ABC Film Challenge – Random – F – The Foreigner (2017)

Director: Martin Campbell

Writer: David Marconi (Screenplay) Stephen Leather (Novel)

Starring: Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan, David Pearse, Michael McElhatton, Katie Leung, Rufus Jones


Plot: A humble businessman with a buried past seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. A cat-and-mouse conflict ensues with a government official, whose past may hold clues to the killers’ identities.

Tagline – Never push a good man too far

Runtime: 1 Hour 54 Minutes


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Verdict: Chan Shines in Political Action Thriller


Story: The Foreigner starts as Quan Mgoc Minh (Chan) is getting ready to buy his daughter Fan’s (Leung) graduation dress in London, but this peaceful moment is shattered when a bomb goes off killing many, including Fan, with UDI claiming responsibility. England is now in locked down searching for the people responsible, while Quan has lost everything, a broken man.

Deputy Irish Minister Liam Hennessy (Brosnan) looks to investigate what happened using his power with the Irish government to try to get a deal between the two countries done. Quan will not rest until he learns who killed his daughter, he turns up at the police station everyday for answer before turning to the former UDI member Hennessy.

Refusing to accept we don’t know as answer Quan takes matters into his own hands, sending a warning to Hennessy, which soon turns into a cat-n-mouse chase around Ireland as we learn the truth about the bombing.


                 Thoughts on The Foreigner


Characters – Quan Ngoc Minh is a humble restaurant owner in London, his only daughter is about to graduate after losing the rest of his family years before, she is killed in a bombing leaving him empty and broken. He just wants names to see justice for those responsible and will use the training he has to get those answers. Liam Hennessy is the deputy Irish Minister who does have ties with UDI, he remains the on the peaceful side of the battle trying to find a solution, but the question remains just whether he is truly involved or not. The rest of the characters are the British police trying to solve the crime, The UDI members that have been working towards re-igniting the war between the two.

PerformancesThis is easily Jackie Chan most serious English Language role, he never let’s on to have any comic timing which is refreshing to see, the emotionless performance is just what we wanted to see. Pierce Brosnan is great too, he shows us how we imagine politicians to be like during the tension being shown in the film.

StoryThe story is where the things get interesting, the trailers made us believe we are heading into an action heavy movie about one man’s revenge mission about his daughter’s death. What we get is a thriller that looks at the tension between the British government and the Irish who still show the tension because of the difference between the two sides. We do have the revenge angle don’t worry if you want action you will get it, just be aware we balance the two stories very well to make this a thriller you will want to see the next chapter of the story.

ActionThe action lets Chan show off his skills in what is mostly a more serious style and includes him using a gun, which is something we rarely see him do in the English Language movies.

SettingsThe two main settings are London, which in real life has been a target of bombings and is a location which would make the biggest statement for any terrorists and the Irish farm where Quan is picking off anyone who tries to stop him.

Scene of the Movie –
The takedown.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It does fizzle out in the end.

Final ThoughtsThis is a surprisingly entertaining action thriller, you will want to see everything unfold, while also getting rewarded by the action sequences that are only used sparely.


Overall: Strong action thriller.




The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

autopsyDirector: Andre Ovredal

Writer: Ian B Goldberg, Richard Naing (Screenplay)

Starring: Emile Hirsch, Brian Cox, Ophelia Lovibond, Michael McElhatton, Olwen Catherine Kelly, Parker Sawyers, Jane Perry


Plot: Cox and Hirsch play father and son coroners who receive a mysterious homicide victim with no apparent cause of death. As they attempt to identify the beautiful young “Jane Doe,” they discover increasingly bizarre clues that hold the key to her terrifying secrets.


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Verdict: Very Impressive


Story: The Autopsy of Jane Doe starts as we see a mysterious body found in a bloodbath of a crime scene, this Jane Doe (Kelly) is taken the Tilden Autopsy room. This autopsy room is run by father Tommy (Cox) and son Austin (Hirsch) who have been in the industry for years. While there is an underline story that Austin might be leaving his father to be his own man.

Back to the main story we see the father and son try to figure out what happened to Jane Doe finding unusual results on first sights with fractured wrists and ankles with a severed tongue. With all signs pointing to human trafficking this is fast going to become one of the most disturbing nights of these men’s life.


Thoughts on The Autopsy of Jane Doe


StoryThis is one of the most intense horror stories I have seen this year, we do have a thin father son relationship being tested which is fine but this is more about how these two must find a way to work together through an unknown event, the best part of this is that they remain calm and scientific through the night. This will keep you guessing from start to finish.

HorrorThis is easily one of the best horror films from 2016 that doesn’t ever consider stopping with the tension being built up throughout, we have moments of gore with the autopsy as well as events going on through the film and everything mixes together to make it all so shocking along the way.

Characters/PerformanceWhen it comes to the characters nearly everything is about the father and son relationship who have failed to move on since their wife and mother’s death. The rest of the cast are mostly supporting characters while we do have the Jane Doe character stuck in the naked position for the whole autopsy. Hirsch and Cox are good together with great chemistry both giving great performances throughout.

SettingsThe whole film is set inside the mortuary which brings us the isolated location needed for the horror, every inch of the location can be used for the horror and is to the extant needed.

Special EffectsThe special effects are all used perfectly when needed without going overboard in the film.

Final ThoughtsThis could easily be people favourite horror film of the year, it does nearly everything right by keeping us guessing throughout.


Overall: This is one of the most surprisingly shocking and enjoyable horror films of the year.




The Hallow (2015)

hallowDirector: Corin Hardy

Writer: Corin Hardy, Felipe Marino (Screenplay)

Starring: Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton, Gary Lydon, Stuart Graham


Plot: A family who moved into a remote mill house in Ireland finds themselves in a fight for survival with demonic creatures living in the woods.


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Verdict: Nice Little Creature Feature


Story: The Hallow starts as we follow couple Adam (Mawle), Clare (Novakovic) and their baby Finn move to a small Irish woodland house where Adam is being paid to value the forest that is up for sale but he discovered something never before seen while explore the area.

Not making themselves the most welcome Colm Donnelly (McElhatton) wants to confront Adam about his work as we learn the local people believe in the something known as ‘The Hallow’ roaming in the woods. When the couple come face to face with the creatures of the forest they must fight for their lives against an unkillable set of creatures.

The Hallow brings us a creature feature like story follow a new young couple getting attacked by unknown creatures, simple enough and that is ALL YOU NEED in a GOOD horror story. We don’t get an over complicated storyline which could easily have been a downfall for a film like this. There is enough mystery about the creatures helps too because we don’t need to be spoon feed the answers. I do think this was a good horror that really was a surprise because it is non-stop for the second half.


Actor Review


Joseph Mawle: Adam Hitchens is a tree doctor sent to Ireland to work out the value of a plot of land, he takes his family along with him where he discovers that something is roaming the woods. He must fight back against these creatures to save his family. Joseph gives a good performance in this lead role going through the transformation.

Bojana Novakovic: Clare Hitchens is the wife of Adam who had to convince him to leave when the first signs of trouble appear, she puts everything aside to try and protect her son. Bojana does a good job in this role being the one fighting for survival.

Michael McElhatton: Colm Donnelly is the man warning the family to leave for their own good, he once lost his own daughter in the woods and well that is all we learn about him. Michael is a character that isn’t too involved but has a few important scenes.


Support Cast: The Hallow doesn’t really have much of a supporting cast with the most part being the actors in the creature costumes.

Director Review: Corin HardyCorin could well be a name to look out for in horror after this one, showing he knows how to get the best out of the horror.


Horror: The Hallow uses the horror needed be it creature feature, atmospheric or suspense driven horror mixing them all well.

Settings: The Hallow uses the Irish countryside for the settings which works with both building isolation and local superstition.
Special Effects
: The Hallow has great effects for the creature’s creation being used to chase down our family.

Suggestion: The Hallow is one for all the horror fans to watch and I think they will all be impressed. (Horror Fans Watch)


Best Part: Creatures

Worst Part: Some people will not like the mystery about the creatures.


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Could have.

Post Credits Scene: Yeah early on.


Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

Tagline: Nature has a dark side.


Overall: Horror Gem with creatures out of a mind filled with nightmares