The Hunt

‘The Hunt’ is a 2020 horror/thriller by Blumhouse Productions. ‘The Hunt’ features a pretty good cast with Betty Gilpin (GLOW. Stuber), Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby), Ike Barinholtz (Blockers), Wayne Duvall (O Brother, Where Art though?), Ethan Suplee (My Name is Earl), and Emma Roberts (American Horror Story).

‘The Hunt’ is considered 2020’s most controversial film, in fact so controversial where several theaters decided to pull it. To me it seemed as if it’s been done four other times with ‘The Purge’, the rich hunting the poor, nothing new, so why is ‘The Hunt’ so controversial? Maybe because as a society in general we are more easily offended. After watching it, that’s not exactly the case. It’s not just the rich hunting the poor but liberal elites hunting down twelve deplorable republicans. This is why it’s so controversial because of the political aspect. They really hit the political correctness of the lefts and the rights as being rednecks. I even got a little offended, with as much divide that is in our society right now, why cause more with a movie?

Keeping in mind it’s just a movie though, and looking past the political part, its a solid film. It starts out with a bang right off the bat, and keeps up the pace all the way through. I also love Betty Gilpin, she’s a great actress, and she’s starting to get into bigger and bigger roles. I would like to see more of her, she is possibly the next big thing. Considering everything I give ‘The Hunt’ a 7/10.

Coffee and Kareem

‘Coffee and Kareem’ is an action/comedy Netflix original starring Ed Helms (The Office, The Hangover), Taraji P. Henson (Hidden Figures), Betty Gilpin (GLOW, Stuber), RonReaco Lee (The Shield), Andrew Bachelor (The Babysitter), Chance Hurstfield (Good Boys), and Terrence Little Gardenhigh.

Twelve year old Kareem (Gardenhigh) tries to hire a well know gangbanger, Orlando Johnson (Lee), to beat up his mom’s new boyfriend James Coffee (Helms). Things go south fast when Kareem witnesses Orlando and his crew murdering a cop. Now Kareem and Coffee must band together despite their differences to stay alive and get to the bottom of what’s going on.

This movie was different than what I was expecting. I like Ed Helms but outside ‘The Office’ and ‘The Hangover’ he doesn’t seem to be too good. Take ‘The Clapper’ and ‘Corporate Animals’, not the best and pretty forgettable films. ‘Coffee and Kareem’ is more vulgar than expected. The entire film is filled with F bombs and sexual jokes, which personally doesn’t bug me, but if you don’t like that sort of thing this film isn’t for you. It reminds me of ‘Good Boys’ in that aspect, a kid running around cussing the entire time. ‘Coffee and Kareem’ does have a lot of funny moments, but other than that it just flows along in predictability. It’s not bad, just okay. I give it a 6/10

The Grudge (2020)

The original Grudge movie is a 2003 Japanese horror film that was remade in the U.S. staring Sarah Michelle Gellar in 2004. I never watched any of the original Grudge movies, which is surprising considering horror is one of my favorite genres, but it didn’t really look good to me. So do we need another remake of ‘The Grudge’? Probably not, all the reviews I’ve seen suggest not. 4.1/10 on IMD, 17% on Rotten Tomatoes, and 22% on Fandango, but the cast lured me in to see this one. ‘The Grudge’ has a pretty decent cast starring Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion), Lin Shaye (Insidious), John Cho (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle), and Betty Gilpin (GLOW, Stuber).

The plot boiled down is simple, a house is cursed by a vengeful ghost that curses those who enter it with a violent death. The story line is really good, it keeps you on the edge of your seat and glued to the screen. It relies heavily on on gore and jump scares for the scare factor, although the jump scares are slow and easily predictable. Also it is pretty gory but it’s not scary because of it. So i wouldn’t call this movie scary more of a mystery/ suspense. I can see why it has low ratings, the story is very good and keeps you intrigued, but it is jumbled and jumps around a lot. The first murders take place in 2004 and it is now 2006 in the story, so it constantly jumps between 2004, 2005, and 2006 without any real timeline. It leaves a tangled yarn of a mess, but once you get it all untangled it’s pretty good. The acting is also solid, Andrea Riseborough does a great job as the leading role of the detective. Due to the good acting, great story line, but being jumbled up. I give it a 6/10. Now if it followed more of a straight line in the story it would have been a great movie, and probably an 8. It is worth the watch though, and is a good kickoff for horror in 2020.