Fantasia Festival 2016: Rupture (World Premiere 2016)

Fantasia Festival is here! I know that I probably should be posting up reviews right away but I kind of want to take a new approach to give myself a few days to let the movie sink in a little and give it some thought. The first movie to kick off the festival for me is Rupture! What caught my eye for this one wasn’t even the plot but rather the director Steven Shainberg and lead actress Noomi Rapace. Not to mention it was hosted by the director Steven Shainberg and with the bonus of cinematographer Karim Hussain and one of the producers as well.

Rupture

Let’s check it out!

Rupture (2016)

Rupture

Director and co-writer: Steven Shainberg

Cast: Noomi Rapace, Peter Stormare, Kerry Bishe, Lesley Manville, Percy Hynes White, Michael Chiklis, Ari Millen

A single mom tries to break free from a mysterious organization that has abducted her.-IMDB

 Rupture is a strange film. It is exceptionally unique but so very bizarre. From the choice of color and tone for the cinematography to the characters and their development to the story itself, it highlights a very indie all genre movie. Rupture is a fantasy and sci-fi thriller with hints of horror splashed around but also manages to remember to give its audience moments to relax in its somewhat oddly fun moments even when the situation that our main character Renee is nothing but tense and mysterious. The best part is all the attention to detail it has put in. Everything in there has a reason to be there from the lighting to the colors to the characters and the slow reveal of what is this mysterious organization. It had effective unsettling scenes as well that gave it the emphasis of a horror even if this is very much more of a thriller.

Rupture

Noomi Rapace is the main actress here and we follow a lot of her character Renee around the story. We see her from the start as a single mom and one that is independent. She is brave and smart.  Her mind moves fast in solutions on how to escape. She does what she has to to survive. These are all her traits revealed to us. Who can be so calm in situations like this hers where she is abducted and sent far far away to a closed reinforced room with strange people that she has never met asking her questions on her fears and medical history. What do they want from her? That is the question that lingers in the air throughout most of the film. It is amazing how the imagery and set up of the entire movie has such a good pacing to make us remain interested. It takes the time to set up the atmosphere of dread as she tries to escape and Renee is the hero we cheer for, even if the little criticism is that when things went crazy or she was screaming, I had a hard time understanding her dialogue, but what is great is that most of the movie can be understood by observing the surroundings

Rupture

Noomi Rapace may be the character we cheer for and a fantastic character at that, especially getting a lot of support from the local audience because her character in Rupture is from Montreal. However, we cannot overlook the other characters, especially those in the mysterious organization. There is no need to say how great Peter Stormare is in the offsetting way but some of these other characters are also familiar faces who capture the awkward roles that they are required to deliver. Kerry Bishe was in Argo before this and while there hasn’t been much from her, she definitely carries a balance to the characters. Ari Millen also reaped a lot of reaction from the audience and has the most bizarre dialogue and that is probably because he is in Orphan Black (which I have not seen yet). Another familiar face was Lesley Manville which I couldn’t pinpoint but was in Maleficent as one of the fairies. During the Q&A session, they were asked about the casting and in the end, it was focused on whether an actor could portray the vibe they didn’t to sink into this hard to grasp character that was able to deliver the mystery cleverly. This group of characters were fantastic.

Rupture

Overall, Rupture is a clever thriller that keeps its audience wondering about what the big mystery is and waiting for the reveal. It is very detail-oriented and little subtleties will all make sense at the end. The characters are constructed really well and casted well to be able to deliver the role whether it was members of the mysterious organization with their awkward personalities to the main character Renee played by Noomi Rapace who delivered a captivating performance in a strong female role who never is the damsel in distress despite the situation she is thrown in. There is a lot to love about Rupture especially the care put into every little detail. I highly recommend it.

Netflix A-Z: Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

Next up on Netflix A-Z is our P selection! It really wasn’t much of a decision here! I haven’t seen an animated film in a while and I just needed time to relax and just be entertained.  Mind you, I’m a fan of Madagascar to a certain extent but my feeling towards Madagascar is something like my current feeling of Ice Age. However, Madagascar has always been able to entertain me a little more.  I guess that’s a plus so there are higher hopes of a spin-off movie working.

Let’s check it out! 🙂

Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

Penguins of Madagascar

Director: Eric Darnell & Simon J. Smith

Voice Cast: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, Conrad Vernon, John Malkovich, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, Annet Mahendru, Peter Stormare

Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private join forces with undercover organization The North Wind to stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine from destroying the world as we know it.-IMDB

 The goal of most animated films is to entertainment.  Penguins of Madagascar should have one goal: entertaining families.   Animations are aimed towards a younger audience usually and Madagascar franchise has always had that sort of appeal.

Penguins is a hard one to pinpoint. It really is a sequel to the previous Madagascar since it shows them escaping the circus.  It gives it some continuity and context to what is going on.They definitely have comedic value. This animation should be probably more engaging for children especially with the cute and cuddly penguins and the not too long run time mixed with constant action and some funny visual comedy. Its also quite colorful and energetic.  For adults watching this, it still has a fun value and the humor has its smart moments especially using actor names in the context of sentences. We had a good laugh over catching those bits.

Penguiins of Madagascar

While our heroes are the silly penguins and its a lot based on their absurd and spontaneous plans, it adds in a villain just for them called Dave who is an octopus that lost its popularity at zoos because of penguins. Dave disguises intelligently as a successful scientist and while being a villain, he also is pretty old school especially when he is being voiced by the talented John Malkovich and is bad at technology. In contrast, our side heros is an elite group called the North Wind put together but a wolf, polar bear, seal and snow owl. An abnormal group still but one that has some fun moments when interactimg with the penguins since they are rather more professional and uptight and the penguins are not. All this is to say that the balance and character design is done well.

Penguins of Madagascar

One of the outstanding parts of any animation are their voice actors and this cast has some big names that add a lot more to the characters. I previously mentioned John Malkovich as our villain. I’ve always thought that he has a rather distinctive voice and he just grasped the character of Dave so well that it actually made us find him rather fun to watch.  In North Wind, there is Benedict Cumberbatch (which I totally did not recognize before), Ken Jeong and Peter Stormare.  While I don’t think that the North Wind group in particular was a huge part of the movie or even memorable, I do think that Ken Jeong and Peter Stormare did a good job as their roles as the dorky (and sometimes angry-ish) seal and the big softy polar bear respectively. On that note, our stars of the show Penguins hold a few familiar looking names but none other than Chris Miller than I seem to recollect however, they are enthusiastic and energetic and breathes a lot of life into the Penguins we know and love from the Madagascar series, keeping them as fun to watch.

Penguins of Madagascar

Overall, Penguins of Madagascar was a fun and entertaining watch.  It doesn’t take a lot of attention to understand whats going on because it has a simple plot.  I can say that because I watched this 2.5 times over three days but each time I was doing something else and still enjoyed it but didn’t get lost despite missing different parts.  Its a nice one to put in the background.  However, I do believe there is some appeal to kids because of its bright colors and energetic characters along with a rather action-packed and/or silly parts that are put rather frequently throughout the film.  Penguins of Madagascar is a good one!

Have you seen Penguins of Madagascar? Are you a fan of the Madagascar franchise?