ABC Film Challenge – Thriller – J – Jasper Jones (2017)

Director: Rachel Perkins

Writer: Shaun Grant (Screenplay) Craig Silvey (Story)

Starring: Levi Miller, Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving, Angourie Rice, Dan Wyllie, Matt Nable, Myles Pollard, Aaron L McGrath

 

Plot: JASPER JONES is a coming of age story about Charlie Bucktin, a bookish boy of 14. On the night that Jasper Jones, the town’s mixed race outcast shows him the dead body of young Laura Wishart, Charlie’s life is changed forever. Entrusted with this secret and believing Jasper to be innocent, Charlie embarks on a dangerous journey to find the true killer. Set over the scorching summer holidays of 1969, Charlie defeats the local racists, faces the breakup of his parents and falls head over heels in love as he discovers what it means to be truly courageous.


Tagline – The iconic Australian best seller now a major most picture

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Powerful Mystery

 

Story: Jasper Jones starts when Charlie Bucktin (Miller) gets awoken by the town outcast Jasper Jones (McGrath) after he discovers a dead body of a local girl on his property. Asking Charlie to help him learn who was behind the crime, Charlie must keep his mouth shut when he knows the girl is the sister of his friend Eliza (Rice).

Setting out to solve the mystery Jasper must evade the curfew put on the kids of the town as he believes the town stranger Mad Jack Lionel (Weaving) is the man behind it all, but the mystery is harder to solve than this.

 

Thoughts on Jasper Jones

 

Characters – Charlie Bucktin is the teenager that is in the middle of the mystery about the death of the girl in the town. He befriends the one person everyone thinks it is as he must see the prejudice that the non-locals deal with being in the town. Ruth is Charlie’s mother that is always worrying about Charlie when he keeps breaking the curfew. Eliza is the sister of the dead girl, she becomes friends with Charlie as she needs someone to keep her feeling the right mind set during the wait. Jasper Jones is the outcast of the town who is easily the suspect the town will blame for the murder.

PerformancesLevi Miller is good in the leading role, we have seen him in other movies and he has been making a reputation with this type of role. Toni Collette shines as we know she always will, she is such an incredible actress. Angourie Rice after The Nice Guys is an actress we want to see where she went next, here she is good and shows her potential. The rest of the stars are good for what they need to do.

StoryThe story follows the mystery surrounding the death of a young woman and the mystery about who was the one responsible. We get secrets which help with the mystery as well as dealing with racial behaviour of the town’s people towards the ones that aren’t Australian. We do touch on other important subjects which come from the ending of the film, so won’t be spoiling them. This feels like a story that should have such a big impact though we don’t get enough time to process each moment to its full effect, this only disappoints because you do need to process large parts of this film.

MysteryThe mystery in this film comes from just wondering who was behind the death of the girl, even though this isn’t the only major talking point in the film as we end up seeing other subjects getting dealt with.

SettingsThe small town setting in one that works for the film, it shows you could never know everything about your neighbours and you will need to be friends when things go wrong.


Scene of the Movie –
The truth about the body.

That Moment That Annoyed Me So many serious subjects, not enough time to process.

Final ThoughtsThis does feel like a massively powerful movie that just doesn’t give us the time to process all the major talking points within the movie, this needed to be longer or a television show.

 

Overall: Too much to process at times.

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Son of a Gun (2014)

sonDirector: Julius Avery

Writer: Julius Avery (Screenplay)

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites, Alicia Vikander, Jacek Koman, Matt Nable, Tom Budge, Eddie Baroo, Nash Edgerton, Damon Herriman

 

Plot: JR busts out of prison with Brendan Lynch, Australia’s most notorious criminal, and joins Lynch’s gang for a gold heist that soon pits the two men against one another.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Basic Crime Heist Film

 

Story: Son of a Gun starts as we see JR (Thwaites) arriving at prisoner, too young for his own good. Inside he has no one to supporting him but catches the eye of Brendan Lynch (McGregor) a criminal in his own right that sees JR as his man on the outside while he is serving his longer sentence.

JR released walks straight into the crime business where Tasha (Vikander) leaves him what he needs after Sam (Koman) sets up a house for him. JR is placed on the outside for grand escape of Brendan and his men from jail.

Once out Brendan has arranged for a new heist for Sam and JR is part of it but as JR becomes obsessed with Tasha he puts all their lives at risk but who is really the one that can be trusted.

Son of a Gun is a crime film that follows the traditional story of a troubled young man who seems a father in criminal. We also get the trademark ruthless boss and greed taking over all of the men involved. I don’t feel this offers anything fresh to the genre but follows all the check list easily for the basics. I would have liked to have known why JR was in jail in the first place and why he was trying to be friends with Brendan but this almost gets forgotten.

 

Actor Review

 

Ewan McGregor: Brendan Lynch is the expert armed robber that is sitting in jail when he catches the eye of JR. he uses JR to help him escape and get into the next job which will give him enough money to give up the life of crime. He is very obsessed with order and always has the plan down perfectly. Ewan is solid in this role and is something we are not used to seeing from him.bredna

Brenton Thwaites: JR is a troublemaking young man who finds himself in jail for a crime we never seem to learn what he committed.  He comes from an abusive home making him rebel against the world. While in jail he finds himself entering into a new criminal circle where he works for Brendan but his ways will always be out to put his own life at risks. Brenton is solid in this role but his character doesn’t get developed correctly.jr

Alicia Vikander: Tasha is one of the girls Sam keeps around, she isn’t allowed to do anything against his permission but once she meets JR the two will risk their own lives to be together. Alicia is solid showing she had to start making wave in this supporting roles.

Jacek Koman: Sam Lennox is the crime boss who Brendan is working for, he has lined up a job that will make both of them very rich. He doesn’t like anyone getting interested in his woman and when JR starts taking an interest in Tasha he makes the whole crew pay. Jacek makes for a generic villain in a heist film.

Support Cast: Son of a Gun has a basic supporting cast that you would expect to see in a heist movie.

Director Review: Julius AveryJulius gives us a great but basic heist movie that is an easy watch but never reaches the true potential.

 

Action: Son of a Gun has basic heist action moments that really don’t give us enough.

Crime: Son of a Gun puts us into a crime world where we see the heist take place.

Thriller: Son of a Gun tries to keep us on edge but fails to achieve this.

Settings: Son of a Gun uses Australia as the setting which works in places but not enough.
Special Effects
: Son of a Gun has easy to use effects to show certain moments but not enough.

Suggestion: Son of a Gun is one for the fans to try but not one of the best out there. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Prison break.

Worst Part: Very slow.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 48 Minutes

Tagline: Gold is thicker than blood.

 

Overall: Easy to watch even if slow heist movie.

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Riddick (2013)

logoDirector: David Twohy

Writer: David Twohy (Screenplay) Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat (Characters)

Starring: Vin Diesel, Jordi Molla, Matt Nable, Katee Sackoff, Dave Bautista, Bokeem Woodbine, Raoul Trujillo, Conrad Pla, Karl Urban

 

Plot: Following the events of the previous film where Riddick (Diesel) became a king, he starts to feel the need for home. Taken to a sun-scorched planet he is left for dead. Riddick goes back to what he does best adapt and he has to do this fast as the predators on the planet are deadly. Knowing his time on the planet is running out he sends a distress beacon attracting two different groups of bounty hunters one led by Santana (Molla) and the other by an old enemy Johns (Nable). Riddick must now fight and outsmart these bounty hunters and make it off the planet before it is too late.

 

The Bounty Hunters

The Bounty Hunters

Verdict: Riddick returns to his old deadly self

Story: It would be fair to say this story returns to what made Riddick such a hit in the first place, using more of the hunter instinct in Riddick to get the better of his enemies be them human, alien or creature. It returns to be darker but never reaches the full level achieved before. Some of the creatures created are good and original but the fights against them have been done before. (8/10)

 

Actor Review: Vin Diesel – Riddick the man who can see in the dark with a hunters instinct more deadly than any other living man. Vin does a good job return for the third time being the highlight of the film. (9/10)

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Actor Review: Jordi Molla – Santana the leader of one group of bounty hunters who talks too much and is too trigger happy. Fits into the Riddick world perfectly where the bounty hunters always think they know how to deal with Riddick. Good performance for the role required but slightly overplayed. (7/10)

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Actor Review: Matt Nable – Johns a bounty hunter with a score to settle with Riddick. Good performance playing the role to a similar level as the father to the son in the Pitch Black film. (8/10)

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Actor Review: Katee Sackoff – Dahl, Johns second in command hard as nails chick who will kick anyone’s ass if they get in the way. Great choice to add to the franchise as she is a sci-fi favourite and she gets to play on that by being so part anti-hero but also becoming one of the guys in her character. (8/10)

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Actor Review: Dave Bautista – Diaz the muscles in Santana’s bounty hunter team, doesn’t say much and never seems to get into fights. Poor use of a muscle body guard figure as well as a wooden performance. (3/10)

 

Director Review: David Twohy – After directing all three Riddick films he knows how to create a dark atmospheric world. This time he continues that knowledge. (8/10)

 

Action: Some good fight scenes and battles with creatures. (8/10)

Sci-Fi: Great addition to the sci-fi genre this is fast becoming a good franchise. (9/10)

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Special Effects: Good special effects throughout with plenty of CGI being used well. (9/10)

Believability: Just enjoy (0/10)

Chances of Tears: (0/10)

Settings: The planet makes a great setting for the film, very dark and the environment adds to the story. (9/10)

Suggestion: I would suggest this to most people all previous Riddick fans will enjoy and this is a great film for people to watch and just enjoy what they see. The more serious film fan may struggle to enjoy this though. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Everyone is out looking for Riddick and when we see where he finally is it is funny.

Worst Part: Riddick’s dog gets killed

Kill Of The Film: Santana.

Trivia: Vin Diesel agreed to do a cameo in Fast & Furious Tokyo Drift in exchange for the rights to the Riddick Franchise.

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: Yes it is open to a sequel.

Similar Too: Pitch Black

 

Overall: Riddick returns to his best environment.

Rating 85