A quartet of smaller films are set to be released as scores of people head outdoors for summertime fun.
I SAW THE LIGHT – Tom Hiddleston stars in this effective drama about the life of Country Western legend Hank Williams. Hiddleston is quite good and showcasing all of William’s vocal inflections and tics but the movie spends more time on his backstage difficulties and how his manic depression affected his marriage. The creative process, which yielded a staggering number of legendary songs, gets short shrift.
CODE OF HONOR – Steven Seagal is back in this interesting reversal of “First Blood.” This time out it is the Colonel, Seagal, who must be brought in by his protégé when he goes off the reservation and wages a one man campaign against crime. Seagal targets street gangs, mobsters and politicians with equal gusto. Craig Sheffer is good as the student who must team up with the police to go after his master.
TERM LIFE – Vince Vaughn stars in this crime drama about a heist planning mastermind who runs afoul of the underworld and proceeds to go into hiding until his life insurance kicks in and offers a financial future for his daughter. A decent time waster that gets juiced up by an extraordinary cats that includes Jonathan Banks9Breaking Bad), Bill Paxton, Terrance Howard, Annabeth Gish, and Jon Favreau. It is directed by Peter Billingsley, who starred as ‘Ralphie” in A Christmas Story.”
CABIN FEVER – Eli Roth produced this remake of his first horror flick that depicted five teen son a weekend getaway who wind up contracting a flesh eating virus. This is an okay flick with some creative gore and slick production values but if you liked the original then who cares. Suffice to say it’s a little early in Roth’s career for a remake isn’t it? That said who wouldn’t want to see JJ Abrams tackle ‘Green Inferno?”
Tom Doty is a columnist for The Floyd County Times.