Nerve (2016)

nerveDirector: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman

Writer: Jessica Sharzer (Screenplay) Jeanne Ryan (Novel)

Starring: Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Emily Meade, Miles Heizer, Kimiko Glenn, Marc John Jeffries

 

Plot: A high school senior finds herself immersed in an online game of truth or dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of “watchers.”

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Slow Glossy Thriller

 

Story: Nerve starts as we meet Vee (Roberts) a high school senior looking to go onto her dream college but for now she has to face staying at home with her mother after their own loss. When her risky friend Sydney (Meade) teaches about a new online game called Nerve which is Truth or Dare minus the Truth we get to see a new risk people are meant to take money.

When Vee gets her heartbroken by her crush she decides to be impulsive and become a player in Nerve. When Vee meets another player Ian (Franco) she finds herself getting caught up in a darker version of the game where she must battle life and death to make a little extra cash.

Nerve is a thriller that starts off simple and calm but soon becomes deadly, well this also ends up playing along the ideas of how far you will go to get extra money. This also plays on the idea that friendships at that age could only be thin and easily broken. When the film is all set and done this feels really long and over glossy to get to where the film wants to go and I would rather be watching the horror version of 13 Sins.

 

Overall: Over glossy thriller that just doesn’t suck you in like it should.

Rating

 55

 

Empire State (2013)

logoDirector: Dito Montiel

Writer: Adam Mazer (Screenplay)

Starring: Liam Hemsworth, Michael Angarano, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Ben-Victor, Jerry Ferrara, Greg Vrotsos, Emma Roberts, Nikki Reed

 

Plot: Two childhood friends plan to rob an armoured car depository. An NYPD officer stands in their way.

 

Verdict: Not Good Enough

 

Story: We start with Detective Ransome questioning Eddie about the location of Chris, before going back to three months earlier where we meet out two friends in the 1980s New York. After getting rejected by NYPD our hero enters into the world of security pickups hoping to continue working towards a better future. After a robbery goes wrong Chris’ mentor gets killed and he gets harassed by the lead detective, relegated to night shifts where he learns how the company is screwing over its employees. With far too much time on his hands he starts to devise a plan to steal from this company firstly to look after the family of his deceased partner but soon his best friend is talking him into something bigger. He plans to rob the place with his friend but soon things get out of hand and he is left over his head.

This is loosely based on the real case so that takes us straight to the realms of interesting, but this ends up boring. The characters are all very bland and offer you no incentive to actually care about what happens. The whole case turns out to be a very messy outcome where everyone tries to outsmart the rest without getting very far. It all comes off very poorly and you can see why it ended up going straight to DVD. (3/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Liam Hemsworth: Chris family man in 1980s New York who wants to become a cop, after he gets rejected he ends up going into the security work. When he gets puts on night shifts he starts to consider the idea of robbing the place but he soon finds himself in way over his head. Liam ends up give a solid performance but things just aren’t clicking for him like they are for his brother. (5/10)

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Dwayne Johnson: Detective James Ransome looking into the attempted robbery, he is straight talking and wants to make sure he gets to the bottom of the robberies that keep happening on Chris’ watch. Dwayne should be giving better performance than this, this really does disappoint from him after liking nearly all his other films. (4/10)

 

Michael Angarano: Eddie Chris’ fast talking friend whose relationship with Chris leads him to lose out of his chance at becoming a cop, he is the friend that the family dislikes due to his style which could end up leading Chris down the wrong road. Michael gives a solid performance and seems to be the only one to give any extra performance in his role. (6/10)

 

Support Cast: Filled with cops, gangsters and family members the support cast all help the characters try and move to the next stage but most are easily forgettable.

 

Director Review: Dito Montiel – He ends up with a messy film that doesn’t pull you in like it should even though we are looking at a real story. (3/10)

 

Action: Little action with one shoot out being the only highlight. (3/10)

Crime: Looking at the case but ends up losing its way. (6/10)

Thriller: You don’t get pulled in to the leaves you are meant to. (2/10)

Settings: New York always makes a good setting but in this it ends up not being used well enough. (5/10)

Suggestion: This is one to miss it really doesn’t pull you in like it should. (Miss)

 

Best Part: The shootout.

Worst Part: The rest.

What Could Have Been Better? – Give the story more intensity. Improve character development.

Lessons Learned: Liam Hemsworth is having no luck as a leading man.

 

Believability: Based on a real case. (7/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Opening Credits Rating: Reporting about what has happened with the robbery before classics 1980s music as our hero and friend cruise around their neighbourhood. (9/10)

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $11 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

 

Overall: Avoidable, Forgettable Plain

Rating 30

We’re The Millers (2013)

logoDirector: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Writer: Bob Fisher, Steve Faber, Sean Anders, John Morris (Screenplay) Bob Fisher, Steve Faber (Story)

Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, Will Poulter, Ed Helms, Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn, Molly C. Quinn

 

Plot: After being robbed of a week’s take, small-time pot dealer David is forced by his boss to go to Mexico to pick up a load of marijuana. In order to improve his odds of making it past the border, David asks the broke stripper Rose and two local teenagers to join him and pretend they’re on a family holiday.

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Verdict: Odd Team Road Trip

 

Story: When it comes to drug based films I am usually very sceptical because I am not a fan of drug use, this only plays on the idea of transporting it which works to the films laughs. We have an over the top drug lord who puts his own man at risk for his own personal gain. We have four very different people on the road trip, who each have their own problems and as the journey goes on they all become closer by letting people into their lonely lives. When things go wrong with the drug collection the make shift family find out they have stolen from a Mexican drug lord. In the end we get a wacky road trip comedy that has plenty of laughs. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Jennifer Aniston: Rose a broke stripper who agrees to go along with the road trip for her fee of $30,000 which will help keep her apartment along with giving her a chance to escape the stripper world. Along the road trip we do learn more about her and personal problems, her talents come in helpful on the trip. Good performance from Jennifer who gets a little bit raunchier than her previous rom com roles. (8/10)

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Jason Sudeikis: David a small time drug dealer who gets robbed trying to do the right thing. His boss isn’t impressed and sends him to Mexico to collect the next shipment of drugs, leading him to the wacky idea of hiring a fake family to join his trip across the border. Good performance from Jason, but he does have some awkwardly unfunny moments. (7/10)

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Emma Roberts: Casey a teenage runaway who lives on the streets but gets talked into coming on the trip for a grand, but it is clear to see why she agrees after finding out her own family didn’t care about her leading her to run away. Good performance from Emma showing good comic timing. (7/10)

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Will Poulter: Kenny the geeky teenager who lives in the same building as David, who due to being alone goes on the trip for free and along with this he gets a loved feeling and learns from the other people on the trip. Good performance from Will who goes through the most and gets plenty of laughs. (8/10)

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Ed Helms: Brad the drug lord who forces David to go on the road trip while sitting back and changing his rules whenever he feels like it. Good supporting performance making fun at most other drug lord characters. (7/10)

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Director Review: Rawson Marshall Thurber – Good direction to create a solid road trip comedy. (8/10)

 

Comedy: Solid comedy with some good laughs that keep the film flowing well. (8/10)

Settings: The road trip idea means the setting keeps changing but each one is good for the situation they find themselves in. (8/10)

Suggestion: This is one for all the comedy fans out there, it will appeal to them all but if you’re not a comedy fan you may not enjoy. (Comedy Watch)

 

Best Part: The awkward moments a family would never do together.

Worst Part: Cheesy end.

Funniest Scene: The spider bite.

Believability: Things like this could have happened but I don’t know about the peril side of the story. (4/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: There is a plan for one

Post Credits Scene: Blooper reel during the start of credits.

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $270 Million

Budget: $37 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

Tagline: If anyone asks.

 

Overall: Solid Comedy

Rating 80

Scream 4 (2011)

Director: Wes Craven
Starring: Lucy Hale, Anna Paquin, Kristen Bell, Brittany Robertson, Neve Campbell, Alison Brie, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Aimie Teegarden, Hayden Panettiere, Emma Roberts, Marielle Jaffe, Marley Shelton, Erik Knudsen, Rory Culkin, Nico Tortorella, Anthony Anderson, Adam Brody

Ten years has pasted since Sidney (Neve Campbell) survived the last murders. Sidney has since written a book about her experience. Sidney returns to Woodsboro for a book signing with her PR lady Rebecca (Alison Brie). Deputy Dewey is now Sheriff Dewey (David Arquette) he is also married to Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox).

Upon Sidney return two students are killed by Ghost Face. Sidney cousin Jill Roberts (Emma Roberts) with her two best friends Kirby (Hayden Panettiere) and Olivia (Marielle Jaffe) get the news along with Jill’s ex boyfriend Trevor (Nico Tororella). Video blogger Robbie (Erik Knudsen) and his partner Charlie (Rory Culkin) complete the school group line up.

With Sheriff Dewey in charge he has a new squad of deputies including his new partner Judy Hicks (Marley Shelton) an old school friend of Sidney. The other two we meet are Deputy Perkins (Anthony Anderson) and Deputy Hoss (Adam Brody).

Using the ‘Stab’ movies as their reference points to how to make it out the situation the Jill, Kirby, Sidney all stay at Kate Roberts Jill mother and Sidney Aunt. Having a squad car with Perkins and Hoss in are they going to be safe?

The list of suspects is good and will keep you guessing all the way.

  • Is it the reporter who can’t write anymore
  • The Deputy who was ignored at school
  • The mysterious boyfriend
  • The film geeks who film their lives
  • The one who wants to be center of attention

Anyone could be the villain and every corner pushes a different prime suspect before pulling that name straight back off the table.

This movie keeps in the same trend of the original trilogy never taking itself too serious and having little pops at all over remakes. Even giving us the updated rules of the ‘Remake’. Add in the clever opening sequences puts you on the edge of your seat from start to brilliant revelation on the Ghost Face is. If you like the original movies you will like this fourth as it is same sense of tension through out. Even if your new to the franchise this isn’t a bad place to start up from as the back story isn’t important and what is needed to be filled in gets done in the short filled conversations.

My Rating 82%