Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Escape Plan Movie Review 320

Escape Plan is a 2013 action movie starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. It is directed by Mikael Hafstrom.

Stallone stars as Ray Breslin who has a security company with Lester Clark(Vincent D'onofrio). They test maximum security prisons to see if there are ways to escape so they can tighten up on their security measures. Ray is an expert at escaping by now. Ray is offered a deal by CIA agent Jessica Miller(Caitriona Balfe) who tells him that there is a top secret prison she wants him to test. It seems very hush hush but Ray decides to do it. Ray thinks that this is just business as usual, but he is caught by the prison guys, but they take his tracking chip out of his arm and he knows that something is wrong this time. He is unconscious and taken to the prison. When he arrives, he sees that all of the cells are made of glass so there is no privacy. He decides that he needs to get out of there when he meets the warden, Willard Hobbes(Jim Caviezel) who knows that he is in prison to test it, but who is going to make sure that he stays in the prison forever.

Breslin meets Emil Rottmayer(Schwarzenegger) and the two become friendly. Ray tells him that he is going to get out and Rottmayer wants to go too. They come up with a plan to get out. When Ray gets out, he realises that the prison is on a ship so escape is impossible. It turns out that the top secret prison is going to be harder than he thought. He and Rottmayer watch the guards and try and get their routine so they can plan their escape. Ray is being watched by head guard Drake(Vinnie Jones) and he has to convince the prison doctor, Dr Kyrie(Sam Neill) to help them. He does and they manage to escape, but they are chased by Drake and Hobbes. They shoot them and get out. It turns out that Ray was set up by Lester Clark who was paid by a private security firm to get Breslin into the prison and keep him there. He gets caught by one of Breslin's associates and locked into a container on a ship somewhere.

This film is good fun and you know what you are getting from the start. I liked it, it was easy to watch with lots of action. I would recommend it if you like action movies and the cast are good in it too. I will give it a 6/10.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Walking Dead, Season 4, Episode 13

This episode starts with Bob wandering around alone until he meets Glenn and Daryl and they let him join the group. Cut to modern day, and Bob is with Sasha and Maggie. Bob nearly gets bitten by a walker, but just escapes. They are all relieved. They see the sign for Terminus and they decide to go  as Maggie thinks that Glenn might have gone there. Meanwhile, Daryl and Beth are still on the road and they come to a funeral home and find loads of food and drink suggesting that there is someone living there.

Maggie takes off, leaving Bob and Sasha together. Sasha wants to stop and stay at the next town they meet, but Bob thinks that they should go after Maggie, so they do. They find a sign that she wrote in blood telling Glenn that she has gone to Terminus so they follow along. Daryl and Beth hear something outside the house and when Daryl goes to see what it is, a group of walkers attack. Beth goes out the back window as Daryl faces them. He escapes and when he looks for Beth, he finds her bag on the ground, but she has gone. He sees a car pulling away and he has to let it go as he can't keep up with it. Sasha and Bob meet up with Maggie again and they all decide to go to Terminus.
Daryl meets a group of survivors who are led by Joe( Jeff Kober). They ask him to join. Glenn finds Maggie's bloody note and he heads for Terminus.

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Walking Dead, Season 4, Episode 12

This episode begins with Daryl and Beth together. They are on the road and they have to fight off walkers. Beth insists that she can take care of herself, but she really can't as Daryl saves her from walkers. She and Daryl end up in a golf clubhouse and they find bodies around. Walkers come in and Daryl kills them. Beth wants to have her first drink of alcohol. Daryl takes her to an old run down house and he gets some moonshine there. They drink and talk and Daryl gets upset as he feels guilty about Hershel's death.

Later, they decide to leave and Beth suggests that they burn the house down as Daryl tells her about his bad past in a house like the one that they are in. They throw the alcohol around the house and then Beth sets fire to the house . They give the finger to the house and move on. Not much happened in this episode as it was a bit talky and slow. I suppose they are trying to flesh out the characters, but there is only so much I can take of Beth. I just don't like her character at all. Anyway, this was another slow one...

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dracula 3D Movie Review 319

Dracula 3D is a 2012 Italian horror movie directed by Dario Argento and starring Asia Argento and Thomas Kretschmann.

This film is about Dracula so you know the basic story already. It has characters from the novel, but it is far from a faithful adaptation. In a village called Passo Borgo in Transylvania, a young girl, Tania(Miriam Giovanelli) is attacked by something horrible and killed.Jonathan Harker(Unax Ugalde) comes to the village to take up a job with Count Dracula. He is going to be his librarian. He visits the castle and is shown around by the enigmatic Count Dracula(Kretschmann).He has a wife called Mina(Marta Gastini) and she is on her way to be with him. She is staying with her friend Lucy(Argento) until she can visit Jonathan at the castle. Unfortunately for Jonathan, Dracula imprisons him and he is bitten by the vampire.

Mina is worried about Lucy when she sees two bite marks on the back of her leg. It turns out that Dracula had visited her and bitten her. Mina does not know that - she thinks that Lucy is just sick. Mina goes up to the castle and looks for Jonathan. Count Dracula meets her and tells her that he has gone on an errand for a few days and won't be back. He captivates her and she is under his spell. He lets her go back home and she finds out that Lucy has died. Van Helsing(Rutger Hauer) is brought in by the local priest to investigate and he finds out that Lucy was bitten and he has to kill her when she comes back as a vampire. Mina is horrified when she sees the truth.

Van Helsing knows that Dracula is a bloodsucker and he wants to kill him. He goes up to the castle to have a showdown. Mina is drawn to the castle too. Dracula gets her there and he hypnotises her and tells her that she is exactly like his dead wife. He wants her to be with him forever and she is under his spell. He wants to bite her and make her like him. Van Helsing shows up and there is a fight. He has a silver bullet that he made to kill Dracula. He tells Mina to shoot it at Dracula. She has to fight the spell on her and eventually she does and kills Dracula. She and Van Helsing watch as he turns to dust. They leave, but the ashes transform into a wolf shape so is Dracula really dead?

This film was okay. I am a big fan of Argento and his movies, but this one was not one of my favourites. It was just not great. Maybe it is because Dracula has been done to death in movies and this didn't bring anything new to the story. It is worth a watch if you like vampire movies, but don't expect too much. I will give it a 6/10.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

You're Next Movie Review 318

You're Next is a 2011 horror film directed by Adam Wingard and starring Sharni Vinson(Home and Away),A.J. Bowen and Ti West.

The film begins with a man and and woman having sex. When the man goes for a shower, the woman in murdered. Someone writes 'You're Next' in blood and the man sees it when he comes back. He is killed too by some weirdo in a mask. Cut to Crispian Davison(Bowen) and his girlfriend Erin(Vinson) who are going to his parents house for a reunion. His brothers, Felix(Nicholas Tucci) and Drake(Joe Swanberg) are there along with his parents Aubrey(Barbara Crampton) and Paul(Rob Moran). His sister Aimee(Amy Seimetz) is there too with her boyfriend Tariq(West). Felix has brought goth chick Zee(Wendy Glenn)and Drake has his wife Kelly(Margaret Laney) with him. They have dinner and it is obvious that there is some tension between the brothers.

The whole party turns sour when Tariq is shot in the head by an arrow coming from outside. Drake is hit in the back too. Everyone panics. Aimee runs outside but is killed by a booby trap. Erin jumps into action. It is apparent that she is good in a crisis and she tries to set up defenses for the remaining family members. People are in the house and they are wearing animal masks and carrying some serious weapons. Erin is clever and she kills one of them when he attacks her. The parents are killed as is Kelly. Crispian goes out to find help. Erin stays with the others and it turns out that she was brought up in a survivalist compound in Australia before she moved to the States and she knows all about fighting and defending herself against harm.

What Erin doesn't know is that Felix has orchestrated the whole thing and that the intruders are working with him. He wants his parents' money and he is going to kill anyone to get it. He kills Drake and then he and Zee pretend to be scared but the truth comes out and all of the baddies try and get Erin. She kills Zee and the others but there is one left. It is Crispian! He has been in on it all the time. She and Crispian talks and he tries to explain, but she kills him. The cops come and see her standing over his body and shoot her in the shoulder. She tries to warn the cop about the booby trap at the front door, but it is too late and the cop gets it.

An interesting movie which I really enjoyed. I liked the lead as she was not the usual victim running away and screaming. It was different and I have to say that it was one of the better movies I have seen in a long time. It gets an 8/10 from me. See it if you haven't already and I know that you will enjoy it!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Walking Dead, Season 4, Episode 11

Last time, Tara and Glenn met three people in an army truck. This episode begins with Tara sitting in the back of the truck. She watches as Abraham kills some walkers and smiles about it. Cut to Michonne and Carl talk and they are getting on well together. They are going out on a food run. Rick wants to come too, but he is too weak and Michonne tells him to rest up. He goes upstairs and falls asleep in one of the beds. Michonne and Carl talk about her past and she tells him that she had a son before everything changed.

Rick hears a commotion going on downstairs and he goes under the bed to hide. He hears someone being killed. One of the gang comes up to the room and falls asleep on the bed. Rick has to stay under it. Meanwhile, Glenn comes to and realises where he is. He wants to go and look for Maggie. Abraham tells him that he can't just up and go because he will disrupt his plans. He tells Glenn that his pal Dr. Eugene knows what caused the plague and they are going to Washington to talk to someone in power. Glenn insists on leaving and they argue causing loads of walkers to come at them and when Eugene fires the gun, he hits the fuel tank on their truck. With their truck broken down, Abraham, Eugene and Rosita decide to go with Glenn and Tara for a while anyway.

Rick comes out from under the bed and tries to get out of the house but gets confronted by one of the gang. He strangles him and escapes from the house, just in time to warn Carl and Michonne, who are returning. They continue on the train tracks and find a sign telling them that there is 'sanctuary for all', 'community for all' and 'those who arrive, survive'. They decide to go that way. Good episode, lots of action...

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

American Horror Story, Season 3 Finale!

The final episode is here and it begins with Stevie Nicks singing the Fleetwood Mac song 'Seven  Wonders'. The witches are getting ready to perform the Seven Wonders and find the new Supreme.

Zoe and Madison are competing with each other and they argue. Cordelia breaks them up. Madison thinks that she will be the next Supreme. Misty gets killed when she fails to complete one of the wonders. Zoe dies trying to complete another one. Queenie fails to bring her back to life, so she is out of the running. Madison won't bring her back even though she can. She is the only one left and Myrtle convinces Cordelia to enter the running and she does.

They go head to head and Madison loses on one of the wonders and storms off, deciding to go back to Hollywood. Kyle comes into her room and kills her for not reviving Zoe when she could. Cordelia is able to bring Zoe back to life and she is crowned the new Supreme. She decides to change everything and go public about the witches and get some more to come to the school. Myrtle tells Cordelia that she needs to punish her for the killing of the witches council. Cordelia doesn't want to, but she has no choice, so Myrtle is burned at the stake. The school opens its doors to new students and Fiona comes back, close to death. She and Cordelia talk and Fiona realises that Cordelia is a good choice and she dies. She wakes up in a strange place and she realises that it is a farm. She is stuck there with the Axeman and she cannot leave. She is stuck in her own hell. Papa Legba has claimed her soul finally and he laughs. Back at the school, the butler is Kyle and he opens the door to loads of new witches. Zoe and Queenie are the Witches Council and Cordelia welcomes the new students...

A good season which I liked. It was entertaining and I liked the cast. Now it is time to wonder what the next one will be about...

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