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A Snowy Serving of Excellent and Well Collaborated Drama
I have watched this film twice already this year and I must say that it never fails to disappoint. A Snow climax which sets in isolation and peril, dark and gloomy cinematography and an all-round cast including Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde and Charlie Hunnam who deliver tenacious and overall spectacular performances which engage and lure the audience into a fine little thriller which gives all the good anyone is expecting in a film like this.
I just thought that the cast for this film was a good choose because I never expected to see Eric Bana (from films such as "Chopper" and "Hulk" and Charlie Hunnam "Sons of Anarchy) together in a slick thriller/drama which seems to bring much tension whilst keeps the action flowing nicely from scene to scene. The story that creators thought of is something that has been done countless times to date, yet "Deadfall" seems to take the concepts and ideas of these situations and makes it a different type of roller coaster ride which has you wondering and pondering suspense of how, who, what and when certain scenarios and characters will act upon the viewer as well as each other. Not to mention I thought Sissy Spacek (strongly known for the original 70's shocker "Carrie") and Olivia Wilde (who I haven't seen in many films) were both excellent elements and actresses for their parts as well as their ways of acting as the roles they were given.
But most notably, Eric Bana & Charlie Hunnam; they both knocked their roles right out of the wind this time round! Eric Bana brings a more sadistic yet manipulative and charming persona to his character of Addison whom murders and violates people before wanting them to die. I love how Bana portrays a very vicious and vile tone which seems to cause much tension between him and other characters. Such as the scenario where he back tracks in the woods where he "seems" to look after the little girl as well as the final dinner table sequence.
Charlie Hunnam is very much at his prime in this role as he is a petty crook who just happens to be released from prison, and now; wants to get his life back on track. I really loved how he brings a smart, sneaky and yet kind-hearted persona to his character. Even though he has done the immoral, we see visually understand that he wants to try and make peace with his family and to get a girlfriend (in which it's Eliza) as well as to stop running away from trouble.
Overall, a very slick and excellent film I believe shouldn't be missed. I could ramble on about this film for ages since it's so fantastically well made. A very strong structured film which I didn't expect to even grasp my attention so much, as with myself I usually am not fond of many of the film being released these days as many have lost substance or use too much style to present glamorous textures instead of story.
"Deadfall" seems to pick up and balance the two elements of substance and style generally well which I now believe it was the possibly the best film to be released in 2012. I don't know how I didn't pick up on this two years ago! My Verdict: See It, it garnishes a 9.5/10 from me.
Curse of Chucky (2013)
Chucky's Back with a big Slash!
When I first saw the trailer for this straight-to-DVD release, I did not even think to believe that this film was to be any better than the previous which had come. I thought this film was going to be cheesy and just not exciting. Again, I anticipated what was not...
"Curse of Chucky" may have had it's flaws (which it has some), but for me it was a kill-joy ride into seeing the crazy, sadistic doll we know and love since 1988. Now 25 years later, he's come back with a big slash to a victim's backside! Before I properly start writing what I liked/disliked about the film, I would first like to say that Don Mancini, the cast and crew did an excellent job of bringing Chucky back to his horror roots, and attempting to make the concepts and elements of the story and doll creepy/suspenseful. I would say this it's an improvement over both "Bride and Seed of Chucky", though I still didn't find this film too scary for the most part. I also knew that this film was not going to match up to the ambient suspense of the original 1988 horror flick which I still cherish today. I also didn't find this one to be better than "Child's Play 2" or "3".
So firstly the bad sides of this film (I'd rather get this done first):
1: The aspect I noticed most is that Chucky is not remotely scary or frightening. He sometimes appears as a game model while at other times his head's the size of a turnip. His clean look doesn't look to great, where its too plush and playful. His clean look needs to play off the themes that he can be a frightening vision. The stitched look was a slight improvement. Brad Dourif's excellent voice talents for the doll are the only thing that keep Chucky going.
2: The only other small problem I would have to state about the film, was that when the filmmakers were working on production, there was note that the film was to be set after "Child's Play 3" and to be a prequel to Bride. And then there was info flying around that it was just set after Seed. So the film at times made it a little unclear whether it was set in the mid 90's or if it was the 2000's but then again, when I saw cell phones and laptops it quickly striked me that it was set in 2013. Weird hey....
On to the positives for this film: 1: Firstly, the film's soundtrack score now composed by Joseph LoDoca is just magically listen-able. It's one of the best soundtrack scores I've heard in a while and especially for a Chucky lover like myself, I was having high expectations on the soundtrack score. The last Chucky film to have good to decent music was probably the 3rd one, then again the last really good time was the 2nd one. He does an excellent job of creating a creepy atmosphere with the soundtrack score, whilst adding various elements I found which include; ambiance, circus, creepy, bouncy kind of stuff, and even a bit of funky rock with chimes. There were many elements of the music which made it a joy to listen to. My favorite parts of the music especially are the 9th and 19th tracks of the album. I found it to be very Danny Elfman like.
2: The actors were a well-rounded cast and did good at what they did. Their death scenes were also funny (not so scary) to watch as Chucky seemed to have pick up a thing for hurting people's eyes. But overall I just think that Mancini worked well around the characters to develop them to the full extent that they needed to be at, in order for us to do the typical thing that many horror fans do. Love or hate certain personalities and root for certain characters to do hideous and horrifying things to our conscious expectations. I especially loved Fiona Dourif's character as I felt I was able to connect closely with the way she was feeling about her mother's death, as well as what she thought about Chucky and her well out of whack sister.
3: The location was a well picked choice and quite a wise one at that. Very spooky and creepy house, just standing on it's own where elevators, attics, bedrooms, wide hallways and open spaces is all the necessities of a building a suspenseful atmosphere and putting the victims in danger. It was great to see this because there also hadn't been a great location for a Chucky film in a while since "Child's Play 2". They just kept it simple which I found nice this time.
Overall, that is all I can say about this well made, and quite rich sequel which unexpectedly hit audiences with many surprises. I once read an article that someone had stated "that it was the best direct-to-DVD film they had seen, and it was saying a lot". I tend to agree with the person who wrote that very much because it's also the best of straight-to-DVD horrors I have seen. For example, the "Wrong Turn" films (3-5) all sucked hard. I also find it hard to believe that "Curse of Chucky" would not get a cinema release, but instead "TCM 3D" would hit the cinemas??? That film was terrible where it had no depth at all.
But anyways, "Curse of Chucky" deserves a 7/10. It's not an award-winning flick and certainly isn't the best or the brightest of the bunch of horror films (as well as in it's own franchise), but it is a step up from most recent horrors I've seen. Give it a try... You may be surprised what pops out of the box.
Out of the Furnace (2013)
A Powerful flick to finish the Year 2013
In my honest opinion, many films are released over every year where they all try to achieve many art forms and film techniques which include acting, cinematography, lighting, sound, camera angles, story and meaning. For me, the majority of films I've seen come out throughout the last two or so years have only had minor success in some of these areas, where they don't achieve the full potential they can. However, when I saw the epic trailer for "Out of the Furnace", I thought to myself that this film will be potentially good but nothing overall special. Boy was I wrong.
"Out of the Furnace" was not only one of those masterpieces to end the year of 2013 in a successful way, but it was also one of the most well round housed flicks I have seen in a very, very long time. I mean I honestly cannot say that this film was going to be as excellent as it was. It really threw me and blew me away. The elements that I just mentioned in the previous paragraph (film techniques) is what "Out of the Furnace" achieves. Within the first five minutes, I knew that I was in for a good ride when the beating had occurred, the symphonic and gentle music started to rise in the opening titles, and then we finally see Christian Bale doing what he obviously does best. The film in my opinion achieved all art forms, and why? I'll tell you why now.
The cast is just a powerhouse of knock out performances and overall just a strong binding cast which I believe had worked through and through, and had formed together to try and give the best of their talents to us film viewers. I thoroughly enjoyed Christian Bale's performance the most as he was a life character that I could relate to and love and conform with. Sort of speak to in a way, that is why I liked his performance so much. The cinematography was a nice, powerful contrast between de-saturation and darkness with a whole meal mix of warm, vibrant brightness which I believe has an expression of it's own, where whatever the scene was portraying and presenting, the cinematography would slowly integrate and intertwine with what the film, characters and plot were communicating to us.
Even though the story may not be the most original thing in film story-telling, I thoroughly believe that the way the film's scenes and scenarios were paced, and also the direction of where the director wanted to take the film's characters made the plot ever so enjoyable to watch. The situation with the father, Woody Harsen and even Bale's ex-girlfriend were excellent sources of sub-plot points which contrast so well into the story. I believe the plot-line that grabbed me the most was when Bale's character had to look after his brother as he was merrily in a mental state after he had been at war. I think that the story was key success here.
Overall, I believe that "Out of the Furnace" was a grand way to close the films of 2013, despite two or so films being released out of it, I still think that it was not only one of the best to conclude 2013 but also just one of the most powerful pieces of cinema I have seen in a long time coming. It's expression-ant, it's well acted and overall well told from various perspectives. Not to mention that musical score has a mind of it's own. It is easily now one of my favorite films in my books.
Freddy Got Fingered (2001)
If you take this so literally, you won't have fun...
Tom Green's shocking, funny, uncanny and grotesque flick "Freddy Got Fingered" is one of the most underrated and most hated film I know in the film universe. I'd first off say that I loved this film! Sure, there are a few discontinuity errors, the film's plot hardly hasn't anything to do with the title and the characters are dumb fun, but who cares! It's Tom Green for f8#% sake! Material like this I'd say would align perfectly with other mindless fun such as "Jackass" or even "American Pie". It's not supposed to be the most well-made, r award winning piece ever. Here's why I think this film is so great (also why I think Tom Green should have made more films like this afterwards as well as this film not getting the total credit it deserves).
The film mindlessly contradicts itself back and fourth. We have so much happening in here which consists of sexualisation on animals, pregnancies, cheese sandwiches, cartoon drawings, music fused with food and angry fathers who are accused of molesting their sons. It's never ending in this twisted fun! I had a lot of fun as I found many great moments in the story. Some include when he pretends he's an underwater diver, when he crosses his fingers, when he rides the skateboard. Even the restaurant scene is priceless! Tom Green professionally went out and did something he wanted to do. If people take this film too seriously and decide that "it's too shocking or gross for their taste", then they're not going have fun with it. Sure, we can't see everything we like. I sure didn't like every scene in the film, but for the most part it kept me intrigued.
As I mentioned at the top, I really wished Tom Green could've made more sickly (gooping) comedies like this after "Freddy Got Fingered" Overall, I enjoyed the film's acting, tenacity, majority of scenes and explicit crude humor which Green dished out left, right and centre. This film should have received more recognition for these factors. My verdict, see it - 8/10
It was the Best Show Out
What I am doing reviewing each series for how they did and their downfalls. I will be deeply analyzing Shameless, and the end I'll simply place a verdict.
Series 1: It was the most intriguing entry of the series because of the raw power/tenacity of the actors, the way certain scenarios were built on (example, Karen and Frank's affair) and how various situations of a dysfunctional family living on the breadline would affect viewers to think. How could we believe in the decision making of how this family would survive whilst the mother was on a run-about and the father was a layabout. Overall, series one was the most realistic because themes involving poverty, sex and alcoholism played major factors in how the characters acted upon certain situations.
Series 2: This was quite an excellent continuation from where the first series left off. We look through the lives of Frank and his dysfunctional clan. Again, quite relatable with audiences who are/were experiencing what the Gallagher family go through or even those who didn't live a lifestyle like this (I relate to the series through not living like the Gallagher's but instead deeply thinking about what they're experiencing and how certain situations impact them). I love how the Gallagher's are pounded with new situations to deal with. I also really enjoyed the way the cinematography was boosted up in color toning and brightness. It gave off the intention of a more tense feel.
Series 3: I would say that this was the last strong entry because after this, things started heading downhill. I believe that without Fiona and Steve, series 3 was still quite a grand look into how the children would survive without their eldest sister. I found at times I related to this one a little bit more than the first two. I enjoyed many of the new ideas that the creators dwelled upon. I found that series 3 set up chronological story lines for how plot lines would turn out (example, Frank not going through with divorce w/Monica and he still marries Sheila, what a coincidence?) However, those episodes about the two set up greatly for how series 4 evolves. Overall, genius.
Series 4: This is where I found Shameless would start taking a continuous root into recycling ideas. With the Maguire family being introduced, things would ultimately start to change greatly. Even though these were the cases for what some of the later entries turned out to be, I actually liked it. Still has a great cast, the Maguires are a laughable yet scary bunch of people who almost control the Chatsworth estate. I still found many of the episodes interesting, however I never liked the idea of Kev and Veronica leaving.
Series 5: I found this to be the last good entry in my opinion. I thought that even for 16 episodes, I thought it was a mighty effort to keep the hype of the show going extensively to engage audiences for one final time until it would slowly start to crumble and become a repetitive mix of mess. I have to say I was disappointed with the departure of Lip (who was my favorite character!). Despite that, I loved the way the show still casted some drama, keeping good contrast between the Gallagher's and Maguires. Their issues and troubles were presented realistically.
Series 6: This is where things started to really fall down the drain pipe. I don't think it was too bad, but I felt that Shameless was starting to run low on fuel to keep "continuous addiction". Story lines just felt a little over the top. I still liked the contrast between the two families and some of the humor was still up to scratch.
Series 7: I would say for a this series; it was probably the most darkest I had ever seen of it. Affairs, drug abuse, etc. which made Shameless compelling were taken to a new level , where I found most scenarios color coated grimly. I hardly found any humor at all. Honestly though, I found it a great turning point. Sure, some stupid story lines but it was different in a great way.
Series 8: This is when I really started dreading the series! Too many episodes! It was quite stupid as I found that most of the content which we had seen happen to characters in the past was happening all over again (example, Frank screwing a woman to make Libby break up with him) We've seen that before! I will admit there were some funny parts but I found that good characters were only tossed in whenever creators wanted them in! No good!
Series 9: I'd say it was a slight improvement over the 8th series but it had no redeeming qualities. We lost Carl and Mickey who were fantastic characters. We also ended up with idiotic characters like Billy and Domenic. Why??? The eviction part was interesting though.
Series 10: Well, it was awful. Zero develop and effort to achieve any realism whatsoever. It was sloppy. *I could note that it took me nearly a month to get through, come on!*
Series 11: I didn't mind this one. The final entry series has it's stronger traits (episodes 8, 13, 14) whilst it too had it's weaker episodes (7, 10, 11). Overall, I thought that the last series was a major improvement over some of the previous. Bringing back old characters such as Lip and Fiona were positive steps forward. It was good for the most part.
Verdict: Series 1: 10/10 Series 2: 10/10 Series 3: 9/10 Series 4: 8/10 Series 5: 8/10 Series 6: 6/10 Series 7: 6.5/10 Series 8: 5/10 Series 9:5.5/10 Series 10: 3/10 Series 11: 6/10
Overall Shameless is a series not to be missed. If you're a person of variety, give each series a try. If you're specific with you're material, stick with the trilogy. 10/10
Evil Dead (2013)
A Gruesome Entice into Gore, Guts and Purifying Carnage
I'd firstly like to state that this remake was neither a well-achieved turnout like other past remakes such as "The Thing" and "Dawn of the Dead", but it wasn't a muddled mess like past re-trends which consist of "Black Christmas" or "Prom Night". For me, this remake was a brutal impact which lays its freshly coated blood in the middle of decent remakes. I don't think this one was better than the original by any means, and it ends up missing some of the point. I will talk about the positives and negatives, which I will contrast together: Positives: Overall, I'd say that the film was an enjoyable ride through many of the modern remakes we've already received constantly within a decade. I'd start with the soundtrack score because I found that it was one of the strongest highlights for this film. At times, it was very dark and soothed in with quiet, and very harsh whispers of suspense or booming sounds, and sometimes when emotional scenes were scattered about, it became symbolic and quite sympathetic which I found to be elemental and strange, but yet so intriguing as to why a remake soundtrack score would have both dark but emotional tones.
I found the acting to being decent for the most part. The new cast of characters that they gave us were cool and they really rocked me back and fourth with their decision making (most of the time being quite stupid, oh well that's modernized horror for ya these days). The aspects I really loved about the remake were the practical effects and many of the death scenes we were given. I loved how these original creators adapted the stories' kill sequences, but making them improve so much in all areas. Lastly, I found there to be a few disturbing scenes where we got to know the new cast of characters on a different level to the original film which I thought was a good twist on where the story was going, as well as the parts from the start. The cinematography, whether we were in the cellar or outside in the raining forests also looked dreadfully nice which gave the film some tension.
Some Negatives: Even though I thought this horror remake was sweet on how it took on the story, I still found some minor elements which bothered me, making me sometimes think about the original. This is not to say that the filmmakers didn't attempt a good job here, it's just that in these areas I'm about to focus on, I just didn't think they were strong enough or these aspects were placed here for utterly weird reasons. (WARNING SPOILERS FROM HERE ON!) Firstly, I think Mia's brother David burying her in the pit and then she comes back alive and she's newly fresh and all human again was just stupid. They should have found another way to weave those elements through, but I think that the filmmakers' didn't know how to clear this up. Even though the effects are sick for the most part, I'd say that there was some creativity lacking when it came to making Mia and some of the gang looking evil, possessed and demonized. All they had was just yellow eyes, deeply mixed voices and screeches and slow walk/crawling. They could've made them all look a little different. I also wish they had made the possessed victims fade and die in a more suspenseful and least predictable way like the original.
Lastly, the one problem I had with this remake which I have with most horror remakes is that the film just wasn't scary enough for me. I laughed at some of the dialogue and I did believe that the film's atmosphere was dreadful, despicable and brutal for the majority of the time. However, I just wasn't afraid most of the time when watching it. It's just something that horror re-imaginings have struggled with. I knew it wasn't something completely knew, but by the look of the trailer, I looked frightening and disastrous.
Overall, I do believe that Evil Dead (2013) is a worthy look at. Despite some mix up's and it's thing as a remake for not being as scary, I still think that the film should not be missed in the cinemas and that it was scary enough for even the least avid fan who wouldn't normally go to watch a horror film. I enjoyed it for what it was. 8/10
Warm Bodies (2013)
A Fantastically, Well-made Zombie Dramedy Flick which Represents New Elements
Stating from the above summary title, that pretty much sums up what I thought of Warm Bodies. It wasn't my initial thought but when I went in and then walked out of it, I found that my perspective was of something I have just mentioned in the summary. Warm Bodies which is a modern take on of the Zombie sub-genre of Horror manages to pack quite a punch with its great acting and characters alongside it's excellent story and themes whilst showing us how good some Horror films can still be in this age today.
One aspect of the film that I thought stood out was the "About a Boy" and "Skins" actor, Nicholas Holt. He was perfect for the role and for very good reason. *SPOLIER ALERTS* (If you haven't seen the film, please don't read on). He gives the character life in all aspects of his changing form into becoming human. On the other side of the spectrum, the reason that he gives this character a true nature and great entity of life is because of how he portrays him. He portrays him as a sympathetic character who tries to live with what he's got. I really enjoyed his performance because he put much effort into it so he could make it look as realistic, sympathetic and as creepy as possible. The other actors and actresses did a stunning job as well, but I still think Holt takes the medal here.
One fact to touch upon is the CGI with those skeleton like beings. I wished that they had maybe used material or non computerized technology. That was a point or element which could have been more scary, however they decided to skip it. It wasn't a major issue but it just would have been good to not use CGI there.
I thought the combined sequences of action, drama, horror and comedy alongside the vividly detailed, and well paced plot helped the film greatly to stay in touch with me as a viewer so I could care about what was happening with our main protagonists and what perils and dangerous situations they got themselves into.
The element I found the most interesting and fascinating however in this modern zombie flick was how they treated the sub-genre. In many zombie films of the past which consist of Shaun of the Dead, Dawn of the Dead and Dead Snow, the zombie genre just continued to improve entities from before and become scary. At this moment, I'd say that Warm Bodies takes that place at enclosing and expressing the full entity of the sub genre. In the film, the zombies start to slowly turn human when they either eat human brains or have personal connections with the living. Later on throughout the film, Nicholas Holt's character "R", starts to fall asleep, have dreams and then finally bleeds. It really showed what the director was doing and where he wanted to take the direction of the zombie concepts and film in general. I believe that the aspects of a zombie slowly becoming human is a great one for the sub genre because it kicks new ideas to a whole new level now.
Overall, I believe Warm Bodies is a film that shouldn't be missed in the cinemas. It's fun, it's bloody, it's beautiful, it's lovable, it's legendary in it's roots of the zombie genre and it's just damn creative. I highly recommend it. 9/10
Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
My least favorite of the Series
I was quite intrigued by the Resident Evil series last year and I was that pumped for them, that I watched the first 4 within one single period. I was so glad to hear that they were making a 5th one, I was dying to see how this next entry would expose more of the series, more mindless zombie action and how they would make more tribute to the games.
My first impression of the trailer back in September was that it looked like it could be of some decent promise. I had a feeling the film could still be better than watching the trailer itself.
I then see the film, and here's what I thought of it in a few words: confusing, mind-numbing, sometimes out of context and even unethical to plot lines.
That's what I mainly though about this film. This 5th installment had so much promise, but instead decided to take things to extreme heights and go in some of the most confusing, most mind-numbing scenes and story lines I have ever seen in a Resident Evil film. Sure, the Resident Evil films partly have twists in their stories over time and all the time, but this one took the bait. It made me as a viewer really confused about where they were taking the story, characters, action and the entire premise of the elements and meaning. Did I mention I was already a tad confused??? I don't expect there to be well-developed things happening in a Resident Evil film, but I do expect there to be some form of entertainment, to say the least. The beginning and most of the first hour is nothing but flashes for what I could see of the 1st and 2nd film, and then there were many different plots happening and jamming in at the same time which made me lost on what was happening.
I also found that there were hardly any zombies in this thing. Where were the zombies in this film! They are the prime source to what made this series. I see them and I saw chaos occurring everywhere in the first four films which actually do a good job at creating some form of tension and action. Here there is none of that. And why is it that the character of Leon, who is in the 4th and 6th game installments suddenly thrown into this??? I'll never understand that.
In my opinion, I believe they should have just continued the battle on the boat and went from there. It would have created more realism and stay true to the series. This film feels like a differently, filmed entry on it's own.
On a positive note, I would say the action sequences and soundtrack score were excellent as always. They were the only elements that kept this film at it's feet (barely).
Overall I don't hate this film, but I certainly was disappointed by it. I mean what were the creators thinking when they were throwing scenes around in this film??? And hardly any zombies??? I'd say stick with the first 4, yes even Afterlife. If you think Afterlife is bad (which I really liked a heap), try this and compare them. 5/10
Words Can't Express How Horrid this is!
I love the UK version of Skins. I have watched all three seasons and I am now up to the fourth season in the outrageous teen drama. It's a great series in where you can relate to it, the concepts, themes and characters.
Two years ago, a pile of remakes were coming in and for the comedy genre, besides Shameless, Skins had be re-created for a new audience. Why? What on earth was the purpose for it? Money? Who knows, but what I'll say was that it was way to early for a remake to be made. I mean for gosh sake, the original series started in 2007 and it is continuing to the present. The remake aired in 2011 which is just stupid since the creators wanted to get their hands on a successful project. All I can say is like most films or TV series, this should have never been remade in the first place! I only watched the first episode of the US remake, and it is awful. Words can't express how horrid this pile of garbage is. It's exactly the same bloody thing we've seen before, accept we have a change of characters with worse personalities and there is a drastic change in atmosphere.
Lets talk about the characters in this first episode. Tony in the original was excellent. He was a bad-ass, smart-ass kid who didn't take anything seriously whilst this new Tony is just undeniably trying to be a carbon copy. Instead, he comes off just being stupid. Sid who is NOW Stanley in this is just plain boring. No excitement like the original. Chris, my favorite character in the UK, totally melted and watered down here. Here he is just awful. Maxxie is now replaced with a girl called Tea. Why? I don't bloody know, but I'll say it was a stupid thing. It does nothing for me, this new character or should I say replacement for Maxxie. As for the other kids in the group, their re-portrayals of the lovable UK kids are pulled off in the worst of ways possible.
As for the episode itself, its an exact copy of the original accept we have a mess up of characters and dialogue as well as scenes. The cinematography looks awful.
I've watched this first episode and I have come to terms that I hate the new, and still very current version of Skins. I highly recommend that you don't watch this version at all, because after ten or so minutes, it will become boring not only in the sense of this version being a carbon copy, but also the production just being presented horribly! And I thought some American remakes were bad! Like some Horror and even Shameless. I'd rather watch them over this! I don't believe I'll be continuing on with this series in general. It's just too messy and also too the same. Boring premise and lame acting.
Shameless: Episode #2.0 (2004)
A much more serious and in-depth view of the Series - Contamination/Infected Style!
I decided that since it's getting closer to Christmas, I decided to take a another quick look at the Christmas special for Shameless, which I believe shows a much more serious view of how the family has to deal with their social and quite dysfunctional problems as well as escaping society's wrath.
The episode looks at how people can become very greedy, and they intend and want something more then ever. What they'll do is they'll do anything to swipe the gift, even if it means nearly killing an entire town.
This 1 hour feature has many more serial and dramatic elements than being funny. Most of the time, I'm laughing at many of the comedic moments Shameless has to offer, but however here. It is not the case. The episode mainly offers some horror/thriller like elements with some tension building scenes because of how the contamination and infection scenario is played out. This element takes it's time to show us as an audience about how this theme is developing over the course of the storyline, giving us general and quite unpredictable surprises.
If you're a fan of Shameless and even Horror films which include 28 Days and Weeks Later as well as The Crazies, I'd highly recommend this episode. Not saying that anyone turns into a maniac or blood-thirty being, but I mentioned those films because they have theses aspects going for them strongly.
Overall, I like this episode. It's definitely not my favorite of the many Shameless episodes which came before and after it. I thought that New Year's Eve Special from Season 3 in my honest opinion was slightly stronger in storyline, character build up/development, dramatic moments and comedic elements. But I like it because it briefly presents some horror elements in it's own style.