Level Up (2016)

Director: Adam Randall

Writer: Adam Randall, Gary Young (Screenplay)

Starring: Josh Bowman, Neil Maskell, William Houston, Kulvinder Ghir, Doc Brown

 

Plot: A fast-paced, high concept thriller following a 20 something layabout, who over the course of a day, is forced to make his way across an increasingly strange and sinister London, in order to save his kidnapped girlfriend.


Tagline –  One life remaining.

Runtime: 1 Hour 24 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Slow Paced

 

Story: Level Up starts as we meet layabout Matt (Bowman) who girlfriend Anna (Mimmack) gets abducted with the masked men forcing Matt to follow a series of tasks to deliver a package around London.

The tasks get stranger and deadlier as he continues his trip around London, following just a message on a phone. He is searching for a man known as Dmitri (Maskell) but just what is the reason he has been picked?

 

Thoughts on Level Up

 

Characters – Matt is the layabout gamer whose girlfriend gets taken, he must follow instructions to get her back which takes him on a race around London. I didn’t enjoy this character who is meant to be the one we care about because we learn nothing about him, like is he qualified to do a job, how is he supporting himself before etc, etc. Dmitri is the one Matt must pass the package too but he becomes hard to locate. The Businessman is also after the package becoming somewhat of a rival to him. Most of the characters we learn nothing about other than that they are part of this game being played.

PerformancesJosh Bowman does the best to try and carry this film but you do feel he lacks the intensity of everything going on. The rest of the cast don’t get enough time to show what they have.

StoryThe story is one man trying to deliver a package before time is up or his girlfriend will be killed, simple really but the problem is it is told in a slow way, it should be a fast paced movie but unfolds at a snails pace. You can see the twist coming a mile away and by the end of the film you will be left flat.

ThrillerThis should keep you on the edge of your seat, the point is that it doesn’t.

SettingsThe London setting doesn’t get used well enough for the film which only leaves us wonder how you don’t get the most out of a London setting.


Scene of the Movie –
Hard to find one.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Its just too slow.

Final ThoughtsNot enough pace for a fast paced story that needs to grab you by the edge of your seat.

 

Overall: Simply not good enough.

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Prowl (2010)

 

prowlDirector: Patrick Syversen

Writer: Tim Tori (Screenplay)

Starring: Courtney Hope, Ruta Gedmintas, Josh Bowman, Perdita Weeks, Jamie Blackley, Saxon Trainor, Bruce Payne

 

Plot: Amber dreams of escaping her small town existence and persuades her friends to accompany her to find an apartment in the big city. When their transportation breaks down, she and her friends gratefully accept a ride in the back of a semi. But when the driver refuses to stop and they discover the cargo is hundreds of cartons of blood, they panic. Their panic turns to terror when the truck disgorges them into a dark, abandoned warehouse where blood-thirsty creatures learn to hunt human prey, which, the friends realize, is what they now are the human prey fighting to save their lives the realize they must work together but will they survive.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Smart Little Horror

 

Story: Prowl starts with Amber (Hope) looking for a new start but having to spend time with the friends she is leaving Susie (Gedmintas), Peter (Bowman), Fiona (Weeks), Ray (Blackley) and Eric (Hawes). The small town is getting to be too much for Amber who knows her future is going to be in the big city.

Needing a ride to get to the big city the six friends see this is a chance to go on a road trip but metres after leaving the town they breakdown but they get a lift with a truck driver showing that Amber could finally make it out of her town.

Well this is a horror film which means this road trip is never going to run smoothly as Amber, Susie, Peter, Fiona and Ray find themselves trapped in the back of the truck that is transporting blood and Eric, well he is dead. The friends find themselves lambs to the slaughter for blood thirsty creatures in a battle to survive, who will make it out alive?

Prowl is a horror thriller that follows the very basic needs for a horror, group of disposable teenagers, remote location, blood thirsty creatures and darkness. With all these checked off we off course have the strong leading character usually the female and this is no different who can suddenly become a survival expert.

Courtney Hope is good in the leading role with the rest of the cast being nothing more than glorified body count never getting enough time in the horror side of the story to show their characters in the crisis. The creatures seem to be a mix of infected and vampire keeping very human form with added abilities to make them deadlier predators. Having this set up like a training exercise for the creatures works because it opens everything up to a future threat from these creatures.

 

Overall: Blood filled horror that never stops once the creatures are unleashed.

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