First let me start off by saying, and I’m sure this speaks for movie lovers across the board, it is great to have movie theaters opening back up. It’s probably the best place to be for social distancing. We needed this, 2020 needed this, and ‘Unhinged’ is the perfect movie to kick things back off.
‘Unhinged’ is a 2020 thriller/horror staring The Gladiator himself Russell Crowe, Jimmi Simpson (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Caren Pistorius (Mortal Engines), and Gabriel Bateman (Child’s Play). ‘Unhinged’ is the story of two people who are having a bad day, and road rage going horribly wrong. When Rachel (Pistorius) is running late for work she gets stuck behind a stranger (Crowe) at a green light. When the stranger continues to not move, Rachel becomes more and more aggravated until she lays on her car horn and goes around him. Little does she know the Stranger is having a worse day and now he’s hell bent on showing Rachel what a bad day really is.
‘Unhinged’ is relentless from start to finish. It will have you sitting on the edge of your seat the entire time. Road rage can happen anywhere, anytime, and that’s what makes ‘Unhinged’ real. Kuddos to Russell Crowe on bringing this one home. I have to go with a 10/10.
‘What Keeps You Alive’ is a 2018 thriller/horror staring Hannah Anderson (Jigsaw), Brittany Allen (It Stains the Sand Red), and written and directed by Colin Minihan. ‘What Keeps You Alive’ is about a couple, Jackie (Anderson), and Jules( Allen) who go to Jackie’s childhood cabin to celebrate their one year anniversary. Once there, Jules finds out how Jackie really is, a psychopath who is determined to kill Jules.
I normally don’t mention the director, but serious kudos to Colin Minihan for writing and directing this one. It’s good, I mean damn good. The two stars are relatively unknown, but their acting in this film is incredible. Hannah Anderson will have you believing she’s a bonafide psychopath by the end of the movie. This movie is intense right from the start all the way to finish, it’ll have you on the edge of your seat the entire time, and is full of surprises and twists. I give it a 10/10. As you already know, I don’t just hand out tens. The movie has to be spectacular and blow me away. The story, and acting did just that in this one. I have never heard of it before I watched it, it’s one of the more underrated horror movies out there.
‘The Gentlemen’ is a 2020 action/thriller with a blockbuster cast staring Matthew Mcconaughey (Mud, The Lincoln Lawyer), Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy), Henry Golding (Last Christmas), Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Jeremy Strong (Serenity), Eddie Marsan (Vice), Colin Farrell (The Lobster), and Hugh Grant (Love Actually)
When ‘The Gentlemen was in theaters I went and saw ‘1917’ instead, but now its out on DVD, so I had to catch it. You can’t really tell in the trailers exactly what ‘The Gentlemen’ is about, you just know it’s sort of mafia related. All I know is Matthew Mcconaughey isn’t in a bad film. ‘The Gentlemen’ is very crude with F bombs and C bombs left and right throughout the movie. The way it’s written though, honestly you don’t even notice. It wouldn’t be the same without the language. It’s a two hour movie, but you’re so transfixed to the movie, it flies by. The plot is complex and twist after twist through out in the entire movie. It’s another incredible performance by Mcconaughey and the entire cast is perfect. ‘The Gentlemen’ is a 10/10.
‘Just Mercy’ is a 2020 film following the true story of Bryan Stevenson (Michael B Jordan), a young black lawyer from Harvard who just passed the Bar. Stevenson moves to a small rural town to open up a practice to take on clients who haven’t had or can not afford legal representation. He takes on the case of Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx) a black man who has been wrongfully convicted and condemned to death row. ‘Just Mercy’ features a great cast with Michael B Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson, Tim Blake Nelson (‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.’) Rafe Spall (‘Life of Pi.’ ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’), and O’Shea Jackson Jr. (‘Straight Outta Compton’).
There are only a handful of powerful movies each year, and even fewer ones remembered. ‘Just Mercy’ is one of these movies. ‘Just Mercy’ is not only the best movie of the year, but one of the best movies I’ve seen. It is gut wrenching for start to stop as Stevenson proves over and over without a fraction of a doubt McMillian is innocent, but it doesn’t matter. McMillian is a black man in a rural town and they’re convinced they have their killer, and are prepared to bury him over it. I could go into more detail , but I don’t want to spoil anything. I’m giving ‘Just Mercy’ my highest rating yet, as it is much deserved. A 10/10