So many action movies are oddball affairs with massive explosions and even larger body counts. But I often crave modesty, and writer-director David Beton’s “Confessions” fits the bill perfectly. Taking place in a single location, a church in Massachusetts, where Victor Strong (Stephen Moyer), a mysterious gunman with a bullet wound in his stomach, takes a priest hostage.
The dialogue-heavy drama feels like a lengthy confession: Both Victor and the priest, Father Peter (Colm Meaney), are broken, widowed parents estranged from their children. While Father Peter digs for information from Victor – who is this mysterious man? – a similarly wounded cop named Willow (Clare-Hope Ashitay) hides in a church closet for the perfect moment to strike. For the meat and potato gunfights, cinematographer Andrew Rodger relies on wide shots and predictable blue light to give them a melancholy edge. Never fussy, “Confession” is like a little action miracle.
‘The Last Son’
I love the gritty West, especially the archetypal interrogation genre: “Unforgiven”, “The Wild Bunch”, “The Homesman”, etc. “Last Son” by director Tim Sutton, a story macabre violence, not serious, directed toward more moderate goals, but moving with a similar force.
Borrowing Shakespeare’s conceit, Greg Johnson’s screenplay begins with the legend of Isaac LeMay (Sam Worthington), a ruthless gunman hired by the Army to wipe out the plains of their native tribes. He followed women wherever he went, leaving his children in most towns. The prophecy of Chief Cheyenne – one of the outlaw’s children will kill him – causes him to scour the countryside to eliminate his kin.
Cool hooded racist killers like LeMay are slowly fading from the Western scene, and so are those who come to kill him: bounty hunter, bank robber son Cal (Machine Gun Kelly) and her quiet daughter Megan (Emily Marie Palmer), a subversive of the genre. As these disparate characters intersect, the vibrant final showdown between them, involving a Gatling gun, is a bloody, fantastical mess.
‘Occupation: Rain falls’
In the not-so-distant future, the last few human survivors living on a ravaged earth are intent on fighting an invading alien species until their last breath. “Occupation: Rainfall,” writer-director Luke Sparke’s sequel to his film “Occupation,” takes place two years after the invasion. Some aliens, such as Garry (Lawrence Makoare), have risked everything by teaming up with their human enemies to protect the planet. But the earthlings not only distrusted their interstellar companions, but despised them.
These tensions adorn the main characters: Amelia (Jet Tranter), an alien ally, confronts Genocide Wing Commander Hayes (Daniel Gillies). Garry goes on a mission with a distrustful soldier (Dan Ewing) to discover the source of a weapon their extraterrestrial enemy codenamed Rainfall. Sparke’s action flick includes references to “Starship Troopers,” “Crimson Tide,” and “Independence Day,” and features big, epic films. The opening battle, well worth watching, is set in a fiery, destructive Sydney, and sees aerial dogfights, chaotic gunfights, and a killer comet.
Another fallback, writer-director Derek Presley’s period gangster drama, “Red Stone,” possesses a surprisingly gentle spirit. It has a familiar crime opening: A teenage delinquent, Motley Adams (Dash Melrose), witnesses his brother Danny (Dominic Scott Kay) being murdered by a ruthless crime boss, Jed Haywood ( Michael Cudlitz). After finding a precious ruby his brother hid, the iconic redstone, Motley goes on the run to hide from the FBI and the goons sent by Jed to kill him.
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To create “Red Stone,” Presley luckily adds an attractive wrinkle in Boon (Neal McDonough), a grieving beaten man hired by Jed. Boon, who wears all black, recently lost four family members in a horrific accident. Before the day is over, he needs to attend their funeral, move his grandmother to a less expensive home, and find Motley before the forces involved do. The climax could be the ruminant Boon, armed with a lone pistol, battling a crisis of conscience and battling a ranch rife with bandits alone. But it’s the last shot, an exhausted Boon lying on four graves as the sun kisses his cheek, it breaks his heart.
Kyusha (Ksenia Alexeeva), an orphan, is desperate for a family. She thinks she was found when failed fairy tale writer Andrei (Pavel Trubiner) and his wife, Olga (Marina Kazankova), adopted her from a bleak orphanage driven by an evil fire. Andrei’s ex (Lyubov Tolkalina) executive. Kyusha’s adoptive father told her about a legend. Petersburg, Russia, is a clock tower built by a tsar. It was once run by Pekko, the guardian of time, with a warning: If the clocks stopped, the city would go dark. Pekko diligently wound his watch until his daughter died, driving his wife crazy and making him gone forever. Now only his heir, armed with his key, can break through the darkness.
A terrifying adventure, director Alexey Telnov’s film borrows heavily from the Grimm Brothers and Lemony Snicket as team Kyusha with a wash-face mage to save the dark city and her family from its clutches. of an evil witch. “Guardian of Time,” especially in how it demonstrates Kyusha’s strength in the face of tragedy, provides a sensitive way for children to engage with difficult issues.
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