hopefully help the stranded marines, spends most of the film in a helicopter racing to the scene. Olivia Winston is the computer operative at the embassy, she like Evan has bigger dreams when it comes to rising up through the military rankings.

PerformancesCharlie Weber does take the leading role here where we follow his character entering the world, he works as a soldier never setting the world alight, which can be same for the whole cast sees Scott Adkins, Sasha Jackson and Dennis Haysbert.

StoryThe story here follows a newly recruit marine in an US embassy that must deal with a siege from the locals on the building meaning he will join the marines to show off their skills to defend the embassy. This is one of the simplest stories you will ever see, we follow Evan as he and we learn the lay of the land, the siege is everything you would expect too, following the usual ideas of needing to have safety and out live the numbers that are trying to kill you. It does feel like the story is safe rather than challenging.

Action/WarThe action plays into the war side of the film, we get plenty of military manoeuvres to see bullets flying around.

SettingsThe settings in the film show us the embassy and how the marines operate within it, we see how this makes the positions difficult to defend.


Scene of the Movie –
The escape.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It is too by the books.

Final ThoughtsThis is an easy to follow military action film, it doesn’t do anything wrong, only it just seems to be by the book and overly safe.

 

Overall: Safe Military Film.

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ABC Film Challenge – Sci-Fi – D – Daylight’s End (2016)

Director: William Kaufman

Writer: Chad Law (Screenplay)

Starring: Johnny Strong, Lance Henriksen, Louis Mandylor, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Krzysztof Soszynski

 

Plot: Years after a mysterious plague has devastated the planet and turned most of humanity into blood-hungry creatures, a rogue drifter on a vengeful hunt stumbles across a band of survivors in an abandoned police station and reluctantly agrees to try to help them defend themselves and escape to the sanctuary they so desperately need.


Tagline – The apocalypse was just the beginning

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: By the Book Action Horror

 

Story: Daylight’s End starts as we enter a world with zombie like vampire creatures, that act like zombies but can only come out at night, we meet drifter Rourke (Strong) who has been hunting them for years, now he rescues Sam (Edmundson) a survivor from a larger group run by Frank (Henriksen) hiding out in a police station.

Rourke has found a plane which gives the survivors a reason to fight to escape from the nightmare they are facing, which divides the group who must learn to put their difference a side to survive in a new location.

 

Thoughts on Daylight’s End

 

Characters – Rourke is the lone drifter that has always kept to himself when it came to dealing with the creatures, now joining a group he looks to lead them to safety, he has a broken past like most in this world, he is ruthless to the bad guys and helpful to the good guys. Frank is the leader of the survivors, he doesn’t trust Rourke to start with, but soon must learn to trust him even if it means risking others.

PerformancesJohnny Strong is good in the leading role, he looks the part for a reluctant hero which is needed for this film. Lance Henriksen is always a draw in the horror world and this is no different working for the film. The rest are good without being anything over the top or weak.

StoryThe story is lone drifter that helps group of survivors escape from a trapped location where they are only surviving over having an escape plan. This has been done before, it is a tried and tested formula for action horror which is good, but it doesn’t offer anything new to the genre. There isn’t the deepest side to anything going on either.

Action/Horror/Sci-FiThe action is firing guns, running and rolling around fights nothing too difficult to enjoy. The horror is with the creature used which are good enough to be a threat for our survivors in the sci-fi look at the destroyed Earth.

SettingsThe setting take us to a big city as we see the survivors needing to find a way to survive the situation.

Special EffectsThe effects are fine, they work for the film without being overly used throughout.


Scene of the Movie –
Battling the Alpha

That Moment That Annoyed Me Borrowing the 28 Days Later music.

Final ThoughtsThis is a very simple action horror, it is one you could easily sit back and enjoy without being tested too much.

 

Overall: Easy to Watch

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ABC Film Challenge – Action – D – Drive Hard (2014)

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith

Writer: Brigitte Jean Allen, Brian Trenchard-Smith (Screenplay) Chad Law, Evan Law (Story)

Starring: John Cusack, Thomas Jane, Zoe Ventoura, Christopher Morris, Yesse Spence, Jerome Ehlers

 

Plot: A former race car driver is abducted by a mysterious thief and forced to be the wheel-man for a crime that puts them both in the sights of the cops and the mob.


Tagline – This heist is about to go into overdrive.

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable Switch Your Brain off Movie

 

Story: Drive Hard starts as we learn that former race car driver Peter Roberts (Jane) who runs a driving school is struggling with money as his wife Tessa (Spence) pushing him to take on a new job. When Peter goes for his client it turns out to be American Simon Keller (Cusack) who ends up robbing a bank, forcing Peter to be his getaway driver with cops, feds and gangster chasing them through the Australian countryside.

 

Thoughts on Drive Hard

 

Characters – Peter Roberts is a former winning race car driver that is now struggling to keep his driving school open, he finds himself being selected by Keller to be his getaway driver, where he finds that he is trapped in the middle of a crime needing to work with Keller even though he wants nothing to do with the crime. Keller is the seasoned criminal who forces Peter to be his getaway driver, he tries to make Peter a more forward thinking person, as the two end up on buddy comedy level. Agent Walker is the standard fed who is trying to investigate the robbery, we learn very little about her.

PerformancesThomas Jane is good in a role where he gets to play against the usual strong character we have gotten used to seeing him in and he does work well with the unhinged performance from John Cusack. The rest of the cast as fine without being anything special or memorable.

StoryThe story follows a criminal that makes a former racing driver become his getaway driver and over the course of the robbery they become unlikely friends as the whole of Australia is in search for the two. The two together is great entertainment to watch, but most of the other characters just seem to be in something that can only be described as a series of adverts because the story gets dull with them.

Action/Comedy/CrimeThe action involves a couple of good chase sequences including one around a city on the Gold Coast of Australia, the comedy comes from the two men working on different sides of the crime as they must learn to work together to escape.

SettingsThe film is set in Australia which is new and refreshing from the usual America setting for a similar story.


Scene of the Movie –
First getaway chase.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The lack of importance about the rest of the characters.

Final ThoughtsThis is a standard enjoyable action movie that doesn’t have too many brains but will entertain from start to finish.

 

Overall: Action movie 101

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