Accidental Hero (1992)

Director: Stephen Frears

Writer: David Webb Peoples (Screenplay) Laura Ziskin, Alvin Sargent, David Webb Peoples (Story)

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis, Andy Garcia, Joan Cusack, Kevin J O’Connor, Maury Chaykin, Stephen Tobolowsky

 

Plot: A not-so-nice man rescues passengers from a crashed airliner, only to see someone else take credit.


Tagline – We’re all heroes if you catch us at the right moment. Even Bernie LaPlante.

Runtime: 1 Hour 59 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Interesting Idea, Not Funny Enough

 

Story: Accidental Hero starts as we meet Bernie LaPlante (Hoffman) who is facing jail time for his streetwise action, he is trying to talk himself out of jail time, without much success. We also meet reporter Gale (Davis) who has just received an award for her work even if her boss isn’t given her the chances she has earnt.

When the plane carrying Gale crash lands, Bernie happens to be next to accident, he ends up saving everybody on board, before vanishing into the night. When Gale wants to make the story out of the event, a fellow homeless man John Bubber (Garcia) takes credit, who wants to use his new-found fame to help the homeless, while Bernie is left in jail watching the events unfold.

 

Thoughts on Accidental Hero

 

Characters – Bernie LaPlante is a homeless man that has blown his successful life out the water, he lost his wife, most of his time with his son and is facing jail, he knows how to survive and push the limits to make sure he survives on the street, with his car being his home. He ends up doing an act of greatness, saving the passengers on a plane, but not wanting the praise for this, until a monetary reward comes up, he must figure out how to prove it was him. Gale is a reporter on the rise in the business, she is receiving an award, while still fighting her time on the big screen, she makes a story out of the plane crash, which sees her take a homeless man to celebrity status. John Bubber is a homeless man that decides to come forward and claim the reward for being the hero, he soon becomes the talk of the town that would inspire many into doing the right thing.

PerformancesDustin Hoffman is the right man for the job because he fits the unlikely hero that has been through the struggles in life. Geena Davis is fun in the role that sums up the struggle women would have in the professional field. Andy Garcia goes through the biggest change which sees him doing everything to live with the new fame.

StoryThe story follows a reporter who wants to make the hero of a plane crash rescue known to the people they saved, only for the real person behind it all, not getting the game after a fake takes the limelight. This does pain the picture of faster acting celebrities coming from such simple ideas of rescuing somebody, people struggling with new fame and how people are quick to just judge anybody that might be helping others out. Strangely enough this is one of the stories that could really become more appealing in the social media heavy world we now live in and would be an interesting one to see reach new level.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy in this film doesn’t come off, it never feels like a film you could have a giggle about anything happening, the romance is strange because it just doesn’t give us a believable one either.

SettingsThe settings show us just how the big city can capture a story which would make an unknown a celebrity over night.


Scene of the Movie –
The balcony.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The lack of comedy in the comedy film.

Final ThoughtsThis is a lacklustre romantic comedy that just doesn’t hit the marks it could and actually feels like it could be one film that makes a bigger impact now.

 

Overall: Stuck between too many genres.

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Gods and Monsters (1998)

godsDirector: Bill Condon

Writer: Bill Condon (Screenplay) Christopher Bram (Novel)

Starring: Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, Lynn Redgrave, Lolita Davidovich, David Dukes, Kevin J O’Connor, Mark Kiely

 

Plot: The last days of Frankenstein (1931) director James Whale are explored.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Great Biopic

 

Story: Gods and Monsters starts as we meet legendary horror director James Whale (McKellen) who is most remembered for the Frankenstein movies. He has been struggling with illness which for the time has never fully been understood. James is a homosexual which again for the time was still looked down on.

James has a habit of pushing young men into showing him their bodies which the latest attraction coming in the gardener Clayton Boone (Fraser). Over time the two become friends as Clayton gets to learn more about a world he had never have thought twice about entering but also learns more about himself from the encounters.

Gods and Monsters tells the final days of the director James Whales as we see him battle his own mind with his illness as he wants to experience that last moment in his life. We see an unlikely friendship occur between two very opposite people that has an effect of both sides of the friendship. The performances from both Oscar nominated McKellen and Brendan Fraser are brilliant as we fully believe these two men have come from different worlds can see the world the same.

 

Overall: Biopic everything should check out.

Rating75

 

 

Daniel Day-Lewis Weekend – There Will Be Blood (2007)

bloodDirector: Paul Thomas Anderson

Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson (Screenplay) Upton Sinclair (Novel)

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Barry Del Sherman, Paul Dano, Ciaran Hinds, David Willis, Kevin J O’Connor, David Warshofsky

 

Plot: A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Stunning Character Driven Story

 

Story: There Will Be Blood starts as we witness Daniel Plainview (Day-Lewis) make the early steps to his fortune from his first pieces of silver to his first oil drilling site in 1902. With 14 minutes of just music and visuals we are drawn into this story.

We move to 1911 where Daniel has gain the reputation of success and with his associate Fetcher (Hinds) and adopted son HW he is always looking for a new opportunity. When Paul Sunday (Dano) comes to Daniel about a new oil dwelling Daniel looks into this report including purchasing the land around the settlement.

Taking advantage of the remaining Sunday family including Eli (Also played by Dano) Daniel looks to take over Little Boston building a new city that will make his fortune bigger than he could ever image.

As Daniel’s greed grows as does his rivalry with Priest Eli Sunday and the two find themselves as Daniel finds himself going to extreme measures to make sure he gets all of his money and Eli starts to question his own faith.

There Will Be Blood is one of those films that tells one of the most intense stories you will ever see, sure this isn’t one you can watch once a week in fact once a year is slightly difficult because it really is a hard watch. Saying it is a hard watch also means it is a must watch too because nothing will ever give you two power house performance like what Day-Lewis and Dano give. The film shows how greed makes a man desperate but also shows the struggle of the turn of the 20th Century for every person to survive.

 

Actor Review

 

Daniel Day-Lewis: Daniel Plainview is an oil tycoon who started with nothing, we follow his story from his first find to his first oil strike before he becomes one of the most powerful oil drillers in America. We learn about his methods being questionable as he believes he can just steal the money from people. Daniel is a great business man but his people skills will leave something to the imagination, he can sale anything to get the best deal though. He clashes with the local priest at his latest dig site which pushes him to the level of madness and greed. Daniel is amazing in this role where he rightfully won his Oscar.daniel

Paul Dano: Paul Sunday/Eli Sunday, Paul is the man that sends Daniel to Little Boston while Eli is the Priest of Little Boston that is willing to work with Daniel as long as he supports his church. Things don’t go the way Eli had planned as the two soon find themselves in a bitter rivalry that pushes them both to the limits. Paul was somehow over looked for an Oscar in what is a brilliant performance against Daniel Day-Lewis.sunday

Ciaran Hinds: Fletcher is Daniel’s most trusted man in business, he does all of the jobs Daniel can’t bring himself to do but never seems to get involved in the actually drilling side of the enterprise. Ciaran is great in this supporting role.

Support Cast: There Will Be Blood has a massive supporting cast that all give great performance through the film.

Director Review: Paul Thomas AndersonPaul continues to show that he is a brilliant director with this outstanding film.

 

Drama: There Will Be Blood gives us one of the best dramatic films you will ever see.

Settings: There Will Be Blood recreates the settings for the time period which pulls us into believing we are with the characters in the story.
Suggestion
: There Will Be Blood is one that everyone should have watched at least once. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Performances.

Worst Part: Not the most appealing story.

Favourite Quote: Daniel ‘Did you think your song and dance and your superstition would help you, Eli? I am the Third Revelation! I am who the Lord has chosen!’

 

Believability: Yes

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Won Two Oscars and nominated for a further 6.

Box Office: $40 Million

Budget: $25 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 38 Minutes

Tagline: When Ambition Meets Faith

 

Overall: Stunning drama that really is a must watch for everyone.

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Flight of the Living Dead; Outbreak on a Plane (2007)

Director: Scott Thomas

Writer: Scott Thomas, Mark Onspaugh, Sidney Iwanter

Starring: David Chrisum, Kristen Kerr, Kevin j. O’Connor, Richard Tyson, Erick Avari, Derek Webster

Story A group of scientist, who work for a small section of the government, have created a sample of a medicine that will regenerate human life. They are transferring a sample on a plane lead by Dr Bennett (Avari). The plane is full of different characters including Federal agent Truman (Chrisum) taking a prison Frank (O’Connor) back to France. There is a famous sports star and his wife, a group of teens on a holiday with secrets from each other and many more. The captain is on his last flight with a young co-pilot and group of good looking flight attendances and an air Marshall but which one of the characters is this person.

During the flight they hit a storm, which leads to the sample being released. The sample turns out to be on of the doctor’s wife who quickly turns into an undead character and all hell lets lose on the flight. The government learn about the location of the sample and start talking about shooting it down before anything could happen or the virus spread. Can the unlikely group work together to make it to land alive and stop from being shot down?

Verdict This movie is a bit like a spoof of Snakes on a Plane but comes over onto its very own never too serious or too spoofy. Most of the characters are very generic and you really don’t care which ones survive as long as there is some good splatter scenes. It doesn’t reach any real scare levels which over undead movies can. It also has some almost video game type shooting scene where the undead pop up from behind seats, which is nicely done.

Story Mark 6/10 Simple story but nothing too original apart from the setting

Action Mark 7/10 Has more action scenes than horror nicely worked scenes

Special Effects Mark 7/10 Some nice make up effects but special effects are clearly computerised

Least Favourite Character Truman Boring cop really and has no real emotions

Poor Performance Most of the cast is unknown or small supporting roles and you can see why 

Best Part The funny Asian passenger who can’t undo his seat belt human and undead

Worst Part Sometimes the characters sort of go missing during the running around scared part of the movie

Best Quote Frank ‘You thought it was me gnawing on the passengers? Nah, I’m a vegetarian’

Favourite Character Frank wise cracking criminal steals most scenes

 My Rating a Fun 70%

 

Deep Rising (1998)

Director: Stephen Sommers
Starring: Treat Williams, Famke Janssen, Anthony Heald, Kevin J O’Connor, Wes Studi, Derrick O’Connor, Jason Flemyng, Cliff Curtis, Clifton Powell, Trevor Goddard, Djimon Hounsou, Una Damon, Clint Curtis

Starting out on a luxury cruise ships maiden voyage owner Simon Canton (Anthony Heald) has a celebration with guests including Captain Atherton (Derrick O’Connor) and jewel thief Trillian St. James (Famke Janssen). After stopping her stealing the jewels they lock her in a storage cupboard until they reach the next port. Something then attacks the ship and we are left to wonder what has happened.

Next we meet John Finnegan (Treat Williams) a boat for hire who takes any job for the right money and his two workers Joey (Kevin J O’Connor) and Leila (Una Damon). The have been paid by Hanover (Wes Studi) and his mercenaries Mulligan (Jason Flemyng), Mamooli (Cliff Curtis) Mason (Clifton Powell) T.Ray (Trevor Goddard) Vivo (Djimon Hounsou) and Billy (Clint Curtis) a truly international group from all corners of the Earth. They have paid to be taken to the middle of nowhere with a large amount of weapons.

Upon arriving at the destination which is the cruise ship which they are due to hijack they find the ship abandoned. With the ship they arrived on damaged they must search the abandoned ship for tools to fix theirs or a way to get the cruise ship moving again. While searching they find Captain Artherton, Simon and Trillian but they start hearing noises from the creature that seems to have attacked the ship. How will our heroes get out of this one?

This action horror is Stephen Sommers first go at the action genre and he has a very simple idea to work with a group of people on a boat in the middle of ocean. It has a atmosphere which Aliens created not to the same level of tension tho. The dialog is tongue in check with lots of one liners to cover how serious the situation is actually meant to be which makes the film enjoyable because as a stand alone horror this film would really fail.

If you enjoyed Stephen Sommers other movies you will enjoy this and he creates very similar characters and like using his relecutant heroes with almost comic relief side kicks. Also you see some of the creation of The Mummy visual effects with some of the death scenes.

My overall Rating a very enjoyable 86%