Leave No Trace (2018)

Director: Debra Granik

Writer: Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini (Screenplay) Peter Rock (Novel)

Starring: Thomasin McKenzie, Ben Foster, Jeff Kober, Spence S Hanley

 

Plot: A father and his thirteen year-old daughter are living an ideal existence in a vast urban park in Portland, Oregon, when a small mistake derails their lives forever.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Moving Struggle

 

Story: Leave No Trace starts as we meet Will (Foster) and his daughter Tom (Mckenzie) who live in the urban park in Portland Oregon, away from people quiet secluded life, where they only venture into the town when they need supplies.

The perfect life changes when the police arrest them sending them through a homing agency which places them in a remote location where Will must work and Tom is encouraged to enrol in school despite her being highly educated, we watch to see how they can adapt to this new lifestyle.

 

Thoughts on Leave No Trace

 

Characters – Will has chosen to raise his daughter away from society, living in the woods of a national park, he believes this is the right decision for her and this does seem to be for his own problems with the world, he can’t adapt to the new life offered to him, risking both their lives when he head back out to the wilderness. Tom is the daughter that enjoys the life her father has given her, but it is the only one she has ever known, when she learns of the new life offered, she does want to take the chance on it, making friends and even trying school. It is the bond she has with her father that truly holds her back.

PerformancesThomasin McKenzie is fantastic in the leading role, she has easily made herself a star with this performance which is filled with loyalty to her father and confusion about where the right place for her is to be. Ben Foster once again excels in a leading role of this film, he shows that he is one of the best actors working today and one that doesn’t always get the praise he deserves.

StoryThe story shows a father and daughter living off the grid due to the problems in the father’s life after his time in the military. Where their home is taken they must learn to work in a normal society or face being split up. We see how Will can’t cope with this new life, while Tom is open to the change she is seeing from a new opportunity in life, which leads us to the ultimate decision needing to be made between the two. You can see why this clearly is being likened to ‘Winter’s Bone’ because of the bleakness involved in the world they have between them. It does look at how the re-homing system treats the American people that seem to know where and feel comfortable in the situation they are in. the key part of this story is that fact we have no villain to be seen, this does help tell the human story being told.

SettingsThe film does show us beautiful settings for the events to take place, the problem with this comes from the fact if you don’t know your states you won’t be able to pinpoint how far anyone travels.


Scene of the Movie –
The final shot.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Not knowing the locations on a map.

Final ThoughtsThis is a wonderfully directed movie that takes us on a journey to see where people can go to find a home even if it isn’t in the normal locations.

 

Overall: Powerful and moving drama

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What Still Remains (2018)

Director: Josh Mendoza

Writer: Josh Mendoza (Screenplay)

Starring: Lulu Antariksa, Colin O’Donoghue, Mimi Rogers, Dohn Norwood, Jeff Kober, Peter O’Brien, Roshon Fegan

 

Plot: After the loss of her family, a young woman struggles to survive in a world long-since destroyed by disease; but when a lonely traveler offers her a place in his community, she must decide if the promise of a better life is worth the risk of trusting him.


Tagline – People become their own kind of monster.

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: The End of The World as We Know It

 

Story: What Still Remains starts in the world destroyed by a disease, Anna (Antariksa) lives with her brother and mother in a remote location just looking to survive, when she loses both of them in one day, she continues on alone, until one day a mysterious stranger Peter (O’Donoghue) arrives, offering a community and safety.

Joining Peter, Anna returns to the community seeing the good and bad parts of world on the way before joining the community.

 

Thoughts on What Still Remains

 

Characters – Anna is a young woman living in a disease riddled world, she has survived with her family in the middle of nowhere, until one day she loses them both. With training on how to survive she will continue to work alone to survive, until she meets a stranger that offers her hope of a better life, she wants to remain independent in this world which she might not get anymore. Peter is the mysterious stranger that offers Anna hope of a new life in a religious like community, he comes of like a good guy that only wants to help, but we soon learn his motives. Judith is one of the leaders in the community, she has helped raise the numbers with her religious beliefs which bring people together. We do get other community members, enemies and danger filled characters along the way.

PerformancesLulu Antariksa is the clear star of the film, her character like the audience learns everything as it happens, and we like to see just how she reacts to everything in a natural calm manner. Colin O’Donoghue is good in the supporting role keeping us wondering around his character. The rest of the cast do well with how they interact with Lulu.

StoryThe story follows the world destroyed by disease with the survivors living off the map, we follow Anna a young woman that has been in such situation. We follow the solo Anna that needs to make a decision about surviving alone or with others, learning about how dangerous people can be. We have seen this style of film before and we know that Anna is the type of character that will need to make the big decisions. The tried and tested formula keeps things simple and by the end of the story you will be wanting to see what will happen next.

ThrillerThe film does have an air of tension throughout, mostly around Anna being unsure about everything that is going on, we know she knows how to survive in her comfort zone, now the tension is around how she can cope away from it.

SettingsThe film takes place in the woodland area around any city, we don’t touch any of the cities and any communities are just located within created walls, which does make sense.

Special EffectsThe effects are only used when needed, they are for the battles with none of them looking out of place.


Scene of the Movie –
Anna’s next step.

That Moment That Annoyed Me We don’t get enough information about the reasons for the battle between the two communities.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good survival thriller, it has a wonderful lead performance and puts us in a world you can believe to have be destroyed by a disease.

 

Overall: Survival thriller we know.

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Tank Girl (1995)

tankDirector: Rachel Talalay

Writer: Tedi Sarafian (Screenplay) Alan Martin, Jamie Hewlett (Comic Strip)

Starring: Lori Petty, Ice-T, Naomi Watts, Don Harvey, Jeff Kober, Reg E Cathey, Scott Coffey, Malcolm McDowell

 

Plot: Based on the British cult comic-strip, our tank-riding anti-heroine fights a mega-corporation, which controls the world’s water supply.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: New Guilty Pleasure

 

Story: Tank Girl starts with Tank Girl (Petty) herself explaining how the world has been devastated after a comet took out most of the population and the world is in constant battle for the remaining water. Tank Girl lives in a small underground community where everything is treated like a party, while their enemy is Kesslee (McDowell) who runs the water and power for the surrounding enemy and he will not let anyone go unpunished for letting him down.

When the community gets invaded by the Water & Power company Tank Girl finds herself a slave for them. Ever the bubbly character Tank Girl wants to find a way to escape and turning to the timid Jet Girl (Watts) could see her lead a revolution against Kesslee.

Tank Girl is a cult classic that has reach the age of 20 years old. It follows the comic concept very nicely with it’s over the top characters be it heroine or villain. We get the world that is unique for the story and which is everyone fighting over the most important thing need for life, water. Overall this is all fun really and as long as you don’t go in looking for a serious film you will enjoy it.

 

Actor Review

 

Lori Petty: Tank Girl is the constantly happy girl living in the apocalyptic world with a water shortage. She is always bubbly even in the face of danger but just as dangerous herself when it comes to combat, she leads the revolution against the evil Water & Power. Lori is great in this role with all the flair you need in a leading lady.girl

Ice-T: T-Saint is one of the kangaroo/human mutation that joins forces Tank Girl to take down Water & Power even though he doesn’t trust anything they say. Ice-T doesn’t end up as involved as you would like in the final story.

Naomi Watts: Jet Girl is the timid young woman who escapes from Water & Power and joins Tank Girl in the revolution with her skills of fixing machines makes her a brilliant asset to have on your side. Naomi shows she was going onto bigger things with this performance.

Malcolm McDowell: Kesslee is the evil owner of Water & Power who wants complete control of the land, he makes anyone who gets in his way slaves and if they don’t follow his instructions he kills them. Malcolm is always a good go to villain in these type of films.kesslee

Support Cast: Tank Girl has a supporting cast that makes you think they could all have come from comic book.

Director Review: Rachel TalalayRachel gives us a fun film that will be a cult classic for years to come.

 

Action: Tank Girl is filled with plenty of comic book action throughout.

Comedy: Tank Girl gets nearly all the comedy from Tank Girl herself and her attitude.

Sci-Fi: Tank Girl does create a future world that has been mostly destroyed.

Settings: Tank Girl much like the sci-fi rating the settings are brilliant for what is created.
Special Effects
: Tank Girl has good effects when need with the water sucking device the highlight of them.

Suggestion: Tank Girl is on to try, it won’t be for everyone but it is fun. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Just how fun it is.

Worst Part: Way over the top.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $25 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 44 Minutes

Tagline: In 2033, justice rides a tank and wears lip gloss

Trivia: Ice-T recalled one interview on a hip-hop show where the host made fun of him for doing Tank Girl. He replied “I was paid $800,000 for that movie”. The host moved on

 

Overall: Pure cult classic that is just a fun flick

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