HAPPY HUNTING (2017)

HAPPY HUNTING (2017)

Director(s): Joe Dietsch, Louie Gibson

Starring: Martin Dingle Wall, Ken Lally, Gary Sturm, C.J. Baker

Happy Hunting

This is by no means a must see… but its bloody and mostly action packed and very strange, and well.. sort of creative.  It was directed and written by Mel Gibson’s son Louie Gibson.  In my opinion there are some issues with the pacing of the film, I think due to the main character fighting his alcoholism through out it (which is not all necessary, and sort of slows things down at times).  But this is a survival film about a desert town who every year hunt a few “bad behaved” humans in the desert where they live. The kill scenes are cool.   I think the desert scenes add a lot to this because there literally isn’t anywhere to hide, so it makes things feel truly desolate and hopeless. 
I’m not so sure Louie Gibson will go on to be as creative as his dad, but this was a fun Saturday Midnight film that I have no regrets in watching.  I can’t wait until my daughter is old enough to watch shit like this with me.  (NW)

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Nate Wilson: NW  Devon Cahill: DC  Matt Average: MA

Arctic (2018)

Arctic  2018

Director: Joe Penna

Starring:  Mads Mikkelsen

Great Transfer

Amazon Prime

Arctic

Yup, I’m reviewing another current film.  This one was a no brainer for me because Mads Mikkelsen is one of my favorite living and working actors at the moment (second only to the almighty Clint Eastwood).  This film didn’t really have much appeal to me at all, besides it staring Mads Mikkelsen.  That is before I viewed it.  The story is that of your basic survival /rescue flick.  A lone man survives a plane crash in the middle of the Arctic, then sets up a make shift camp in what remains of the airplane’s wreckage.  He has to fight the elements of the extreme cold and figure out a way to survive.  There is barely any dialog at all for most of the film… that is until another crash happens near the camp, and he has a newly injured guest who is unconscious and almost dead.  Mads needs to make decisions if he wants to survive and save the newly found companion.  This was a really cool film that supposedly was shot in Iceland.  

I didn’t know anything about the director until viewing the movie and wondering who he was and if there was anything else he had directed that I could watch.  Penna is from Brazil and apparently started his career in film by having a Youtube channel that had 3 million subscribers.  (NW)

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Nate Wilson: NW  Devon Cahill: DC  Matt Average: MA