ABC Film Challenge – Action Movies – V – Vigilante Diaries (2016)

Director: Christian Sesma

Writer: Christian Sesma, Paul Sloan (Screenplay)

Starring: Jason Mewes, Quinton Rampage Jackson, Paul Sloan, Kevin L Walker, Michael Jai White, Michael Madsen

 

Plot: The Vigilante Diaries is a high octane action-adventure that follows two black-ops agents (Paul Sloan and Kevin L. Walker) turned crime-fighting vigilantes. Their dangerous adventures take us from the mega-mansions and the underbelly of Los Angeles to far away places like Iraq, Armenia, Russia, and The United Kingdom. All of which are streamed online by film maker Mike Hanover (Jason Mewes). A trio of Asian femme fatales, to ruthless Armenian mobsters, to a pair of deep cover super spies hell bent on throwing the world into chaos.


Runtime: 1 Hour 47 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Overly Flashy Action Film

 

Story: Vigilante Diaries starts as we learn about the former soldier known as The Vigilante (Sloan) who has been cleaning up the world with a growing reputation, his only partner is a young man known as The Kid (Walker) with documentary filmmaker Michael Hanover (Mewes) having captured him killing the bother of an Armenian crime boss.

Once The Vigilante gets captured his old team including Wolfman (Jackson) come together to save him and keep Michael safe, but not everything is as it seems as it appears the old enemies have also returned.

 

Thoughts on Vigilante Diaries

 

Characters – The Vigilante was once a hero of war, he has turned to the new life where he takes out the problems of the world. Now he finds himself in the middle of a war he started bring his old team back together for one final mission. The team has your generic characters which offer little to the bigger story and by the end you will be left thinking oh well, they were in it. The character I wish we would have seen more from is Barrington but he isn’t in the film enough.

PerformancesThe acting on a whole isn’t the strongest, we are not getting convinced by any of the connections, Jason Mewes goes well over the top through the film and Michael Jai White is the highlight of the acting.

StoryThe story is the weakest part of the film, we have the idea of the Vigilante clashing with a mob, but things go to the extreme as they try to save the ones in danger. The problems start with the time jumps, we are thrown all over the place with this and to make things worse we are left not caring about what happens between each scene of the film.

ActionThe action is plenty of gun fire without coming to too much that will be remembered.

SettingsThe settings throw us all over the world never letting us settle on just one location for the battles to take place.


Scene of the Movie –
Meet the team.

That Moment That Annoyed Me That chase scene, so badly shot.

Final ThoughtsThis is a very clunky action film, the narrative is told messy throughout, the action sequences are fine but difficult to keep up on, while the acting is nothing to write home about either. The film is more interested in making the men look like they can handle guns and the women to be scantily clad and over sexualized.

 

Overall: Messy action film.

Rating

 

 

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Lost Time (2014)

logoDirector: Christian Sesma

Writer: Christian Sesma, Kenneth Owens, Rochelle Vallese (Screenplay)

Starring: Rochelle Vallese, Luke Goss, Robert Davi, Derek Mears, Lin Shaye, Jenni Blong, Vyto Ruginis

Plot: After leaving a doctor visit with the worst news, Valerie Dreyfuss and her sister Melissa come to a stop on a lonely stretch of road. Their car is engulfed by a blinding light….12 hours later Valerie wakes to the horror that her sister is gone, nowhere to be found.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Seriously Bad Sci-fi

Story: Lost Time starts with a sick Valerie (Vallese) who is being cared for by her sister Melissa (Blong) but the latest visit to the doctors bring the agonising news that there is nothing more that can be done for Valerie. While returning the car gets visited by something from the skies which takes Melissa. 4 months later we see Valerie start to make an amazing recovery from her cancer.

Valerie is desperate to find out what happened to her sister even if it is putting her new found life in danger, Carter (Goss) her lover tries to help her as he was one of the officers looking into the case. Valerie decides to try and find answers herself as she starts having these visions and she starts looking into the alien abduction along with lost time leading her to author Dr Xavier Reed (Davi). Reed hosts a program for people who have been losing time but the truth is it out there.

Lost Time is an alien body invasion film that really doesn’t decide where it is going, nothing really makes sense until the final reveal which tries to end up making you wonder what could have happened. For the most part this is just confusing and even if it had been average it could have been saved by the final act. (3/10)

Actor Review

Rochelle Vallese: Valerie Dreyfuss is our leading lady, she has been suffering from cancer before getting visited by aliens who take her sister and cure her cancer. She now wants answers to what is going on and she turns to Dr Reed who claims to be an expert on the experience. The truth will be the thing that shocks her to her knees. Rochelle does a solid job with what she has to work with. (6/10)

Luke Goss: Carter is the officer trying to help find Melissa and is also the lover of Valerie, he spends the film trying to help uncover the truth without knowing about Dr Reed and his plans. Luke give his pay check performance here. (3/10)

Robert Davi: Dr Xavier Reed is the mysterious doctor who claims to know what is going on with people who lose time, but is he telling the truth or up to something else. Robert does a solid job in this role. (6/10)

Support Cast: Lost Time has a supporting cast that doesn’t really do too much to the story, mostly just disposable characters.

Director Review: Christian Sesma Christian struggles to capture the ideas of the story that ends up not working. (3/10)

Horror: Lost Time a horror, no (2/10)

Sci-Fi: Lost Time tries to end up giving us a sci-fi side with alien body invasion that doesn’t really work. (5/10)

Thriller: Lost Time doesn’t keep you guessing that much in the film. (2/10)

Settings: Lost Time has the standard locations that really add very little to the film. (4/10)
Special Effects: Lost Time doesn’t have too good effects but also doesn’t turn to them often. (3/10)

Suggestion: Lost Time is one to avoid really, this sci-fi film doesn’t really work. (Avoid)

Best Part: Final moments makes you think.

Worst Part: The shaky cam.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

Overall: Disappointing Sci-fi film.

Rating 25