2017 · Crime · David Harbour · Gabrielle Union · Jamie Foxx · Michelle Monaghan · Movies · Scoot McNairy · T.I. · Thriller

#8 Movie Review: Sleepless (2017)

Sleepless came to my attention when browsing online for up coming movies, when i saw it stared Jamie Foxx and was a crime thriller, i decided to watch the trailer and the trailer looked really well done so i wanted to give this a go…..so what is the movie about, well lets tell you….

Undercover Las Vegas police officer Vincent Downs (Jamie Foxx) finds himself caught in a high-stakes web of corrupt cops, internal affairs and murderous gangsters. When a failed heist leads to the kidnapping of his teenage son (Octavius J. Johnson), Downs must race against time during a wild and restless night to save him and bring the criminals to justice.

The Cast ( I will just point out the main characters of the movie, if you like to see the full cast click here)

  • Jamie Foxx as Vincent
  • Michelle Monaghan as Bryant
  • Scoot McNairy as Novak
  • T.I.as Sean
  • David Harbour as Dennison
  • Gabrielle Union as Dena

So here is my review…Though it suffers from minor plot inconsistencies and some shaky camerawork, this thriller offers a fun, entertaining, “B”-level story; the terrific characters help fill in the blanks. A remake of the 2011 French movie Nuit Blanche, Sleepless (the title doesn’t seem to relate to anything) starts with a bang on the streets of Las Vegas, using the nighttime lights and daytime shabbiness for good effect. Then the characters are introduced, each shabby or beaten up or full of a kind of life experience that makes them very interesting.

Foxx’s cop must deal with his ex-wife (Gabrielle Union) in matters of their son, as well as a constantly bleeding stab wound. Slick casino boss Rubino has a fascinating rapport with gangste Novak, who’s calm yet volatile (with a mysterious, hideous scar on his neck). And Bryant must navigate a world consisting of mostly men; she shows frustration and weariness but also strength. It’s these characters who allow us to forgive any dumb trespasses in plot, such as Downs always stopping to change his clothes. Overall, Sleepless isn’t particularly memorable, but it’s not bad, either.

Overall 2/5

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Abigail Spencer · Chad Michael Murray · Drama · Ghost · Gothic · Horror · Indie · Katee Sackhoff · Uncategorized

#7 Movie Review: The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (2013)

Movie number SEVEN!!and going back to a genre which i love….horror, its an older movie i watched from 2013!

So lets get into it, the synopsis….

A historic Southern home’s new residents (Abigail Spencer, Chad Michael Murray) come face to face with a malevolent force. Simple right, also it was based on true events so it did peek my interest.

The Cast ( I will just point out the main characters of the movie, if you like to see the full cast click here)
  • Abigail Spencer as Lisa Wyrick
  • Emily Alyn Lind as Heidi Wyrick
  • Chad Michael Murray as Andy Wyrick
  • Grant James as Mr. Gordy
  • Katee Sackhoff as Joyce
The mystery levels of this horror movie at time were literally insane (in a good way). Every five minutes you will learn something new and this pace keeps up until the last couple minutes of the movie, even during the big climactic showdown. I prefer layered movies in comparison to slashers and creature features because the anticipation and intrigue stays throughout the entire film.
Now onto the main characters Chad Michael Murray, whom has appeared in likes of the House of Wax remake. Another interesting casting choice Chad Michael Murray got plenty of screen time, but his role feels completely detached however on a postivie note he did show passionate in the role as a young father.
The female co-leads starting with Abigail Spencer, she does a great job as Lisa Wyrick, the mother designed to be loathed, which she pulls of very well her acting ability.  And Katee Sackhoff plays Joyce (sister of Lisa Wyrick) didn’t get too much screen time for a talented actress therefore was under used, and wasn’t too effected in the movie or the plot line.
Overall 3.5/5
2016 · Dane DeHaan · Drama · Gore Verbinski · Horror · Ivo Nandi · Jason Isaacs · Mia Goth · Thriller

#6 Movie Review: A Cure for Wellness (2016)

Movie number six is my first drama/thriller/horror movie review, excited ?!?! i was looking forward to this for a while, especially being a Gore Verbinski directored project.

So lets get into it, the synopsis….

An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure. From Gore Verbinski, the visionary director of THE RING, comes the new psychological thriller, A CURE FOR WELLNESS.

The Cast ( I will just point out the main characters of the movie, if you like to see the full cast click here)

  • Dane DeHaan – Lockhart
  • Jason Isaacs – Volmer
  • Mia Goth – Hannah
  • Ivo Nandi – Enrico

So…I watched this on VOD and I have to say this movie is mind-bending mash-up of psychological horror, capitalist critique and old-fashioned folktale. There are red herrings galore.  Its a much impressive film, particularly in terms of production design and cast. Jason Isaacs is great fun as Dr Heinrich Volmer, presiding over the institution with velvety menace; Mia Goth is suitably unearthly as Volmer’s ‘special case’ Hannah and the main man himself Dane DeHaan, probably the one of the most under appricated actors in Hollywood play an astute choice for the role of role of Lockhart​.  There’s two scenes of that really stood out for me, the first one is the dental work that genuinely shocked me by not cutting away at its most horrifying momenta and the second  one when Volmer peels his face off.  Any Gore Verbinski fan it’s a much watch and anyone looking for a good strong cast and storytelling it’s a must watch.

Overall 4/5

2017 · Danny McBride · Horror · Michael Fassbender · Syfy · Uncategorized

#5 Movie Review: Alien: Covenant (2017)

Such a big Alien/Aliens fan, and was soooo looking forward to this, after reading/hearing what Ridley Scott was attempting to do, so enough about that lets get into the synopsis of the movie and what we are in for…

Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, members (Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup) of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think to be an uncharted paradise. While there, they meet David (Michael Fassbender), the synthetic survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. The mysterious world soon turns dark and dangerous when a hostile alien life-form forces the crew into a deadly fight for survival.

The Cast ( I will just point out the main characters of the movie, if you like to see the full cast click here)

  • Michael Fassbender as David / Walter
  • Katherine Waterston as Daniels
  • Billy Crudup as Oram
  • Danny McBride as Tennessee
  • Demián Bichir as Lope
  • Carmen Ejogo as Karine

So here we go! My quick review be warned SPOILERS!…

I was one of those people who was really let down by Prometheus (2012). I liked what Prometheus was TRYING to do, I loved the mythology are TRYING to setup but they failed, HOWEVER Alien: Covenant (2017) pickup on and completed what Ridley Scott was attempting to do.

Personally for me the first act of the movie was a bit slow for my liking, the build up, getting to know the crew, however you see James Franco (uncredited appearance) when watching the prologue scene with James Franco, didn’t know what his role was …. But we do NOW, he was the first person to DIE!!

The second and third act was brilliantly done it had a mixture of both Alien and Aliens movies, being a 15 (BBFC rating) I must say the death scenes were BRUTAL (but enjoyable). There is plenty to admire in this movie firstly the sound design is masterful, the deadly silence on this petrified planet crackles with icy dread.

Fassbender’s performance is eye catching (when is he not!) his performance is a standout, which effortlessly delineates between the two identical androids.
If you enjoy the Alien movies I would high recommend this!

Overall 4.5/5

2016 · Ghost · Horror · Jessica Alba · Lily Rabe · Shannon Woodward · Slasher · Thomas Jane · Uncategorized

#4 Movie Review: The Veil (2016)

WOW I’m on a roll here now!! Film number 4! Again it’s a horror movie….think you’ll get an theme with that here, so lets do this, the actual Film synopsis

Thirty years after a charismatic cult leader convinced his followers to kill themselves, a survivor returns to the scene of the horror with a documentary crew.

The Cast ( I will just point out the main characters of the movie, if you like to see the full cast click here)

  • Jessica Alba as Maggie Price
  • Thomas Jane as Jim Jacobs
  • Lily Rabe as Sarah Hope
  • Shannon Woodward as Jill

The story is an interesting one. to start off with we open up and immediately believe we’re about to be sucked into the world of an outlandish and far-out thinking cult. A number of unexpected twists keep the story moving along at a stealthy pace while avoiding the delivery of a film that seems to freely “borrow” content from other similar features. Make no doubt, you’ll spot a handful of genre clichés, but the turns the story takes before finally reaching its conclusion keep us a little off guard.

The questions I got asked a lot were: is this a slasher movie?, ghost story?, or just a cult type of movie?….well the answer is yes … YES to all those questions, there hints to sub-genres within the movie itself but the import thing is how the writer Robert Ben Garant and director Phil Joanou give a dual middle finger to the rules of horror, and work their own vision that adopts mannerisms of countless other films.

Jessica Alba does a great job as the strong-willed final girl. Thomas Jane is nearly unrecognizable as the cult leader Jim Jacobs who leads his few dozen followers in a mission of mass suicide, you also  got impressive supporters like Lily Rabe who’s perfectly impossible to read as Sarah.

Is this movie for you? If you want to be entertained then YES The Veil will give you that!

Overall 3/5

2017 · Caterina Murino · Emilia Clarke · Eric D Howell · Gothic · Kate Linder · Lisa Gastoni · Marton Csokas

#3 Movie Review: Voice from the Stone

So here is my THIRD movie review!, as before I will talk about the actual film synopsis, so you’ll know what the story is about….

Verena (Emilia Clarke) is a determined young nurse hired to help a mute young heir (Edward Dring) within an isolated castle in Tuscany. The more she observes the boy, the more Verena becomes convinced he has fallen under the spell of a powerful and otherworldly persona trapped in the villa’s stone walls, one that seems to be rapidly entwining with her own.

The Cast (I will just point out the main characters of the movie, if you like to see the full cast just click here)

  • Emilia Clarke as Verena
  • Marton Csokas as Klaus
  • Caterina Murino as Malvina
  • Kate Linder as LaVecchia
  • Lisa Gastoni as Lilia

So here we go! My quick review be warned SPOILERS!…

Emilia Clarke really stands out in these smaller dramatic roles with Marton Csokas as an excellent co-lead. Where the movie was filmed, the scenery of a beautiful Italian setting and gothic overtones was the setting for a wonderfully creepy and suspenseful tale by Eric D Howell. The third act had a (sort of) Edgar Allan Poe/Hitchcock inspired vibe to it which really took you into the movie. Would definitely recommend this to someone whom would enjoy an 1950s style gothic thriller.

Overall I would give this a 3/5

 

2016 · Abigail Spencer · Chris Messina · Comedy · Drama · Indie · J.D. Evermore · Karan Soni · Tyson Ritter

#2 Movie Review: The Sweet Life

So here is my second movie review!, as before I will talk about the actual film synopsis, so you’ll know what the story is about….

Kenny Parker (Chris Messina) and Lolita Nowicki (Abigail Spencer), each struggling with their own brand of demons, meet by chance in Chicago and form a pact to travel across the country to the Golden Gate Bridge to commit suicide together.

The Cast (I will just point out the main characters of the movie, if you like to see the full cast just click here)

  • Chris Messina as Kenny Pantalio
  • Abigail Spencer as Lolita Nowicki
  • Karan Soni as Convenience Store Clerk
  • Tyson Ritter as Marlon
  • D. Evermore as Brandon

So here we go! My quick review be warned SPOILERS!…

Firstly  I must say both lead actors Chris Messina and Abigail Spencer showed natural charisma and vulnerability that’s right for the genre of a movie. There were some very comedic scenes such as the attempted robbery of the convenience store followed by the pickup off the hitchhikers (play off, of the fake gun from convenience store) the stolen a car with a kidney getting cops to help out and the therapy dance haha. But also had dramatic aspect when Kenny visited his ex whom left him at the alter and when Lalita went to see her mother…such touching moments. Both Rob Spera and Jared Rappaport deserve a lot of praise for bring such a movie to our screens where The Sweet Life” lives up to its title. Would definitely recommend this movie everyone

Overall I would give this a 4/5

2016 · Chase Williamson · Hannah Fierman · Hayes Mercure · Horror · Justin Welborn · Michael Aaron Milligan · Movies

First movie review: SiREN

To start off with the is the actual Film synopsis, so let’s dive straight in

One week before his wedding day, Jonah and his groomsmen hit the town for a wild night of club hopping and debauchery. The night soon takes a twisted turn for the worse when the group is invited to a seedy underground club. After Jonah frees a seemingly imprisoned dancer, he realizes that the woman he released is actually a terrifying, legendary creature that will stop at nothing to claim her prey.

The Cast ( I will just point out the main characters of the movie, if you like to see the full cast click here)

  • Chase Williamson as Jonah
  • Hannah Fierman as Lily
  • Justin Welborn as Mr. Nyx
  • Hayes Mercure as Rand
  • Michael Aaron Milligan as Mac

So here we go! My quick review be warned SPOILERS!…

To start off I must say the script by David Bruckner is very done very cleverly, the style of this movie resembles a classic style Japanese horror manga movie. The movie itself has going for it is a genuinely formidable, charismatic antagonist, played by Justin Welborn (known for his roles in Justified, final destination, V/H/S viral and many other shows/movies) and the big scary Hannah Fierman, her practical makeup in the close-ups works wonderfully, from her taloned fingers to the bloody maw running down the centre of her face. Hannah Fierman plays lily unbelievably​well both as a mythological and biological creature. Well definitely recommend this movie to anyone whom is a horror fan and someone wanting to know more about the world V/H/S movies have created.

Overall I would give this a 3.5/5