Cargo (2018)

Director: Ben Howling, Yolanda Ramke

Writer: Yolanda Ramka (Screenplay)

Starring: Martin Freeman, Anthony Hayes, Susie Porter, Caren Pistorius, Kris McQuade, Natasha Wanganeen

 

Plot: CARGO is a post apocalyptic thriller and an emotional story of a father trying to save his child at all costs.


Tagline – The future is fragile

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Compelling Zombie Film

 

Story: Cargo starts as we meet Andy (Freeman), his wife Kay (Porter) and baby daughter Josie who are travelling across Australia to a military base after a zombie outbreak has swept across the country. Using the river their guide, things take a turn for the worse, when Kay gets bitten leaving her just 48 hours to live. When she turns she bites Andy, leaving him with 48 hours to find someone to care for his daughter.

Along the way he meets Vic (Hayes) a man that is using bait to keep his land safe, with not everything being as it seems and it ends up with Andy having to join a fellow survivor Thoomi (Landers) for the right person to look after his daughter.

 

Thoughts on Cargo

 

Characters – Andy is the husband and father trying to find safety for his family, he fails in this attempt with his wife now dead and him infected. He must rush to find somebody in the outback to care for his baby before he turns too, he is a man pushed to limits never imaginable. Vic is a man that Andy meets, he seems like the best possible pick until Andy sees the darker side of his survival. Thoomi is a young girl from the outback that joins with Andy to find a new home for baby Josie.

PerformancesMartin Freeman is brilliant in this leading role, he carries the story with his characters pure desperation to save his daughter. New comer Simone Landers is great too showing as one from the natives in the tribal lands. If we are honest we don’t meet enough of the supporting characters to give a true rating on their performances.

StoryThe story is adapted from a short film of the same name, with the same idea. The simple idea is one man in a zombie outbreak must find someone to care for his baby daughter after he becomes infected, 48 hours is his time limit. When it first got announced this sounded like a breath of fresh area, it does deliver on this because we are happy to follow along on this journey. The only draw back is that we do get to see him have options which might not be the best pick for such a short time limit in search for help. In fairness this is a simple and easy to watch story, it will test the moral discussion about what to do, but isn’t filled with any scenes that feel out of place.

Horror/ThrillerAny film that is set in a zombie apocalypse is going to get the marks for the horror, the undead do have traits we know as well as a few original ideas behind them which adds to certain moments of horror.

SettingsThe film is set in the Australian outback which is something that makes this stand out for the zombie genre, we don’t have big cities, we have large open spaces, which low numbers of the infected.

Special EffectsWhen we look at effects we must be praising them because the practical ones used for the zombie effects and injury effects look spot on.


Scene of the Movie –
The final walk.

That Moment That Annoyed Me I would question how he ended up in Australia in the first place.

Final ThoughtsThis is another good spin on the zombie genre, we often have the desperate attempts to save babies or loved ones, but this time we know his fate and we are gripped waiting to see where it will end up going.

 

Overall: Gripping and Intense zombie film.

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Ghost Stories (2018)

Director: Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman

Writer: Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman (Screenplay)

Starring: Andy Nyman, Martin Freeman, Paul Whitehouse, Alex Lawther, Paul Warren

 

Plot: Arch skeptic Professor Phillip Goodman embarks upon a terror-filled quest when he stumbles across a long-lost file containing details of three cases of inexplicable ‘hauntings’

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Creepy & Weird

 

Story: Ghost Stories starts as Professor Goodman (Nyman) a paranormal debunker shows what he does with his television show Psychic Cheat, we learn how his idol went missing, but when he receives a mysterious message to meet, he wants him to solve three cases that he could never explain.

Goodman meets the men Tony (Whiehouse) whose experience in an abandoned hospital has left his scared, Simon (Lawther) who has become obsessed with solving what happened to him on a drive home and Mike (Freeman) a wealthy man that can’t explain what happened to him.

 

Thoughts on Ghost Stories

 

Characters – Professor Goodman is a paranormal debunker, he has made a career out of proving there is no such thing as the supernatural, assigned to solve three unexplained cases which will tests his beliefs. Mike is a wealthy man that has his own story which will only leave him question his life. Tony is a night watchman that has been left shocked by the events of one night on the job. Simon is a young man that’s story has made him obsessed with finding out what happened on that night.

PerformancesAndy Nyman is good in this leading role where he gets through the stories, while also going through his own story that will leave you shocked. Martin Freeman is clearly the most talented of this cast because you are instantly interested in where his at times unlikable character can be. Paul Whitehouse is good but the weakest of the three, mostly because his story is the simplest. Alex Lawther gets the most laughs with his performance because his story has the funniest part of the movie in it.

StoryThe story is difficult to talk about without giving away spoilers, this is mostly because it isn’t just the three ghost stories being told, this side of the story is interesting and everything you would imagine, we have simple ghost stories that are not over the top and feel like true stories that may have affected real people. When you get to the final third of the movie it is nearly impossible to explain, it is weird and wonderful at same time, the only thing I will say is to watch the clues appear, as nothing goes in the direction you will be expecting it to go.

HorrorThe horror is the by the book scares through the stories, it is the final third that has the most unexpected moments in.

SettingsThe three stories are in different locations, while also being generic horror location for the most part, be it the abandoned hospital, middle of the woods or an isolated home.

Special EffectsThe effects are used well through the film, with most usage coming in the final third.


Scene of the Movie –
STAY!

That Moment That Annoyed Me Some of the clues are really thrown in your face.

Final ThoughtsThis is a horror film that I feel will divide the audience, because it almost feels like two different movies by the end, the final third is nearly impossible to predict which is good to watch, but it doesn’t fit the tone of the first two thirds at times.

 

Overall: Horror movie that makes you think weird thoughts.

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Black Panther (2018)

Director: Ryan Coogler

Writer: Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole (Screenplay) Stan Lee, Jack Kirby (Comics)

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Andy Serkis, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Letita Wright, Sterling K Brown

 

Plot: T’Challa, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.


Tagline – The Avengers have a new king.

Runtime: 2 Hours 14 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Specular Visual Superhero Movie

 

Story: Black Panther starts after the events of Civil War, T’Challa (Boseman) returns Wakanda to claim his throne as the king of Wakanda after his father’s death. going through the ceremony with the rest of the people including his ex-love Nakia (Nyong’o), most trusted general Okoye (Gurira), little sister Shuri (Wright) and leaders Ramonda (Bassett), Zuri (Whitaker) and W’Kabi (Kaluuya).

Being the new king of Wakanda his first mission is to track down former enemy Ulysses Klaue (Serkis) who is planning to sale a Wakanda weapon which brings back an old friend Everett Ross (Freeman) and a strange who believes he has the right for the throne in Erik Killmonger (Jordan), can this battle be the one that shows T’Challa his rightful place as the king and the Black Panther.

 

Thoughts on Black Panther

 

Characters – T’Challa is the new king of Wakanda, he wants to continue the calm peaceful reign like his father, but will need to face his father’s past to bring the new future for the technological advanced society. He has the expert combat skills, the calmness to be a leader and following rituals like the leaders of his past have. Erik Killmonger is a mercenary that knows he has a right to the throne and will go to any lengths to take the throne. He has an impresses kill count in battle which makes him a deadly enemy. Nakia is the former partner of T’Challa, she returns to support him and wants to see him open the technology of Wakanda to the world after her work as a spy around the world. Okoye is the greatest warrior in Wakanda, she must stay loyal to the throne regardless of if she believes in the leader of not. Shuri is the younger sister of T’Challa, she works on the weapons being the bubbly gadget lady that makes the most jokes and easily steals the scenes she is in. we have plenty of other characters with some being inside Wakanda, others being enemies and others being friends in waiting.

PerformancesChadwick Boseman is wonderful in this leading role, he bought us everything we got from Civil War and made us only want more from his character. Michael B Jordan gives us a great villainous performance that is as complex and he is deadly. Lupita is good in her role as she offers Chadwick a difficult set of decisions. Dania gives us the kick ass character and one we know she can play well. For me Letita Wright is the breakout star from this movie, being able to steal nearly every scene is something that will get people talking. In fairness the whole cast is great throughout the film.

StoryThe story here follows T’Challa and his rise to be the king and the next Black Panther, he must come to face the new challenges of being a leader, be it the conflict within or the conflict from the outside world. He must make the difficult decisions which could bring his people to a new stage to the world. This is a good introduction to this character and his world, which does have moments which you will have seen in other movies, but works enough to make this stand out on its own.

Action/Adventure/Sci-FiThe action sequences are wonderful to witness, we have brilliant camera work which will make one certain moment truly seem original and stand out. The adventure takes us to this new world, technology advanced from the rest of the world. The sci-fi world we enter isn’t like anything we could imagine seeing in the middle of the rain forest.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to make every location feel different from the last, this helps us enjoy the environments we are entering.

Special EffectsThe effects can’t be faulted once, they all look spectacular making this one of the best visual experience of the year so far.


Scene of the Movie –
South Korea fight sequence.

That Moment That Annoyed Me I felt moments of comedy missed.

Final ThoughtsThis is a wonderful addition to the MCU, we get to learn more about The Black Panther character and the world he is from, which only makes us want to see more of this in the future.

 

Overall: Brilliant addition that still stands out as one.

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Cornetto Trilogy Christmas Weekend – The World’s End (2013)

worldsDirector: Edgar Wright

Writer: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg (Screenplay)

Starring: Simon Pegg, Pierce Brosnan, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan, Rosamund Pike

 

Plot: Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier unwittingly become humankind’s only hope for survival.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: My Favourite of Trilogy

 

Story: The World’s End starts by introducing us to the five friends Gary (Pegg), Andy (Frost), Oliver (Freeman), Steven (Considine) and Peter (Marsan) who as young men tried the Golden Mile where they hit 12 pubs in one night. Gary regrets the idea they never made it through the night and wants to bring the friends back together to complete the night out.

The five friends find their town has changed the pubs are all the same after being taken over by chains but other than Gary ended up growing up while Gary is the same old person he was 20 years ago. When the four friends get tired of Gary and his stories they find themselves in a battle against cyborg that have taken over the town. The friends must finish the Golden Mile and stop the invasion before it is too late.boys

The World’s End brings the great concept of trying to look back upon how a group come back together to make one last quest even though one is very different than the other four. I do like this idea because we get to a memory lane idea. I do think the comedy doesn’t really work but the action shines through. When it comes to the battle against the alien cyborgs everything works on the positives making fun working from the start to finish.

 

Actor Review

 

Simon Pegg: Gary King is the man who wants to go home and complete the Golden Mile, he hasn’t grown up since he left school and drags his professional friends into his last chance to complete this challenge against his friend’s wills. He must fight against his past and a new enemy. Simon does a good job in another different performance from the previous performances in the trilogy.

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Nick Frost: Andy Knightley is the T-totalled friend of the group who has quit drinking for a previous experience, he gets guilt tripped into going onto the trip but he hates Gary for what happened. Nick does a good job and much like Pegg shows he versatile ability to swap his character traits from previous characters in the trilogy.

 

Eddie Marsan: Peter is one of the friends, he used to get bullied but became one of them, he is the married and successful but comes off looking like an average day man. Eddie gives a good performance in the cowardly member of the group.

 

Martin Freeman: Oliver is another member of the gang that is successful and constantly on his phone trying to just endure the weekend, he is also obsessed with saying WTF and correcting mistakes. Martin is good at keeping the straight faced character through every scene.

 

Paddy Considine: Steven returns with the rest of the friends who joins the mission, he sees this as his last chance to tell Sam Oliver’s sister how he feels about her and never gives up in the fight the group find themselves in. Paddy does a good job in this role showing he could handle action comedy and serious all in one role.

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Support Cast: The World’s End has a good supporting cast that really works to add a few laughs as the story unfolds.

 

Director Review: Edgar WrightEdgar brings us another good film where he shows he can do action without going too much into the comedy.

 

Action: The World’s End has plenty of action when it comes to the fights with the aliens.

Comedy: The World’s End seems to let the comedy take the back seat which I prefer because the action works for the film.

Sci-Fi: The World’s End gives us an alien invasion angle which gives us all the sci-fi we need.

Settings: The World’s End continues with the idea of keeping the action in one small location with the small village making the story easy to follow.
Special Effects
: The World’s End has good effects to create the kills given to the aliens.

Suggestion: The World’s End is one to watch where it all comes off good on the serious side of the story when it comes to the action. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Action all comes off great.

Worst Part: Comedy feels stale.

Action Scene Of The Film: Bar fight.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $26 Million

Budget: $28 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes

Tagline: One Night. Six Friends. Twelve Pubs. Total Annihilation.

 

Overall: Great conclusion to the unofficially trilogy

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Cornetto Trilogy Christmas Weekend – Hot Fuzz (2007)

hot fuzzDirector: Edgar Wright

Writer: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg (Screenplay)

Starring: Simon Pegg, Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy, Robert Popper, Joe Cornish, Nick Frost, Bill Bailey, Jim Broadbent, Paddy Considine

 

Plot: Exceptional London cop Nicholas Angel is involuntarily transferred to a quaint English village and paired with a witless new partner. While on the beat, Nicholas suspects a sinister conspiracy is afoot with the residents.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Basic Action Comedy

 

Story: Hot Fuzz starts when successful police officer Nicholas Angel (Pegg) gets shipped to a small village to work by his superiors. He is sent to stop the making the rest of the force looking bad. Upon reaching the village he instantly gets to work trying to clean up the problems including underage drinking, drink driving and public urination.

Nicholas has to work with slacker officer Danny Butterman (Frost) who dreams of action side of the job. Nicholas discovers the crime rate is high but no one wants to report them and Simon Skinner (Dalton) seems to have a hold everything going on in the town. When a mysterious killer starts picking people off Nicholas has to work Danny to solve the crime.

Hot Fuzz does have the good introduction to an odd couple always good in cop films and especially when it comes to the idea of copying the iconic moment in other films. The story does have a good mystery but the final reveal feels very flat but does build up to the final act that comes off really well. On the negative side I do think the first half is the film is very slow and could easily be a lot shorter. 2 hours long is way too long for an action comedy that doesn’t kick off till final 30 minutes or so.

 

Actor Review

 

Simon Pegg: Nicholas Angel is the big city police officer who gets sent to a small village because he is too good at fighting crime. He must work with a group of officers who have no real idea how to fight crime as a serial killer is picking off the members of the village. Simon gives a good performance and unlike any performance you have seen because he is straight faced throughout.

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Nick Frost: PC Danny Butterman is the slacker officer who has to work with Nicholas on the case which will bring the two together. He is the complete opposite to Nicholas which adds to the comedy. Nick works well with Simon to add the comedy.

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Jim Broadbent: Inspector Frank Butterman is the inspector of the village who lets Nicholas do his own thing while also keeping control of his moves. Jim does a good job but doesn’t really do enough for what his character really is.

 

Timothy Dalton: Simon Skinner is the rich man running the shopping centre in the village, he always tries to become friends with Nicholas, he turns up at all the crime scenes and comes off very smug about everything going on. Timothy really does shine in this film making everything look very realistic for the creepy rich person in town.

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Support Cast: Hot Fuzz has a good supporting cast that is filled with cameos that all work really well and all make them feel individual.

 

Director Review: Edgar WrightEdgar continues to show he has a style of comedy that is popular that can mix with a range of genres here.

 

Action: Hot Fuzz is very slow for action until the final 30 minutes or so.

Comedy: Hot Fuzz has basic laughs for what I enjoy with most being set up to be moments from over films.

Settings: Hot Fuzz having this story in a small town works because we see how it gets effected with what happens in the action.
Special Effects
: Hot Fuzz has good effects for the kills being used throughout the film.

Suggestion: Hot Fuzz is one to try if you like their style of comedy you will enjoy this one. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Action sequences at the end.

Worst Part: Too long.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final 30 minutes.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $23 Million

Budget: $8 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 1 Minute

Tagline: In a town where nothing much goes on, a whole lot is about to go down

 

Overall: Solid action comedy that is very particular in the audience it is trying to attract.

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