Guardians of the Tomb (2018)

Director: Kimble Rendall

Writer: Kimble Rendall, Paul Staheli (Screenplay) Kimble Rendall, Jonathan Scanlon (Story)

Starring: Bingbing Li, Kellan Lutz, Kelsey Grammer, Chun Wu, Shane Jacobson, Stef Dawson, Jason Chong

 

Plot: An innocent discovery of a well-preserved mummified Chinese Emperor from 200 B.C. unearths a two-thousand-year-old nightmare, a secret that should have remained buried.


Tagline – Unearth the legend. Unleash the curse.

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Terrible Adventure

 

Story: Guardians of the Tomb starts when pharmaceutical business man Mason (Grammer) turns to the daughter of his former partner Jia (Li) to search for her brother Luke (Wu) who went missing during the latest search for a cure that would put the company back on the map.

Jia joins Mason, survival expert Jack Ridley (Lutz), Gary (Jacobson), Milly (Dawson) and Chen (Chong) in search for the answers in the tomb, a tomb which is filled with deadly spiders that could bring a new cure for diseases.

 

Thoughts on Guardians of the Tomb

 

Characters – Jia is a specialist in venoms and dangerous animals from around the world, she knows how to remain calm around them if somebody is infected, she is forced into the field after her brother goes missing on his latest expedition, where she must use her own expert skills to keep the team alive and guide them out alive. Jack Ridley is bough in because of his skills in survival situations, he is here to keep the team safe. Mason is the co-founder of company, he has seen his partner killed and is always looking to push the boundaries in search new products which could help make him money in the pharmaceutical world, he leads the team after his own men go missing. Luke is the younger brother to Jia, he goes on the adventures, with his latest one seeing him go missing, he is working for Mason too.

PerformancesBingbing Li is easily the best of performers in this film, she does look like she is trying unlike most of the rest of the leading members of the cast. Kellan Lutz continues to fall into the generic soldier figure, offering nothing new, Kelsey Grammer does seem to be wasted in his role, he would have been better to not go on the adventure too. Chun Wu is solid enough in what is a smaller role, though it he could have done more with more screen time.

StoryThe story follows a rescue mission after a discovery mission goes wrong inside an ancient tomb in China. This is a story we have seen before, we know how ancient tombs tend to play out, with traps only this time we get spiders that are protecting a tomb. We have greed, family and memories planning out for the characters, even we do end up just going through the, spiders are coming lets run storyline way too often. This is simply enough without being anything original or enjoyable.

Adventure/HorrorThe adventure involved in the film follows the characters as they go through the tomb. The horror in the film comes from the spiders being deadly.

SettingsThe film keeps us going through the tombs with each room offering a new problem for the team to face.

Special EffectsThe effects come from the spiders which at times are awful looking CGI, in a place where we could have had practical ones.


Scene of the Movie –
Couldn’t find one.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The CGI spiders.

Final ThoughtsThis is a disappoint adventure horror that could have been a lot of fun, only to become bland, predictable and just becomes forgettable quickly.

 

Overall: Forgettable.

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Pressure (2015)

pressureDirector: Ron Scalpello

Writer: Alan McKenna, Paul Staheli (Screenplay) Louis Baxter (Story)

Starring: Danny Huston, Matthew Goode, Joe Cole, Alan McKenna, Ian Pirie, Daisy Lowe, Gemita Samarra

 

Plot: A group of men are trapped in a small pod on the sea bed, after diving down to fix an oil pipeline and becoming separated from their ship.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Claustrophobic Thriller

 

Story: Pressure starts when maintenance is need to be done on an oil pipe and the only remaining divers Engel (Huston), Mitchell (Goode), Jones (Cole) and Hurst (McKenna) have to dive down fix the problem while an impending storm is approaching.

When the storm hits the four men find themselves stuck in the bell at the bottom of the ocean after their ship is sank during the storm. The men have to figure out a way to survive and escape their situation or be lost at the bottom of the ocean forever.

Pressure is a good thriller that puts us at the bottom of the ocean trying to find a way to survive against all the odds. We do get a lot of technical diving terms that isn’t easy to pick up for the none diving fans. It is hard to create an easy exit from the confined space which does help the story unfold but also leaves you wondering why they didn’t do any of the easier options which they try nearer the end. You never really believe these guys have a good enough plan to make it out though.

 

Actor Review

 

Danny Huston: Engel is the experienced diver who reluctantly has to go on this dive, he knows how to get the job done efficiently. When they become stranded he uses all his skills to stay calm as he knows what he needs to do to survive, even if it has ruthless methods behind it. Danny gives us a solid performance with his character filled with regret for a previous incident in his life.eksel

Matthew Goode: Mitchell is the man selected to lead the mission, he believes the company will come when they need help but when he faces the reality he must use his skills to try and survive. Matthew give us a solid performance but really doesn’t seem to get involved enough.

Joe Cole: Jones is the youngest member of the team with no real dive experience, he is on the job just to get used to being in the water while staying in the bell, but when things go wrong he must listen to the experts to survive. Joe gives us a good performance keeping up with the bigger names in the cast.

Alan McKenna: Hurst is the oldest member of the team, his diving time has taken its toll on his body and his alcohol problem doesn’t help his odds against. He is in no shape to be on this dive making him a risk to the whole team. Alan is solid in this role without being involved too long.

Support Cast: Pressure doesn’t have the biggest supporting cast with most others only appearing in the one or two scenes.

Director Review: Ron ScalpelloRon gives us a thriller that keeps our attention without being full tension filled.

 

Thriller: Pressure keeps the thriller on edge without being the full tension driven film.

Settings: Pressure uses the settings really well because there is nowhere to go.
Special Effects
: Pressure uses good effects to show the effects of deep sea diving.

Suggestion: Pressure is one to try especially as it is short it is an easy watch. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Final escape.

Worst Part: Too many technical terms.

 

Believability: It tries to focus on the real effects while the story is fictional.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

 

Overall: Thriller that doesn’t pull us in enough to the seriousness side of the story.

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