Wednesday, June 9, 2021

The Vault (2021) Movie Review © 2021 Dan's Movie Report – Danny Templegod

 

Above: Poster for 'The Vault' (C) 2021 Saban Films, all rights reserved, image not monetized.

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix.com readers. On a whim and due to the fact that one of my favorite actresses Famke Jannsen is in it, I checked out the 2021 Saban Films release 'The Vault'. This is not the same as the 2017 film with the same name, starring James Franco. The 2017 film is about 20 minutes shorter, although both films revolve around some of the same themes, this one is far more thought out, and has no supernatural elements.


Obvious comparisons to the big budget 'Ocean's 11' series of films will be made, however what is interesting is, given the setting, a backdrop of 2010 Madrid, pre- ultra high tech, pre-drone, much of this film's revealed science is quite plausible.


The film opens in 2009 with Liam Cunningham as Walter captaining a salvage mission off the cost of Spain to locate treasure in the sea. Actually the film-makers including Director Jaume Balagueró take their time to establish the connection between past events and present day. The treasure is taken and sealed in an vault in Madrid.


Then the opening credits roll and the team is assembled as we fast forward to 2010. Freddie Highmore as Thom and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey as Lorraine are the main characters in the vault maneuvering process though the entire team plays an important part. Revealing other characters and their role will basically spoil the plot, which I will not do. Suffice to say all of the acting is really solid, the movie plays itself quite seriously and The head of security at the bank and the CEO of the bank are not portrayed as the bumbling idiots as in so many other films.


The movie is really riviting, the nearly 2 hour movie flies by with a dialogue intensive explanation, followed by action. What is great is that 'The Vault' seems to know that an episode of 'Numbers' provides a solid back science, yet they can expand it to the tense action over the course of two hours.

The bank vault itself it quite interesting, always providing puzzles and forcing the team to come up with solutions. I like the fact that things go wrong, again, no spoilers!


The team is forced to find creative ways to enter the vault, including ladders, zip lines, and due to the fact that their ingress occurs during the day, we get to see everything, no dark muddy scenes in the shadows! Great work to the camera people and prop-makers!


Incidentally Famke only plays a minor role here as the friend of Walter and is seen in the beginning, a short time in the middle and end, no matter, this is a great film. On IMDB there is listed a series of 6 writers, normally that is a sign that the plot has been reworked and not always good, this time it works. I am sure that some technological advice was added to make things plausible.


Camera work, lighting, editing and the rock soundtrack spice things up. The entire cast and crew is to be commended, the movie is great and ends in a way that could possible lend itself to a second film. The question arises here of rewatchablilty, I watched 'Ocean's 11' one time, as once you see it, the process is just not as entertaining. Heist movies are tricky with regards to inherent long term watching multiple times.


As much as I love the film, I can suggest a definite rent, as the film once you watch it carefully and uninterrupted you will have the sense of satisfaction. I find that although you may get out a bit more upon second watching. unless you live in a home filled with distractions, it is not needed. That said if they ever put out a detailed Blu-Ray with behind the scenes, deleted scenes, director commentary etc... and such, it may be worth it. 'The Vault' from Saban Films rates a very strong 8.5 out of 10.

For further information:  https://www.sabanfilms.com/

IMDB:  https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9742794


Monday, June 7, 2021

SciFi/Action Film 'Unit 19' In Production Now in the U.K.! © 2021 Dan's Movie Report – Danny Templegod (Exclusive!)

 

Above Image credit:  Dan Burgess (Actresses: Giedre Jackyte. Rachel Warren. Zara Phythian. Tori Nursall Helen Pawson)

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers. Actress Zara Phythian ('Doctor Strange') has informed me that production has begun in the United Kingdom on a new SciFi/Action film called 'Unit 19'. 

Above: Actress Rachel Warren in character on 'Unit 19' Image Credit: Dan Burgess
 


Plot synopsis: It’s 2185... the uneasy alliance of the corporations Genesis and Paradigm are all that’s left for mankind after years of government wars that nearly destroyed Earth and Humankind.

Above: Exclusive set photo! (C) 2021 Dan Burgess Actress Zara Pythian and cameraman Carl Barnet

 


Production Team: Debut director Vic Marke. Character Posters and behind the scenes photos: Dan Burgess. DOP: Nick Hardy, Set Designer: Karina Visha , Producers: David Blackwell and Zara Marke. 

Above: Actress Zara Phythian in character on 'Unit 19' Image Credit: Dan Burgess


IMDB page full cast: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10007208/


The film has already set up official social media outlets for further information and new behind the scenes photos:


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/unit19movie/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unit19_movie/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/unit19_2021?lang=en



Watch for more on Dan's Movie Report later in 2021!





Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Army Of The Dead (2021) Movie Review © 2021 Dan's Movie Report - Danny Templegod

 

Above: Army of the Dead Poster from IMDB (C) 2021 Netflix, all rights reserved, image used for review purposes only and not monetized.

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix.com readers. Time now for a brand new rapid fire review! Netflix, have to live their style and panache! The good folks at Netflix decided to give Zack Snyder and his team somewhere in the 80 million dollar range to unleash the “Snyder Cut” Zombie film! Seriously, at 150 minutes 'Army of the Dead' is perhaps too long for it's own good, but provides the viewer with a violent ballet of zombie killing and zombie munching madness.


Make no mistake about it, 'Army of the Dead' is an R rated opus, epic in scope, and probably shortened by 30 minutes could have had am even successful theater run, if not for Covid. Synder ramps up the human element by involving Dave Bautista's character Scott Ward and his on screen daughter into the fray. Oddly enough time is taken to have detailed dialogue in the midst of zombies, I mean do the undead stop for human interpersonal relationship?


My snide remarks aside, Bautisita shines as the lead, once again cementing his big budget action prowess. Actually actress Ella Purnell does a solid job playing his daughter and is given a sizable on screen presence. This brings me to a real positive point of 'Army of the Dead', strong female characters! Whoohoo! Actress Tig Notaro plays a bad ass helicopter pilot, who is sarcastic and fun. Actress Nora Arnezeder plays Lilly the Coyote, her job is to shuttle the team inside the closed city of Las Vegas. Indian actress Huma Qureshi plays Geeta, adding an international flair with style and intellect. Like I said, the ladies play a big role!

 

Above: Samatha Win gets ready for a zombie massacre! (C) 2021 Netflix, all rights reserved, image used for review purposes only, not monetized.
 


Now focusing on my favorite character and aspect of 'Army of the Dead' Actress Samantha Win , absolutely kills it as Chambers, a hard talking, action filled Jenette Goldstein model soldier, who gets rough and kills and moves with style. Win actually brings my score up a point as her portrayal of the character. Obviously modeled after Goldstein's Private Vasquez, complete with headband! I am sure we will see more of Samantha Win in the very near future.


Against the backdrop of the zombies is a plot to steal 200million dollars from a vault in a casino, inside the container walled city of Las Vegas. Many sub plots are around, and actually seem to get lost in the shuffle like Bautista's daughter searching for the mother of one of the children she watches in the camp she works in. just a bit unnecessary. Balancing out is a violent, lustful zombie queen!


Action, stunts, lighting, and set up are great, though and the movie really hits stride during the frantic action. Overall I liked it and rate 'Army of the Dead' a 7 out of 10, and Samantha Win, a bad ass 10! Unleash your zombie killing self and go to www.netflix.com for further information.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Spirit Machines – Feel Again (2020) CD Review - © 2021 Dan's Movie Report – Danny Templegod

 

Above: Spirit Machines - Feel Again CD (C) 2020 all rights reserved to Spirit Machines, image used for review purposes only

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers and rock music lovers, as you all know, prior to me working on Dan's Movie Report I wrote about music for several magazines including the Florida based Jam Magazine with a 75,000 print run, and it was in virtually every venue and music store in the state. Although I love all styles of music, metal and rock is by far my favorite. Honestly I thought rock was dead, recently though my hopes were lifted upon hearing a new band from Utah, Spirit Machines. Already popular due to the band Tool sharing them online and featured in Loudwire Magazine, Spirit Machines is ready to explode on the national scene.


I like their style and desire for musical and creative independence. I spoke at length with guitarist Dave Crespo, and he basically told me that the band is ready to break out and tour in the Fall and has a few shows in the works. Singer Pepper Rose, just recently got her P.H.D. and the band recently had a live virtual stream concert to celebrate her graduation that was attended by over 200 guests online.I had a communication with Pepper and she was quite respectful and humble as well.

  

Above: Spirit Machines --- Photo from the band's Official Facebook Page (C) 2020


Musically Spirit Machines skirts the line between rock and hard pop. 'Spirit Machines' has a soulful honest sound that pierces the night. 'Feel Again' plays like a long form concert with each song smoothly and seamlessly blends like butter melting in a saute' pot. The CD begins with a rocking tune called 'Watch it Burn' with a taught, driving beat, and never lets up until the amazing final song 'Zober' which is a mashup of Led Zeppelin and Tool. Some songs like 'Portland' slide into the mellow zone, power ballad, yet melodic. No filler songs on 'Feel Again' and the musicianship is top notch as is their live set.


Spirit Machines prides themselves by not bending to the musical norm and pushing to make music for the masses, they make music for their fans. The band produced the CDs themselves, independent printing and Pepper herself works on the T-Shirts! This band is a throwback to the 80s when bands put out cassettes to sell at their shows and just put themselves out there.


The band has several ways to support them, outside of just buying their CD, which is quite reasonable. You can for about 100USD join their Inner Circle, which allows a private page to connect to the band, exclusive content and an Inner Circle T-shirt. Also for the big ballets they have a huge connection called Cecret Society the 1,000USD tier allows for a huge variety of exclusive clothing, concert meet and greets, all live shows and producer credit on their upcoming releases, and you can pick as song for them to cover and send the video to you privately. Either way they just want eyes and ears on their music and realize that not all of their fans can afford to spend so much, even a like and share of their music helps them out.


Spirit Machines enjoys their independence and honest connection to their fans, very refreshing. Kind of reminds me of how Doro and Dio are to their fans, staying to sign autographs for hours and to chat with everyone. I can see Dave and Pepper being this way for years to come, Pepper is a talented respectful young woman, with a bright future in music, I cannot wait to hear what is next from her and Spirit Machines!!


Overall, the Spirit Machines 'Feel Again' CD rates a very strong 9 out of 10, and I cannot wait to here more and look forward to a U.S. Tour in the Fall and in 2022!


For further information on Spirit Machines, please connect through their official sites:


Official site: https://www.spiritmachinesband.com/feel-again-cd-2

Facebook: https://business.facebook.com/spiritmachines/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spiritmachines/?hl=en

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9W3tw-58vxwf8yu-NI2HBQ


Check out the video for Zober Live @


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGP8Z1ORQME


Prepare to ROCK!





Thursday, May 27, 2021

P!nk: All I know So Far (2021) Movie Review © 2021 Dan's Movie Report – Danny Templegod

 

Above Image (C) 2021 Amazon, All rights reserved, image used for promotional purposes only, and not monetized.

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers. I slide into the music realm with a review of the latest Amazon Prime Special. P!nk – All I know So Far. As many of you know I used to do music reviews in the 80s and 90s and I love watching band biographical films. P!nk is an artist I admire, and she filmed life on the road in 2019 up until and including the massive show at Wembley Stadium.


The documentary shows a lot of P!nk as a mother juggling life on the road with her two small children the youngest being basically a toddler. Her attitude is upbeat and charismatic. I love the way she speaks to the people she takes on tour with her. She considers them peers not underlings. The interactions she has with concert organizer, specifically, minor spoiler, she tells them that a dual set of ramps should be built in order for her to move between parts of the extended stage, she even kind of draws it, but she is not egotistical, she just wants a better show. P!nk was a gymnast first so she loves to do the acrobatic moves, yet she also values her time on the stage grounded, and to not have to run around and possibly fall. She also details a harness mishap, but she likes figuring things out to make it work properly the next time.


P!nk is fearless, yet with her kids she seems to let loose and enjoy things like playing around. Her husband ex-BMX legend Carey Hart. Also her own daughter actually goes home from the tour a bit to be with her friends at a Summer Camp. She actually told her mom she misses her friends, and she was honest, like her mom.


Actually P!nk and her family were eating outside and pair of fans were dressed up and she complimented them, also another fan saw her and rather than being like all rude he just said, I am a fan and am going to your concert! I mean even her fans are cool, well this was the UK, people are more reserved right? Hell I have no clue, Haha


Overall this is just an epic flick! Kudos for Amazon, for going all out on this documentary and for P!nk making it available for her fans for free on Amazon Prime! P!nk is an amazingly talented performer and an even better mom, seriously, she takes her kids opinions and dreams to heart.  I rate P!nk and her look inside her 2019 tour a rousing 9.5 out of 10! Perhaps the best tour documentary I have ever seen. My only minor gripe, wish it was about 15 min longer!


Incidentally P!nk Just recently performed at the Billboard Music awards of course an aerial performance this time with a twist, her and her daughter were on the aerial ropes and it was just amazing. In an era of bad lip syncing P!nk would never do this! Respect!


You know the Drill www.amazon.com for information! Go get the Prime! 

 P!nk Official:

 https://www.instagram.com/pink/

 https://www.facebook.com/pink

 https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0600877/

 https://twitter.com/Pink