Mile 22 (2018)

Director: Peter Berg

Writer: Lea Carpenter (Screenplay) Graham Roland, Lea Carpenter (Story)

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Lauren Cohan, Iko Uwais, John Malkovich, Ronda Rousey, Carlo Alban, Natasha Goubskaya

 

Plot: An elite American intelligence officer, aided by a top-secret tactical command unit, tries to smuggle a mysterious police officer with sensitive information out of the country.


Tagline – Option 1: Diplomacy. Option 2: Military. Meet Option 3

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Bloody but Lacking Substance

 

Story: Mile 22 starts as we meet our elite team led by James Silva (Wahlberg), we have Alice (Cohan), Sam (Rousey) and Douglas (Alban), they are Overwatch, with Bishop (Malkovich) providing the eyes from the skies from a distance. We see how skill and ruthless they are in the opening sequence.

Now 16 months later the team get their latest assignment, to get a mysterious police office Li Noor (Uwais) out of the country so he will give them the information on potential weapons of mass destruction, the problem is, everyone wants him dead.

 

Thoughts on Mile 88

 

Characters – James Silva is a vastly intelligent man, the needs puzzles to keep his mind in check or he will become violent, he sticks up for his team in any situation and will get the job done no matter what it takes. This character can get very annoying because we get too man speech moments from him which pause the action to take place. not liking the leading man isn’t always going to help the film. Alice is the member of the team with the connection to Li, she knows he is good for the information, but her personal like of going through a divorce and being away from her daughter is what tries to bring a human side to her character, while strong and resourceful, we still get the scene where the female needs a man to save her. Li Noor is the mysterious cop that has the information that the locals also want dead, he proves to be vital in escaping and proves to be the highlight of the action scenes. Bishop is the eyes in the sky, he leads the team from a distance which will help them find the best escape routes, he needs to be trusted to make the operation work.

PerformancesMark Wahlberg gives us a performance which is mostly annoying, sure, he can point and shoot a gun, but his speech moments and that damn wrist thing get so annoying through the film. Lauren Cohan breaking away from television here, she does give us a stronger performance showing what we could get from better writing on the Walking Dead. Iko Uwais is the main reason I went to see this movie and when he is let loose to fight, we get the best part of the movie. John Malkovich is good without needing to do that much in this role.

StoryThe story here follows an elite unit that must transport a man from point A to point B by a certain time, with an unknown number of enemies trying to hunt them down. Seems simple enough, well we do start slow, we get a lot of political red tape to get through before we get to the action, once we hit the action we end up getting a mix of 16 Blocks and The Raid, only not that good. The fact that the technology is that intelligent drains the life out of the story, we lose the suspense in the story when we get ‘drive down this road, take a left or a right’ we sometimes need to see the face the problems head on, which they end up doing anyway, just slapping this side part in. the story does have one impressive moment which you must wait to see, otherwise we do get into the over-complicated for no reason.

Action/CrimeThe action in this film is bloody gun battles, Iko Uwais showing his fight skills once again, which is always a pleasure to see, though the cutting between certain moments takes away from the excitement of the action. The crime world shows us how certain military roles can be above the law no matter what the case it.

SettingsThe film is set in an unnamed country in Southeast Asia, this does stop any political issues with how the story is told, we get tighter streets which is fine otherwise this is just the location we expect in a bigger city with embassies in.


Scene of the Movie –
Iko Uwais first gets unleashed.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Mark Wahlberg mainly.

Final ThoughtsThis is an over-complicated action movie that can be fun to watch in places, it doesn’t hold back on the blood and will soon be one that you mostly likely forget.

 

Overall: Over-complicated Action Thriller.

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – The Boy (2016)

bboyDirector: William Brent Bell

Writer: Stacey Menear (Screenplay)

Starring: Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, James Russell, Jim Norton, Dian Hardcastle, Ben Robson, Jett Klyne

 

Plot: An American nanny is shocked that her new English family’s boy is actually a life-sized doll. After she violates a list of strict rules, disturbing events make her believe that the doll is really alive.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Atmospheric Thriller

 

Story: The Boy starts as Greta Evans (Cohan) moves to England to start a new life as a nanny and after a flirtatious meeting with Malcolm (Evans) she meets the Heelshire’s Mr (Norton) & Mrs (Hardcastle) who introduce her to their son Brahms a creepy doll. Greta learning the ways of family when it comes to looking after Brahms as the Heelshire’s are going away from a vacation.

Alone in the house Greta puts the doll aside to focus on why she has taken this job away from her home. Greta continues to enjoy her time alone even agreeing to go on a date with Malcolm until strange things start going on in the house she is left wondering what really happened to Brahms leading the family to have this doll that enjoys playing with its nannies.

Greta embraces the idea that Brahms is in fact alive and just wants to be cared for by his mother and nanny, but when her past catches up with her the nightmare is about to beginning.

The Boy is a horror thriller that really builds all the tension throughout only for the ending to feel like something we have seen before. I have one huge question that makes me wonder a lot about this film and that is why would an English couple hire an American nanny and why would she agree to the job before seeing the child. This might be me but still left me wondering. I do feel a lot of the story is very clichéd with how it all played out and with the characters. The selling point on this story is the creepy doll that will really does come off original.

 

Actor Review

 

Lauren Cohan: Greta is an American nanny who comes to England for her latest job, it is clear she is seeing this as a new start from something. She is shocked to learn she is looking after a doll and that she finds herself alone in a mansion looking after a doll. Greta finds herself alone but not sure if she is alone as she learns about Brahms real self her past could be about to catch up with her. Lauren is good in this role but it is hard to see her in a vulnerable role after the Walking Dead.grete

Rupert Evans: Malcolm is the friendly delivery man that comes to the house once a week, he strikes up a friendship with her and fills in the gaps when it comes to the real Brahms. Rupert does well in this role but feels like a basic supporting role.

Diana Hardcastle: Mrs Heelshire is the mother of the doll, she is very attached to the doll which she sees as her own son, she gives all the rules to Grete before leaving her alone in the house. Diana is good in this basic supporting character that gives out the rules.famiy

Jim Norton: Mr Heelshire brings Greta into his house as the family’s new nanny, he is very distance and determined to final have the holiday they haven’t had in years. Jim is good as the basic supporting character.

Support Cast: The Boy has a small supporting cast that doesn’t give us the most to work with outside Lauren.

Director Review: William Brent BellWilliam gives us a very well built up horror that doesn’t reach the full potential it could have.

 

Horror: The Boy gives us a good atmospheric horror throughout.

Thriller: The Boy does keep us wondering about what is happening from the first moment in the house.

Settings: The Boy keeps the whole film inside the grounds of the property where Greta ends up working.
Special Effects
: The Boy has good effects throughout with everything that happens though the film.

Suggestion: The Boy is one for the horror fans to try, it does have its good moments. (Horror Fans Try)

 

Best Part: The atmosphere throughout.

Worst Part: Seen the ending before.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Left open for one.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $22 Million

Budget: $10 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

Tagline: Every child needs to feel loved

Trivia: Originally titled “The Inhabitant” but was changed due to scenes cut out for the PG-13 rating to a better fitting title.

 

Overall: Very well built horror that falls slightly flat in the final act

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Star Focus – Lauren Cohan

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Age: 32

Number of Roles: 24

Biggest Role: The Walking Dead

Debut Role: Casanova (2005)cassanova

Early Career: Only breaking onto the scene in 2005 in a role opposite Heath Ledger in Cassanova, Lauren went onto the television appearances and small unwanted sequels. We have ‘Vn Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj’ comedy drama ‘Float’.

Van Wilder 2 The Rise of Raj

Van Wilder 2 The Rise of Raj

Supernatural

Supernatural

Television Roles:

  • The Bold and the Beautiful (2007)
  • Supernatural (2007-2008) 6 Episodes
  • Valentine (2008)
  • Life (2009)
  • CSI: NY (2010)
  • Cold Case (2010)
  • Modern Family (2010)
  • Chuck (2011) 5 Episodes
  • The Vampire Diaries (2010-2012) 6 Episodes
  • Children’s Hospital (2012)
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2013)
  • Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories (2013)
  • Archer (2014) Voice Over 4 Episodes
  • The Walking Dead (2011-2015) 60 Episodes

Break Out Role: The Walking Dead

2010 Onwards: Continuing with television work and sequels with the biggest film being ‘Death Race 2’ it was season two of ‘The Walking Dead’ that put her on the map.

Death Race 2

Death Race 2

Next Big Role: Reach Me (2014)reah me

My Favourite Role: Maggie Green – The Walking Dead. Maggie is the daughter of Hershel living on the farm that our group of survivors end up spending time. She is your typical farm girl who wants to escape the life but also wants to stay loyal to her family. She takes a shine to Glen and the two have since become one of the most loved couple in television history. She has also been through a lot seeing most of her family getting killed during the walker outbreak.maggie

TV Corner – Walking Dead Season 4 Part 2

logoMain Cast: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Emily Kinney, Chad L Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green, Lawrence Gilliard Jr, Michael Cudlitz, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Alanna Masterson

 

Plot: Part two of this season is pretty simple and slow for the fans. It follows the group after they have all been separated by the Governor’s (David Morrissey) attack. Each episode shows each group try to figure out what to do next and having found a sign they all head to a place called Terminus.

 There Will Be Spoilers From Here on

Season Highlights: For me this part of the season really works on trying to develop the characters because beforehand we knew very little about the character pre-outbreak. We see Carl (Riggs) step up to take care of his injured father, Michonne (Gurira) break out of her broken state to become friendlier. Daryl (Reedus) become a father like figure for Beth (Kinney) before knowing what it is too lose somebody he let in. We follow Glenn (Yeun) help Tara (Masterson) and go up against new characters Sgt Abraham Ford (Cudlitz), Dr Eugene Porter (McDermitt) and Rosita (Serratos) while trying to find his wife Maggie (Cohan). Maggie twists Sasha (Martin-Green) and Bob (Gilliard Jr) into going to Terminus in hope of find Glenn. Leaving Tyreese (Coleman) and Carol (McBride) playing babysitters even though we know she killed his partner. Each group learns more about each other while struggling to survive the Walkers.

 

Sgt Ford One of the new gang members

Sgt Ford One of the new gang members

Verdict: Slow Smart Chapter

 

Season Story: Let’s face it not much happens, but we still wanted to know what was happening. The tease of anticipation leading up to Terminus keeps us guessing and when they finally start making it there what will happen. We end up having to deal with that next season but the build was nice and kept us involved throughout. (9/10)

 

Main Cast Reviews

 

Andrew Lincoln: Rick having been wounded in the his fight with the Governor he must rely on Carl before making a new enemy trying to protect him and the group he is with. Rick goes through a change in this part of the season and now he simply won’t take any prisoners. (9/10)

 rick

Norman Reedus: Daryl the fan favourite ends up playing daddy for Beth and while it looks like he starts going soft it is only after he loses her we see the old Daryl return. Daryl has always been a bit of a mystery and we learn more about his past without letting him do what he does best. (8/10)

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Steven Yeun: Glenn, he gets stuck in the prison after the attack while he helps Tara escape he is injured and ends up being take on a trip before walking back to find Maggie with a few new friends. Glenn thinks too much with his heart this time round which could end up having getting everyone in trouble. (8/10)

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Lauren Cohan: Maggie after finding the bus she can’t find Glenn and puts herself and her group in danger while desperately trying to find Glenn, leaving a trail for him to follow to Terminus could she have just marked the path for their own death? (7/10)

 maggie

Chandler Riggs: Carl having to look after Rick, he bonds with Michonne but ends up spending the time watching how Rick slowly starts to change as well as dealing with the idea that he could go too far one day. Carl is underused for the second part but it could show to be important for future seasons.(6/10)

 carl

Danai Gurira: Michonne after the attack she turns back into the lone drifter before looking at what she has become and finds the Grimes’ and opens up more about her past and what made her the way she became. This part could have ruined her but only ended up making her much more important to each of the characters. (8/10)

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Melissa McBride: Carol appears to help Tyreese with the children; she ends up having the most shocking moment in the season and even the whole show. She ends up making a difference after being outcast; she may well end up being the saviour. (9/10)

 carol

Emily Kinney: Beth struggling with grieving her father’s death she has to keep up with Daryl before being able to get him to let her in. She only goes and gets herself kidnapped and we don’t know what happened to her. (7/10)

 

Action: The zombie bashing is always good when it happens. (9/10)

Horror: Good horror theme continuing where it left off. (9/10)

Thriller: Always keeps you on the edge of your seat. (10/10)

Settings: Being stuck in the woods creates very tense feeling throughout. (9/10)
Special Effects
: Always have fantastic special effects. (10/10)

Suggestion: Just watch the whole show it is thrilling from start to finish and always leaves you with questions. (Watch)

 

Best Episode: ‘The Grove’ Episode 14 followed closely by ‘A’ episode 16

Worst Episode: ‘Still’ Episode 12

Action Scene Of The Season: Fight between Rick and Joe gang.

Surprise Of The Season: Lizzie death

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of New Season: Hell yes

Cliff Hanger Scene: What is going to happen to the guys?

What to Look Forward to Next Season: Learning more about Terminus, Finding Beth and potential being left to guess who will be killed off next.

 

Overall: Brilliant Building Up Season

Rating 91