Daily Archives: May 18, 2014
Survival Code (2013)
“Borealis” (Original Title)
Stars: Ty Olsson; Patrick Gallagher; Michelle Harrison; Christine Horne; Cristina Rosato
IMDB Rating: 6.5
Plot: “Borealis” is a peek into the future, set in a globally warmed north. The year is 2045 and the ice caps have melted, enabling the discovery of the last oil and gas reserve on the planet are in the Canadian North. It’s a future we have all seen coming for years. Borealis is the “gold rush” town that springs up to give ya anything you need. For a price.
Review: At first glance, one would be forgiven to think that this is a stand-alone movie. But, as you get into the storyline, it becomes obvious that “Survival Code” is made for a TV Pilot.
In the very foreseeable future, the artic ice-cap has melted, which has opened the doors to new trade routes, oil fields, mining operations, illegal drug trafficking, Russian bad-guys and poaching.
The focus of the Arctic operation is Vic Carboneau; Customs Officer; Bar Owner; Ex-Cage Fighter (Played by Ty Olsson, who has a long list of credits to his name including the role of Benny in Supernatural). Who struggles to keep the peace with all factions, while trying to maintain his “tough guy” image to everyone around him, including his sex interest, Alison Freemont (Michelle Harrison). The tension between Vic and Alison is wonderful. It is obvious he is interested in her, but she is more interested in saving what’s left of the environment and endangered species, rather than have a romp in the show with Vic 🙂 (Watch for the shoot down she gives him in her base camp when he goes there to pop in for “a drink”)
Enter the bad guys… With the current political tension that we see going on currently in Russia (with Vlad Putin trying to take over the world, one former Russian country at a time), it comes as no surprise that the bad guys in this are stereotyped Russians. In the rest of the line-up we have the American archaeologist (Greyson Holt), whose research is funded by the Russians, an activist (Michelle Harrison) who is determined to protect what remains of the ecosystem, and the international diplomat, Svetlana, (Christine Horne) who tries to come across that she is not taking sides, when it is evident that she is.
The local “law enforcement” detail lead by the ball-less Raminder (Karan Oberoi) and lastly, the local prostitute, Bettina (played by Christina Rosato). A minor role for each of these two actors, but worth mentioning nonetheless.
“Survival Code” may come across as a “Defiance” type movie, but it is still worth sitting down to watch for 90 minutes. I watched this movie a few days ago, and I may end up watching it again later today, which is a rarity for me.
It certainly does have the beginnings and potential to be a good TV series, and it would be a shame to see this not funded for a series. It is not often that good quality programming graces our screens, and this one I would like to see get picked up for at least a few seasons.
My Rating: 9.5 out of 10.
Dead Mine (2012)
Stars: Miki Mizuno; Sam Hazeldine; Ario Bayu; Les Loveday; Joe Taslim; Mike Lewis
IMDB Rating: 4.6
Plot: The legend of Yamashita’s Gold lures a treasure hunter and his group deep into the Indonesian jungle. Once they are trapped in an abandoned World War II Japanese bunker, they face the terrifying reality that the only way out is to go further in.
Review: To say anything good about this movie would be an overstatement, and forced – much like the acting in this film. “Dead Mine” is one heck of a dreadful movie.
The story is simple as it comes, and has been so many times before: Treasure hunter playboy leads a ragtag band of mercs to search for an alleged gold mine. Only difference here is that it is set in a Japanese WWII bunker, and as soon as the gang gets trapped in the bunker, you may as well switch over to watch “The Descent” instead.
There is quite a strong influence in this movie to “The Descent”, with underground tunnels and caves, and of course the “pit” where decaying and rotting bodies lay waste.
If you like stereotyped characters reminiscent of cheesy 1980’s action flicks, invincible super samurai’s, and hardly any real storyline, then watch this film. At least you will know what will happen in the end. Although I don’t normally give the ending away, in this case I will make an exception. Everyone dies at the hands of the Mutant P.O.W. Super-soldiers (who look like “Bane” wanna-be groupies) and Super-Samurai’s.
My Rating: 0.5 out of 10.
Life Tracker (2013)
Stars: Barry Finnegan; Rebecca Marshall; Matt Dallas
IMDB Rating: 5.0
Plot: Dillon stumbles on a little known news story about a company called Life Tracker Limited, which claims it has discovered a way to predict biological events in a human’s life by looking at their DNA. Everyone views the story as a modern day form of palm reading that will go nowhere, but Dillon keeps turning on his camera when he finds articles on the Internet or hears about it on the news. The story keeps getting bigger. People all over the world are paying tons of money to see if their DNA shows any trace of disease, or future children, or when they’ll die. With little to no resources, Dillon is left to guerrilla style street interviews and filming the reactions of his small group of friends. When Dillon, his best friend Scott, and Scott’s girlfriend Bell all get their futures predicted their lives start to change… along with the world itself. Nothing is physically changed in any single person’s day-to-day life, but the ideas that have been put in people’s heads convince them to flip the world upside-down. That’s when things start to get out of hand. From the intimate relationships in our every day lives, to the literal future of the human race, nothing will ever be the same after Life Tracker.
Review: “What if” you could know details of your future from your DNA print? An interesting concept to say the least.
The film starts out pretty slow, with Dillon (Barry Finnegan) being the eternal procrastinator who never finishes what he starts. That is until he stumbles upon a little known news story about DNA tracking, where a company “Life Tracker Ltd” has announced that they can track future events of a person’s life by tracking their DNA.
The two other main characters of this film (Bell & Scott) lend a hand to Dillon’s film project and join on on the ride to finish what he started.
Friendships are tested to breaking point in this doco-style film (turned time-capsule film), as each one of them get their “future read”. Such as Bell (Rebecca Marshall) finding out she would have kids to Dillon (and not Scott, as she had planned to), and the Belfast Clock and World Clock ticking down to Doomsday.
When DDay clock expires for Belfast, and no great apocalypse has happened, life goes on… Or so we think. Rather than say anything more about the storyline, and what unfolds, I will only say that you will need to see this film.
While there are no zombies, aliens, or ghosts lurking about in this “found footage” film (thank goodness for that), there is enough suspense to keep you watching until the very end, and I just wish that there were more films like this, but even though those are few and far between.
The acting is believable by the three main actors of this film. Dillon is the apartment manager, stuck in a job he really does not like, struggling with his own fate of being the forever “friend-zoned” lonely guy who never finishes what he starts. Bell is the girlfriend of Scott, who has big dreams for her life, most of which involve Scott. Scott is cruisy and almost BFF’s with Dillon.
“Life Tracker” gives you something to think about. I would highly recommend this film to anyone who is looking for a good “found footage” film.
My Rating: 9 out of 10
SX Tape (2013)
Stars: Caitlyn Folley; Ian Duncan.
IMDB Rating: 4.3
Plot: What begins as harmless sex games between a free-spirited artist and her videographer boyfriend turns much darker as the pair breaks into a boarded-up former hospital, looking for a space for a new gallery show. As they investigate the building’s ominous rooms and passageways, a seductive prank, meaning to arouse and terrify, goes terribly wrong – and what is discovered will destroy them both.
Review: “SXTape” is a “found footage” movie, that has jumped on the bandwagon of successful films such as “Blair Witch” or “Paranormal Activity”. While the title may imply that there are sex scenes that you can feast your eyes on, you don’t actually see anything, apart from one nudity scene early on in the film and an implied threesome which Adam later sees on the security footage.
The story of “SX Tape” is not anything new by any standards, but it was thought out well enough to bring another “horror found footage” movie to the market. While it was interesting to a point, and had a one or two chill points along the way, the movie did lack the real scare factor to keep this audience engaged.
For those who are GAC fans, you will notice that filming was done at the abandoned Linda Vista Community Hospital. Also where numerous other films and movies have been made.
There are a few flaws in this film. Such as for a building that has been abandoned for decades, there is still power and running water. Other flaws you can pick for yourself if you decide to watch this movie.
The acting was nicely done by Caitlyn Folley (Jill), but as for the rest of the film, I would pass.
My Rating: 2 out of 10.