Anthem of a Teenage Prophet (2018)

Director: Robin Hays

Writer: Joshua Close, Andy Matic, Elisha Matic (Screenplay) Joanne Proulx (Novel)

Starring: Cameron Monaghan, Grayson Gabriel, Peyton List, Juliette Lewis, Aaron Pearl, Richard de Klerk, Alex MacNicoll

 

Plot: Anthem tells the story of Luke (Monaghan) a teenager who foresees the death of his new best friend Stan (MacNicoll), the most popular guy in school. When this premonition becomes reality, Luke must deal with the trials and tribulations of being dubbed “The Prophet of Death” and being titled a freak by the entire town.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Brilliant Coming-of-Age Film

 

Story: Anthem of a Teenage Prophet starts when high school stoner Luke Hunter (Monaghan) gets a vision that his close friend Stan (MacNicoll) will be killed on the way to school in the morning, the next morning, Stan is killed, leaving the rumours about his vision spreading like wildfire through the town. Stan’s girlfriend Faith (List) is broken up about his death as you would imagine, while Luke feels the guilt of not being able to help.

When Luke suffers a second vision of death, he tries to stop it, failing in the process, his mother Mary (Lewis) tries to help him as Luke must face the reality that he will be heading off to college and this new pressure is only going to make his life more stressful.

 

Thoughts on Anthem of a Teenage Prophet

 

Characters – Luke Hunter is the normal high school slacker, he spends his time getting stoned more often than studying and it is while getting high, he gets the vision of his best friend dying, when it actually happens, he is left guilt riddled and scared of just what he might be capable off, add in the pressures of high school, the anxiety of growing up and living up to his parents expectations, Luke will face the toughest couple of months of his life. Faith was the girlfriend of Stan the teenager killed, she is left broken and turns to Luke for friendship through the difficult time. Mary is Luke’s mother that does her best to help him through his own struggles with what he saw and what he is going through when it comes to his future. Fang is Luke’s oldest friend, he has his own problems and with Luke being there for him, the question remains can they help each other through the struggles.

PerformancesCameron Monaghan in the leading role here is outstanding, we get to see him show nearly every emotion imaginable for a teenager going through the troubles of high school, we understand each moment and this is because of his performance. Peyton List continues to give us strong performances here with her work, showing the loss she suffered in the film. Juliette Lewis bring the experience to the film handling the mother role effortlessly and knowing how to like Monaghan take centre stage.

StoryThe story here shows the struggles a teenager has after having a vision of his best friend being killed becomes a reality and he must deal with the guilt of not being able to stop the accident, while continuing to use this gift to try and help other people close to his life with their own struggles. This story gets to reflect high school anxiety, pressure and demand with the guilt of not being there for friends, showing us how a couple of moments extra time with each person in your own life will provide a positive out light which will make life more enjoyable, even after getting through tragic events. This is going to be one of the best coming of age stories you will see this year, balancing everything out perfectly for the story to unfold at a natural pace.

SettingsThe film is set in mall town America, showing the unity between the people in the neighbourhood and the desire to escape to make the most of life from the students, we have iconic settings that will help people achieve what they want from their moments in life.


Scene of the Movie –
Climbing.

That Moment That Annoyed Me How easy it is for the teenagers to get drugs.

Final ThoughtsThis is easily one of the best films you will see, it has a serious subject matter that is relatable for the audience as well as showing us just how hard the modern pressures of teenage life can be.

 

Overall: Must watch coming of age film.

Rating

 

 

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Repeaters (2010)

logoDirector: Carl Bessai

Writer: Arne Olsen (Screenplay)

Starring: Dustin Milligan, Amanda Crew, Richard de Klerk, Alexia Fast, Gabrielle Rose, Hrothgar Mathews

 

Plot: A gritty mind-bending thriller about three twenty-somethings who find themselves in an impossible time labyrinth, where each day they awaken to the same terrifying day as the preceding one.

 

Verdict: What would you do?

 

Story: We start by meeting our group of drug rehab members who are given the tasks to go out on a day pass to try and make up for the mistakes they have made while using. The days all go badly for our three heroes, but when they wake up the next day, they get a chance to re-live that day again. The group start to take advantage of their chance to re-live the same day over and over. After they had their fun they start to look at trying to make sense of what happened but when one starts to become darker the friendship starts to get pushed to the limits as the friends continue to get stuck in the time loop going further and further as each day happens.

This poses the old interesting question of ‘what would you do?’ if you were given the same day over and over. What this looks at is how the power of the repeating can go to someone’s head and shows how far he will go knowing whatever he does will be erased in the morning. It does offer a couple of plot holes which fail to get answered and with no real explanation to what is going on really leaves the repeating point up in the air. In the end it turns into a slightly random film that does try to offer the same sort of questions you would see but fails to looks at any real answers and focuses too much on how things could change someone. (5/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Dustin Milligan: Kyle Halsted member of the rehab facility who has made mistakes leading to his sister to not want anything to do with him. He keeps trying to make amends for what he did but with Weeks causing problems he gets pushed to the limits every time he repeats. Dustin gives a solid performance but doesn’t quite look ready to be a leading actor. (5/10)

 

Amanda Crew: Sonia Logan member of the facility whose last remaining family member dies leaving her in the facility re-living his death over and over. She has to face her past to get through the problem. Amanda gives a solid performance but we fail to see how much she changes because of what happens. (5/10)

 

Richard de Klerk: Michael Weeks member of the facility whose problems have left his father in jail and wanting him dead. He snaps and starts going further and further each time he repeats, committing worse crimes until he ends up having a showdown with Kyle. Richard gives a good performance and is the highlight of the film. (7/10)

 

Support Cast: Be it the people who have had their lives affected by the group and have to make amends for mistakes before the chance is going to be gone forever.

 

Director Review: Carl Bessai – Good idea with the repeating style but leaves a few too many loose ends for a solid time travel idea for a film. (5/10)

 

Action: Each time they return a new action sequence happens, pushing the levels to the next time. (8/10)

Thriller: You are left to wonder what will happen next time they repeat. (8/10)

Settings: Each setting is used to create the repeat to have different effects. (7/10)

Suggestion: This is one to try, it would be enjoy by the time travel fans but could leave them asking a few questions. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Weeks turning dark.

Worst Part: Too many questions left unanswered.

Favourite Quote: ‘See you this morning’

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

Tagline: What would you do?

 

Overall: Wake, Fight, Kill, Repeat

Rating 54