Films

VOD Mei 2020

Strange But True

Thriller
Beschikbaar voor VOD: 7 mei 2020
Regie: Rowan Athale
Cast: Margaret Qualley (Seberg, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood), Nick Robinson (Love Simon, Jurassic World), Brian Cox (Churchill, Succession), Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone, Beautiful Boy), Greg Kinnear (House of Cards, Anchorman 2 - The Legend Continues)

Tijdens de avond van het schoolbal sterft Ronnie Chase op tragische wijze, terwijl zijn vriendin Melissa overleeft. Vijf jaar later arriveert Melissa op de stoep van de familie van Ronnie. Ze vertelt hen dat ze zwanger is van hem. Ondanks dat de familie sceptisch is, proberen ze haar gelijk te bewijzen. Ze komen er echter achter dat de werkelijkheid veel angstaanjagender is dan ze zich hadden voorgesteld.

Reviews
  • HollywoodReporter.com: An atmospheric thriller with a noir-ish undertow and strong visual style, Strange But True puts a classy spin on familiar ingredients. The twist-heavy, logic-bending plot will test audience patience in places, but the whole package is handsomely crafted and rich in strong performances from a seasoned ensemble cast led by Amy Ryan, Brian Cox, Blythe Danner and Greg Kinnear.
  • NYTimes.com: The tale is a jolting one, and the superb players do justice to the emotional distress of its characters. But a surer directorial hand might have yielded a more resonant experience.
  • RogerEbert.com: It's a pleasure to watch a movie that's told in complete, self-contained scenes with beginnings, middles and ends, and that doesn't lean on constant editorializing music and exposition dumps to create the illusion of excitement. Athale and Garcia are going for a lean-and-mean approach, and it works well.
  • Bloody-flicks.co.uk: The starry cast is all excellent, as you would expect from such a lineup, but special mention should go to Amy Ryan who conveys Charlene’s anger and grief with absolute conviction. This is first-rate stuff, and well worth 90 minutes of anyone’s time.
  • Doblu.com: Strange But True provides a provocative examination of coping with grief and loss, only to evolve into a surprisingly taut psychological thriller. Rowan Athale's movie is cleverly sad and haunting with a capable cast.
  • Eyeforfilm.co.uk: As the film digs into psychological stress, Athale crafts the sharp, unspoken parts of grief into shards that cut at his characters.
  • Filmintuition.com: Serving its phenomenal cast well as a strong dramatic showcase for the actors involved, Strange But True is anchored by that fiery trio and provides proof once again (and after the recent Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) that Andie MacDowell's daughter Margaret Qualley is the real deal.
  • Screendaily.com: Athale flirts with the visual language of horror even before the story takes a swerve into darker territory. A creepily photographed basement, the location of Blythe Danner’s laundry facilities, suggests that something malevolent is about to emerge into the story. And so it does – a truth so repulsive that it rapidly accrues a body count is launched into the action.
  • Nycmovieguru.com: a taut, provocative and moving psychological thriller.

Mercenary

Actie
Beschikbaar voor VOD: 14 mei 2020
Regie: Jesse V. Johnson
Cast: Dominiquie Vandenberg (Triple Threat), Louis Mandylor (My Big Fat Greek Wedding 1 & 2, One in the Chamber)

Wanneer ex-legioensoldaat en huurling Maxx na een mislukte missie voor dood achterblijft en op het nippertje gered wordt, verandert zijn kijk op het leven helemaal. Het vreedzame pad waar hij voor kiest, leidt echter onvermijdelijk naar een nieuwe confrontatie met oude demonen.

Een hels ballet van vuurregens, vechtpartijen en verbluffende actiescènes die met een hondsbrutale efficiëntie in beeld worden gebracht. De kenners zullen weer smullen van Louis Mandylor als superbaddie Leclerc.

Reviews
  • Spoilerfreemoviesleuth.com: Filled with gruesome kills, a wonderfully hammy villain, and thrilling action sequences, this is the kind of picture that is the foundation for the genre.
  • Actionreloaded.com: The Mercenary doesn’t skimp on violence either it is quite brutal, which I am sure action fans will love. Vandenberg brings his A game and I found the movie too be so much fun.
  • Theactionelite.com: Overall, The Mercenary is the action movie to beat this year and it`s only January 2nd. With a badass protagonist, a hateful villain and no shortage of bloodshed The Mercenary delivers and action fans should definitely seek it out.
  • Worldfilmgeek.com: This is definitely Dominiquie Vandenberg’s shining moment as he proves to be stellar in the lead role. A must see for action fans.
  • Bulletproofaction.com:  Dom Vandenberg is a natural fighter with a background with the French Foreign Legion, a great kicker, he’s excellent with all firearms and a master with the knife. Plus, it pays to have Louis Mandylor as the main baddie. These two together make for an awesome action movie.
  • Filmlegacy.net: There’s an undeniable satisfaction to watching a revenge plot play out, action fans will not be disappointed.
  • Kungfukingdom.com: Delivers all the hard-hitting action viewers crave while blending it with a story of a warrior ready to retire but forced to complete one final mission. Dominiquie Vandenberg delivers a gentle, understated performance as a the title character while simultaneously going all out in the film’s abundant action scenes.
  • Outlawvern.com: it's surprisingly brutal, and it ends up feeling like an origin story for a guy you want to see having more adventures.
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