Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Raze (2013)

razeDirector: Josh C Waller

Writer: Robert Beaucage (Screenplay) Robert Beaucage, Kenny Gage, Josh C Waller (Story)

Starring: Zoe Bell, Rachel Nichols, Tracie Thomas, Bruce Thomas, Bailey Anne Borders, Rebecca Marshall, Allene Quincy, Doug Jones

 

Plot: Raze, a horror/action film, focuses on two abducted women & 50 other women who are forced to fight each other using their bare hands.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Messy Fighter Film

 

Story: Raze starts as we watch Sabrina (Bell) and Jamie (Nichols) kidnapped and taken to remote building along with 50 other women who have been whittled down to 22 to fight to the death by Joseph (Jones).

The women are forced to fight or their loved ones will pay the price and we are left to wonder who will make it out alive.

Raze comes off as a fight for survival film which goes along the lines of an Unleashed just without the passion behind any of the character’s decisions or making us care about anyone in the film. This comes from introducing too many characters and having no structure to when they fight. In the end this has no shocks and the twists come off as complete fails by the end of the film.

 

Actor Review

 

Zoe Bell: Sabrina is the tough silent woman who is easy to turn into a deadly weapon. As all the women are fighting for something Sabrina’s battle is to save her daughter from these people. Zoe is solid but doesn’t really carry the film enough for the lead in it.

Doug Jones: Joseph runs the fighting competition and is very proud of his work hosting it. He keeps his fighters in check while keeping his clients happy with the fights. Doug is good with his few scenes but needs to be a much more impactful character for the story.

Tracie Thomas: Teresa is the eldest of the fighters who tries to keep the others calm but she is just as deadly in the combat room. Tracie is good for a supporting role.

Support Cast: Raze has a string of supporting characters who are all disposable fighters with weak generic back story to hopefully make us care about what is going on.

Director Review: Josh C WallerJosh gives us a film that has more potential but really just ends up falling very flat with unlikable characters throughout.

 

Action: Raze has very basic fighting action with nothing really reaching the brutality it could have.

Horror: Raze doesn’t have the elements of horror to become scary in anyway.

Settings: Raze keeps the settings looking very raw throughout to show the conditions the women have to fight in.
Special Effects
: Raze has good effects when it comes to the kills even if a lot is camera work.

Suggestion: Raze is really one you could avoid because it really just comes off messy in places. (Avoid)

 

Best Part: The final act is good.

Worst Part: Fighting choices have no really decision about them.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 27 Minutes

Tagline: No man could survive this.

 

Overall: Messy action horror that lacks any moment of real shocks.

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The Hateful Eight (2015)

hatefulDirector: Quentin Tarantino

Writer: Quentin Tarantino (Screenplay)

Starring: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kurt Russell, Channing Tatum, Samuel L Jackson, Walton Goggins, Zoe Bell, Tim Roth, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, Demian Bichir, Dana Gourrier

 

Plot: In post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception. Will they survive?

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Wonderful Western Thriller

 

Story: The Hateful Eight starts as bounty hunter Major Marquis Warren (Jackson) signals down a stage coach with fellow bounty hunter John ‘The Hangman’ Ruth (Russell) and his latest bounty Daisy (Leigh). The three continue the journey before meeting the new Sheriff Mannix (Goggins) of Red Rock where they are heading.

A blizzard is chasing them before they decide to stop for the night letting the storm blow over where they meet Oswaldo Mobray (Roth), General Sandy Smithers (Dern), Joe Gage (Madsen) and Bob (Bichir). When John suspects somebody in the room not being who they say they are we are left to watch as tensions rise and true colours coming out once and for all.

The Hateful Eight brings us back into the world of the mastermind director Quentin Tarantino who can make such a simple idea an absolute must watch. The story is pretty much just figuring out who is who along with his dialogue which just seems to keep everything running smoothly from start to finish. The story is filled with twists and turns that all work to keep us guessing. While this is a brilliant film it does actually not capture the same level of intensity the last two outings from him have.

 

Actor Review

 

Jennifer Jason Leigh: Daisy is the lady who is wanted dead or alive and John Ruth is taking her to pay for her crimes, she talks to much and gets beaten. All she wants it to escape but her value is too high for Ruth to let go. Jennifer is great in this role opposite standing toe to toe with some of the best in the business.daisy

Kurt Russell: John Ruth has the nickname The Hangman as he always delivers his bounties alive so they can be hung. He is the first to suspect something going on in the cabin and tries to get to the bottom of it. He doesn’t care what people think of him as he is one of the best bounty hunters around. Kurt does a great job in this role continuing to show he is getting back to his brilliant levels.john

Samuel L Jackson: Major Marquis Warren is a civil war hero that has turned bounty hunter, he teams up with John to complete both their latest bounties, along with John they try to figure out what is going on in the cabin. Samuel gives us a performance you would expect to see in any Tarantino film.marquis

Bruce Dern: General Sandy Smithers is a well respect general who lead men in the civil war, he is in the cabin when John and co arrive but in a twist of events he was opposite Marquis in the civil war as the tension between the two has been risen from that moment onwards. Bruce gives us a great supporting performance throughout his time in this film.

Support Cast: The Hateful Eight has Walton Goggins, Zoe Bell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Demian Bichir and Channing Tatum who all give brilliant performances with Tatum continuing to show he has to be taken seriously as a new serious actor.

Director Review: Quentin TarantinoQuentin gives us a brilliant film but it doesn’t quite reach the levels of the last two outings from the man.

 

Thriller: The Hateful Eight keeps you guessing to what will happen next from start to finish.

Western: The Hateful Eight brings us a true western for the characters to be involved in.

Music: The Hateful Eight uses brilliant music throughout which you would expect from Tarantino films.

Settings: The Hateful Eight uses the cabin for nearly the whole film where tension rise throughout.
Special Effects
: The Hateful Eight uses the good special effects with the kills which you are used to in a Tarantino film.

Suggestion: The Hateful Eight is one to watch for all especially for all the Tarantino fans. (Watch)

 

Best Part: The whole first cabin scene.

Worst Part: The final act feels slightly rushed and certain things disappoint.

Action Scene Of The Film: Who poisoned who.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Awards: Nominated for 3 Golden Globes including Best Actress in Supporting Role, Best Screenplay and Original Score.

Oscar Chances: Could easily be nominated for a couple.

Budget: $60 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 48 Minutes

Tagline: No one to trust. Everyone to hate.

 

Overall: Trademark Tarantino film that ticks all the boxes

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Oblivion (2013)

logoDirector: Joseph Kosinski

Writer: Karl Gajdusek, Michael Arndt (Screenplay) Joseph Kosinski (Graphic Novel)

Starring: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Melissa Leo, Zoe Bell

 

Plot: One of the few remaining drone repairmen Jack (Cruise) assigned to Earth, its surface devastated after decades of war with the alien Scavs, discovers a crashed spacecraft with contents that bring into question everything he believed about the war, and may even put the fate of mankind in his hands.

 

Verdict: Visually Stunning

 

Story: Earth is destroyed and what few survivors have to do one final Hail Mary to save the rest. Been there, seen that. Seems like a routine story that has been done before, but with some very clever twists and turns along the way and engaging performances from the actors, keeps this very thin story very interesting. Not much happens but you have to see how this story unfolds. (8/10)

 

Actor Reviews

 

Tom Cruise: Jack the engineer who goes out on missions to keep the drones patrolling the area up to scratch after they constantly get attack by Scavs. Jack has been getting conflicted with his dreams that leave he wondering what will become of his home planet when they final leave. Good performance from Tom giving solid lead without being over the top. (8/10)

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Morgan Freeman: Beech the leader of the underground humans still fighting for their planet, he recruits Jack to expose the truth and save them. Good supporting performance showing that he can turn up when he wants and be the man. (8/10)

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Olga Kurylenko: Julia, Jack’s wife who appears from a crashed spacecraft but he doesn’t full know who she is, she motivates him to support the underground humans and become free. Good supporting performance. (8/10)

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Andrea Riseborough: Victoria, Jack’s technician who helps protect him from the safety of the base, she follows rules and just wants to leave and start her new life. Good supporting performance. (8/10)

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau: Sykes the leader of the units under Breech who dislikes Jack and questions why they risk it all for him. Good performance stepping up from Game of Thrones.(8/10)

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Director Review: Joseph Kosinski – Good visionary direction showing how he wants to create something different to what we are used too. (8/10)

 

Action: Most action is just fire fights but when they happen they are very good. (8/10)

Mystery: Being left to wonder what has happened is a big mystery and each new character introductions adds an air of mystery. (8/10)

Sci-Fi: Great look at a future world after an intergalactic battle. (10/10)

Settings:  beautifully put together settings to create some stunning visual effects. (10/10)
Special Effects
: Great special effects using both brilliant scenery both Earth and outside of it. (9/10)

Suggestion: I think this is only one to give a go, many because it could be very slow for some people, but visually you will be rewarded. (Give It A Go)

 

Best Part: The world is brilliant.

Worst Part: Slow building, nearly an hour before you meet the human underground.

Action Scene Of The Film: Jack is nearly captured.

Believability: The only thing that seems real is that a potential war could happen. (1/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $286,168,572

Budget: $120 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 5 Minutes

Tagline: Earth is a memory worth fighting for.

 

Overall: Brilliant Visually, Slow Narrative Though

Rating 81

Top 5 Quentin Tarantino Directed Work

Quentin Tarantino has been behind the camera for some of the best films of all time. Even with that he is always considered to be controversial with his work. He has Two Oscars to his name both for screen writing. I am going to look at my favourite directed films of his.

5. CSI Grave Danger

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When one of their own is kidnapped and buried alive the CSI team must race to solve the case before their fellow team member dies.

4. Death Proof

4

When Stunt Man Mike (Kurt Russell) gets his kicks out of causing car crashes he finally meets his match when he meets stunt woman Zoe Bell.

3. Django Unchained

3

The story follows Django (Jamie Foxx) a slave and a bounty hunter King Schultz (Chrisoph Waltz) take down Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his slavery empire.

2. Kill Bil Vol 1 & Vol 2

2

The two films follow the Bride (Uma Thurman) get revenge on her former hit man squad for leaving her for dead on her wedding day.

1.       Inglorious Bastards

1

I personally find this to be his best, it follows a group of soldiers who plan to take down Adolf Hitler during world war two, but they are not the only ones who want to see him die.

Honourable Mentions

  • Pulp Fiction (I’m not the biggest fan of it)