Monday, December 11, 2017

Film Review: Wind River (2017)

Wind River (Review)
United States/2017
Format Viewed for Review: Vudu
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

"...one of the best movies of 2017."

A hunter for the Fish and Wildlife Service helps an FBI agent track the suspect of a young Native American woman's murder.

Wind River follows Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner), a veteran tracker for the Fish and Wildlife Service. While hunting a mountain lion, Cory stumbles upon the frozen body of 18-year-old Natalie Hanson. Rookie FBI agent Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen) is brought to the scene to aid in the investigation. Specifically, she's brought to the Wind River Indian Reservation in order to determine if Natalie's death was a murder so she can call in a full FBI investigative unit. Unfortunately, things don't go as planned. So, Jane enlists the help of Cory to track and capture the suspect. While doing so, Cory attempts to redeem his tragic past and Jane's eyes are open to life on Wind River. There's a lot more to the plot, especially to the characters, but I won't spoil anything else. It leads to a fantastic climax and a great ending.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Film Review—The Priests: Exorcism (2015)

The Priests: Exorcism (Review)
South Korea/2015
Format Viewed for Review: Amazon Video
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: Yes

"Some of its subplots don't fully develop and its first act isn't perfect, but the film ultimately delivers an entertaining experience."

A priest and a young seminarian rush to aid a young girl who appears to be possessed by an evil spirit.

The Priests: Exorcism follows Father Kim (Kim Yoo-seok) and a deacon named Choi (Kang Dong-won). After a hit-and-run accident, caused by two foreign priests attempting to expel an evil spirit, Young-shin (Park So-dam), a young girl from Father Kim's parish suffers from symptoms of possession. While trying to aid her, Young-shin attempts suicide. She clings to life months—and Kim continues the fight for her life. However, without a dedicated assistant, Kim has trouble saving Young-shin. So, Choi is recruited to aid Kim. Choi is also instructed to watch Kim due to rumors of Kim molesting Young-shin. It leads to a strong climax and a good ending.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Film Review: Southpaw (2015)

Southpaw (Review)
United States/2015
Format Viewed for Review: Blu-ray
Netflix Instant: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

"I won't pretend like the story is original, it doesn't actually break any ground, but that doesn't take away from its impact."

After a fatal incident sends him on a destructive path, a champion boxer fights to get his daughter back from child protective services as well as rebuild his career.

Southpaw follows Billy "The Great" Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal), an undefeated champion boxer with anger issues. He's the type to punch first and ask questions later. After another victory, Billy is taunted by up-and-coming boxer Miguel "Magic" Escobar. Billy's wife, Maureen, is able to stop Billy from escalating the feud while convincing him to retire. However, during a charity event, Billy and Maureen bump heads with Escobar and his crew once again. This time, the confrontation leads to tragedy. Depressed and angry, Billy begins to follow a self-destructive path that leads to his daughter's removal from his life by child protective services. In order to get his daughter back, Billy must fight his inner-demons while fighting his way back to the top. It leads to a great climax and an abrupt but solid ending.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Film Review: Terror Train (1980)

Terror Train (Review)
United States/Canada/1980
Format Viewed for Review: Amazon Instant
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: Yes

"You've seen nearly everything in this movie in a different slasher. If you don't mind that, then this is a good experience."

Years after a prank-gone-wrong, a masked killer targets a group of college students during a New Year's Eve costume party aboard a moving train...

Terror Train begins with a New Year's Eve party involving a pre-med fraternity. Although reluctant, Alana Maxwell (Jamie Lee Curtis) is pulled into a prank against the shy and timid Kenny Hampson. The prank leads to explosive meltdown. Three years later, the group boards a train for a New Year's Eve costume party—and they're completely unaware of the uninvited guest who snuck aboard. One-by-one, they're picked off by a masked killer. Has Doc Manley, the ringleader of the prank, gone crazy and started killing everyone? Is the mysterious magician slaughtering the students? Or has Kenny returned for vengeance? It's more predictable than I make it sound, but it is still an effective mystery. It leads to a strong climax and an interesting ending.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Film Review: Bluebeard (2017)

Bluebeard (Review)
South Korea/2017
Format Viewed for Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

"If you're a fan of slow-burn mysteries with disturbing twists, this is for you."

A doctor suspects a patient and his patient's son are responsible an unsolved murder.

Bluebeard follows Dr. Byun Seung-hoon (Cho Jin-woong), who relocates to a new town to work at a clinic that specializes in gynecology. Since he's divorced, Seung-hoon lives by himself in an apartment above a butcher shop. Sung-geun (Kim Dae-myung) runs the shop with his wife and father—and the family also serves as the landlords. When Sung-geun's father heads to Seung-hoon's clinic for a check-up, he appears to be confessing to a violent murder while he's sedated. Seung-hoon becomes convinced that the butcher and his father are responsible for the unsolved serial murders in the area, but he also struggles with his own sanity due to his horrific visions. It leads to a dark and twisted ending, although somewhat predictable.