Sunday, February 8, 2015

88 (2014)

"There are two sides to every story"


A young woman comes to in a road side diner with no idea where she is or how she got there. Split between two timelines, she gets taken on a violent journey as she seeks out the person responsible for her lovers death.


 When a young woman (Katherine Isabelle) finds herself sitting in a diner with no memory of how she got there, things quickly get out of hand as she struggles to remember who she is and just what exactly is going on.

I hadn’t heard to much about 88 until I saw a few pictures online about it so I decided to check it out, along with Isabelle, Christopher Lloyd co stars in this high energy, high octane, action thriller.
88 does a interesting job of telling two stories about the same person from both point of views of the main character before and after her losing her memory.

Katherine Isabelle is probably one of the most versatile actresses today and her turn as Gwen here proves that there are good leading roles for women, Isabelle is vulnerable, sexy, and ruthless all at the same time through out the film.

Christopher Lloyd gives a a really good against type performance as Cyrus, the leader of a gang who is in love with Gwen and seems to be the root of all of her problems.

Tim Doiron adds some comic relief as Ty aka Gwen’s sidekick with his fast talking and seemingly eagerness to kill people makes for some good dark humor.

I thought Michael Ironside was underused as the Sheriff because its Michael Ironside, he does make the best with what he is given to do.

Director April Mullen does a fine job here with the style and look of the film which helps add to the appeal, Mullen was an unknown to me as a filmmaker but after this one she’s on my radar as an up and coming filmmaker. She always makes an appearance in the film as a interesting but memorable character.

I won’t say to much about the plot because the less that is know is the better because I can’t really say to much without giving a lot away, It is very Memento-ish as we go on this twisted journey to get answers with her certain state of mind.

My biggest problem with the film is that one very important part of the plot is never explained which would leave viewers wondering about this long after the movie is over since its basically the whole point of the story, but if you can get past that and just enjoy it for what the movie is then it shouldn’t take away from it to too much.

So if you enjoy fast pace, action thrillers, with a sexy leading lady then i recommend 88 to you, which is currently streaming on Netflix.



Katherine Isabelle- Gwen
Christopher Lloyd- Cyrus
Tim Doiron- Ty
Michael Ironside- Sheriff Knowles 
Kyle Schmid- Aster
Jesse McCartney-Winks
April Mullen-Lemmy

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