ABC Film Challenge – Biopic – R – Remember the Titans (2000)

Director: Boaz Yakin

Writer: Gregory Allen Howard (Screenplay)

Starring: Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris, Ryan Hurst, Donald Faison, Craig Kirkwood, Ethan Suplee

 

Plot: The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Wonderful Sports Drama

 

Story: Remember the Titans starts as a typically white American Football team gets assigned a new African American head coach Herman Boone (Washington) even though he is replacing highly successful coach Bill Yoast (Patton). The two have different approaches which involves bringing both the races together for a mixed Football team.

Julius Campbell (Harris) represents the black captain, while Gerry Bertier (Hurst) represents the white captain, the two must learn to put their racial differences behind them and accept themselves as equal and take the league by storm.

 

Thoughts on Remember the Titans

 

Characters – Coach Herman Boone has been breaking boundaries in the racial divided in American Football high school coaching career, not he comes to a white school to continue to break his boundaries bringing the two different races together to try to become champions. Coach Bill Yoast was the coach that ran the team who has championships behind him, but gets drop to assistant coach under Boone, he continues to show his skills running the defence side of the team and learns along with Boone to improve their coaching. Julius Campbell is the black captain that works with the white captain to get rid of the divide between the races to win his own championship. We have plenty of different characters in the team that have their own opinions on the racial divide between the players.

PerformanceDenzel Washington in the leading role is fantastic as the coach that inspires a team to put their differences aside to try and win a championship. Will Patton is great too standing toe to toe with Washington on the side lines with the powerful scenes when needed. The rest of the young cast are great too because we have a lot of stars who went onto have huge career too.

StoryThe story is based on the true story of the African American coach that overcame a racial divide in a sport to turn a team that clashed over their skin colour to become a unit and a force in the league. This story shows how the younger generation who were raised to believe one thing can be taught the right thing when it comes to treating other people, by using sports to put those differences behind them.

Biopic/SportsThe biopic shows the strength this team and coaches had to become fighters when everyone else wanted them to fail. The sports side gives us good moments of American Football, but nothing we haven’t seen before.

SettingsThe settings show us how America was still riddled with racial difficulties during the 70s and different states act differently towards everyone.


Scene of the Movie –
The night they played the titans.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The whole girlfriend of Gerry seems tacked on.

Final ThoughtsThis is another one of the brilliant inspirational story that shows sports can bring people together through the hard times.

 

Overall: Wonderful inspiring sports drama.

Rating

 

 

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Halloween (2018)

Director: David Gordon Green

Writer: David Gordon Green, Danny McBride, Jeff Fradley (Screenplay) John Carpenter, Debra Hill (Characters)

Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, James Jude Courtney, Nick Castle, Haluk Bilginer, Will Patton

 

Plot: Laurie Strode comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago


Tagline – Face Your Fate

Runtime: 1 Hour 46 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Just Another Sequel

 

Story: Halloween starts 40 years after the events of the original Halloween, Michael Myers is still locked up in a mental home, Laurie (Curtis) still lives in fear of what happened to her friends all that time ago, she has been twice divorced lost her child Karen (Greer) because of her paranoia Michael will return. Karen with a daughter of her own Allyson (Matichak) about to graduate high school wants to reconnect with her grandmother rebuilding the relationship.

When Michael is being transferred on Halloween for some reason, he escapes and goes on his killing spree, where Laurie must protect her family from the man she has been waiting to finally kill.

 

Thoughts on Halloween

 

Characters – Laurie Strode is the icon we know from horror, she is now living in fully secure house prepared for the day Michael gets out, believing it would happen, this has cost her, her family but the moment Michael escapes she is the only one prepared to take on the killing machine. Karen is the daughter of Laurie who has become distant from her mother, she has her own family, though she had been prepared for a moment of crisis, even if she doesn’t believe it will ever happen. Allyson is the youngest member of the family, the teenage daughter that is going through the high school with the modern day problems. The shape, Michael Myers is killing machine, killing anyone he wants to.

PerformancesJamie Lee Curtis is back and she is good enough in the leading role, you understand how the character is meant to be thinking which is the important part of the character. Judy Greer is fine, she doesn’t get too much to do, Andi Matichak is good with her role trying to make herself the new scream queen in Halloween. The rest of the cast are fine without being overly memorable.

StoryThe story here is a sequel to the original only, everything else is gone from the history books and Michael isn’t even related to Laurie. 40 years later Michael escapes an goes on another killing spree, where he ends up going face to face with Laurie who has been waiting for this day. This is slasher film done basic, there is no other way to describe it, the sad reality it we get to see an interesting storyline about a victim who never go over the attack in Laurie which should have been address a lot more over a couple of random killing scenes. We get moments in the story that pay respect to the original, then we get scenes which just seem to copy what the sequels did. The tone of the film is also all over the place with the comedy with the babysitter being way too funny for what is meant to be a serious film. this does feel like just another sequel that didn’t do much for the franchise.

HorrorWhen Michael is killing people we get some brutal kills, there is no doubt about this, they look real, but the tense seems to have been sucked out of the film.

SettingsWe return to Haddonfield here, which is fine it is the iconic location for Michael, we get nothing new and the one location that is important will only annoy you.

Special EffectsThe kills we see do look brutal and are the best part of the film.


Scene of the Movie –
Babysitter banter.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It offers little new to the franchise.

Final ThoughtsThis is a sequel that just doesn’t seem to get anywhere new with anything that we want to see, it is passable for the franchise but didn’t need to reset the clock.

 

Overall: Simple sequel.

Rating

 

 

Milla Jovovich Weekend – The Fourth Kind (2009)

fourthDirector: Olatunde Osunsanmi

Writer: Olatunde Osunsanmi (Screenplay) Olatunde Osunsanmi, Terry Robbins (Story)

Starring: Milla Jovovich, Will Patton, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Corey Johnson, Enzo Cilenti, Elias Koteas

 

Plot: A thriller involving an ongoing unsolved mystery in Alaska, where one town has seen an extraordinary number of unexplained disappearances during the past 40 years and there are accusations of a federal cover up.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Solid Sci-Fi Mystery Thriller

 

Story: The Fourth Kind starts as Milla Jovovich as herself introducing this movie explaining she will be playing Dr Abigail Tyler a therapist who worked in Alaska on the date of October 1st 2000, she continues to explain this will be a mix of achieve footage and recreation. So we know the film is looking back at real footage of real events, nothing at all is made up right? No.

We go into the main story as we follow Abigail as she sees her own colleague Dr Campos (Koteas) to help with the problems she is having. We see how Abigail’s husband Will has recently died and that Nome her home is only accessible by plane.

Dr Tyler’s patients all start having similar nightmares about an owl watching over them even with her own nightmares having the same memories as the night her husband died. What we go onto discover is a terrifying truth about what had been happening in this small isolated town.

The Fourth Kind is a mystery sci-fi thriller that tried to play into the shock value of make it fully sold on real events, it was not off real events let’s make that clear but the complete sell of this movie on it being recreation of what really happened works for the horror side to this story. With this being said the scare factor comes off very well to a level of unsettling at times when we see how the visits were meant to get played out like.

The acting is strange because we are not used to seeing Milla Jovovich looking so vulnerable in leading roles but she is solid without shining while Elias Koteas is good in the supporting role along with Will Patton. The slightly disrespectful side of story comes from the fact the actors playing the original tapes don’t get enough credit for their performances.

 

Overall: Sold brilliantly, executed well with scares that work for the unknown time we live in.

Ratingcard

 

 

No Way Out (1987)

logoDirector: Roger Donaldson

Writer: Robert Garland (Screenplay) Kenneth Fearing (Novel ‘The Big Clock’)

Starring: Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Sean Young, Will Patton, Howard Duff, George Dzundza, Jason Bernard, Iman, Fred Dalton Thompson, Leon Russom

 

Plot: Tom Farrell (Costner) is a navy officer who gets posted at the Pentagon and is to report to the secretary of defence David Brice (Hackman). He starts an affair with Susan Atwell (Young) not knowing that she is Brice’s mistress. When Susan is found dead, Tom is assigned to the case of finding the killer who is believed to be a KGB mole. Tom could soon become a suspect when a Polaroid negative of him was found at Susan’s place. He now has only a few hours to find the killer before the computer regenerates the photo.

 

Verdict: Suspense Thriller

 

Story: What starts out as a simple investigation into a murder, that we know who did it gets turned into an attempted cover up leaning more into a frame. We know who committed we know who saw but the eye witness has to work the crime to prove the other man was guilty. Being trapped in the Pentagon working the case without being a loud to leave keeps everything tightly together. This is unusual as we know everything about the crime but we have to watch as each side figures out how to expose or create a truth. Add in a twist ending that makes things seem even tenser you get yourself a very good thriller. (8/10)

 

Actor Reviews

 

Kevin Costner: Tom the navy commander who gets the promotion to help work a connection case between the senator and secretary of defence. He ends up falling in love with the secretary of defence’s mistress and has to prove he murdered her when they are all after the other man, him. Good performance from Costner. (8/10)

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Gene Hackman: David the secretary of defence who kills his mistress but instead of going to the police he is talked into covering it up and framing it on her new lover. Good performance that doesn’t take away anything from the more villainous role involved. (8/10)

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Sean Young: Susan the victim who is quite happily a mistress but falls in love with a complete stranger. Good performance for a totally bitch woman performance. (7/10)

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Will Patton: Scott the man behind the cover up, thinks he is on top of everything and quite willing just to sweep it all under the carpet to keep his man in power. Good performance from Will showing a political villain. (8/10)

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Director Review: Roger Donaldson – Good direction to create a tense thriller throughout. (8/10)

 

Action: A couple of foot races is about as far as you get for action but they are good for the time it was made. (6/10)

Crime: The crime solving is not up to us but it more about trying to get their own truths out. (9/10)

Thriller: Thrilling throughout keeps you are the edge of the seat. (9/10)

Settings: Being trapped in the Pentagon is good setting to create the thrilling story. (9/10)

Suggestion: This is one to give a go, I think the fans of the thriller genre will enjoy but it may be a bit slow starting for the more casual viewer. (Give It A Go)

 

Best Part: The final foot chase through the pentagon.

Worst Part: Bit slow starting up.

Believability: Cover ups happen all the time and this could very much be a true one. (8/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $35,509,515

Budget: $15 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 54 Minutes

Tagline: A tightly would and engrossing thriller!

 

Overall: Well Created Thriller

Rating 75

The Client (1994)

This is a John Grisham adaptation which follows a young boy Mark Sway (Brad Renfro) who witness a suicide of a Mafia lawyer. He is being hunted by the FBI who want him to testify against the Mafia while the Mafia are after him to stop him talking about a murder they have committed. He hires small time lawyer Reggie Love (Oscar Nominated Susan Sarandon) to help protect him and his family.

In what is quite a tense thriller that can be considered similar to a lot of other Grisham material  that are all very watchable. Put in the all star cast of Tommy Lee Jones, William H Macy, Anthony LaPaglia, Mary-Louise Parker, J.T.Walsh, Will Patton, Kim Coates, Ossie Davis. You get a some very solid acting performances.

Overall i would give this a 76%