Movies

VOD April 2022

Death Valley

Action, Horror
Available on VOD: 7 april 2022
Director: Matthew Ninaber
Cast: Jeremy Ninaber, Ethan Mitchell, Kristen Kaster

Retired mercenaries with nothing to lose are hired for one last mission - to rescue a high-profile bioengineer imprisoned in an isolated cold war bunker. Upon entering the ominous facility, it soon becomes clear that this was a top-secret research center not too long ago, but something went horribly wrong. They find themselves in a fight for their lives when they come under attack from unknown and deadly creatures with eerily familiar human traits...

Reviews
  • Blu-ray.com: There’s a viral element in play to increase “The Thing”-style paranoia, and Ninaber has an affinity for tight spaces.
  • Culturecrypt.com: the Ninaber Brothers squeeze every drop of their sweat onto the screen, doing their damnedest to make bullet-riddled battles read as real.
  • Dreadcentral.com: Cool gore shots and compelling monster scenes.
  • Eyeforfilm.uk: Very good at what it does, and if you want something to watch in your darkened living room which will make you feel nervous about walking down the hall to put the kettle on, it’s just the thing.
  • Film-news.co.uk: This is blood and action.
  • Aiptcomics.com: Great creature design.
  • TheGuardian.com: The special ops pair’s banter, with Mitchell relishing his line in cheerful sarcasm, is another light in the darkness. Death Valley is never fully disturbing, but enjoyably gross is good enough.
  • Voicesfromthebalcony.com: An enjoyable bit of monster mayhem.
  • Bloody-disgusting.com: Ninaber maintains a narrative pace that delivers thrills and effective downtime

De Openbaring

Drama, Thriller
Available on VOD: 5 mei 2022
Director: Chris W. Mitchell
Cast: Victor Löw (Prooi, Michiel de Ruyter, Flikken Rotterdam), Monic Hendrickx (Penoza, Ferry), Leny Breederveld (De Luizenmoeder, Vliegende Hollanders)
(only available in Dutch)

ANGST EN LIEFDE IN TIJDEN VAN COVID-19

Nadat hij zijn baan is kwijtgeraakt trekt Jacob tijdens de eerste corona-lockdown in bij zijn moeder, waarna hij onder invloed raakt van een complottheoreticus en langzaam maar zeker doordraait.

Reviews
  • De Volkskrant: "Een smakelijk vervormde uitvergroting van de huiselijke lockdownhel. Victor Löw is indrukwekkend krankjorum als de man die met de beste intenties tot doodenge mondkapjesmaniak transformeert." ****. Lees de hele review hier.
  • De Filmkrant: Löw, die de film met verve draagt, ziet er op een gegeven moment uit als een soort kolonel Kurtz die de jungle probeert te bedwingen die de buitenwereld in coronatijd is geworden. Jacob oogt ook als een pakkende metafoor voor al die mensen die aan het begin van de pandemie in fake news tuinden. Opnieuw blijkt dat de genrefilm zich uitstekend leent voor wonderlijke en kritische blikken op de samenleving. Lees de hele review hier.
  • Film Vandaag: De openbaring is een thriller die in staat is je de hele tijd ongemakkelijk te laten voelen. Maar De openbaring is bovenal een masterclass filmmaken. ****. Lees de hele review hier.
  • Nachtvlinders: Een Nederlandse productie die zó sterk is heb ik niet vaak gezien en we mogen hier als Nederlanders trots op zijn. Hulde aan de makers en ga deze film zeker kijken. Vif sterren! Lees de hele review hier.

Resistance: 1942

Drama, War
Available on VOD: 28 april 2021
Director: Matthew Hill, Landon Johnson
Cast: Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride, Saw), Jason Patric (In the Valley of Elah, Narc, The Prince), Mira Furlan (Space Command), Judd Hirsch (Uncut Gems, A Beautiful Mind)

It's 1942, and France is under Nazi control. The Allies have been pushed off the continent, and their defeat in North Africa seems likely. The nazi's victory is nearly absolute. Deep within this heinous shadow, a man names Jacques uses a radio to broadcast a message of hope. Unbeknownst to him, the formidable Gestapo Hauptmann, Klaus Jager, has been dispatched to catch the illegal broadcast. As Klaus closes in, Jacques, his daughter Juliet, a small group of other dissidents, must learn to trust the kindness of a stranger if they are to stay ahead of their pursuer. And in the end, that trust may turn out to be the very thing that leads the hunter to his prey.

Reviews
  • TheGuardian.com: As written here, the ambiguous Andre – who channels Nazi money – is a much more interesting character; a kind of Oskar Schindler lite. Patric’s inscrutable performance recedes intriguingly.
  • Intoscreens.com: Directors Matthew Hill & Landon Johnson, along with writer Jonah Hirsch weave an inspirational story of how the kindness of a perfect stranger can save two families from a cruel world filled with ignorance. With solid performances from the entire cast, this film works as a reminder on how you should never give in to tyranny and always go down swinging.
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