Howl (2015)

Director: Paul Hyett

Writer: Mark Huckerby, Nick Ostler (Screenplay)

Starring: Ed Speleers, Holly Weston, Shauna Macdonald, Elliot Cowan, Amit Shah, Sam Gittins, Rosie Day

 

Plot: When passengers on a train are attacked by a creature, they must band together in order to survive until morning.


Tagline – Last train. Full moon. All change.

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable Werewolf Film

 

Story: Howl starts as train conductor Joe (Speleers) is forced into another shift, the graveyard shift on the train across country, the train has the normal passengers, the businesswoman Kate (Macdonald), the student, the couple returning home, the rebel and Joe’s love interest coffee server Ellen (Weston).

When the train breaks down in the middle of the countryside, Joe must take charge and keep the passengers safe after the driver does missing. The passengers soon learn they are under attack from creatures in the night and must work together to survive the impending threat.

 

Thoughts on Howl

 

Characters – Joe is the train conductor, he has just completed a long shift and is forced int going on the late shift because of his lack of tickets, he tries to be fair on his passengers taking the abuse, he is trying to get a date with Ellen the drinks vender, once the train gets stuck, he must lead the passengers in a battle to survive against the unknown creatures. Ellen is the drinks vender, studying for a better career and offers up an easy love interest for Joe, while being the only one that can offer medical attention during the attack. Kate is the professional businesswoman on the train, often looking down on the rest of the passengers while offering help to one of the other passengers. When we look at the rest of the passengers we get the usual mix for any horror film which adds to who we know will get picked off when.

PerformancesEd Speleers in the leading role is good as the reluctant hero that must keep his passengers safe, we can see his frustration with his job and his reluctant side of following through with saving them. Holly Weston does offer the love interest well and to be fair to most of the cast they all know where they stand in the film making the most of their moments to shine.

StoryThe story here is quite simple, it follows a group of survivors that must battle against unknown creatures in an attempt survive the night. We get the unlikely group of people that must work together which has always worked well for the genre. The creatures put us into a world where the characters would have never seen or dealt with werewolves which has been an issue in horror before, but for this is fine as they must learn how to deal with the creatures. The film doesn’t offer any crazy twists along the way and by keeping things simple we can enjoy.

HorrorThe horror in the film comes from the different moments against the creatures, we start off seeing small part before getting a full reveal which is always wonderful.

SettingsThe film is set on a couple of train carriages in the middle of the night, this puts our characters in an isolated location where they must figure out how to survive until daytime being safer inside than outside.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film are good, we get practical ones which show how unique the creatures look and when it comes to the attacks wounds come off realistic too.


Scene of the Movie –
The first attack on the train when they thought they were safe.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Kate the character jumps around in style too often, not the actresses fault it is the characters decision making process.

Final ThoughtsThis is an enjoyable werewolf movie that can be enjoyed by all the fans of the genre, it keeps everything contained which does help give us all we want.

 

Overall: Contain werewolf movie.

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Breathe (2017)

Director: Andy Serkis

Writer: William Nicholson (Screenplay)

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Ed Speleers, Tom Hollander, Hugh Bonneville

 

Plot: The inspiring true love story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. Their heartwarming celebration of human possibility.


Tagline –  With Her Love, He Lived

Runtime: 1 Hour 58 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Biopic

 

Story: Breathe starts as we learn how Robin (Garfield) and Diana (Foy) Cavendish met, got married and went on to start a family. This is glossed over because the main story starts when Robin gets struck down with polio given only a few months to live and stuck on a respirator machine.

Not willing to give up Robin stays alive, but it is Diana that brings him home and when Teddy Hall (Bonneville) an inventor starts to work on finding a mobile respirator so, despite being paralysed Robin could still live a normal life, where they become pioneers for the disabled.

 

Thoughts on Breathe

 

Characters – Robin Cavendish is a young man that meets the girl of his dreams, marries her and starts a family, but his life takes a turn for the worse when he gets polio, not given much time to live, he goes onto break boundaries for disabled becoming a pioneer for disabled people across the world. Diana is the wife of Robin, she never gives up on him, standing by his side supporting him on any improvements he could have made to improve his living conditions. Teddy Hall is an inventor friend of Robin, he helps build a wheel chair that could help many other disabled people in the future.

PerformancesAndrew Garfield is picking his projects well recently, he is picking roles where he can shine showing his skills as an actor which he does here again. Claire Foy steps away from the television role in The Crown to play Diana, where she does show that she can play the posh English woman with the best of them. Hugh Bonneville is good in the supporting role.

StoryThe story tells how Robin Cavendish, his family and friends pioneered a change in how disabled people can continue to function in society, this shows us how the people with the disease were not given much hope, but now with the help of an inventor and funding things will always b different now. We do cover many years which doesn’t help as we completely gloss over the meeting of the two, but as there isn’t much improvement or worsening to the disease, we only get to see the freedom created by the family.

Biopic/Romance Seeing how the people involved in this story work to make things possible for the people in the future shows how the biopic things of the story come through, which in places shows the love between Robin and Diana who inspired each other to make it as long as they could.

SettingsThe settings show us how trapped Robin is at first and just where his life does end up going once he gets the means to be out of the hospital.


Scene of the Movie –
Robin meets the disabled committee in Germany

That Moment That Annoyed Me It is one of those stories that seems to come from well off background, making this affordable for them over all of them.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good biopic that can be enjoyed, inspire and shows just how people can help lead a change for people in the world.

 

Overall: Good, but nothing special in a biopic.

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Melissa George Weekend – A Lonely Place to Die (2011)

 

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Plot: A group of mountaineers in the Scottish Highlands discover a kidnapped girl and are pursued by her captors.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Very Tense Thriller

 

Story: A Lonely Place to Die starts as we three climbers Rob (Newman), Ed (Speleers) and Alison (George) showing just how extreme their love for climber is when we see them avoid disaster following an accident. Returning to their holiday trip the friends meet up with fellow climbers Jenny (Magowan) and Alex (Sweeney) to prepare for the biggest climb of their trip.

Heading out on the next day of climbing the friends find a mysterious breathing pipe where they discover a young girl Anna (Boyd) locked in a hole in the ground. Deciding to do the right thing they split up to get help with Alison and Rob heading to Devil’s Drop to get to the village quicker while the rest take Anna for a safe place to wait for rescue.

When one of their own is killed the remaining friends find themselves being hunted down by Mr Kidd (Harris) & Mr Mcrae (McCole) who are after Anna, the friends have to use all their climbing and survival skills to escape this deadly situation.

A Lonely Place to Die is a thriller that goes on to keep the storyline twists coming, the idea of finding a girl trapped in the woods and being hunted down is an easy story and would easily have been enough but adding in the idea of kidnapping hand over works really well. This does mean the introduction too all of the original characters comes off almost pointless because most of them are just disposable but it does get saved with the final act tension. This is one I do feel people will enjoy and with this many twists it never actually gets confusing.

 

Actor Review

 

Melissa George: Allison is the experienced climber on a climbing holiday with friends, we see how she can handle herself in the extreme conditions early on but when we see her and her friends find a young girl in the middle of the forest she must find a way out of the mountain range to save the girl. Melissa is always a strong lead in film but I was never sure of her accent in this one.

Ed Speleers: Ed is the least experienced member of the friends that Allison has bought along on the trip, he is reckless but we see how he will do the right thing when needed. Ed is a solid supporting choice but lacks that final moment.

Sean Harris: Mr Kidd is one of the two men hunting the friends down, he is very psychotic as we see him happily watch people die. This is a very good villain because we see his greed and complete lack of care showing through. Sean is good in this role where we see just how twisted his character gets.

Karel Roden: Darko is dealing with Mr Kidd, he is a victim as it is Anna that has been kidnapped for a ransom. He has come prepared to get revenge on the people involved. Karel is good in this role as we see his change as we learn his real position in the situation.

Support Cast: A Lonely Place to Die has a good supporting cast that all do their jobs to make this an edge of your seat ride.

Director Review: Julian Gilbey

 

Action: A Lonely Place to Die has a lot of survival action with chasing, climbing and gun fights happening.

Crime: A Lonely Place to Die puts us in the middle of the kidnapping so we actually feel like the one of the climbers stuck in the middle.

Thriller: A Lonely Place to Die keeps us on edge through the whole film as we wonder who will make it out alive.

Settings: A Lonely Place to Die has the first half in the middle of the Scottish Highlands with no means on communication while being chased really does work and the festival finale is a good close for the chaos.
Special Effects
: A Lonely Place to Die has good effects when needed but isn’t a film that turns to them.

Suggestion: A Lonely Place to Die is one I think people should watch, I think it is intense thriller with nicely handled twists. (Watch)

 

Best Part: The twists.

Worst Part: A few loose ends at the end.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $4 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

Tagline: Out there, there’s nowhere to hide

 

Overall: Enjoyable thriller that keeps us on edge throughout.

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