Michael Rooker Weekend – Whisper (2007)

Director: Stewart Hendler

Writer: Christopher Borrelli (Screenplay)

StarringMichael Rooker, Josh Holloway, Blake Woodruff, Sarah Wayne Callies, Julian Christopher, Joel Edgerton, Dule Hill 

 

Plot: Sinister things begin happening to kidnappers who are holding a young boy for ransom in a remote cabin.


Tagline – The devil’s work is childs play

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Nice Little Horror

 

Story: Whisper starts when a group of criminals Max (Holoway), Sidney (Rooker), Roxanne (Callies) and Vince (Edgerton) kidnap a young boy David (Woodruff) in an attempt to gain a large ransom, as they look to sort their lives out.

Once David is in their possession, the four criminals soon learn that they have bitten off more than they can chew, when it turns out David has some kind of power which he will use against them as he is pure evil.

 

Thoughts on Whisper

 

Characters – Max is the member of the gang that wants to go clean, he wants his own business, but doesn’t have the capital to achieve this, he take the job in hopes that it will give him the money required to get the business and seems to be the only one that can keep it together through the events of the kidnapping. David is the boy that has been kidnapped, he is shown to be a loner even at his own birthday party, but it soon becomes clear that he has some form of powers that even his mother is scared off, using them to trick the criminals. Roxanne is the girlfriend of Max’s she is the first one to fold and want to quit the job as the mother instincts start taking over. Sidney is the leader of the gang that is putting the job together, he knows who to pick which does make this easier for him, though he isn’t prepared for this job.

PerformancesThis is a strange one for performances because our leads are Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies who at the time were involved in two of the biggest television shows, they both do an acceptable enough job playing to their strengths. Michael Rooker brings the strength in his performance, while young Blake Woodruff makes for an evil child with ease.

StoryThe story here is interesting because it does take a different turn when it comes to the kidnapping genre, by adding the horror elements. It does seem like everything is going to be by the book, until we learn early on when David is pure evil and turns the tables on the kidnappers. Now this should all work well and for the most part is an enjoyable enough watch, only we get a third act twist which only leaves us question large parts of the first act along with certain characters decisions.

Crime/HorrorThe crime side of the film follows the kidnapping which seems to have gone smoothly for the criminals, the don’t get enough focus on the investigation though, which does feel like it could be an important part of the film. The horror side of the film focuses on the idea of the pure evil that David is and just how he uses his powers to make the people do the terrible things.

SettingsThe film has a couple of settings with the safehouse being the cabin in the woods away from any visitors, the small town just helps show how desperate the criminals are too.

Special EffectsWhen it comes to the effects, we get a true mixed bag because the film doesn’t seem to commit on the levels needed to create the scares required.


Scene of the Movie –
The final fight.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The shower scene is shot badly.

Final ThoughtsThis is an easy to watch horror that is all we ask for at times, this isn’t the scariest film you will see and by the end it does have enough surprises to turn heads.

 

Overall: Simple and easy to watch horror.

Rating

 

 

Psych: The Movie (2017)

Director: Steve Franks

Writer: James Roday (Screenplay) Steve Franks (Characters)

Starring: James Roday, Dule Hill, Timothy Omundson, Maggie Lawson, Kirsten Nelson, Corbin Bernsen, Zachary Levi, Kurt Fuller

 

Plot: The old gang comes together during the holidays after a mystery assailant targets one of their own.


Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Delightful Fan Service

 

Story: Psych the Movie starts as we see how Shawn (Roday) is now trying to do the detective business in San Francisco where Gus (Hill) has gone to his full-time job. Juliet (Lawson) has a new partner while trying to stop chief Vick’s (Nelson) daughter from falling onto the wrong side of the law.

When Juliet’s partner is attack and left for dead, with Shawn banished from the case by Juliet, this could be Shawn’s first big case in San Francisco. It isn’t long till Shawn finds himself investigating the case which involved Thin White Duke (Levi). When the Duke targets Juliet, she doesn’t want Shawn to be involved in the case, which only leads to the guys bringing back the rest of the gang to solve the case.

 

Thoughts on Psych the Movie

 

Characters – Shawn doesn’t seem to have settled in the new city, he wants to continue with his investigation business even though Gus is busy working to keep the business a float. He still is the slacker that uses his skills of observation to keep himself busy. Gus is the best friend of Shawn who followed him to San Francisco and started a new job to help fund the investigation agency, he still enjoys his food always finding himself eating the most random dish he can get his hands on. Juliet is back in her position of detective, but this time she becomes the target after her partner is killed, she doesn’t want her friends getting involved, wanting to clean up her own mess. Thin White Duke is the man behind the targeting of Juliet, he works well his crew, but is working for someone from their past. We have plenty of appearances from fan favourites from the series.

PerformancesJames Roday was always fantastic in this role, it is like he never left the role that can play for years. Dule Hill gets plenty of laughs with a role he never felt like he left too. The whole of the original cast gets to have fun with, sadly due to health issues we only got a cameo from Timothy Omundson. Zachary Levi does make for a good villain for the film, getting the best dialogue against the regular characters.

StoryThe story brings back our favourite characters from the show, we see how they have got used to their new environment where the TV show finished off. We get a case to solve where we see Shawn and Gus get themselves into more trouble, but it is Juliet needing to figure out who is trying to ruin her career that takes centre stage. If you were a fan of the show, then you will enjoy this story.

Comedy/Crime/Mystery The comedy comes from the problems Shawn and Gus get themselves in because they have fantastic chemistry, we also dive into the light-hearted crime story, that brings in the mystery to who is behind the whole crime.

SettingsThe film being set in San Francisco brings our characters to a new location for a crime story for the first time, as the show ended with them moving there. It works because we see the struggles to get used to this environment.


Scene of the Movie –
Mental home investigation.

That Moment That Annoyed Me We would have like more of Carlton, but it was for medical reasons we didn’t, so can’t complain.

Final ThoughtsThis is a TV movie that will make any fan of the show happy, it keeps the humour flowing and brings back plenty of our favourite characters.

 

Overall: Fans will be left with a smile on their faces.

Rating

 

 

Sleight (2016)

Director: J.D. Dillard

Writer: J.D. Dillard, Alex Theurer (Screenplay)

Starring: Jacob Latimore, Seychelle Gabriel, Dule Hill, Storm Reid, Sasheer Zamata, Michael Villar, Brandon Johnson, Cameron Esposito

 

Plot: A young street magician (Jacob Latimore) is left to care for his little sister after their parents passing, and turns to illegal activities to keep a roof over their heads. When he gets in too deep, his sister is kidnapped, and he is forced to use his magic and brilliant mind to save her.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable Throughout

 

Story: Sleight starts as we follow young street magician Bo (Latimore), Bo looks after his little sister Tina (Reid) after their mother has died. At night to make money he is a drug dealer for Angelo (Hill) and he uses all his tricks to stay one step ahead of people.

When Bo gets to see the darker side of the drug dealing game as he learns just how territorial Angelo is, forcing him into actions he would never imagine even though this is the only option for him to make enough money to give his sister the future he wants for her. We are left to see is Bo can get himself out of this world before it is too late.

 

Thoughts on Sleight

 

Characters – Bo is a young street magician, he takes care of his little sister the best he can which means he has become a drug dealer on the side, but when he starts to look for a way out he only finds himself needing to use all his skills to leave the world. Holly is the new girlfriend that walks into Bo’s life, she offers him support through the difficult decision he finds himself in. Angelo is the drug kingpin in the city that Bo works for, he starts off being a friend or father figure for Bo but he soon shows he darker side when it comes to people crossing him.

PerformanceJacob Latimore is great in this leading role, we manage to understand every emotion he finds himself needing to go through during the movie, Seychelle Gabriel is a good in the supporting role but you do feel in places we could have more from the character, Dule Hill is an actor I only know from comedy most Psych, but he shows he can pull off serious in this film being a threat you didn’t see coming.

StoryWe have seen the story of an innocent kid/young man falling into the drug dealing world before, but not many films have shown us a character in Bo that had little choice, while the consequences he faces are only he own doing. Part of myself wonders why he went on with his decision because he seems like he is making the money to make ends meet and follow his magician dreams too. While I do enjoy where this film went I did kind of wish we would see more from the magician side of everything.

Action/Sci-FiThe action side of the film does come from anything on the drug dealing side of the story, while the sci-fi comes from the magic and how it is all achieved.

SettingsLA makes for a wonderful setting to show us just how easy it could be to get caught up in a drug circle, he may not be using but he is selling and dealing with the consequences involved.

Scene of the Movie – Getting Tina back.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It feels like he didn’t need to do what he did to cause everything.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good look at the drug world people can be dragged into, it shows us responsibility that Bo needed to face and most importantly how far people will go for an art form.

 

Overall: Enjoyable movie well worth watching.

Rating

 

 

Psych the Musical (2013)

logoDirector: Steve Franks

Writer: Steve Franks (Screenplay)

Starring: Maggie Lawson, Ally Sheedy, Jimmi Simpson, Dule Hill, James Roday, Barry Bostwick, Timothy Omundson, Anthony Rapp, Corbin Bernsen, Kurt Fuller, Kirsten Nelson

 

Plot: When committed murdered Z (Rapp) escapes from a mental institute it is up to Shawn (Roday) to use his gifts to find him before he kills again. Shawn teams up with an old enemy Yang (Sheedy) a fellow patient and friend of Z to help catch him before he takes his revenge. Z is targeting people involved in the musical he wrote after they try to resurrect the musical again without his name attached, but was Z innocent of the murder he has been getting punished for?

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Verdict: A delightful take on a beloved TV detective show

Story: A good story mixed with songs to make a change to the usual straight forward crime fighting story. A few of the old favourite cast members return with Yang, Mary Lightly having funny parts. (9/10)

 

Actor Review: James Roday – Shawn the smart talking psychic who helps solve the crimes, Very funny throughout as always uses his charm to get into situations and always gets the upper hand of Lassie. (9/10)

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Actor Review: Dule Hill – Gus who usually gets a random name when being introduced by Shawn. Always a great sidekick to Shawn but also has plenty of solo funny bits in this episode. (9/10)

Actor Review: Anthony Rapp – Z the brilliant musical composer who just wants his show to be seen but has to go to all sorts of odds to make it happen. One of the bet singers in the film and with his back ground you wouldn’t expect anything less. (9/10)

 

Actor Review: Ally Sheedy – Yang the over the top off her rocker serial killer who helps with the investigation. Very good performance that ends up stealing most scenes she is in. (9/10)

 

Director Review: Steve Franks – Great direction that makes you laugh and stay involved all the way to the end. (9/10)

 

Comedy: The comedy is very similar to normal which is funny but not laugh out loud. (8/10)

Crime: Light hearted take on crime but still solves the case very well. (8/10)

Music: Some very catchy songs that all fit the scenes well. (9/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: The use of the theatres makes the all singing all dancing come off very well. (8/10)

Suggestion: I would suggest this, I have always rated this show and the light hearted nature and simple comedy make it a great watch for all. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Shawn makes a singing phone call before realising he is on stage on front of a crowd.

Funniest Scene: Woody’s song

Chances of Sequel: Special two part before the TV series continues.

 

Overall: Funny, musical well worth a watch

 

Rating 85