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Rim of the World (2019) Movie Review By Steven Wilkins

 

Rim of the World Review

Director: McG
Writer: Zack Stentz
Stars: Jack Gore, Miya Cech, Benjamin Flores Jr, Alessio Scalzotto

Surprisingly delightful is the best way to sum up this adventure film. Opening up in space an astronaut is scrambling for her life to get back to Earth with sensitive information after having been attacked by an alien craft (yup, there’s aliens).

With focus set on Alex (Gore), we find him being sent off to Summer Camp to better interact with kids his age opposed to staring at screens all day.  In time upon arrival we’re quickly introduced to Zhenzhen, Darriush and Gabriel whom all cross paths during a singular event when they stray away from a group outing.

As said before, aliens are involved and have attacked Earth. While fleeing for their lives the children encounter the lost astronaut who tasks Alex and the others with delivering a key to help stop the invasion and so the most thrilling summer of their lives kick off.

From the time the invasion begins its pretty much a non-stop ride of survival. Few gripes come up as Benjamin’s character is a bit over the top with the cliché bullhead role and some lines from the start of the film seem…off. Overall, Rim of the World is a lot of fun and a great family film well worth killing some time over. Enjoy.

Grade: A-

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The Babysitter (2017) Movie Review by Darrin Gauthier 

THE BABYSITTER

Director: McG
Writer: Brian Duffield (screenplay)
Stars: Judah Lewis, Samara Weaving, Robbie Amell 

Plot:  The events of one evening take an unexpected turn for the worst for a young boy trying to spy on his babysitter.

Running Time: 80 minutes

Rotten Tomatoes Score:  Critics  50%   Audience 67%

Why I watched it: It’s a Netflix original and it’s horror and it’s very close to Halloween so why not?

Thoughts: Seems like we’re getting a lot of horror/comedies and make no mistake this isn’t a straight horror film, IMDB calls this a horror film but I would go so far as saying it’s more a dark comedy.

What I liked: The set up is decent, there’s a lot of places you could go with this, you could go straight horror or throw in some comedy to take the edge off, I have no problem with that when it works.  Best part of this movie is Samara Weaving as The Babysitter, she’s pretty but she has that rare combo of being sweet and likable but also having a dark edge to her.  I also like Robbie Amell in this, sure the character was under written and really he was there to run around with his shirt off but he had fun with it and brought some crazy energy to the film and also tried to flesh out his character more than was written on the page.

McG is a film director some would call him a hack others a Hollywood director for hire, he’s made some decent films, not great but decent but what he’s good at he does here, he keeps the movie going and he brings some style and some crazy energy to his direction.  This was really a one set movie and he does have fun with that.

What I didn’t like: My first reaction is to call this film a mess but really it’s just sloppy and under written.  They have elements here, babysitter, cults, killings, kids in danger, humor, sexy young adults running around looking hot, some blood and gore and a drawn out girl on girl kiss but it doesn’t add up to anything it all just seems random and not very well thought out.  Don’t get me wrong you could make an entertaining movie with these elements if you made it fit, if the script supported all of these elements but alas The Babysitter is not a whole just a sum of it’s parts and most of those parts are cliched.

The thing to attack the most with this film is of course the enemy of all horror/comedies tone and here’s where director McG really drops the ball, the tone is all over the place here, I think he should have decided on the genre first say it’s a horror film and tried to put some humor, or make it a comedy with some blood and gore he tries to go right down the middle and it doesn’t work.  The only character here that stands out is Samara Weaving, she’s could and I think the film could have worked if you had here as the good girl and helped the boy fight off the cult, she could have carried it. Now Judah Lewis does a decent job but his character is layers of cliches topped on each other,nothing about him is new and really seeing an early teen trying to defeat a cult that want’s to sacrifice him is a tough sell.  You could tell this film was thought out very well by the time we get to the ending it’s clear this is a muddled mess and the ending really doesn’t work.

Final Thoughts: It wasn’t terrible but I was left thinking “what was that movie” it was like reading a first draft, there was stuff there that could have worked but wasn’t thought out or developed.  Also the other thing is having this young boy just lusting after his babysitting is creepy and if you consider he’s close to an age where he doesn’t need one, he could have stayed with his grandparents.  The Babysitter just felt like a square peg trying to fit in a round hole, just didn’t work for me.

Rating: 4/10

3 Days To Kill (2014) Movie Retro Review by Darrin Gauthier

3 DAYS TO KILL

Director: McG
Writers: Adi Hasak (screenplay), Luc Besson (screenplay)
Stars: Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld, Connie Nielsen

Plot:  A dying CIA agent trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter is offered an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment.

Running Time: 1 hour 57 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes Score:  Critics 28%    Audience 43%

Why I watched it: Well I like Costner and it’s kind of an action film, i know that’s weak, sorry.

Random Thoughts: While I was watching this film I thought Costner is a bit old to have that young a daughter, but I looked it up and he would have been in his 40′s it helps his onscreen wife played by Nielsen is ten years younger. This was co-written by Luc Besson and I have to say this has Besson all over it, shot in Paris and making no plot sense what so ever.

What I liked: Say what you want about Kevin Costner, he’s had huge ups and downs but he’s a good actor and he’s likeable, plus he has that every man thing down pat.  The only reason to watch this film is for him, he’s not great but he’s fun and he’s trying this isn’t a mailed in performance he’s invested.

The action is decent the opening bit is pretty good, Costner handles himself well. I also thought he had decent chemistry with Steinfeld, he’s a not great Dad but trying and that comes across he’s earnest about it.

What I didn’t like:  This is a dumb movie pure and simple and one thing you could get on your soapbox about, and I will for a bit, this is such a man’s wish fulfilment story, guy in his 60′s has a 20 year old daughter hasn’t been around, hasn’t been a good Dad, hasn’t been a good husband to his wife who is ten years his junior, he’s an assassin travels the world does his own shit and leaves his family waiting for him to come back when he feels like it then he finds out he’s dying and whats to make things right in Paris, then a women thirty years younger who flirts with him all the time has a magic potion to say him.  Really?  It’s easier to believe King Kong lives on Kong Island than to buy this.  The whole tone for this is off, I didn’t mind him with his daughter but the action and the whole getting his life back didn’t gel for me. Everything is surface here, there’s cliches about feelings but no real ones on display. I think it’s hard to combine real life melodrama with an over the top action movie, one hurts the other.

I want to touch on tone and running time, I go off on both of these all the time, these two things are my biggest pet peeves with movies, if you can’t nail the tone you can’t tell the story pure and simple and for goodness sake if you’re movie is almost two hours have two hours of story to tell.  This films fails on both of these things. You have Costner’s character kidnap and torture someone for information but in the middle he gets a call from his daughter on how to make a good pasta sauce so of course he gets the guy he’s beating to help him.

In a dark comedy maybe this works the sad thing is they do this gag about three times in this film.  The tone is all over the place and really hurts the film.  The goofy stuff hurts the drama and the drama really bogs down the action story. So what we have is the worst of two words. I want to mention Amber Heard she brings nothing to the table here except that she’s pretty, I don’t buy her in the role and frankly she’s miscast.

Final Thoughts: It’s a watchable bad movie, you have some good actors trying but it’s a silly story that never finds it’s tone.

Rating: 4/10