Dig Two Graves (2017)

Director: Hunter Adams

Writer: Hunter Adams, Jeremy Phillips (Screenplay)

Starring: Ted Levine, Samantha Isler, Danny Goldring, Troy Ruptash, Rachael Drummond

 

Plot: After her brother’s tragic death a young girl meets three men who claim they can bring her brother back to life.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Very Slow

 

Story: Dig Two Graves starts as we follow Jake (Isler) and her brother heading to a quarry to take on the big dive into the water, but Jake backs out of jumping and her brother dies, time passes and the family has started to move on but Jake gets a visit from three men led by Wyeth (Ruptash) who offers her a chance to bring her brother back.

Jake’s grandfather Sheriff Waterhouse (Levine) tries to protect her from who visited her but soon she is drawn to learn the truth about whether her brother can be bought back from the dead or not.

 

Thoughts on Dig Two Graves

 

Characters – Jake is like any teenage girl that loses a sibling suddenly, she wants them back which leads her down a dark path with a cult like group offering to return him. Sheriff Waterhouse is the grandfather of Jake, he has a past which has shown him class with the group before and knows not to let Jake near them.

PerformanceTed Levine is the big name in this movie, he does his best to make it work but seeing his character in two ages just doesn’t help us connect with his performance. Samantha does well with what she must work with but the story doesn’t focus on her character enough.

StoryThe story here is very slow, it shows us how people can hold grudges and how people must deal with grief to move on with their lives, we follow two different time periods which spends nearly 50/50 on what is going on between the two way too often, we are also left with not much happening with Jake and a lot of nothing from the Sheriff too.

Horror/MysteryThe mystery horror side of everything dives into the cult like beliefs of being able to bring the dead back but nothing is scary and you don’t get drawn to the mystery.

SettingsThe small town settings is what we know works but in the end it only seems to have a school and a creepy house in.

Special EffectsThe effects are not used much and when they are get used they come off slightly weak.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Mixed time lines is annoying.

Tagline – A young girl’s obsession with her brother’s death leads her on a nightmarish journey where she is faced with a deadly proposition to bring him back.

Final ThoughtsToo much jumping between the times to make a storyline make sense in what would have easily just been a standard horror mystery.

 

Overall: Been here seen that.

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Captain Fantastic (2016)

capDirector: Matt Ross

Writer: Matt Ross (Screenplay)

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso, Nicholas Hamilton, Shree Crook, Charlies Shotwell, Trin Miller, Kathryn Hahn, Steve Zahn, Ann Dowd, Frank Langella, Missi Pyle

 

Plot: In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Wonderful Story

 

Story: Captain Fantastic starts as we meet Ben (Mortensen) who has been raising his six children Bo (MacKay), Kielyr (Isler), Vespyr (Basso), Rellian (Hamilton), Zaja (Crooks) and Nai (Shotwell) in the forest of Pacific Northwest away from society. Ben is teaching his children in his own way so they could be ready for the anything life be it, self-defence, educational material or just plain old music.

When Ben has to go back into the real world he takes the recently completed boy to man Bo but is only treated to tragic news about his wife. Ben reluctantly takes his children to his wife’s funeral against the orders of her family. Over this time, we get to see how Ben learns that everything he thought was correct might not actually be right for his children.

Captain Fantastic is a wonderful story that gives us the idea that we always know what is right for our own children might not actually be correct. We see how family wants to support any decision but there will always be that tension within. Viggo Mortensen gives a heavyweight performance that could easily being contention when Oscar season hits and all six of the children are brilliant in their roles. I will say this has moments of being slightly too slow but in the end each scene comes off fascinating to see where the characters will be going next.

 

Overall: Brilliant story, brilliantly acted and the real outside shot for the Oscars.

Rating93