Friday, November 18, 2016

Bastard Son Of A Thousand Fathers Movie Review (C) 2016 Dan's Movie Report

Above Photo: IMDB official poster for film (Link )

'Bastard Son of a Thousand Fathers' is a film about a new super drug, called 'Bastard Son' that is forcing people to take it and become so addicted to it that if they go without it for a week they will die.

I purposely did not read up too much on this film in order to get a fresh perspective. Writer/director/star
Lanre Sarumi plays a doctor who has turned to a life of selling a new drug compound. His character Koda is ruthless and not trusting anyone. Koda developed the drug but initially has a hard time bringing the supply to market so he has to wheel and deal with established manufacturers, and he does not want to let his secret out.

'Bastard Son', as I will refer to, is a solid effort, there is a cool concept, I just wish that the film had more character development and at barely an hour and twenty minutes was too short for a suspense build up. The audience is thrust into the action right away when Koda is performing an illegal abortion. The thing is, it happens so quickly, it is like there is hardly time to catch your breath till the next scene.

The film skirts the line between action and crime drama, with several unsavory characters popping up throughout. We see rival drug dealers, addicted people, and even Koda's own crew, and no one is trusted. It is important to keep your circle small when dealing in illicit activities, but to not trust anyone will make sure that your time as a drug dealer is short. In 'Bastard Son', many lives are cut short for various reasons, not gonna spoil them, so watch it!

'Bastard Son' is a hard R rated film with copious amounts of blood spilling and numerous adult language scenes, so definitely not for the kids. I am curious to see more from Lanre, as 'Bastard Son' is a decent effort, especially for someone wearing many hats. As for an overall rating, 6 out of 10, rent it.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Them Movie Review (C) 2016 Dan's Movie report

Above photo: Title credit from 'Them' © VULPINOSFilm, 2016

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers. Direct from Uruguay comes a fresh new horror short called 'Them'. Clocking in at a bit over 6 minutes, this black and white descent into madness can be described as an experimental horror film with esoteric subject matter. Star Claudia Rivarelli is the only actor in the film and 'Them' follows her downward spiral to the depths of insanity, or a private alternate reality in her mind.

It is always difficult for a first time actress, yet Claudia manages to convince the world of her insanity on film at least Claudia reminds me in voice and appearance of Monica Bellucci, even her mannerisms. Sometimes overly dialogue laden films can become tedious. 'Them' however, comes in to the 'wanting more' category, a bit like a Edgar Allen Poe story, we are thrust into the middle of the action. 

Above Photo: Screenshot from 'Them' © VULPINOSFilm, 2016

The film's creator Charles Bolprand takes a minimalist approach and this allows the viewer to create his or her own picture of horror. The film is a a very strong first effort for all involved, Claudia has a good look and displays her character openly. Claudia has a desire to branch out beyond her home country and 'Them' is a great way to begin her acting career.

Overall 'Them' is a very cool short film, the audience may be limited to horror genre, but fans of dramatic films may like the fact that this horror film spills no blood, just theater for the mind. 'Them' rates a 8 out of 10, great work, looking forward to seeing more.

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