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Paul’s review of The Humanity Bureau

Humanity Bureau is a Canadian science fiction film released on 6th April 2018 and stars Nicholas Cage as Noah Cross, a government agent tasked with relocating people who are no longer contributing to society after the war that has devastated America’s lush resources. They are promised a new life at New Eden where they can live a meaningful existence again. On one visit, he meets a mother and her son, Lucas, who are desperately trying to avoid being relocated following rumours that the New Eden project is not what it is promised to be. He seems to bond with the family, particularly the boy, and he delays submitting his report to allow Lucas to perform in his school recital. His boss is concerned by this and warns Noah but also starts to covertly investigate him. Meanwhile, Noah also starts to make investigations into the Eden Project.

This was a really good story and the acting was great throughout, you could really feel the tension building and some scenes were upsetting. It will make you think what would happen should the worse happen to our fragile planet due to humanity’s incompetence. The movie is rated R/15 (PG-13) for violence as there is quite a lot of blood. I really enjoyed this movie and would rate it a strong 4 out of 5. I wouldn’t add it to my collection but I would watch it again.

Paul’s review of The Beyond

The Beyond was released on 9th January 2018 in the UK with a Guidance rating and is set in 2019 chronicling a ground-breaking mission to send advanced AI astronauts through a newly discovered wormhole trying to see what is on the other side. It is filmed as a behind the scenes documentary and this was sufficient to get a background to the new anomaly. However, after this they should have reverted back to usual. The actual story was good, but it could have been a lot better and you can see that compromises were made to explain how the new AI’s were being produced. I did not recognise any of the actors but this did not detract from the movie and the CGI was adequate. Part way through the movie I did become a little bored, but the action did improve later, and the ending was good if a little bit confusing as to what they were actually saved from. Overall, I would give it 3 out of 5 stars and it won’t be added to my collection.

Paul’s review of Dismissed

Dismissed (15) was released on 21st November 2017 and stars Dylan Sprouse as Lucas Ward an intelligent high-school student who has just transferred to a new school because his dad has found new employment. He starts his new school with Mr. Butler (Kent Osborne) in his English literature class and it is clear he is a very bright student. Everything seems to be going well and he even joins Butler’s chess club. You soon start to wonder about him though when he threatens a fellow student and when he is given a B+ on one of his papers. He argues with Butler and begins a crusade to get him dismissed from his job.

For the first 10-15 minutes I was beginning to wonder if I had chosen another lousy movie, but as soon as Lucas began to show his real persona it became really engrossing. Sprouse played his psychopathic part extremely well and I felt myself wanting him to be found out. Osborne was also good along with some of the other victims. At the end I really wasn’t expecting what happened and I can wholeheartedly recommend this is added to your watch list. Easy 5 out of 5 from me.

Paul’s review of Deadly Detention

Deadly Detention is a comedy?, mystery, horror movie released on 17th September 2017 and follows five high school students who are serving their detention at a former detention centre as the school is being overrun by possums. The five teens are not your usual bad students as they include a sporty goody two shoes, a bible loving Christian and a quiet skateboarder. Out of the group there only seems to be one trouble maker who is constantly fighting with the principal.

They are dropped off on the school bus driven by the hall security guard who escorts them to a holding room where they are instructed to complete an assignment by the principal. After a phone call, the principal suddenly leaves the room and what follows can only be described as a poor attempt to scare. Even though the directing is good, and the musical score does a lot to cause anxiety, the acting is so poor I was cringing throughout. The sporty teen is dressed as though she is about to run a marathon and the skater simply does not know how to skate. It really is typecasting at an all-time low. Even the ending was messed up!

I really need to stop picking weekend movies as I make lousy choices, but this must be a new low. I would not recommend this – 1.5 from 5 from me.

Paul’s review of Little Evil

Little Evil (15) was released on 1st September 2017 and stars Adam Scott as Gary, who has just married the woman of his dreams and taken on the role of step dad to six-year old Lucas. The wedding didn’t go exactly to plan due to the fact that Lucas might be the antichrist.

As you may be aware, I am not a fan of scary movies, but as scary movies go this is definitely on the lower end of the scare scale. In fact, there are more laughs than scares and this is what makes the movie so entertaining.

The supporting cast are really good, especially Bridget Everett who is Al a female work colleague of Gary who is also a step-dad to two kids. She has her own monster truck as well as a liking for rock music 😊

I would rate this 5 out of 5 and will definitely watch it again.

Paul’s review of Camp Cool Kids

Camp Cool Kids was released on 11th July 2017 with a PG rating and is written and directed by Lisa Arnold. The only major name in the movie is Michael Gross who plays the grandfather of two boys who have recently lost their air force father. They have moved into his house with their mum and are due to attend a camp for the summer. The younger of the two boys, Spence, is not looking forward to it and really does not want to go. His older brother, Dean, is supposedly the cool one of the family and does not want to babysit him for the full two weeks.

When Spence gets to camp, he is extremely nervous but a camp regular soon befriends him and takes him into his bunk where he cheers up a little. The boys in the bunk are nice and between them they have some funny moments. They also end up having a mini-war with the boys from Dean’s bunk. I don’t want to spoil the movie but parts of this was unrealistic but maybe that would happen in a real camp?

The story is very Christian based even with quotes from the bible and this was really annoying and could have been done a lot better. There is no need to ram the messages home in this way and I have detracted a star because of this. I did enjoy the movie, the storyline could have been a lot different, but I am guessing that would change the message that was being put forward? Overall though a strong 4 from 5, but I wouldn’t add it to my collection.

Paul’s Review of I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore

I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore was released on February 24th, 2017 and is the story of depressed nurse Ruth (Melanie Lynskey) who returns home to find that she has been burgled. She reports the incident to the police and all they do is give her advice to not leave the property unlocked. She decides to find the perpetrators herself and starts to ask her neighbours if they had seen anything. This is when she meets her rather weird neighbour Tony (Elijah Wood) who becomes enraged with the incident and together they decide to find her stolen property. The story then descends into what can only be described as blood, guts, comedy and a sense of wanting her to get justice for what has happened to her.

I really enjoyed this movie and can safely say that after the first half hour I was not expecting it to turn into such an enjoyable movie. Lynskey and Wood play off each other well and along with the supporting cast they make the story believable in a weird kind of way. The police officer however must have been completely stupid or couldn’t care and I would hope that real ones were not as inept as this one was. I would give this a high rating of 4.5/5 but as I have watched it once I don’t think a second time would be as much fun. Consequently, I will not be adding it to my collection.

 

Paul’s review of Enter the Warriors Gate

Enter the Warriors Gate (12) was released on 18th November 2016 starring Uriah Shelton as Jack a bullied teenager who is obsessed with video games. When he is magically transported to China, he needs to convert his video game skills into those of a Kung Fu warrior to protect Princess Sulin (Ni Ni) from a cruel barbarian (Dave Bautista).

This is a French-Chinese co-production with most of the dialogue in English and even though the storyline is certainly not original I found the use of a younger cast along with the combination of humour, fighting and some use magic it to be a good watch. There were definite moments of tension when coming up against the barbarian and the acting was good from most of the cast. I particularly liked the way Jack dealt with his ‘real-life’ when returning from China. I would give this 3.5 out of 5.

Paul’s review of The Good Neighbor

The Good Neighbor stars James Caan as Harold Grainey a reclusive old man whose teenage neighbours decide to conduct a study on him to see how he will react if he thinks his house is haunted. The film was released on September 16th 2016 and is rated R/15.

Logan Miller and Keir Gilchrist are Ethan and Shaun the two high school students who set up spy cameras and other devices to watch and control devices within Grainey’s house. They monitor and record it all from Ethan’s house across the street. However, what starts out as a prank soon leads to a devastating tragedy due to a series of weird coincidences.

When I started to watch I thought I had picked another rubbish movie, but this was soon dismissed as I became enthralled with what was happening. Miller and Gilchrist play their parts well, but James Caan definitely steals the show with his portrayal of a grumpy old man, and you will feel for him towards the end of the movie. Overall, I would have to rate this 5 out of 5.

Paul’s review of The Bad Education movie

The Bad Education Movie (rated R/15) is a continuation of a popular UK TV show that was released on 21st August 2015 and stars Jack Whitehall as Alfie Wickers a useless history teacher who is more childish than his students. Following a disastrous previous trip, the school reluctantly agree to the class going on one final school trip before they all leave. They do however insist that they are accompanied by a parent so that they do not get into trouble. The trip is only to Cornwall and not the planned Las Vegas so the class are not overly enthusiastic to be going and try very hard to ditch their chaperone, so they can have fun.

You do not need to have watched the original series to have an understanding of the characters, but some scenes were confusing as I didn’t realise who was who. There is also some nudity and foul language, but it is not overly used, and I was laughing throughout the whole movie even though some scenes were puerile. The supporting cast all played their parts well and the filming locations will show our American cousins the beauty of the UK 😊. You also really need to know that real teachers would not get away with any of what happened. Overall, I would rate this 4 out of 5 and I would watch it again but won’t add it to my collection.