‘Abigail,’ ‘Rebel Moon Pt. 2,’ ‘Hard Miles’ Movie Reviews | See It or Skip It

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4) — Will you be spending your evening with a vampire, or Netflix and chilling with the new Zack Snyder Film? ABC4 Film Critic Patrick Beatty is here to tell us what to see and what to skip.

Abigail

Where to Watch: Theaters

Directed By: 

Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett

Written By: 

Stephen Shields, Guy Busick

Starring:

Melissa Barrera, Dan Stevens, Alisha Weir

Genre:

Horror, Thriller

Rated R
All media courtesy of Universal Studios

Abigail centers around a group of kidnappers awaiting their boss’s orders while keeping their victim, a young girl with a supposedly wealthy family, tied up in her room. What the kidnappers don’t realize is their night is going to take a sharp and bloody turn.

Melissa Barrera plays our lead who is the heart of the story, both with a hidden past but also nurturing in ways that feel genuine and heartfelt. Dan Stevens again chews up any scene he’s in, and like Godzilla X Kong, knows exactly what movies he’s in and how to get the most out of his character. Alisha Weir as Abigail has so much to balance between her backstory and the physicality of her role and she does it very gracefully.

The film is all set inside one big mansion, which has lots of tricks and secrets hidden in its walls that I feel the directors executed perfectly here. I love the claustrophobic feeling of being trapped inside the house while also appreciating the use of light and dark to either make you feel like you are safe or in the middle of danger.

Overall I had a really good time watching Abigail. Go in knowing as little as possible if you want to have a more enhanced time but if you are curious, please take a look at our interview with Alisha Weir about her character in the video above.

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Rebel Moon – Part Two: The Scargiver

Where to Watch: Netflix

Directed By: 

Zack Snyder

Written By: 

Shay Hatten, Kurt Johnstad, Zack Snyder

Starring:

Sofia Boutella, Charlie Hunnam, Anthony Hopkins

Genre:

Action, Adventure, Drama

Rated PG-13
All media courtesy of Netflix

Rebel Moon Part 2: The Scargiver continues on Zack Snyder’s sci-fi saga with news coming out recently that the director wants to make six films in this universe. It again stars Sofia Boutella and delves further into a world with an enormous amount of backstory and exposition to get through before a second half that’s action-filled.

I really tried to go into this with an open mind. Snyder set the table in Part 1, introducing a team of characters and now we should be able to care about them and center more on the story. Sadly, if that’s what you are hoping for, you’re going to be sorely disappointed.

Much like the first film, this is sorely missing compelling characters and story to keep you engaged, but instead is exposition-heavy, filled with poor visuals and action slowed down enough to where you can actually see the fight choreography as opposed to the actual fight itself. They set up moments from the first film just for them to go nowhere here, and the amount of characters we lose in this film should make an audience feel at least something — but much like the film itself, left me feeling hollow and confused.

This may be the worst Zack Snyder film I’ve seen next to Rebel Moon Part 1. My hope is that Netflix sees the writing on the wall here and does what they do to most of their successful content and cancels it quickly.

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Hard Miles

Where to Watch: Theaters

Directed By: 

R.J. Daniel Hanna

Written By: 

R.J. Daniel Hanna, Christian Sander

Starring:

Sean Astin, Matthew Modine, Jackson Kelly

Genre:

Drama, Sport

Rated PG-13
All media courtesy of Blue Fox Entertainment

Matthew Modine stars as a social worker whose cycling vacation falls off the trail. This sets him at a youth prison of teenage convicts that give him an idea. He assembles a cycling team and takes them on a transformative 1000-mile ride.

The story is inspired by the life of Greg Townsend and the Ridgeview Academy Cycling Team. Maybe you haven’t heard about this film, but for this week’s watch, it might be one of the stronger options for you. I loved the admittedly traditional sports story or accomplishments and reforming people through a team activity. Matthew Modine does a great job as a leader in helping to better these kids’ lives, and all the supporting performances match in quality.

This is a hidden gem for the week and definitely, one you can watch with the whole family.

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