Drama – Survival

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The Philosophers: After the Dark (2013)

Duration 1h 38m Ratings  UK: 15, USA: R, Spain 16, Source of story An original screenplay Director John Huddles Writers/Script John Huddles Starring James D’Arcy, Sophie Lowe, Freddie Stroma and 18 other young people I had never heard of. Ratings IMDb: 5.6/10 by 22,555 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 71% by 14 reviewers. Review2view: 3/10. Summary: It is … Continue reading

The Trigger Effect (1996)

Duration 1h 38m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Germany: 12  Source of story Apparently a similarity to some episodes of “The Twilight Zone”. Director David Koepp Writers/Script David Koepp Starring Kyle MacLachlan, Elizabeth Shue, Dermot Mulroney,  Ratings IMDb: 5.7 by 7729 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 75% by 24 reviewers. Review2view: 4/10. Elevator Pitch: Annie and Matthew are … Continue reading

U-Turn (1997)

Duration 2h 5m Ratings UK: 18, USA: PG, Denmark  Source of story An original screenplay Director Oliver Stone Writers/Script John Ridley Starring Sean Penn, Billy Bob Thornton, Jon Voight, Jennifer Lopez, Powers Boothe, Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Claire Danes, Laurie Metcalf, Liv Tyler Ratings IMDb: 6.7/10 by 51,439 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 61% by 51 reviewers. Review2view: … Continue reading

Scenic Route (2013)

Duration 1h 22m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R  Source of story An original screenplay Director Kevin Goetz, Michael Goetz Writers/Script Kyle Killen Starring Josh Duhamel, Dan Fogler, Christie Burson, Miracle Laurie Ratings IMDb: 6.5 by 11,000 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 62% by 21 reviewers. Elevator Pitch: When a road trip organised by Carter goes wrong he and … Continue reading

Swarmed (2005)

Duration 1h 36m Ratings USA: PG-13 Source of story A not very original screenplay Director Paul Ziller Writers/Script Miguel Tejada-Flores Starring Michel Shanks, Carol Alt, Tim Thomerson Ratings IMDb: 3.7 by 1160 people .  Rotten Tomatoes: 35% by.  Elevator Pitch: The small Canadian town of Dundas is plagued by a swarm of genetically altered wasps, causing … Continue reading

The Way Back (2010)

Duration 2h 13m Ratings UK: 12A, USA: PG-13,  Source of story Said to have been inspired by a “novel” by Slavomir Rawicz Director Peter Weir Writers/Script Peter Weir, Keith R. Clarke Starring Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, Saoirse Ronan, Mark Strong, Jim Sturgess,  Ratings IMDb: 7.3 by 110,473.  Rotten Tomatoes: 74% by 139 critics. Elevator Pitch: In … Continue reading

Poseidon (2006)

Duration 1h 38m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A remake of “The Poseidon Adventure” itself a film of a novel by Paul Gallico Director Wolfgang Petersen Writers/Script Mark Protosevich Starring Josh Lucas, Kurt Russell, Richard Dreyfuss, Emmy Rossum, Mia Maestro, Mike Vogel, Kevin Dillon, Freddy Rodriguez, Jacinda Barrett, Jimmy Bennett, Elevator Pitch: When the … Continue reading

Papillon (1973)

Duration 2h 31m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A book of the same name by Henri Charrière Director Franklin J. Schaffner Writers/Script Dalton Trumbo, Lorenzo Semple Jr, William Goldman Starring Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, Victor Jory, Elevator Pitch: Henri Charrière, known as Papillon, is framed for  murder, found guilty and exported to the camp … Continue reading

The Finest Hours (2016)

Duration 1h 57m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A book “The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coastguard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue” by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias Director Craig Gillespie Writers/Script Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson Starring Chris Pine, Casey Afleck, Eric Bana, Holliday Grainger Elevator Pitch: In a … Continue reading

Room (2015)

Duration 1h 58m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A book of the same name by Emma Donoghue Director Lenny Abrahamson Writers/Script Emma Donoghue Starring Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, William H. Macy Elevator Pitch: A five year old boy has only experienced the inside of a small room where he lives with his … Continue reading

First Blood (1982)

Duration 1h 33m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A book of the same name by David Morrell Director Ted Kotcheff Writers/Script Michael Kozoll, William Sackheim, Sylvester Stallone Starring Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Brian Dennehy, David Caruso, Bruce Greenwood, Elevator Pitch: John Rambo, a Vietnam vet, living on the road arrives at a small town … Continue reading

Kursk (2018)

Elevator Pitch When a HP (Hydrogen Peroxide)  torpedo explodes in the forward compartment of the Kursk, Russia’s premier nulcear submarine, all but 23 of the vessel’s 118 man crew are killed. The remainder survive in the aftermost compartment and await rescue. On shore the wives wait for news and are told lies by the assembled … Continue reading

The Life of Pi (2012)

Duration 2h 7m Rating (UK) PG Source of story A book of the same name by Yann Martel Writers/Script David Magee (and previous efforts by almost too many scriptwriters to mention). Additional Info The writer of the book knows a lot about animals but nothing about being on a ship, nor did the scriptwriter or … Continue reading

Beyond the Reach (2014)

Duration 1h 31m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A book from 1972 Deathwatch by Robb White, who was sufficiently well known in America to be on “This is Your Life” in 1959. He died in 1990. Writers/Script Stephen Susco Additional Info The star of the show is probably the Mercedes G65 6X6 a very … Continue reading

War of the Worlds (2005)

Duration 1h 55m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story The novel of the same name by H G Wells Writers/Script Josh Friedman, David Koepp Additional Info I am developing an interest in unusual cars which are featured but not mentioned in movies. In this one a 1966 Ford Mustang worth a couple of hundred thousand … Continue reading

The Condemned

Released 2007 Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s script Scott Wiper, Rob Hedden Writer/s story Rob Hedden, Andy Hedden, Scott Wiper Director Scott Wiper Starring Steve Austin, Vinnie Jones, Robert Mammone, Tory Mussett and a load of wrestlers Elevator Pitch An unscruplous media billionaire sets up an internet event where a … Continue reading

Flight of the Phoenix

Released 2004 Rating 12A in UK Director John Moore Writer/s Scott Frank, Edward Burns Starring Dennis Quaid, Tyrese Gibson, Giovanni Ribisi, Hugh Laurie Source of story A 1965 film, screenplay by Lukas Heller Elevator Pitch A plane carrying a bunch of oil workers and their boss, back to base after failing to find oil, crashes … Continue reading

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

Released 2016 Rating 12A Director Dan Trachtenberg Writer/s Josh Campbell, Matthew Stuecken Starring John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr Source of story A script called The Cellar which apparently has been knocking around for years. Elevator Pitch After a car crash a young woman wakes in an underground bunker with two men and … Continue reading

The Revenant (2015)

Released 2015 Rating 15 in UK Director Alejandro G Iñárritu Writer/s Alejandro G Iñárritu, Mark L Smith Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Paul Anderson, Source of story Basically an American legend, turned into a novel by Michael Punke, and used in part as a source Elevator Pitch An American woodsman leading … Continue reading

Gravity (2013)

Released 2013 Rating 12A in UK Director Alfonso Cuarón Writer/s Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón Starring Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris Source of story Original screenplay Elevator Pitch Two astronauts are working outside the Shuttle on the Hubble telescope when it is blown away by a cataclysmic event, and thereafter they have to work out … Continue reading