Earthquake Bird (2019)

This film has been released to Netflix Australia with no official cinema release. Produced by the well known Ridley Scott, this film is set in 1989, Tokyo. Our film follows a young girl named Lucy (Alicia Vikander) who works as a translator for television shows. Lucy soon falls in love with a mysterious man named Teiji (Naoki Kobayash), who has a passion for photography and requests to photograph her. Naturally, Lucy can’t resist the charming man, and two develop a relationship. All seems well until one of Lucy’s new friends, Lily, appears to be interrupting Lucy’s life and her current relationship with Teiji.

Earthquake Bird is a slow burn thriller. Lucy’s life seems complex as she talks about the terrible things in her life or when she relates the tragic moments from her past. Moments like these will give some insight to Lucy as a character, but it also builds ideas in the mind of its audiences like.

Is Lucy is crazy or perhaps a murderer?

The plot itself is simple, but the overall direction and journey our film takes to get there is quite a painful process. With so many side elements that surround Lucy, it almost feels like constant forced misdirection and that any twists that appear are simply used to make the film go longer. Basically, in my opinion, there are lots of scenes that are not required to tell the thrilling core story, including unnecessary sex scenes.

As for performances, they’re generally ok, but our leading lady is capable of far better given her resume of cinema.

Overall, Earthquake Bird seems like an easy thriller on paper, but instead, the film tries to make it a big mystery with lots of surrounding side details to derail the audience. There are also many unnecessary moments, including sex scenes which would have been better cut during the editing process. Small thrills to be had yes, but it’s a challenge to watch this and complete the journey.

3.7/10

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Koko: A Red Dog Story (2019) – OUT NOW ON DVD!

Koko: A Red Dog Story is a combination of a biography and a comedy about the real-life dog named Koko who was born and raised in Australia. The film shows several interviews from cast and crew along with Koko's owner retelling her experiences with the famous dog and...

Apartment 1BR (2019) – OUT NOW ON DVD!

A young woman named Sarah (Nicole Brydon Bloom) is attempting to start a brand-new life and hopes to move forward from her mysterious past. Sarah discovers a vacant apartment which she really likes the look of. She decides to apply for it, competing against many other...

Full Metal Jacket (1987) – NOW AVAILABLE ON 4K UHD!

A new group of young men have just joined the U.S Marines Corp. We witness each member getting their heads shaved and then the film begins to give its viewers a deeper insight into the characters as each of these new recruits begin their brutal boot camp training...

The Pale Horse (2020) – OUT NOW ON DVD!

Based on the well-known novel written by Agatha Christie, The Pale Horse begins with an older woman dying in the streets. While investigators search the woman’s body and seek out the cause of death, they find a piece of paper which contains a list of names located in...

Motherless Brooklyn (2019) – OUT NOW ON BLURAY & DVD!

Set in the 1950s New York, a private detective named Lionel (Edward Norton) has Tourette's Syndrome and is thrown into a world of mystery when his mentor is shot and killed. Lionel's mentor was also a close friend of his and taught him everything about being a private...

Batman: Death in the Family (2020) – OUT NOW ON BLURAY!

Batman and Jason Todd (aka Robin), team up as the dynamic duo, taking down many villains within Gotham City. One night the two team up to take down a major villain.  On the same night, The Joker makes a guest appearance with much bigger plans for the Bat along...

Hubie Halloween (2020) – NOW AVAILABLE ON NETFLIX!

Set in the present-day community of Salem, one man takes Halloween very seriously. He is an adult who is determinate to keep his community safe from any evil, foul play or nasty tricks that may occur to others. His name is Hubie Dubois (Adam Sandler). Hubie is mocked...

My Spy (2020) – OUT NOW ON BLURAY & DVD!

JJ (Dave Bautista) is a CIA agent who lives for the action-filled moments that the job offers daily. After completing yet another successful top-secret mission, JJ is paired up with a new partner and given a new dangerous task.  JJ is to conduct surveillance on a...

You’ll Like My Mother (1972) – OUT NOW ON BLURAY & DVD!

Francesca is a pregnant woman who is due to give birth at any moment. Unfortunately for Francesca, her husband was a soldier who died while fighting in Vietnam. After her husband is killed in action, Francesca is alone with no family around her. She decides to visit...

Miss Juneteenth (2020) – NOW AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL!

Turquoise Jones (Nicole Beharie) is a single mother who is well known within her community for winning Miss Juneteeth when she was a teenager. Turquoise has her own daughter named Kai (Alexis Chikaeze) who is now old enough to enter the Miss Juneteenth beauty pageant...

Spree (2020) – NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD!

Kurt Kunkle (Joe Keery) is a Spree driver (basically an Uber driver for those who live in Australia). Kurt has desires to become a famous influencer when it comes to social media and over the last ten years has been trying to grow his number of followers. But...

The 2nd Amendment (2020) – OUT NOW ON DVD!

Vic Davis (Ryan Phillippe) is a Green Beret with a dark past who has fought in many battles. In the present day, Vic plans on picking his son up from college as it is the end of a term. Unfortunately, things are not going to plan. Vic accidentally breaks his phone...

The Drone (2019) – OUT NOW ON DVD!

Set in the present day, a serial killer is on the loose.  The killer enjoys capturing and murdering woman, particularly redheads.  Using a high tech drone, the killer stalks and monitors his next target. But as the killer soon discovers, the police are...

Partners In Crime: Season One (1983) – OUT NOW ON DVD!

Actors James Warwick and Francesca Annis unite once again on screen to feature in another Agatha Christie series. But this time the leading actors are playing the famous Detective team known as Tommy (James Warwick) and Tuppence (Francesca Annis). After my recent...

Lucky Grandma (2019) – NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD!

Set in New York City, China Town, our leading character is a Grandma (Tsai Chin) who recently lost her husband.  Feeling alone and frustrated, she decides to visit a local ‘fortune teller’ and is told that good luck will come to her on the 28th...

On The Rocks (2020) – NOW AVAILABLE ON APPLE TV+

Laura (Rashida Jones) is a young mother who is currently married with two daughters.  On her wedding day everything seemed perfect, but in the present day things have changed when it comes to Laura and her husband.  Laura begins to suspect that her...

Sputnik (2020) – NOW AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL!

Set in the early 80s, two men in a Soviet spacecraft are in space on a mission. But the mission turns for the worst when something mysterious occurs. The spacecraft crash lands back on Earth, leaving the ship’s commander alive and the other crewmember dead. The...

You Should Have Left (2020) – OUT NOW ON DVD!

Theo (Kevin Bacon) is a wealthy man with a dark past which haunts him every night when trying to sleep. Theo also generally feels frustrated in life.  To clear his mind and try to get his head refreshed and rested, Theo suggests to his wife, Susanna (Amanda...

Kiss The Girls (1997) – OUT NOW ON BLURAY & DVD!

Alex Cross (Morgan Freeman) is a police detective and a forensic psychologist.  He receives word about a mysterious person who is kidnapping and murdering several women. Alex becomes even more invested in the case once he discovers that one of the victims is his...