If there is one weakness that Pat Phelan has, it’s his desire to build a relationship with his daughter Nicola Rubinstein. And she is set to use that to bring her dastardly dad down in Coronation Street as she decides that she can’t stand by and let him get away with everything that he has done.
After Anna Windass was found guilty in court, Seb Franklin fled the Street, knowing that Phelan would want to do him harm if he stuck around. He has ended up at Nicola’s flat and filled her in on his theory that Phelan killed Luke Britton – which Nicola has no trouble in believing.
Phelan was delighted when Nicola turned up on his doorstep and apologised for ever doubting him and he celebrated a great day as he got used to having her back in his life. He doesn’t suspect for one moment that she is double crossing him and working on exposing his secrets.
Nicola reached out to Gary, who was horrified to see her speaking with Phelan – until she explained her plan. If she is back in his inner circle, she has access to his home, his work, his phone and his laptop and can work on getting ammunition against him.
It’s a dangerous game given how clever Phelan is but he is currently blinded by his joy at having Nicola seemingly forgive him – so it seems that Nicola could be bang on the money that she is the only person who can destroy him.
With a comeuppance for the villain fast approaching, will Nicola be his downfall – and are his days finally numbered?
‘Antebellum’ has a ‘Get Out’ vibe, but doesn’t live up to its twist
“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definite..
“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definitely shouldn’t be spoiled even a little. Once that revelation is absorbed, however, the movie becomes less distinctive and inspired, reflecting an attempt to tap into the zeitgeist that made “Get Out” a breakthrough, without the same ability to pay off the premise.
Originally destined for a theatrical run, the movie hits digital platforms trumpeting a “Get Out” pedigree in its marketing campaign, since there’s an overlap among the producing teams.
More directly, the film marks the directing debut of Gerard Bush + Christopher Renz, who have championed social-justice issues through their advertising work. The opening script features a quote from author William Faulkner, whose intent will eventually become clearer: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
If that sounds like a timely means of drawing a line from the horrors of slavery to the racism of today, you’ve come to the right place.
The story begins on a plantation, where the brutal overseers carry out grisly punishments against those tilling the fields. A few have just tried to escape, led by Veronica (Janelle Monae), and they pay a heavy price for their resistance, which does nothing to curb her defiance.
Also written by Bush + Renz, the script take too long before revealing what makes “Antebellum” different, but the middle portion — a “The Twilight Zone”-like phase when it’s hard to be sure exactly what’s going on — is actually the film’s strongest. (Even the trailer arguably gives away too much, so the less one knows, the better.)
The final stretch, by contrast, veers into more familiar thriller territory, and feels especially rushed toward the end, leaving behind a host of nagging, unanswered questions. That provides food for thought, but it’s also what separates the movie from something like “Get Out,” which deftly fleshed out its horror underpinnings.
Although the filmmakers (in a taped message) expressed disappointment that the movie wasn’t making its debut in theaters, in a strange way, the on-demand format somewhat works in its favor. In the press notes, Bush says the goal was “to force the audience to look at the real-life horror of racism through the lens of film horror. We’re landing in the middle of the very conversations that we hoped ‘Antebellum’ would spur.”
“Antebellum” should add to that discussion, so mission accomplished on that level. Monae is also quite good in her first leading film role (she did previously star in the series “Homecoming’s” second season), but otherwise, most of the characters remain underdeveloped.