Double Review, TV Films: Terry (2005); Cyberbully (2011)

I know, I know, some of you may be thinking: But TV movies aren’t even real films! I’m going to review them anyway.

Terry

Release Date: September 11, 2005

Director: Don McBrearty

Stars: Shawn Ashmore, Ryan Mcdonald, Noah Reid

Runtime: 120 min

Terry is a fine TV film.

This film is a dramatization of Terry Fox’s attempt to run across Canada. He had lost his leg due to cancer, and he wanted to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. It was called the ‘Marathon of Hope’ and it did really bring hope to the hearts of Canadians everywhere. This made him a national hero, as he has had a great impact on cancer research.

The film is well-paced and raises more awareness for his [Terry’s] accomplishments, and is a great flick that Canadians, and other people of other nations, can enjoy. It’s great to watch around this time of year because it’s around the Terry Fox Run, and just reminds us all of what he has done throughout his life.

Some of it isn’t all that entertaining, but this makes for a really interesting watch. The supporting characters are pretty good, despite having the potential to get on my nerves at the odd spot in the film. The supporting character that got on my nerves the most was Terry’s Mother, because she was just so discouraging to him. It’s obvious where she’s coming from because she doesn’t want to almost lose her son all over again.

It is a really fine TV film that has one great performance from Shawn Ashmore, and genuine performances from the rest of the cast. Terry is one of the greatest TV films I’ve seen, one of the finest TV film biopics, and one of the finest true stories of hope I have seen.

 72/100

Cyberbully

Release Date: July 17, 2011

Director: Charles Binamé

Stars: Emily Osment, Kay Panabaker, Meaghan Rath

Runtime: 87 min (without commercials)

Tagline: Words can hurt.

 Cyberbully is an ABC Family television film.

   Taylor Hillridge is a fairly well-liked average girl at her local high school, and she has a solid group of friends. She is sometimes bullied by a group of “popular” females at her school, but that’s just kids’ play compared to what comes next. For her seventeenth birthday, she gets a laptop and she soon signs up for a popular social networking website. Taylor soon gets ostracized by her friends because of the cruel rumours being spread about her, and she soon became a victim of extreme cyber bullying.

Cyberbully is a television film that knows its purpose, and doesn’t aspire to be anything more than a film that raises awareness of the effects of cyber bullying, and bullying in general.

There are a lot of unlikable characters, but they’re necessary. Some of the characters are there to bully, and others to just cause more and more conflict. Though, the character of Taylor can be relatable to young teens and children around the world, because she feels hated and uncared for.

It’s a story that is easily relatable to those who have been previously bullied. It’s a nice story of people trying to forgive, and the story raises more awareness for the general problem and it shows that there is help for it.

Emily Osment has also shown us that she actually has some pretty stellar acting abilities. This film might as well be a statement for her to say, “I’m a former Family channel star, but I’m not disappearing from acting anytime soon.”

The story is pretty good, the pacing is a little off in areas and it isn’t all that entertaining, but it’s a fairly interesting television film experience, that also really isn’t that time-consuming.

The supporting cast also delivers fine performances, especially Kay Panabaker. Actually, that’s the only other notable performance I can think of.

 Cyberbully knows its purpose, and it is a fine television drama. It has an okay plot and okay pacing, but a nice central performance. I wouldn’t pursue to watch it again, but it offers a nice, and interesting experience.

63/100

 

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