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Breakdown (2020)

Breakdown (2020)

If the world was ending you'd come over right?

What a nice way to start it, and the pandemic intro with a scene of a street in some Asian country full of people with face masks was solid too. Professional intro. After that though... it quickly turns into a possibly I Am Legend inspired thing without the budget or cast for it. Just one person the first half of the movie, and just one room. Not much going on.

They borrowed the mannequin thing too, though the part where it actually comes alive was unexpected. Very smooth transition there.

One good jump scare too, a couple encounters and an untimely end...

It gets moody! It's not the most elaborate movie but I did stay till the end, so maybe it was better than I give it credit for. They managed with little too. I started out expected more, and started getting disappointed, but left feeling both a little depressed and positively surprised. Gets better and better, though in not a particularly positive way...

 rated 3/5: not bad

Never Back Down 4 - Revolt (2021)

Never Back Down 4 - Revolt (2021)

They got in a real fighter this time! Michael Bisping. And some female MMA fighters. Though the rest of the movie... the franchise just ain't what it used to be. Maybe they managed this with covid restrictions though. Cast feels a bit sparse.

It's about a girl and her fighter brother who's a bit of a pitiful such, and she gets suckered into fighting for him, to settle - as is cliché in these movies - some debt, but things unfortunately don't go how they should go, and then he steps in and helps her but doesn't really save the day anyway cause she's got it all covered.

It's not a bad fight movie - and the bathtub battle in particular was brutal - but for the most part it just doesn't pack the punch the previous segments seemed to... hope to see Bisping in more movies though, villain or no, feels like you can just tell straight away that he's authentic. The girls too, why not. Just maybe not like this.

 rated 3.5/5: not bad at all

Leviathan: The Story Of Hellraiser & Hellbound (2015)

Leviathan: The Story Of Hellraiser & Hellbound (2015)

Ever watched the original Hellraiser? Ever wonder how they did it, or who did it, or why, or any other relevant w in regards masterful movie production of the exploration eighties?

Well then you might want to watch this!

It's a solid documentary, though without much extra footage outside of new interviews with the cast, and clips from the movie. Not much material from behind the scenes back in the day. Would've liked more of that.

You do get some glimpses of a female Cenobite though, and oh boy is that a whole other world... I'm glad they didn't take the overly sexual route with the Hellraiser franchise as a whole, as it might've been just been buried in troves of B-movie sexploitation films then, but then again imagine if they had managed her well. Would've been a very different thing. I'm intrigued.

I have newfound respect for this series after seeing this too, for both the props and for the actors, and it's fascinating how the actor behind Pinhead almost seems to have actual pin imprints on his head... as if he became the role. Very different personality but not entirely unlike...

It's an interesting glimpse/set of interviews/showcase of pictures and other bits from the original films. The only one in the cast who doesn't seem to get as much credit or praise is the girl (Imogen Boorman... was it?). It was her first role too, they said. Maybe I'm looking at the wrong name now, as it doesn't seem to have been Imogen's. Wonder what happened to her...

The rest of 'em are old now but: living the legacy.

 rated 3.5/5: not bad at all

The Dark Side Of The Sun (2017)

The Dark Side Of The Sun (2017)

1849. Victorian Internet crashed. Powerful sun storms. The Carrington event. It fried telegraph wires, batteries, and basically anything with a magnetic field.

Sun spots = magnetic fields showing through the sun's surface - the corona.

Only during a solar eclipse can you really see the sun's corona. It was first captured on film in black and white from a zeppelin in New York during the early 1900s.

They have space weather observation centrals now, to forewarn us if for example a Carrington event may come again, which at our particular all the more technology-reliant point in time would be all the more catastrphic.

It's a documentary about the sun y'all! It starts good, but ends up feeling a bit like propaganda

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Breach (2020)

Breach (2020)

On the cusp of fatherhood, a junior mechanic aboard an interstellar ark to New Earth must outwit a malevolent cosmic terror intent on using the spaceship as a weapon.

Bruce Willis! What's he doing with all these B roles lately? Just having fun? Just getting by? Not thinking they are B-movie roles...?

It's like Resident Evil in a space ship, and it's not ALL bad but... Bruce just seems to have lost his touch with this one. He walks around and looks angry, and barks at people, and says stuff, but just doesn't have the authority he used to... until the very end maybe.

I'd say it was still better than DOOM: Annihilation though. Similar theme. Ghosts of Mars vibes too, a little. It feels like it could've become a cult classic in time if they just hadn't chosen the wrong actors for the wrong roles. It's gritty. It's good. It's scary too sometimes. It just doesn't have that extra oomph it might've needed.

 rated 3.5/5: not bad at all

The Man On The Other Side (2019)

The Man On The Other Side (2019)

Stephen Lim, 1949 - 2015.

"He was a man, take for all in all: I shall not look upon his like again."

I miss the days when they could make a good movie with as restricted a set as this. Two people, stuck in an undisclosed location, one of them behind a door, both kidnapped, and one of them the protagonist... though things aren't all as they seem.

It's a simple premise, but it does get a grip on you, and the rare moments they're outsides you to get to see a dam for a moment. It's a strange yet appreciably stark contrast between the enclosed space and the momentary but all the more open one.

Well-played Sophie too. It's maybe not all that intense, but a good movie.

 rated 3.5/5: not bad at all

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