Gemma Arterton Weekend – 100 Streets (2016)

Director: Jim O’Hanlon

Writer: Leon Butler (Screenplay)

Starring: Idris Elba, Gemma Arterton, Tom Cullen, Kierston Wareing, Ryan Gage, Charlie Creed-Miles, Ken Stott

 

Plot: Three people, three extraordinary stories. All lived out within a hundred London streets.


Tagline – Anybody can take a wrong turn.

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Engaging Drama

 

Story: 100 Streets starts as we meet our characters, troublemaking drug dealing thief Kingsley (Dramah), former rugby player Max (Elba) who is going through a marriage problem after his own affair with his wife Emily (Arterton) who in an act of revenge is dating photographer Jake (Cullen). The final couple we meet are cabbie George (Creed-Miles) and Kathy (Wareing) who are trying to adopt a child, though his past is causing problems in this pursuit.

As the lives cross-paths the people must learn about the mistakes they make to prevent themselves from making any more mistakes.

 

Thoughts on 100 Streets

 

Characters – Max is a former England rugby captain, since retiring he started cheating on his wife and getting caught up with the drugs, seeing his future career going up in smoke, he needs to clean up his own actions in any hope of winning his wife back. Emily is the wife of Max who has been going through the struggles of her husbands action, thinking about getting back into acting and trying to move on with her life. Kingsley is the streetwise drug dealing thief that has been caught up against the law, even though he believes he could go onto something bigger, he receives the guidance required to escape this life. We have a cabbie that makes a terrible mistake and must learn to live with the consequences and a photographer that wants to be part of Emily’s life.

PerformancesIdris Elba, Gemma Arterton are both great in their roles in the film, we know and expect it from them.  Elsewhere we get the less known actors in Franz Drameh and Charlie Creed-Miles that shine in this film.

StoryThe story follows the lives of three people, the problems they are facing and the changes that will define them. We get three different worlds, one is the celebrity world and marriage, where the vices can control someone, the middle-class who just want normal lives which can fall apart from past action and the lower-class that must fight for a chance or face the same circles of crime. The way the three lives cross without interaction shows how people can be going through their own struggles meters away from you. Each life will be changed by the events in the film, which is important to see and we can see how theses moments can do the moments that create a future.

SettingsThe film is set in London with the idea that we are within 100 streets of each other, in a position where lives can cross paves.


Scene of the Movie –
Leaving the gang.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Not sure what will happen with Jake next.

Final ThoughtsThis is a wonderfully engaging drama that shows the lives people are living without you knowing within metres of your own life. Strong performances throughout do help the film stand out too.

 

Overall: Drama well worth watching.

Rating

 

 

Mine (2016)

Director: Fabio Guaglione, Fabio Resinaro

Writer: Fabio Guaglione, Fabio Resinaro (Screenplay)

Starring: Armie Hammer, Annabelle Wallis, Tom Cullen, Clint Dyer, Geoff Bell, Juliet Aubrey

 

Plot: After a failed assassination attempt, a soldier finds himself stranded in the desert. Exposed to the elements, he must survive the dangers of the desert and battle the psychological and physical tolls of the treacherous conditions.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Very Intense Thriller

 

Story: Mine starts as sniper Mike (Hammer) and his spotter Tommy (Cullen) on an assassination mission but when Mike isn’t 100% sure that is his target is the required one, this leads to the position being giving away and the two on the run through the desert looking for rescue.

When the two stumbles across a mine field warning sign floating around the desert, Mike becomes worried while Tommy believes it could have come from anywhere, continuing their mission Tommy detonates a mine while Mike finds himself stood on one not being able to move.

With no GPS available and limited resources Mike’s only hope of survival is 52 hours away, now he must look for the best way to survive with a sandstorms, enemies and exhausting being his main threat.

 

Thoughts on Mine

 

Characters – Mike is the sniper on the mission, he doesn’t complete the mission due to too many variables from the source information and along with his spotter must retreat for evocation, things don’t go as planned once he finds himself stepping on a land mine, not being able to move, we are left to see his survival skills. Tommy is the spotter for Mike, he has been at war longer and has family back home, he is killed once he steps on a mine which leads to certain questions about the character being so naïve in a war environment. Jenny is the girlfriend of Mike’s back home, she is the main motivation for Mike to keep strong through his deadly situation.

PerformanceArmie Hammer is a guy that has taken a lot of stick through the years and this year his performances have shown us just how capable he is, Mine gives us a solo performance which shows he can carry a movie, Annabelle Wallis does well with her supporting performance without needing to do anything difficult and Tom Cullen is solid in the supporting role, he doesn’t do anything wrong as a performer even if the character seems naïve.

StoryThe story follows one man trapped on a landmine in the middle of the desert, we watch how he faces his potential death as he looks back through moments of his life where he stepped into situation he regretted as well as the moments that made him who he is. This does fall into the bracket of one man trying to survive in a film which is always an intense story to watch but looking into his past regrets and memories reflect that we all step on landmines through life at times.

Thriller/WarWe are kept on the edge of our seats through the film wanting to know is Mike can survive the situation he finds himself in which does revolve around the idea of what is left because of the war in the mines rather than focusing on the conflict.

SettingsThe middle of the desert does make for the fantastic setting for this movie, Mike has nowhere to go, battling the elements and little chance of success for the most part.

Special EffectsThe effects are used well through the film, the film doesn’t turn to them often but when needed they are effective.

Scene of the Movie – The last visit of the stranger, shows us the effect of the war on the innocent people too.

That Moment that annoyed me It could easily get people turned off with the pure number random visit Mike must face because we just get left wondering how many are real or not.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good intense thriller along the line of Buried and well worth a watch throughout, it might become slightly confusing by the end but you do get rewarded by the end.

 

Overall: Good thriller well worth watching.

Rating

 

 

Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – The Last Days on Mars (2013)

logoDirector: Ruairi Robinson

Writer: Clive Dawson (Screenplay) Sydney J Bounds (Short Story)

Starring: Liev Schreiber, Elias Koteas, Romola Garai, Olivia Williams, Johnny Harris, Goran Kostic, Tom Cullen

 

Plot: A group of astronaut explorers succumb one by one to a mysterious and terrifying force while collecting specimens on Mars.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: The Thing in Space

 

Story: The Last Days on Mars starts Vincent (Schreiber) and Rebecca (Garai) astronauts on Mars who are being hit by a dust storm as they give the warning to the rest of the team. The team is on a 6 month mission and they are on their final day, but haven’t found anything much to Aldrich (Williams) annoyance.

When Marko (Kostic) wants to collect one last sensor he takes Harrington (Cullen) with him following the instruction of Charles (Koteas). Aldrich still angry about being called back to the ship looks into Marko discovery she learns he has found something. The team is too late to look into the discovery but disaster happens when the ground collapse beneath him.

The team is now torn between a rescue or retrieval of the body and look into the discovery that he might have found which is the mission is actually about finding, potential life on Mars. After finding the hole empty Marko makes his return but not as they know him they have become possessed by something and have a blood lust now. The remaining survivors must first find somewhere to stay safe but also stay away from the possessed.

The Last Days on Mars manages to take the complete story of ‘The Thing’ and set it in space with technology that can try and help. It has all the same ideas with a discovery that is actually something that takes over a human host and makes them want to kill the rest. I don’t like just slamming a film but this could have at least tried to come up with some fresh because I basic idea is actually interesting but ends up just going down the line we have seen before. We also get very basic and boring characters that you just don’t care about. (2/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Liev Schreiber: Vincent Campbell takes charge of the situation after the captain dies and soon becomes the reluctant hero. Liev does the best he can with the very simple story. (4/10)

 

Elias Koteas: Charles Brunel captain of the mission who is responsible for everything that happens, he gives the final orders and will make sure everyone is safe. The captain goes out the way you would expect early but saving his crew. Elias does a solid job but never gets enough time to shine. (3/10)

 

Romola Garai: Rebecca Lane fellow scientist/astronaut who is on the mission and has to fight to survive. Romola is meant to be the lead female character and you baring remember any of her scenes. (2/10)

 

Olivia Williams: Kim Aldrich is the most determined to find something on the mission and doesn’t want to accept the mission is over but she soon ends up being the one to uncover what is really happening with the discovery. Olivia shows she is the best star in film as she clearly was the only one trying here. (6/10)

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Johnny Harris: Robert Irwin is the psychologist on the mission who has to keep everyone under mental health on the mission, but nothing could prepare him for this mission. Johnny does the best he can to become the character you don’t like because of his actions. (3/10)

 

Goran Kostic: Marko Petrovic he is the one that makes the discovery and is the first to become possessed by what he finds. Goran does a solid job doing most of his work as the possessed creature. Goran isn’t around long enough to give any sort of good rating. (2/10)

 

Support Cast: The Last Days on Mars doesn’t really have any more characters to talk about a few radio voices and two more characters who don’t stick around too long. We don’t need a big support cast though so this works well.

 

Director Review: Ruairi Robinson – Ruairi didn’t write this but showed the inexperience in the genre failing to make something special. (3/10)

 

Horror: The Last Days on Mars has good horror elements but doesn’t reach any scare levels. (4/10)

Sci-Fi: The Last Days on Mars puts us in space for the story giving us solid sci-fi idea. (6/10)

Thriller: The Last Days on Mars should be very much edge of your seat but it really isn’t. (2/10)

Settings: The Last Days on Mars puts our crew on Mars creating a very good isolated situation for them. (10/10)
Special Effects
: The Last Days on Mars manages to make the space look real and never relies on the effects. (7/10)

Suggestion: The Last Days on Mars is one to avoid it doesn’t offer any real redeeming qualities. (Avoid It)

 

Best Part: The setting.

Worst Part: The lack of originality

Improve Ideas: Make us care about the characters, be more original with what happens to the characters who are infected.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: The Thing

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $7 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

Tagline: The search for life is about to end.

 

Overall: This really is just The Thing in space but terrible.

Rating 15