Lowlife (2017)

Director: Ryan Prows

Writer: Tim Cairo, Jake Gibson, Shaye Ogbonna, Ryan Prows, Maxwell Michael Towson (Screenplay)

Starring: Nicki Micheaux, Ricardo Adam Zarate, Jon Oswald, Shaye Ogbonna, Santana Dempsey, Mark Burnham, Jose Rosete

 

Plot: The sordid lives of an addict, an ex-con, and a luchador collide when an organ harvesting caper goes very, very wrong.


Tagline – Blessed Are The Meek

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Wonderful Connected Crime Comedy

 

Story: Lowlife starts as we see the organ harvesting business going on in LA, being run by Teddy ‘Bear’ Haynes (Burnham), one of his loyal employees is known as El Monstruo (Zarate) a luchador that goes around solving problems, he seems to black out on just what happens, which usually sees somebody else die.

We meet Crystal (Micheaux) who runs the small motel which is filled with the illegal immigrates and is facing a big decision regarding her husband. The final character we meet is Randy (Oswald), just out of prison with a swastika tattooed on his face, the four will cross paths and just where they will end up going for what they want is up in the air.

 

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Characters – Crystal runs a small motel with her husband, she has to give up her daughter at a younger age, when her husband becomes ill, the local crime boss claims to have a solution with her daughter wanting to help, when she learns the truth she wants her own revenge on Teddy. El Monstruo is a luchador who has always lived in his father’s shadows, he can have moments where he blacks out where violence happens. He wants to protect his wife and keep his family’s legacy going. Randy is the recently released prisoner who has gotten tattoo of a swastika on his face, he will reluctantly help his friend deal with his dangerous situation. Kaylee is the pregnant wife of El Monstruo that becomes the target of everything the events in the film.

PerformancesWe have four main stories, with four different characters, each different and each performer makes their performance stand out for their roles in the film. nobody is better than anybody else and the chemistry between the cast feels genuine.

StoryThe story follows the four different people’s lives that intertwine in the course of one day, we have illegal body harvesting, kidnapping and a luchador that will smash any problems coming his way. We do get introduced to each character through chapters which does take time at certain times, but does give each character to develop the motives behind their actions. This does mean we head down certain directions, which include the opening sequence that doesn’t seem to get bought up in the way it is played out again, which does disappoint because it felt like a truly dark world being created. The story has the Tarantino style we have become used to which is always an entertaining watch.

Comedy/Crime The comedy plays into how the characters fit into the world, they are in the crime world too which sees them meet unlikely funny moments in the film.

SettingsThe film is set in LA which shows that not everything is the glitz and glamour that we know it can be.


Scene of the Movie –
First El Monstruo story.

That Moment That Annoyed Me We don’t dive into the world from the opening sequence enough.

Final ThoughtsThis is a weird and funny, crime comedy that takes us into a n unique world that is filled with colourful characters.

 

Overall: Funny Crime Comedy

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Intensive Care (2018)

Director: Jared Bentley

Writer: Jared Bentley, Darrin Scane, Eric Storlie (Screenplay)

Starring: Tara Macken, Jai Rodriguez, Kevin Sizemore, Jose Rosete, Leslie Easterbrooke

 

Plot: Three low-life criminals attempt to rob an elderly dying woman’s home, but her live-in nurse turns out to be much more trouble than they bargained for.


Tagline – Crazy knows crazy.

Runtime: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Action Flick

 

Story: Intensive Care starts as we see just how talented a fighter Alex (Macken) is as she leaves her previous military life to become a live-in nurse for Claire (Easterbrook). Claire has one remain grandson Danny (Rodriguez) who has his own financial problems, which brings in Seth (Sizemore) and Rudy (Rosete).

With Danny trying to distract Alex, so the others can break into the house and steal the life savings, it isn’t long before the three learn they messed with the wrong woman in Alex who will make them pay for what they did.

 

Thoughts on Intensive Care

 

Characters – Alex is a former marine that has shown her skills for audience in the opening sequence, she has step away from that life to become a live-in nurse believing it will be a quiet life. She will once again need to show her skills to fight off three criminals trying to rob her patient. She knows how to take out anyone who is bigger and stronger than her, while also being able to handle large amounts of punishment. Danny is the grandson of Claire, the only living relative who has gotten himself into money problems hoping that he can take her money while she is on her death bed, he uses his charm to distract Alex, while he is being forced into going along with the plan. Seth and Rudy are the two that are left to locate the money hoping to make sure they get their money and finish their deal with Danny.

PerformancesTara Macken in the leading role proves to be a good one, with her background in stunt-work we get to see her handle combat sequences through the film. Jai Rodriguez will give you most memorable scenes in the film with his action being the parts of the film you will remember the most because they bring a small element of humour. Kevin Sizemore and Jose Rosete are both good too as the generic bigger guys for Alex to fight.

StoryThe story follows one former military lady that needs to fight off three criminals who are trying to steal the money in the home. This sounds simple enough right, well it is until we get too the moments where both sides are interested in proving they are better than the opponents. This story could and should have ended a lot earlier because both sides have clear chances to eliminate the problems and for the most part, they fail to do this. This is a story that doesn’t end in the way you would imagine either and please stay for a post-credit scene.

Action/Crime/HorrorThe action is the highlight of the film because we get plenty of fight sequences for Tara Macken to go through, this brings in the crime side of the film as the criminals want the money and will do anything to get it and the horror side of the film plays into the home invasion side to horror that works well here without being truly terrifying.

SettingsThe film takes place in one location, a home in the middle of nowhere with open surroundings which shows just how difficult to escape from, for both sides.


Scene of the Movie –
Car ride.

That Moment That Annoyed Me One phone call seems too random

Final ThoughtsThis is a nice simple action flick that can be enjoyed by the action fans, being just over an hour long we get to keep everything going well, never letting up.

 

Overall: Entertaining action film.

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