Fighting Demons (2015)

fighting demonsDirector: Rustam Branaman

Writer: Rustam Branaman (Screenplay)

Starring: Sean Bean, Eva Longoria, Kate Walsh, Tom Arnold, Nolan Gross, Paul Ben-Victor, Aedin Mincks, Peter Mackenzie

 

Plot: An ex-fighter finds redemption from his troubled past.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Redemption Story 101

 

Story: Fighting Demons starts as we see fighter Vian (Bean) lose control at a party leading to him ending up in jail. 12 years later he is released pushed out of his gym but accepted by his sister Bethley (Walsh) Vian looks for a fresh start. Vian is trying to get back into the swing of things but doesn’t get chance when it comes to his criminal record as we see him try his best to pick up woman with Jolene (Longoria) being the first attempt.

When Roland (Arnold) finally gives Vian a job working is his restaurant while Vian starts into a relationship with Jolene all while trying to be a good role model for his nephew Jimmy (Gross) who is getting bullied at school.

When everything seems to be going well for Vian it all gets taken away in seemingly one day as he quests for redemption gets tested.

Fighting Demons is a drama thriller showing one man trying to make up for the crime he committed, the film shows the ups and downs the character has to go through. This does end up feeling very much like an easy pull of a film and I really would have liked to understand more of the action Vian is making to cause him to kill the man. This is easy to watch and will shock you with certain twists of the story.

 

Actor Review

 

Sean Bean: Vian is the trained fighter who finds himself in trouble with the law, we follow him from his time after jail trying to put his life back together. He stays with his sister and finds himself a job as well as starting a new romance, he also ends up being a role model for his nephew. Vian finds his past catching up with him as he tries his hardest to get away from his past. Sean is good in this leading role showing his dramatic side throughout.vian

Eva Longoria: Jolene is the new love interest of Vian where the sparks fly between them, she doesn’t know Vian’s past but once her obsessed ex-boyfriend tells her the truth her mind soon changes. Eva is good in this supporting role but I do feel we needed slightly more screen time for her character.

Kate Walsh: Bethley is the sister of Vian’s who gives him a place to stay, she is a single mother struggling to make ends meet. She doesn’t get a chance to spend time away from busy life with William being the most important part of it. Kate is good in this role dealing with all the extra emotional side to her story.

Tom Arnold: Roland is the man who gives Vian a job, he understands the struggles and respects his honesty but when he shows interest in Bethley the twos friendship gets shattered. Tom is good in this supporting role stepping away from the comic role we are used to seeing him in.

Support Cast: Fighting Demons has a good supporting cast that all do a good job with where the film ends up going.

Director Review: Rustam BranamanRustam does a good job directing which follows the drama side to give you all the emotions required.

 

Romance: Fighting Demons shows the romance between Vian and Jolene without being too much of an important part of the story.

Thriller: Fighting Demons keeps us wondering where the story will go next with a few lose ends at the end.

Settings: Fighting Demons shows us in a small town as we see the people struggling to make ends meet through the film.
Suggestion
: Fighting Demons is one to try, it is a powerful film that will leave you slightly shocked by the end. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Drunken vision.

Worst Part: Slight too much over the top with final scene.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

Tagline: Never give up

 

Overall: Very powerful redemption story that tries to tug at the heart strings.

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The Culling (2015)

logoDirector: Rustam Branaman

Writer: Rustam Branaman (Screenplay)

Starring: Jeremy Sumpter, Elizabeth Di Prinzio, Brett Davern, Chris Coy, Linsey Godfrey, Virginia Williams, Johnathon Schaech, Harley Graham

 

Plot: A terrifying supernatural thriller in which a group of college friends on a road trip find themselves fighting off dark forces at a remote farmhouse after a chance encounter with a strange little girl.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Simple Budget Horror

Story: The Culling starts with a girl running from something in the dark, I feel a cliché comment coming here. Next we meet Emily (Di Prinzio) who is chatting to Sean (Davern) on an internet with them both exchanging ghost capturing images, trying to out scare each other. Emily joins her friends Amanda (Godfrey), Hank (Coy) Tyler (Sumpter) and Sean for a fun filled weekend like most college students. The five friends find a little girl crying just searching for her chance to go home and decide to help her by taking her home.

Emily takes the little girl Lucy into the house but there is no one there, the friends hang around until the parents return home and find a place to stay for the night. When Lucy’s mother has an accident the five friends get stuck at the house looking after Lucy when we clearly have been hearing noises coming from the house and surroundings. As the night continues the five friends find out they are not alone and when Lucy and Amanda go missing the four remaining friends have to figure out what is going on while being haunted by a spirit creature.

The Culling manages to look like it could have been a lot better but let’s look out how things played out. We do follow the clichés there is no question about that and we do get the characters making stupid horror movie mistakes, separating and not listening to instruction. The issue I had was that the film doesn’t seem to want to identify the force until it is too late which takes away the reason why the characters are running around aimlessly at times. When we do finally get the reveal it does again come off clichéd but works for what this horror is trying to achieve. You can see the low budget used on this film which doesn’t help because the acting takes away from certain moments that are highlights. I think this had a lot of potential but just went in the wrong directions. (4/10)

 

Actor Review

Jeremy Sumpter: Tyler the ex-boyfriend of Emily but still friends with everyone, he goes on the trip hoping to win Emily back but really comes off as a big softy. Jeremy manages to make us get annoyed with his character as he clearly looks out of place in this role. (2/10)

 

Elizabeth Di Prinzio: Emily the head strong trainee nurse who really takes charge of the situation, she manages to stay calm while the rest overreact and tries to understand the situation. Elizabeth tires to be a good lead and shows all the character needed but really isn’t strong enough for the role. (4/10)

Brett Davern: Sean the trademark asshole of the group who only ever thinks about himself, you will grow to hate this character quickly. Brett does a good job making you really hate this character. (6/10)

 

Chris Coy: Hank the fifth wheel of the group who panics way too much making all the wrong decisions. Chris really looks like this was mailed in. (2/10)

 

Linsey Godfrey: Amanda fresh out of rehab but hasn’t learnt her lessons because she still wants to take drugs, she becomes an easy victim for the spirit because of her weaknesses. Linsey doesn’t do anything of any quality in the role. (2/10)

Support Cast: The Culling has a supporting cast of the children and the family but never really uses them to the best of the abilities.

Director Review: Rustam Branaman – Rustam manages to take every possible cliché and turn it into a film that really isn’t very character driven but does have one very good horror moment. (4/10)

 

Thriller: The Culling you don’t seem to want to care about the characters as they just make the silly mistakes over and over again. (2/10)

Settings: The Culling does create the isolation factor needed nicely. (8/10)
Special Effects
: The Culling has a mix of good and bad effects, but I will say it is due to low budget. (5/10)

Suggestion: The Culling is one that you could watch on late night TV only I wouldn’t go out of my way to see it and I wouldn’t suggest anyone else too. (Late Night TV)

 

Best Part: When Amanda looks in the closest, good jump scare.

Worst Part: Not following instructions.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: It is left open for one, but I doubt it.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 22 Minutes

Tagline: When the devil breeds…a new evil is born.

 

Overall: The Culling is a very clichéd horror thriller that doesn’t come off as well as it could, but it really did have potential.

Rating 30