A look at the lives and trauma surrounding three people living in a southern town.
The camera work, to begin, was slightly campy, which I was okay with because it brings a more natural approach to the story they are trying to tell. The lens is following a group of different teenagers that are living through high school. From partying to social media to “boys being boys” and “girls being girls,” the setup is relatively simple.
As the cops come to break up this party, the hostile environment turns into one of the teenagers protecting another, only to wind up getting arrested. The setup from here showcases how small events can lead to pivotal changes within the lives of these young men and women.
We are living vicariously through the eyes of these teenagers. As I mentioned above, the natural approach to the direction makes you feel like you are a part of these kid’s journeys. I won’t divulge too much into the details, but a moment transpires with Adam (your typical loaner living at home), and it was like a jump-scare from a horror movie. How Danny Madden shot this scene was nothing short of remarkable. The perfect setup angled perfectly and executed brilliantly.
Overall, the film works because it is relatable to what we witness in schools across the country. Danny Madden didn’t shy away from anything in the movie, and that’s what makes it stand out. He took the heart of a teenager and showcased how easy it is for their life to be altered—powerful writing and direction.
At Night Comes Wolves
Leah is used and abused by her husband, and she is fed up with it. She decides to pack a bag and head on the road and runs into a stranger. Leah, in a vulnerable state, takes her up on this offer. Upon her arrival, she unpacks these stories of her husband and his dreams, which causes an uproar amongst this new camp she is at.
The film showcases this cult-like world where they prey upon individuals who are seeking safety. The story structure is similar to things we have seen in the past. It was built with solid suspense, decent acting, and good execution.
Gabi Alves stands out the most of any of the cast. TJ Marine’s writing of Leah is magnificent as he gives you enough of her to root for her. Gabi embodies this role of the troubled wife trying to escape her abusive husband. She showcased empathy and perfect facial expressions and cared about Leah and what happens to her.
Overall, the film is good but nothing groundbreaking for this genre.
Is Kevin Quinn Zac Efron’s little brother? That was my first thought when the film started.
Billy Johnson is a kiteboarder, and he is on his way to the Kiteboarding Championship. Along the journey, he stumbles across a Sky, a loaner with no place to go. She joins him on the trip to the championship. Billy likes to be the hero as he saves Sky on two separate occasions.
Billy is quiet and reserved, and Sky is loud and obnoxious. Kevin Quinn and Claudia Lee, who play the pair, are unlikely combinations. Still, their chemistry works throughout the movie. You know what you are getting going into the film, but they are dynamic together, making the film watchable.
Send It doesn’t reinvent the sports/romance drama, but it’s a solid movie from start to finish. It’s a predictable cute little love story that tosses in some incredible kiteboard sequences throughout.