Death Race 4: Beyond Anarchy (2018)

Director: Don Michael Paul

Writer: Tony Giglio, Don Michael Paul (Screenplay) Paul W.S. Anderson, Tony Giglio (Story)

Starring: Zach McGowan, Danny Glover, Danny Trejo, Velislav Pavlov, Lucy Aarden, Frederick Koehler

 

Plot: After an attack on inmate Frankenstein fails a Black Ops specialist enters the maximum prison to join the illegal Death Race and take down Frankenstein.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 51 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: The Action We Expect, The Thin Story We Expect

 

Story: Death Race 4: Beyond Anarchy starts as America has completely broken down, the one former hope Death Race is deemed illegal and has taken the dark web by storm as the prisoners have free roam of the arena formerly used as the prison. Frankenstein (Pavlov, voiced by Nolan North) runs this world, he isn’t like the Frank we have met before, he runs the city and the race.

The government are getting sick of the Death Race and want to bring it down, Baltimore Bob (Glover) runs the races and when new prisoner Connor Gibson (McGowan) is searching to be part of the race, in an attempt to bring down Frankenstein.

 

Thoughts on Death Race 4: Beyond Anarchy

 

Characters – Frankenstein rules the death race circuit from behind his mask, this is made clear that he can be replaced with ease and isn’t the same man that we have met in the previous film, this version of Frankenstein isn’t as good-natured or innocent as the previous ones, he is a killer, he will execute people who try to cross him and has created the chaos in the world they are living in. Connor Gibson is the man sent to the prison, he is sent there to take down Frankenstein in an attempt to regain control of the prison, he uses his skills to rise up the ranks to put himself in the position to race Frankenstein. Carley is the seductive and navigator that is on Frankenstein’s arm. Baltimore Bob runs the Death Race operation, he has the connections outside to the outside world and is willing to use them to create the most buzz about the event.

PerformancesZach McGowan gets the action sequences done well through the film, though when it comes to some of the talking moments he does struggle in places, though the script isn’t exactly anything notable. Danny Glover is getting too old for this shit now, he gives us the supporting role you would have come to expect from him now. Velislav Pavlov brings the physical look for Frankenstein, though Nolan North voice work makes the character feel more sinister.

StoryThe story here follows the now illegal death race which has become a dark web sensation in a crumbling American economy, one man gets sent into the prison to eliminate Frankenstein. Now this might be the first actual sequel in the franchise, I kind of got lost after 2 and 3, but if this is a sequel it does show us just how the world changed after what happened with Frankenstein’s escape, how the world continued to fall into disorder. When it comes to the Frankenstein figure, we know he can be replaced, which does explain the evil nature behind this version, though it goes against the need we have to support the underdog wrongfully placed in the prison system. The story is filled with unworthy showdowns with characters we barely know, we do also just resort to too many party scenes which are unrealistic and just want to show off nudity for no reason. The script is also poorly written just turning to explicit swearing insults which are here to sound edgy rather than making sense.

ActionThe action in the racing sequences is the highlight of the film, the final race being the best part of the movie, even if we have plenty of jump cuts.

SettingsThe film is set in the prison locations, the land might be larger now which does make sense for an ever growing environment that has become overrun.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film come from the explosion we see caused during the race itself.


Scene of the Movie –
The race.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Most of the pointless parties.

Final ThoughtsThis is just another sequel that just doesn’t reach the levels of the previous films, it does have a fun race, though it does fall into the generic filler leading up to the race though.

 

Overall: Fun & Simple

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Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell (2018)

Director: Don Michael Paul

Writer: John Whelpley (Screenplay)

Starring: Jamie Kennedy, Tanya van Graan, Jamie-Lee Money, Michael Gross, Kiroshan Naidoo, Keeno Lee Hector

 

Plot: The sequel finds Burt Gummer and his son Travis at a remote research station, where they must go up against Graboids that have been converted into living weapons.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Sequel

 

Story: Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell starts when Burt Gummer (Gross) and his son Travis (Kennedy) head to a remote Artic research station run by Dr Rita Sims (Graan) who seems to be having a graboid problem, with one of her team Valerie McKee (Money) knowing the legends of the graboids.

When it turns out Burt has become infected with a virus from the graboids, the race to capture one alive to find a potential cure is on, let alone just trying to survive this new attack.

 

Thoughts on Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell

 

Characters – Burt Gummer is back and now living a quiet life running the shop in the local town from the original, he is suffering the effects from the previous encounters with the graboids with a virus running through his body. This time he will need to battle the graboids and facing his past with Travis. Travis is the son of Burt that we first met in the last film, he does the more extreme moments of the film without being as involved this time around. Dr Rita Sims has the title and knows that Burt needs medical help making her one of the few people that could save him. Valerie McKee is the daughter of Valentine from the very first Tremors (the Kevin Bacon character) she knows how the handle graboids from the stories of Burt.

PerformancesMichael Gross has continued his over the top performances in this franchise for years now, this is no different without being truly as strong as the previous films. Jamie Kennedy is here, but he doesn’t bring the energy that we had last time, as the for the new comers they are fine without being the best.

StoryThe story here follows the latest adventure Burt goes on in his fight with the graboids, this takes him to a new location and lets him battle them alongside his son once again. The story tries to bring back a familiar name, though without a bit of research you won’t get the reference and the adventure just doesn’t feel overly peril filled, compared to the last one and the evolutions doesn’t get a proper look. The story does everything you need for a Tremors film without being the worst or the best.

Action/Comedy/Horror/Sci-FiThe action is what we know with the graboids destroying or being destroyed which is fine, the comedy for me misses a lot here with most being very forced as the for horror and sci-fi we know where things go in this franchise by now.

SettingsThe settings are good because it takes the attack to a location it shouldn’t be happening and creates new problems for the team to work on.

Special EffectsThe effects for the film are mixed, because the practical ones look good, but as soon as they become CGI they become weaker.


Scene of the Movie –
Trying to catch a graboid.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The mouth piece.

Final ThoughtsThis is another watchable sequel in the Tremors franchise, it keeps things simple and easy to watch without being one of the stand outs in anyway.

 

Overall: Easy to watch

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Halloween Horror Franchise – Tremors 5 Bloodlines (2015)

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Plot: The giant, man-eating Graboids are back and even deadlier than before, terrorizing the inhabitants of a South African wildlife reserve as they attack from below-and above.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: The Best of the Sequels

 

Story: Tremors 5: Bloodlines starts as we see Burt Gummer (Gross) is the host of his own survivalist show when he gets a brand new cameraman Travis (Kennedy) who wants to turn Burt into a bigger brand. When Erich Van Wyk (Janks) approaches Burt about sightings of ass blasters in South Africa.

Arriving in Africa the pair team up with Johan Dreyer (Auret) a man who has come into contact with one of the creatures. We learn Dr Nandi Montabu (Thusi) is looking after the park but once Burt sees the what they are up against being something bigger than ever seen before.

Tremors 5: Bloodlines brings us Burt back for the first time in 11 years and back to the character we love, he has taken the natural evolution with the entry into reality like show which his celebrity status would make happen. Taking the action to Africa has the ups and downs because Perfection is the iconic setting but Africa offers more threats in the open world, it also gives us a chance to enter into the spiritual side of the creatures. Having yet another evolution of the creatures also works and this time I feel we get the first feeling of actual terror being used in the franchise.

 

Actor Review

 

Michael Gross: Burt now has his own television show on survival finds himself wanted by the African wildlife to deal with their own graboid problem. When in Africa he finds himself fighting a new breed of creature deadlier than before but even worse for him he faces up against his first true human enemy. Michael is good in this role being the character you would expect at the older age.

Jamie Kennedy: Travis is the new cameraman assigned to Burt, he is very cocky and experienced in the world. His style clashes with Burt which is again designed to create some comic relief through the film. Jamie is good in the serious role but in the comedy side of the falls short.

Pearl Thusi: Dr Nandi Montabu is the vet running the area where the graboids are attacking, she is loyal to her wildlife and has a daughter in this world. She has to fight to save her own town. Pearl is good in this role but we barely see her with Burt in the battle.

Brandon Auret: Johan is the local hunter that joins Burt in his hunting trips, he is very loud and full of himself which will put himself in danger. Brandon does make for a funny character without being used well enough.

Support Cast: Tremors 5: Bloodlines has a good supporting cast you would expect to see in this film with no one standing out.

Director Review: Don Michael Paul Don does a good job directing this film make the horror reach levels the franchise has never achieved.

 

Action: Tremors 5: Bloodlines has plenty of action with a lot being on the hunting side of the story.

Comedy: Tremors 5: Bloodlines does try to force in a couple of jokes in that don’t seem to work on the same levels previous films have had.

Horror: Tremors 5: Bloodlines is easily the most terrifying of the franchise with the creatures coming off scary each time you see them.

Settings: Tremors 5: Bloodlines does well moving the settings to Africa because there are a lot of different creatures in the wildlife that could be threats other than just the graboids,
Special Effects
: Tremors 5: Bloodlines uses good effects throughout to make the creatures come off scary for one of the first time.

Suggestion: Tremors 5: Bloodlines is one to watch if you liked the original, it is bar far the best of the sequels. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Creatures are actually scary.

Worst Part: The comedy feels slightly forced.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Not yet

Post Credits Scene: Yes

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

 

Overall: Easily the best sequel to the fun franchise that enters into the horror genre more

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