Open House (2010)

Director: Andrew Paquin

Writer: Andrew Paquin (Screenplay)

Starring: Brian Geraghty, Rachel Blanchard, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Tricia Helfer, Gabriel Olds, Jessica Collins

 

Plot: A couple on the verge of a nasty divorce attempt to sell their empty love nest and move on with their lives, separately. After a successful open house they are horrified to discover, days later, that a potential buyer didn’t leave their home. While Alice is being held captive in the basement, the unannounced house guest moves in upstairs. She senses her capture is being kept a rebellious secret. She knows her way out, if only she can get out alive.


Tagline – Welcome to the neighborhood.

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Unsettling Thriller

 

Story: Open House starts as Alice (Blanchard) is getting divorced and is looking to sell the couple’s home, things are not going well, but with her friend’s support she believes things will go well. Things take an early drastic change when Alice is held captive by David (Geraghty) and Lila (Helfer).

David and Lila decide to make the home their own, killing anyone that questions them about Alice, how long can they keep this up and how often have they been doing this?

 

Thoughts on Open House

 

Characters – David is the man that keeps Alice captive, he is being controlled by Lila, while also thinking for himself deciding to keep her alive against the wishes of Lila in look for companionship. David seems to be easily manipulated into doing what Lila says. Alice is the owner of the house, going through a divorce and looking to sell their home, she is held captive by the couple who want control of the house. She must follow the rules David gives her in a hope of making it through the ordeal. Lila is the woman who has moved into the house, she uses David to get what she wants and seduces any men that come near the home. The rest of the characters we meet are used to show what David and Lila are capable of, while have a connection to Alice.

PerformancesBrian Geraghty gives us an unsettling feeling throughout the film, he makes it difficult to put your finger on this character. Rachel Blanchard does a solid enough job, though she is mostly needing to look scared or be tied up. Tricia Helfer is good as the seductive woman controlling the situation. The rest of the cast don’t get much time on screen which disappoints when you see some of the talent we had.

StoryThe story follows a man and woman that hold a homeowner captive in their house while they make their own and continue their killer ways. Now this does bring us into the idea that somebody would take over your own home after a open house with people around you expecting you to be leaving you won’t get the support you would imagine. The pacing for the story is one of the weaker moments because we follow David’s interactions with both the women and it is very hard to put your finger on what he is up to through the film. the story however is better than 2018’s Open House which was just too slow.

CrimeThe film uses the crime elements because we see the man and woman killing people, talking like they have been doing this for years and know when to get out of the house before getting captured which is an interesting way to look at the story.

SettingsThe film takes place only inside the house, the place you are meant to feel safe, this is good for the story and easily the strongest part of everything.


Scene of the Movie –
Opening the freezers.

That Moment That Annoyed Me While it is implied, they have been killing for ages, it would have been nice to have it spelled out from how David is acting through the film.

Final ThoughtsThis is a solid addition to the late night horror movies I like to promote, it is an easy watch you can enjoy it even if it doesn’t use the biggest names in the film to the best of their abilities.

 

Overall: Late night Crime Horror film.

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DJ Qualls Weekend – Road Trip (2000)

roadDirector: Todd Phillips

Writer: Todd Phillips, Scot Armstrong (Screenplay)

Starring: Breckin Meyer, Seann William Scott, Amy Smart, Paulo Costanzo, DJ Qualls, Rachel Blanchard, Tom Green

 

Plot: Four college buddies embark on a road trip to retrieve an illicit tape mistakenly mailed to a female friend.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Great Fun Teen Comedy

 

Story: Road Trip starts as Josh (Meyer) and Tiffany (Blanchard) childhood sweethearts who have gone their own separate ways with college, they communicate through phone and video messages, yes this is a movie from 2000. When Josh doesn’t hear from Tiffany he stats getting worried and with the beautiful Beth (Smart) flirting with him Josh is pushed to enjoy the college experience by his friends EL (Scott) and Rubin (Costanzo).

When a drunken night where Josh records his night of sex with Beth he finds out Barry (Green) has sent the wrong tape to Tiffany. Josh finds out why he hasn’t spoken to Tiffany and now must travel 18,000 miles in 3 days with EL, Rubin and Kyle (Qualls) the shy student that hasn’t come out of his shell, but he has a car. What follows is the wacky adventure the four students travelling cross-country.

 

Thoughts on Road Trip

 

Characters/PerformanceLooking at the characters we get to see the traditional college students, Josh is the ‘good’ boyfriend who has planned his life, EL is the party animal that will most likely just make it in life with minimal effort, Rubin is a student that isn’t challenge by college and whose genius is above them all, while Kyle is the shy timid student that gets to be let out of his shell on this adventure with EL pushing him the most to enjoy his life. Beth is portrayed to be the new girl in Josh’s life, she doesn’t know he has a girlfriend but feels just as used by the night, we don’t really get to learn enough about this character all around.

Performance wise Meyer is good in the leading role, with Seann William Scott continue his highlight performances in the teen comedies, Amy Smart is good but doesn’t get enough time to shine. Tom Green does bring his unique form of comedy that you are either going to love or hate. This is the first film performance from DJ Qualls and you can see him breakout in this performance.stars

StoryThe story is simple, guy records sex tape sends to girlfriend and must travel cross country to stop her seeing it. Yes, we do get a road trip that only student get to experience with partying going on through the trip. This is easy to follow and you do get moments of self-discovery for the guys on the trip.

Adventure/ComedyThe cross-country adventure is all good but I do feel like I would have liked to have seen more than just colleges, the comedy I would say is hit or miss, when I was younger I loved it but now certain jokes just miss for me.

SettingsWe get to see a lot colleges across America but considering how far they travel they seem to miss all the major landmarks.genre

Final Thoughts – I was a big fan of this when I was younger and being released the same time as American Pie this fits in the boom the teen comedies had, with this easily being one of the better ones.

 

Overall: Teen comedy that hits all the point it needs to for the target audience.

Ratingrating

 

 

Snakes On A Plane (2006)

logoDirector: David R. Ellis

Writer: John Heffernan, Sebastian Gutierrez (Screenplay) David Dalessandro, John Heffernan (Story)

Starring: Samuel L Jackson, Julianna Margulies, Nathan Phillips, Rachel Blanchard, Flex Alexander, Kenan Thompson, Keith Dallas, Lin Shaye, Bruce James, Sunny Mabrey, Byron Lawson

 

Plot: After Sean (Phillips) witnesses a murder by well-known criminal Eddie Kim (Lawson) FBI agent Neville Flynn (Jackson) takes Sean into protective custody. Sean has to give evidence on Eddie Kim in LA just a short flight away from Honolulu, taking over a red eye flight and first class. Eddie Kim has a trick up his sleeve for the flight he arranges for the flight to have a large shipment of snakes which are set to be released during the flight.

 

The Snakes

The Snakes

Verdict: A film you will never forget and never see again.

Story: Yes the story sounds farfetched but it gets put together very well to enter an action film genre. What could end up being a ridiculous comedy turns into a serious action with small one-liners that will give you a giggle. Granted this won’t win any Oscars but it is a good watch that will entertain from start to finish. (8/10)

 

Actor Review: Samuel L Jackson – FBI agent Neville who has been tracking down Eddie Kim for years and finally has a witness to take him down for good. Fights the snakes and tries to find a solution to the problem. Even though this isn’t Jackson best film or performance it is up there with his most memorable performances of his career. Star Performance Award, Iconic Performance Award (8/10)

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Actor Review: Nathan Phillips – Sean the reluctant witness who presences puts everyone at risk. Gives an average performance but doesn’t get too much time to shine as spends more time trying to rescue people that anything else. (6/10)

Actor Review: Julianna Margulies – Air hostess who is one her last flight before entering her new career. Has to be the voice of calm on the flight through all the panic. Solid supporting role which is performed not to steal any scenes but be a natural fit in the role. (7/10)

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Director Review: David R. EllisGood direction throughout showing he knows how to build suspense in a film. (8/10)

 

Action: Some good action but nothing that shines to a top level of action. (7/10)

Thriller: The build to the first release is very tense and then throughout you are left wondering who will make it and how they will survive. (9/10)

Special Effects: Solid special effects throughout. (8/10)

Believability: Gangster trying to stop a witness talking is very realistic but how snakes on a plane are not. (1/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: Airplane for a snakes is a great setting, with nowhere to run the characters get put an impossible situation. (10/10)

 

Suggestion: The title itself is enough to make you want to watch this and then it is one film you can just enjoy watching without having to switch you brain on. (Watch)

 

Best Part: The snake attack is brutal

Worst Part: The dog death

Action Scene of the Film: The first snakes release.

Kill Of The Film: One passenger gets a snake bite to the eye.

Funniest Scene: Shouldn’t be funny but the guy who uses the toilet is a bit unfortunate but funny.

Favourite Quote: Neville ‘Enough is enough! I have had it with these motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking plane!’

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: No but did get spoofed in Snakes on a Train.

 

Overall: Good action film

 

Rating 80