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    The Invisible Man

    When Cecillia’s abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecillia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.
    This modern-day update from Blumhouse productions on the classic Universal Horror character is a cracking film. It is devious. It is nasty. It is painful. Most of all it is so well put together. It isn’t scary per se, there are no things that go bump in the night, instead it is much more frightening and pulse-quickening because it deals in real-world scenarios. If you took away the Invisible Man element of the storyline you would have one of the best films about female abuse that Hollywood has made. It is a testament to the writers that they have really honed in on that element of the storyline and created a very honest piece about the after effects that domestic abuse survivors have to deal with every day of theirs lives. It lays everything out and shows the PTSD from abuse in all it’s horrific actions and reactions. It is very painful to watch. However, that is the point because it puts the viewer on the side of Cecillia almost instantly. She is a very lovely lady but is constantly being abused mentally and physically by her boyfriend. And even when he is dead she can’t shake that feeling of this is the way I’m supposed to act.
    The haunting nature of the film comes in the middle of the film where Cecillia believes she is being followed by her ex. Things happen to her but nobody believes her. She is, once again, on her own. The film very much plays on the breakdown of her mind and body. This is the real scary stuff because it is real. Anyone coming to this film expecting full-on scares are going to be disappointed because this update/unique spin on the classic story is so much better for setting it in a world that is more real than ghosts and ghouls can ever be.
    Elizabeth Moss is absolutely outstanding as Cecillia. Her performance is one of intensity and emotional & physical drain. It really puts a new spin on the horror film final girl motif. This is, arguably, one of her best performances to date.
    The Invisible Man is a hugely impressive film and not for the reasons most might come to it for. This is scary for different reasons. Prepare to feel dread and fear, also keep an eye on your pulse because you’ll feel it getting quicker & quicker in the big finale. This is a great modern twist on a classic story.


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    Shepherd: The Hero Dog

    Kaleb, the beloved German Shepherd, is separated from its Jewish family and sent to be trained as a Nazi guard dog at a prisoner of war camp. One day Shepherd’s owner, a young boy called Joshua, arrives at the camp. Remembering the old times together Kaleb looks to help Joshua escape the camp.
    Any film that has “The Hero Dog” as it’s subtitle is sort of giving away what is going to happen. But who really cares when it comes to dogs in films??!! People care more about animals in films than they do humans. Look at the outcry that happened when the first John Wick film was released. Thankfully, this is a tender story about the relationship between a boy and his dog. The problem is that it is a little bit too tender and a little bit too on the easy side and a little bit too on the obvious as well. Take for example the scene where Shepherd goes back to his old home in the city. He barks at the door and the new owners open it and he runs in. The first thing one of them says is “He must have used to have lived here as he knows his way around.” Talk about literally explaining the plot within a scene! It’s all very contrived and cliched even with the dog.
    It doesn’t really pick up when Shepherd is sent to be trained as a guard dog. He is taken on by one of the Nazi guards and he trains him in a light-hearted way. Getting him to growl and bare his teeth. Not exactly the truth here that’s for sure because history shows that the Nazi’s trained these dogs to be killers. Shepherd seems to be more of a comedian dog because they’ve trained him to give a Heil Hitler salute, and all the guards think it’s hilarious.
    There is an interesting subject at the heart of this film. Sadly it has been watered down greatly in favour of trying to make a heart-warming story about a boy and his dog triumphing over adversity. But when that adversity is little more than some stupid guards who can’t see the woods for the trees the film doesn’t exactly capture the heart-stopping moments that it should.


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    The Public

    An act of civil disobedience turns into a standoff with police when homeless people in Cincinnati take over the public library to seek shelter from the bitter cold.
    Emilio Estevez is making quite the foray into directing. He has a made a couple of other worthwhile films, however The Public is possibly his most accomplished and heartfelt yet. This is a film about human empathy and everything that goes with it no matter what your social standing. These homeless people use the library every single day, not in a bad way. They are very considerate to others and actually use the computers and read books. They also use it to engage with others. It is their sanctuary in many regards. The homeless people in the film are jovial and quite funny. They are aware of their own situations and are trying to make the best of what has been given to them. Watching them laugh and joke about is one of the great pleasures of the film. I guarantee you’ll have a smile on your face.
    The film wants to open a dialogue about how governments and big multi-national conglomerates treat the lowly people. It is very angry at these businesses and people in power. The story really kicks up a gear when Prosecutor turned wanna-be Mayor Josh Davies decides to take matters into his own hands and orders the police to use any means necessary to bring the sit-in to an end. Also, the narrative of the sit-in gets changed by a news reporter who rather than report the truth as to why the homeless are staging this sit-in changes the narrative to fit with her TV network and begins to use the words “hostage situation”. This puts Stuart Goodson, the man who runs the library on a daily basis, in a very difficult position as he knows the real truth and wants to fit for these people yet also is being bullied by the Police into just getting rid of the situation.
    This is a real character piece of a film. A stellar cast of Emilio Estevez, Christian Slater, Alec Baldwin, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright and more are clearly enjoying doing a film like this because it is all about the acting. They cannot hide behind make-up or green screen. This is all about the dialogue and the emotions. It’s a strong film with an equally strong message delivered by some excellent acting all round.


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    The Invisible Man

    When Cecilliaís abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecillia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.
    This modern-day update from Blumhouse productions on the classic Universal Horror character is a cracking film. It is devious. It is nasty. It is painful. Most of all it is so well put together. It isnít scary per se, there are no things that go bump in the night, instead it is much more frightening and pulse-quickening because it deals in real-world scenarios. If you took away the Invisible Man element of the storyline you would have one of the best films about female abuse that Hollywood has made. It is a testament to the writers that they have really honed in on that element of the storyline and created a very honest piece about the after effects that domestic abuse survivors have to deal with every day of theirs lives. It lays everything out and shows the PTSD from abuse in all itís horrific actions and reactions. It is very painful to watch. However, that is the point because it puts the viewer on the side of Cecillia almost instantly. She is a very lovely lady but is constantly being abused mentally and physically by her boyfriend. And even when he is dead she canít shake that feeling of this is the way Iím supposed to act.
    The haunting nature of the film comes in the middle of the film where Cecillia believes she is being followed by her ex. Things happen to her but nobody believes her. She is, once again, on her own. The film very much plays on the breakdown of her mind and body. This is the real scary stuff because it is real. Anyone coming to this film expecting full-on scares are going to be disappointed because this update/unique spin on the classic story is so much better for setting it in a world that is more real than ghosts and ghouls can ever be.
    Elizabeth Moss is absolutely outstanding as Cecillia. Her performance is one of intensity and emotional & physical drain. It really puts a new spin on the horror film final girl motif. This is, arguably, one of her best performances to date.
    The Invisible Man is a hugely impressive film and not for the reasons most might come to it for. This is scary for different reasons. Prepare to feel dread and fear, also keep an eye on your pulse because youíll feel it getting quicker & quicker in the big finale. This is a great modern twist on a classic story.
    Spot on review. This film wasnít what I expected , but is brilliant!


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    The Old Guard

    A covert team of immortal mercenaries are suddenly exposed and must now fight to keep their identity a secret just as an unexpected new member is discovered.
    The one thing people cannot take away from the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that they know how to take a property such as Iron Man or Thor or any of the other Avengers and make a film about each of them for the masses who have never read the comics but come away from the film(s) fully understanding the characters history and future thinking. They are great at world building each character before linking them together. And you need to know the origins of these characters otherwise you are left with a film such as The Old Guard. This very much feels like it is part 3 of a superhero franchise. It pretty much skips over establishing the characters and jumps straight into the action and the storyline. So, you are sat their going “who is this?”, “what are they doing with these people?” and “why do we care about what they are doing?”. None of this is explained. Instead we are just meant to role with these characters and hope we pick it up along the way, which is nigh on impossible because these are not interesting characters. I literally said to my other half “I don’t know who these are and because of that I don’t care for any of them.” It really does feel like a film solely aimed at those that have read, and loved, the graphic novels. If you haven’t, then trying to get to the core of who these mercenaries are is such a huge disconnect, and as such you start to become uninterested in them.
    The storyline is nothing to write home about either. It is a standard case of double crossing. But when the mercenaries go looking for the back guy the film makes a mess of who you think it could be. I came away thinking the bad guy(s) were the standard military personnel sent to kill the group because it really did look like there was no genuine bad guy in the film.
    In terms of action, it is OK. But if I want to watch Charlize Theron kick butt (which I do because she is great at it) then I’ll watch Atomic Blonde or Mad Max: Fury Road. Those are energetic action flicks. This just has Theron going through the motions, and she is so much better than that.
    I hate the term “one for the fans” because it is so offensive to those who aren’t fans but might be once we’ve seen the film. But this film is solely for the fans and it isn’t going to win over any new ones after seeing this. I came away with more questions than answers.


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    Death of a Vlogger

    An ambitious vlogger experiences the dark side of the internet when his latest video, which features an alleged haunting, goes viral.
    This film sits somewhere between a found footage horror movie and a crime documentary. It straddles both areas very well, and also feels like it doesn’t fall into either as well. It also shows how a creative mind can use a low budget to succeed in a genre that is crammed full of low budget movies that are all doing the same thing time again. There are a lot of to-camera pieces, as expected because it is footage of a video blogger. Yet, it isn’t all in-your-face, jumping about. It’s very chilled. That is until things start going bump in the night.
    This is where the film starts to up its game significantly because we are seeing Graham film everything in his flat with his phone. There are no blurry scenes or no running scenes where you can’t make anything out. This is very much a slow, still movement so we get to view every single area of the screen. Graham moves slowly through the house and… well, that would be telling.
    It is such an inventive piece of work. It uses the basis of found footage and then also intersperses it with talking heads from some of Graham’s friends. So, the film is essentially the haunting and then people looking back at what actually happened with the haunting and to Graham’s mindset as well. It touches on mental health quite a bit. While it doesn’t have all the answers it certainly offers up plenty of times to say this is when Graham should have got help. This is what his friends should have done. That is an important angle to get right and it does it.
    My only slight reservation with the film is that it doesn’t quite go as deep into dissecting the vlogger fame/instafamous branding as it could do. This is an area that has positives and negatives, and considering what Graham is going through, it feels like the film could have really picked apart the fragility of those who try to make a living social commentating via video.
    That aside. This is a very well-made horror film. It has several very good scares and a couple of hold-your-breath moments. It may seem rough around the edges but it doesn’t matter because that is part of the beauty of this film. This horror flick deservedly stands out in an overpopulated genre.


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    The Hunt

    Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don’t know where they are, or how they got there. They don’t even know they’ve been chosen for a very specific purpose.
    This is the film that got pulled from release schedules because American President Donald Trump felt it was an attack on him and his supporters. This was before the film had even been released or had been shown to test audiences. Universal Studio had to eventually pull it after unrelenting negativity from one side of American citizens. Eventually it was released under a small release. So, here is the thing with this film: It’s actually only an OK action flick. If Trump hadn’t kicked up a fuss then this film would have made very little stirrings.
    The first third of the film is by far the best as it sets out the storyline and is a real humdinger of an opener for an action flick. These individuals are being hunted and they have to make split second decisions as to what they should do next. There is a feeling that this is homaging The Running Man for the opening third of the film. It really grabs you by the scruff of the neck to make you sit up and take note of the fact that this is a schlock-y action flick where all rules are off.
    The problem is is that the film doesn’t really know what to do after such a big opening. It quickly loses its way and reverts to a who-dun-it thriller that lacks the punch-y action of the start of the film. Granted the storyline has to try to explain why these people are being hunted and at what expense. But it doesn’t seem to know what to do with its next phase of the plot.
    What is hugely impressive about this film is Betty Gilpin. She takes the lead role of Crystal, who is being hunted. This is a proper rough n tumble performance that wouldn’t be out of place in a Mission Impossible film. She really goes hell for leather at every action scene she is in and I get the feeling we will be seeing her in more action films in the future. Thoroughly deserved because she is electric in this film.
    It’s just a shame that the film can’t keep up with Gilpin’s lofty performance. Instead it comes across as a lightweight Purge spin-off that initially looks like it can take on the world (and the American President) but soon gives way to a pretty middling action b-movie. Good ideas are not fully realised unfortunately.


 

 

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