Snake Outta Compton (2018)

Director: Hank Braxtan

Writer: Hank Braxtan, Tim Johnson, James Kondelik, Jon Kondelik, Ashley Scott Meyers (Screenplay)

Starring: Ricky Flowers Jr, Motown Maurice, Donte Essien, Aurelia Michael, Joston Theney, Jon Kondelik, Tarkan Dospil

 

Plot: A rap group on the verge of signing their first record deal is the city’s only hope in a battle with a giant mutating snake monster.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Hideous Parody Creature Feature

 

Story: Snake Outta Compton starts as friends Cam (Flowers Jr), Pinball (Maurice) and Beez Neez (Dospil) are preparing for their chance to get out of Compton with a record deal, where Vurkel (Essien) finds a snake egg which he hatches and supersizes it. Corrupt cop Denz (THeney) and rookie Ethan (Kondelik) are on the training day, as the three stories cross together once the snake grows to massive size cause chaos in the Compton area.

The different sides must come together to defeat the snake, but can the guys make it to their record moment before the deadline, that is the big question?

 

Thoughts on Snake Outta Compton

 

Characters – Cam is the leader of the crew, he is the one the friends always turn to when they get into trouble, he leads the crew in the fight back against the snake. Pinball is one of the two idiot members of the crew, he thinks he is the most important part of the crew, though he can’t even do a robbery correctly. Neon is the strong woman in the group, she puts the guys in their place telling them that if they don’t make it this time, they must give up on their dream. Denz and Ethan are clearly a piss take of the Training Day double act. We get character that are piss takes of many different character from with in the film that would be Compton based.

PerformancesThe performances in the film are not the best, we have the actors that must become parodies of more famous actors in popular films. Parody films are always difficult to perform at the top level, though these actors struggle to make themselves feel unique.

StoryThe story here brings us parodies of popular Compton based movies while a giant snake is causing chaos within the area. It brings the people together to fight a big creature which is the highlight of the film, while the parodies seem to just get in the way of a comedy that could have bought us an interesting story. This is a story that could work, only it turns into a mess that isn’t sure whether it wants to be a parody movie or a creature feature.

Comedy/Horror/Sci-FiThe comedy in this film is not very good, it is mostly parody style with the likes of ‘Straight Outta Compton’ ‘Training Day’ and many others from this genre, they feel insulting more than parodies. The horror is a creature feature and is one that could be interesting. Sci-fi comes into the mix when we see just what has been created and how the snake has become supersized.

SettingsThe film is set in Compton which does help with the creation of the parody style attempted in the film, they are simple without doing anything to make this film stand out.

Special EffectsThe effects are weak, but strangely enough you can look past this in places because it is meant to be a bonkers creature feature.


Scene of the Movie –
Cleaning up the interrogation room.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Snake sex, yes this actually happens.

Final ThoughtsThis is a creature feature that wants to be a parody about films in the Compton area, the problem is the two don’t mix in anyway.

 

Overall: Well this sucked.

Rating

 

 

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Home (2015)

logoDirector: Tim Johnson

Writer: Tom J Astle, Matt Ember (Screenplay) Adam Rex (Book)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Matt Jones, Brian Stepanek, April Lawrence

Plot: Oh, an alien on the run from his own people, lands on Earth and makes friends with the adventurous Tip, who is on a quest of her own.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Cute and Charming Animation

Story: Home starts with Oh (Parsons) a member of the Boov an alien race who keep moving home and there new home is targeting Earth as they continue to Gorg. The Boov relocate the humans as they hide out and continue their lives on Earth but Oh clearly standing out as different but keeps excited about everything. We also meet human Tip (Rihanna) who along with her cat are trying to find her mother after the Boov invasion.

When Oh accidentally gives away the location of the Boov to the Gorg he has put their entire species in danger become enemy number one. When Tip and Oh end up teaming up they have to avoid the Boov authorities while learning about the truth about what they both see really are about.

Home fills the expectation of an animated movie that will appeal to all, it ha messages that will end up having meaning for all that people are capable making mistakes. The film has a constant charm when Tip and Oh are together but I do feel like the Captain Smek lowers the tone of the overall story. This is a simple film story but does feel like it took a lot of ideas from different films. (6/10)

Characters Review

Oh: Oh is the Boov that just wants to make friends with everyone but his style always ends up putting him in trouble. When he gives away the location from their enemy he has to hide and become friends with a human girl to save his own species before it is too late. Over his adventure Oh learns the lesson about being different and standing up for what he believes in. oh is a great character that shows that being different isn’t a bad thing. (8/10)oh

Tip: Tip is the plucky kid who gets left behind when the Boov relocate the humans, she is scared and alone with just her cat, when she teams up with Oh to find her mother. She has mixed feelings as the adventure starts but by the end they become friends. Tip is a good character that shows how independent the age is. (7/10)tip

Captain Smek: Captain Smek is the leader of the Boov and always runs but is idolised by Oh, his ways have shown the Boov to be cowards and his mistake is what caused the problems the Boov face. He is a typical captain that is cowardly till the end. (7/10)smek

Support Character: Home has supporting characters that end up being generic and used for basic attempts of laughs but really don’t add too much to the film.

Director Review: Tim JohnsonTim gives us a basic animated film that has a great message but lacks too much originality. (6/10)

Adventure: Home puts our characters in an adventure that they could never have managed to go on in their wildest dreams. (9/10)

Animation: Home gives us high quality animation level that fits into the modern world of animation. (9/10)

Comedy: Home does lack the level of comedy I feel it requires but does have some simple laughs (4/10)

Sci-Fi: Home brings us a good race of aliens showing that we don’t always have to fear an alien species. (7/10)

Settings: Home uses iconic settings for the characters that don’t seem to end up adding too much to the story. (5/10)

Suggestion: Home is one to try because it does have a charm about it but lacks that little something to make it great. (Try It)

Best Part: Jim Parsons was a great choice for Oh.

Worst Part: Supporting characters are very weak.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: Maybe a few. (3/10)

Chances of Sequel: No.

Post Credits Scene: No.

Similar Too: Lilo and Stitch

Oscar Chances: Noo

Box Office: $172 Million

Budget: $135 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

Tagline: Worlds Collide

Trivia: Gratuity ‘Tip’ Tucci, voiced by Rihanna, is the first human black protagonist in a feature film by DreamWorks Animation. However Will Smith‘s character in Shark Tale (2004), though a fish, was written and portrayed as stereotypically black, potentially making him the company’s first black protagonist, regardless of species.

Overall: Sweet little animation that will leave you with a smile.

Rating 70