ABC Film Challenge – Thriller – N – Nightworld (2017)

Director: Patricio Valladares

Writer: Barry Keating, Milan Konjevic (Screenplay) Loris Curci (Story)

Starring: Jason London, Robert Englund, Gianni Capaldi, Lorina Kamburova, Diana Lyubenova, Atanas Srebrev

 

Plot: When former LAPD officer Brett Anderson takes a job as head of security at an old apartment building in Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia, he soon begins to experience a series of bizarre and terrifying events. Once he begins to delve deeper into the building’s sinister history and investigate its shadowy owners and past employees, Brett soon uncovers a malevolent force nestled deep in the bowels of the building that will do anything to be set free into our world.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Slow Start, Exciting Finish

 

Story: Nightworld starts when Brett Anderson (London) takes a job as a security officers in an elite Bulgarian apartment building to help him deal with the death of his wife. Given the grand tour by the manager Martin (Capaldi) Brett sees the strange side to the apartment, with the secret being kept in the basement.

When Brett starts seeing strange images on the cameras he must call Jacob (Englund) to help uncover the truth about the apartment, with local girl Zara (Kamburova) who fills in the rumours that the town has about the building.

 

Thoughts on Nightworld

 

Characters – Brett Anderson is a grief stricken for police officer, he retired from the force after his wife’s death, he takes a job as a security guard in an apartment in Bulgaria which leads him to get caught up in a mystery about the apartment which brings him past back to haunt him. Jacob is a former guard that lost his eye sight, he knows the mystery about the apartment and helps guide Brett through the strange events. Martin is the apartment manager and needs to find a new guard to watch over any problems in the apartment when he is away. Zara is the waitress at the local café that offer a romantic angle for Brett, while filling in the blanks about the history of the apartment.

PerformancesJason London is solid enough in the leading role, most of what he does is ask questions which is how the audience must learn what is going on. Robert Englund as the elderly figure that is trying to help works well because he is the biggest draw for the film. Gianna Capaldi and Lorina Kamburova are both fine they never get out of first gear for their performances though.

StoryThe story here follows a man that needs to rebuild his life, get given a job as a security guard for an apartment building that has secrets he can’t even imagine. The pace of the story is slow, because we have a lot of building up with little to no hints to what the big conclusion will be, the final third of the film lets everything go, making the early parts of the story more interesting, the time loss angle does feel tagged in for no reason and by the end you still won’t completely understand what just happened. The reveals in the film are big, though they could be considered overkill for what could have be a much more subtle story.

HorrorThe horror comes from the nightmares Brett suffers before the big reveal in the final act which shows us just what has been going on.

SettingsThe whole film is set in one building, it shows how the layers can hold secrets and the mystery about the building is key t the story being told.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film are used well when needed, we don’t go over the top with them and the best one are used for the final act.


Scene of the Movie –
Behind the door.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Starts too slow for the ending.

Final ThoughtsThis is a slow burning horror thriller, it does reward us with a manic ending which is worth the wait for, only it does take too long to get there with little hints to help us understand the ending.

 

Overall: Slow though rewarding.

Rating

 

 

Dolph Lundgren Weekend – Puncture Wounds (2014)

Director: Giorgio Serafini, James Coyne

Writer: James Coyne (Screenplay)

Starring: Cung Le, Dolph Lundgren, Vinnie Jones, Gianni Capaldi, Briana Evigan, James C Burns

 

Plot: After returning home from a traumatic tour of duty in Iraq, John finds himself struggling with PTSD. What little peace he had managed to build around him is shattered one fateful day when he rescues a local call girl from a group of violent Aryan Brotherhood pimps. Having killed several of the high-ranking brotherhood during the rescue, John and his family are now the prime targets of Hollis, the ruthless criminal leader of the group.


Tagline – Pain Runs Deep

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Straight to DVD Action Standard

 

Story: Puncture Wounds starts as we meet John (Le) a former soldier suffering from PTSD, he wants to get his life back on track before returning to his family, making him a highly skilled weapon. When he breaks up a fight involving a woman Tanya (Evigan) in the parking lot of his motel, he kills the men.

These men happen to be working for Hollis (Lundgren) a violent pimp that uses his connection to hunt down John and everyone he loves.

 

Thoughts on Puncture Wounds

 

Characters – John is a former soldier that returns from war with PTSD, h wants to put his life back in order, but his good deed of protecting a woman, now he uses all his combat training to take out the people that took everything he loved. Hollis is the ruthless pimp that forces his girls to work with promise of drugs, he kills anyone that gets in his way and his money. This is quite a generic villain that has no remorse for anybody or anything he does. Bennett is a drug smuggler that works as most of a middle man for Hollis, but not for him.

PerformancesCung Le can handle the combat scenes well, he doesn’t need to give the best acting performance because his character is generic as they come. Dolph Lundgren is a good villain, much like Le he handles the combat well, but the acting isn’t the most difficult part of the film.

StoryThe story is the by the book action movie, it is good guy does the right thing only to find himself stuck in the middle of a bigger battle with a crime lord that will stop at nothing to kill him. This is an action movie that follows the rules and never tests the audience, it is easy to watch for the fans of the genre and will keep you entertained for the time it runs through.

ActionThe action is everything you expect, we have good hand to hand combat and moments of shooting, it works for the genre of the film.

SettingsThe film takes place in the big city that is riddled with crime, it shows the crimes happening in the world and how the people can hide away from it.


Scene of the Movie –
Final battle.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It can be forgotten easily.

Final ThoughtsThis is an easy to watch action film that plays the books well for action film fans, nothing too memorable and fun enough.

 

Overall: Easy to watch nonsense action film.

Rating