Chimera (2018)

Director: Maurice Haeems

Writer: Maurice Haeems (Screenplay)

Starring: Henry Ian Cusick, Kathleen Quinlan, Erika Ervin, Jenna Harrison, Karishma Ahluwalia, Jennifer Gjulameti

 

Plot: A brilliant but disturbed scientist freezes his children alive, while he races to cure their deadly genetic disease by decoding the DNA of the immortal Turritopsis jellyfish.


Tagline – Do you want to live forever?

Runtime: 1 Hour 24 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Ambitious Sci-Fi Film

 

Story: Chimera starts as scientist Quint (Cusick) fails to save his wife from a genetic disease that he has been searching for a cure for years. Now in a desperate attempt to save his children, he freezes them while conducting experiments in a hope to find a cure.

The problem is that Quint is facing pressure from one of his financers Masterson (Quinlan) who believes his experiment will creating immortality to fix her loved one and former partner Charlie (Harrison) who does want to help with their previous work together. We are left to see the moral questions about being able to cure generic diseases and just how far you should be going in your search for answers.

 

Thoughts on Chimera

 

Characters – Quint is a desperate scientist that has spent years searching for a cure for a generic disease which has taken away his wife and will take away his children. He makes deals with people, one on his side, one searching for a similar answer, he will do anything possible to get this answer. Masterson is searching for a cure which would bring immortality in her mind, she is funding the research to make sure she gets the results required. Charlie is the former partner of Quint that has been working to find a cure in a more authorised manor.

PerformancesHenry Ian Cusick a man we know from ‘Lost’ he is the lead in this film and we see how his makes his character be as desperate to find the answers as he is, his performance makes us support him and understand his decisions. Kathleen Quinlan is good too as the easy to understand villain through the film and Jenna Harrison comes into her own during the runtime of the film.

StoryThe story here does keep us guessing as we are left wondering just whether there will be a cure, we are asked ethical questions which is always a plus in storytelling.  This does have twists along the way which will surprise us, but it does become overly ambitious at times because when you go into the scientific side of things, certain discussion can easily go over your head. This would be a good and bad thing because we do like increased intelligence in our films but could push the casual viewer away. I do think this is one for the sci-fi fans to see as the story will give you the questions to ask yourself.

Sci-FiThe sci-fi side of the film focuses on the idea of what we could achieve in science, when it comes to battling diseases and the process scientists go through, we are in the future for the methods uses, but it would be the near future.

SettingsThe film shows us the different locations Quint is performing his off the grid experiments, we see the labs that Charlie is involved in which look cleaner better funded and the shady areas for the meetings with Masterson.

Special EffectsThe effects are used very few times in the film, certain moments are to focus on how the characters are feeling during moments.


Scene of the Movie –
The final act unfolding.

That Moment That Annoyed Me This does feel like a film that could have been longer to add moments of scientific discussion.

Final ThoughtsThis is an interesting and ambitious sci-fi film, it will be one the fans of the genre will enjoy even if the casual fan might miss moments of the sci-fi discussion points.

 

Overall: Smart and ambitious sci-fi.

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Apollo 13 (1995)

apolo-13Director: Ron Howard

Writer: William Broyles Jr, Al Reinert (Screenplay) Jim Lovell, Jeffrey Kluger (Book)

Starring: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris, Kathleen Quinlan

 

Plot: NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Intensely Brilliant Drama

 

Story: Apollo 13 starts on 20th July 1969, the date Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, Jim Lovell (Hanks) a fellow astronaut who missed out on the moon landing on Apollo 8 is hosting a landing party with fellow astronauts Fred Haise (Paxton), Jack Swigert (Bacon), Ken Mattingly (Sinise) who are scheduled to work together on the Apollo 14 mission.

When the team who are planned for Apollo 13 lose their place Jim, Fred and Ken are placed in for Apollo 13 with Jack part of the backup team. This does mean moving the preparation forward 6 months but an astronaut with Jim’s experience is trust to lead this mission.

With the world seeing this mission as curse because of the number 13 the team does have to make a last-minute crew change with Jack replacing Ken who is according to medical records going to become sick on the mission, with two days to prepare with Jack the mission is a go with mission commander Gene Kranz (Harris) controlling the mission back at NASA.

With the mission going well, it turns out the television networks just don’t want to show the mission because they see no excitement from just going to the moon once again, but the astronauts don’t know this.

When disaster strikes, the astronauts must use their skills to survive while the NASA puts together a rescue solutions for the men who could be lost in space forever. With the disaster potentially happen the television networks pick up the story with the nation watching on to see if the crew of Apollo 13 will make it home.

 

Thoughts on Apollo 13

 

Characters/PerformanceAll the characters are based on the real people, with Jim Lovell being the experienced astronaut leading the team of first timers in space. The characters are all real and made to all be heroes through this story, unlike most films of similar nature we don’t have anyone remotely like a villain in this film.

Performance wise Tom Hanks shines in the decade where he just didn’t seem to put a foot wrong. We also get brilliant performance from the whole cast playing the characters perfectly throughout the film.stars

StoryThe story is one that even Hollywood couldn’t write, this is one if not the most famous story in space history that could rival the actual Moon landing. It shows how NASA could work in limited time to prevent disaster. You are drawn into this story for the whole film which is part history lesson and part edge of your seat thriller.

Adventure/HistorySpace travel became one of the most interesting parts of history in the late 60’s with the moon landing stealing the headlines, this story captures the idea to become one of the most important moments in history for NASA.

SettingsOutside the space shuttle all the settings including mission command all fit the time perfectly with the space shuttle being the highlight of the film because it shows how the men had nowhere to go to survive.

Special EffectsThe special effects for this film are brilliant as the film doesn’t turn to them too often but when it is needed we are left believing everything that is happening.genre

Final ThoughtsIf you want to learn about one of the most amazing stories of survival in human history this is the one for you to see.

 

Overall: Breath-takingly brilliant movie about one moment in human history.

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Breakdown (1997)

breakdownDirector: Jonathan Mostow

Writer: Jonathan Mostow, Sam Montgomery (Screenplay) Jonathan Mostow (Story)

Starring: Kurt Russell, J.T. Walsh, Kathleen Quinlan, M.C Gainey, Jack Noseworthy, Rex Linn

 

Plot: A man searches for his missing wife after his car breaks down in the middle of the desert.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable Action Thriller

 

Story: Breakdown starts as we watch couple Jeff (Russell) and Amy Taylor (Quinlan) when they encounter car trouble and locals Earl (Gainey). When the car breaks down Amy goes off with a trucker Red Barr (Walsh) for help when Jeff fixes the problem. When Jeff gets to the location suggested his wife isn’t their he starts to panic searching for her but when he finds the truck the driver has no idea who he is.

We follow Jeff as he finds himself going up against Red Barr and his men including Earl as they have kidnapped Amy in what is their plan to commit a robbery against this Jeff but Jeff isn’t willing to go along with the rules.

Breakdown is an action film that does everything it needs to without taking any risks, it is almost the 101 on how to make an action film. The robbery side of the story works without being shown how smoothly it seems to have worked before. The everyday one man trying to get his wife back also works on a cinematic point of view but that one man is Kurt Russell. This doesn’t have enough on the story but for what it is really all we need.

 

Actor Review

 

Kurt Russell: Jeff Taylor is the successful husband travelling cross country when his car breaks down, letting his wife go off with a trucker he finds himself having to locate her. Jeff finds himself in the middle of a battle with thieves who have his wife and want to exchange her for their money. Jeff doesn’t back down and goes on a one-man mission to find his wife. Kurt is a great in the leading action man role which is what we expect from him.jeff

J.T. Walsh: Red Barr is the trucker who helped take Amy to what Jeff thought would be safety. He comes off as the ring leader in the plan staying calm throughout the situation. J.T makes for a good villain without being to menacing.

Kathleen Quinlan: Amy Taylor is the wife of Jeff who goes off with the trucker looking for rescue from the broken down car, she is basically the damsel in distress that we don’t get to see for most of the film. Kathleen really isn’t involved in the story enough as she is just kidnapped off screen.

M.C. Gainey: Earl is one of the men involved in the kidnapping of Jeff’s wife, he is the first one they clash with in a driving incident and always having to chase Jeff down. Earl is your typical second in command for the leader. M.C is good in a role that we know he can play with ease.

Support Cast: Breakdown only has your typical supporting cast which includes fellow criminals and law officers.

Director Review: Jonathan MostowJonathan gives us a enjoyable action thriller.

 

Action: Breakdown as good action sequences that all play into the story well without being over the top.

Crime: Breakdown puts our hero Jeff in the middle of a crime where he is the only one that can stop it.

Mystery: Breakdown makes us wonder what is happening before we learn about the groups plan.

Thriller: Breakdown does keep us on edge from start to finish.

Settings: Breakdown uses the open roads of America for setting showing how easy it would to become caught in the middle of it all.
Special Effects
: Breakdown has good effects with the car chases but that is all it is used for.

Suggestion: Breakdown is one for the action fans to enjoy. (Action Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Final chase.

Worst Part: Over kill.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final chase

 

Believability: The idea is created to show it could happen but we know this is fictional.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $36 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

Tagline: No-one is safe from chance

 

Overall: Thriller ride of an action film

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Horns (2013)

logoDirector: Alexandre Aja

Writer: Keith Bunin (Screenplay) Joe Hill (Novel)

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Max Minghella, Joe Anderson, Juno Temple, Kelli Garner, James Remar, Kathleen Quinlan, Heather Graham, David Morse

 

Plot: In the aftermath of his girlfriend’s mysterious death, a young man awakens to find strange horns sprouting from his temples.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Unique Thriller

 

Story: Horns starts with narration from Ig (Radcliffe) who sees himself as an outsider in his town, but that doesn’t bother him because he is in love with his girlfriend Merrin (Temple). Merrin gets murdered and the whole town believes Ig killed her. Ig has his only friend Lee Tourneau (Minghella) who is trying to prove his innocence while Ig’s family doesn’t know what to believe. Ig wants to know the truth but only seeks help in the bottom of a bottle booze while becoming very destruction.

With the stress of what is happening continuing Ig starts to grow horns becoming the literal image of the devil which the town has painted him as. Ig tries to find answers that only make his day more confusing as everyone he meets seems to give away their deepest and darkest secrets. We get a flashback of the blossoming romance between Ig and Merrin from childhood sweethearts into where they were before her murder.

Ig goes out using his new ability to look for the answers to Merrin’s murder which leads to him cause chaos through the town. As the story continues we learn what really happened on the final night between Ig and Merrin with them breaking up and we see who the murderer really is.

Horns is one of the few films I have gone into not knowing too much about, so I was prepared for pretty much anything. Learning just before I put the disc in who actually wrote the story did manage to make me a lot more interested Joe Hill son of Stephen King. What we ended up getting was a surprisingly interesting thriller that sways the direction you would expect a King story to go, just when you thought you knew what happening everything was got swept away right in front of you. I would like to point out that I did feel the film lack a depth is potential suspects though. I liked how the story manages to mix the flashbacks into the story to show enough to get us to the next stage of the investigation without giving away all the answers too. I think this was one of the film that really seemed to go under the radar when it was released and is certainly a film to see. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Daniel Radcliffe: Ig Perrish is the man who is accused of murdering his girlfriend and becomes the literally image of the devil, ig must try and figure out who really killed her and along the way he learns that his perfect world was nothing like he imagined. Daniel is still trying to shake the Harry Potter name that will be attached to him for his whole career, but he does a good job making himself a good character in this thriller. (8/10)

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Max Minghella: Lee Tourneau is Ig’s loyal friend and lawyer who is the only one that will defend Ig from the guilty verdict everyone is expecting him to get. Max is going to end up being given the same marks as most of the supporting cast because his character never gets fully developed to the level which is required. (6/10)

 

Joe Anderson: Terry Perrish is Ig’s brother who spends his life on drugs and playing music, he does look after Ig but his knows more than he lets on about the murder. Joe, much like Max doesn’t get enough time to develop. (6/10)

 

Juno Temple: Merrin Williams the victim in this story, we get to see how when she started to want something more things become deadly as we have to figure out who killed her. Juno continues to show she can be a good lead supporting character. (7/10)

 

Support Cast: Horns has a supporting cast that in mainly the people who are accusing Ig of the crime they all paint the town to be very generic and easily misled.

 

Director Review: Alexandre Aja – Alexandre wakes a step back from his usual horror films that are usually gore filled to give us this very well made film. (8/10)

 

Fantasy: Horns enters us into the world where turning into the devil could make people do and say anything. (8/10)

Thriller: Horns does really keep you wondering what really happened and who did kill Merrin. (8/10)

Settings: Horns gives us a real small town setting making us feel like the close community would believe what they are being told. (8/10)
Special Effects
: Horns has great special effects for the transformation Ig goes through mixing the practical with the CGI nicely. (8/10)

Suggestion: Horns is one to give a try, I think it shows how a good romantic mystery thriller could go, but I am sure there will be the doubters out there. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Radcliffe shows how he has left Harry Potter behind.

Worst Part: I felt like it was clear who the killer was early on.

Favourite Quote: Merrin ‘Just love me till the end of my life’.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $3.3 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours

Tagline: Love hurts like hell

 

Overall: Horns is a beautifully shot romantic mystery thriller that has a secret around every corner.

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Event Horizon (1997)

logoDirector: Paul W.S. Anderson

Writer: Philip Eisner (Screenplay)

Starring: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan, Joely Richardson, Richard T. Jones, Jack Noseworthy, Jason Isaacs, Sean Pertwee

 

Plot: A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned…with someone or something new on-board.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Closest To A Sci-Fi Horror Equal to Alien

 

Story: Event Horizon starts by filling us in on the time and events of the film, we are in 2040 where a Deep space research vessel called The Event Horizon has disappeared after passing past Neptune becoming one of the biggest disasters on record. 7 years later we see a devoid of gravity space craft that haunts Dr Weir (Neill) as he still struggles with the loss of his wife. We are on the Lewis & Clark the rescue mission to find the Event Horizon. Our team includes Captain Miller (Fishburne), Med Tech Peters (Quinlan), Lt Starck (Richardson), Cooper (Jones), Justin (Noseworthy), DJ (Isaacs) and Smith (Pertwee) each has their own specialist use on the mission. We get the simple hyper sleep idea for the long distance travelling which continues to feed the nightmares Weir is having.

The mission involved learning what really happened to the Event Horizon because it was part of a secret experiment to create a faster travelling system through space. Investigating the ship the crew find nothing but a ghost ship, with signs of a previous struggle with blood and body parts floating around. When an unexplained event happens the crew have to all move onto the Event Horizon while they try and fix their own ship. It isn’t long before the crew start seeing things around the ship which simply can’t be explained with rational science. The crew has 20 hours of air before they will end up dying to fix their ship and make it home.

Event Horizon is a sci-fi film that is nearly 20 years old and still feels like it could be considered fresh compared too many films that attempted and failed to reach the same level of atmosphere and pure horror. We get the deep space which instantly creates the idea that the characters are going to be alone. I will look at few negatives that got me, the first would be that they don’t discuss the mission until they are about to get there meaning there isn’t a way to go back. The second would be even after seeing this film a couple of times now I still don’t fully know what to believe about the Dr Weir character whether he is good or always bad. Overall this is a very good story and the negatives are really just nit picking instead of just praising the film. (9/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Laurence Fishburne: Captain Miller is the leader of the rescue mission, he will look out for every one of his crew and involve them all in the decision making process but will never leave one behind. Laurence does a good job in this leading role playing the strong but equal leader. (7/10)

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Sam Neill: Dr William Weir is the creator of the Event Horizon who gets taken over by the life force inside the ship wanting to take advantage of the newly discovered machine. Sam ends up going through a brilliant and frightening transformation as this film rolls on and ends up being almost unrecognisable. (8/10)

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Kathleen Quinlan: Peters is the med tech who first starts getting vision showing her greatest fear. I do have issues with this character because she should be the most logical when it comes to seeing the vision because she off all the people should know it is only in their minds. Kathleen does a solid job with what she has to do, it’s not her fault her character makes bad decisions. (6/10)

 

Joely Richardson: Lt Starck is the member of the crew trying to uncover everything that happened to the original crew and along the way she learns the pure terror the crew will be in for. Joely does a solid job in this role but really doesn’t get as much screen time as the character should get. (7/10)

 

Richard T Jones: Cooper is one of the engineers who gets all the best lines while the mission is taking place, he also goes through the most including being blasted off the ship and having to find his own way back. Richard ends up playing the character you want to see on screen most because he is so funny. (7/10)

 

Support Cast: Event Horizon does have a couple more members of the crew that all end up becoming disposable characters as they rest try to escape the terror on the ship.

 

Director Review: Paul W.S. Anderson – Paul does a great job here and shows he knows how to pace a film to have enough scares and tension to keep us fully behind the film from start to finish. (8/10)

 

Horror: Event Horizon has to go down as one of the best horror films of the 90s but will always end up getting eclipsed by Alien. (9/10)

Sci-Fi: Event Horizon takes place in space and challenges scientific theory to make the story’s events unfold. (9/10)

Settings: Event Horizon works perfectly for horror as it creates isolation instantly and the crew have to find their own way to safety because no one can rescue them. (9/10)
Special Effects
: Event Horizon does have a small weakness because a lot of the gravity based effects have dated but the rest all look great consider how many years have passed. (6/10)

Suggestion: Event Horizon is one for all the horror fans to watch, it is easily one of the most enjoyable of recent years. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Weir’s Transformation is scary and frightening all mixed up to make it horrific.

Worst Part: Certain effects have dated.

Oh My God Moment: The footage showing what happened to the original crew.

Scariest Scene: The reveal of what has happened to Dr Weir.

Favourite Quote: Dr Weir ‘Where we’re going, we won’t need eyes to see.’

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Sunshine and Pandorum

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $26.6 Million

Budget: $50 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes

Tagline: Infinite Space – Infinite Terror

Trivia: Paul W.S. Anderson’s initial cut of the film ran to 130 minutes and was quite graphically violent, so much so that both test audiences and the studio baulked at the finished product. Paramount ordered him to cut the film by 30 minutes and tone down some of the violence, a decision he now regrets.

 

Overall: Event Horizon is one of the most shocking sci-fi horrors of all time and a must watch for all the horror fans out there.

Rating 89