Bad Samaritan (2018)

Director: Dean Devlin

Writer: Brandon Boyce (Screenplay)

Starring: David Tennant, Robert Sheehan, Kerry Condon, Carlito Olivero, Jacqueline Byers, Tracey Heggins, Rob Nagle

 

Plot: A pair of burglars stumble upon a woman being held captive in a home they intended to rob.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Tennant is a Creepy Psychopath

 

Story: Bad Samaritan starts when two burglars Sean (Sheehan) and Derek (Olivero) are running an operation as valets who break into houses while people are eating their dinners. When they pick their latest victim Cale Erendreich (Tennant) with his flashy car, Sean leads the look through his house, finding all the goodies the pair want, before making a shocking discovery, Katie (Condon) chained up in an office.

Sean get caught between doing the right thing and helping the woman, only to find Cale is able to talk the police away and breaking back into the house, the woman is gone and now his has become a target for Cale.

 

Thoughts on Bad Samaritan

 

Characters – Cale Erendreich is rich man that isn’t afraid to show his flashy cars around town, he is rude to people that he sees beneath him and he has a woman locked up in an office at his house. He likes to correct people and after Sean breaks into his house, he becomes the latest target, showing us that Cale is doing what he thinks is the right thing. Sean Falco is the thief that gets more than he bargained for on his latest job, he end up getting caught in the middle of a game which will see him become the target for the killer, seeing his life start to fall apart around him, Sean shows us what it is like when somebody wants to make it and just how far they will go to clean up the mess left behind. Katie is the woman that is held captive that knows that she will be put in more danger if Sean does rescue her at the wrong time. Derek is Sean’s best friend who works with him to select who to rob only he could get in more trouble if he is ever caught.

PerformancesDavid Tennant is fantastic in this leading role, he brings us a creepy psychopath figure that is completely calm, while being calculated in each scene. Robert Sheehan is strong as his character is put through a moral dilemma and he shows us the desperation he is going through. Kerry Condon does what she can in her role, it is harder for her to do as much because most of role is tied up. Carlito Olivera does everything asked of him without standing out in anyway.

StoryThe story here follows a small-time thief that sees his latest job go crazy after the person he is robbing from turns out to have dark secret which sees his life get turned upside down. This story is an easy watch and does go against everything you would imagine it going, watching the cat-n-mouse style unfold is interesting to follow as see how each side tries to get the upper hand and slowly starts to learn what the other might know about. It does soon pan out and just become a bigger case which is fine if you would like to get to learn more about the opening sequence. We do get to see just how dangerous technology will be in the wrong hands.

Crime/HorrorThe crime side of the film does show us Cale operates in this world, with the horror side of this coming from just how he can get away with anything if he knows how to.

SettingsThe film is set in Portland which shows how difficult the life can be for people that are struggling to make ends meet.


Scene of the Movie –
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That Moment That Annoyed Me It has a problem when it comes to learning about Cale’s back story.

Final ThoughtsThis is a crime horror that goes full-blown cat-n-mouse which does keep us guessing to just who will end up on top in this battle.

 

Overall: Interesting Cat-n-mouse chase.

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Mad to Be Normal (2017)

Director: Robert Mullan

Writer: Robert Mullan, Tracy Moreton (Screenplay)

Starring: Elisabeth Moss, David Tennant, Gabriel Byrne, Michael Gambon, David Bamber, Olivia Poulet, Trevor White

 

Plot: During the 1960s, a renegade Scottish psychiatrist courts controversy within his profession for his approach to the field, and for the unique community he creates for his patients to inhabit.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 46 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Average History Lesson

 

Story: Mad to Be Normal starts in the 1960’s R.D. Laing (Tennant) fills out lecture halls with his methods of battling the mentally impaired patients, with his methods refusing to give medication which strikes up an interest of fresh out of education Angie Wood (Moss).

R.D. offers a community home where the patients can be themselves asking for help when they require it, with his team of doctors ready to listen whether they need to be around, though when people start questioning his behaviour and methods he must prove with his results.

 

Thoughts on Mad to Be Normal

 

Characters – R.D. Laing was a psychologist in the 1960’s he tackles dealing patients problems in a different way compared to the electro therapy, he has them in an open house environment where he can support them as they are given a normal life. Angie Wood seems to be the one we follow as she enters his life at the start of this story and we follow their romance and respect. Jim is one of the patients that seems to be calmer than the rest even though he can be the closest to being a danger.

PerformancesDavid Tennant is easily the star attraction in this film, we get to see how he plays the laidback, while serious doctor searching for solutions to the problems people have. Elisabeth Moss does go toe to toe with Tennant for the most part with the supporting cast giving us good performances too.

StoryThe story here follows the experimental treatment that R.D. Laing in the mid-60’s. It showed how his vision was different to the rest of the people in his field which helped changed the ideas of treatment once it was complete. We do follow his personal life with his relationship with Angie Wood and get to see how his own tragedies in life may have affected his decision makings. While this is a history lesson on this man, we just don’t get sucked into everything that we go through as it does feel like we needed one big moment to happen.

Biopic/HistoryThe man R.D. Laing was a leading man in his field, we see his experiment which changed how treatment could be receiving, though this is a great moment from history we don’t get a chance to see just where everything could have been, how he got to this stage of his career and miss big parts of his career.

SettingsThe film shows us where the experiment took place which tries to give the patients everyday life over being locked away from the world.


Scene of the Movie –
The night it goes wrong.

That Moment That Annoyed Me We don’t learn enough about how he got to the position he is in.

Final ThoughtsThis is a solid biopic that doesn’t hit the high points it should have.

 

Overall: Biopic that does enough of a job.

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Franchise Weekend – Fright Night (2011)

frightDirector: Craig Gillespie

Writer: Marti Noxon (Screenplay) Tom Holland (Story)

Starring: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Toni Collette, David Tennant, Imogen Poots, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Dave Franco

 

Plot: After a new neighbor moved into the house next door, Charley discovers that he is an ancient vampire and goes in search for the help of Peter Vincent, a famous “vampire killer” to save his neighborhood from the creature.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Fun Remake

 

Story: Fright Night starts in small town America, well the locals around Las Vegas where we see an attack on a family before we meet Charley Brewster (Yelchin) a high school student with the perfect girlfriend in Amy (Poots). Charley’s whose old friend Ed (Mintz-Plasse) wants him to investigate the missing students in their school. When Charley and his mother Jane (Collette) welcome their new neighbour Jerry (Farrell) who comes off very shady.

Ed puts the idea into Charley’s head that Jerry is in fact a vampire and it isn’t long before we discover this too. When Ed goes missing Charley tracks down acclaimed supernatural entertainer Peter Vincent (Tennant) to help him and Amy finish off Jerry before he takes over the whole neighbourhood.

 

Thoughts on Fright Night

 

StoryThe story is pretty easy to follow; a family has a vampire move in next door and have to fight to survive when other members of the neighbourhood are going missing. This is a remake and I do feel it can handle the modern world coming off well and not getting to complicated with the original story.

Comedy/HorrorWe have small elements of comedy but I wouldn’t call this a full comedy, the horror does have moments that scare but this also does have moments that feel polished to look glossy over darker side it could be.

Characters/PerformanceCharley is a good leading character because he is in the middle of finding himself in life through his high school time while being positive throughout he has a past he isn’t proud of but a future he can’t wait to see unfold. Amy is your standard girlfriend character who is way out of the league of Charlie. Jerry makes for a great vampire addition with Peter Vincent being the television icon coward you would expect to see, very loud arrogate about his skills.

The performances now are great with Yelchin showing he was always the go to guy for this age range filled with an innocent look. Poots brings the look for this role showing she is making the impact in Hollywood but it is Colin Farrell who is brilliant as this vampire calm, deadly and charming about each scene. David Tennant is also brilliant in the smaller role where he pretty much steals the scenes he is in.stars

SettingsLas Vegas makes for a great setting for a vampire because it is a city where people could go missing for years before an investigation went on. This is mostly in the small towns on the outside of Vegas too.

Special EffectsThe special effects do all come off very impressive especially when you see the first effects of the vampires when it comes to them being in sunlight. We also end up having great effects when it comes to the kills and fights.genre

Final ThoughtsWhen you look for a good remake this one is right up there with one of the better not because the original was bad but it is a story that can work in both times.

 

Overall: Enjoyable vampire flick that can be enjoyed by the fans of the genre.

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

logoDirector: Mike Newell

Writer: Steve Kloves (Screenplay) J.K. Rowling (Novel)

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, David Tennant, Timothy Spall, Robert Pattinson, Jason Isaacs, Tom Felton, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Gary Oldman, Ralph Fiennes, Brendan Gleeson

 

Plot: Harry finds himself mysteriously selected as an under-aged competitor in a dangerous tournament between three schools of magic.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: It Just Got Real

 

Story: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire starts by showing Peter Pettigrew (Spall) and Bartemius jr (Tennant) conspiring with Lord Voldemort. We then flash to the Harry (Radcliffe), Ron (Grint) and Hermione (Watson) as they go on an journey with the Weasley family along with the Diggory’s who include Cedric (Pattinson) they go to the Quidditch world cup before things get out of hand and chaos happens when Lord Voldemort’s creatures attack. Hogwarts are hosting the tri-wizard tournament bring three different schools together for one of the most deadly tournament known to wizards.

While returning to Hogwarts we have yet more teacher changes with Professor Alastor ‘Madeye’ Moody (Gleeson) taking over the dark magic role making it fourth teacher in four years. When the names of the students get announced the over 17s rule seems to have be changed by someone to allow Harry to enter. Harry and Ron’s friendship is tested when Harry gets selected as no one seems to believe him when he says he didn’t put his name forward. Harry must compete in the tournament which will put him to the test against creatures he has never met before.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire finally puts the first punch in giving us a genuine shock reveal of the infamous Voldemort. We have been waiting for this for three previous films and now we know what Harry will be up against. The rest of the story is good because it shows the difficulties that this aged teenagers start to struggle with. The tournament adds some much needed excitement which pulls us in the want to watch everything unfold. This is the best so far of all the stories I have seen in the series. (9/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Daniel Radcliffe: Harry Potter our lead wizard who has entered the fourth year at Hogwarts, he is haunted by a dream while competing in the Tri-Wizard tournament. Daniel gives a good performance and perhaps his best so far in the series. (9/10)

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Emma Watson: Hermione the young witch who along with her friends tries to help Harry through the tournament along with the growing up process a young lady goes through with boys. Emma gives a good performance showing she has been improve her skills but also takes a backburner to the main story. (7/10)

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Rupert Grint: Ron questions his friend Harry entering the tournament but soon comes to his sense and along with Harry struggles to get to grips with girls. Rupert gives a good performance but much like Emma is only supporting. (7/10)

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Robert Pattinson: Cedric Diggory is Hogwarts choice to enter the Tri-Wizard games and along the way he works with Harry giving each other advice, but his final moments we re-define the series. Robert gives a good performance with an interesting character that I think many would have like to see more from later in the series. (8/10)

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Support Cast: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire uses its ever increasing supporting cast well to introduce even more interesting characters as well as filling supporting roles for a bigger story that we will see in films to come.

 

Director Review: Mike Newell – Mike does a good job directing which is most interesting of the series to date. (9/10)

 

Adventure: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire creates an interesting sense of adventure with the tournament throwing up surprises around every corner. (9/10)

Family: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is starting to get more adult but on paper the audience would have grown up so should be enjoyed by a growing up family. (9/10)

Fantasy: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire uses its fantasy elements brilliantly to create the new creatures, locations and characters. (10/10)

Mystery: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire offers a mystery about the dream Harry has but it sometimes gets pushed behind the story of the tournament. (8/10)

Settings: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire creates beautiful settings for every scene. (10/10)
Special Effects
: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire has the best effects of the series so far with everything have a very real feel about it. (10/10)

Suggestion: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the best of the series to date and must be watch by all the fans of the series and you could easily start here. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Graveyard showdown.

Worst Part: When will they learn that the dark arts professor is always up to something?

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: 4 – 8 of the series

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Nominated for 1 Oscars

Box Office: $897 Million

Budget: $150 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 33 Minutes

Tagline: Dark And Difficult Times Lie Ahead.

Trivia: Robert Pattinson has stated that he would much rather play Cedric Diggory again than play Edward Cullen in the Twilight Saga, the role he is perhaps best known for.

 

Overall: Business Has Picked Up, It Must Be Show Time

Rating 91