TL;DR – An exploration of what it means to come back from nothing, good at times, but always held back a little bit from being great
Score – 3 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is a mid-credit scene
I am and always will be a sucker for a good redemption story, where someone
comes back from nothing only to triumph. Today we get to explore this idea
through the lens of professional racing. Which is always good because at the
very least you will get some good car scenes throughout. However, while Pegasus is an interesting film, it is
always holding itself back just that little bit more than it should have.
So to set the scene, Zhang Chi (Shen Teng) was one of if not the best rally car
driver in all of China. However, one day he decided to take part in an illegal
street race that was intercepted by the police. Five years later after serving
a suspension, and having to sell everything to pay off his debts, he is a free
man. He wants to get back behind the wheel and reclaim his championship for his
son but in those five years the game has changed and there is a whole patch of
new young drivers.
TL;DR – A very contained film exploring relationships as they form in the intensity of a single moment.
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Today I have been rained in, so with everything I was going to do put on hold,
I thought I would take some time and explore some of the films available
on-demand here in Australia. The first one I came across was a film out of
Finland that explores a bond that is formed over a weekend working in the
So to set the scene, Leevi (Janne Puustinen) is coming home to Finland after a
long time away in Paris. He is home to get some research done on his thesis but
whilst he is there he feels compelled to visit his father Jouko (Mika Melender), even though they have a strained relationship
after the death of his mother. When he arrives at their summer cottage, Leevi
discovers that his dad is renovating it, getting it ready to sell, and since he
had no idea Leevi was coming he had hired someone from a job agency to help
him. That is how Tareq (Boodi Kabbani) arrives at the cottage, and it is a good
thing Leevi is there because Tareq is a Syrian refugee and he doesn’t speak
Finish, and Jouko’s English is not that great so Leevi can act as a translator.
However, things heat up when the two are left to their own devices and discover