Encounter Review – Compelling, Engaging, Entertaining

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Encounter, an Amazon original, brings to the screen the story of a former Marine, who studies extraterrestrial parasites, and is on a mission to protect his two sons from this mysterious illness which is infecting the population.

As the film begins, we are introduced to Malik, played by Riz Ahmed, an Afghanistan war veteran, we see the film through his eyes, and see the breakdown of society on the television with news media reports of looting and chaos. We also see meteors flashing through the night sky.


The Power of The Dog Review – Riveting, A Compelling Psychological Thriller


He is living in a motel, and suddenly he hears a loud buzzing, what sounds like a swarm of insects. He rests his ear to the wall and from beneath the wallpaper a single otherworldly flying insect emerges from the wall.

Then we meet Piya, played by Janina Gavankar and her son, Jay, played by Lucian-River Chauhan, and his younger brother, Bobby, played by Aditya Geddda. The three are living on a farm with Piya's husband, Dylan, played by Misha Collins. Jay, the oldest desperately misses his dad and resents Dylan and his attempts to replace his dad. Bobby is younger and enjoys having the attention and effort that Dylan makes in trying to make them happy.

Malik arrives at the farmhouse and in a minute, he is waking the boys and shining a flashlight in their eyes to see if the have been infected by the parasites. Soon they are on the road, and the boys, are just happy to be with their dad so they ask few questions.


Adrienne Review – Tragic Story of a Life Cut Short


As they are driving through the night to reach the safe zone, Jay, the oldest, need a pit stop. They pull over, on a desolate highway, so Malik doesn't quite pull off the road. In minutes a state trooper pulls up and, when he discovers Malik's loaded weapon, the situation escalates. In seconds, it becomes a struggle.

The next morning the three are having breakfast when Jay begins to ask more questions. We see Malik is becoming slightly unglued, he is handling the boys well, and they are day-tripping with their dad. It is an awesome road trip. Bobby, the youngest, is unpredictable, and as they are flying down the highway, he is holding his GI Joe out the window, when he drops it.

Bobby is angry that his dad won't go back an get the toy and reaches up over the seat and covers Malik's eyes and holds on. They fly off the road and while they weren't injured Malik yells so sternly at him, he pees himself. Suddenly, the road trip is turning dark.

It is here Malik makes a phone call to his parole officer, Hattie, played by Octavia Spencer. He tries to explain he has really messed up this time. She is explaining you missed you psyche eval and he explains that he took his boys.


Parallel Mothers Review – Emotional Drama Delivers Authentic Character Driven Performances


By this time, the film takes a shift, and we understand Malik, a ten-tour decorated veteran, lost everything during a struggle with his C.O. that killed him. He spent two years in Leavenworth and on this side has nothing.

Now it is a race against time as the FBI have labeled him a family Annihilator and will stop at nothing to secure the hostages and capture and kill him, if necessary, which lead to the climatic ending.

Encounter is a compelling film. It is engaging and on both sides of the story is very believable. Riz Ahmed holds his own against two scene stealing young actors, who are able in an instant to go from loving and adorable to uncontrollable supercharged mutants. Lead by Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer, the strong supporting cast provides authenticity and realism.

Encounter premieres on Amazon Prime Video December 10, 2021. See it.


LORELEI Review – Modern Single Mom Drama Resonates with Truth


 

Country: USA.

Language: English.

Runtime: 108minutes.

Release Date: December 10, 2021.

Writer: Joe Barton, Michael Pearce.

Director: Michael Pearce.

Producer: Dimitri Doganis, Piers Vellacott, Derrin Schlesinger.

Cast: Riz Ahmed, Janina Gavankar, Lucian-River Chauhan, Aditya Gedda, Misha Collins, Octavia Spencer.

Haute Tease

  • Onward Review – Entertaining, Engaging, Captivating

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Onward, from Pixar Animation, presents the story of two brothers as they race against time, and the police, to find the key that unlocks the desire of their heart, fighting against magical obstacles, and their own disbelief.

     
  • The Policeman’s Linage Review – Intriguing, Riveting, Suspenseful

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Policeman's Linage, from Echelon Studios, presents a gripping crime drama that pits detective against detective as an elite major crime's unit chief is investigated for his determined efforts and any means necessary for the truth.

     
  • Medical Science: COVID-19 - Which Vaccine Should I Get?

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    More than 202million Americans have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine and as all adults will soon be eligible and with all the conflicting information people are asking, "Which one should I take?"

     
  • Neil Patrick Harris To Host The 2015 Oscars®

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    LOS ANGELES, CA – Award-winning star of stage and screen Neil Patrick Harris will host the 87th Oscars®, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today.  This will be Harris' first time hosting the ceremony.   The show will air live on ABC on Oscar® Sunday, February 22, 2015.

     
  • Eat! Berlin Gourmet Festival 2017 - One Of The Worlds Ten Best Fine Dining Festivals

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The time before Christmas is a time of annunciation: Gault&Millau announce who has earned how many points and toques. Guide Michelin announces the number of stars shining over its dearest chefs. And – last not least – we are proud to announce our very own festival program 2017.  

  • The White House and The American Film Institute Co-Sponsor First-Ever "White House Film Festival"

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    For Immediate Release,  LOS ANGELES, CA – The American Film Institute announced today its collaboration with the White House on its first-ever film festival. With President Obama delivering opening remarks on February 28, 2014, the White House Film Festival will be held inside the East Room of the White House where the winning short films created by K-12 students on the subject of technology in education will be screened.