Skip to main content

Quick Movie Review: Heavens Hell

So I watched Heavens Hell as I've heard so many great things about the author of the book the movie was based on, Takerra Allen. I read her book Devout a few years ago and was pleasantly surprised at how it held my attention. I finished the book in one night. I'd rate that book four stars, but this post isn't about that book. This post is about the movie she's released titled Heavens Hell. So let's get into it, shall we?

First let me say, I did NOT read the book before watching the movie. So I went in blind, not sure what to expect. The one thing I didn't like was how uncomfortable this movie made me. Heaven, the underage star of the movie, was still in high school and yet she had the overgrown Khalil as a boyfriend. The girl was only sixteen. She had been neglected by her mother, sexually abused by the man we assumed was her father, and now there is this grown man who has claimed her as his girlfriend? Did I mention this movie made me uncomfortable?

In comes G, the drug lord (I'm assuming) and the captain who has been charged with saving her. He, too, was another overgrown-ass man who continued the cycle of sexual abuse on the underage Heaven. I had to wonder why no one was there to really save this girl. No, G, was not abusive like Khalil, and yes, he showed her the good life, but he was an adult and she was a child. He shouldn't have been having sex with her. YIKES! The upside is I did like Ricky's character and was hoping that Heaven and he had more of a story line. However, they didn't.

The movie ran for two hours. About one hour and thirty minutes in, I started to fast forward as I felt the movie had started to get stagnant. Even though I fast forwarded the movie, I could still follow the plot without feeling I'd missed anything. For the most part, the movie the kept my attention. I felt Heaven didn't stand a chance at having a normal life, but I was content with the ending as it could have ended much worse.

I think Ms. Allen and her team did a phenomenal job bringing her characters to life. For this to be a movie that was on Youtube and independently produced, the quality was stellar. The actors and actresses did a phenomenal job. My only gripe was that the movie probably didn't need to be a full two hours, but the team did what they felt was best for the movie. Overall, I'd rate the movie a 3.5.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Nah, sis. You're just being ig'nant!

I can tell most of you have never been to jail. I have more than once. First time I was a teen without a care in the world. Second time, I was a wife and mother of two. My youngest baby was still a newborn.Titty milk was still leaking from my boobs. And while I was in there for less than twenty-four hours the second time, that ish damn near drove me mad. To be away from my kids and not know one way or the other when I was going to be released and to be locked in with women who bragged about stabbing, beating, and hurting other people for fun? The guards didn't give two shits that I was in there for a non-violent offense. They didn't give a sh*t about me wanting to call my husband and check on my kids. They treated my black arse just like they treated the women who were in there for doing mess I will never be wild or crazy enough to do. It was then I realized that while I was willing to throw hands, I was in no way a young woman with nothing to lose anymore. Being away from my…

Black Film Review: Only 4 One Night

So last night/early this morning, I had the unfortunate chance to watch the movie Only 4 One Night, starring Brian White and Karrueche Tran. It was over an hour of my life that I can't get back. To make matters worse, I was in the kitchen pouring myself some libations when the opening credits were rolling so I didn't get to see that child molester, Chris Stokes, had directed this movie. I didn't find that out until after the fact. The premise goes a little something like this: Brian and Karrueche are happily married, the perfect couple. Karrueche's sister suffers a great loss, ends up in their guest room. Karrueche has to leave to go support her and Brian's son. The sister is left with the husband...and you know where this is going. But listen, the movie was basically a rip off of all the other movies about crazy women becoming obsessed with men after sex or just becoming plane ol' obsessed. If you've seen Obsessed, Single White Female, Hand that Rocks the C…

New Release: The Promised Land by Nikki-Michelle & Brenda Hampton

One question. What would you do, if you woke up one day and life as you’ve known it changed forever? For Aubrey Evans and Melody Daniels, along with their families, that day has now arrived. Their lives will never be the same, and after believing that silence is golden as it pertains to the biggest sins of America, they will be forced to confront White Supremacy head on and fight for what they once relished as FREEDOM.

Succumbing to hatred and bigotry is not an option for Malcolm Garvey. He’s an activist who has intensely studied the Promised Land; a land that was created by The Masters who are determined to take their country back. By any means necessary they plan to do it, but will the strength of black men and women, along with their efforts to unite, be enough to put an end to the gut-wrenching madness they all endure in the name of hate? No one could’ve predicated it would come to this, not even in their wildest dreams. But when reality kicks in and the truths behi…