Tusk (2014)

tuskDirector: Kevin Smith

Writer: Kevin Smith (Screenplay)

Starring: Michael Parks, Justin Long, Genesis Rodriguez, Haley Joel Osment, Johnny Depp, Harley Morenstein, Ralph Garman

 

Plot: When podcaster Wallace Bryton goes missing in the backwoods of Manitoba while interviewing a mysterious seafarer named Howard Howe, his best friend Teddy and girlfriend Allison team with an ex-cop to look for him.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Very Unique Horror

 

Story: Tusk starts by introducing us to podcasting partners Wallace Bryton (Long) and Teddy Craft (Osment) who travel around for looking for the most interesting stories where Wallace travels while Teddy stays home. On the latest story Wallace finds out the case has taken a turn for the worse and they have no story.

Finding a new story Wallace heads of to meet the mysterious Howard Howe (Parks) who is filled with stories of his adventures at sea. Wallace finds himself drugged by Howard who has the desire to do something very twisted indeed and turn Wallace into a walrus. The only people that can save Wallace are Teddy and girlfriend Ally (Rodriguez) who both question the morale choice Wallace has been making in his life. Are you prepared to see the final outcome of this project that is the question?

Tusk is a horror comedy that I did enjoy for the first two thirds of the story because it all works in a twisted horror story as well works as a comedy. The moment that really took away all the atmosphere created is ruined by the weird Johnny Depp detective that ends up being just like most of his recent characters. This really is one unique horror that will stick with you for a long time after this.

 

Actor Review

 

Michael Parks: Howard Howe is the man filled with stories, he comes off as a man of the world with a slightly uncomfortable love for walruses. He welcomes Wallace into his house only to make him the latest victim in his attempts to turn a human into a walrus. Michael is great in this role where he gets to be completely over the top.howard

Justin Long: Wallace Bryton is one part of a podcasting partnership that does the travelling side of the investigation, he comes off very brash and offensive to whoever he meets including cheating on his girlfriend. On his latest journey he goes to Canada and meets Howard Howe who gives him wild stories only to find out he is the latest victim in wanting to turn him into a walrus. Justin is good in this role where he makes himself unlikely in the good guy role.wallace

Genesis Rodriguez: Ally Leon is the girlfriend of Wallace who doesn’t want him to go on the journey, she is dealing with him being unfaithful and only has Teddy to talk to, when he goes missing the two must travel the Canada to find him. Genesis gives us a solid performance in the supporting role but doesn’t get enough screen time for my liking.

Haley Joel Osment: Teddy Craft is the podcasting partner of Wallace, he doesn’t like to travel so he stays behind on the adventure. When Wallace goes missing he has to put his fear of travelling away to rescue him. Haley is good in this role showing he is continuing to make his comeback.

Support Cast: Tusk has a small supporting cast with Johnny Depp being the main supporting character.

Director Review: Kevin SmithKevin gives us his unique touch to the horror comedy which will stick with you.

 

Comedy: Tusk has good comical moments with how the film is styled.

Horror: Tusk puts us into the body horror film that will leave us shocked.

Settings: Tusk leaves our leading character in a location where he doesn’t have anyone available to help him.
Special Effects
: Tusk has good effects to create the walrus.

Suggestion: Tusk is one to try for all horror fans as it will shock in places. (Try It)

 

Best Part: First look at walrus.

Worst Part: Johnny Depp feels very forced character.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: Commentary from podcast Kevin Smith does.

Similar Too: Human Centipede

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $2.8 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes

Tagline: Let me tell you a story…

 

Overall: Body shock horror that will stick with you for days.

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Run All Night (2015)

logoDirector: Jaume Collet-Serra

Writer: Brad Ingelsby (Screenplay)

Starring: Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Joel Kinnaman, Boyd Holbrook, Bruce McGill, Genesis Rodriguez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Lois Smith, Common

Plot: Mobster and hit man Jimmy Conlon has one night to figure out where his loyalties lie: with his estranged son, Mike, whose life is in danger, or his longtime best friend, mob boss Shawn Maguire, who wants Mike to pay for the death of his own son.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Non-Stop Action

Story: Run All Night starts Jimmy Conlon (Neeson) letting us know he was a bad man, he did bad things, but now he is just a drunk trying to keep everything together having to turn to his old bosses son Danny (Holbrook) for money. Mike Conlon (Kinnaman) is a boxer who is trying to teach a young student how to use his skills as well as trying to balance his own family life with his wife Gabriela (Rodriguez) and his kids. Shawn Maguire (Harris) runs the town but his son Danny wants to build his own legacy with a deal that goes bad. We see that Shawn and Jimmy have a relationship filled with respect from the years working together.

Jimmy is known for his body count that he has built up working for Shawn where Detective Harding (D’Onofrio) has spent his career trying to catch him. Mike works as a limo driver but his latest client just so happens to be involved with dealing with Danny’s deal. When Mike witnesses the Danny murder his client he ends up having to run for his life putting Jimmy & Shawn’s relationship when Jimmy kills Danny when he tries to kill Mike, what follows is Shawn calling in all his favours to get revenge and Jimmy and Mike having to run all night to survive.

Run All Night is easily one of the best action films this year, it keep the story very simple and does follow the same story ideas Road to Predation. The idea that the hit-man has to go up against his boss to look after his own son who witnesses a murder, getting a lone other hit-man to go after them, the comparisons continue too. I think the film taking time to build the characters in the first 20-30 minutes helps because it lets all the action do the talking in the final 3 thirds of the film. When you look at certain other films that Neeson has been making in the action genre this works out to be one of his best. (8/10)

Actor Review

Liam Neeson: Jimmy Conlon is the washed up former hit-man for the mob, he is distant from his son Mike but still has the respect of his former employer Shawn. When he hears about his son being involved with his former bosses son he ends up killing the young man Danny defending his own son leading to all strings being severed and him having to defend his son for one night against everything Shawn has to throw at him. Liam gives us one f his best action performances too date. (8/10)jimmy

Ed Harris: Shawn Maguire is the mod boss who runs the city, he is dealing with his son Danny’s problems when his last remaining friend becomes his enemy after killing Danny. Ed makes for a good villain every time but this time I do feel he gives us a generic mob boss character. (7/10)friendship

Joel Kinnaman: Mike Conlon is the son of Jimmy who has pushed him out his life to start his own clean life with his own family where he makes a clean living away from the criminal world. He life gets turned upside down when he witnesses Danny kill one of his clients leading to him having to run all night with his estranged father being the only one that can keep him alive. Joel continues to try and make a name for himself and he does a good job in this role. (7/10)mike

Boyd Holbrook: Danny Maguire is the son of mob boss Shawn, he keeps trying to prove himself to his father which leads to him getting involved with the wrong people. He ends up getting killed leading to the catalyst of all the events. Boyd does a good job in this role playing the hot headed young man well. (7/10)danny

Vincent D’Onofrio: Detective Harding is the one man who has been chasing down Jimmy his whole life but when the events of this night happen he becomes the only person Jimmy can trust. Vincent does a good job in the support role that seems to be one of the only other good characters in the film. (7/10)harding

Support Cast: Run All Night has a supporting cast that includes the henchman that Jimmy leaves laying as well as Common as the hit-man.

Director Review: Jaume Collet-SerraJaume does a good job giving us a great mix of action and early character development. (8/10)

Action: Run All Night has car chases, foot races (Yes Neeson Does Run), hand to hand fights and gun battles giving us everything you need in an action film. (9/10)

Crime: Run All Night puts us in the criminal underworld with one innocent family stuck in the middle. (8/10)

Thriller: Run All Night keeps you on the edge of your seat as soon as the action starts. (8/10)

Settings: Run All Night keeps all the action in locations that don’t have stand out locations making it all about the action rather than settings. (5/10)

Suggestion: Run All Night is one for all the action fans to action fans to sit and enjoy. (Action Fans Enjoy)

Best Part: Jimmy and Shawn sit down to talk, very tense scene.

Worst Part: Too similar to Road to Predation.

Action Scene Of The Film: Car Chase.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Road to Predation

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $50 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 54 Minutes

Tagline: One night to settle the score.

Overall: Easily one of the best action films of the year

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Big Hero 6 (2015)

logoDirector: Don Hall, Chris Williams

Writer: Joseph Roberts, Daniel Gerson, Robert L. Baird (Screenplay) Duncan Rouleau, Steven T. Seagle (Characters) Paul Briggs, Joseph Mateo (Head of Story)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr, Genesis Rodriguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, Maya Rudolph

 

Plot: The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: 6 of the Best

 

Story: Big Hero 6 starts by taking us to San Fransoyko where we watch human controlled robot battles. When young Hiro takes his robot into battle against the champion and beats him, he finds himself in trouble with the law because robot battles are illegal in the city. Tadashi Hiro’s big brother takes him to his university lab to show Hiro the potential he could achieve if he puts his mind to it. Tadashi has being working on a project that involves a robot called Baymax that could provide healthcare for everyone in the future.

Hiro inspired by his brother wants to join the university and his way in is to create something truly original and impress the inventor of the robots Callaghan. Stunning the robotic world Hiro attracts the attention of business man he picks the university over money, but disaster strikes when Callaghan gets caught up in a fire and Tadashi tries to save him. With the death of his brother Hiro doesn’t know what to do next but when Hiro accidently activates Baymax the two go searching for what Hiro’s micro bot is attracted to. Hiro finds out that someone has stolen his technology and is producing more of them in secret. To catch the mystery person Hiro teams up with the rest of the students and they all get upgrade to turn themselves into heroes.

Big Hero 6 is one of the most delightfully stories in recent animation. The story enters into the idea of losing loved ones and dealing with the aftermath. It also looks at a world that we are close to unlocking with all the increases in technology that could one day be a reality. We see how Hiro learns that revenge is not the most important thing and that he does need his friends to deal with the loss. Even with all the emotional story lines we do get a superhero origin story that comes off very nicely. It would be hard not to say that Baymax stole every scene and even watching its development through the film does give it similarities to Iron Giant. This story will be enjoyed by all and can be easy to follow. (9/10)

 

Character Review

 

Baymax: Baymax is the created healthcare robot but after his creator is killed, he gets upgrades by the brother of the deceased one. Baymax plays out very naive as the story unfolds but gets all the laughs with his straight talking response to anything that happens. (9/10)

 baymax

Hiro: Hiro is the teenager wasting his time with illegal robot fighting before he gets the motivation to take his skills to the next level. Hiro goes out to find the person responsible for his brother’s death upgrades and all. Hiro does end up being a very familiar character that we have seen in these type of films before though. (7/10)

 

Tadashi: Tadashi is the brother who inspires his brother to develop his work in technology but his death motivates his brother to develop Baymax to the next level. Tadashi is a simple mentor character that we have seen in plenty of films before. (7/10)

 

Mystery Man: This is the masked man who is behind the murder of the brother but his identity his hidden until the end. (8/10)

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Support Cast: Big Hero 6 has a supporting cast that mainly comprises of potential suspects which are very generic. We do also have the rest of the students who also help give extra laughs as the film unfolds.

 

Director Review: Don Hall, Chris Williams – Don and Chris do a good job directing this film that is one of the best animated ones in recent years. (9/10)

 

Action: Big Hero 6 uses plenty of comic book style action with fights that will entertain. (8/10)

Adventure: Big Hero 6 does enter into the adventure style for a film with our heroes going out to find the person responsible for a personal death. (8/10)

Animation: Big Hero 6 uses great animation throughout the film to make this look very good. (9/10)

Comedy: Big Hero 6 has plenty of laughs especially from Baymax. (9/10)

Family: Big Hero 6 is one for the whole family to enjoy. (9/10)

Sci-Fi: Big Hero 6 looks at a very real potential future for us to be living in. (8/10)

Settings: Big Hero 6 uses San Francisco mixed with Tokyo to make a unique looking city. (9/10)

Suggestion: Big Hero 6 is one that will be enjoyed by all and I would recommend seeing it to all. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Baymax in general.

Worst Part: Not too original though.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final showdown.

Funniest Scene: Baymax and Hiro breaking into the factory.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Could easily have one.

Similar Too: The Iron Giant and The Incredibles

 

Oscar Chances: Nominated for Oscar for Best Animated.

Box Office: $429 Million

Budget: $165 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes

Trivia: According to Scott Watanabe, the movie is set in an alternate future where after the 1906 earthquake, San Francisco was rebuilt by Japanese immigrants using techniques that allow movement and flexibility in a seismic event. After the city was finished being rebuilt, it was renamed San Fransokyo due to it being a city with Japanese and American architecture combined.

 

Overall: Baymax will help with your health issues by making you laugh

Rating 90

The Last Stand (2013)

logoDirector: Kim Jee-woon

Writer: Andrew Knauer (Screenplay)

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker, Luis Guzman, Jaimie Alexander, Peter Stormare, Johnny Knoxville, Rodrigo Santoro, Genesis Rodriguez, Eduardo Noriega

 

Plot: Sheriff Owens (Schwarzenegger) is a man who has resigned himself to a life of fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Summerton Junction after leaving his LAPD post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with failure and defeat after his partner was crippled. After a spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy, the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the hemisphere is hurtling toward the border at 200 mph in a specially outfitted car with a hostage and a fierce army of gang members. He is headed, it turns out, straight for Summerton Junction, where the whole of U.S. law enforcement will have their last opportunity to make a stand and intercept him before he slips across the border forever. At first reluctant to become involved, and then counted out because of the perceived ineptitude of his small town force, Owens ultimately accepts responsibility for the face off.

 

Verdict: Arnie’s Back

 

Story: We all know what to expect from an Arnie film, plenty of action and one liners. This delivers what you expect nothing more nothing less. We get the quirky support characters, a higher authority that doubts him and a villain that will stop at nothing. Don’t go in expecting to see anything Oscar worthy just look to sit back and enjoy the film unfold. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Ray Owens a former narcotics officers who know is the sheriff at a small town where very little happens, he still has some fight in him that is bad news for anyone who messes with his town. Typical Arnie performance that will have a bit of fun with his age now. (7/10)

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Forest Whitaker: Agent Bannister the FBI agent who loses the criminal while trying to transfer him, only to try and track him down. Standard FBI performance offering nothing new to the character. (6/10)

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Eduardo Noriega: Gabriel Cortez the ruthless criminal who enjoys the speed of his car, he will kill anybody who gets in his way and likes to take an extra risk when it is not needed. Good villainous performance but he misses a lot of the action.(7/10)

 cortez

Peter Stormare: Burrell the man behind the final leg of the escape who makes the mistake of picking Owen’s town, comes off as a reasonable guy until he doesn’t get his own way. Good villainous support performance as he gets to face Arnie and his team. (7/10)

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Johnny Knoxville: Lewis the nuts vintage gun collector who joins the force to stop the criminals coming through the town and giving him a chance to use his own guns in combat. Good performance if not crazy, you will remember more of his scenes than anyone else’s. (7/10)

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Director Review: Kim Jee-woon – Creates an enjoyable action film that is just entertaining. (7/10)

 

Action: Once the action starts it rarely gives you a chance to breath. (9/10)

Thriller: The action gives this thrills but the build is not the most thrilling. (8/10)

 

Settings: Basic setting which works well for the film giving isolation for the action showing how alone the town is against the criminals. (8/10)

Suggestion: This is for all the action fans out there, you will all enjoy this but people outside the fan zone will find this boring. (Action Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Town showdown.

Worst Part: Bit slow starting.

Action Scene Of The Film: The Town showdown

Funniest Scene: Old lady kills a bad guy.

Kill Of The Film: Flair Gun.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Box Office say no, but you never know.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $48,330,757

Budget: $45 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 47 Minutes

Tagline: Retirement Is For Sissies

 

Overall: Enjoyable Action

Rating 74

Trailer Alert – Tusk

When his best friend and podcast co-host goes missing in the backwoods of Canada, a young guy joins forces with his friend’s girlfriend to search for him. The man in question is kidnapped by one man he is interviewing with the intention of turning him into a walrus.

Release Date:  NA for UK yet

Questions:

A surprisingly dark film from Kevin Smith which also looks like it has some humour behind it all, will it work?

Twisted idea indeed, but is this cashing in on the ideas of the Human Centipede?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 85%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No