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First movie review ever!
Normally I never review movies, but I watched this movie intrigued by the stellar 9/10 score... BUT
will end up giving this film a score of 1, for the effort. Worst movie I've tried in a while. Terrible acting, a even worse musical score, shaky camera, moments with useless blurred out images...
Watched the first 13 minutes of credits with the same annoying music... then skipped to the middle part eventually to the last part.
Maybe one day I'd might give it another try...or not.
(still wondering about the 9/10 score... how?!)
The star or stars of the film are the actual demons we hear - exorcisms
recorded by the Archdiocese of Detroit. I watched this movie at night
and was crept out the first 30 minutes; I turned my lights on as I
thought voices were coming out of my bedroom. You wonder if movies that
have paranormal recordings can actually open portals to other unworldly
Okay I'm over exaggerating a bit, but that's what this
movie does, my point exactly, you're not actually sure what you're
watching or witnessing.
As a viewer you can love it or hate it. For those who believe the supernatural is explained away through science this film will not impress. For those of you who believe in the supernatural then this film will deserve your attention.
I watched Arise from Darkness formally known as 'When my Eyes go Dark'
at the world premier (Film Invasion Los Angeles in August). There was
much mystique going into the film -- knowing the story behind the
screenplay is actually based on real events and the voices in movie
were retrieved from exorcisms performed by the Archdiocese of Detroit.
The re branding seems a little commercialized for my taste and perhaps
they felt it was necessarily since they now released the film
mainstream - maybe they thought better to not stay contained as an
independent art house fashionista film.
Nevertheless, the film delivers as highly original with great performances and much distraught. I suggest doing some background on the actual story based on the movie before you watch the film, it will indeed prep you and make you even more interested then you were before. For some of you who don't like art house films or get bored by experimental-ism do yourself a favor and look into the movie before hand. It's hard to imagine anyone would have made a better movie with the resources available to them. Kudos to screenplay writer and actor Zachary Laoutides.
The film is definitely creepy and the film is definitely art house. If
I'm going go judge the film on it's actual form 'art house' (which I'm
doing) then I did enjoy the strange trip.
The movie is a thriller, tied into the paranormal and shot artistically, at times moving into black and white. I enjoyed the aged film look, at times shaky and blurring documentary style. The soundtrack really helps this style evolve (it can be a bit draggy at times) and keeps you interested in the journey of Lazaro Torres the psychic who died five times.
This film comes from the same studio who made the movie called Adios Vaya Con Dios, taking a gangster genre and making an art house film with UK rock music (UK rock/ambient music is also being used again). Some people are going to like the experimental nature of what this studio, perhaps screenplay writer and actor Zachary Laoutides is trying to accomplish. However, if you're looking for a commercialized film that is sharp and shot with the RED camera, you've come to the wrong place.
Arise from Darkness is a dirty, gritty, throw back film that has mainly silent performances over supposed 'real' demonic voices. Interesting to say the least For all you indie filmmakers and those who are fans of the paranormal this will be your cup of tea. Overall I'm glad movies like these exist and find their way into the mainstream.
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