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

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

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