ABC Film Challenge – Action – S – Snatched (2017)

Director: Jonathan Levine

Writer: Katie Dippold (Screenplay)

Starring: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Randall Park, Ike Barinholtz, Joan Cusack, Tom Bateman


Plot: When her boyfriend dumps her before their exotic vacation, a young woman persuades her ultra-cautious mother to travel with her to paradise, with unexpected results.

Tagline – Mess with me, mess with my mother. 

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes


There may be spoilers in the rest of the review


Verdict: Just Painful to Watch


Story: Snatched starts when Emily (Schumer) get fired, then dumped by her musician boyfriend Michael (Park), they did have a holiday planned which is no refundable, Emily goes home to see her mother Linda (Hawn) and after learning she used to travel, she invites her mother on the trip.

Emily & Linda head of to Ecuador and after meeting the hunky James (Bateman) Emily believes she has found the perfect man only to find themselves kidnapped and needing to find safety across South America with Roger (Meloni) a man they believe can guide them to safety.


Thoughts on Snatched


Characters – Emily is a woman who sees her future with her boyfriend, she doesn’t take too much seriously until for everything to fall apart, following the loss of her job and boyfriend. She takes her holiday falling for the same old song and dance a man showed her, which sees her needing to fight to survive. She doesn’t seem to have any idea how to act as an adult though. Linda is Emily’s mother who has closed herself off from the world after her husband left her, she agrees to go on holiday with her daughter pretending she knows how the survive most of the difficult situations.  James is the man that takes Emily on a day out, which sees them being kidnapped. Most of the supporting characters are here for the next comedic roles in the film, showing strange characters in life.

PerformancesAmy Schumer continues to leave me questioning how she keeps getting leading roles because she just isn’t funny or a skilled actress. Goldie Hawn mostly likely enjoyed the money for this film, but wouldn’t want to be remembered for it. The supporting cast doesn’t get much better, with the except of Joan Cusack and Wanda Sykes.

StoryThe story follows a mother and daughter that go to Ecuador for a holiday only to get kidnapped leaving them to go on the run to escape. This film focuses on the relationship between the mother and daughter who have been going in normal life, which has seen them become slightly more distant. The idea of getting kidnapped in South America has been done before, this relies on too many jokes which all miss. The story is mostly unbearable and fails to capture the relationship side of the film, it only makes the characters, mostly Emily look unrealistic.

Action/Adventure/ComedyThe action is weak chases sequences, the adventure takes us on the holiday with the ladies. The comedy however completely misses.

SettingsThe film is set in South America which does the fish out of water location.

Scene of the Movie –
Joan Cusack and Wanda Sykes

That Moment That Annoyed Me Amy Schumer.

Final ThoughtsThis is a painful comedy that doesn’t get any laughs, it wastes talent and for some reason keeps Amy Schumer in the leading roles.


Overall: Boring unfunny comedy.




Blockers (2018)

Director: Kay Cannon

Writer: Brian Kehoe, Jim Kehoe (Screenplay)

Starring: Leslie Mann, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz, Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan, Gideon Adlon


Plot: Three parents try to stop their daughters from losing their virginity on prom night.

Tagline – Teens Out to Have Fun. Parents Out to Stop It.

Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes


There may be spoilers in the rest of the review


Verdict: Laugh Out Loud Comedy


Story: Blockers starts as three parents Lisa (Mann), Mitchell (Cena) and Hunter (Barinholtz) whose children all start school the same day, making them become friends. When the three girls reach the prom age, Julie (Newton), Kayla (Viswanathan) and Sam (Adlon), the parents will need to face the biggest change in their lives.

Prom night arrives and the parents learn that their daughter all plan on losing their virginity on this night, leading the to parents working together to try and stop this happening.


Thoughts on Blockers


Characters – Lisa is the single mother of Julie, she has built the relationship with her daughter wanting to be part of every stage of her life. She doesn’t believe her daughter keeps any secrets, until this night as she must realizes she will see her daughter go off to college. Mitchell is the father of Kayla, he is a married man who has seen his daughter excel at sports, he is extra protective of his daughter much like the generic big father figure. Hunter is the deadbeat father that wants to make this night the best night of his daughter’s life, he isn’t liked because of his actions towards his wife and now he must join the fellow parents to stop the events of the night. Julie is the daughter of Lisa, she has been planning her prom night seemingly for her whole life wanting to movie version of losing her virginity. Kayla has been brilliant at sports her whole life, she is getting tired of this world and wants to start trying drugs and drink, she is more spontaneous than the other two girls. Sam is the daughter of Hunter, she is sexually confused as she doesn’t know how to come out to her friends, she seems to fold to the pressure of the losing of virginity on this night though.

PerformancesLeslie Mann has been hitting it out the park in comedy for years, this is no different, John Cena is brilliant here, showing he has comic timing even showing heart with certain scenes in the film. Ike Barinholtz gets strong laughs too even if his character does feel like just a third wheel. The three young actresses Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswananthan and Gideon Adlon all bring strong performances in the film.

StoryThe story follows three parents that learn their three daughters are going to lose their virginity on prom night and plan to stop them. That is the core side of the story, but we do address a lot of serious growing up situations, both from the girls point of view and the parents point of view. This must be praised because each side of the side story feels like the most important ones because parents will become scared when their children grow up. The whole race around does feel over the top with these parties all seeming like it would be too much for a prom.

ComedyThe comedy in the film comes from how the reactions of the parents as they try to stop things happening, each thing goes wrong with comical effects.

SettingsThe film takes us around the town, first the prom in a hotel (I think), then a random lake house which didn’t seem to be by a lake, before going to another massive hotel which is set for a big party. The settings do get used for laughs, though it does feel like too much for a prom night.

Scene of the Movie –
The hotel.

That Moment That Annoyed Me These kids can drink way too much for someone that age.

Final ThoughtsThis is an enjoyable comedy that will get plenty of laughs, sadly, it pointless goes into the drug references, but you will get a good laugh through the film.


Overall: Enjoyable comedy.




Bright (2017)

Director: David Ayer

Writer: Max Landis (Screenplay)

Starring: Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Jay Hernandez, Edgar Ramirez, Ike Barinholtz


Plot: Set in a world where mystical creatures live side by side with humans. A human cop is forced to work with an Orc to find a weapon everyone is prepared to kill for.


Runtime: 1 Hour 57 Minutes


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Enjoyable Action Blast


Story: Bright starts as we enter a universe where humans live side by side with orcs, fairies and other fantasy creatures. Human cop Daryl Ward (Smith) is near his retirement after a new death moment recently, his partner is the only Orc on the force Nick Jakoby (Edgerton) in a world where people treat other species like different citizens.

With the tensions rising within the force to get rid of Jakoby, even Ward doesn’t want to work with him, but he doesn’t want to treat him as an equal unlike the rest of the force. When the Dark Lord is set to return with the help of Elf Liela (Rapace) a Bright and her dark magic, that is forbidden, Ward and Jakoby are going to need to put the tension and differences between them behind them and stop the end of the world.


Thoughts on Bright


Characters – Daryl Ward is a human cop, married with a daughter, he is returning to duty after being shot by an Orc, that his partner an Orc lost in pursuit. Ward is put to the test on this night, as the force turns against him after they get in possession of a wand that the police and criminals want. Nick Jakoby is an Orc cop, the first of his type to get the role, hated by both humans and orcs alike. He is an honest character and tonight we see how he will fight for any species of innocence. Liela is the Elf that wants her wand back, so she can bring the Dark Lord back to take over the world, she kills anyone who gets in her way with her two assassins by her side, she is the deadliest enemy that the cops will face, though she is a safe villain for this film.

PerformancesWill Smith is the best he has been for years now, he has part wise cracking, part all or nothing which he was always the best at in the late 90s. Joel Edgerton gives us a great performance too, he is the deadpan humour which connects for the film and his character. Noomi Rapace is good even if her villainous character is by the book, she does well with what she needs to do in her role. Lucy Fry does a great job and deserves praise because her role gets us a laugh with her reactions to what happens on the life or death battle.

StoryThe story does follow two cops battling for their lives to stop a wand getting into the wrong hands, the pair must do the right thing to save the world. This happens all over one night which keeps the story flowing smoothly, it does turn into a buddy cop feel to it without being a comedy, where two people from different backgrounds must put aside their difference to do the right thing.

Action/Crime/Fantasy There is plenty of action in this film, we have hand to hand combat, weapons, gun battles and even car chases, this is an action film you can enjoy. The crime world we take throws the fantasy characters into the generic gangs we would see the cops needing to face, this includes moments of talking about the histories of the species and the envy between the species.

SettingsThe film takes place in LA which shows the different environments that our characters have come from and dislike.

Special EffectsThe effects used to create the different species come off great as we see how each species fits into the world seamlessly through the film.

Scene of the Movie –
Final showdown.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Pop-culture references don’t work and turning to a Mexicans being treated differently doesn’t seem to make sense in a world where it is species that discriminate over the human races.

Final Thoughts: This is a film that I had only heard bad things about, but I did find myself enjoying, the one night gives the film the edge of your seat feeling needed and this is easily the best I have seen Will Smith in years.


Overall: Great enjoyable ORIGINAL fantasy action movie.




Seth Rogen Weekend – Bad Neighbours 2 (2016)

badDirector: Nicholas Stoller

Writer: Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien, Nicholas Stoller, Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen (Screenplay)

Starring: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Bryne, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ike Barinholtz, Kiersey Clemons, Dave Franco, Jerrod Carmichael, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kelsey Grammer


Plot: When their new next-door neighbors turn out to be a sorority even more debaucherous than the fraternity previously living there, Mac and Kelly team with their former enemy, Teddy, to bring the girls down.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Terribly Written Characters


Story: Bad Neighbours 2 starts as we meet Mac (Rogen) & Kelly (Byrne) going to have a new baby as they are planning to sell their house and with the deal down they have 30 days before the house is official sold. We also meet Shelby (Moretz) fresh into college but want to have their own parties with drugs and they happen to find the house next to the Radner’s. We also catch up with Teddy (Efron) who has been struggling since college with his friend’s all moving onto the next stage of their lives.

Teddy arranges to mentor the sorority who want to be treated fairly in the none sexist world of college leading to a new battle between the Radner’s and the sorority, but the rules are different this time. The Radner’s team up with Teddy to battle the girls planning their own games.

Bad Neighbours 2 continues the grossed out comedy with terrible parenting and unrealistic characters happening throughout. The only character that seems real is Teddy because who is struggling to find his place in the grown up world with all his friends moving on. But this doesn’t get enough focus from the film. I found myself wondering one simple thing through this film, why doesn’t Teddy just call his cop brother from the fraternity in the first film and everything will be solved. I think the story went over heavy with the sexism side of the story and when it comes to those parents I couldn’t help but ask how they still have their children. The story is a rinse repeat of the first one with laughs that seem so out of place for a normal situation the film is just bad.


Actor Review


Seth Rogen: Mac is still our stoner dad who is delighted to be having a new baby and moving into new home, but his world is about come back into the nightmare when a sorority moves in next door as they are trying to sell the house, Mac must team up with Teddy to battle the girls. Seth is his usual stoner comedy level humour.

Zac Efron: Teddy is struggling with his own life still working in retail while his other brothers have moved onto be successes. He decides to help the girls start their sorority only to find himself being seen as too old to be around them and teaming up with Mac to fight them and finding his own place in the world. Zac is the highlight of the film and the only character that comes off feeling real.

Rose Byrne: Kelly is pregnant again and now the family is looking to move she has to enter into the battle to get the house the family need. Rose doesn’t seem to get as much screen time as the other three main characters.

Chloe Grace Moretz: Shelby is the college student who wants to express herself after a bad high school experience and be strong female household away from the sexist male ones. Chloe is good for this film showing a mature performance but the character comes off very confusing.

Support Cast: Bad Neighbours 2 has the same sort of supporting characters with a few returning faces grown up but the college students feel familiar.

Director Review: Nicholas StollerNicholas gives us the same old comedy that really just doesn’t work for this story.


Comedy: Bad Neighbours 2 has full out grossed out humour that is way over the top.

Settings: Bad Neighbours 2 keeps most of the settings in the same locations as the first but as I find the story is so bad.
Special Effects
: Bad Neighbours 2 has a few effects needed with one looking terrible and the others working.

Suggestion: Bad Neighbours 2 is one I do think people can avoid. (Avoid)


Best Part: Teddy character works for the post college lost person character.

Worst Part: Terrible parents happening.


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Hopefully not

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

Tagline: Parenthood vs. sisterhood


Overall: Another terrible addition to the comedy genre.




Central Intelligence (2016)

centralDirector: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Writer: Rawson Marshall Thurber, Ike Barinholtz, David Stassen (Screenplay)

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Amy Ryan, Danielle Nicolet, Jason Bateman, Aaron Paul, Ryan Hansen


Plot: After he reconnects with an awkward pal from high school through Facebook, a mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Hilarious Comedy


Story: Central intelligence starts as we Bob Stone an overweight school student getting embarrassed on front of the whole school while Calvin Joyner is getting all the praise and is the only one who sticks up for him. Move forward 20 years later and Calvin (Hart) works in a dead end job instead of the success he was meant to be.

When Bob (Johnson) makes contact with Calvin he turns up a changed man built like Hercules and after a night out he learns that he is in the CIA. When Agent Harris (Ryan) turns up claim Bob is a dangerous and a threat to the government. Calvin finds himself having to work with Bob to clear Bob’s name however resistant Calvin is.

Central Intelligence is a buddy comedy that gives us a new comedy powerhouse couple with Johnson and Hart. We get what is a simple crime story where the agent brings in someone from outside to solve the case does bring in the comedy throughout without having to make the crime story way to series. The story does get balanced though where we don’t get too many pointless jokes taking away from the action in the story. overall the story flows nicely and can’t help but say how enjoyable it all was.


Actor Review


Dwayne Johnson: Bob Stone is a former bullied high school student who has changed his life to become a CIA agent that reaches out to Calvin to help him on his latest case. Bob is skilled combat expert but also eccentric in all of his action. Dwayne nails this comedy perfectly and works with Kevin to a new level of comedy.

Kevin Hart: Calvin Joyner was voted most likely be a success in high school but now he works as an accountant but when Bob turns up in his life the excitement returns to his life once again. Calvin also has to balance his 20-year marriage with this secret mission. Kevin is great in this role showing brilliant chemistry with Dwayne.

Amy Ryan: Agent Pamela Harris is tracking down Bob and wants to use Calvin as the bait but as we continue the story we lean towards it either being her or Bob as the actual Black Badger. Amy is good in this role that lets the leads steal all of the spotlight.

Danielle Nicolet: Maggie is the wife of Calvin and the two are high school sweethearts who is trying to keep the marriage feeling fresh before they start they own family. Danielle is good in this supporting role.

Support Cast: Central Intelligence has a good supporting cast that all help with the comedy going on through the film.

Director Review: Rawson Marshall ThurberRawson gives us one of the comedies of the year where we see a new comedy force born in Johnson and Hart.


Action: Central Intelligence has great comedy action throughout even though most is just generic for the style of film.

Comedy: Central Intelligence has brilliant comedy between the two leads who nail nearly every single joke through the film.

Crime: Central Intelligence has a crime story that is going on in the background which help direct all the comedy and action going on.

Chemistry: Central Intelligence has brilliant chemistry between Hart and Johnson throughout.

Settings: Central Intelligence puts our characters into the locations to create the trouble they find themselves in which can be used for the comedy involved.

Suggestion: Central Intelligence is one for all the comedy fans to go and watch this year. (Watch)


Best Part: Johnson and Hart brilliant chemistry.

Worst Part: You know where the story is going.

Action Scene Of The Film: Office space.

Funniest Scene: Doctor time.


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel:

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $50 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 47 Minutes

Tagline: Saving the world takes a little Hart and a big Johnson

Trivia: When Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson’s characters first meet, Kevin Hart makes a reference to Dwayne looking like Hercules, Dwayne Johnson played Hercules in the film “Hercules” in 2014.


Overall: One of the best buddy comedy movies this year and one of the best in recent years.