Extortion Movie Review (Drama/Crime 2017)

Here’s what happens in Extortion: You’re on holiday and you become stranded on a deserted island. Just when you’re desperate a rescuer comes. But then the person you think will save you ends up holding your family for ransom. It’s the worst-case scenario.

Extortion Movie Review

Extortion Movie Review

What would you do?

This is the question asked of Kevin Riley (Eion Bailey) when he’s at his most desperate—or so he thinks. After two days of being stranded he’s dehydrated, exhausted, and starving. And to make matters worse, his wife and son are barely conscious. As his rescuer demands a reward for saving them, the situation escalates and Riley discovers how desperate things can become.

It’s a race against time to save his family in a foreign place with no one on his side. As I watched the situation go from bad to worse (and a solution unfold by the end) I reflected on how easy a picturesque vacation can take a bad turn. There is much we take for granted when travelling. Should we allow fear to hold us back? Of course not, but it’s a good reminder to take precautions and make wise decisions.

How much is your family’s life worth?

Extortion is an emotional, nail-biting 109 minutes. It is well acted, well produced, and I even believed the story line and the reasons behind Riley’s actions. As I reflect on the movie it’s difficult to say I enjoyed it because it was so intense, but it does make me wonder what I would do in the same situation. Would I put everything on the line to save my family? What wouldn’t I do?

Extortion is available on VOD/Digital/DVD across all platforms through Lionsgate.


Extortion Synopsis

An American family vacationing in the Caribbean find themselves stranded on a deserted island without food or water. They are discovered by a cold-blooded fisherman who demands a ransom for their lives. A gruesome turn of events leaves the father in a terrifying high seas race to save his wife and son, and punish those behind the cruel extortion plot.

Extortion. It's the worst-case scenario. You're on holiday, stranded, desperate, and the person you can save you ends up holding your family for ransom.

Lionsgate’s “Extortion,” a new action-thriller in the vein of “Taken” and “Captain Phillips,” stars Oscar Nominee Barkhad Abdi (“Captain Phillips,” upcoming “Blade Runner 2”), Eion Bailey (“Ray Donovan”, “Once Upon a Time”), Danny Glover (“Lethal Weapon series, 2012”), Joy Lenz (“One Tree Hill”, “Agents of Shield”), and Tim Griffin (“Central Intelligence,” “American Sniper”).

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The Death of Christmas | A Poem

I wrote a poem The Death of Christmas as a project I created for a photography course a few years ago. It was stored on my mom’s hard drive, which crashed a year or so ago and we’ve only recently rescued the files on said hard drive.

Isn’t that nice.

The Death of Christmas

The Death of Christmas

“Christmas is coming!”
It’s thick in the air.
Dancing snow, falling
And landing with care.

Lights put up with speed,
Thrown up in great haste.
It says “He is coming!
“No moment to waste!”

Downtown we all rush,
With lists in our hand
To try to buy presents
And not spend a grand

Poem page 2

The parade met us there,
With elves and the like,
A zebra, a truck,
And a man on a bike.

Bewildered, confused,
I leave the parade,
My head is cast down,
My heart is dismayed.

“What happened to Christmas?”
I say with a sneer.
“What happened to ‘Peace,’
‘Glad Tidings,’ ‘Good Cheer?'”

Poem page 3

A man heard my grown
And took up my hand,
Showed me a manger,
A Nativity stand.

“Here is the Answer,”
He said with a grin.
“This is true Christmas,
“Forgiveness of sin.”

With that he left me,
To ponder his words.
The feelings I had
Were sad and disturbed.

Poem page 4

I looked up from the scene
And saw Santa’s Bed,
With him still in it,
Just resting his head.

All that had happened
Now made me confused,
If Santa is sleeping,
Who’ll bring the good news?

“Merry Christmas to all,
“To all a good night?”
Who’ll give out the gifts;
Make everything right?

The Death of Christmas

“What is this Christmas?”
I ask with some fear.
“What is this Christmas,
“Without gifts and good cheer?”

The thing in my mind,
The thought in my head,
All I could think of:
Christmas was dead.

Christmas isn’t dead. I was just really cynical after seeing a weird parade. Merry Christmas.

Christmas isn’t dead! Here are some other Christmasish posts

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Mug Huggers | DIY Knitted Gifts

Mug Huggers. These are THE BEST GIFT! Whether you’re stuck for a gift or strapped for cash or want to create something beautiful and useful as a gift, you will love this quick and easy tutorial.

Mug Huggers Tutorial

Before the mug huggers tutorial you must know the story behind it

When I become fixed on an idea I tend to.

  1. Talk about it a lot
  2. Research it a lot
  3. Read a lot of books and/or blogs

During my last fixation, I even took a budgeting course. That was new for me. Actually, no it wasn’t. Nevermind. I forgot I went to French Camp one semester and was immersed for five weeks straight in the middle of Quebec.

Right. So this last round of obsessed researching follows exactly the same patterns I usually get into. So this intro was basically for naught.

My point: on my latest quest/obsession/fixation/project I stumbled upon an interesting blog. I read a few posts and figured I’d keep an eye on it to see if anything useful popped up. And when I saw this one about frugal DIY gifts I thought, Yeah! Gifts in a jar for under $15!

But then I read the post (actually, I skimmed it) and thought…I can do better.

Mug Huggers

Here’s how you can make Christmas Morning Mug Huggers too

  1. Acquire mugs from anywhere but a store if you can help it
    I recommend grandparents, friends of friends, or your local workplace. Don’t steal
  2. Go through your stash yarn (or fabric, ribbon, etc.) and find some good colour combos to go with your new-to-you mugs
    Find a great pattern and get crafty. My pattern is pretty straightforward: Thirty stitches for 30 rows, then add a border
  3. Find some buttons
    For my project I tried to scavenge from old purses and my meagre collection but resorted to purchasing a bag of about 100 buttons from a thrift store for $2.99
  4. Find little gift baggies
    You could definitely sew them—hand stitch even. I found mine pre-made at a dollar store for $0.75 each
  5. Collect little packets of hot chocolate and sample sized Bailey’s, or whatever type of hot drinks strike your fancy
    I have a large tin of Starbucks hot chocolate and I divided it up into single portions, and I found sample-sized Bailey’s for $3.99 each. You could also pick up some single-sized instant coffees or teas
  6. Put it all together and voila!
    A lovely way to welcome Christmas morning, so long as the recipient has access to hot water

I suppose the good that came from the whole “Gifts in a jar” thing is it unlocked some sort of permissions inside my mind, which didn’t seem to think homemade gifts were appropriate. I know, right? But all I can ever think about for homemade is knitting and I didn’t want to knit all my gifts.

(OK we all know that’s not true.)

My compromise was to only knit part of the gift. And I think it worked out alright.

Mug Huggers

When I decided this was the direction to go, it was pretty exciting. I didn’t want to spend much (most of my friends are officially skipping Christmas, so really I was just trying to create a special token) and now I had direction.

Oh, and I’m completely aware that I’m spoiling the surprise.

…or am I?

Now the surprise will be who gets my Christmas Morning Mug Huggers!

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I stumbled upon an interesting blog about gifts in a jar. And I thought, I can do better. Here's how you can make arbyn's Christmas morning mug huggers too.

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Three Kings Cake | Irony in the Fullness of Time

This is such a random musing on easy things that are actually hard, cake, Three Kings Cake, Christmas, and, well, you’ll see.

Three Kings Cake

Three Kings Cake

A small part of my job involves writing radio scripts for some 90 second spots and back in mid-October I had to write some advent and Christmas reflections.

And I thought to myself…piece of cake.

Side note. This reminds me of the Mardi Gras “Three Kings Cake.” It’s a gaudy sparkly cinnamony type cake thing with a plastic baby Jesus doll hidden inside. The thought kind of makes me cringe.

BTW do you want a Three Kings Cake recipe? Cause I thought you might. You’re welcome.

Anyway, so I wrote up the scripts and thought no big deal. Really, no big deal.

I remember some of the words still

When I say the words, “Christmas is coming,” what comes to mind?

For some I’m sure the thought of Christmas rapidly approaching fills you with dread, reminding you of all the gifts left to buy and the decorations to be hung.

For others, however, the anticipation of the coming celebration warms your heart…

The Death of Christmas

Actually I can’t remember any farther than that. Mostly because it’s too ironic.

All that to say last night I ate my words, not my cake.

On a side note that reminds me of another time I ate my words.

For you see, I was relaxing and enjoying my first breath of what I believe I used to call “down time,” when a Christmas commercial came on.

That’s not the weird part. If I saw a commercial NOT mentioning the holidays I would fall over in shock. No, it was the wording of this commercial, which got to me.

OK I will admit what the word was, but you can’t make fun of me. I don’t fully understand why I had such a huge physical reaction but, honestly, the “feeling of dread” was alive and well on my couch last night.

Sanatabulous

There, I said it.

I heard the word and I completely freaked out. My stomach twisted. I honestly felt a moment of panic because I was reminded that I was not, in fact, shopping for Christmas and there were only two weeks in which to gather the most fabulous gifts for all my family and friends with basically zero budget.

I said basically. I’m afraid to look at what the actual numbers are.

I’m in need of a Santamiracle.

Doesn’t have the same ring to it.

I’m I going to have to bake everyone a Three Kings Cake? Can you get a plastic baby Jesus at this time of year?

Anyway, the larger campaign I’m afraid of is Sears: Be the Santa you want to be.

It is so stupid. So very, very stupid (and yes I mean the campaign and my fear).

And honestly, I’m wondering just what I was thinking writing a script like that. IS it actually possible to focus on why we celebrate Christmas when there are only two weeks left until Christmas?

Reality-based Robyn knows it is but maybe it’s a bit harder to focus when you’re fighting to park at the mall on a Saturday afternoon days before the big day.

Dreading-on-the-couch Robyn wants to knit all her gifts this Christmas. Do you think there’s still time?

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How to Give the Perfect Gift from a Stressed-Out Gift Giver

Does gift-giving stress you out? I’ve figured out how to give the perfect gift. No kidding. OK, a bit of kidding. But it might help.

How to Give the Perfect Gift

Giving Great Gifts is a Lot of Pressure

Obviously giving the perfect gifts stresses me out. I want to give the BEST Christmas gifts. I want to win Christmas. It’s so much pressure. Actually, giving gifts in general stresses me out.

Please don’t misunderstand: I love giving gifts. And giving the perfect gift is, like, the biggest high in the world. However, when push comes to shove and I can’t give the perfect gift I turn into more of an impulsive, “Here, I like you and this suits you,” or “Hey, I saw you need this or that so I made/have this for you.”

Somewhat less satisfying.

Suffice to say, when the pressure’s on, I crack. I’ve been over-thinking this entire month and honestly don’t know how to give the perfect gift to everyone on my Christmas list.

Usually, I think and think and stress and hunt and don’t find what I don’t know I’m looking for. So I last-minute-shop and then buy the last thing on the shelf, which completely sucks.

This year, in anticipation of my habits and trends, I’ve had several shopping days, and I’ve written and rewritten lists. I figured that was a good way to get ahead. However, I’m still three gifts short and it’s definitely crunch time.

Can you relate?

In the spirit of panic, I Googled it.

How to Give the Perfect Gift

  1. Think about the person you’re giving to
    This means steer clear of the boot cologne! Also soap-on-a-rope is out (unless it’s for my brothers).
  2. Inside jokes
    Remember that time that thing happened and soap-on-a-rope and no one else knows about it but us? Here’s a memento
  3. Incorporate photos into your gift
    Everyone likes to see him/herself in a photo…how about a photo collage on a mug? On a mouse pad? A calendar perhaps? Oooh! How about a photo on soap-on-a-rope?
  4. Hobbies and passions
    There’s no better way to say “I love you” than to support an obsession!
  5. Engrave something
    Just for that little something extra. Also cuts out re-gifting pretty much 100 per cent (which is too bad because I LOOOOOVE regifting).

It was about here I stopped Googling because there is nothing new on the Internet and I still don’t have three gifts. Looks like I have three more shopping days until I’m forced to grab the last item on the shelf in the nick of time and pray it’s at least useful, if not perfect.

Maybe I’ll do better next year.

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Does gift-giving stress you out? I've figured out how to give the perfect gift. No kidding. OK, a bit of kidding. But it might help. I love giving gifts. And giving the perfect gift is, like, the biggest high in the world. Unfortunately, when push comes to shove and I'm in panic-last-minute-gift mode, I crack.

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