Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Halloween Horror – Rupture (2016)

Director: Steven Shainberg

Writer: Brian Nelson (Screenplay) Brian Nelson, Steven Shainberg (Story)

Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Chiklis, Kerry Bishe, Peter Stormare, Ari Millen

 

Plot: A single mom tries to break free from a mysterious organization that has abducted her.

 

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Verdict: Slow Thriller, Nice Finish

 

Story: Rupture starts as we met single mother Renee (Rapace) who is going to have an adventure of a lifetime as she is going skydiving after dropping her son off at his father’s. On route Renee finds her car braking down with a group of people led by Bald Man (Chiklis) abducting her from the side of the road.

Renee finds herself trapped in a facility, but she isn’t alone there are other victims being held captive here. The victims are being experimented on as this mysterious organization is search for a genre which only comes out during moments of complete and utter fear, Renee must look for a way out before she is pushed too far.

 

Thoughts on Rupture

 

Characters/PerformanceRenee is a single mother just trying to make ends meet while caring for her son, she has always been shy but she is going to take a huge rusk with her day, skydiving. She never makes it there because she is abducted and it is here where we get to see how resourceful she can be can be when backed into a corner. The scientists are all mixed with different key components but we do learn enough about them until the final acts of the film.

Performance wise, Noomi Rapace is the star of the show here and she is good throughout but never reaches the levels we know she can from her breakout roles. the rest of the cast all do their jobs well without being in too many scenes to either make a mistake or having enough time to make an impact.

StoryWoman gets abducted, woman gets experimented on and tests, well this isn’t something overly original, this also isn’t the most shocking either. The final third of the film is the most interesting side of the film but it does feel incredibly borrowed from another film, which I won’t mention because it will give away the whole film.

Horror/Sci-FiThe horror side of this film is all about dealing with fears but nothing seems to hit all the heights needed on this side of the film, the sci-fi side of the film only gets revealed later in the film which does work for the film.

SettingsMost of the film is set within the facility which works for the style of the film even if it isn’t the most original idea.

Special EffectsThis is something pretty bad for this film, none of the special effects look real and does take away from part of the film.

Final ThoughtsThis is an interesting concept that does fall short in the end, this does disappoint us because we could have a truly brilliant idea for a film.

 

Overall: Disappointing film that misses the marks too often.

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Anthony Hopkins Weekend – Bad Company (2002)

badDirector: Joel Schumacher

Writer: Jason Richman, Michael Browning (Screenplay) Gary M Goodman, David Himmelstein (Story)

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Chris Rock, Peter Stormare, Gabriel Macht, Kerry Washington, Adoni Maropis

 

Plot: When a Harvard-educated CIA agent is killed during an operation, the secret agency recruits his twin brother.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Action Comedy

 

Story: Bad Company starts as we see CIA agent Kevin Pope (Rock) working undercover trying to get a nuclear weapon under the guidance of Officer Oakes (Hopkins) but the mission goes terribly wrong as Kevin is killed.

Not wanting all the work to go to waste Oakes is assigned to train up Kevin’s twin brother Jake Hayes (Rock) a street hustler to replace the brother he never knew he had. Going through the training process Jake learns just how dangerous this cover up really is, as we watch how the dealer Adrick Vas (Stormare) and Jake meet for the deal that could help save the world from a nuclear attack.

Bad Company is an action comedy that follows a pretty generic formula for a CIA let’s do a deal movie to save the world. We gets to see Chris Rock go to his fast talking reaction of a poor man entering a rich mans world comedy which gets very tiring after the first couple of times. This is a fun film for what it is without being one of the greatest of all time.

Chris Rock is fun with both roles even if he does get repetitive after a while, Hopkins is good as the senior member of the team but you are left wondering if this was a slight miss-cast when you look at what he is meant to be doing. Stormare is as always reliable for a foreign deal maker but doesn’t get the screen time required to enjoy the role. As for the female roles go in this film they barely get any serious screen time at all.

 

Overall: Simple and enjoyable action comedy that works for a relaxing movie experience.

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Henry’s Crime (2010)

henryDirector: Malcolm Venville

Writer: Sacha Gervasi, David N White (Screenplay) Stephen Hamel, Sacha Gervasi (Story)

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Judy Greer, Fisher Stevens, Danny Hoch, Bill Duke, Drew McVety, Tim Snay, James Caan, Vera Farmiga, Peter Stormare

 

Plot: Released from prison for a crime he didn’t commit, an ex-con targets the same bank he was sent away for robbing.

 

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Verdict: Bland Heist Film

 

Story: Henry’s Crime starts when toll booth operator Henry Torne (Reeves) finds himself unwittingly drawn into being a getaway driver for small time robber Eddie Vibes (Stevens) only to get himself caught and spending 3 years in prison. While in prison Henry meets Max (Caan) who teaches him to focus himself on life.

Once free Henry finds himself searching for his meaning in life and what he searches into is doing the crime he was meant to have committed.

Henry’s Crime is a heist movie that tries to play into the comedy genre while missing the mark on every single joke. The heist does work as a film because it all adds together well. The film has a slow pace with the romantic angle coming off slow and over dramatic in places too. The motivation of Henry’s character does seem to get lost in places as we just have a character that doesn’t come off strong enough to be the lead character of a heist film.

 

Overall: This is a plain and forgettable heist film that wastes the talent involved.

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Halloween Horror – 2001 Maniacs (2005)

2001Director: Tim Sullivan

Writer: Tim Sullivan, Chris Kobin (Screenplay)

Starring: Robert Englund, Lin Shaye, Giuseppe Andrews, Jay Gillespie, Maria Malcolm, Dylan Edrington, Matthew Carey, Peter Stormare, Gin Marie Heekin, Brian Gross

 

Plot: Eight college students traveling to Florida for Spring Break stumble into a remote town in Georgia where they are set upon by the residents who are out to avenge their deaths by Union troops over 100 years earlier during the Civil War.

 

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Verdict: Gore Filled Horror

 

Story: 2001 Maniacs starts as three history students Anderson (Gillespie), Nelson (Edrington) and Cory (Carey) failing through college before spring breaks gives them a chance to party some more. When the three friends meet fellow travellers including two hot girls Joey (Malcolm), Kat (Heekin) and Ricky (Gross) they arrange to meet back up on the beach and we continue our adventure with our three friends who find Pleasant Valley.

When the six find themselves being welcomed by the Mayor Buckman (Englund) for a celebration they decide to stay. As the strangers spend more time in the town they start to go missing before learning the truth about the people in the town. Who will make it out alive.

2001 Maniacs is one of those horrors that came out at the perfect time, it was the time when gore and nudity were big in the industry and this does everything needed. The story is pretty simple, strangers arrive in town and welcomed only to learn not everything is as it seems. Sure this is easy to watch but it is also important that nothing becomes over-complicated too.

 

Actor Review

 

Robert Englund: Mayor Buckman is the man running Pleasant Valley, he is from a time where the south was still in control meaning he only accepts white people in his town. It isn’t long till we learn his motives as the man who welcomes guests with arms wide open. Robert is always going to be a good lead for a film like this.mayr

Lin Shaye: Granny Boone is the host where the guests are staying. She is welcoming throughout the stay trying to make sure all the women look extra pretty. Lin is good in this role where we get to see the added quirky character.

Giuseppe Andrews: Harper is the charming man of the local town that seduces the women who come to town before finding his own way to kill them. Giuseppe is good in this role as you believe he will be calm and crazy in the same side.

Jay Gillespie: Anderson is the nice guy of the three friends travelling who meets the beautiful Joey where he sees a potential new girlfriend, when he learns what is going on he must try to survive. Jay is solid in this role but it could easily be any of the friends.

Support Cast: 2001 Maniacs has a supporting cast which is mostly the victims but also most of the women end up having to do some sort of nudity.

Director Review: Tim SullivanTim gives us a film that reaches all the special effects levels and is filled with all the gore and nudity fitting the genre.

 

Comedy: 2001 Maniacs has a few good one liners when it comes to the kills.

Horror: 2001 Maniacs is gored filled for all of the kills but isn’t suspense filled.

Settings: 2001 Maniacs keeps most of the film in this small town showing how this is more of a tradition rather than mistake.
Special Effects
: 2001 Maniacs has great effects when it comes to the kills which is important for the film.

Suggestion: 2001 Maniacs is one for the horror fans out there to sit down and watch. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: The kills.

Worst Part: No suspense.

Kill Of The Film: Got Milk.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Has one.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $3 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 27 Minutes

Tagline: The south will rise again!

 

Overall: Enjoyable horror that pushes the boundaries on kills.

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Franchise Weekend – 8MM (1999)

8mmDirector: Joel Schumacher

Writer: Andrew Kevin Walker (Screenplay)

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini, Peter Stormare, Anthony Heald, Chris Bauer, Catherine Keener, Myra Carter, Amy Morton

 

Plot: A private investigator is hired to discover if a “snuff film” is authentic or not.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Gripping Mystery Thriller

 

Story: 8MM starts as we meet private investigator Tom Welles (Cage) who is one of the most respected in the business. His latest job finds him working got Daniel Longdale (Heald) attorney to Mrs Christian (Carter) who finds an unusual film in her late husband safe, one that seems like a snuff film. Tom is hired to investigate whether it is a real tape or just clever piece of art.

Tom’s investigation which he disguises as a missing persons case leads him to Mary Ann Mathews (Powell) who has been missing for years. Learning about her disappearance Tom finds himself delving into the pornographic underworld of Hollywood. Tom recruits Max California (Phoenix) an employee from an adult store to take him into the underworld.

The deeper Tom gets into the world the more leads that get opened for him to investigate as he starts with producer Eddie Poole (Gandolfini) before finding himself in deeper than he could ever have imagined.

8MM takes us into a world we haven’t entered before as we watch how the underworld of porn has turned into the world of snuff. While the investigation is twisted filled and very much what you would expect it to be, it is the idea of the sexual drive from the villains that adds a disturbing factor to it all. We see this with how Tom reacts to everything in the film. I will say this contains a lot of disturbing material that can’t be easily watched but this does help show how far the world can go into darkness.

 

Actor Review

 

Nicolas Cage: Tom Welles is a well-respected private investigator, his latest job brings him into the seedy underworld of the pornographic as he looks for a missing person that could have been a victim of a snuff film. He must use all his skills to get into the world where he learns the shocking truth. Nicolas is good in this role where we get to see him in a dark situation compared to action star he has become.tom

Joaquin Phoenix: Max California works in an adult story, he has connections to the pornographic underworld as he teams up with Tom to uncover the truth about the snuff world. Joaquin is good in this role showing he is willing to take on the stranger roles.mike

James Gandolfini: Eddie Poole is an adult film producer that Tom starts investigating, he is as seedy as them come but does know something about the missing girl. James is good in the supporting role but we just don’t see enough of his character.

Peter Stormare: Dino Velvet is the pornographic producer that deals with all over the extreme porn, he is above Eddie in the chain that could well be the man behind the film Tom is investigating. Peter is solid in this role you could easily see him in but we don’t see enough of him.

Support Cast: 8MM has a supporting cast that all help the final outcome of the film, we have people who have been effected in their own way.

Director Review: Joel SchumacherJoel gives us an intense mystery thriller that pushes the boundaries of right and wrong.

 

Crime: 8MM takes us into the underworld of the porn industry where the snuff movies do get made by the people involved.

Mystery: 8MM does keep us wondering what is happening and who will be involved.

Thriller: 8MM manages to keep us on the edge throughout the film.

Settings: 8MM takes us to all the underworld areas to show how the perverts of the world can find what they want.
Special Effects
: 8MM has good effects to show the kills being involved.

Suggestion: 8MM is one to try, I do think it will be difficult to watch for certain people. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Eddie has to pay.

Worst Part: Hard to watch.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Sadly, Yes

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $40 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 3 Minutes

Tagline: You are never prepared for the truth

Trivia: The enema porno film seen at the porn swap meet is a genuine S&M film that was heavily edited for inclusion in the main movie.

 

Overall: Difficult to watch but good watch throughout.

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