Movie Reviews: 'Pandemic' / 'The Lady In The Car With Glasses And A Gun'


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Today’s titles are all about the power of women and going after what they want.  Be it their babies or the beach there’s no stopping a feisty female.  So let’s check and dissect the new films “Pandemic” and “The Lady in the Car With Glasses and a Gun” via our encapsulated reviews below!

 

Pandemic

   Title: “Pandemic”

   Stars: 2 1/2

   Genre: Drama / Horror

   Cast: Rachel Nichols, Missi Pyle, Mekhi Phifer

   Director: John Suits

   Rating: Not Rated

   Running Time: 91 Minutes

   Release Company: XLrator Media

   Website: www.xlratormedia.com

This decent albeit familiar tale of a military/medical team heading into infected quarantined areas in search of survivors is once again seriously hampered by the shaky-cam visuals.  Meaning for all the decent acting work (lead gal Rachel Nichols proves to be a determined doc!), good story twists (not everyone is who they appear to be!) and satisfying ending, there’s just no escaping how distracting and discombobulating the use of the found footage is here.  I get that Director John Suits was trying to up the ante in terms of keeping the audience on their toes with continued disorientation, but sometimes there is scary stuff in the stillness.

 

“PANDEMIC” OPENS IN THEATERS ON APRIL 1 AND ON VOD AND iTUNES ON APRIL 5 FROM XLRATOR MEDIA.

Lady

   Title: “The Lady in the Car With Glasses and a Gun”

   Stars: 2

   Genre: Drama / Thriller / Mystery

   Cast: Freya Mavor, Benjamin Biolay, Elio Germano

   Director: Joann Sfar

   Rating: Not Rated

   Runtime: 95 minutes

   Release Company: Magnolia Home Entertainment

   Website: www.magpictures.com/theladyinthecar

 

What starts as a stylistic and slow burn French remake of the original 1970 Hitchcockian type thriller ends up being too complex for its own good.  So at first, the initial character quirk of Freya Mavor’s Dany Dorémus makes for an interesting watch, with the audience following her odd adventures.  But as the film progresses there’s so much going on, so many misdirects and so many odd occurrences unexplained that eventually someone is forced to spoon-feed it to the audience via a seriously false finale.  Desperate to be a seemingly noir thriller, this lady has more bad baggage than her car can carry.

“THE LADY IN THE CAR WITH GLASSES AND A GUN” IS AVAILABLE FOR DIGITAL DOWNLOAD AND ON BLU-RAY/DVD ON APRIL 12 FROM MAGNOLIA HOME ENTERTAINMENT.



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