Skinwalkers (2006)

Director: James Isaac

Writer: James DeMonaco, Todd Harthan, James Roday (Screenplay)

Starring: Jason Behr, Elias Koteas, Rhona Mitra, Natassia Malthe, Kim Coates, Sarah Carter, Tom Jackson

 

Plot: A 12 year old boy and his mother become the targets of two warring werewolf packs, each with different intentions and motives.


Tagline – For them to live, we must die.

Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Werewolf 101

 

Story: Skinwalkers starts as Varek (Behr) leads the hunt for a young boy for his werewolf pack, joined by Sonja (Malthe) he learns the location of Timothy (Knight) which takes him to small town to collect him.

Varek didn’t count on Timothy being under the watch of another prepared werewolf pack led by Jonas (Koteas) and his daughter-in-law Rachel (Mitra) who wasn’t ready to learn the truth that on Tim’s 13th birthday everything changes in the battle.

 

Thoughts on Skinwalkers

 

Characters – Varek is the leader of the werewolf pack that wants Timothy dead to stop the event he will cause, he hunts calmly through the film knowing how to get ahead of his enemies, though he is unaware of his connection to the child. Jonas has been protecting his nephew for years now, knowing what he means to the species, he has built the team his truss around him to make sure he is safe. Rachel is the mother of Timothy, she thinks he is just a normal kid and that she lives in a normal town, he must learn fast how to cope in this world filled with werewolves and protect her son. Sonja is the deadliest fighter on Varek side of the war, she enjoys hurting people and we see her take pleasure in this.

PerformancesJason Behr as the conflicted werewolf is good to watch, he shines on the bad boy side of this story, though when he must show the other side of the emotions we see him struggle at times. Elias Koteas is strong for his role which is one that we often see him in. Rhona Mitra does well in the reluctant heroes being the strong need to learn to battle mother figure in the film. everyone else in the film is fine without needing to be anything special, they fit their roles well to help the story flow.

StoryThe story here follows two warring werewolf packs that know the importance of a child for both their existences, so basically something we have seen before only with a modern style to it. The fact the story does feel like an introduction to a much big world building idea is promising and while it isn’t the film’s fault we didn’t see the next chapter, it does show us how story telling can think ahead of time. If we are being honest this is a by the book storyline, it doesn’t bring us anything new to the werewolf mythology it just tries to keep it in the modern world.

Action/Fantasy/HorrorThe action sequences are mixed bag because we have shoot-out which are routine and lack the peril for certain characters, while the fights show the effects that two werewolves fighting would have on each other. The fantasy world of werewolves living among humans is nicely done, showing two sides to them, though the horror does seem weak because we never feel terrified by what we are seeing.

SettingsThe film uses the settings in a mix of quality and generic, the small town gets the big surprise with everyone being part of the protection, then we hit the road and its nothing we haven’t seen before.

Special EffectsThe effects for the werewolves and wounds look nice, its just most are hidden from the full effect of the shock.


Scene of the Movie –
Town stand off.

That Moment That Annoyed Me There are a few blink and you miss it moments.

Final ThoughtsThis is a by the book werewolf film, it has good moments, it has forgettable moments and ends up feeling like the pilot for a television show.

 

Overall: The werewolf genre done safely.

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Goon (2011)

goonDirector: Michael Dowse

Writer: Jay Baruchel, Evan Goldberg (Screenplay) Adam Frattasio, Doug Smith (Book)

Starring: Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Alison Pill, Liev Schreiber, Eugene Levy, Marc-Andre Grondin, Kim Coates

 

Plot: Labeled an outcast by his brainy family, a bouncer overcomes long odds to lead a team of under performing misfits to semi-pro hockey glory, beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Sports Comedy

 

Story: Goon starts as we meet bouncer Doug Glatt (Scott) who comes from a family of doctors and his best friend Pat (Baruchel) who has his own ice hockey show who is starting to wonder where his place is in the world. After getting involved in a fight with an ice hockey player and laying him out, Doug finds himself getting offered a try out for team.

Proving his worth on the rank Doug gets offered a contract for a team in the semi pro level where his job is to watch the back of once brilliant potential player Xavier LaFlamme (Grondin). With Doug’s team success turning with his addition to the team it soon becomes an event to see who Doug will fight next with close to retirement tough guy Ross Rhea (Schreiber) wanting to have a final fight before retiring.

Goon is a sports comedy that takes on ice hockey a sport that can always be looked at very strangely with how violent it can become for no reason. We only look at the violent side of the sport not the beauty it can have when played professional. We do get part building of team spirit through the film which does have elements of underdog story too.

Seann William Scott is great in this leading role getting to be the nice guy off the rink but the most dangerous man on it. Baruchel gets very tiring quickly with his character that just doesn’t stop being annoying with Liev Schreiber being the more experienced player really works. This is a fun sports comedy that can be enjoyed by most sports fans that could easily be seen why it is so popular/

 

Overall: Underrated sports comedy that has plenty of fun at ice hockey’s expense.

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Unstoppable (2004)

logoDirector: David Carson

Writer: Tom Vaughn (Screenplay)

Starring: Wesley Snipes, Jaqueline Obradors, Stuart Wilson, Kim Coates, Mark Sheppard, Adewale Akinnuote-Agbaje

 

Plot: The deranged military and former CIA agent Dean Cage (Snipes) is in rehab program, trying to forget the traumatic loss of his best friend Scott in Bosnia. When he dates with his girlfriend and Scott’s sister Detective Amy Knight (Obradors), in a dining restaurant he is mistakenly taken as being the CIA agent that is investigating the robbery of the military experiment XE by a man called Sullivan (Wilson). He is injected with the drug and abducted by the thieves. Amy has six hours to find the also stolen antidote and save Dean’s life.

 

Verdict: A fun straight to DVD action film

Story: When you see a straight to DVD film you don’t expect too much and what little you do expect you usually get. With this you think Snipes is just gonna kick ass and build up a body count. This time you get the kick ass but you also have to see him put in some acting with a lead character that can be exposed to different truths depending on who  tells them what. With plenty of different people after Dean we are left to wonder who the good guys are and who the bad guys are. (8/10)

 

Actor Review: Wesley Snipes – Dean Cage ex solider haunted by the death of his best friend, who is the wrong guy in the wrong place falling into a war between illegal drug s sale and the CIA. Good performance by Wesley and he looks like he had a lot of fun with it. (8/10)

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Actor Review: Jacqueline Obradors – Det Amy Knight who is looking for her boyfriend Dean while the CIA are refusing to help her. Good tough cop performance who is driven. (7/10)

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Actor Review: Stuart Wilson – Sullivan the sales man testing the drugs before selling them onto the black market. Good performance but offers nothing new to the idea in the character. (6/10)

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Actor Review: Kim Coates – Peterson one of the two bumbling hit men who Cage keeps getting the better off. Good performance adding a small bit of comedy to the role. (7/10)

 

Actor Review: Mark Sheppard – Leitch the other bumbling hit man that cage out smarts. Good performance that tries to be the smart one of the two henchmen. (7/10)

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Actor Review: Adewale Akinnuote-Agbaje – Agent Junod the guy the hit men are actually after who then has to track down the deal before it is too late. Standard performance playing the suit role well. (6/10)

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Director Review: David Carson – Good direction to create a fun action without taking away too much of the serious side to it. (8/10)

 

Action: Good fight scenes and explosions. (7/10)

Thriller: Good thriller but never really excels. (7/10)

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: Each setting is used well the mental home is used well for the confusion scenes for Cage. (7/10)

 

Suggestion: This is one of those Relaction films I enjoy watching and could easily be picked up at any stage of the film. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Escaping the mental home.

Worst Part: Would have like a more twisted villain.

Action Scene Of The Film: The final meeting.

Funniest Scene: While escaping the mental home Cage thinks it is on fire and releases all the patients.

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: No

 

Overall: Sit Back Enjoy

Rating 72

The Client (1994)

This is a John Grisham adaptation which follows a young boy Mark Sway (Brad Renfro) who witness a suicide of a Mafia lawyer. He is being hunted by the FBI who want him to testify against the Mafia while the Mafia are after him to stop him talking about a murder they have committed. He hires small time lawyer Reggie Love (Oscar Nominated Susan Sarandon) to help protect him and his family.

In what is quite a tense thriller that can be considered similar to a lot of other Grisham material  that are all very watchable. Put in the all star cast of Tommy Lee Jones, William H Macy, Anthony LaPaglia, Mary-Louise Parker, J.T.Walsh, Will Patton, Kim Coates, Ossie Davis. You get a some very solid acting performances.

Overall i would give this a 76% 

Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Writer: Paul W.S. Anderson
Starring: Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Kim Coates, Shawn Roberts, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, SPencer Locke, Boris Kodjoe, Wentworth Miller, Kacey Barrifield, Norman Young

Story Alice (Milla Jovovich) takes her battle against the Umbrella Cooperation to new levels by invading one of the underground facilities lead by Wesker (Shawn Roberts). After somehow escaping she heads of the Alaska to meet up with the party of people she set there including Claire Redfield (Ali Larter) and K-Mart (Spencer Locke). She finds nothings but a airplane graveyard before getting attacked by a brain washed Claire.

Alice finds a plane that work and set off looking for more survivors with Claire tied up trying to refuel her memory. Once they reach Hollywood they find some survivors on the roof of a prison surrounded by the undead. After an ambitious landing we meet the survivors. Lead by Luther West (Boris Kodjoe) we have Bennett (Kim Coates), Angel Oritz (Sergio Peris Mencheta), Crystal (Kacey Barnfield) Kim Yong (Norman Yeung) and Wendell (Fulvio Cecere). We also meet a favourite of the game series Chris Redfield (Wentworth Miller).

With the undead starting to break the barriers a super mutant Axeman leading this attack can our heroes get help from a near by boat with the same signal which lead Alice to Alaska?

Verdict This is one of the better sequels too the video game franchise to movie. Alice kick ass again learning more about her powers along the way. The introduction of more of the video game characters proves this franchise is still going strong. The 3D side of the film is bought off well throwing all sorts of things into the audience. Overall this is a good action horror well worth a watch for all fans.

Best quote Wesker ‘I’m what you used to be. Only Better’

Favourite character Alice because she keep coming and kicking ass

Stand out performance Shawn Roberts as Wesker strong performance and no emotional villain

Best moment Opening army of Alice breaking into the Umbrella cooperation

Worst Moment Killing off the supporting cast way to quickly

Cameo Alert Jill Valentine can be seen if you watch the credits

My Rating 78%