Force of Nature (2020)

Cardillo (Emile Hirsch) is a cop with a troubled and dark past. In the present day, Cardillo gets paired up with another officer and receives a call to a domestic dispute.  These officers soon learn that during a big hurricane storm, there is an apartment building still containing people who are refusing to evacuate to safety. Cardillo and his partner decide to visit the building to try and rescue those refusing to leave.

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But little does Cardillo know that there is a gang of dangerous thieves who are attempting to rob a room in this very building. Now Cardillo will need to take a stand and protect the innocent along with taking the bad guys out one by one. Also joining him in the fight is Ray (Mel Gibson) who is a sick, retired cop.  Ray is determined not to leave the building and would rather take a stand than die in a hospital bed. Looking after Ray is a doctor who is also his daughter named Troy (Kate Bosworth).

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Force of Nature is certainly a brainless action film and feels familiar to such movies as The Hurricane Heist.  Unfortunately, this film is filled to the brim with problems. Leading characters are completely unlikable. Cardillo has zero transformation throughout the film. The film’s opening gives the audience a glimpse at Cardillo’s dark past and while we do not quite see the full story at first, we understand that something horrible obviously occurred. Cardillo in the present day has a careless and uninterested attitude when it comes to others. He does his job without any passion or interest.

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The villain is also a weaker element, but I will admit the actor David Zayas was quite confident in the role which was great to see. Mel Gibson is certainly a positive ingredient in the film, but his lines of dialogue feel familiar when compared to the actor’s previous roles. For the most part, key characters are uninteresting and I honestly struggled to support any of them.

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The filming style is also a mess. The camera consistently moves around when characters are having a discussion and certain objects included in frame are distracting. While I am not a professional when it comes to colour or colour correction, I found the film to have bizarre colour tones, especially during scenes that were filmed during the day. It is far too bright to the point I could not even read my subtitles on the screener I received.  Continuity errors are also present.  Characters who are running around in a wild storm one moment seem to have a dry face and hair right after. The plot should be simple; instead, it is crammed with unnecessary moments. When characters are not trying to either fight or run away, we see characters sharing stories from the past.  In these moments, they attempt to reveal things that should be relevant to the plot, but these interludes are never interesting or memorable. Honestly, I could go on.

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Overall, if you enjoy a brainless action film which involves bad guys making a robbery during a hurricane storm (yes, like The Hurricane Heist), then this film is certainly one for you. But the real mess is not the storm; it is many elements including unlikeable characters, unusual filming style and questionable colour correction, which make some moments seem far too bright. The plot is messy when it should be rather simple. While it is pleasing to see actor, Mel Gibson make a solid appearance rather than a brief cameo; his presence doesn’t bring something fresh. The film’s third act is also incredibly cringe-worthy, and by this point I truly begged for the film to be over. Another disappointing film for 2020, which I truly did not expect given the cast and the film’s concept.

1.8/10

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‘The Butcher’ (Vince Vaughn) is a violent serial killer who takes joy in killing anyone who gets in his way. His focus is usually on young teenagers who enjoy hanging around together. He generally doesn't say much, but his large knife seems to do all the talking and...

Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob (2021)

Scooby-Doo and the gang are back in an all-new animated feature! Shortly after the gang solve yet another mystery, they make a strange discovery about Shaggy and his past. Thanks to a DNA test, it is revealed that Shaggy is related to someone from Camelot in medieval...

Superintelligence (2020)

Carol Peters (Melissa McCarthy) is an average person trying to make a difference in the world. She is currently single, seeking new work, and in her spare time, has a passion for helping animals find new homes. But Carol's kind nature attracts the eye of the...

The Tangle (2019)

Set in the future, our film is, in fact, a sci-fi murder mystery. The film begins with mysterious scenes and a voiceover claiming to be too old to be conducting such Sherlock Holmes type murder mysteries.  We then cut to an interrogation room called Point Mugu...

Slaxx (2020)

Libby (Romane Denis) has always dreamed of working in the retail store known as CCC's (aka Canadian Cotton Clothiers). She finally gets the opportunity to work as a salesclerk. Naturally, Libby is over the moon to represent and work with such a colossal clothing...

Hope Gap (2019)

Edward (Bill Nighy) & Grace (Annette Bening) are a couple who have been married for twenty-nine years. In the present day, the two live in a small town with stunning views- Hope Gap. The marriage has become a real struggle for each of them.  Each day is full...

Never Too Late (2020)

Jack Bronson (James Cromwell) is the newest arrival at a local nursing home.  Soon we learn the ex-Vietnam Vet has a top-secret mission of his own.  He hopes to be reunited with a love from his past and has unfinished business to complete.  But Jack...

Come True (2020)

Things are not looking too good for a young high school student named Sarah.  Sarah chooses to run away from her mother and refuses to go back home, sleeping the night at a local park.  But Sarah has issues when it comes to sleeping.  The worst part is...

Cosmic Sin (2021)

Cosmic Sin (2021) - Movie Review 7th March 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Annabelle (Kathie Lee Gifford) is a widow. Sick of living alone and in the past, she decides to pack her bags and go on a trip unlike anything before. Travelling with her husband's ashes in an...

Lucky (2020)

May (Brea Grant) is a writer who is well known for writing "How To" books. She is also known for writing blogs online and is a general influencer among women. May's publisher tells her that book sales have slowed down, but she will continue to do whatever she can to...

Russian Doll: Season One (2019)

Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) is a woman who lives in New York City and works on creating and developing the latest video games. The series begins with Nadia in the bathroom. As she walks outside the bathroom, it's revealed that her close friends have put on a massive party...

Mork & Mindy: Season One (1978)

Nanu Nanu! Mork (Robin Williams) is an alien from the planet Ork. He's well known for being loud, quirky and quick to deliver several one-liners. While his leaders aren't overly fond of Mork and his cheeky nature, they require him for a mission unlike any other. Mork...

Possessor (2020)

Tasya (Andrea Riseborough) is an agent who works for a top-secret organization.  This organization consistently uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other people's bodies. You see, when Tasya takes over someone's body, she can turn them into the ultimate...

Night Shift | Police (2020)

Our film begins with the introduction of officers Virginie (Virginie Efira), Erik (Gregory Gadebois) & Aristide (Omar Sy). The introduction of the film gives us a sneak peek of their personal lives and some of the drama each character is attempting to overcome....

Last Call (2019)

Beth (Sarah Booth) is having a frustrating evening. While driving to her night job as a janitor, she receives word about her twelve-year-old son who has yet to come home from going to the cinemas with a friend. She frantically contacts her babysitter while also trying...

Skyfire (2019)

The film begins with a young girl, Ming Li, and her two parents studying a volcano. During the testing process, the volcano erupts and takes the life of her mother.  Jumping forward to the present day, Ming Li (Hannah Quinlivan) is all grown up and now following...

Burn (2019)

Our film is set at a gas station which is open 24/7. Working on the evening shift are two young girls, Melinda (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) & Sheila (Suki Waterhouse). Melinda is generally a quiet and shy person who has been dealing with several personal matters. As a...

Followed (2018)

Mike is a famous influencer on social media. He is known for recording his fun live streams relating to horror stories with his username @dropthemike.  Mike is offered a massive sponsorship from a clothing label known as Haute Gothic on one condition; he reaches...

Boss Level (2021)

Roy (Frank Grillo) is an ex-special forces officer who, from the minute he wakes up in his bed, many people (aka skilled assassins!) are trying to kill him. You see, Roy is trapped in a never-ending time loop. Each day he lives, he learns more about what is going on,...

Awoken (2019)

Karla (Sara West) is a medical student who is passionate to learn everything relating to insomnia and understand the real cause.  This passion is fuelled by her brother, Blake (Benson Jack Anthony), suffering from a significant sleep disorder. The doctors in...

Shook (2021)

Mia (Daisye Tutor) is a superstar when it comes to her fame on social media. She is well known for promoting premium cosmetic products under her username @makeupbymia. While her social media profile shows the world nothing but perfection, in the real world, Mia is...

Jungleland (2019)

This film follows two brothers- Stanley (Charlie Hunnam) and Lion (Jack O'Connell). In the present, the two struggle to make ends meet but continue to focus on the world of bare-knuckle boxing. Stanley is the trainer and general manager, and Lion is the fighter with...

Gretel & Hansel (2020)

Based on the well-known fairy tale, this film follows two siblings, Hansel and Gretel.  The two come from a poor upbringing and are forced to knock on doors around the countryside seeking work, hoping to earn money to buy food. One evening as they return home...

Rage (1966)

Set within a small town, the film follows Dr Reuben (Glenn Ford).  He lives in a tiny town, so small that he is the town's only hope when people become unwell or fall pregnant. In the present day, Dr Reuben enjoys spending his spare time getting drunk and is...

The Little Things (2021)

Joe Deacon used to be a top detective until the workload and stress caught up with him.  Now, he is a Deputy Sheriff and has been requested to go back to his old Police Station in Los Angeles to collect evidence.  While trying to collect the required...

Long Story Short (2021)

Teddy (Rafe Spall) is a man who keeps putting things off. He can never seem to make time for others or even commit to booking in dates for major events in his life. We get to witness how Teddy met the love of his life, Leanne (Zahra Newman). After an awkward and yet...