At First Light

SF, Thriller
Available on VOD: 6 juni 2019
Director: Jason Stone
Cast: Stefanie Scott (Beautiful Boy, Insidious 3 & 4), Theodore Pellerin (Boy Erased), Saïd Taghmaoui (Wonder Woman, The Infiltrator)

Alex is floating unconscious in a lake when light from a UFO of light saves her by enhancing her abilities such as telekinesis and healing power. Her friend Sean helps her. The authorities want her - not just for stealing a police car.

  • The rare example of an understated, effectively told young-adult yarn that places emphasis on grounded characters, nuanced performances and stunning visuals over convolution and clichés, Canadian filmmaker Jason Stone’s At First Light boasts unpretentious but exciting surface-level charms.
  • Stone doesn’t explicitly ask the straightforward, big-picture questions you’ll find in a film like “Arrival.” But his attention to detail and character, and his ability to render those people in recognizable settings, is engrossing.
  • A lean, fantastical narrative, as captured with a slick look that is commendably achieved.
  • A strong design, a sensitive script and good performances elevate it far above most of its peers. It has a strong emotional resonance that will appeal to teen viewers who have an appetite for something more thoughtful than most Hollywood offerings.
  • For the diehard SF enthusiasts, this film is highly recommended.
  • Screen-Space: Feels gritty, human and real, despite its otherworldly premise. First Light builds to a soaring denouement (pumped by some demographic-appropriate musical accompaniment from M83’s Outro) that reassures the audience that, in this world or beyond, we are not alone.
  • First Light nimbly condenses similar, more complicated stories for a greater storytelling accomplishment. Stone succeeds as others have previously faltered.

Hollow Point

Available on VOD: 13 juni 2019
Director: Daniel Zirilli
Cast: Luke Goss (Hellboy II, Blade II, Death Race II, Blood Out), Bill Duke (Predator, Mandy, X-Men The Last Stand), Michael Paré (The Philadelphia Experiment, The Lincoln Lawyer, The Virgin Suicides), JuJu Chan (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny)

Hank Cormac is a lawyer and vigilante who leads a team of crime fighters that wage a war against the criminals who infest their city. When college professor Nolan Cooray’s wife and daughter are killed in the crossfire of a gang dispute and the system fails to bring justice, Nolan joins Hank and his crew for payback.

  • Overall I give the film a 7 out of 10. Hollow Point is pretty good.