Annabelle: Creation (2017)

Director: David F Sandberg

Writer: Gary Dauberman (Screenplay)

Starring: Stephanie Sigman, Miranda Otto, Lulu Wilson, Anthony LaPaglia, Talitha Bateman, Alicia Vela-Bailey

 

Plot: Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Very Impressive Scare Filled Horror

 

Story: Annabelle: Creation starts as we meet a dollmaker Samuel Mullins (LaPaglia), his wife Esther (Otto) and their daughter Bee have a perfect religion filled life, but after it gets shattered with a tragic accident the family become silent. 12-years later Samuel opens the doors to Sister Charlotte (Sigman) and 6 orphan girls including Linda (Wilson), Janice (Bateman) and Nancy.

As night falls Linda hears noises coming from the daughter’s room, the room that is meant to be locked. Before long the other girls start experience strange occurrences until the truth about the Annabelle doll is unleashed searching for souls, can the girls survive this terror.

 

Thoughts on Annabelle: Creation

 

Characters – Esther is bed bound for the most part of this film, we only see her involvement when it comes to filling in the blanks about what is controlling the Annabelle doll. Samuel is clearly dealing with the depression but you wouldn’t expect anything else, he keeps to himself but as soon as he learns the terror has been released again. Linda is the disabled of the 6 girls who doesn’t get to enjoy the freedom they do making her a lonely potential victim for the demon. Sister Charlotte tries to be the mother figure for the girls and has a connection to the bigger Conjuring Universe. The only other characters we meet are the girls we have Janice who is the best friend of Linda that experience the most when it comes to the haunting with the other 4 barely getting named but some do experience hauntings which are at times confusing in my opinion.

PerformanceWhen you look at the performances you can see the bigger names like Otto and LaPaglia are used as a draw in the supporting role and do a good job throughout, Stephanie Sigman also does well through the film. It is the child actors that do shine in this film.

StoryThe Annabelle doll has been a part of two films now, it was a side haunting in the Conjuring and we learn more on the origin in the first Annabelle movie, now the Conjuring side is based on a true story, the others seem to not be. We did need a true origin story and we do get told what we already know about what is controlling the doll, now I do think we have plenty of scares going on with well created moments throughout, but the characters decisions will annoy horror fans at time. The story does end up being generic but it isn’t about the story here more about the scares.

Horror/MysteryThere are scares going on from the moment the girls arrive at the house, we get excellent use of camerawork to make us look in every single corner of the shot seeing if we are going to see something, the mystery isn’t the most difficult but if this is your first Annabelle experience you will enjoy them.

SettingsThe house in the middle of what feels like nowhere is great for the slow building atmosphere growing through the film.

Special EffectsThe effects are good for the most part, most are in darkness which saves on any weaknesses but there are a couple of moments that make you raise an eyebrow.

Scene of the Movie – The first Annabelle doll meeting.

That Moment That Annoyed Me I feel this could have been avoided if they church people had said something before letting the girls just be nosey.

Final ThoughtsThis is another brilliant prequel to what was a disappointing film following in the footsteps of Ouija. The camerawork is brilliant and this is one of the horrors you will want to see every shot off.

 

Overall: A must watch horror prequel.

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Pioneer (2013)

pioneerDirector: Erik Skjoldbjaerg

Writer: Erik Skjoldbjaerg, Nikolaj Frobenius, Hans Gunnarsson, Cathinka Nicolaysen, Kathrine Valen Zeiner (Screenplay)

Starring: Aksel Hennie, Wes Bentley, Stephen Lang, Stephanie Sigman, Jonathan LaPaglia, Ane Dahl Torp

 

Plot: A thriller set at the beginning of the 1980’s Norwegian Oil Boom and cantered on a diver whose obsession with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea leads to tragedy.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Tense Conspiracy Thriller

 

Story: Pioneer starts by showing the Norwegian working with the Americans to simulate the achievement of diving 500 metres under water with Petter (Hennie), Knut (Eriksen) Jorgen (Jorgensen) and American Mike (Bentley) are the subjects which achieves the world record.

The next challenge is to take this into the field to help finish constructing under water gas pipes of the coast of Norway. The captain of the ship John Ferris (Lang) sends the Norwegian team in first. When an accident happens on their mission Knut ends up dying and Petter tries to get to the bottom of what really happened. Petter believes the Americans have more information and finds himself wondering just who to trust in his quest for truth.

Pioneer brings us a thriller that is wrapped up in a conspiracy follow the events between two nations who are trying to work together to complete an oil pipeline underwater. We follow one man who wants to know what happened and who was really responsible for his brother’s death. This does work well but sadly we don’t see enough from what finally did happen with most of this being sold as paranoia.

 

Actor Review

 

Aksel Hennie: Petter is the Norwegian diver who loses his brother on one of the mission, he wants to know what really happened and who is to blame, this leads him into a maze of cover ups that put his very life at risk. Aksel is great in this role out shinning the rest of the cast in the leading role.petter

Wes Bentley: Mike is the arrogant American who believes he is better than the Norwegians, he sees himself more physically fit to do the dive and does whatever it takes to be the first choice for any dives. Wes is an actor I will try to always praise but he doesn’t seem to give one of his better performance but must be praised for stepping into a foreign language film.

Stephen Lang: John Ferris is the lead in the experiment from the American side of the experiments. He knows there is evidence that could cause harm on his side of the situation thanks to how Petter’s brother dies. Stephen is good in this villainous role even if we only see him a couple of times in the film.

Stephanie Sigman: Maria is the wife of Petter’s brother that is against him continuing diving and blames Petter for his death to start with until he finds out the truth hasn’t fully been uncovered. Stephanie doesn’t get enough screen time to make the impact her character needs too.

Support Cast: Pioneer has a supporting cast that are mostly involved with covering up the truth or offering news about the truth.

Director Review: Erik SkjoldbjaergErik gives us a nice thriller that’s lead does carry the film.

 

Thriller: Pioneer keeps us wondering as to what actually happened.

Settings: Pioneer creates the settings to match the time period with the underwater scenes all coming off smoothly.
Special Effects
: Pioneer uses good effects when it comes to creating the underwater scenes making them feel as intense as they need to be.

Suggestion: Pioneer is one to try, it is an interesting story but difficult to keep on top off (Try It)

 

Best Part: Final shot of the oil rig being shipped out.

Worst Part: Norwegian and English gets confusing to onto off throughout.

 

Believability: Based on the real events.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 51 Minutes

Tagline: When your ultimate adventure becomes your ultimate nightmare

Trivia: The accident, where Aksel Hennie rolls his Jeep isn’t staged, but a real not planned rollover without a stunt man. Hennie was to drive off the road, and make a Sharp turn, but the Jeep wasn’t able to perform such a turn at that speed, without rolling over.

 

Overall: Thriller that lacks the punches it needs to fully pull the audience in.

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