Franchise Weekend – Goal III (2009)

Director: Andrew Morahan

Writer: Mike Jefferies, Piers Ashworth (Screenplay)

Starring: Kuno Becker, JJ Field, Leo Gregory, Kasia Smutniak, Anya Lahiri, Nick Moran

 

Plot: The heroes compete on the greatest stage of all, the FIFA World Cup Finals.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Soap Opera Boredom

 

Story: Goal III starts as we follow three footballers from Real Madrid Santiago (Becker) and two England internationals Liam (Feild) and Charlie (Gregory), they have finished their season and now the World Cup is on the horizon. Charlie gets a movie role, Liam will need to find a new club, which sees him return to Newcastle, while Santiago gets an injury which sees him ruled out of the world cup and leaving Real Madrid.

The Santiago watching from the touchline and seemingly forgotten about in this movie, we focus on the England lads who must learn life lesson while trying to make history.

 

Thoughts on Goal III

 

Characters – Santiago was the main character in the first two movies, here he is just the teammate that watches his teammates play in the world after getting injured, we have the smallest possible scene of him looking back at the love he lost in Roz, though they don’t mention names. Liam is being released by Real Madrid, returning to Newcastle, where he discovers a big surprise, a daughter he never knew he had, Liam must learn to give up his party style life to become the father he never knew he could be. Charlie remains at the big club, he gets a film role and meets the girl of his dreams, with his life turning around, he is ready to make history. Sophia is the actress that Charlie falls in love with, she is willing to make a new life with him too.

PerformancesKuno Becker has been the highlight of the franchise until this film, he is barely in the film which disappoints greatly. When we look at the newcomers JJ Feild and Leo Gregory, they both struggle in this film too. In fairness none of this acting is in any way shape or form near the standards we are used too.

StoryThe story decides to make this film become an England story by pretty much writing Santiago out of the film, with his teammates needing to sort their careers and lives out during the World Cup. First problem, this is going to be a list,

·        we have no timeline between the end of the last one and the events in this one.

·        Where did Gavin Harris go?

·        Who are these two new players, are they world beaters or just squad fillers?

·        Why did we forget Santiago’s story, which the franchise is about?

·        When did this become a soap opera?

Enough of the lists now, we do seen to have a script that feels like scraped soap opera, because everything that happens is too unrealistic, with too many, badly delivered lines. Plus that ending, really, are we ending a trilogy like that?

Romance/SportsThere is a romance in this film, it isn’t realistic in anyway though, the sports side of the film also takes a backburner here to life, we are meant to care if these players can make an impact right?

SettingsThe film is meant to be follow the England camp preparing for the world cup, we are meant to be in Germany, though we never see any locations to make us believe this.


Scene of the Movie –
Ummm, pass.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Pushing Santiago to the background.

Final ThoughtsThis is a terrible finally to the franchise, this forgets the original character turning the film into a soap opera.

 

Overall: Painful watching.

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Don’t Knock Twice (2017)

Director: Caradog W James

Writer: Mark Huckerby, Nick Ostler (Screenplay)

Starring: Katee Sackhoff, Lucy Boynton, Richard Mylan, Nick Moran, Pascale Wilson

 

Plot: A mother desperate to reconnect with her troubled daughter becomes embroiled in the urban legend of a demonic witch.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Horror

 

Story: Don’t Knock Twice starts as Jess (Sackhoff) is desperate to reconnect with her daughter Chloe (Boynton) who she left at a children’s school/home years before. Chloe not wanting to return home finds herself involved in an urban legend game with a friend about knocking on a mysterious door.

Soon after Chloe’s friend vanishes (we do see what happens to him but she doesn’t) leaving Chloe only have one place to turn to as a ghost figure starts to haunt her, Chloe must go home to her mother. With the mother and daughter trying to rebuild their relationship, Jess must face the demons off her past which led to her giving up Chloe but together they must face the unknown enemy haunting them both.

 

Thoughts on Don’t Knock Twice

 

Characters – Jess is the damaged mother that has made mistakes in her past which has caused her to give up her child, cleaned up and back on the right path she offers a home to her daughter again but finds herself needing to battle an evil spirit out for vengeance against her daughter. Chloe is the daughter of Jess, raised in a home very insecure with commitment issues, she finds herself targeted by a spirit which has a connection to her past. Boardman is the cop who led the investigation to what happened with the ghost figure.

PerformanceKatee Sackhoff is somewhat of a favourite in the geek community for her work in sci-fi but over the recent years she has stepped into horror effortlessly and stands out as a great lead and this is no different. Lucy Boynton, we saw make a splash last year with Sing Street enters into horror here and she is good through the film even if the character feels slightly flat. Nick Moran as the detective is a character we would have liked more from but he does well with what he had to do.

StoryThe story side is split into too, the first is showing the difficult side of parenting, the sacrifice the mother must make to overcome her personal demons to make sure she is safe but we follow the rebuilding process which is an important stage of this film. the horror side of the story is one of my favourite, it follows a ghost haunting that leads to our character needing to solve a case to be free of the hauntings, while not everything is explained as smoothly as it could have been it does work watching it all unfold. The mix of the two stories does work to show how the relationship between mother and daughter though strained needs to remain strong.

HorrorThe horror used throughout is mostly jump scares but not false jump scares, this is a good thing because too many would ruin the film. a lot of the film is also well built up moments of horror.

SettingsThe everyday settings for the film show us just what could happen to non-believers suddenly when they stumble into urban legend.

Special EffectsThe effects being used through the film are all good, we get a mix of practical and what feels like CGI to create the ghost figure haunting the family.

Scene of the Movie – The first kill on the laptop, mostly because it is a surprise.

That Moment that annoyed me – One twist too many.

Final ThoughtsThis was a good horror, it does create a good ghost investigation film but tries too hard to shock us with twists.

 

Overall: Good late night horror experience.

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Halloween Horror – 13 Eerie (2013)

ddfkdDirector: Lowell Dean

Writer: Christian Piers Betley (Screenplay)

Starring: Katharine Isabelle, Michael Shanks, Brendan Fehr, Brendan Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jesse Moss

 

Plot: Six forensic undergrads embark on a scientific expedition to a remote island that was once used as illegal biological testing grounds for life-term prisoners.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Forensic Zombies

 

Story: 13 Eerie starts when our 6 forensic students Megan (Isabelle), Daniel (Fehr), Josh (Fletcher), Patrick (Moss) Kate (Patterson) and Rob (Eisner) along with their driver former criminal Larry (Moran) heading to abandoned prison the 13 Eerie for a test under the instructions from Tomkins (Shanks). The prize is that two students will get a chance to move into the forensic science learning division.

When the groups start having technical issues that is only the beginning of their problems as the dead from the Eerie seem to be coming back looking to feed on the students. Is there something about the prison that Tomkins didn’t know about that has put everyone in danger and who will make it out alive?

13 Eerie comes off nicely but does have its’s flaws. First off the idea of these people learning how to deal with dead bodies and investigating what happened to them is very good concept because they shouldn’t panic easily. The problem is we learn very little about any of the characters before they get there with none of the students coming off as bad people while a couple do come off to dumb to be standing in this environment. We also only learn very thin ideas to what happened at the prison which does leave it feeling incomplete really. If you just want the blood and gore this is everything you would expect but you can pick plenty of holes in the story.

 

Actor Review

 

Katharine Isabelle: Megan is one of the students who I think is meant to be the hard working one who has earnt all her chances, she is determined to overcome an obstacle put in her way along the test but now she will have to face the undead to make it out alive. Katharine is always a great leading lady in horror.

Michael Shanks: Tomkins is the man running the test, he has created the crime scenes and is extra strict towards his students as they look to be the very best. He doesn’t listen to any warnings from Larry and ends up having to join the remaining students to fight the undead. Michael does a solid job in this role where he is the authority to the situation.

Brendan Fehr: Daniel is the most serious of all the students, he looks like he is going to be one of the two selected winners and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty on the job. He takes charge of the situation when his partner goes missing. Brendan is good in this role where he is the smartest of the people involved.

Brendan Fletcher: Josh seems to be the slightly more deranged one that is enjoying the investigation of the dead bodies, much like Daniel he isn’t afraid to her his hands dirty when it comes to this job. Brendan does a good job in this role but is sadly only really supporting.

Nick Moran: Larry is the idiot driver and former criminal that is scared to be just going to this place because he has heard the stories about what has gone on there in the past. He does make for extra laughs because he is very clumsy. Nick gives us the required comedy light hearted side to the story we needed.

Support Cast: 13 Eerie has a supporting cast that are really just the disposable characters in the film.

Director Review: Lowell DeanLowell gives us a good blood and gore film but doesn’t have the best storyline decisions.

 

Horror: 13 Eerie is filled with plenty of blood and gore throughout.

Sci-Fi: 13 Eerie has the idea of being used with the undead coming back to life.

Settings: 13 Eerie puts our characters into an isolated location with history which works for all the concept behind the film.
Special Effects
: 13 Eerie has great effects with the kills being used through the film.

Suggestion: 13 Eerie is one for the horror fans to enjoy but only if you like the blood and gore side of the genre. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part:  Blood and gore

Worst Part: Character development

Kill Of The Film: Zombie Rob

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: CAD$ 3 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 27 Minutes

 

Overall: Bloody gorefest that is enjoyable throughout

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