ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – O – Outlaws (2017)

Director: Stephen McCallum

Writer: Matt Nable (Screenplay)

Starring: Ryan Corr, Abbey Lee, Simone Kessell, Josh McConville, Matt Nable, Aaron Pedersen, Sam Parsonson

Plot: 1% is set within the primal underworld of outlaw motorcycle club gangs. It follows the heir to the throne of a motorcycle club who has to betray his president to save his brother’s life.

Tagline – 99% of motorcyclists are law-abiding citizens.

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Sons of Anarchy Australia

Story: Outlaws starts as two rival biker gangs clash with the temporary leader Paddo (Corr) being forced into making a deal with the rival leader Sugar (Pedersen), only the real president of the club Knuck (Nable) isn’t taking any type of deal.

With the new deal off the table Paddo is left in the middle of no mans land because the deal was only in place to save his brother Skink’s (McConville) life after he was caught stealing from the rival gang, leading him to need to turn on Knuck.

Thoughts on Outlaws

Characters – Paddo has always looked out for his little brother, when he finds himself in trouble once again through a rival biker gang, he makes a deal to try and create peace between the two sides, only he is left in the middle of the two gangs when the president of his current gang doesn’t want the deal. Paddo must put family and a future at risk to escape this criminal world. Katrina is the girlfriend of Paddo, she believes they have worked too hard to walk away from, she wants him to take over after all the extra work they have put into the operations while in charge. Hayley is the wife of the current president, she isn’t happy with the changes in the club and pushes for Knuck to put Paddo back in his place. Skink is the brother of Paddo, he has a drug problem which has led to the deal being put in place, his behaviour continues to cause the problems between the leaders. Knuck is the president of the gang, he has been in prison, which has seen changes in his club, one that he wants to return to its former strength.

PerformancesRyan Corr, Josh McConville and Matt Nable are all believable as the bikers trying to prove who is the most dominate in the gang, the problem comes more with the characters are basic enough and unlikable, while the actresses Abbey Lee and Simone Kessell do well with their roles too.

StoryThe story here follows biker gang that ends up getting caught in the middle of who is going to be in control of the gang going forward after the president is released from prison. This is a basic story of power within a biker gang, it is never implied just how much they are doing on the criminal side of things which doesn’t show just how much power they have, it just feels like a basic and it could just be an extended version of a Son of Anarchy just being angry bikers fighting for the sake of it.

CrimeThe crime world we enter shows us just how the bikers are operating through the world and how they don’t care if they get caught.

SettingsThe film is set in what feels like Australian suburbs which shows how the gangs can be in any location.

Scene of the Movie – The bar fight.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Not very interesting characters.

Final Thoughts This is a biker fighter gang that doesn’t seem to make us care about the characters and just seems like angry men fighting for no reason.

Overall: Basic biker battle.

Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Wolf Creek 2 (2014)

logoDirector: Greg McLean

Writer: Greg McLean, Aaron Sterns (Screenplay)

Starring: John Jarratt, Ryan Corr, Shannon Ashlyn, Philippe Klaus, Shane Cooper, Ben Gerrard

Plot: The outback once more becomes a place of horror as another unwitting tourist becomes the prey for crazed, serial-killing pig-hunter Mick Taylor.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Disappointing Sequel

Story: Wolf Creek 2 starts with two traffic cops waiting for a speed car but they picked the wrong car to pull over Mick Taylor (Jarratt). Mick shows his ability to use his knife and his deadly aim by making the two traffic cops his first victims this time around. Time to meet our tourists Katarina (Ashlyn) and Rutger (Klaus) who are back packing across Australia. Our young couple grab the attention of Mick who offers the couple a lift.

After Mick gets to have his fun by butchering Rutger he lets Katarina escape before she runs into Paul (Corr) leading to a car chase across the outback before Mick finishes of Katarina but Paul escapes for now. Mick continues to chase Paul across the outback but will he make it out alive.

Wolf Creek 2 seems to lose the atmosphere and tension the first film captured. Instead this film focuses solely on Mick and him going on his travels in the outback searching for his victims, it almost turning them into a challenge. I don’t like how this film turns Mick becomes the hero of the film somehow. I also didn’t like the end because it just seems to happen and leaves us feeling empty with the final act. This really was a disappoint film that feels like it was a forced sequel. (3/10)

Actor Review

John Jarratt: Mick Taylor is the serial killer we have all come to know from the first film, he is deadly with a knife in close combat but it also deadly from distance being a pin point shot. He is travelling across thee outback picking off anyone he comes across a young German couple who end up being his latest victims before getting involved in a cat and mouse chase with Brit Paul. John keeps up his intense character that he gives us the great performance even if the story is confusing. (7/10)mick

Ryan Corr: Paul Hammersmith is the British tourist who gets caught up in the middle of Mick’s latest rampage, he tries to help one of his victims only to find himself the newest target. He has to use his intelligence to stay alive when it comes to the games being played. Ryan does a standard job but doesn’t really get enough time. (5/10)paul

Support Cast: Wolf Creek 2 has a supporting cast that includes three couples of victims that Mick none of which end up just being disposable.

Director Review: Greg McLeanGreg lowers the levels for this film letting all the tension and character development go out the window. (3/10)

Action: Wolf Creek 2 has plenty of car chases which work nicely but do we need them in a horror film about tension? (7/10)

Horror: Wolf Creek 2 has lost the tension created in the first film and ends up just going for gore. (6/10)

Thriller: Wolf Creek 2 doesn’t pull you to the edge of your seat because the characters just get picked off just as you are about to car about them. (3/10)

Settings: Wolf Creek 2 has beautiful settings of the outback throughout. (9/10)

Suggestion: Wolf Creek 2 is one to try if you liked the first film but otherwise it could be one to skip. (Try It)

Best Part: John Jarratt is still intense.

Worst Part: Change in tone.

Action Scene Of The Film: Night car chase.

Believability: I understand people go missing but this seems to much. (2/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: There is planned sequel and a television spin off.

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $7.2 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 46 Minutes

Tagline:  Mick’s Back With a Few Days to Kill

Trivia: Ironically, John Jarratt does not like to watch horror movies and stated that watching Psycho (1960) frightened him when he was a child.

Overall: Lacklustre sequel that needs to be corrected.

Rating 30