EastEnders star Harry Reid has hinted that we may not have seen the last of Ben Mitchell following his recent exit to Calais. Fans recently saw the mechanic discover that the stolen money from the heist had been taken and replaced with newspapers but, as he still had a wad of cash from sold jewellery, he opted for a fresh start anyway.
Ben’s sudden exit has left Phil in a bit of a pickle and he is determined to track him down as he fears that Aidan Maguire will get wind of him having had the money and kill him. But so far, he has been left without a hope.
In coming scenes though, Jay will give Phil a lead and a means of contacting Ben – and Harry has hinted that there is unfinished business which could herald a surprise appearance from his supposedly departed character.
He told the Daily Star: ‘Ben loves his dad and will always speak to him if he beckons, and he has beckoned, so I imagine they will speak. I think that ultimately they’ll sort it out between them and will hopefully have a very nice Christmas 2018.
‘If I do pop up in an episode, I’m speaking to my agent to sort out the money!I think I have given away too much…’
Whatever happens the Ben, the EastEnders audience will soon discover the truth about what has become of that missing money. But as for who has it – we couldn’t possibly give that away!
‘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.