January 10, 2015

What's new on VOD this week?

There are plenty of VOD options for us this week, and they come in all sorts of varieties.

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88: A young woman comes to in a roadside diner with no idea where she is or how she got there. Split between two timelines, she gets taken on a violent journey as she seeks out the person responsible for her lover's death.

Katharine Isabelle running around looking all sexy and killing a bunch of dudes who did her wrong? Sounds alright by us.

The Atticus Institute: In the fall of 1976, a small psychology lab in Pennsylvania became the unwitting home to the only government-confirmed case of possession. The U.S. military assumed control of the lab under orders of national security and, soon after, implemented measures aimed at weaponizing the entity. The details of the inexplicable events that occurred are being made public after remaining classified for nearly forty years.

The Atticus Institute looks like it's going to be something along the lines of The Taking of Deborah Logan, at least in part, and if it ends up being nearly as good, we'll be happy campers.

Dark Summer: A 17-year-old is on house arrest for the summer while his mother is away on business. A horrifying incident occurs leaving an ominous presence in the house.

At the very least, we have to say that Dark Summer has the potential to be a good movie. We're down to see this one, as any sort of anti-coming of age movie with a supernatural twist seems like it could be interesting. Plus, it's got Randy Wagstaff from The Wire in it, so, why not?

Lucy: A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

Lucy made very little practical sense, and it was over-the-top and even silly at times, but it was a fun movie for what it was. We really wish that Luc Besson would get back to making good movies like he did in the 90's, but for now at least he's making entertaining ones.

No Good Deed: A lonely mother, invites a handsome car accident victim into her home. Desperate for a little attention, she doesn't realize she's entertaining a sociopathic, yet charming escape convict. In one terrorizing night her life completely changes as she fight for her own life and the life of her children in No Good Deed.

There's just nothing about this movie that makes us want to sit through it. We love Idris Elba to death, but the idea of watching him terrorize a mother and her kid for 90 minutes just seems blah to us.

Predestination: PREDESTINATION chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for all eternity. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.

Our review of Predestination is coming soon, but for now let us just say that this movie is one twisty-turny ride that left us scratching our heads a bit at the end. In a good way, but still. This is a solid little Sci-Fi Thriller that doesn't offer much in the way of action, but is one hell of an interesting character piece.

Preservation: A camping trip for newlyweds Mike and Wit takes an unexpected turn when they are joined by Mike's brother, Sean, a former marine. When their tent is stolen overnight and they are left without food or water, the brothers turn on each other. A random act of violence becomes a game of cat and mouse.

We'll watch this one based on the fact that it's directed by the guy who gave us the ultra-creepy Home Movie (our review HERE), and hope that he can make a tired plot line like this into something fresh and worthwhile.

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