Possession Diaries (2019)

Director: Juan Frausto

Writer: Juan Frausto, Rich Wealthy (Screenplay)

Starring: Katherine Munroe, James Russo, Johnny Ortiz, Eileen Dietz

 

Plot: The story follows Rebecca Clarkson, suffering from demonic attacks after playing with an Ouija board one night. Fearful people will think she’s crazy, or lying, she documents her experiences in a video blog on her webcam over the course of a week. In a series of escalating events, shadowing figures appearing and disappearing, the creepy factor grows. Soon the supernatural activity becomes violent, and Rebecca is repeatedly attacked by the demonic forces until finally, evil takes possession of her body. Will Rebecca be able to beat the Devil and protect her soul, or will she die, and lose her soul to hell fire?

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Another Forgettable Possession Movie

 

Story: Possession Diaries starts with Rebecca (Munroe) starting her own video diary to explain what she believes is demonic possession, she has tried seeking medical help, religious health and nobody has seen anything wrong with her, she can’t even escape by moving because it follows her.

When the strange events continue to happen, Rebecca fills in the diary after each one, with only her boyfriend Dante’s fleeting visits to support her.

 

Thoughts on Possession Diaries

 

Characters – Rebecca is the young woman that believes she is possessed, she has tried everything from medical and religious sides only to decide to record for the internet the events that follow, she is trying to solve the problems she is facing. She is front and centre in every scene, only she is meant to be an average everyday person, making a point that she isn’t an actress. Aunt Peggy has connections that could help with the supernatural around her life. Father Brien is the man that comes to try and perform an exorcism. Dante is the boyfriend that comes and goes even though he knows Rebecca is struggle, he is a bit of an asshole if we are honest here.

PerformancesKatherine Munroe is our main actor in this film, we need a strong performance from her to make this film work, she does struggle to  make us convinced with her performance, though it is meant to be an everyday person not an actresses which is just as difficult to play. The rest of the performance are an even bigger step back though with most being laughable.

StoryThe story follows a young lady that believes she is being possessed by a demonic force and decides to record the events in an attempt to find help. This should work for found footage because it would make sense if she just left the camera rolling without any cuts, she doesn’t which just confuses because a lot of events happen when she isn’t there or behind her. The possession films have been done to death now anyway, there is only so much you can do to stand out, we get the film trying to go against the rules by just telling the audience what the other films have done before. This does feel like the film is talking down to us to early which only takes away the interesting in caring about Rebecca’s story. the story doesn’t offer anything to the genre and ends up feeling like a largely forgettable story.

HorrorWhen it comes to the horror, well it is possession based, which isn’t always going to get the biggest fear moments.

SettingsThe film does keep the film in one location, Rebecca’s bedroom where she records the events, this would have worked better if we had kept a lot more around the webcam recording instead of jumping to normal camera work.

Special EffectsThe effects are low budget, we can forgive moments of weakness here, we don’t get many and the ones we get work well enough.


Scene of the Movie –
Ummm nope.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Dante, just Dante in general.

Final ThoughtsThis is just another possession movie that gives us nothing new and just ends up feeling bland and boring.

 

Overall: Just another bad possession film.

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Michael Mann Weekend – Public Enemies (2009)

publicDirector: Michael Mann

Writer: Ronan Bennett, Michael Mann, Ann Biderman (Screenplay) Bryan Burrough (Book)

Starring: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Jason Clarke, James Russo, Stephen Dorff, Channing Tatum, Rory Cochrane, Carey Mulligan, Emilie De Ravin, Marion Cotillard

 

Plot: The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Strong History Lesson

 

Story: Public Enemies starts with John Dillinger (Depp) and his men including Red (Clarke), Pete (Wenham) Homer (Dorff) and Walter (Russo) pulling off a daring prison break as he looks to re-enter the world of bank robbing. We also meet Bureau investigator Melvin Purvis (Bale) who hunts down all the criminals he can and with his added sharpshooting ability is one of the most feared men for criminals.

With the crime level increasing J Edgar Hoover (Crudup) is trying to get the FBI underway with Melvin Purvis being the newly promoted special field agent in Chicago. We follow how Dillinger is trying to keep one step ahead of Melvin through the years as he is becoming American’s Most Wanted.

Public Enemies gives us the story of one of the most known criminals in American history that shows just how John Dillinger crimes changed the way America dealt with criminals. We get a good history lesson which also shows the loyalty that was shown by the men involved. We have everything run smoothly between the two sides where we always see the planning to stay ahead.

 

Actor Review

 

Johnny Depp: John Dillinger is America’s Most Wanted criminal who keeps escaping from jail and going back to his ways of robbing banks. He is smooth talking but equally honest to his men when it comes to loyalty. He personally doesn’t go for the kill preferring to not harm the people he is stealing from the banks. John shines in this leading role showing he has all the ability in the world.john

Christian Bale: Melvin Purvis is the sharpshooter that has been trailing John Dillinger, he is trying to change the way the authorities are thinking wen tracking down the criminals. Christian does well in this role as the tracker of criminals.melvis

Marion Cotillard: Billie Frechette is the love interest of John Dillinger who takes his eye but equal turn out to be his weakness. Marion does a good job in this role being the weakness to the leading man

Billy Crudup: J. Edgar Hoover is the man who pushes the new formation of interstate authority to lower the crime rate in America, he assigns Melvin on Dillinger’s tail. Billy is good playing one of the more iconic men in history even from just a supporting role.hoover

Support Cast: Public Enemies has a strong supporting cast which has good names that all help really well.

Director Review: Michael MannMichael gives us a good modern filmed but classic era gangster movie.

 

Biographical: Public Enemies shows how all these real characters clashed through their crimes.

Crime: Public Enemies shows how organised the criminals were while robbing the banks.

History: Public Enemies shows how the history of the Bureau trying to become bigger causes a change in how interstate law is conducted.

Settings: Public Enemies creates the settings very well to make you feel like you are part of the current time period.
Special Effects
: Public Enemies has great effects when needed but doesn’t just use them for the sake of it.

Suggestion: Public Enemies is one for all the gangster fans to watch and see a real life criminal and how he acts. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Cinema scene

Worst Part: Slightly too long.

Favourite Quote: John Dillinger ‘Listen, doll. That’s ’cause they’re all about where people come from. The only thing that’s important is where someone’s going.

 

Believability: Based on the real people involved.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $100 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 20 Minutes

Tagline: America’s Most Wanted

 

Overall: Very enjoyable true life crime story

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