Category Archives: Thriller

IT CHAPTER 2 (2019): The Things I Liked…

It Chapter 2, Warner Bros. Pictures
It Chapter 2, Warner Bros. Pictures

Even though I definitely can’t say I had a great time during all of the two hours and forty nine minute run time of of director Andy Muschietti’s IT Chapter 2, the last hour or so was pretty thrilling.

Starring James McAvoy, Javier Botet, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader and Bill Skarsgård, I had to watch this final installment of the IT (1990) remake because the cast and trailers were great. I was also determined since this was essentially my last chance to see if I found any of the IT movies scary all. I definitely had a lot of feelings throughout but unfortunately, once again, scared really wasn’t one of them. At the very best I was very grossed out by the scene with the 8 plus legged severed head. I enjoyed much of the visual effects and the acting. Unlike in the 1990 IT film, this time both the children and the adult versions of the children performed pretty well.

IT - Chapter 2 (2019), Jessica Chastain, Warner Bros. Pictures
IT – Chapter 2 (2019), Jessica Chastain, Warner Bros. Pictures

As for the question of why the first hour and forty minutes of IT Chapter 2 wasn’t great, it certainly didn’t help that due to the editing and some characters looking similar, I didn’t find it easy to follow in terms of who was playing the adult version of whom. The other key reason is the pace. I know that much of the film is set in Derry, Maine which is essentially a slower moving place than a city, but that doesn’t mean the story had to move that slowly, surely? I remember that an hour into the film, I found myself disappointed to not even be half way through the movie.

There were also unfortunately some moments where I couldn’t fully suspend my disbelief. Firstly, the biting of the little girl’s head; how on earth did she not scream? Secondly, at the reunion dinner, how did it take so long for the restaurant workers to check on the disturbance, especially considering all the screaming and banging? Last but not least, the scene where Chastain’s character performs a certain feat of strength towards the end. I just don’t honestly believe she possessed the physical strength required to do what she did.

Overall though, thanks to the good performances – particularly by McAvoy and Chastain, plus the fun special effects, IT Chapter 2 is worth watching, if you’re curious. Especially so if you have more patience than I. 

Lastly, I couldn’t help but conclude by the end that Muschietti’s film seems to be quite a good advert for why therapy is important and often a good idea.

Happy Film Loving

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6 UNDERGROUND (2019): New Trailer From Michael bay, Starring Ryan Reynolds, Dave Franco, Mélanie Laurent, BEN HARDY…

6 Underground (2019), Ryan Reynolds, Netflix
6 Underground (2019), Ryan Reynolds, Netflix

 Director Michael Bay’s latest action / thriller stars Ryan Reynolds, Dave Franco, Ben Hardy and Mélanie Laurent.

The Story centres around six billionaires who decide to fake their own deaths and form an elite vigilante squad in order to eliminate notorious criminals.

I’m excited. Are you excited? I’m excited, mainly because of Reynolds, the good looking action sequences and also the Reynolds and Franco dynamic.

Adria Arjona, Corey Hawkins, Shubham Saraf, Bahara Golestani, Payman Maadi, Hélène Cardona, Lior Raz, Sebastian Roché, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Sitara Attaie and James Murray also star.

6 Underground Release Dates: December 13th, 2019 / Netflix…

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FRACTURED (2019): New Trailer From Sam Worthington, Lily Rabe, Stephen Tobolowsky…

Fractured (2019), Sam Worthington, Netflix
Fractured (2019), Sam Worthington, Netflix

Fractured is a new thriller starring Sam Worthington, Lily Rabe, Stephen Tobolowsky and directed by Brad Anderson.

Imagine this… while on a cross country drive with your wife and daughter, your daughter falls and breaks her arm at a highway rest area. You rush to the hospital, get her seen by a doctor, after which she and your wife go downstairs for an MRI.

You then fall asleep in the lobby and wake up only to find that the hospital has no record or knowledge of your wife and daughter having been checked in…

I love a good mystery and in this case, I just can’t wait to find out who’s ‘mad.’ The hospital or the potentially grief-stricken father? Also, the mother… I’m not quite know about her yet.

Lucy Capri, Adjoa Andoh, Lauren Cochrane, Stephanie Sy, Derek James Trapp, Natalie Malaika, Dennis Scullard, Will Woytowich and Megan Best also star

Fractured Release Dates: October 11th, 2019 (US) / Internet…

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IN THE TALL GRASS (2019): New Trailer Starring Patrick Wilson, Avery Whitted, Laysla De Oliveira, Harrison Gilbertson…

In The Tall Grass (2019), Avery Whitted, Laysla De Oliveira, Netflix
In The Tall Grass (2019), Avery Whitted, Laysla De Oliveira, Netflix

Based on the novel by Stephen King and Joe Hill; director Vincenzo Natali’s In The Tall Grass is a new horror / thriller starring Patrick Wilson, Avery Whitted, Laysla De Oliveira and Harrison Gilbertson.

It’s the story of a sister and brother who venture into a vast field of tall grass, after hearing a young boy’s cry for help – but only to realise that there may be no way out…

I can’t help but wonder, is there actually a novelist who’s had more films made based on their books than Stephen King? I think not.

I want to see this one because I’m curious about where King’s imagination will take us this time.

On a related note, if a stranger is asking for help from within a field of tall grass while I’m on the edge of it, I’d like to believe that not only am I NOT going to enter the tall grass; but what I’d like to think I’d do instead is ask questions first. You know, important questions that the emergency services I’ll be calling instead will need answers to. That all make some sense in my head. That is until I realise that the voice asking for help belongs to a seemingly helpless child.

And just like that, into the tall grass I go… to never be seen again.

Rachel Wilson ,Avery Whitted, Will Buie Jr. and Tiffany Helm also star.

In The Tall Grass Release Dates: Oct 4th, 2019 (US) , Netflix / Internet…

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COUNTDOWN (2019): New Trailer From Anne Winters, Elizabeth Lail, Peter Facinelli, Tom Segura…

Countdown (2019), Anne Winters, STX Entertainment
Countdown (2019), Anne Winters, STX Entertainment

From writer / director  Justin Dec, Countdown is a new horror /thriller starring Anne Winters, Peter Facinelli , Elizabeth Lail and Tom Segura.

The film centres around the question ‘What if an app could tell you, how long, before you die…?’

I’m mostly interested because it takes me back to watching Final Destination (2000) years ago and absolutely loving it. I’m happy to find out just how different and good this is in comparison.

Charlie McDermott, Talitha Eliana Bateman, Austin Zajur, Tichina Arnold, P.J. Byrne, Jordan Calloway, Lana McKissack and Lisa Linke also star.

Countdown Release Dates: October 25th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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STRANGE BUT TRUE (2019): The Things I Liked…

Strange But True (2019), Nick Robinson
Strange But True (2019), Nick Robinson

Based on the novel by John Searles, Strange But True, a story about a young woman who surprises the family of her deceased boyfriend by telling them she’s pregnant with his child is a good, suspenseful thriller I’m glad to have seen. 

Besides the notable performances by all involved, including Nick Robinson, Greg Kinnear, Margaret Qualley and Amy Ryan; director Rowan Athale’s movie features a central mystery that builds up in a satisfying way. A mystery that had me feeling all kinds of emotions at once. Especially as I began to notice that nearly everyone one isn’t quite who you first think them to be.

The way the film opens and closes with a short reflective voice over reminded me of one of my favourite TV show, Grey’s Anatomy. I feel that Grey’s definitely does a better job with the voice overs overall. Still, I found Athale’s film to be mostly good and well put together. It’s dark, suspenseful and worth the time I dedicated. It was also interesting to see the different ways the key protagonists dealt with grief. As the film showed me, grief can make some people near impossible to be around. Yet with understanding, anything is possible.

Watch it because it’s good.

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BLACK CHRISTMAS (2019): New Trailer For Christmas Horror Movie Starring Cary Elwes, Imogen Poots, Brittany O’Grady…

Black Christmas (2019), Imogen Poots, Universal Pictures
Black Christmas (2019), Imogen Poots, Universal Pictures

Black Christmas which stars Cary Elwes, Imogen Poots and Brittany O’Grady is a horror / mystery about a group of college students who are stalked by a stranger during their Christmas break.

A remake of a 1974 horror movie of the same name, Black Christmas is co-written and directed by Sophia Takal…

At first I thought: ‘This looks a lot like Scream (1996);’ but luckily, by the end of the trailer (which revealed quite a lot), it’s clear that there seems to be more to this story.

On another note, is it just me or does the Christmas season release date of this movie feel a tad wrong? I mean, who wants to be scared around Christmas time? We’re all supposed to be busy being jolly, as clearly mandated by Mr. Clause, no?

Caleb Eberhardt, Simon Mead, Ben Black, Lily Donoghue and Aleyse Shannon also star.

Black Christmas Release Dates: December 13th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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MA (2019): The Things I Liked…

Ma (2019), Octavia Spencer, Universal Pictures
Ma (2019), Octavia Spencer, Universal Pictures

Starring Octavia Spencer as the lonely and definitely unhinged Sue Ann, Ma is the story of a group of teenagers who end up wishing that they never accepted a middle aged woman’s invitation to party in her basement.

Having had no idea about the true extent of Sue Ann’s lunacy, I enjoyed being surprised by it. And when Ma wasn’t busy thrilling me, I was appreciating the believable portrayal of teenage life, the close mother / daughter relationship and another notable performance by Spencer. 

Director Tate Taylor’s film could certainly have taken a more realistic direction in terms of how particular aspects of the story played out – but I’m not mad about the end result. It was mostly realistic enough for me, and fun. 

The only part that I wish had gone differently was approximately twenty minutes in, during the exchange between Ma and Gianni Paolo’s character. The dialogue and what happens in that scene just didn’t seem to quit fit, somehow. 

Watch Ma if you’re curious. You may just have a good time. 

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