Rust Creek is one of those films that make you second guess the quality just from its genre and lack of marketing.
I came across it on Netflix which is also another red flag to maybe this film being a bit low budget and a little bit weak , regardless of it’s intention.
But its with great delight that I have to say Rust Creek works on many levels.
Sawyer Scott is played by Hermione Corfield, a young Brit who is playing an American who’s only mission is to make it across the highways for an important job interview.
While on route that pesky radio bulletin advised young Sawyer to avoid the highways as traffic was looking hectic, as she heads for the back roads she slowly gets lost until she bumps into two lovely hill billies who seem pretty keen to have a good a time with the star of the show, Sawyer shows some real attitude and self respect when she fights off the wannabe rapists and limps off to the woods, here we go, Rambo 10, the female version!!!….. Well not quite, in fact the film takes an unusual turn as life goes back to normal in this hick town.
The film and the lead really offer a level of realism when it comes to real crime and real injuries, unlike most action films when you can be stabbed or shot and then run the London Marathon this film decides to play things out as they probably would be in life.
Hermione Corfield reminds me of Scarlett Johansson in the way she under plays the role, there is nothing cliche about the way she shows fear, pain or joy in this film, not that there is much of the latter.
I normally hate movies which base the whole story on someone dying, a bit like this movie which is purposely slow, starts when relatives mainly the distant siblings all come together and try to pretend that everything is normal and everything is loving when inside there is a hidden resentment and hatred.
This movie may be very true to life and Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller & Dustin Hoffman work believably in this dark drama surrounded by wit & moans.
I definitely don’t want to see this film again, I enjoyed the actor’s,I enjoyed the performances, but it was just too dreary, Hoffman has the best lines and character, he still knows how to transfer the written word into gold on a screen.
As a side note I really hope Adam Sandler leaves all the teenage Happy Gilmore stuff alone now & focuses on some meaty roles, he has real acting talent when he is not shouting or walking around like an oversized baby, I would love to see him as a killer or a cheating husband.
Wheelman starts off well, the camera view is based from the back of the car, you hear muffled voices and see a couple of men chatting outside, before long you get to meet your lead character played by Frank Grillo,he is the getaway driver, straight away I felt comfortable knowing that he is ” behind the wheel” as the lead he took everyone on a thrilling ride in the Purge 2.
This film sets up a great start by bringing in lots of car chases, accidents and thrills, but then the director seems to forget about these mystery characters and instead increases the speed of the film from 10mph to 200mph, there were plenty of questions unanswered but everything seem to wrap itself up without any explanation as to why, then the credits rolled, maybe a quirky direction but for me it feels like the film ran out of money and did not have an option to film many key scenes, really shame as it had the feel of a good action film .
Cardboard Gangsters breathes a ton of oxygen into a dead genre, the setting is a poor estate in Ireland and the back drop is about a group of friends who are tired of living week to week without any real money and struggling to find a purpose in life.
As well as the good writing throughout, there is an honesty to the film which draws you in, if this was a cliché London flick all the characters would automatically move from scene to scene murdering people or hurting people without there being a flicker of intimidation or thought from the character in question, this film highlights the fact that you can choose to live a dangerous life but if you do you might have to face up to some dark consequences,may seem like common sense but the average person is good-hearted and has the support of family around them, when you truly break out of societies decency rules the effects can be devastating to a persons own karma, I have not seen a film break new ground with such style and clever writing in a long time, all on a limited budget, the people involved in this film will go on to bigger and better things, I have no doubt, treat yourself to fabulous night in with the Cardboard Gangsters.
The film starts off well, a group of friends meet up over coffee and one of them mentions that he has a friend with information about stock that is only going up in the near future, they all agree to go in it together and raise the funds to invest.
The movie then copies the theme to Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels and creates a sense of panic and a need to raise a certain amount of money before their lives become threatened.
It was nice to see Michael Pitt again after ‘Boardwalk Empire’ & ‘Funny Games’ but the scene stopping moment comes when John Travolta shows up with his new wig, I say wig, I am guessing it is some kind of implant,black paint,superglue attachment, either way a close friend should have pulled him to one side and told him to grow old gracefully or go and get some fake hair that actually looks like hair, not the stinky raccoon he is using at the moment.
Back to the film and it just tried to hard to be slick and clever, a lot of the plot and dialogue has been used for similar films in the last twenty years and by the time the big reveal comes near the end,I just did not care.
The first film was a cracker, filled with suspense,mystery and excitement.
I was looking forward to more of the same in Maze Runner 2, how disappointed can one be in a film,well for me, very!
The film carriers on from the first,the escaped kids are being taken to a safe area,from there the film is filled with moments and scenes that go nowhere,zombie like characters in the style of the ‘walking dead’ weird monsters and a chase team.
The people responsible for this sequel need a smelly cold fish slapped against their face continuously until some brain function returns,Bloody dreadful film.
I like Paul Rudd, he has that every man quality and lends his face beautifully to sarcasm.
So we have had Superman,Spiderman, Batman & now Antman? I am still not sure on this, the action sequences are entertaining and the skill of being able to shrink at will seems to bring as many solutions as it does problems.
I found myself losing interest after thrirty minutes, I am sure a thirteen year old would be glued to the screen, it just didn’t hold my attention even though Paul & Michael Douglous share good chemistry on screen and Paul offers some witty one liners the film quickly fizzles into a forgettable memory.
I found out about Nick Cave after bashing someone’s ear about Morrissey being such a great lyricist,I was told in bolshy terms that he doesnt have anything on Nick Cave,at that time I kind of knew Cave from the five minutes he spent with Kylie Minogue.
Ten years on & he is the best front man,best creator of music I know of.Morrissey still adds to the pool of genuine music to take notice of but Cave really breaks ground and leaves the rest without regard!
Do yourself a favour & downoad each album of Cave & slowly digest his back catalogue.
This movie is one of a dozen that Bruce Willis seems to arrogantly lend five minutes of his time to,if you look at the trailer you would think this is a Bruce Willis movie,Bruce does a day worth of filming tops,this cheapens the film and makes you question the integrity of the film.
The story itself is a rip of the film West World,where robots who look like human beings, take on human emotions and fight against they computer programme,the key difference is that in this film you have killers and rapists who come to see these robots so they can live out their dark fantasies.
The film could have been interesting,but there are too many people in this film that struggle in the acting stakes,just when the film warms up and offers an exciting promise of things to come the writer of this film takes the tried and tested formula of filling the screen with action sequences and chases, this soon becomes dull very quickly.
My lasting feeling of the feel is one of disappointment.
One thing that struck me while watching this film is that Keanu starred in one of the biggest action sci-fi’s of all time but no producer has but him in a real action film,well it’s their loss because he delivers in a cold and calculated way, Keanu plays a bad ass hitman who is forced to come out of retirement due the local mafia treating him like a nobody.
This is not a film to take seriously,it reminds me those films that Arnold and Sly made over again in the 80’s and early 90’s, the director and writer pull it off, the story feels fresh and the action is delivered to match the story rather make up for the lack of one.
I would not be surprised if a John Wick 2 comes out next year, I hope so!