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The Other Side (2006)
It's not about quality, it's about . . . quality
When people say a low-budget movie is crap, others argue back, "well, they only had so much money." Well, I disliked this movie, and it had nothing to do with production value. It doesn't cost money to write a good screenplay, only time. If a special effect looks bad or a shot looks off, THAT is a result of money, and I forgive that. When the acting is bad, the dialog deplorable, and the plot convoluted, that is NOT due to budget. I read a review of this film that went into detail about the plot of the film. It did a better job of describing the movie than the movie did in executing it. One major quibble I had with the plot is that it ignores what could have been an interesting subplot: The "heroes" in this film are souls that have escaped from hell. This implies that all the escapees have been damned, but we are supposed to root for them. We don't meet ONE escaped soul that is portrayed as someone who deserved to be in hell. Instead, it infers that all in hell are really nice folks who just did one little thing wrong. Should we be rooting for people who did something worthy of being sent to hell? This movie ignores this little point, which I don't think is so little. This film wants to be THE TERMINATOR, and rips off many elements, right down to the score that accompanies every action sequence. The person that I saw it with, however, enjoyed it, but clearly from a so-bad-it's-good perspective. But my feeling is, this filmmaker was trying to make a great underground film, and didn't. If he set out to make a low-budget spoof, maybe I would have enjoyed it more. But I don't think he did, so I didn't.