Winter Ridge (2018)

Director: Dom Lenoir

Writer: Ross Owen Williams (Screenplay)

Starring: Matt Hookings, Olwen Catherine Kelly, Hannah Waddingham, Michael McKell, Justin McDonald, Alan Ford, Ian Pirie, Noeleen Comiskey

 

Plot: A young detective is torn apart after his wife ends up in a coma while hunting a serial-killer at the same time.


Tagline – The Edge of Perception

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Tense Crime Mystery

 

Story: Winter Ridge starts as we meet detective Ryan Barnes (Hookings) about to celebrate his anniversary before an accident leaves his wife in a coma. This happens when the first sudden heart attack in the area starts.

With Sara still in her coma, the drink driver Mike Evans (Pirie) free on the streets the number of heart attacks in the area has been increasing, leading to Ryan needing to solve what seems to be a serial killer and need to learn the motives.

 

Thoughts on Winter Ridge

 

Characters – Ryan Barnes is the best detective on the force in area, he knows how to deal with the locals to be fair and strict depending on their offences. His good nature only ends up with his wife in a coma and him holding a grudge against anyone committing the same crime, this clouds his judgment when they learn about a serial killer in the area. He is grief guilt ridden man that knows and believes he is at fault for his wife’s coma. Jessica is the nurse that is on Ryan’s side when it comes to caring for his wife, she helps with information and is the ear to listen to about the pain he is feeling. Joanne runs the care home for the elderly while also being the therapist supporting Ryan through his troubles. John Faulkner is the police chief that keeps Ryan around because he knows he is the best man for the job deflecting any problems in the media circus.

PerformancesMatt Hookings in the leading role is the star of the show, he is in nearly scene and we understand his grief and determination being shown. Olwen Catherine Kelly is good with her limit role in the film, with the supporting cast all giving us good performances bouncing off Hookings’ performance.

StoryThe story here follows a detective that is dealing with his own personal guilt that must try to get to the bottom of a serial killer that is targeting the locals in the area. This is a mystery story to follow and as we only see how the lead detective learns different information unfolding. When it comes to this type of story we do need to be kept guessing to make everything look and feel more interesting as we try to solve the mystery ourselves (well I do). Once we learn who is behind the crimes we do get motives they believe in which is again always important and even gives us a chance to sympathise with their decision. The subplot where we see how Ryan must learn to forgive a crime against him which is unforgivable is what is great to watch, we see him keep his calm nature for the people who can’t help their crimes and turns on the ones that know what they are doing wrong. If you do like a good mystery to discover this is going to be one for you to enjoy.

ThrillerThe film does keep us guessing to who is behind the crime, we get plenty of suspects which could have their own motives which helps us enjoy this more than only learning having everything pointed at one.

SettingsThe film is set in a small English countryside town, which gives us the sense of community and gives us the chance to get beautiful shots of the landscapes.


Scene of the Movie –
Motivation speech.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The random journalist that turns up for only one scene with this many bodies turning up.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good mystery thriller that keeps you guessing from start to finish, uses the settings to give us beautiful shots and Matt Hookings shines in the leading role.

 

Overall: Must watch for mystery fans.

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Pressure (2015)

pressureDirector: Ron Scalpello

Writer: Alan McKenna, Paul Staheli (Screenplay) Louis Baxter (Story)

Starring: Danny Huston, Matthew Goode, Joe Cole, Alan McKenna, Ian Pirie, Daisy Lowe, Gemita Samarra

 

Plot: A group of men are trapped in a small pod on the sea bed, after diving down to fix an oil pipeline and becoming separated from their ship.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Claustrophobic Thriller

 

Story: Pressure starts when maintenance is need to be done on an oil pipe and the only remaining divers Engel (Huston), Mitchell (Goode), Jones (Cole) and Hurst (McKenna) have to dive down fix the problem while an impending storm is approaching.

When the storm hits the four men find themselves stuck in the bell at the bottom of the ocean after their ship is sank during the storm. The men have to figure out a way to survive and escape their situation or be lost at the bottom of the ocean forever.

Pressure is a good thriller that puts us at the bottom of the ocean trying to find a way to survive against all the odds. We do get a lot of technical diving terms that isn’t easy to pick up for the none diving fans. It is hard to create an easy exit from the confined space which does help the story unfold but also leaves you wondering why they didn’t do any of the easier options which they try nearer the end. You never really believe these guys have a good enough plan to make it out though.

 

Actor Review

 

Danny Huston: Engel is the experienced diver who reluctantly has to go on this dive, he knows how to get the job done efficiently. When they become stranded he uses all his skills to stay calm as he knows what he needs to do to survive, even if it has ruthless methods behind it. Danny gives us a solid performance with his character filled with regret for a previous incident in his life.eksel

Matthew Goode: Mitchell is the man selected to lead the mission, he believes the company will come when they need help but when he faces the reality he must use his skills to try and survive. Matthew give us a solid performance but really doesn’t seem to get involved enough.

Joe Cole: Jones is the youngest member of the team with no real dive experience, he is on the job just to get used to being in the water while staying in the bell, but when things go wrong he must listen to the experts to survive. Joe gives us a good performance keeping up with the bigger names in the cast.

Alan McKenna: Hurst is the oldest member of the team, his diving time has taken its toll on his body and his alcohol problem doesn’t help his odds against. He is in no shape to be on this dive making him a risk to the whole team. Alan is solid in this role without being involved too long.

Support Cast: Pressure doesn’t have the biggest supporting cast with most others only appearing in the one or two scenes.

Director Review: Ron ScalpelloRon gives us a thriller that keeps our attention without being full tension filled.

 

Thriller: Pressure keeps the thriller on edge without being the full tension driven film.

Settings: Pressure uses the settings really well because there is nowhere to go.
Special Effects
: Pressure uses good effects to show the effects of deep sea diving.

Suggestion: Pressure is one to try especially as it is short it is an easy watch. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Final escape.

Worst Part: Too many technical terms.

 

Believability: It tries to focus on the real effects while the story is fictional.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

 

Overall: Thriller that doesn’t pull us in enough to the seriousness side of the story.

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