Departures (2019)

Director:  Peter Hutchings

Writer: Fergal Rock (Screenplay)

Starring: Asa Butterfield, Maisie Williams, Nina Dobrev, Ken Jeong, Tyler Hoechlin, David Koechne, Peyton List


Plot: A hypochondriac working as an airport baggage handler is forced to confront his fears when a British teenager with a terminal illness enlists him to help her carry out her eccentric bucket list.

Tagline – Living in the moment is hard to do alone.

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes


There may be spoilers in the rest of the review


Verdict: Emotional Rollercoaster


Story: Departures starts as we see Skye (Williams) receives the news that her terminal cancer isn’t giving her much more time, even though she takes the news positively. Meanwhile teenager Calvin (Butterfield) believes he has cancer with his hypochondriac state, even though every test says he is completely fine.

Calvin attends cancer support groups where he meets Skye, who wants a ‘To Die List’ which sees Calvin reluctantly help Skye complete, even though he can’t find the courage to tell her the truth, even though she is teaching him to live hi life more, than he could ever imagine.


Thoughts on Departures


Characters – Calvin is a hypochondriac luggage handler, he goes through tests believing he is ill even though every test says he is fine. He attends cancer support groups in a hope to get prospective of his mindset, only to meet cancer victim Skye who brings him out of his shell, he goes from shy to outgoing through his time with Skye. Skye is a British teenager that has been given the terminal diagnosis for her cancer, she has gotten to the stage where she just wants to make the most out of her remaining life, which sees her befriend Calvin, mostly because he is the only friend she can find in the world, using humour as her biggest defence to what is going to happen to her. Izzy is a flight attendant that has been having no luck in love until she meets Calvin and sees a different type of guy in him. The remaining characters we meet include the parents that have been through their own problems, two random police officers that end up helping the two complete the goals which will get the laughs.

PerformancesAsa Butterfield takes the leading role here and over the past for years he has handle a few of the teenage coming of age roles, he has never put a foot wrong with his own performances in these, with this film once again showing him to be a big talent in the future. Maisie Williams steps out of Game of Thrones to a role that is full of energy, which should be lower in her character, to show us a character that just wanted to live life to the fullest. Nina Dobrev is the best of the rest, with the supporting cast getting their moments when needed for an extra emotional moment or a laugh.

StoryThe story follows a teenage girl that is going to die who befriends a teenage boy that is scared he is going to and the two help each other learn to make the most of their life, through their time together. The story doesn’t hide any facts about the two characters from the audience, which with other films using the same subject matters have used as a late twist in the film. This story is about friendship, adventure, enjoying life and taking chances. While the story might be easy to read just where everything is going to go, you will still need to bring the tissues for this film.

Adventure/ComedyThe adventure elements used in this film are a lot simpler than you would imagine, this is because we get to see how Calvin learns to make life an adventure instead of being scared about what could happen. The comedy in the film is handled tastefully, I have always seen people say ‘you can’t have comedy in a cancer film’ this comedy comes from seeing how Skye is dealing with everything, she wants to laugh and not feel sorry for herself.

SettingsThe film is set in New York, using the airport as one of the main backdrops, elsewhere we see how Calvin ends up going places he never would have considered until he met Skye.

Scene of the Movie –
The real list.

That Moment That Annoyed Me I am going to pick timescale, not sure if it was days weeks or months.

Final ThoughtsThis is an emotional rollercoaster of a film, it will make you laugh, smile and cry, sometimes in the same scene.


Overall: Must watch with tissues.





Cyberbully (2015)

Director: Ben Chanan

Writer: Ben Chanan, David Lobatto (Screenplay)

Starring: Maisie Williams, Ella Purnell, Haruka Abe, Jake Davies, Daisy Waterstone, Wilson Haagens


Plot: Casey is forced by a computer hacker to do his bidding. If she resists, the hacker will leak compromising photos of her to the public.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Brilliant Thriller


Story: Cyberbully starts by showing Casey (Williams) getting ready for a night out but someone is messing with her music. After getting hearing a tweet about her Casey’s good mood crashes, with her friend off out she wants to get even with the person responsible and her friend Alex (Davies) agrees to help. After she gets her revenge Casey finds out she isn’t talking to who she thought was in fact she is dealing with a hacker who has full access to her computer watching over her every move.

Casey trapped in her own room being blackmailed by the mysterious hacker who is using her computer to affect her life and her friendships. When the tables get turned on Casey showing her to in fact be the cyber bully we find out the hackers true motives. Casey has to learn to face the consequences of her action while trying to figure out who the hacker is.

Cyberbully tells the very true life fact that people out there will react negatively to material on the internet, while we see how some comments are just on the mean side we also see how some are planned to attack the person. We see the consequences of such a small comment could have because it will lead to much more serious comments that will change people. The story shows how easy it is to get affected on the internet and how easy it is to become the victim. The film tell us how vile people can be showing a very true warning, my only concern is that this is a warning that young people should be seeing and the program is focused to be on later because once you are old enough to realise that people can just be deleted, blocked and not everyone’s opinion matters you can ignore these people. This really was one of the best pieces of television I have seen in a long time. (9/10)


Actor Review


Maisie Williams: Casey the only on screen star of the film who finds out that not everything is what it seems online and when she thinks she is being victimised the tables turn to show that she is in fact the bully without even knowing it. Maisie shines in this and shows why she is fast becoming one of the first names people suggest for her age bracket roles. (10/10)


Support Cast: Cyberbully doesn’t have anyone else on screen, the character appear in videos or over instant messaging, each character helps Casey struggle with the next problem in her ordeal with the hacker.


Director Review: Ben Chanan – Ben does a great job directing showing a very real problem in the world while shooting it in complete real time to show how quick things could happen. (9/10)


Thriller: Cyberbully is a thriller that could have gone in a very bad way, but this really is edge of the seat from very early on until the very final moment. (9/10)

Settings: Cyberbully only uses the one setting and that is Casey’s bedroom, showing how trapped she becomes because of the hacker. (10/10)

Suggestion: Cyberbully is a must watch for anyone that uses the internet to communicate because everything you say, recorded or even do could be used against you. (Watch)


Best Part: Williams shines.

Worst Part: Nothing.

Lessons Learned: Be careful on the internet.


Believability: This could be very real and cyber bulling is becoming a real problem in the world. (10/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Awards: This could win a television award or two.

Runtime: 1 Hour


Overall: Thriller That Hits Hard

Rating 90