What Happened to Monday (2017)

Director: Tommy Wirkola

Writer: Max Botkin, Kerry Williamson (Screenplay)

Starring: Noomi Rapace, Glenn Close, Willem Dafoe, Marwan Kenzari, Christian Rubeck, Pal Sverre Hagen, Tomiwa Edun, Cassie Clare, Cameron Jack

 

Plot: In a world where families are limited to one child due to overpopulation, a set of identical septuplets must avoid being put to a long sleep by the government and dangerous infighting while investigating the disappearance of one of their own.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Sci-Fi Gem

 

Story: What Happened to Monday starts in a world where population has skyrocketed causing food shortages and the first attempt to improve the food situation only increased the number of children being born, this bought in the new law, one child per family, the rest are put into chronological sleep until the food problem can be solved.

Terrence Settman (Dafoe) finds himself becoming a grandfather to septuplets that he names after the days of the weeks, 30-years later the seven (All played by Rapace) live together with them getting a different day out of the house to keep their identity hidden after learning the skills to survive from Terrence.

When Monday doesn’t return from work the remaining six must work together to locate her but only Tuesday can go out first and now they must go against Nicolette Cayman (Close) the woman that bought into effect the one child law.

 

Thoughts on What Happened to Monday

 

Characters – The Settman Siblings all named after the days of the week, they all do have their own characteristics as they are only allowed to appear in public on their named day of the week. They have 30-years of working together living on identity and now they must use this to stay alive. I did like how each one felt like they could offer something different, we have the tech smart one, the tough one, the street smart one and so on, this shows us how each one does deal with their situation they find themselves in. Nicolette Cayman is thee government woman that brings in the one child law, she wants to clean out the Settman Siblings and will do anything to cover it up, even if she is just the generic government character. Terrence Settman is the grandfather of the girls that teaches them how to survive the world, this is mostly a mentor role though.

PerformanceNoomi Rapace is the true star of this movie, she is fantastic playing the seven sisters and all their different characteristics showing the range she is capable off as a leading action sci-fi star that can also handle the emotional range required. Glenn Close and Willem Dafoe are both good without needing to be a major part of the full story.

StoryThe story follows how seven sisters secret in a world of only one child allowed gets exposed over a week as we see how the women must work together to stay alive using their skills in a world that is hunting them down. We have twists along the way and much like Netflix other major film this year Okja, the film isn’t afraid to hold the punches when it comes to shock value. This does also have a huge original factor about it, which puts it on the top of one of the best stories you will see this year.

Sci-FiThe creation of this world we enter is part futuristic and does put us into a potential question that could be asked about in the future, without going overboard with any sci-fi elements but also fits the sci-fi story being told.

SettingsThe world looks like the one we have seen before but it also has small parts that could be added in the near future, which brings the film into a potential real-world feeling.

Special EffectsAll the effects are great, most of this goes down to using Rapace in multiply roles and nothing looks out of place when they are on screen together.

Scene of the Movie – Learning the lesson about mistakes as children.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Why is a film of this quality not coming out in the cinema and only on Netflix?

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the best sci-fi films of the year, shocking, original and most importantly engaging.

 

Overall: Must watch sci-fi film.

Rating

 

 

Movie Reviews 101 Halloween Midnight Horror – Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

logoDirector: Tommy Wirkola

Writer: Tommy Wirkola (Screenplay)

Starring: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Pihla Viitala, Derek Mears, Robin Atkin Downes, Ingrid Bolos Berdal, Joanna Kulid, Thomas Mann, Peter Stormare

 

Plot: Hansel & Gretel are bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Action Heavy Story Short

 

Story: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters starts with a twist on the known Hansel & Gretel story where as children they were left in the forest by their parents. Hansel & Gretel come upon a candy covered home in search for help but what they find inside is witch but the two handle themselves, deal with the problem and never go back to their parents.

Grown up Hansel (Renner) & Gretel (Arterton) are known as the witch hunters going from town to town to defeat whatever witch is haunting the villagers. Sheriff Berringer (Stormare) is hunting a witch in his town and Hansel & Gretel are bought in by the Mayor to find the witch leading to the instant tension between the two parties. The Sheriff decides to hire his own team to find the witch but she does one better, Muriel (Janssen) finds them and makes quick work of them.

Hansel& Gretel capture one of the witches and discover the plan where Muriel leader of the witches is planning to take 12 children and after they take the 12th Hansel & Gretel become separated. Hansel gets help from a local girl Mina (Viitala) while Gretel receives help from an unlikely source a troll. Hansel & Gretel must face their deadliest enemy to date.

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters takes an old story we all have heard before and makes it a all grown up version. I like the idea of see what happened when the pair grew up but sadly that is the only real positive I could find in this film. The fact that the action scenes are nearly all identical with running through the woods or the town followed by Hansel or Gretel getting pretty much battered before pulling of something as a pair to defeat the enemy makes me wonder how they have lasted this long. The witch’s motives seem like a very similar take on what ‘The Brothers Grimm’ film had going on and the attempted twists are easier to read that a Dr Seuss book. I felt very disappointed with the lack of originality in this story because I feel the idea has a lot of potential. (4/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Jeremy Renner: Hansel the brother of the pair who is very much the jump in head first kind of guy, he does spend a lot of time running through the woods but is loyal to Gretel until the end. Jeremy does a solid job and takes his beatings well, but never gets to show any of his acting abilities through this film. (5/10)

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Gemma Arterton: Gretel the brains of the act who uncovers what is really going on, she is much more patient than Hansel but can handle herself in a fight. Gemma has the look of a sexy witch hunter but really that is all. (4/10)

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Famke Janssen: Muriel the evil witch who is out to become the most powerful indestructible witch of all time. She is already more powerful than anything the two have faced before. Famke does a solid job in the villainous role but really doesn’t get a chance to be as evil as her character requires. (5/10)

 

Support Cast: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters has a supporting cast that includes the fellow witches out to complete the ritual, it also has the towns people who are scared of what is happening.

 

Director Review: Tommy Wirkola – I have to say I like Tommy’s work on the Dead Snow films but this seems like it tries too hard to make something extra happen and forgets to make the simple happen. (4/10)

 

Action: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters has plenty of running, getting beaten up, shooting and missing that it takes over the whole story with all easy action. (6/10)

Fantasy: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters takes us into a fantasy world of witches but tries to keep things real, which doesn’t always work. (6/10)

Horror: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters doesn’t really end up being that much of a horror we have some very good effect used on the kills but nothing truly horror. (4/10)

Settings: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters uses the settings well to put us in the time period the film is set in. (7/10)
Special Effects
: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters uses some good special effects but you did know when it is CGI. (6/10)

Suggestion: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is one to watch late night television when nothing is on and you feel like trying it. (Late Night TV)

 

Best Part: Certain kills are good.

Worst Part: Lack of story.

Action Scene Of The Film: Attacking the witches.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Open for one.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $226 Million

Budget: $50 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

Tagline: Classic Tale New Twist

 

Overall: This is a lacklustre addition to the action horror genre that really doesn’t know which genre it wants to be and falls flat on its face.

Rating 45

Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (2014)

logoDirector: Tommy Wirkola

Writer: Stig Frode Henriksen, Vegar Hoel, Tommy Wirkola (Screenplay)

Starring: Vegar Hoel, Orjan Gamst, Martin Starr, Jocelyn DeBoer, Ingrid Haas, Stig Frode Henriksen, Hallvard Holmen

 

Plot: If the worst day of your life consisted of accidentally killing your girlfriend with an axe, chain-sawing your own arm off, and watching in horror as your closest friends were devoured by a zombified Nazi battalion, you’d have to assume that things couldn’t get much worse. In Martin’s case, that was only the beginning.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Genre Changing Class Act

 

Story: Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead starts by recapping us one what happened during the first film. Martin (Hoel) the lone survivor believing he was free makes a desperate escape from the Nazi zombies, after he escapes he is involved in a car accident. Martin awakens in the hospital where police believe he is responsible for the dead bodies and that they had reattached his arm, only for it to be the arm of the Nazi zombie general. The Nazi’s decide against going back to their resting places but instead to invade the nearby town and raising a new army for themselves. Martin meets a young boy from America who is reporting his story to the Zombie Squad back in America. The Zombie Squad have been training to fight zombies for years and they must travel Norway, led by Daniel (Starr) the team of three go to prove everyone wrong.

Herzog (Gamst) the leader of the Nazi’s and Martin both head to the World War II museum. Martin learns about Herzog and his men never completed their final mission and the people of the local town are going to become the victims of the slaughter they never did. Herzog on the other hand heads there to collect what was once his and his men’s. Martin along with his new power in his arm doesn’t only give him strength it can also bring the dead back to fight on his side. Martin teams up with the Zombie Squad to raise their own army of the undead for a showdown with Herzog and his army.

Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead can only real be described with one work ‘Bonkers’. It takes what was a very funny zombie comedy and turns it into something bigger, better and funnier. We do lose the true horror side the first one had, but we gain on the action and comedy. It feels like a fitting sequel and by the way this one is done the way ‘Aliens’ followed ‘Alien’ by changing the full genre to include much more action. The addition of the Zombie Squad a group of nerds from America into a story in Norway works brilliantly as they come off as die hard zombie film fans that want to fight real ones and look out of place but end up fitting in perfectly. All I would say negative about this film is that it does lack the true horror side of zombies and barely follows any of the traditional zombie rules, but this real is a good thing. You won’t guess what will happen next. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Vegar Hoel: Martin lone survivor from the first film, he has had Herzog’s arm attached to him giving him the strength to kill with ease and with his new power he can also raise the dead, leading him to go up against Herzog’s army. Vegar gives a good performance in the leading role building on what he created first time around. (8/10)

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Orjan Gamst: Herzog Nazi general leader of the zombies who isn’t going to take his men back to their resting place, instead he takes them to complete their final mission before they were killed. Orjan gives a good performance as the Nazi commander. (7/10)

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Martin Starr: Daniel leader of the Zombie Squad who travels with his team of nerds to Norway to take down the zombies and prove to the world that zombies are real. Martin does a good job adding to the comedy levels in the film. (7/10)

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Support Cast: Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead has a few different groups of supporting characters, first we have the rest of the Zombie Squad two young ladies he quote anything geekish. We have the Norwegian police who want to take down Martin but end up deep than they can handle, all very funny. We also have fellow fighters who all end up adding to the laughs.

 

Director Review: Tommy Wirkola – Tommy does a good job directing and building on the first film to make one of the funniest zombie comedies of all time. (9/10)

 

Action: Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead is filled with plenty of fights having mostly zombies fighting against each other or people. (8/10)

Comedy: Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead has plenty of laugh out loud moments making this one of the funniest films in recent years. (10/10)

Horror: Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead uses the zombie side of the horror well but it feels more like an action film with zombies. (5/10)

Settings: Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead uses it settings in Norway very well to let you know how open the land is. (8/10)
Special Effects
: Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead uses great effects for the kills. (10/10)

Suggestion: Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead is one for all the horror fans out there, it is a great watch for all the fans out there. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Tank’s final shot.

Worst Part: Lacks the horror from the first one.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final battle.

Funniest Scene: The first zombie Martin revives keeps coming back funnier each time.

Kill Of The Film: Final Tank.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Could have one.

Post Credits Scene: Yes

 

Awards: Won 11 Awards in the Horror festivals.

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

Tagline: Heads up. They’re back.

Trivia: Shot in both Norwegian and English versions.

 

Overall: Best Zombie Comedy Since Zombieland

Rating82

Dead Snow (2009)

logoDirector: Tommy Wirkola

Writer: Tommy Wirkola, Stig Frode Henriksen (Screenplay)

Starring: Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen, Charlotte Frogner, Lasse Valdal, Evy Kasseth Rosten, Jeppe Beck Laursen, Jenny Skavlan, Ane Dahl Torp, Orjan Gamst

 

Plot: A ski vacation turns horrific for a group of medical students, as they find themselves confronted by an unimaginable menace: Nazi zombies.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Entreatingly delightful

 

Story: Dead Snow starts by showing a woman running from something in twilight covered sky. She just happens to be a friend of the group we are about to meet Martin (Hoel), Roy (Henriksen), Hanna (Frogner), Vergard (Valdal), Liv (Rosten), Erlend (Laursen) and Chris (Skavlan) who are all off for a fun filled weekend in a cabin in the mountain. Their vacation is interrupted by a mysterious stranger who warns them about the mountains and the legend of Colonel Oberst Herzog (Gamst) and what happened during World War II.

When Vergard goes in search of his girlfriend he finds the mysterious stranger murdered in his tent. The rest of the group continue their weekend where they discover treasure buried under the cabin. Now they have drawn Colonel Herzog and his men to them as they want to reclaim their treasures.

Dead Snow is a very by the book horror film, it knows exactly what it wants to do and delivers on every level. We have the generic characters each with their strengths, each with their weakness all coming together to fight Nazi Zombies. The story doesn’t really test much, but does have a few twists but this one focuses mostly on the gore, clever effects and zombie kills. This really is something that is purely fun for a horror fan to enjoy. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Vegar Hoel: Martin medical student who along with his friends has to fight off the zombies. He starts very quiet but soon becomes the reluctant hero of the group. Vegar does a good job in the role. (7/10)

 

Stig Frode Henriksen: Roy the horny cocky guy of the group, he talks the talk but when it comes to walking the walk he sighs away to start with before becoming the fighter along with Martin. Stig does a good job in the role and has more interesting scenes. (7/10)

 

Charlotte Frogner: Hanna Martin’s love who after the attack heads off for help only to get hunted down by the zombies which ends with one of the most shocking scenes in the film. Charlotte does a good job and the scenes she is in are some of the most shocking. (7/10)

 

Lasse Valdal: Vergard the man who goes off on his own and has a very an adventure against the zombies all by himself with some of the cliff hanger scenes. Lasse does a good job and is easily the most entertaining character in the film. (8/10)

 

Support Cast: Dead Snow has a supporting cast that works with the story and makes for good disposable characters all with unique death scenes.

 

Director Review: Tommy Wirkola – Tommy does a great job directing this and knows what he what the fans want to see in the film. (8/10)

 

Comedy: Dead Snow has plenty of comedy horror used throughout that will add laughs to the tension still created. (9/10)

Horror: Dead Snow is brilliant by the book horror that will easily satisfy all the horror fans out there. (9/10)

Settings: Dead Snow uses the isolation of being trapped on a mountain to work for the horror angle of the film. (9/10)
Special Effects
: Dead Snow uses brilliant special effects for the kills. (10/10)

Suggestion: Dead Snow is one that all the horror fans out there simply have to see. (Horror Fans Must Watch)

 

Best Part: Cliff Hanger with Vergard.

Worst Part: Really isn’t one.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final show down.

Funniest Scene: Trying to attract the attention of the zombies.

Kill Of The Film: Erlend

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has one.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $800,000

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Tagline: Ein! Zwei! Die!

Trivia: The Nazi zombies in this film are a combination of typical zombies in popular culture and ancient Norse mythical beings known as draug. A draug is a undead being who would (like a vampire) inhabit graves. They would often out of jealously live in the graves of important men as they often had treasures in them and protect these treasures as if they were their own.

 

Overall: Brilliant Zombie Comedy

Rating 85