Breaking In and all the images you see in this review are owned by Universal Pictures
Directed by James McTeigue
I mean if nothing else, this can’t be a worse Mother’s Day film than Mother’s Day. Well that’s a bit unfair as I DID like what I saw in the trailers which involved Gabriel Union kicking the crap out of a bunch of home invaders, and a basic premise like that is almost foolproof in how easy it is to at least make a COMPETENT thriller with it. Does this latest entry in the genre prove to be a breath of fresh air and something wholly original, or is this yet another run of the mill action film that doesn’t live up to its marketing campaign? Let’s find out!!
Shaun Russell (Gabrielle Union) is a mother of two (Seth Carr and Ajiona Alexus) whose father (Damien Leake) had recently died and she’s in charge with handling the estate. She drives out with her kids to the dude’s summer home which is a giant fortress of a place with an extremely elaborate security system and a whole lot of bad memories if Shaun’s reactions are anything to go by. Sadly the unpleasant memories are the least of her problems as she soon finds out that three criminals (Billy Burke, Levi Meaden, and Richard Cabal) were already there searching for the old man’s secret stash of cash. Now that Shaun and her kids are there though, they have to readjust their plans and start taking hostages. The good news is that they manage to get the kids. The bad news? Shaun slips right out of their hands and is now SUPER pissed! Can Shaun save her family before the bad guys get desperate? What secrets were her father hiding in the house, and are they worth killing for? Will Shaun tap into her inner Liam Neeson and teach these bastards a lesson in who NOT to fuck with!?
“If you let my children go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not pursue you, but if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.” “Oh crap! She saw that movie too!!”
Lights Out and all the images you see in this review are owned by Warner Bros
Directed by David F Sandberg
This movie managed to fly COMPLETLEY under the radar for me. I think I saw one poster and one trailer for this movie before I went to go see it, and frankly it looked no better than your typical Blumhouse sequel or even The Forest from earlier this year. Still, there have been a few damn good horror movies this year (at least three are eligible for my top ten list) so maybe there’ll be something to this as everyone seems to have stepped up their game this year. Can this manage to be yet another great horror movie in the Post Paranormal Activity era, or is this another cheap cash grab to make a few bucks off undiscerning teenagers? Lets’ find out!!
The movie follows Rebecca (Teresa Palmer) who’s living her life as… a tattoo artist I think, with her sort of boyfriend Bret (Alexander DiPersia) but it all gets turned upside down when Child Protective Services calls her up as an emergency contact for her younger half-brother Martin (Gabriel Bateman) who’s been falling asleep in class lately and seems to be having very intense nightmares. Unfortunately this is nothing new for Rebecca as her mother is known to go through manic depressive episodes which she was subject to several times as a young girl, especially considering that Martin’s father (Billy Burke) recently died under… suspicious circumstances, which parallels with Rebecca’s own father ran off when she was a kid (*cough* bullshit *cough*) and her mother is going through the same motions. The thing is though that it’s not just her mom being unbalanced that’s causing Martin nightmares. There seems to be a monster lurking in the dark that his mother is acting all buddy-buddy with which is freaky as hell in its own right before it starts banging on his door at night! What is this monster that their mother has invited into the house? Has it ALWAYS been there… hiding in the background… sneaking in the shadows? Is this gonna turn into a gritty reboot of The Funky Phantom!?