Film Review

Die Spook Van Uniondale: Review

Die Spook Van Uniondale tells the story of Stefan (Adam Tas) as his car breaks down in the peaceful town of Uniondale, South Africa, while on his way to Willowmore to visit his family. Here, he encounters the locals, who have a story to tell of a young woman seen along the highway.

The story has a lot of potential, but sadly falls way short. There is a hint of a romance, when Stefan meets Sonja (Nelda Janse van Rensberg), but this is so slightly explored, that it is neither a romance, nor a fling.

The local characters, whether human or otherwise, would fit more in a school play for kindergarden kids, and portrayed in a way that would stop them from being scared, yet might make them laugh if only slightly.

Tobie Cronje’s performance is so over the top, that you can’t bear to hear another laugh, while the old lady in charge of a hotel does nothing but cackle, and is nothing short of annoying.

Die Spook Van Uniondale, with all the potential of the story, is unfortunatly one to avoid. The acting, story (or lack thereof) and cinematography are just too much to endure. For those wishing to brave the experience, it opens 29 August 2014 in South Africa.

Film Review

Into The Storm (Review)

Into The Storm tells the story of a single day in Silverton, when the town is ravaged by an unprecedented number of tornados. While most people are fleeing, or seeking shelter, there are those who head towards these vorticies of nature, in a quest to capture their power for science, and of course, money.

Told through the eyes of professional storm chasers, Into The Storm is a thrill ride of nature. Part found-footage, the viewer is dumped in the midst of the carnage, and it certainly feels as if you are there, seeing things that not many of survived to talk about.

This is no far fetched disaster movie, instead with looming climate change, it is all too feasable. The storms themselves are brilliantly created, with incredibly real looking effects. Not to be outdone, the cast hold their own against nature, and will have viewers feeling either sympathy for them, or hatred, as each reveals their true nature, and hidden motives.

Into The Storm is an action packed film of man against the power of Mother Nature, and although there are no massive plot twists, there is enough to keep you guessing.

A fun, thrilling film, and some great escape from the calm of every day life. Into The Storm opens 5 September 2014 in South Africa.

Film Review

The Purge Anarchy: Review

The annual purge  is back, in The Purge: Anarchy. This time, the world the viewer gets to see is far larger, the action has been stepped up a notch, and we begin to see exactly what the general public thinks of the annual carnage, where law is suspended for 12 hours.

The tenion of the first film, and the claustrophobia have been dialed down a bit, while the action and violence have been stepped up. People are apposed to the purge, while others have found a lucrative way to make money off the poor and defenceless.

The Purge: Anarchy is a stark look at a plausable future, and ponders the nature of humans, whether we’ll help each other, or allow our primal instincts to take over, and forget any sort of morals.

The Purge: Anarchy is a thrilling ride, and opens 22 August 2014 in South Africa.

Film Review

Lucy: Review

What would happen if we tapped into the potential of the human brain, its secrets and untold mysteries? Lucy (Scarlett Johanssen get the chance to find out when she ends up as a drug mule in place of a shady friend, and is thrown into the middle of the criminal activities of the triad.

Directed by Luc Besson, of La Femme Nikita and The Fifth Element, it’s clear to see his touches. Johanssen is great to see in the action scenes, and her talent as an actress clearly lifts this film up to another level.

The story, and visuals, however, do get a bit abstract, and whether these are to show the art of the mind, or to portray a drug induced trip, they are likely not to appeal to all viewers.

The ending is not what one would expect, and again, this might leave some feeling a little cheated, and others happy. This is likely to be a bit hit-or-miss with viewers.

Lucy, love her or hate her, opens 29 August 2014 in South Africa.

Film Review

Philomena (DVD): Review

The Film

Philomena, the film, inspired by actual events, that garnered so much attention during the 2014 awards season, is finally out for viewers to own.

Following the story of title character, Philomena, as she attempts to find out what happened to her son who was adopted when at a young age, she meets a political journalist who seems to be fighting his own demons.

Judi Dench (Philomena) and Steve Coogen (Martin) deliver a stunning performance in this drama. The pace is slow, denoting the long struggle they undertook to find details of Philomena’s son). But these two bring the story alive, drawing the audience in, and allowing them to feel each emotionally charged aspect, and each sad or joyous moment.

An incredibly talented cast, a well written story. This is one to suck you in, and provide a respite from all the action and effects of the filmes of today.

Disc And Bonus Features

The disc is encoded at a decent bitrate, with no visible artefacts, allowing it to be scaled up to HD via software. Sound makes some use of the surrounds, but being a drama, and most of the focus on dialogue and the on-screen events, there is not an over use of these. There are unfortunatly no bonus features.

Philomena is available now, for purchase, in South Africa.