Night Raiders (2021)

In 2043 the world as we know it has dramatically changed. With North America under military control, children and teenagers are deemed the property of the state. If a parent or guardian tries to hide a young one, they are marked as breaking the law and suffer tragic consequences. Regardless of the laws, a woman named Niska (Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers) has kept her daughter Waseese (Brooklyn Letexier-Hart) a secret and well hidden. If Waseese is ever found, she’ll be sent to a children’s academy, ultimately becoming a brainwashed human weapon.

As the film begins, we witness Niska and her daughter continuing to survive and be careful with their every moment. Unfortunately for Niska, a tragic incident involving her daughter Waseese forces her to give her daughter up into the hands of the authorities. Niska refuses to let her daughter go though, and discovers a vigilante group with the desire and determination to break into the academy and rescue as many young people as possible. The vigilante group leaders strongly believe that Niska is the key to making it happen. Will Niska join this new mysterious group and see her daughter alive again?

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Following a similar vibe and tradition to other well-known films such as The Hunger Games and Maze Runner, Night Raiders is an action film that also carries thriller moments and strong sci-fi themes. As the film begins, it’s fairly evident that all on display has been done on a low budget. That being said, the film carries plenty of creativity in its technology, weapons and costumes. The world that is presented on-screen is also great and believable.

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While the world of Night Raiders is quite effective, the film does sadly present a few weaker aspects. The characters are well written, but I couldn’t help but feel that selected performances here were either weak or emotionless. Certain moments of line delivery come across as very corny and lacking expression. The plot builds towards something big and major, but the results feel disappointing and small compared to the investment given by the audience. A few reveals are creative but never fully explained, leaving movie lovers feeling quite confused or, like myself, hoping for a greater outcome given the journey of the leads.

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Overall, following a similar vibe to titles such as The Hunger Games or Maze Runner, Night Raiders successfully delivers a creative sci-fi thriller on a small budget. I love the world created on-screen, and aspects such as costuming and weapons are also pleasing. However, while I appreciate multiple areas, the film is sadly unmemorable and fails to deliver an impacting experience. Characters are well created, but performances sometimes feel a little lifeless. The finale is disappointing considering the investment and build-up, and the conclusion ultimately feels extremely vague and unclear.

5.0/10

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

18th July 2022
Written by Peter Walkden

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The film begins with a pair of guys robbing a bank. Based on what we see, we understand the robbery was unsuccessful, and something tragic happened that wasn’t part of the plan. One of the dangerous robbers (Nicolas Cage) is captured, arrested and placed in prison...

The Grand Duke of Corsica (2021)

The film begins with a narration from a man named Alfred Rott (Tim Spall) before travelling back to the year 1221.  The film then returns to the present day in Malta, 2021. Alfred Rott (aka the Narrator) is a skilled architect who has been hired to work on a...

Rear Window (1954)

L.B. Jefferies (James Stewart) is a professional photographer. Recently, Jefferies was hired to cover a photoshoot at a racetrack, but unfortunately, due to a crash incident, he now finds himself bound to a wheelchair with a cast around one of his legs.  Instead...

Spirit Untamed (2021)

Following on from Spirit, which originally featured back in 2002, we have a whole new adventure. The film introduces Lucky Prescott (voiced by Isabela Merced), who is still dealing with the tragic loss of her mother when she was just a young girl. After an incident...

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2005)

Set two years after the popular game Final Fantasy VII changed the world, Final Fantasy: Advent Children brings back the loveable characters in a whole new adventure.  Sadly for Cloud, an ex-mercenary who successfully won peace for the entire world, a new threat...

Sparkling: The Story of Champagne (2021)

Champagne! We all know what it is, and perhaps some of you are drinking a glass of it while you're reading this very review. But, do you know where Champagne came from or are you aware of Champagne throughout history? Sparkling: The Story of Champagne reveals...

My Fair Lady (1964)

Eliza (Audrey Hepburn) is a street vendor who sells flowers to make ends meet.  Professor Higgins (Rex Harrison) bumps into Eliza, and the two meet. At first, the professor is quite surprised by Eliza's language and taste in fashion as she attempts to sell him a...

The Last Duel (2021)

Based on a true story.  The film begins with a duel between Sir Jean de Carrouges (Matt Damon) and Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver).  But before we witness the final battle between the two, we go back in time to find out how they ended up here.  We learn...

Boiling Point (2021)

The film begins by introducing us to Andy (Stephen Graham), who is walking to work. Based on his phone conversation, we understand Andy has a lot on his plate relating to his family, and big changes are occurring in his life. Soon he walks into the front door of his...

My Father and Me (2019)

Narrated by Nick Broomfield, the documentary takes its audiences on a personal look at his relationship with his father, Maurice Broomfield. Starting with stunning imagery and a touching musical soundtrack, we learn that Nick’s father, Maurice, worked as a factory...

Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)

Continuing from the first film (which featured in 2002), we are shown the outbreak that occurred within Racoon City. Starting in the city's hospital, it doesn't take long until the entire city is filled with zombies. With no choice left, the city will be closed off,...

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

Beginning with a fun slow-motion battle shown in reverse, viewers will witness the ultimate battle Alice was engaged in when we last saw her.  In the previous instalment, Alice had discovered a large ship carrying survivors. But sadly, Alice and the remaining...

Sirley (2020)

Set in the early ’90s, 13-year-old Nina (Emma Fasano) moves into a small apartment building with her two parents and younger brother. As the family move in, it’s evident they have several issues in many areas. Some of these areas are quite evident, and others seem...

Fire (2020)

The film begins with a group of skilled and professional firefighters attempting to put out a large blaze. The blaze results in the death of one of their fellow team members, leaving the team’s leader, Andrey (Konstantin Khabenskiy), exhausted. After Andrey and his...

Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms (2021)

Continuing from Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge featured in 2020, many battles are accruing on Earth, and blood is being spilled thanks to Shao Kahn and his armies. Shoa Kahn and Raiden make an arrangement and go to the gods to make an ultimate deal to...

Glass Boy (2020)

Pino (Andrea Arru) is a young 11-year-old boy who lives with his family. His upbringing is certainly not a common one. For Pino, growing up has been a challenge as he has haemophilia and each day, he feels trapped, controlled and unable to live a normal life. On the...

Behemoth (2021)

Joshua (Josh Eisenberg) is dealing with his daughter being unwell due to an unknown toxin entering her body.  But instead of being at the hospital with his partner and his unwell daughter, he spends all his spare time seeking answers and trying to find the person...

Becoming Cousteau (2021)

For those who are not aware, Captain Jacques Cousteau is well known for many reasons. He is mostly known for his passion and love of the underwater world, but over 25 years, he also wrote books and featured in a smash-hit TV series, reaching hundreds of millions of...

Waiting for Anya (2020)

Set in 1942, when the world was filled with war, Waiting for Anya begins with a narration from an older adult named Jo.  When Jo (Noah Schnapp) was just a young boy working as a shepherd and looking after sheep in the small village known as Lesgun, he stumbled...

Last Man Down (2021)

In the present day, a deadly virus plagues the world.  John Wood (Daniel Stisten) is a dangerous man filled with pain and suffering. Thanks to flashbacks, we learn that John lost his wife during an interrogation, and the man responsible, Commander Stone (Daniel...

Psycho (1960)

Marion (Janet Leigh) is a secretary who gets tempted to do something, unlike anything she has ever done before.  She decides to steal $40,000 in cash from her workplace. Now with fears of getting caught, Marion takes the money and gets on the road fast. ...

Beyond the Law (2019)

Beginning with the tragic murder of a young man, we are introduced to multiple characters who are all somehow connected to the murder. Firstly we have Augustino "Finn" Adair (Steven Seagal), an ex-mobster attempting to live a new life as a professional businessman....

The Jack in the Box (2019)

The film begins with the introduction of a young man who is haunted by a tragic past. Casey (Ethan Taylor) gets a new job working at a slow and quiet museum, and on his first day, he is invited to go through a stack of older items located in the storage room. While...

Escape Room: Tournament of Champions (2021)

Continuing on from Escape Room (2019), the film begins with a rehash and summary of the last film and reintroduces the survivors, Zoey (Taylor Russell) and Ben (Logan Miller). After making a huge discovery about the masterminds behind the escape rooms, they head out...