The Conjuring 2 (2016)

conuringDirector: James Wan

Writer: James Wan, Carey Hayes, Chad Hayes, David Leslie Johnson (Screenplay) James Wan, Carey Hayes, Chad Hayes (Story)

Starring: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Madison Wolfe, Frances O’Connor, Lauren Esposito, Benjamin Haigh, Patrick McAuley, Simon McBurney, Franka Potente

 

Plot: Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Truly Scary Film

 

Story: The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Case starts as we see how the Amityville Horror has had a negative effect on Lorraine Warren (Farmiga). The case has got the world taking about possession this leads us to Enfield where we meet the Hodgson family mother Peggy (O’Connor) and children Janet (Wolfe), Margaret (Esposito), Billy (Haigh) and Johnny (McAuley). The family live in a council house where they struggle to make ends meet but when Janet starts playing with a self-made spirit board their lives are about to change.

We see how the Warren’s Ed (Wilson) and Lorraine are dealing with a media backlash after the Amityville Horror that people are believing was fake and the Warren’s just helped the hype about it. We return to the Hodgson’s and see how they all start getting haunted by a spirit within their home.

With the Warren’s wanting to take a break from the paranormal it is the investigation into the Enfield hauntings which draws them out once more because of the media attention it has gathered and fellow experts Maurice Grosse (McBurney) and Anita Gregory (Potente) finding the force more dangerous than they could imagine.

The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Case takes on another one of the many famous Warren’s cases and this time we see them in England. The case is an interesting one because it does balance the idea of whether it is real or fake because many people had been faking them around the time of the Amityville horror. This is a huge plus because while we do see the hauntings on the inside we can only look from the outside at the situation the family is in. the Warren side of the story is also very interesting as we get to see how the paranormal investigating is effecting them personally and how the American’s see them. The film also stays around the idea of whether this is real or fake throughout. The only down side I see in this film is the peril Ed is potentially meant to be in because we know that he continued to fight the paranormal for years to come.

 

Actor Review

 

Patrick Wilson: Ed Warren has been supporting Lorraine after the effects from the Amityville Horror. He still leads the investigations but as the two try to stay away from the spotlight he talks Lorraine into helping the Hodgson family. Patrick is great in this leading role staying calm through all the situations.

Vera Farmiga: Lorraine Warren finding a haunting figure within the Amityville continues to get haunted by a mysterious figure as well seeing Ed’s death at the hand of this demon. Lorraine is reluctant to take this latest case but soon can’t say no to helping a family in need. We get to see just how the hauntings are still taking a toll on her life. Vera continues to shine in this role as the troubled paranormal investigator.

Madison Wolfe: Janet Hodgson is the main target of the hauntings; the spirit communicates through her while terrorising her. Madison is great as the young girl being terrorised.

Frances O’Connor: Peggy Hodgson the single mother of the family who witnesses the hauntings first hand, she is a victim on both sides of this story because she believes everything is real but both sides the paranormal believe she is faking while the press think she is too. Frances is great through as the mother just trying to protect her family.

Support Cast: The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Case has a supporting cast that all help the story unfold be it the rest of the family or other experts trying to find the truth.

Director Review: James WanJames continues to hit the horrors out the park with yet another horror that can down as a classic.

 

Horror: The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Case is filled with tension filled moments and plenty of jump scares that will continue to shock you through the film.

Mystery: The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Case does give both sides of the argument on whether the events of this film could or were real.

Settings: The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Case keeps nearly all of the haunting side of the story within the house making us know just how effected the family is with what is happening.
Special Effects
: The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Case uses the special effects to increase the terror going on throughout the film because you will not be able to guess what is going to happen next.

Suggestion: The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Case is one for all the horror fans to go out and watch now. (Horror Fans Must Watch)

 

Best Part: Time to let the dog out.

Worst Part: We know the Warren’s are real so we know their characters are never in peril.

Scariest Scene: My House, first visit.

 

Believability: Depends what you want to believe.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Could have one continuing the Warren’s stories.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $40 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 14 Minutes

Tagline: The next true story from the case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren

 

Overall: Well this is one of the best suspenseful scare filled horrors this year.

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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)

logoDirector: Christopher McQuarrie

Writer: Christopher McQuarrie (Screenplay) Christopher McQuarrie, Drew Pearce (Story)

Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Simon McBurney, Jingchu Zhang, Tom Hollander, Alec Baldwin

Plot: Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Non Stop Action

Story: Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation starts in London, Ethan Hunt (Cruise) who gets his latest mission, a shadow nation known as the Syndicate who have turned the tables on Hunt. CIA Director Alan Hunley (Baldwin) is out to close the IMF with William Brandt (Renner) there to defend them the ruling is that the IMF is closed.

The Syndicate captures Ethan preparing to torture him before Ilsa Faust (Ferguson) saves him but remains undercover inside the Syndicate. Hunley is trying to hunt down Hunt even if it ends up going through his former team with Benji Dunn (Pegg) first up. Hunt continues to use his old team mate Benji as he tries to bring down the Syndicate, the question remains just how deep does the Syndicate’s cover up go and can Ethan and his team stop them before they complete their plan to create a new world they can control.

Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation is the toughest test Ethan has faced to date while I still wonder how anyone would even consider the fact Ethan has gone dark after just the four mission we have seen, we have to deal with it again here. I like how through the how film you are not sure what side of the fence Ilsa is but when it comes to Ethan’s story it does feel like more of the same. It is unfair to say this is bad because if it ain’t broke don’t fix it and this could easily be the most action packed of the series especially as it doesn’t seem to let you have time to breathe. This is a wonderful addition to the spy genre. (8/10)

Actor Review

Tom Cruise: Ethan Hunt is our leading special agent who has been working on tracking down the Syndicate, when his unit gets closed down yet again he must go rogue himself with both the Syndicate and CIA after him. Ethan has to turn to his trusted team to supporting him along with undercover British Agent Ilsa to stop the Syndicate once and for all. Tom Cruise continues to show why he is the biggest blockbuster star around this a great performance. (9/10)hunt

Jeremy Renner: William Brandt has to deal with the wrath of the CIA Director who is out to stop Ethan and the IMF. He must let Ethan complete the mission but can’t directly help him in anyway, before teaming up with Luther to save Ethan. Jeremy continues with this almost awkward role, not his fault his character just feels out of place in the action side of things. (7/10)

Simon Pegg: Benji Dunn is the technologically skilled team member of Hunt’s who ends up getting pulled into the field which he wants to take down the Syndicate while being chased down by the CIA. Benji brings all the laughs to the making everything have a lighter feel which is much needed with all the action. Simon gives a great performance with an added laugh in almost every scene he is in. (9/10)benji

Rebecca Ferguson: Ilsa Faust is the member of the Syndicate that helps Ethan but through the whole film we never really know who she is working for even with her connection with the British Secret Service. Rebecca does a good job in the role that offers up the most interest mainly because we don’t know where her alliance is and Rebecca helps give mystery to his character. (7/10)ilsa

Sean Harris: Solomon Lane is the leader of the Syndicate, former British Intelligence who is waging his own war where he can end up control the fire arms being used in wars. Sean makes for a good villain but I think we still need that little extra from his characters side. (7/10)

Support Cast: Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation has a big supporting cast that are the henchmen, the supporters of Ethan and just the pawns in the game as the truth needs to be bought out.

Director Review: Christopher McQuarrieChristopher brings his own style of action to this film to make us entertained from start to finish. (8/10)

Action: Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation has brilliant action sequences through the whole film. (9/10)

Thriller: Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation keeps you on the edge of your seat from the opening sequence until the end credits. (10/10)

Settings: Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation uses each setting to create another action sequence that all works but nothing to make us think they are important to actual story. (6/10)

Suggestion: Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation is a must watch this year as it is easily one of the best action films of the year. (Watch)

Best Part: Morocco chase.

Worst Part: I think there is more to come from the Brandt character.

Action Scene Of The Film: Morocco chase.

Funniest Scene: No masks.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 2 Hour 11 Minutes

Tagline:  Go rogue

Trivia: The stunt coordinator told Simon Pegg that Cruise was going to do all the driving because he didn’t have any driver better than him.

Overall: Spy films have never felt more action packed.

Rating 85