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Not that bad
I went to see this movie last night with the lowest expectations possible. I've seen (and really liked) the original, and at the same time I've read so many horrible reviews that I thought I was going to see the worst movie ever.
Well, it stays miles from the original, but I don't understand all the bashing in the rating and reviews. Yes, I doesn't add anything new to the genre, and yes, It was way less inspiring than the original, but it stands itself like a regular movie. The interpretations are competent, the score also, and it has a coherent storyline.
I understand that most people are comparing it to the original one, but it's like comparing the last Evil Dead with Sam Raimi's work, or comparing the original Oldboy with the American version. They stand apart like two separate movies that share the same basis.
I don't regret seeing it, it doesn't have the "soul" the original had, but it's a 5/10 movie, it's not that bad.
Not that clever
I generally don't write reviews but the high rating of this movie compelled me to do it.
This isn't a 7/10 movie, not even close, nor the premise is "so clever" as many users said. In fact the movie's closure opens so many plot holes that it seems almost like a Swiss cheese.
There are more movies in the same line, The Caller (for instance) is one of them, one which I didn't like also.
The performances are good, really, specially by the mother, but the story isn't that original, and when we see a movie that plays with time it has to be well done, because plot holes are easy to unfold. That's not the case, nor this is an horror movie as proclaimed, it defrauds the viewers expectations. This is a family drama with some thriller appointments. The mothers make up (when she is old) is not credible also.
I would give this movie a 5/10 for the great effort with a low budget and the actors performances, but the expectations delivered from the high ratings here had obliged me to give a 4/10 for the disappointment.
It Follows (2014)
I attended to this movie in MotelX festival, and I was really excited about this one. Haven't seen the trailer (i suppose there isn't one), but the reviews were all pretty positive, so I thought I was going for a nice little indie movie.
I was so wrong... the movie opens up pretty well, but from there on it's a downhill. We have an entity with sinister purposes that is passed by sexual intercourse. If it kills the "host" than it will follow the previous one, and the only way to pass the "curse" is to have sex with another person.
It's not a very intelligent premise at all, and all the "hosts" could have passed it to a hooker or something and none (perhaps only the last one) does it. We don't know how the "curse" appeared, what motive does it have... the movie makes absolutely no sense. And it's not even scary, it relies on cheap jump scares, and it gets to be ridiculous at times.
The performances and photography aren't bad, but the script is so poor that gives me chills.
Really one of the WORST movies I've seen at a Film Festival, and I have seen many.
The Caller (2011)
Nice concept... but poorly executed.
I saw this movie last night with high expectations since I had read some interesting reviews about it.
But i was disappointed. The movie starts with a nice build up... a young girl (Mary Kee) is on a divorce and moves to a new apartment to start a new life, and that's where some strange calls begin.
A woman, Rose, insistently calls, we realize that she is depressed and with some problems. Mary begins to think that something is wrong ... and that there is a connection of those calls with something that happened earlier in that house.
So far so good, the problem starts when we begin to understand the relationship between calls, Rose and Mary. And the repercussions of the actions that take place are ridiculous because they cause several continuity problems, making the story completely absurd.
At the end we realize that nothing makes sense, because some actions should impact others... and well, they do, but only sometimes. The present of the main character (her choices, and even her state of mind) should be altered by Rose's previous actions, and that doesn't happen.
Ie, being burned while young, she would certainly develop a lot of complexes during youth, probably would not even be with the same man. Surely her life would have taken a completely different direction, moreover after the trauma of having killed someone. Her storyline would have been completely redefined.
The premise is interesting, but the script is so poorly developed...