ABC Film Challenge – Random – R – The Remaining (2014)

Director: Casey La Scala

Writer: Casey La Scala, Chris Dowling (Screenplay)

Starring: Alexa PenaVega, Johnny Pacar, Liz E Morgan, Italia Ricci, Shaun Sipos, Kimberley Drummond

 

Plot: Friends gather at a wedding, but the celebration is shattered by terrifying apocalyptic events forcing them to examine life, love and faith as they must choose between redemption and survival.


Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Forgettable End of the World Horror

 

Story: The Remaining starts with two long-term friends Skylar (PenaVega) and Dan (Dechart) getting married, with their closest friends around them, Tommy (Pacar), Jack (Sipos), Allison (Ricci) and Lauren (Drummond). What was a perfect wedding turns into a living nightmare for the friends though, when an unknown catastrophic event happens leaving people dead and our friends trying to solve what has happened.

Skylar from a religious family believes this is the rapture and being joined by Sam (Morgan) a mysterious woman also just trying to survive, the friends go in search of Allison who had become separated from them. Once reunited the group must figure out how to survive the creatures picking off the remaining survivors on Earth.

 

Thoughts on The Remaining

 

Characters – Skylar is the religious woman who is getting married, she has attended church her whole life, but doesn’t understand why she hasn’t been taken is this was a rapture, spending the film trying to figure out what she has done wrong. Dan is the man she is marrying that had attended church to make Skylar happy, but this will become the trend, they guys seem to all be written the same.  Tommy is he guy filming the day and does try to record the events (don’t worry, this isn’t found footage, they just use his footage at times to look back at moments they thought they had missed). Jack is one of the best men, he leads the friends out in search for Allison his girlfriend, that is his character in a nutshell. Allison is the best friend of Skylar, wildly jealous of Skylar getting married while she has been in the long-term relationship with Jack. Sam is the random woman that joins them in search of escape from the terror that is happening.

PerformancesThe performances well here are the start of the negatives, this isn’t down solely to the performers though, the characters are written to feel very generic, which doesn’t give the stars much to work with, it would be fair to say you could swap the cast around easily and they wouldn’t have to do much different either. No one deserves any praise for their work.

StoryThe story is the world has ended, God has taken the worthy leaving the rest to fight to survive against creatures left to roam the Earth. We watch how these six people try to survive the end of the world, making bad decisions along the way. I feel the film does want to have the balance between is it religious or other source, but in the end just falls into trying to borrow from the Bible about the rapture putting their own spin on what is going to be. We also must deal with a love triangle between friends which isn’t needed either. The story isn’t the most compelling if we are being honest.

Horror/ThrillerThe horror comes from the idea the world would end instantly for the faith driven people, leaving the rest to face the rapture, this could well be a nightmare situation, but this film doesn’t drive home the horror like it should.

SettingsThe settings place us in a city, not sure which one it was meant to be, but it also doesn’t matter too much, we are meant to believe this could be a worldwide issue.

Special EffectsThe effects are fine, they aren’t used that often which at times works and other times doesn’t.


Scene of the Movie –
The first moment.

That Moment That Annoyed Me They spent a day in the hospital that had nobody in it or no resources, when they fear what is in the night.

Final ThoughtsThis is a largely forgettable movie, the characters are bland which give the actors nothing to work with and by the end it becomes overly preachy to only the idea of Bible being the true religion, we should have opened doors to potential of other beliefs having the same prediction.

 

Overall: Forgettable on nearly every level.

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For the Love of George (2018)

Director: Maria Burton

Writer: Nadia Jordan, Hayley Nolan (Screenplay)

Starring: Nadia Jordan, Rex Lee, Rosanna Arquette, Tate Donovan, Kristen Johnston, Shaun Sipos

 

Plot: Romantic Comedy about a jilted wife who leaves her cheating husband in England and sets off to LA hoping to meet who she believes is the perfect man – George Clooney.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Smile Inducing Rom Com

 

Story: For the Love of George starts in England, where Poppy (Jordan) is preparing for her husband’s birthday, only to learn about his affair, packing her bags and heading to LA to see friend Justin (Lee) and search for George Clooney.

Extending her stay in LA in hope to bump into George as we see how her obsession with finding the perfect man starts to make her question her own decisions as she see Dr Faye Carter (Arquette) and psychic Sara (Johnston) showing the extremes she will go to find her place.

 

Thoughts on For the Love of George

 

Characters – Poppy is the married journalist, she has always tried to look after her husband, but learning of his affair she heads to LA to start a fresh. She sets herself an unrealistic goal in finding a new man and other tasks to keep her mind of her marriage collapse, this is a good character that shows how one person whose life can be shattered by an affair, leaving them lose in the next stage of their life. Justin was the wedding planner for Poppy, he offers her a place to stay in LA, he gives her a new option to how life could go as they are both looking for a dreamy guy.

PerformancesNadia Jordan takes on both the lead role and writing credits here, she is good in this role as her character does go through the emotional changes as the story unfolds. Rex Lee is good because he brings us the fun character that gets laughs through the film. the cast is good through the film, each characters get the laughs needed for the film.

StoryThe story follows one lady whose life is turned upside down after learning of an affair, seeing what she does to recover is interesting as it shows how life could go in a new direction for her making her happy, it shows that if you get the chance you should always take it, but you will need to learn the different between realistic and unrealistic dreams.

Comedy/RomanceWhen it comes to comedies, you need to make the audience laugh, this will make you laugh through the film without any problems. The romance side of the film shows the aftermath of a marriage and what new romantic ideas it could open, ones you want or ones you don’t.

SettingsThe film is set in LA, which seems to make sense when it comes to trying to track down George Clooney, we get plenty of reference to why Poppy could be a fish out of water with the different culture she is entering too.


Scene of the Movie –
Pumpkin drive.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Is it that easy to get a therapist in LA?

Final ThoughtsThis is an enjoyable romantic comedy, it will make you laugh at times and make you think about life when needed. It has a good cast that perform well and will leave you with a smile.

 

Overall: Great romantic comedy

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Texas Chainsaw (2013)

texasDirector: John Luessenhop

Writer: Adam Marcus, Debra Sullivan, Kirsten McCallion (Screenplay) Stephen Susco, Adam Marcus, Debra Sullivan (Story) Tobe Hooper, Kim Henkel (Characters)

Starring: Alexandra Daddario, Dan Yeager, Trey Songz, Scott Eastwood, Tania Raymonde, Shaun Sipos, Keram Malicki-Sanchez, Bill Moseley, Gunnar Hansen

 

Plot: A young woman travels to Texas to collect an inheritance; little does she know that an encounter with a chainsaw-wielding killer is part of the reward.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Just What is This?

 

Story: Texas Chainsaw starts right were the original 1974 classic ended with Sheriff Hooper (Barry) coming to arrest Leatherface leading to a stand-off against the Sawyer family with the local town’s people burning the house to the floor.

Move forward in time (we don’t know how many years though) where we meet Heather (Daddario) who receives the news that her grandmother has died, only to find out she was in fact the baby of the Sawyer family. Heather sets off with her boyfriend Ryan (Songz) best friend Nikki (Raymonde), Kenny (Malicki-Sanchez) to Texas and along the way they pick up hitchhiker Daryl (Sipos).

We do go through a large amounts of really stupid questions being asked including ‘Why didn’t you tell me I was adopted?’ ‘how could you not tell me I was part of that murderous (My choice of words) family?’ after nearly running over Daryl ‘where you heading’ ‘do you want a lift’ before Daryl offers to pay for the lift. Really this interaction has already made me hate this film and we have barely even got started. Time to get back to the real story going on.

Once in Texas Heather discovers the home she has been left the friends get ready for a party only to learn they are not alone in the house that Leatherface (Yeager) still lives in and he wants to be left alone. We end up having to watch as the friends get picked off one by one by the deranged killer.

Texas Chainsaw really tries to give us a sequel to the original completely forgetting the remakes that could have been a building block for this. I am hugely disappointed with this one because Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of the most iconic horror films of all time. We get disposable characters and stupid question and decision making from start to finish. The fact we have Leatherface kill the friends before teaming up with his relative to get revenge on the town makes NO SENSE WHAT SO EVER. We could have the revenge film, fine I will accept that but having him kill the innocent members first then become the good guy just doesn’t work. I could easily go on about how wrong this story really is but I am getting tired of moaning about this one.

 

Actor Review

 

Alexandra Daddario: Heather just so happens to inherit the house where Leatherface lives, she brings her friend there for what she thinks will be a dream home only to find herself in the middle of a nightmare but it is her own family she never knew she has which is the true shocking reality Heather must face. Alexandra fits the leading role well, being the beautiful damsel in distress, but won’t get into the acting.heather

Dan Yeager: Leatherface is the icon that went on a killing spree years ago and long thought to be dead. Well he isn’t and now he lives in the house Heather inherits and just so happens to be related to her. He is bigger, faster and deadlier that ever. Dan makes for an imposing Leatherface character.leather

Trey Songz: Ryan is the boyfriend of Heather who goes along on the journey only to find himself having to fight off Leatherface. Ryan really is just there as one of the friends the character offers very little to the main story with only a small side story that he is having a fling with Heather’s best friend Nikki. Trey does all h can with such a poorly written character.

Scott Eastwood: Carl is the young officer in the town that helps Heather fight off Leatherface, he comes off as the friend officers always trying to do the right thing which is the complete opposite to others officers we meet or is he after something else. Scott doesn’t get used enough for where his character goes.

Support Cast: Texas Chainsaw has a supporting cast that really is just disposable for the main story.

Director Review: John LuessenhopJohn takes this in a different direction but loses all of the tension this original once had.

 

Horror: Texas Chainsaw doesn’t have the scare factor it should have with it going down the action horror film genre.

Thriller: Texas Chainsaw doesn’t have any tension which is needed for this film.

Settings: Texas Chainsaw doesn’t make any settings stand out with where the film goes.
Special Effects
: Texas Chainsaw has a couple of good effects but you can almost see the CGI gore which is disappointing.

Suggestion: Texas Chainsaw is one to avoid and if you are a fan of the original don’t even look at the case. (Avoid)

 

Best Part: Camera phone blood trail follow.

Worst Part: Story.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No, maybe another reboot.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Awards: Won 2 Awards (Including Worst Film) and nominated for 7 more.

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $34 Million

Budget: $10 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

Tagline: Evil wears many faces.

Trivia: Originally, a plan for a new trilogy was pitched. The films would be released out of chronological order, with the second film coming out first and being set almost entirely in a hospital. The next film would be a prequel explaining the events that led up to the hospital scenario. The third film would complete the storyline. Fearing it was too ambitious and risky, the producers opted for a follow up to the original instead.

 

Overall: Terrible sequel to one of the best horror movies or all time.

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