ABC Film Challenge – Thriller – P – President Under Siege (2016)

Director: Erik Van Looy

Writer: Erik Van Looy, Carl Joos (Screenplay)

Starring: Koen De Bouw, Tine Reymer, Charlotte Vandermeersch, Dirk Roofthooft, Stijn Van Opstal, Saskia Reeves

 

Plot: The Belgian prime minister is kidnapped. If he wants to be released, he must murder the American president.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Tense Thriller

 

Story: President Under Siege starts as the Prime Minster of Belgium Michael (De Boew) is ambushed and kidnapped by a group of criminals. They have his family, threatening to kill them if he doesn’t follow the instructions to kill the American President (Reeves).

With Michael following his instructions, his wife Christine (Reymer) must protect her children with her daughter Laura needing medical attention, which throws the plans from the criminals into turmoil.

 

Thoughts on President Under Siege

 

Characters – Michael is the Prime Minister of Belgium, he is about the close one of the biggest deals of his career with a meeting with the President of United States of America, but he must show his levels of commitment to his cause and his family, when he gets blackmailed into killer the President.  We get from this character a man that is pushed to his limits to do the right thing and protect his family. Christine is Michael’s wife, captured and forced to wait for her husband to complete his tasks while caring for their children. Eva is the assistant that has a secret with Michael and forced into playing into the games that are being played.

PerformancesKoen De Bouw is great in this leading role, we see his desperation to keep his family safe and the turmoil he is feel inside about which decision to make. Tine Reymer is good as the wife which is shown to be strong for the children. Charlotte makes for a good supporting character too. The performances from the whole cast are good because they all play their part in the puzzle.

StoryThe story follows the idea that a person in power is blackmailed into committing a crime which will ruin their career, life and legacy. We see how he tries to figure out a way to allude the enemies, while playing along with the game. As for twists and turns we are kept on edge wait to see where thing could go next, this is a highlight of the film and like all time-based movies, this story works for everything we are seeing.

ThrillerThis movie does keep us on the edge of our seats from start to finish, we are left to see just how everything will unfold.

SettingsWe do get multiple settings for this movie, this shows the life of the Prime Minister when it comes to having guests from America over for big announcements.


Scene of the Movie –
Alone with the President.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Strange decisions being made by the Presidents staff.

Final ThoughtsThis is an interesting thriller that does keep us guessing, it shows how politicians can be pushed to limits, even the good ones and throws up a story which would leave us wondering if it could happen in real life.

 

Overall: Thriller that truly does keep us guessing.

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The Loft (2014)

loftDirector: Erik Van Looy

Writer: Wesley Strick (Screenplay) Bart De Pauw (Original Screenplay)

Starring: Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Isabel Lucas, Rachael Taylor, Rhone Mitra, Valerie Cruz, Kali Rocha, Elaine Cassidy

 

Plot: Five married guys conspire to secretly share a penthouse loft in the city–a place where they can carry out hidden affairs and indulge in their deepest fantasies. But the fantasy becomes a nightmare when they discover the dead body of an unknown woman in the loft, and they realize one of the group must be involved.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Simple Who Dun It?

 

Story: The Loft starts with Vincent (Urban) being questioned by the police where he has to explain the events from within the Loft. Luke (Miller) returns to the loft where he finds a dead body of a girl in the apartment. We continue to meet the rest of the friends who pay for the loft Chris (Marsden), Marty (Stonestreet) and Philip (Schoenaerts).  We flashback to a year ago when the men use the loft and the agreement they all end up being able to use the loft whenever they want.

We flash between the beginnings of the loft as the guys enjoy the idea of being able to cheat on their wives without having to get caught. The surprises they uncover from the loft about which one of them killed the girl in the loft and the police investigation about what really happened.guys

The Loft gives us a massive who dun it story going on between friends, saying this it is annoying having to jump between the time lines. Another part of this film that really disappoints is the final reveal as we have no idea while the characters involved know where the story is going. This story is a bad example for how to act while married with all the men just looking to cheat on their wives. The story does have plenty of twists for us the audience to watch unfold but I do feel the re-watch value is going to be weak.

 

Actor Review

 

Karl Urban: Vincent is the architect that has designed the building and came up with the idea between the friends to have the loft. He has been controlling what is happening with his rules, he can have any woman who gives him a glance but this time it is his flame that could expose all the men. Karl is good in this role which is full of his charm throughout.

James Marsden: Chris is a doctor who is one of the guys who owns a key to the loft, he falls for a woman while leaving his wife at home as well as having to deal with his aggressive step-brother who is also a member of the loft. James is good even if we would have liked to have seen slightly more from his character.

Wentworth Miller: Luke is a member of the exclusive group that can use the loft, he never wants to cheat on his while in the loft. He is the one that finds the body while has his own secret up his selves. Wentworth is good as we don’t fully know enough about his character but for a good reason.

Eric Stonestreet: Marty is the loud mouth of the group, he always ends up biting off more than he can chew and could easily be the one that spills the beans. Eric is good in this role because we see him as the bumbling character.

Matthias Schoenaerts: Philip is the aggressive step-brother of Chris who marries into a rich family but has a drug problem which could also expose the truth. Matthias brings the aggressive character to the table which works next to the calmer characters in the leading role.

Support Cast: The Loft has a supporting cast which mostly includes the wives and girlfriends of the characters involved in being part of the loft.

Director Review: Erik Van LooyErik gives us a good mystery thriller that keeps us guessing throughout.

 

Mystery: The Loft keeps us guessing throughout the film as we wonder who actually is responsible for the death.

Romance: The Loft shows the dark side of love with cheats on loved ones.

Thriller: The Loft makes you wonder what happened to the characters involved.

Settings: The Loft puts one part of the story in the loft as the group figure out what happened while the rest are involved with how the characters got to the stage we find them in.

Suggestion: The Loft is one to try it might be on to enjoy but it isn’t a classic. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Mystery

Worst Part: By the end you will question certain parts of the film.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $14 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 48 Minutes

Tagline: The right place to do wrong

 

Overall: Mystery thriller that keeps us wondering from start to finish even with a nap in the middle.

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