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Endings, Beginnings – Review
Endings, Beginnings – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 50 minutes
After breaking up with Adrian and quitting her job, Daphne is moving into her sister, Billy’s, pool house. Daphne’s friends tell her she needs to take a sabbatical from dating and figure out what she wants in life. Daphne feels she missed her 20s experiences. Experiences like joining the peace corp and new cultures. She wants to do them now. Billy has a New Years party that Daphne is invited to by default. During the party, Daphne walks away to be alone and she is found by Frank. He bums a cigarette and enters her suffer zone. She makes him take several steps back to avoid feeling devastated by her zone. Moments later, Daphne sees Jack. Jack is a writer and a friend of Billy’s. Jack and Daphne ring in the new year with a conversation. The next morning Frank sends her a Spotify playlist called “Music to Suffer To”. She loves the playlist but doesn’t know how Frank got her number. At her job, Jack walks in and asks her out on a date. Jack tells her he got her number from Billy. They laugh and connect over art, cigarettes, expectations, and the future. During their conversation, Frank texts. He wants to see her. She ignores the message. The next morning, she gets flowers and cigarettes. She assumes they are from Jack but they’re not. She decides to meet Frank at a local bar. He accuses her of trying to make him jealous. They sit and talk about the danger of their passion. He doesn’t want to hurt his friend, Jack, and she doesn’t want to be a wedge in their friendship. But their words come crashing down when they spend the night together. The next morning, she leaves Frank on the floor and heads home. She gets a text from Jack. Frank told Jack they went on a date last night. Jack says he cool with it. Daphne text them both goodbye. Frank says goodbye but Jack believes they have something special and wants to see her again. She meets Jack at his place and they eat. He warns her that Frank is unreliable, volatile, and messy. Jack says Frank’s last girlfriend drowned in him. Jack and Daphne spend the night together. Her dating sabbatical is officially over. Now, Daphne is stuck between two different but broken men. When her past collides with her present, it will leave a roller coaster of emotions for her future.
As you watch Daphne relive her breakup in the beginning, you only see the end. Never the cause of the breakup. As she lives her life over the year, you see why things slowly unhinged in her relationship with Adrian and her job. She goes back and forth between the two men with the realization that she doesn’t feel right alone. She describes Frank and Jack as two people who give different sides of what she needs. With Jack, she feels taken care of. With Frank, she can take care of someone else. Both men allow her to take the focus off herself. and her plight. It’s easy to see how one would be better for her. But remember, he stated he doesn’t believe marriage is right for him. The other doesn’t discuss marriage at all. The end will leave you with one burning question and fantasies to come. While part of Daphne’s life ends, it brings a beginning.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars
That’s because you’re in my suffer zone – Daphne
I don’t know why you’re doing this – Adrian
She’s really wonderful but I don’t really believe the sincerity of how really wonderful she is – Billy
U suffering yet – Frank
If we spend more time together, one of us will die – Jack
The Invisible Man – Review
The Invisible Man – Budget of $7 million – 2 hours and 4 minutes
Cecilia has put her plan into place. She secretly drugged her husband Adrian, prepared a go-bag, and has her sister, Emily, picking her up. As Adrian sleeps, she moves the camera, turns off the alarm, and tracks him in bed on her phone. She hears something behind her and sees her dog whimpering. Hurt, she tells him he can’t go. But in a last-ditch effort of defiance, she removes his shock collar. In doing so, she hits Adrian’s car door and sets off the alarm. She runs over the cement barrier, through the woods and waits for Emily. As she gets in Emily’s car, she drops the Diazepam she used to drug Adrian and gets in the car. When Emily starts to question what’s going on, Adrian punches through the car window and starts to pull Cecilia. Emily drives off leaving Adrian behind. Adrian finds the bottle on the ground and heads home. Two weeks later, Cecilia is hiding out in James’s home with his daughter Sydney. Walking to the mailbox causes Cecilia enormous anxiety. She knows Adrian is waiting for her to let down her guard. When Emily comes to James’s home, Cecilia is on high alert. Adrian knows where Emily lives and could have tracked her to James’s. Emily tells her to relax because Adrian committed suicide. Emily shows Cecilia a news article. Cecilia breathes a sigh of relief. The next day, Cecilia gets a letter from Adrian’s brother Tom. Tom is the executor of Adrian’s estate. Adrian left Cecilia $5 million to be paid monthly in $100,000 installments without income or estate taxes. Cecilia is dumbfounded by his generosity. She is ready to start her new life by gifting Sydney $10,000 a month for tuition and other college expenses for a year. One night, Cecilia gets a feeling that someone is around but sees no one. She brushes it off and goes to sleep. Cecilia is awakened to notice her covers on the floor at the foot of the bed. She pulls the covers but they are stuck on something. She stares to see footprints appear out of nowhere. She snaps them and hears something fall to the floor and run. She screams for James. She swears someone is there. James tells her it’s all in her mind. She should not let Adrian’s memory torment her. When she goes on a job interview, she misplaces her portfolio and faints. As she showers, the doctor calls and says she has Diazepam in her system. She turns and sees the bloody pill bottle she dropped the night she left Adrian. Then she remembers his threat. If you leave me, I will find you. You won’t see me but I will leave something behind to let you know I was there. While no one else believes her, she knows Adrian has faked his death and found a way to make himself invisible. And he is terrorizing her. Can she make anyone else see the truth?
That feeling of someone being in the room, someone watching you, or someone listening to you is a feeling we all know too well. As the camera pans to an empty spot in the room, you will swear you can see Adrian standing there. Being invisible allows each attack to be shocking. This modern twist on The Invisible Man novel is a mix of The Invisible Man movie and Enough (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). With strong acting, amazing special effects, and killer designs, the plot feels believable. It will make your jump in your seat and gasps when Adrian brutally exact his revenge. There is one surprise that will leave you in awe and put Cecilia on notice.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars
Surprise – Adrian
He’s not out there. I promise – James
I have some news – Emily
He haunted you in life, don’t let him haunt you in death – Tom
You’re a jellyfish version of him – Cecilia
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