A group of hikers lost on the Appalachian Trail stumble across an ancient secret that threatens their survival.
Genre : SF/Horror
Country : USA
Jon Briddell : Drake
Rae Olivier : Zoe
Jason Burkey : Brian
My opinion on “Beacon Point”
“This was once all Cherokee land.
It was considered sacred ground,
and trespassers would be killed on sight.”
At the very least, you can say that “Beacon point” is a weird and rather strange movie. After seeing it you’re wondering what in God’s name it was about anyway. I started watching it without any clue what it would be about. And by the time the end credits rolled over the screen, I still didn’t have a clue. In the first 15 minutes there are also some events which in hindsight had nothing to do with the whole story. It starts with a Predator-like scene where two hunters, who look like they have just returned from a Vietnam tour, are chased by something unknown in the forest. Then we see Drake (John Briddell) having an argument with his boss about his criminal past. The result is not too beneficial for Drake. Let’s say a fallen antler with sharp ends plays a main role.
Hey! A ripped apart body. Such a pity … Ok let’s go on.
Then there are some facts that aren’t plausible and realistic enough too me. First of all the volunteers who want to follow the Appalachian Trail aren’t asking any questions about the person Drake. I suppose they’ve paid a lot of money for this trip. And yet, nobody is wondering if Drake is the official guide and if he’s experienced enough. The participants meekly submit their participation papers and follow the completely unknown and not officially introduced trail master.
Even when they find a corpse after a bit of walking, Drake tells them it’s just an unfortunate incident and that it’s probably the result of a hungry bear the victim ran into while hiking through the forest. So, no problem. And they continue their trip in the assumption that someone else will solve the problem I guess. I know for certain I would turn around, because I wouldn’t want to encounter that same hungry bear somewhere.
Didn’t he say not to touch it. Moron!
It’s also bizarre that in the rest of the film these events aren’t mentioned again. As if it never happened. It seems like they’ve used these events to get a standard playtime for the movie. It seems like random events which have nothing to do with the story line. After these unusual occurrences, we get a lot of walking and puffing. The same as in “A walk in the woods” and “Wild“.
The participants are a colorful group consisting of Brian (Jason Burkey) and Cheese (RJ Shearer), two brothers who recently discovered they were brothers. Then there is Dan (Eric Goins), a jolly fat guy who left Silicon Valley behind for a while. And Zoe is an ex-real estate broker who concluded that she didn’t want to end up like her father and, as a tribute, wants to scatter her dad’s ashes in the Appalachians. Before they realize it, they are lost and discover an ancient indian cemetery and later on a bizarre totem. And that’s when strange things start to happen at night and the group of hikers are the victims of nightmares and illnesses
Anybody know who caused all this? Mail me!
Not only the course of the story and the cause of all this misery were strange. The most strange thing is that despite the unoriginal, bad dialogues, the ridiculous decisions and the total lack of explanation, I was fascinated by it in a certain way. There’s a somewhat tense atmosphere. There are beautiful shots to admire made by a drone I guess. And the acting wasn’t so bad afterall (just ignore the dialogues). It’s only the lack of knowing what happened actually that became an annoyance. Was it the trespassing of an old Indian cemetery that released an ancient curse? Or was it aliens that caused it all? Or did they eat some wrong mushrooms and became delirious? And why didn’t they all get sick ? Believe me. You won’t get an answer in the end. And the last images causes even more confusion and are a source of new speculations.
If you expected a type of “X-files” after seeing the cover, you’ll be deeply disappointed. And you can hardly call it horror. There’s not one creepy or scary scene in it. The only effect this film had on me was that I’m sure I’ll once visit those Appalachian forests. And I’m certain there won’t be any martians to haunt me at night.
My rating 5/10
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A Quiet Place Part II | Review
This review is spoiler-free.
It’s not often that a film comes along and demands to be seen on the big screen, creating a cinematic experience unlike any other and that’s something the Quiet Place films definitely do. I may have learnt this the hard way, by watching the first film on a plane and not really enjoying it, only to re-watch it again at home and really like it. But now, seeing A Quiet Place Part II in an IMAX cinema, having not been in a cinema for months, it is truly a spectacular cinematic event.
After a brief flashback sequence to when the creatures first arrived, A Quiet Place Part II picks up exactly where the first film left off. If you’ve seen the first, you’ll know that it ended in a very exciting position and now we witness the Abbott family struggling to navigate and struggling to survive in the post-apocalyptic world, ravaged by monsters that hunt by sound.
AQP2 is a really tense and engaging thriller film however it never quite reaches the heights that its predecessor did. The first film managed to create a level of immense tension and sustain that pretty much the entire way through the film’s runtime. Here, it feels like there were certain scenes that were very tense and have you squirming in your seat but the bits between these scenes lack the same sense of dread and fear that the first did and in that sense the sequel is not quite as tight as the first.
At just 97 minutes long, it’s only 7 minutes longer than the first but it does feel quite a bit longer. The first film goes by in a flash and it’s over before you know it and whilst AQP2 doesn’t feel overly long, the pacing of it makes you notice the runtime that bit more than the first film.
There are a few very suspenseful and scary moments in it, particularly the opening flashback scene to the Abbott family’s first encounter with the creatures. In fact, even that pesky nail from the first film makes a small cameo here but what stands out so much and what makes it a real ‘cinema film’ is the fantastic sound design. Every single time one of the creatures is even remotely near one of the main characters or any time that the creatures just might be nearby, the sound design completely draws you into it and makes you feel like you’re there and that’s what makes these frightening moments all the more impactful.
A lot of the criticisms and faults with A Quiet Place Part II do largely come from the fact that it’s not as good as the first and it’s weaker by comparison, but it’s still a very smart and entertaining film that provides some genuine chills. The concept of creatures that hunt on sound is such a great idea and it plays out on screen so well. Every single time one of the main characters make even the slightest noise your heart stops and your hold your breath, waiting to see if the creatures are going to show up and if our heroes will meet their untimely demise.
One issue I had with the film was that you could always tell where the next scare was going to come from. The film is by no means predictable, it just sticks to some generic tropes and it’s clear where it’s going. Everyone knows in a scary situation in a horror movie you don’t split up. But that doesn’t stop our protagonists from doing so and it’s small details like that that when they happen you can immediately tell the consequences of certain actions will crop up again a few scenes later. But even when that payoff comes it’s still shocking and the film still delivers in the thrills and scares that you want from a film like this.
A Quiet Place Part II is a riveting and frightening film and whilst it doesn’t quite match the level of tension achieved in the first, it is nonetheless a hugely entertaining film and one that you absolutely must see on the biggest screen you can.
A Quiet Place Part II is released in UK cinemas on June 3
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Following the events at home, the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realise the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats lurking beyond the sand path. Luke Hearfield gives his thoughts on the long-awaited sequel once again directed by John Krasinski and starring his real life wife Emily Blunt. It’s time to head back to the cinema and enjoy the experience of sitting in a room full of strangers and sharing the collective feeling of deliciously uncomfortable silence.
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