August 15, 2017
There’s something for everyone this week with films Alien: Covenant, The Wall, and Everything, Everything hitting shelves at your local retail store or available to purchase or rent on any major streaming service.
Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, members (Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup) of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think to be an uncharted paradise. While there, they meet David (Michael Fassbender), the synthetic survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. The mysterious world soon turns dark and dangerous when a hostile alien life-form forces the crew into a deadly fight for survival.
U.S. soldiers Allan “Ize” Isaac and Shane Matthews answer a distress call in the desert of postwar Iraq. Suddenly, gunshots erupt, leaving Shane badly injured and Allan with a bullet in his leg. Forced to take cover behind a crumbling stone wall, Isaac now finds himself in a fight for survival against an unseen sniper who has all of the advantages.
Maddy (Amandla Stenberg) is a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who is unable to leave the protection of the hermetically-sealed environment within her house because of an illness. Olly (Nick Robinson) is the boy next door who won’t let that stop them from being together. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, Maddy and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together, even if it means losing everything.
A round of applause is in order for Canadian director Stella Meghie who was one of the only women to direct a studio film this year, Everything, Everything and the six other films have grossed over $1 billion dollars at the box office. Thanks to its two lead performances, Everything, Everything is able to fight off the “YA novel stigma” and present an enjoyable romantic drama that is full of endearing moments. Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) and Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) both feed off each other and give delightful, charismatic performances.
Although Maddy is held up in her house due to health reasons, her and new neighbour Olly hit it off right away as they communicate from their bedrooms. Even though the windows stand in their way they continue to interact with each other. The budding romance results in Maddy taking control of her own life and leaving her house, not knowing how her body will respond to the world she hasn’t had the opportunity to experience. Her fish out of water adventure breathes new life into her as Olly serves as Maddy’s personal tour guide. It’s a refreshing take on the rom-dram that presents stakes and gives viewers a new perspective.
Although it’s targeted at young adults, there’s enough in here to make it a worthy watch for the older crowds as well. Avoiding the sappiness of other YA film adaptations, Everything, Everything features a diverse cast, an enjoyable soundtrack, and an engaging coming of age love story.
– Trapped in Love: The Story of Everything, Everything
– Deleted Scenes
All three of these films are now available on blu ray, dvd, and available to stream on all major video on demand platforms (Amazon, YouTube, Xbox, PlayStation).