The Bunker: Project 12 (2018)

Director: Jaime Falero

Writer: Joaquin Sanchez, Jaime Falero (Screenplay)

Starring: James Cosmo, Joaquin Sanchez, Natasha Alam, Eric Roberts, Timothy Gibbs, Tony Corvillo

 

Plot: The Russians scrap a dangerous scientific project designed to change the course of history. A manhunt ensues after they unsuccessfully attempt to exterminate all the scientists involved in the top secret project.


Tagline – Outpost meets Terminator

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Action sci-Fi 101

 

Story: The Bunker: Project 12 starts as we learn about three scientists that escaped a secret Sovient Union experiment, now in the modern time Tabeel (Sanchez) leads a team including Irina (Alam), Alan (Corvillo) and other are hired by business tycoon Henderson (Roberts) to locate Brian Balanowsky (Cosmo) one of those scientists for a secret experiment of their own.

As Brian guides the team through the bunker for the research, he must face the past while revealing the secrets that will end up trying to eliminate the team.

 

Thoughts on The Bunker: Project 12

 

Characters – Brian Balanowsky is a former Russian scientist, gone into hiding after the projects were closed down, when he is located years later, he is forced to guide a team into the bunkers to bring out his research. He is a reluctant scientist who knows what he created was wrong. Tabeel is the leader of the team, he keeps the team in line refusing to let them cross the line and risk each other’s lives. Irina is another member of the team, she starts out strong just like the rest of the team, but soon she just becomes another one running for safety. Henderson is the man funding the search, he does have his own reasons for being involved.

PerformancesIn the performances we get a couple of big names in James Cosmo and Eric Roberts who are both reliable for any project and this is no different. It is the members of the team that are looking to make an impact with Joaquin Sanchez doing well as the leader of the team. The rest of the team does feel interchangeable with nobody standing out from the crowd.

StoryThe story of secret experiments from different countries is always going to be able to create an interesting motivation in a story, in this one we see what the Russians had been working on during the Cold War with a team entering one of the abandoned bunkers in search of the research. This plays out how you would imagine with the team being able to tackle the situation only to realize that things are much deadlier than they could imagine. You can see the comparisons to ‘Outpost’ as that movie gave us an experiment that left a team facing the odds to survive. If you are going to be looking for anything overly fresh from a story, you will be disappointed and the extra added twists feel forced more than anything.

Action/Sci-FiThe action in the film comes from the big shoot outs between the team and what is in the bunker, the weapons become bigger as the film unfolds, the sci-fi side of the film shows us just how certain experiments would have been going on during the Cold War.

SettingsOnce we hit the bunker we have a nice contained location which only has one way in or out, this does help us feel like the battle for life or death is more realistic.

Special EffectsThe effects are solid enough, the creations look good with the only weakness in them coming from their eyes.


Scene of the Movie –
The first introduction of the creation.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The extra twist is too much.

Final ThoughtsThis is an interesting action sci-fi film that does borrow from certain other movies, anything to do with the secret experiments is always entertaining to watch.

 

Overall: Simple action sci-fi movie.

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Monochrome (2016)

Director: Thomas Lawes

Writer: Thomas Lawes (Screenplay)

Starring: Jo Woodcock, Cosmo Jarvis, James Cosmo, Patrice Naiambana, Lee Boardman, Steve Jackson, Liz May Brice

 

Plot: A disillusioned young woman becomes a serial killer who targets wealthy land-owners, and a brilliant detective must use his unusual neurological condition to track her down.


Tagline – Every killer is someone else’s prey

Runtime: 1 Hour 53 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Twisty Thriller

 

Story: Monochrome starts when Emma (Woodcock) who goes on the run after her boyfriend gets captured for stealing millions, Emma finds herself in the countryside where artist Roger Daniels (Cosmo) takes her in forcing her to be his assistant or he will turn her over to the authorities.

Gabriel Lenard (Jarvis) is the detective tracking down Emma and after the first body turns up, he learns just how deadly she has become, as he does have a unique connection with his neurological connection with her, making her trackable.

 

Thoughts on Monochrome

 

Characters – Emma is the young lady that goes on the run after her boyfriend commits a nationwide crime, in hiding she soon finds herself needing to resort to murder as she leaves a series of bodies behind her. Gabriel Lenard is a detective that has a connection with the crime scenes, he can figure out what has happened, seeing thing others haven’t, it isn’t long before he is fast on tale of Emma, even with his own personal problems. The different victims are mixed for what Emma targets with each having their own reasons for giving her a chance to be in there home.

PerformancesJo Woodcock is the star of the show, she is the serial killer and makes us believe she is an everyday woman you would walk past on the street. When we look at the rest of the performances they are good with Cosmo Jarvis being the only other one that gets the real screen time.

StoryThe story here follows the partner of a criminal that goes on the run only to become a serial killer in her own right, we have a social awkward detective tracking her down as the media start to support her killings of the rich and famous. This is the old cat-n-mouse style thriller which does offer twists along the way and does do its best to keep us guessing as the story unfolds. It does do its best to make something fresh along the way even if it is slightly too long.

ThrillerThe film does the thriller genre very well, it does keep us guessing along the way.

SettingsThe film takes us to different locations as Emma remains on the run becoming the serial killer that needed to be tracked down.


Scene of the Movie –
The past coming to light.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It does seem to be slightly too long.

Final ThoughtsThis is an interesting thriller that will keep us guessing which is refreshing and will keep you wondering just what the master plan Emma is going for.

 

Overall: Thriller that keeps us guessing.

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Breakdown (2016)

Director: Jonnie Malachi

Writer: Jonnie Malachi (Screenplay)

Starring: Craig Fairbrass, Emmett J Scanlan, James Cosmo, Mem Ferda, Tamer Hassan, Olivia Grant, Bruce Payne

 

Plot: A professional contract killer, haunted by visions of his violent past, spirals out of control. His work compromised as he reaches breaking point, he is forced to defend his family from his ruthless employers.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Slow Burning Crime Thriller

 

Story: Breakdown starts as we see how contract killer Alfie (Fairbrass) starts getting visions of his previous kills, this compromises his life and family time when he shows this weakness on front of his boss Albert (Cosmo).

Needing to prove himself to Albert and one of the best clients they have Iraz (Hassan), Alfie must complete a cold-hearted execution on his daughter’s 16th birthday. The test is just the beginning as Alfie wants out of the crime life but his boss isn’t as happy to let him go.

 

Thoughts on Breakdown

 

Characters – Alfie is the contract killer and family man, he has balanced the two lives well but now he starts to get nightmare visions of his previous kills, Alfie now wants out and his family is the reason that he must go through on final mission to kill to end the threat to them. Connor is the partner of Alfie, he is younger and seems to have learnt from Alfie over the years. Albert is the crime boss living in a mansion turning to the few men he trusts for the more difficult jobs.

PerformanceCraig Fairbrass is fine in the leading role working around his weaknesses to look the part, Emmett makes for a good partner in crime but doesn’t shine the way he could have and James Cosmo is good as the gang leader.

StoryThe story is a tried and tested formula, hit man wants out of the business but the boss won’t let him, this time we do get a slight twist on why he wants out but otherwise this doesn’t offer too much on the fresh side.

ThrillerThe film does try to keep you on the edge of the seat but the slow pacing holds everything back for the most part.

SettingsWe have the settings that you would have come to expect as we see the two lives the kill works in, but no iconic scenes to be had here.

Special EffectsThe effects are used for the most part in the visions side of things and are fine when they are used.

Final ThoughtsThis is a by the books hitman wanting out of the business film that doesn’t offer enough fresh but is still going to be enjoyed by the fans of the genre.

 

Overall: By the book crime thriller.

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