THE COMMUTER (2018)

THE COMMUTER

A film by Jaume Collet-Serra

Cast: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

Like every day after work, Michael MacCauley (Liam Neeson) takes the suburban train back home. But today, his daily journey will take a different turn. After receiving a call from a mysterious stranger, he is forced to identify a passenger hidden on the train before the last stop. As he struggles against the clock to solve this riddle, he finds himself caught in a spiral conspiracy . A conspiracy that becomes a matter of life and death, for him and for all other passengers.

If you have guessed it by now just by reading the introduction above this film is coming across Agatha Christy and Alfred Hitchcock. Michael MacCauley, is a 60-year-old ex-cop turned insurance salesman who works in midtown Manhattan. His boss tells him that he’s being let go. But he has trouble to tell his wife (Elizabeth McGovern), when he gets a call from her. After drinking with his buddy a cop from the force, Michael goes home and does on the train but gets his phone stolen by a pickpocket. Then meets a mysterious stranger (Vera Farmiga) who tells him he has to locate a certain passenger on the commuter train before it arrives at its final stop. If he takes the money which it is located  this means that he accept. After thinking about it Michael takes the money.

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This is one of those moral equation  that really only generates suspense but there it seems that it looses it effect due to lack of imagination to me the music was the same always and it is a bit predictable. It seems to me that I already saw this film I am not saying it is not good it is entertaining with spectacular stunts. It is clear that for Collet-sierra his biggest influence is Alfred Hitchcock and in his previous films it shows, but here he almost missed it. The movie never gets close to generating the political framework it would have needed to to be taken seriously, but there are no scene more extravagant as in this film so that makes up for that well sort of. All I am saying don’t rush to the movie theatre to see this one.

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BONE TOMAHAWK (2015)

 

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A film by S. Craig Zahler

Cast: Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox

Here is an original idea for a western , well it is a western / horror genre film. Shot in 21 days 45 miles outside of L.A. Bone Tomahawk never feels like your typical western.
The story goes like this a female doctor, and Two others are taken from a jail. It looks like it is the Indians who has abducted them but is it really Indians ? And if so what kind of Indians are they?

 
This film is going too become a classic cult film. The dialogue is outstanding here is  some of the great dialogue plus there are the fluid boundaries between criminality, the law and savagery, sacrilege and faith. Here is 4 guys one with crushes who is on a the trail to find and rescue the others that has been taken. It is the wild that is going to be a challenge and then later a plan to get the others. Pay attention to the dialogue here. I think Hollywood needs to learn from independent film making here. This western surprised me here big time a little warning there some gore into it and  it is going to be unpleasant to watch. The film is at its purest raw form.  Kurt and the rest of the cast are fantastic in it their chemistry are flowing through their veins. I am going to get that one in my collection.

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CONJURING 2 (2016)

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A film James Wan

Cast: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Madison Wolfe

Based on the historic cases of Lorraine and Ed Warren, in particular the Enfield case. The most documented case in this life time from the paranormal files. Director James Wan (Saw, Insidious, Furious 7) proves that he is becoming a master of his craft, especially in regards to horror as he almost flawlessly filmed the first film he has done it again as perfect as you would expect. Patrick Wilson (Ed Warren) and Vera Farmiga (Lorraine Warren)  their chemistry reaches higher, and the level of terror is raised a notch higher.

After a brief introduction sequence summarizing details of the Warren’s infamous Amityville case, something is going on in London a demonic entity took possession of a girl as they open the gateway of hell with a widgy board. The mother Peggy Hodgson (Frances O’Connor) and daughter, Janet Hodgson (Madison Wolfe,)  gave an  unbelievably s performances, executing every scene with highly intense emotions. And yes the audience can expect the flickering visuals and frights that come along with the horror films. The tension will build up with some serious music to the point it will hit you in the face. To me it looks like the exorcism but in a different point of view a different case. The beaty of it is that wan surrounded himself the some great and strong writers as well as actors and that my friends that make all the difference in the world to make a great film.

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INSIDIOUS (2010)

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A film by James Wan

Cast: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins

It looks like a classic horror film here that is extremely well filmed. From the opening credits, in which the title appears in blood-red letters to the accompaniment of blaring, unmelodious music. A young family moves into an old house, and very soon things start to go wrong. There are odd noises, strange sightings, doors flying open and alarms going off to name a few. suddenly their son fell off the ladder in the attic. They thought every thing is fine but the next day their son doe not wake up, the doctors tell them that their son is in the coma. The sightings and the noises at night in the house lead them to believe that the house is haunted so they move to an other house and there they find that this house is haunted to or that the entity followed them. They are offered the help of this psychic who sees the horror and tell them the bad news.

Renai (Rose Byrne) is positive that something sneaky is happening. Her boxes get moved around by unseen hands, <doors and windows open and close by themselves. Of course Josh (Patrick Wilson) works and comes home late. He is not too crazy about his wife seeing things and note crazy about a haunted house either. They need help so they call a psychic to take care of things and she has see this things before. Who is this presence? what does it want? It not scary as I though it would do but it is watchable. Keep in mind it is an classic horror film here.

 

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HARD CANDY (2005)

A film by David Blade.

Cast:Patrick Wilson, Ellen Page, Sandra Oh

After three weeks of chatting with the thirty-two year old photographer Jeff Kohlver over the Internet, fourteen year old Hayley Stark meets him in the Nighthawks coffee shop. Hayley flirts with him in spite of the age difference and proposes to go to his house. Once there, she prepares a screwdriver for them and Jeff passes out. When he awakes, he is tied up to a chair, and Hayley accuses him of pedophilia. Jeff denies the accusation, and Hayley begins to torture him in a cat and mouse game. Ellen Page was nearly passed over for the role of Hayley because she had a shaved head from her role in Mouth to Mouth when she filmed the audition tape she submitted. The opening scenes at Nighthawks was shot last, with the set of Jeff’s house transformed into a coffee shop. The very last scene they shot for the film was the bit where Hailey goes into the bathroom and changes into the T-shirt. The inspiration comes from Japan. Producer David Higgins had read reports of Japanese schoolgirls ambushing men who surfed the Internet for underage dates and later developed the story. ome working titles were “Vendetta” and “Snip Snip”. “Hard Candy” was finally chosen because it implies both sweetness and spice. The expression is also slang for an under-aged girl, amongst pedophiles who troll the internet. Due to the controversial nature of the film, the budget was kept under a million dollars so the studio wouldn’t ask to change anything.