Ibiza Undead (2016)

Director: Andy Edwards

Writer: Andy Edwards (Screenplay)

Starring: Cara Theobold, Emily Atack, Algina Lipskis, Jordan Coulson, Homer Todiwala

 

Plot: A group of young people head to Ibiza for the holiday of a lifetime – all the sun, sea and sex they can handle. If only there wasn’t a zombie outbreak getting in the way.


Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Horror Comedy

 

Story: Ibiza Undead starts as we learn that there is a zombie outbreak in the world but not enough to stop the world functioning. We have four friends Ellie (Theobold), Alex (Coulson), Az (Todiwala) and Big Jim (Kear) heading to Ibiza for a party holiday with Alex’s sister Liz (Atack) and Zara (Lipskis). Around the island an importer of zombies Karl (King) has lost his shipment which brings the zombies to the island.

When the zombies arrive the friends, well that is a loose term must work together to survive and make it out of the villa alive. Here we get plenty of zombie comedy kills throughout the night.

 

Thoughts on Ibiza Undead

 

Characters – Ellie is the former girlfriend of Alex’s that gets invited on the holiday even though she isn’t a party animal like the rest of the people on the holiday. Liz is the sister of Alex that is prepared for the sun sea and sex holiday. Zara is the flirty seductive one of the girls who is happy to use her body to get what she wants. Alex is the main male lead that is on a lads holiday but brings his ex-girlfriend along, Big Jim is the loud mouth of the friends with Az being the shy awkward one.

PerformancesThe performances are fine through the film, we have the performances that are happy to mock the generic stereotypes of the British Ibiza holiday makers.

StoryYoung British tourists versus zombies in Ibiza, well that is the simple story to follow, it offers nothing new to the genre but gives us laughs along the way. It is an easy story to follow and if you are game to watch an easy to watch horror comedy it works for casual storytelling fans.

Comedy/HorrorThe comedy is British through and through which works if you understand how we think. The horror is just typical zombie guidelines which have gore moments but never reach the full effects of scare.

SettingsIbiza makes for a new and good setting for a zombie twist even if the film does feel like it could be a film version of Dead Island.

Special EffectsThe effects work for film getting a few laughs at times and we know we have good zombie moments.


Scene of the Movie –
Give Jim the shotgun.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Amazing how many phone calls these people make when it costs so much.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun horror comedy that hits more often than it misses but one I feel Brits will enjoy more.

 

Overall: Good little British comedy.

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Lies We Tell (2017)

Lies We Tell is released on Digital 2nd April 2018 and will be Exclusively at ASDA on 16th April 2016

 

DVD Extras including

·        Deleted Scenes

·        Cast & Crew Interviews

·        Behind the Scenes Footage

·        Raindance Premiere Footage

 

Director: Mitu Misra

Writer: Ewen Glass, Andy McDermott (Screenplay) Mitu Misra (Story)

Starring: Gabriel Byrne, Sibylla Deen, Harvey Keitel, Mark Addy, Jan Uddin, Reece Ritchie, Gina McKee, Nicholas Farrell, Emily Atack

 

Plot: A trusted driver must deal with his dead boss’ Muslim mistress, her dark past pulling him into a life-and-death showdown with her notorious gangster cousin/ex-husband.


Tagline – The only men who get caught are those who don’t love their wives enough..

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Powerful Character Piece

 

Story: Lies We Tell starts with loyal chauffer Donald (Byrne) taking his boss Demi (Keitel) to his secret rendezvous with his mistress, with the busy done, he ends up dying leaving Donald with one last request, clean up the evidence of the mistress.

The mistress Amber (Deen) a Muslim lawyer from Bradford, that has a past of her own which has seen cousin KD (Uddin) become a notorious gangster in Bradford. Amber turns to Donald to help her through the problems she is facing from the streets.

 

Thoughts on Lies We Tell

 

Characters – Donald is the quiet chauffer for a billionaire, he is in the middle of a divorce while dealing with his own personal problems. He is asked to cover up the mistress of his boss only to get drawn into the world of gangsters and Muslim beliefs. Amber is the mistress and lawyer in the city, about to have a big career move, only for her past to come back and cause her problems when it comes to the traditions of her own religion. KD is the cousin of Amber, he has a past that plays darker than you would think, while his part as a gangster is generic, it is his belief in his religion which would cause the darkest side of his character.

PerformancesGabriel Byrne is good in his role, he makes his character feel withdrawn from early on and this is needed for the character he is playing. Sibylla Deen is the unknown of the main cast, she is the star of the film, she balances the characters problems so well through each and every scene. Jan Uddin gives us a villainous gangster figure which is something needed, but his aggressive moments are the best for him.

StoryThis a movie that has a story that doesn’t go in any direction you are expecting, there is a lot more going on when it comes to looking at Muslin marriages that you will be prepared for. While Donald is a man that comes protect and guide Amber, he doesn’t need to turn to violence for this. We are seeing how Amber is trying break from religion and the struggles a woman has to achieve this over a man that can do anything.

Crime/RomanceThe crime world is only scratched on through the surfaces of this movie, we have a gangster that believe he can get what he wants, but from what we can tell Donald and his boss are all legal with their actions. The romance isn’t on the same levels as what you would think, we look at arranged marriages, affairs and lost love over most other things in this film.

SettingsThe main setting for this film is Bradford, this is fresh from just giving us London again, we have the gangs and the traditions that are felt by some and not others on display showing us that they could be anywhere in your own neighbourhood.


Scene of the Movie –
Graveyard driving.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The wedding side of things didn’t seem to make sense by the end. Not because of the tradition, but location.

Final ThoughtsThis is a crime movie that turns to the characters on the highest level of the film, watching what Amber and Donald go through are the driving force and make this different to what you are expecting.

 

Overall: Something different to what you are expecting.

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