The Unforgivable – Ep 43: Show Transcript

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Welcome back everyone. This episode, REEL Film Reviewed The Unforgivable, the new Sandra Bullock flick that released on Netflix last month, let’s get into the spoiler free review. A woman recently released from prison after serving 20 years for a violent crime returns to a community that refuses to forgive her past.

This is Sandra like we’ve never seen her. I know there are a lot of films that we can say that about because while she is always that lovable person, her versatility on screen is flawless. It is difficult not to love Sandra Bullock, no matter what role she plays. This is the first film that pushed that envelope of her being a truly bad.

Maybe she had a reason for committing the crime, but she certainly isn’t giving. This film highlights the reality, many prisoners feel when they’re released from prison, they often have to return to the place and community. They committed their crimes, making it much more difficult to return to any kind of a normal life.

Especially when living in a small town like this, the story itself was deep, emotional, and captivating at some points, but the best part is. It is not delivered all at once, but more delivered in crumbs, leaving us yearning to know more about the day that is referenced so much throughout the film, the day that she went to.

Sandra Bullock plays main character, Ruth Slater. You have not seen her like this. Nor has there been the feeling drawn out of us like it is toward what we have for the character in this role. She has a glimpse of the Sandy that we know and love yet. She has been hardened by. First a painful young life.

And then the 20 years of prison life, Viola Davis, another minor role that Viola turns into an impactful character. She plays the new owner of the house of the scene of the crime, which sent Ruth to prison. Richard Thomas and Linda. They play the adoptive parents of Katherine or Katie Ruth’s little sister.

They both play their perspective roles. Very well, Richard, as the intense protector of his daughter and the impact that roots choices had on her while Linda displayed the emotional understanding and not wanting to stand in the way of Catherine’s rights to the truth. The REEL-view is. 7 out of 10 stars.

This film’s production design is as much a character as the people who played the roles, the cinematography was very well done. Watching the film, you felt cold, you felt her exhaustion, the pain of the physical scene. You felt a despair, even for this apparent cold blooded killer with the cold and the likely smelly fish factory where she worked and the stark coldness of the environment around them, the whole film is a bland color palette, giving the look of emptiness desperation and giving us a longing much like that of Ruth.

This film also delivered in enthralling story in a simplistic way. I don’t want to give away too much, but I will say the intended and expected emotions are truly felt in this film. If you’re a crier grab tissue for this one, The Unforgivable was released in 2021. It was directed by Nora Fingscheidt, starring Sandra Bullock, Richard Thomas, Linda Emond, Jon Bernthal, Viola Davis, and Vincent D’Onofrio.

It is rated R and has a runtime of one hour and 52 minutes. It can be viewed on Netflix. All right here is these spoiler alert, warning, those new to REEL Film Reviewed, after this point, I will discuss this review further potentially and likely revealing spoilers. Thank you for listening to the spoiler free review. I’ll be back after a word about my sponsors.

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Welcome back, everyone. Let’s dive into the REEL-View – hollywood comparison. The REEL-View was seven out of 10. Critics said 41 popular opinions, 7.2 out of. And rotten tomatoes gave it 37%. That is unfair. Well, as we know, the film begins with Ruth getting out of prison immediately showing us that she has no family and no one who cares about her as there’s no one there to greet her or pick her up after she’s released.

She checks in with her PO and at a halfway house, she had sends to get a job as a carpenter, but she quickly learns that her convict status, as well as the specific crime that she committed will prevent her from getting reasonable work. She accepts work from her PO in a fish factory. Well, it was a connect from the PO as we know, but anyway, she’s working at a fish factory, which looked.

Pretty much like the worst job that anyone could have. She meets Blake who is played by John , who kind of gives her hope about the kindness in people. She gets another job this time on her own as a carpenter, she kind of stumbles into that and it’s semi under the. Her PO seems discouraging for pretty much.

The entire film is showing her merely a glimmer of kindness. Once in the film, after a disastrous meeting with Katherine’s adoptive parents, a and a fight with Blake after she admitted her convict status to him, Ruth breaks down and loses. She appears to break, but she does pull herself together. Luckily Catherine’s adoptive sister, Emily finds the letters that Ruth wrote to Katie in prison and then contacts Ruth.

She tells her where she can see Katherine or Katie playing piano and Ruth scrambles to contact her former attorney who just happens to be. The owner of the house that she lived in with her kids, sister, that she wanted to see if she could go to the piano, playing without any kind of legal repercussions in her pursuit of finding him, she runs into his wife, whose name is Liz played by Viola Davis.

And the wife has already untrusting of Ruth and throws her out of, off of the property. But Ruth refuses and finally breaks down and admits the truth. Katie was the one who shot the share. Ironic. We suddenly feel this wave of relief wash over us. As we now know she is the good person and. Only innocent of the crime, but she took the blame for her five-year-old sister.

Liz drives Ruth to the location of the piano recital. When she learns that the sons of the sheriff who was killed have kidnapped Catherine Liz drives Ruth to the meeting point after which we see the plot unfold. And we learned that they haven’t kidnapped Catherine. They’ve kidnapped Emily by accident.

There’s a little bit of a standoff to, after everything is all over. Then we see Catherine there with the Malcolm’s comforting Emily with the paramedics. And finally she sees Ruth and the two of them embrace and the film ends. It was a pretty emotional story. I kind of did a quick little rundown is most of the time when you’ve listened to this part of the review, you’ve heard.

Seen the movie. So I try not to be too heavy on the recap, but breaking down the real view, this was certainly more of an audience favorite than a critic one, as we can tell by the ratings. And I think that had, that had a lot to do with how they made us feel about Ruth’s later, before the truth finally came out in the end, I feel like I knew the truth.

I became increasingly more suspicious. The more flashbacks that we got each time there was a flashback, it was either another scene or a further elaboration on a scene. And I knew for sure when she had PTSD nightmares about the gun shot, but not of the actual scene of the shooting, most people will remember.

Shooting someone and remember the, what the person looked like and stuff like that. She just had PTSD of the shot. So that made me think she just heard the shot. And that’s what triggered her fear because she knew the gunshot plus hearing the sheriff screamer name and all of that too. I think us being made to dislike Ruth right from the beginning was hard to do.

We’re open to have a sympathy or a dislike for her from the beginning, which is largely because it was Sandra Bullock, but we know that she was convicted of the crime. We know what the crime was, and she seems to admit it fairly openly, but not without a hidden pain behind it. Sandra played her so well that it was the carefree way that she accepted responsibility so easily combined with how devoted she was to her sister.

Something just wasn’t adding. And then suddenly that’s when I figured it out. Cause it wasn’t necessarily that she was super emotional when she would admit it, she would just be like, yep, I did it. Yep. I did it. I felt fine. I did it. And there was just something wrong with how easy she was accepting it.

Unless the sheriff did something really bad or. The sister did it because we also get a little bit of information before that, about the phone call that the sheriff was having with Sandra while she was preventing them from coming in the house, he was saying, look, I’ll clear out the bedroom. You can sleep there.

And the boys will take couches or whatever it was that they were planning. He sounded like a good guy and they highlighted that for a reason. So then I was kind of like, I bet the sister did it. Wasn’t too surprising when that. The ending was something that many liked, but did not like I have seen some mixed reviews on that.

I liked it because it did confirm that Katherine remembered her sister and that she bared no ill will toward her, whether or not she remembered if she killed the sheriff was not learned nor wasn’t relevant. Her life was already impacted. Ruth had already served the time for the crime. And I don’t think there could have been any alternate ending in which we see Catherine.

Taking responsibility or getting any punishment for her child crime. She did it when she was five years old, it had been 20 years. So she’s now 25, possibly almost 26. At this point, somebody has already spent 20 years in prison for it, regardless if it was actually the person who did it or not, somebody is still paid for it.

So I don’t think it was necessarily relevant for them to have elaborated more on that. And I think that may have been the reason why. Didn’t necessarily care for it. But as a cinematic choice, I agreed with it. I probably would’ve gone the same way. Right. Let’s get into some, did you know facts? This film was originally announced in 2010 and producer Graham king wanted Angelina Jolie to play Ruth Slater initially and hired Christopher McQuarrie to write a script tailored specifically for her.

She never signed on and over the next few years, it went through various writers and directors before finally going into development in 2009. The film was based on a British mini series unforgiven, which was released in 2009. And this kind of plays on a little bit, what we were talking about a moment ago in Washington state children under the age of eight can not be criminally prosecuted.

So since Katie was five years old at the time of the shooting, Ruth did not have to take the blame for her though. I do understand that even though she may not have gone to prison for it, her life would have been impacted forever, regardless of the legalities of it. I do understand Ruth’s decision, but just on a technicality standpoint, legality wise, she probably would have been all right.

Either way. More about, I think, preventing her from finding out and prevent it. Like just kind of protecting her. She didn’t know if she remembered it or not, because obviously she’d spent 20 years in prison. There was a no contact order. So there wasn’t really a way for her to confirm how she was doing.

And Sandra. So focused on that, that her life, even though it was as a convict, she kind of knew her life was over the day that she turned herself in everything that she does, the work that she does, everything, she, she doesn’t spend her money on anything. That’s why she has the money that she has in order to do things because that’s all she cares about is getting back to her sister and finding out basically for lack of a better way of putting it, that it was worth it, that she was able to make something of her life and.

What her plan was worked and the fact that she didn’t know anything about her was kind of a little bit of a different thing. And I did want to spend a little bit more time talking about the meat of the story. I know normally after little known facts, I normally will head out, but I did want to elaborate a little bit more cause there was a simplicity to the story, but there was a lot of emotional components to it.

So we’ve kind of mauled over Ruth Slater and how her role and how. Life was changed and the decision that she made, I wanted to highlight the adoptive parents because the father made some really great points. He was very reluctant to even listen to Ruth’s bidding at all. She didn’t request a meeting to meet with Katie.

She wanted to meet with the parents just to see how her sister was doing. And he pretty much was not understanding what the benefit was for her to even know that she existed. And for her to leave him alone, there was some. Plot hole there because in the letter I paused it and I read it. But in the petition, she requested meeting with the parents just to find out how Katie was.

And then when they actually met, he objected to not understanding what Katie was going to gain by bringing her back into her life. But one thing I did understand his point because he was the only one that mentioned what is Katie getting out of? What would be the benefit on her side, which I understand everybody has a right to see and meet their family, but I think it should have still been her choice.

So that’s where people were disagreeing with him is that he didn’t even want to give her the choice to mess up her life. But at least that’s what he felt in, in his opinion that it would mess up her life. But then the other part was I kind of backed up and I’m like, well, why are they even talking about this?

Ruth was just trying to talk about how she was doing and finding out if she was happy and all that. So there was a couple of things. I think that’s pretty much it, as far as components that I wanted to talk about, there was that little thing between Blake and Ruth. I don’t think there was too much growth there intended in the story, but the fact that Blake was an ex-con and so was.

I understood. He kind of froze up because ex cons aren’t supposed to associate with other ex-con. So it made sense. However, I’ve kind of figured that the fish factory was mostly made up of ex-con. So I didn’t understand. I mean, they were co-workers so they could have gotten away with that kind of thing.

Possibly. I don’t know what the rules are as far as that goes to the legalities are, but that was something that I thought about. I was kind of surprised that he. Surprised and that he reacted that way. Anyway. That is all I have for you today on the unforgivable. Let me know what you thought of the film.

So I know there’s, like I said, there’s been a lot of mixed reviews on it. I’m always curious to hear your opinions about it. Find me on Twitter, leave me a comment. I always do do a little poll when I released the episode. So let me know what you think. If you watch it after you’ve listened to the review, I’m also curious to see what you thought.

Thanks for listening everyone. I’ll catch you next time.

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Ep 43: The Unforgivable (R.2021)

A short, spoiler free review on Netflix Original film, The Unforgivable, followed by a post viewing discussion. Directed by Nora Fingscheidt, starring Sandra Bullock, Richard Thomas, Linda Emond, Jon Bernthal, Viola Davis, Aisling Franciosi, and Vincent D’Onofrio.

A woman recently released from prison after serving 20 years for a violent crime, returns to a community that refuses to forgive her past.

Rated: R

REEL-View Rating: ⭐️ 7/10

Length of film: 1hr 52m

Time Stamps for this episode: 

0m 0s – 4m 10s Spoiler Free

4m 11s – 17m 8s *Spoiler Alert*

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The Matrix Resurrections – Ep 42: Show Transcript

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Welcome to REEL Film Reviewed the show that delivers short spoiler free reviews of films, TV shows, and limited series followed by a deep dive discussion.

Brought to you by your host Kris Chaney, here is REEL Film Reviewed.


Welcome back, everyone.

This episode REEL Film Reviewed The Matrix Resurrections, the fourth installment of The Matrix franchise. 

Let’s get into the spoiler free review. 

Returned to a world of two lives. Mr. Anderson must choose to follow the White Rabbit once more to find out if his reality is the construct. 

This film attempts to give us doses of the 1999 Red Pill experience throughout this new reality that has been uploaded yet there is still something missing. 

Maybe it was that Neo appeared to be a form of John Wick if he truly was retired and forgot how to fight. Rather than being caught between the Matrix and reality, it felt more like we were caught in some weird, altered cinematic world where Keanu is stuck between being John Wick and Neo or Mr. Anderson. 

Most of the original cast is gone, yet still a part of the story, replacing iconic characters such as Morpheus with a new version and giving some odd backstory. 

This much anticipated reunion of the Matrix beloved system hackers fell flatter than curly hair after a tsunami. A combination of recollections, new action and a new concept being told over old bones. 

The Matrix was unique because there were rules that it followed. It never bent our minds too far, and it always gave us a focus for each story it told. This story seemed a sad attempt to resurrect a story that honestly may have been best left alone after the original Matrix in 1999.

Only three main members of the original cast appear in this installment, just enough to keep us interested in seeing the film, but certainly not enough to keep us interested in the action they’re now going through. Keanu Reeves reprises his iconic role, this time playing Neo with a twist. Neo has returned to being Thomas A. Anderson, working as a video game developer and the creator of a popular video game, The Matrix. 

The Matrix is now seen as a code on one of his monitors, and it is mentioned to be old Matrix code, as if video game code would somehow be this weird vertical pattern. He is made to appear and pulls off playing a burned out Neo yet despite this, he is still able to do the same things that he was able to do 20 years before the time that is set in this film.

Carrie-Anne Moss returns as a form of Trinity, though it takes most of the film before we get to see her as she once was, if you want to call it that. We see a glimpse of her old self at best. 

The new Morpheus is detestable, I love the actor, but the character that once was Morpheus is gone, and this replacement and his weird mix of comedy and fashion had to be more than displeased. In Morpheus, we had a comfort, hope and a father figure almost. But this new version is merely an added member of the new crew, which was my least favorite add.

The REEL View Rating 5 out of 10 stars.

This film gave us what it could in terms of the old vibes that we all longed for ever since Revolutions left us all near tears wondering what would become of our favorite crew after the outcome of that film. There are sometimes issues returning to a story after time has gone by, especially a story with three previous installments. 

What many focus on is giving the audience enough of the previous films in the new film for us to enjoy it in the same way, while telling us a different story.

In many circumstances, films miss the mark by overdoing it and causing the audience to lose interest and worse, comparing it to the previous films. 

The Matrix Resurrections was released in 2021. Directed by Lana Wachowski, starring Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jonathan Groff, Jessica Henwick, Jada Pinkett Smith and Neil Patrick Harris. It has a runtime of 2 hours and 28 minutes and can be viewed in theaters and on HBO Max. 

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Welcome back everyone, let’s dive into The REEL View Hollywood Comparison.

The REEL View was 5 out of 10. Critics said 64. Popular opinion was 5.7 and Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 64%. 

Getting into this story, 20 years following the events of Revolutions, both Neo and Trinity are alive and have been returned to the Matrix and are living out their lives apart from each other.

Neo is a video game designer with his best game being The Matrix. Less is known about Trinity save her family life of being a married mother of two. Both are unaware of their present state, but like they felt in the first film, they knew something wasn’t right. 

Now, given the blue pill as a prescription, Neo lives his life as an unrecognizable Thomas Anderson being treated by a therapist who is really the analyst of the Matrix. Neo begins to rebel and stops taking the blue pill prescription, which allows a modern mind freeing crew led by Bugs to locate and free him. 

Bugs hacked into something called a modal, which is designed by Neo and contains the computer program version of Morpheus. Together with the team, they free Neo in what appears to be a more updated way to quote unquote unplug, they go through this tiny bathroom mirror on a train, so him fitting through this small window was a fun illusion. 

Long story short, Neo is found in a tower above the rest of the pods and there is a woman across from him who we all along with Neo, recognized to be Trinity. Neo is taken to io, which is the new city built by the humans and the machines. He learns what happened to Zion and works with Niobe to return to the Matrix to free Trinity. 

When he returns, he encounters Agent Smith, programmed yet again, still roaming the Matrix freely and now apparently a threat to the analyst. It comes down to a choice that Trinity has to make with some unusual hurdles to jump through but with the added spin of seeing Trinity when she was in the Matrix. 

Breaking down the REEL view. 

It took three movies to bring us to an ending of the Matrix, whereas this film did everything all in one, all while a super out of touch Neo struggles to get his power back throughout the entire film. Then all of a sudden he’s stopping bullets and controlling explosions like it’s nothing. 

The storyline was kind of boring. If you took away the nostalgia, it was kind of boring on its own. 

Zion, the storyline of how it was destroyed. Niobe is the sole person in charge now. I guess there wasn’t really a Council, it’s just so she just governed this entire thing and there was just a couple of things that were put into this that could just be kind of fall apart. 

Having her be the sole person in charge in a machine and human world. It just seems a little bit— I get that machines may not necessarily experience or feel jealousy, but they have risen up before, so it doesn’t necessarily. I don’t really buy that Niobe is just the sole person in charge. I mean,obviously she was, but it was just a little unrealistic and kind of weird and kind of not constructive to their story that they were trying to put around it. 

Now bringing us to the towers that they built to keep Neo and Trinity in and where their pods were, it seemed like it would make them more obvious to find they were laid out, appearing as a modern day Adam and Eve and the analyst basically stated that they gave birth to the new Matrix because their souls being kind of close together provided the energy source for the new Matrix. To Neo and Trinity, it had only been 20 years when it had in fact been 60 years in the real world. 

The non-aging was never really addressed, I guess it may have been due to the analyst taking time to resurrect them, but then that in itself made it appear more like they were risen from the dead rather than saved from the brink of death and to me that’s just odd. I didn’t really care for that part and the direction that it went. It wasn’t really thoroughly explained or explored, it was just kind of left to open interpretation, the film is called Resurrections and we see the reconstruction of their bodies. So are they like Ripley in Alien Resurrection? No idea. 

Then there is the moment that Trinity can fly and Neo can’t, and then at the end they both can fly? That’s not really explored either and so there was just a lot left on the table. The film moved from scene to scene with no real exploration in each area. 

The nostalgia and the desire to see Trinity return to the real world is kind of what keeps the momentum going for this film, but little else. The story itself was transactional with no elements of surprise for each one except for one, Agent Smith appearing at the end with the magic power to be able to stop the analyst. And finally, the post credit scene. The Catrix [Laughs] That is all I have to say about that. 

This did not land very well with moviegoers or Matrix fanboys and girls. In fact, online, many commented about feeling nearly insulted by the insinuation in the scene. I thought it was stupid, slightly funny, but overall it was the cherry on top of the disappointing cake.

I will say that the scene where they extracted Trinity from the Matrix and kind of did the little unplugged switch thing, that was kind of a cool little scene. 

All right, let’s get into some Did You Know? facts. 

Let’s see if there’s an explanation for why this film fell the way that it did. Trinity’s alter ego, Tiffany, is married to Chad in the film who is played by Chad Stahelski, who directed the John Wick series which starred Keanu Reeves. He was the stunt double for Keanu Reeves in the original Matrix trilogy, so they both played Neo.

Laurence Fishburn was not in this film obviously, he was asked why and he stated they would have to ask Lana Wachowski.

Now I have an opinion about that, to be fair. Niobe like they stated, this was 60 years. Niobe if she was 20 in that movie, then this would have made her 80, at least in this film. And she’s in a world where health doesn’t necessarily or healthcare doesn’t necessarily look like it’s very advanced, I mean, possibly. But Morpheus always appeared to be so much older. Not a lot older, but he appeared to be older than Niobe. So I think it makes sense that Laurence Fishburn wasn’t in it. I mean, I guess he could have played the actual version of him, like the program. He could have played the program rather than this guy that they got. But as I mentioned, I like that actor, I just didn’t care for the Morpheus that they made in this film.

According to Lana Wachowski, her decision to bring back Neo and Trinity for the fourth film was inspired by the loss of both of her parents who died just five weeks apart and a close friend. She defines Neo and Trinity as the two most important characters in her life, and the writing process was her way to heal. For Lilly Wachowski however, this sense of loss was part of her decision to not return to the series.

Like many other films, it was impacted by COVID-19 in mid March 2020, filming for the San Francisco portion of the film had just been completed and the cast and crew had just arrived in Berlin when production shut down in response to the COVID pandemic, causing a shooting delay for several months. 

Also as a fun fact, it’s kind of more of an overall matrix fact but, Will Smith was initially considered for the role of Neo but he turned it down and then he did I, Robot which is hilarious, anyway.

That is all I have on The Matrix Resurrections.

Let me know what you thought of the film if you have seen it. 

If you watch the film after you listen to the review, I am always especially curious of your thoughts.

Thanks for listening, everyone, I’ll catch you next time. 


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Don’t Look Up – Show Transcript

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Welcome to REEL Film Reviewed the show that delivers short spoiler free reviews of films, TV shows, and limited series followed by a deep dive discussion. Wishing you a happy and safe Holiday season. 

Here is REEL Film Reviewed with host Kris Chaney.


Welcome back, everyone. 

This episode REEL Film Reviewed Don’t Look Up, Adam McKay’s new apocalyptic tale. 

Let’s get into the spoiler free review. 

Two low level astronomers who discover a planet-killing comet heading straight for Earth join a political media tour to warn mankind about the end of the world.

Looking at the stories.

This was the latest delivery of world ending news that has been seen on screen, think Armageddon, but with more of a realistic public reaction and a darker comedic vibe. 

From the very beginning, we’re along for the ride, first reacting as the astronomers first discover the potential and likely impact of this comet. The shock, and then of course, the government’s reaction which will curve the public’s reaction.

This was a clear message movie and I feel many of the actors in this film took this film very seriously. Leonardo DiCaprio, for one, is very active in climate change campaigns and research and has not been silent about humans’ impact on planet Earth. 

I believe he took his role in this film very seriously despite there being a clear comedy attempt going on around him, which is also part of the story. 

The astronomers are trying to be professional and are honestly scared to death to tell anyone about the comet because they’re afraid of mass hysteria and as the film goes on, it’s kind of a bit of a roller coaster. PhD candidate Kate Dibiasky and Dr. Randall Mindy, the main astronomers in the film, were powerful characters which represent the feelings of the public in the film. 

They both know the same thing and they believe the same thing and I think this film highlighted some key parts of the public and how we react to things, not just in this country but in other parts of the world.

Checking out the cast.

I think before we knew the story, the cast had us all interested. This cast does feature five Oscar winners and two Oscar nominees. It was written and directed by Adam McKay, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Tyler Perry, Timothée Chalamet, Ron Perlman, Ariana Grande, and even Kid Cudi made an appearance. 

Kate Dibiaski, the PhD candidate who first sees the comet, is played by Jennifer Lawrence and this role felt so flawless for Lawrence that one has to think that this role was written with her in mind. From her modest choice in dress to her don’t give a shit attitude, Lawrence brings an authenticity to the role of a studying scientist. She’s more than just a science nerd as we hear her rapping along to Wu Tang Clan and talking shit to most everyone throughout the film.

Dr. Randall Mindy, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, much the opposite of Kate, is a nerdy and seemingly unsure of what to say astronomer in charge of the department where Kate works. Another phenomenal performance by DiCaprio. His versatility continues to amaze as he takes on this role of a quieter, less confident but smart family man. He tries to find his voice throughout the film but is not to be underestimated.

President Orlean is played by none other than the Streeper, Meryl Streep and once again delivering an outstanding performance with a character that surprises us all with her behavior as Madam President. She does have a lot to keep up with in the public eye, but at the same time must deal with the imminent threat shooting towards Earth. It is an interesting spot to be in as this comet threatens all life on Earth and not just the United States. 

We’ve seen Presidents handle it in multiple ways in films like Armageddon and even in Independence Day a little bit, but this comical ignorance by President Orlean is definitely one to be seen. 

The REEL View Rating 8 out of 10 stars.

I went back and forth between seven and eight, finally landing on eight. This film was a wonderful telling of what can happen at any given moment. It reminds you of just how simple life should be and how easy it is to get caught up in things that shouldn’t matter. 

It was a realistic example of what the public reaction would be to something like this and I think many of us would respond exactly like they did. We would have all or some of the emotions and maybe in a different order than some did in this film. 

We see a lot of different perspectives and ways those deal with imminent death. There will be those who don’t believe, those that are in denial, those in fear, and then those who fight and try to resolve the issue and then you have those that also live in acceptance. It is all present in this film, along with, of course, the strong propaganda.

Technical details

Don’t Look Up was released in 2021. It has a runtime of 2 hours and 18 minutes. It was written and directed by Adam McKay, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Tyler Perry, Timothée Chalamet, Ron Perlman, and Ariana Grande. It can be viewed in select theaters and Netflix. 

Be sure to stay until the very end for a mid credit and an end credit scene. 

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Let’s dive into the REEL View Hollywood Comparisons 

The REEL View rating was 8 out of 10 stars. 

Critics gave it 52, popular opinion was 7.4 out of 10 stars and Rotten Tomatoes gave it 56%. 

Not a favorable film amongst critics and I think many films like this end up getting reviews like that and I’ll get into a little bit of the reason about why I think that is.

Who remembers Armageddon? I won’t spoil that film for anyone who has not seen that, even though it’s old, but we’ll say that that one has a different outcome than this film did.

I will also mention that this film has two post credit scenes that are important to the telling of the story after the comet hits. 

Going back to the beginning, I loved the introduction to Kate and the opening to the film. It was almost similar to Independence Day, beginning with the discovery of the alien ships, but in this film it followed Kate as she started her shift and of course her discovering the comet. 

It was a great opening because it showed her genuine reaction. She was excited to have discovered a comet as a PhD candidate and an astronomer, this is everyone’s dream. And then the authority breaks down the math to find out what its potential path is and then discovers the Earth shattering truth. Pun intended. That the Earth will most likely and would most certainly be destroyed with the impact of this comet that the Earth is directly in the path of. 

Of course, like we’ve seen in other films similar in nature, we can’t move the planet, so the alternative is to shoot something at it to divert its course from Earth. There are multiple attempts for this to be done, with the most successful attempt ultimately being canceled en route to the comet.

The Last Hope falls on a Jeff Bezos type character, Peter Isherwell, whose hope is really placed in a ship that takes them off of the planet rather than his failed attempt to blow it up before it hits Earth. 

Breaking down the REEL view. 

I enjoyed the story itself because I believe both main premises are realistic. The comet ending Earth, as well as the different public reactions to it. The President is not taking it seriously. The members of the cabinet think it’s a joke. Meanwhile, the scientists are terrified because they can’t help but know and analyze the truth. 

It’s an uphill battle, one that I believe exists between politicians and scientists in the real world. They’re constantly focused on the wrong things in this film, still consumed by their individual lives after being told that all of life will be wiped out. It shows America’s desensitization to things like that and I also believe that the public would honestly not know how to react to it. I thought about it, I found myself kind of thinking what I would choose to do in that situation, which really is not a choice at all, because unless I was part of the scientist group, which obviously I probably wouldn’t have been there wouldn’t have been any choice. 

The public had zero poll, zero ask and even then, I mean, how do you decide something like that? So pretty much it’s kind of just hold on to your pants and do the best that you can. And I think I probably would have gone out the way that all of the scientists went out, made a really nice fancy dinner, made up with my family, and kind of just sat down and chilled and just waited for the end to come. Trying to be as normal as possible, to have just as a normal exit to life as possible, and to be around those that meant the most to me. 

So I probably would have done that. 

There were a couple of things in this film that kind of derailed it. So there was a lot going on, and I think there was not really a hard message to land on, but there wasn’t really enough of one thing for this film to actually put its feet on. 

One of the things that I didn’t necessarily care for too much was Dr. Mindy cheating. I felt that it was a little bit betraying his character, however, I did understand the reason why that happened because he kind of got caught up in the media tour and little trail that he was on. 

He was having a little fling with Brie and then having to go on camera and do what he can and what he feels will generate some sort of response from the public by jumping on the bandwagon and trying to warn everybody about the comment and let them know that, hey, we need to do something about it. 

And even though he may disagree with exactly what they choose to do, because as we know, just seeing the film, what the doctor is trying to do is basically save everyone on Earth by blowing up the comet before it gets to Earth. Yet the others, the other scientists like what I call the Jeff Bezos type scientist who’s not a scientist, he’s a businessman, but invests heavily in scientific research and projects and technology and things like that. He suggests, hey, that comment is pretty valuable, how about we just blow it up into pieces rather than blowing it up all the way? And that huge delay that they caused in creating all of that technology, it doesn’t end up doing anything. And the other thing too, is the fact that as we look at the end of the film and we learn that they made this huge ship that’s going to take certain individuals, only 2000 people off of Earth, and then we learn that he’s built that. 

So that’s what I was thinking. I’m like, that’s probably why it took them so long, because they knew that it was going to be about six months and 14 days before the comet actually hit. And they didn’t do anything until the day of the comet hitting. And that was kind of another piece for me. Is that the time frame kind of counted down. It was 25 days, all of a sudden it was the day of, there was no mention that they were going to do this launch the day of the comet hitting, and I thought that was a little bit unrealistic. 

Bringing us to the end, there wasn’t really anything else as far as realisms that I could kind of pick at the ending. I was kind of glad it ended the way that it did, just because of the time frame that they gave it, and because it was six months at first, that may be enough time to think of a reasonable plan, but the most reasonable plan they didn’t even do. And then they put all of their eggs in this stupid basket. And also another thing that I don’t think would actually happen, but I appreciated the comedic twist and that was the point of this film was poking fun at our government and what the decisions actually would be. 

The other piece of this that kind of pulls not necessarily away from the realistic value of it but the other thing too was there wasn’t any reaching out to any of the other nations. They’re mentioned that they’re going to be cut out of the potential profits from the comet if everyone lives, of course, but nothing about engaging the rest of the nations to figure out a plan on what to do. 

And I know Russia was mentioned as well, but there just wasn’t any kind of unification between the US government and any other governments in order to determine what would happen. And obviously that would be a lot more relevant in today’s world than it would actually be. 

Of course, this film wasn’t exactly realistic, but I did appreciate the poking fun of our government as well as at the public reaction, because essentially this is the dark comedy that we all think would most likely happen and would be the worst case scenario is obviously imminent death.

And the post credits, I’ll go through the mid credit one, I’ll let you guys be surprised with the second credit, but the first one being that it answered the question of how Meryl Streep’s character ends up biting it. And so we see when they get onto the ship that it’s like 22,000 years later and they’re on this new planet and they’re all naked and coming off and of course she gets killed by that alien, so at least we get to see what happens to those that are exiting on the ship. I enjoyed the ending because we do see the ship kind of going through the debris of Earth as the credits are coming up. So we know that that ship was most likely the one that had the people on it and that it did make it out. It survived the blast. They were able to get to it and launch before the destruction of the planet. 

Also unrealistic, the time frame that they had to get to that spacecraft to get off of the planet, as well as not be impacted or completely destroyed by the impact of the comet hitting Earth and destroying Earth wouldn’t have happened. But it’s not like the whole planet would just collapse and fall apart because as I’m going to go over in just a Sec, there was another comet or asteroid that hit Earth once upon a time that was about as big as the comet that was described in this film. So.

Did you know? facts. 

Timothée Chalamet’s character was not going to have long hair initially, but after filming was delayed due to COVID from April to November of 2020. He didn’t cut his hair during that time and when the director saw him on a Zoom call, he asked him not to cut it before shooting because he liked it. 

As mentioned, there is both a mid credits and an end credits scene that explain more about the aftermath, so be sure to check that out. 

Adam McKay planned to make this film for Paramount pictures before Netflix acquired it in April 2020.

I’m going to mispronounce this, but the Chicxulub asteroid that Jennifer’s character mentions Was the Dino killer asteroid which hit Earth 66 million years ago in what is now Mexico. The estimated size of that comet was 10 km, which was, I believe they said it was 9 km in the film and it resulted in about 75% of all life on the planet dying.

It left a crater in Mexico which I know a lot of us go and visit. I haven’t seen it, but I do want to go. 

That crater is estimated to be about 150 km, which is about 93 miles in diameter and 12 km, which is about 12 miles in depth.

That is all I have for you everyone.

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What did you think of the outcome, the performances? 

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Ridge Run


Welcome to REEL Film Reviewed the show that delivers short spoiler free reviews of films, TV shows, and limited series followed by a deep dive discussion.

Brought to you by your host Kris Chaney, here is REEL Film Reviewed.


Welcome back everyone. 

This episode REEL Film reviewed Ridge Run, an independent short film that was submitted to the show. 

I’m always so excited to review independent films submitted and this film was submitted to several film festivals and it will be shown at Pinewood Studios Film Festival, at least that we know so far. 

Given that this is a short film, I will be grading this slightly differently using a letter grade scale rather than the usual scale that we normally review with. 

Let’s get into the spoiler free review. 

A man steals something important which has two henchmen chasing him through a Mexican jungle. Will they catch him and recover the item for their boss?

This short was different from many shorts that I’ve seen. Most of them that I’ve seen have ranged from those that were nominated at the Academy and those that are featured on Disney, which contains one of my favorite shorts, Paper Man from 2012. 

But this appeared to be part of the story rather than the traditional format of telling an entire story in ten minutes or less. So this was kind of a piece of the overall story. 

There were a few unknowns at the end of the short which left me wondering about the main points of the film, so lots of unanswered questions.

Looking at the cast, the main characters which were listed as Axel, Lorenzo, Perry and Jaguar were decent in their performances. The henchmen, the driver and the extras were well placed and realistic.

I have to give them credit for the running that they did in the majority of the film. I’m unsure of how long they actually ran, but it appeared to be a lifetime on screen. So shout out to them for doing all of that running and it was uphill and downhill and the terrain was different and it really did appear to be a Mexican jungle. I’m not certain where it was filmed either, but decent. 

The Real View rating, B minus. 

This film was shot very well, the cinematography and the sound stood out the most during the running scenes. The sound quality was great throughout the film and was well mixed and I think that was one of my most enjoyable pieces. 

While I think this could have been a great story, I couldn’t tell that on screen. As mentioned, this was different from the traditional short format and I think because of that difference, this film lost a little bit of the magic that you get when creating a short.

There were a lot of unanswered questions and most of them about the key elements of the film. So it kind of seemed like it was more of a scene or a couple of scenes from an overall story, possibly there could be more relating to this film. 

Technical Details

This film will be released December 24th of 2021. It was written and directed by Terrance Brashun  starring Terrance Brashun , Max Calzz, Harold Smith II, Nikki Cruz and Cris Denmon.

It is unrated with a runtime of ten minutes and 8 seconds.

It will debut on Villain Wood streaming platform at

Thanks for listening everyone, I’ll catch you next time. 


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