Spotlight On…Recent Viewings 9

Posted by David On January 1, 2013 4 COMMENTS

It’s the holidays so I have a bit of time to catch up on my film list. Oh and someone pointed out that I should call Spoiler Alert on some of these reviews. Sorry if I annoyed anyone!  🙂

Chernobyl Diaries

Released: 2012

Directed by: Bradley Parker

Written by: Oren Peli (screenplay) & Carey Van Dyke (screenplay)

Starring: Jesse McCartney, Jonathan Sadowski & Olivia Dudley

Plot: Six tourists hire an extreme tour guide who takes them to the abandoned city Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. During their exploration, they soon discover they are not alone.

For: Cool poster / Uri character is fun / The abandoned city is well done

Against: Uses a documentary type film style, but never explains why, or who is holding the camera / Very boring, it takes 55 mins for anything interesting to happen / Why do they find Natalie alive? The eviscerated Uri, but she doesn’t have a scratch! / The ending is ridiculously stupid! / A good idea wasted.

Favourite Scene: The group gets back to find the van gutted and the video of what happened / Natalie gets taken again (and the creepy kid)

Rating: 1.5 Lukes

Devil Seed

Released: 2012

Directed by: Greg A. Sager

Written by: Geoff Hart & Greg A. Sager

Starring: Michelle Argyris, Shantelle Canzanese & Vanessa Broze

Plot: A demon posses a young woman and impregnates her.

For: Opening credits sequence is interesting / Ending is pretty good

Against: Everything else sucks – atrocious acting & production / Shallow Alert – why is this attractive woman going out with the weird looking douchebag?

Favourite Scene: Alex shields herself with the shower curtain and sees the outline of the demon chasing her

Rating: 1 Luke


Released: 2009

Directed by: Dominic Sena

Written by: Jon Hoeber (screenplay), Erich Hoeber (screenplay) & Greg Rucka (graphic novel)

Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Gabriel Macht & Tom Skerritt

Plot: U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko tracks a killer in Antarctica, as the sun is about to set for six months.

For: Some great cinematography / Solid plot / Good cast

Against: Just not very entertaining. I wanted to like this but found myself getting bored, especially since I had already read the superior graphic novel

Favourite Scene: The killer gets his comeuppance and the final revelation.

Rating: 2.5 Lukes


Released: 2012

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Written by: John Gatins

Starring: Denzel Washington, Kelly Reilly & Bruce Greenwood

Plot: An airline pilot saves a flight from crashing and is hailed a hero, but an investigation into the incident reveals his troubled past.

For: Denzel Washington is one of the finest actors of my era and this performance doesn’t do anything to tarnish that / Well directed / Great Cast / Interesting story / The hero of the story isn’t actually a hero at all, in fact he’s kind of a prick

Against: Meanders a bit in the second half / Reilly’s character is given far more screentime at the start than required,  considering that she is then under-used in the thrid act

Favourite Scene: The crash / Whip confronts Margaret at the funeral / Whip at the hearing

Rating: 4 Lukes

House at the End of the Street

Released: 2012

Directed by: Mark Tonderai

Written by: David Loucka (screenplay), Jonathan Mostow (story)

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue & Max Thieriot

Plot: A mother and daughter move to a new town and find themselves living next door to a house where a young girl murdered her parents. When the daughter befriends the surviving son, she learns the story is far from over.

For: Always good to see Jennifer Lawrence / An interesting plot…

Against: …that is completely wasted. Instead of being scary, it just ends up being boring, dull, and uninspired.

Favourite Scene: Ryan takes out Tyler

Rating: 1.5 Lukes

Eden Lake

Released: 2008

Directed by: James Watkins

Written by: James Watkins

Starring: Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender & Jack O’Connell

Plot: Refusing to let anything spoil their romantic weekend break, a young couple confront a gang of loutish youths with terrifyingly brutal consequences.

For: A horror/drama that is actually horrific / I don’t know what past experiences this film forced me to brush against, but this film stirred emotions in me that actually made me angry and upset. So despite some technical annoyances this film deserves the score I gave it. I urge you to see this film.

Against: Minor stuff, some camera shots and editing weren’t as good as they could have been.

Favourite Scene: Too many to list, but I’ll go with the look on Brett’s face when he realises exactly what the men are going to do and then his reaction upstairs.

Rating: 4.5 Lukes

4 Responses so far.

  1. Seb says:

    Thanks for the reviews! I see a few there I should check out. What’s with all the horror films about with House and Street in the title? Makes me want to live in a tent. No ‘Tent Massacre Death Match’ films as far as I’m aware…

    • David David says:

      Hi Seb!

      LOL Maybe not ‘Tent Massacre Death Match’ but what about all those poor promiscuous teenagers slaughtered by Jason? Tents aren’t safe either dude. Stick with an attic, er no, ok the basement, um nope, ok I got it, an Apollo space capsule!….Nope no good either. I give up 🙂

      Thanks for leaving a comment!

  2. Ermine-Trudi Hepplemeyer says:

    Agreed! Tents are difficult for poltergeists to get around in too. They usually get fed up with having to fiddle with all the zips and just go somewhere else.

  3. Lesley Bumberclump says:

    LOL! You guys are hilarious!

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