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Movie Review: The Covenant (2017)

If you like horror flicks, we suppose that you must have checked out The Covenant that starred Monica Engesser, Owen Conway and Clint James recently. Yeah, never mind if you don’t know ‘em actors, it’s a low-budget film anyway. Ohh.

So, should we assume then that the film was a bust? Well, maybe you should check out the trailer first if it interests you — then we could somehow say if it was really a failure.

The Synopsis. After the tragic deaths of her husband and daughter, Sarah Doyle moves back to her childhood home with her estranged brother, Richard. It’s not long before Sarah begins to experience supernatural phenomena of a violent and hostile nature. Bewildered and desperate, Richard enlists the aid of a paranormal investigator who confirms that Sarah has become possessed by a powerful demon. Together, the three men will go to battle to save Sarah’s soul.

Like the synopsis? How ‘bout the trailer? Actually the acting, the story and all was kind of dry — and guess it does not really have anything to do with the budget (unless these actors are amateurs) but it’s simply the result of having too common a story in ‘being possessed by evil’ and stuff.

Bath tub nightmares. Creepy basement. Giving birth to ‘evil’.

Monica Engesser (a.k.a. Sarah Doyle)

The makeup of Monica (a.k.a. Sarah) was good enough though, but the crumbling of the house was pretty fake. It went down like faster than you could even crush cookies, like the melting of ice cream. Still, just wished exorcists were given other ways to fight demons other than using holy water or reciting ‘Our Father’ — for those with ‘weak faith’ would just try to memorize such and go to church for the sake of going to church, you know.

Anyhow, the end of the story seemed to indicate that there would be a sequel. Think it would be interesting to hear some news first on how they would operate on this before rushing to cinemas.

Movie Review: Free Fire (2017)

Just seen Free Fire recently, and well, it’s a low-budget British action-comedy film that starred Brie Larson and Armie Hammer — and which actually didn’t do well at the box office.

Is it because it’s ‘low-budget’? Well, budget could speak a lot about location settings, so does costumes and equipments used in filming among others — but the foundation is in the script. If the script is flexible enough and open to commercialization (without doing harm to the original story) then of course, it would be best to increase your budget for the box office.

Anyway, let’s first check out the movie trailer..

The Synopsis. Justine brokers a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen and a gang led by Vernon and Ord, who intend to sell them a stash of guns. But when shots fire during the handover, complete pandemonium ensues, with everyone at the scene suddenly thrust into a heart-stopping game of survival.

The synopsis sounds good. Yes? Yes! But more than casting mostly international unknowns, the single location and dialogues made it kinda boring. Yeah. While to some the story may be funny, it’s in fact too ordinary — and having like all 13 of them get hit (as a result of a melee??) by gun shots contributed to boredom. Well, movie-goers are open to life’s reality as in not having matrix-like reflexes, then again the movie is not a slapstick either yet it’s like everyone is not so smart here. Does that then make it funny?

Perhaps that was also why it didn’t do well at the box office.

1 Timothy 6:10

In the end, the movie only showed that when money is involved, friendships and relationships would likely bear the brunt of its negativity — instead of an understanding that life is temporary.

And it truly is.