This is one of those titles that just snuck up on America. Not much advertising, no official trailers in theatres, just word of mouth and a bit of research online. Most horror fans who follow upcoming movie news knows about this and that is how I found out about this film. Not knowing much about it all I could tell from the trailer is that it’s sort of a home invasion movie with mask killers, a cabin, a family, and a battle to the death.
Jackals is the first of many horror movies coming out in Sept. This is not a sequel to the Bruce Willis movie The Jackal. This homage to the 80’s is a creepy and somewhat sad story of a family led by parents Kathy and Andrew Powell, played by Deborah Kara Unger and Johnathon Schaech respectively who hires a man, Jimmy, a professional who helps rehabilitate people who have lost their way through unethical methods. Against his will, Justin, their son is taken to their family cabin to undergo an intervention to leave the cult but shortly after his cult family are there to bring him back and kill anyone that gets in their way leaving the family to defend themselves by any means necessary.
A friend of mine asked me If I have a top # list of movies I like so far. It is usually something I post at the end of each year on my blog of all the movies I have watched for the year and put them in order from worst to best.
Well to give any newcomers new to my blog a hint as to my taste level and to gain your trust as a movie critique here are my top 5 of the best and worst movies I have seen so far, this year.
Let’s start with the ones I believe are the worst so far:
Wish Upon is one of those horror movies that comes out and keeps you busy until a highly anticipated horror movie comes out, like Stephen King’s It. Not that these two movies are from the same production company but that is how I feel about movies like these. Wish Upon is a movie involving a story that has been told very often but just in a different way for a different audience. When movies like The Conjuring and Get Out are released to the world, the last think you want to see is some teenager having a hard time at school making messed up wishes that if granted takes someone’s life in return.
No, I am not talking about the trailers that are mobile. I am talking about movie trailers that I have seen lately that really grabbed my attention. I love a good trailer. Usually when I go to the movies I have to see trailers. They just set the tone for me and gets me in the mood for the movie I am going to watch. One trailer involves a natural disaster while the other two talk on social issues and awareness. These trailers have already sold me and maybe they will convince you too.
I love disaster films. It’s a genre that disappeared for a while that is slowly making a comeback. I remember watching the film 2012 (John Cusack) back in 2009 and then didn’t really return until San Andreas (Dwayne Johnson) came out in 2017. San Andreas reminded me how much I enjoy disaster films. So watching a trailer for Geostorm, which is about satellites that control the global climate starts to attack Earth. So any kind of natural weather disaster you can think of happens.
Still on a high from the smart and clever 21 Jump Street & 22 Jump Street. The trailer to Seth Gordon’s Baywatch gave the impression that the duo of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Zach Efron would bring the same chemistry and hilarity as Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill brought to the screen. Sadly, that same magic on adapting the beloved over the top series Baywatch TV Series fell short of becoming a possible franchise. I really wanted this movie to work.
I was a bit surprised with how Sleight turned out. I kept the advertising tagline in my head the whole time “Chronicle meets Iron Man”. I was confused as to why they said Iron Man. You will find that out early in the film. I will honestly say I expected something else with that reveal but it doesn’t take away from the indie feel and charming aspect of the film.
There are two kinds of people going to this film. Those who want to see a challenge of a young adult trying to do the right thing by doing the wrong thing in a down to earth take on life’s struggles in the bad streets of Los Angeles OR you want to watch him use his powerful gifts against the people holding him back as if he were a superhero.
The Circle is the latest adaptation from book to screen to be released over the weekend. From the trailer, this looked like a “Black Mirror” episode ready to happen where technology takes center stage and sneaks in from the backdoor takes over our lives without even realizing it.
When I see that a movie is based on a bestseller or a novel with a lot of buzz, I expect the story is innovative or at least different from the millions of stories that can be adapted. I admit that I was intrigued and curious to see how they were going to pull the story of a pseudo Google HQ called The Circle breaking out their new technology of marble size cameras all over the world for instant real time views to make sure that everyone, especially government officials, are transparent and not hiding everything to make sure that the American people are aware of their countries leaders.