Dead on Arrival (2017)

Director: Stephen C Sepher

Writer: Stephen C Sepher (Screenplay)

Starring: D.B. Sweeney, Lilo Brancato, Christa B Allen, Sottie Thompson, Chris Mulkey, Bill Flynn


Plot: A pharmaceutical sales rep visits a small town in Louisiana on business. He finds himself in a dark world of corruption and murder with 24 hours to live, running from the police, the mob and a sheriff that wants him dead.

Tagline – Noir Thriller. Ensemble Cast

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes


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Verdict: Twisted Filled Thriller


Story: Dead on Arrival starts as pharmaceutical sales rep Sam Collins (Flynn) who attending a big party hosted by a small town doctor in Louisiana to closer a deal, the morning after waking up next to a stripper Jessie (Allen), he looks to leave town only to learn that he has been infected with a poison that has left him 24-hours to live.

Teaming up with Jessie who go on the run from the people behind the poisoning, mob and the dirty cops that are trying to cover up their own mistakes.


Thoughts on Dead on Arrival


Characters – Sam Collins in a pharmaceutical sales rep, he travels across the country to support his children, he has closed a big deal and enjoyed a party. The next day he will learn that this is going to be his last day after he gets poisoned, with most of the town searching for him, he must use his charm to keep him ahead of the people that want him dead. Detective Spiro is investigating the murder of the Doctor, he is playing everything by the book and enjoys teasing his partner about his heritage. Hans Dunkel is the towns insurance broker, he will play on both sides of the law to keep his money rolling in. Jesse is the stripper that has been helping Sam learn the truth about what happened, she sees this as her ticket out of the life she is in.

PerformancesBilly Flynn in the leading role is good, he shows the weakness his character is facing when it comes to dealing with the effects of the poison and shows us the realization that he might not know his killer. D.B. Sweeney is good in his role even though his character feels generic for the most part. We do have good performance from the whole cast with the hitmen coming off funny for the most part.

StoryThe story follows just over a day as we are left to see just where the story will unfold, we see how one man can need to face the truth about his existence after becoming poisoned with only 24 hours to live and who is involved trying to track him down. This story does have plenty of twists and turns along the way, which both helps and hinders the story because we do deal with too many different characters at times, making it hard to keep up with at times too.

ThrillerThe film does play the thriller card well, we do have the race against time idea for Sam who is trying to figure out who tried to kill him.

SettingsThe Louisiana settings is nice backdrop for the movie which shows how different levels of criminals will be operating in.

Scene of the Movie –
Your chance Sam.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Too many characters to keep up with.

Final ThoughtsThis is a thriller that does give us the options to who could be behind the poisoning of Sam, which is good, only it doesn’t hit the levels it needs to for making us understand different levels of motivation going on.


Overall: Thriller fans give this a try.





Whiplash (2014)

logoDirector: Damien Chazelle

Writer: Damien Chazelle (Screenplay)

Starring: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Paul Reiser, Melissa Benoist, Austin Stowell, Nate Lang, Chris Mulkey, Damon Gupton


Plot: A promising young drummer enrols at a cutthroat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential.


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Verdict: Stunning


Story: Whiplash starts by introducing Andrew (Teller) a brilliant drummer caught in the act playing on a drum set by Fletcher (Simmons), only a first year student at Shafer School for Music. Andrew proves to be a very determined young man making sure he gets into extra practise. Andrew’s practise pays off when Fletcher gives him a shot in his class. Fletcher is the strictest teachers in the school and Andrew gets to witness first hand to just cut throat he is when he finds a problem with the players.

After a nightmare experience where Fletcher embarrasses Andrew in-front of the entire class, Andrew decides to put in extra practise to learn the ‘Whiplash’ music. During the first competition Andrew gets his chance to be part of the band after the lead drummer makes a huge mistake in the eyes of Fletcher. This performance leads to Andrew getting the lead seat on the drums in the band. Andrew struggles receive the praise and encouragement from him own family for all the work he has achieved. Andrew ends up sacrificing everything he can to make it in the band even if it means giving up morals. As the story unfolds we learn about the results in Fletcher’s methods and that it is getting investigated with Andrew being the choice the make something change and expose the methods. Ultimately Andrew wants to prove he is as good as his potential has shown even though he clashes with Fletcher on every decision.

Whiplash asks the question how can film about jazz music drumming be interesting to none jazz fans. What Whiplash does is make the music seen intense you literally don’t know what Fletcher will do next. We have seen the idea of going to unbelievable levels to achieve being the best in a range of subjects before but I struggle to find one that has such conflict between student and teacher before. I enjoyed the idea that Andrew’s obsession with his dream takes over his life leaving him pushing any social life out of the window to become the best. The idea of seeing how hard the students would have to work to become the best and showing how willing they are to give up anything for that dream. Even if the subject isn’t for you, you have to see this amazing story. (10/10)


Actor Review



Miles Teller: Andrew young drummer who wants to be the absolutely best drummer, he goes to extra lengths to make sure he is the best. He has to overcome a perfectionist teacher as he looks perfect his art. Miles gives a brilliant performance that could really be his breakout role. (10/10)


J.K. Simmons: Fletcher strict perfectionist teacher who is after the best of the best in his band. He rips his students apart to make them the best and to get rid of the weak. Simmons gives an absolutely stunning performance that is so unpredictable you just won’t know what he will say or do next. (10/10)


Support Cast: Whiplash doesn’t have much a supporting cast, the ones we meet are only there to show how much Andrew will give up or the band members that Fletcher has on edge because of how hard he pushes them.


Director Review: Damien Chazelle – Damien makes one of the most intense films about a subject that could be boring with ease to make it one of the most interesting films of the year. (10/10)


Drama: Whiplash uses the unfolding story to create the drama side of the story, it makes it one of the most interesting films even if it comes off as a rather boring subject. (10/10)

Music: Whiplash enters into the world of music to pull us in and never lets us go, every time we see the drums in action we give our full attention. (10/10)

Settings: Whiplash uses the school and concerts as the main locations used and this helps show the work behind the scenes before seeing the work in practise. (10/10)

Suggestion: Whiplash is a must watch, I don’t really need to say much else than you have to see this. (Must Watch)


Best Part: The final scene.

Worst Part: The non-music scenes though important just are not the same.

Favourite Quote: Fletcher ‘Get the fuck out of my sight before I demolish you’


Believability: To achieve greatness people may go through this much. (5/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Black Swan


Awards: Nominated for a Golden Globe.

Oscar Chances: Could get a lot of nominations.

Box Office: $6.8 Million so far

Budget: $3.3 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 47 Minutes


Overall: Unbelievable Brilliant

Rating 96