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Bang Rajan 2 (2010)
too much talk and too little action
blood of the warriors sacred ground is a sequel to the hit film blood of the warriors. The story is simple a tribe of warriors are fighting to protect there homeland and moaning about how little food they have. Not that this is a bad thing for the most part the action delivers but at 122 minutes the film is too long and has too many long winded speeches by the head monk of the village, unfortunately most of the middle section of the film is just them complaining about how there tribe is growing and how there is too little food to go around. But despite that i cant say the film wasn't exciting the first two battles were fantastically brutal and very stylish but the first two battles have finished at the 45 minute mark and you have to wait an hour for the next. This wouldn't be a problem if the scrip was better, its better than your average Hollywood action film but still poor this holds the film down from delivering the dramatic punch its aiming for. The main problem is this film is about the action and it has too little to satisfy even a casual viewer. If you manage to stay awake for that hour then you are treated to a final battle which is let down by poor CGI and a rain effect that is so dense its blocks most of the screen and action. Just when i had lot all hope the film finishes with a nice battle that is perfectly styled horrendously gory but again its too short. Its a real shame because when the action is done well its on par with 300 and the characters looked great but this doesn't make up for the lack of action and boring script.
Gin gwai 2 (2004)
an interesting horror film which provides enough scares to satisfy most horror fans
After reading many reviews of this film i didn't go in to this film with high hopes, many reviews said the film was like a soap opera in parts and relied to heavily on jump scares. Although the film has many jump scares i found the acting was top notch and the film was not only scary, in parts it was disturbing too.
The story starts with Cheng a pregnant woman who is struggling to survive because the father of her baby wants nothing to do with her, Cheng tries to commit suicide but fails and in replacement she gains the ability to see ghosts. While the story has very little to do with the first i still found it entertaining trying to figure out why the ghosts were drawn to pregnant woman. Cheng is also haunted by the same woman who seems to stalk her everywhere she goes but unfortunately this part of the story was predictable and easy to work out, so when the twist is revealed there is no big shock still the story may not be the most original but its still interesting.
Now this is a horror film so you will be expecting lots of scares right? well its kind of a mixed bag here, there are plenty of scares throughout and most succeed but a few fail. For instance the bus stop scene i'm not going to ruin anything but this was one of the most effective and disturbing scenes iv seen in a while, On the other hand the taxi scene was just strange and borderline laughable. The film is creepy throughout as ghosts are shown in most scenes but they look like just normal people so this might put some people off the film. I wouldn't let it though because when its revealed why they are drawn to pregnant woman the placement of the ghosts in each scene makes sense and is probably the scariest part of the film. But these creepy scenes don't forgive the fact the rest of the the scares are jump scares, i didn't mind this as they were done better than most Hollywood horror films but the music that accompanied the jumps sounded like something off a video game. Still the film had me jumping out of me seat more times than the average horror film.
I would recommend this film to anyone who wants to see horror that focuses equally on story as well as scares. The acting is top notch and there aren't many characters so the few there are, are developed well. The film has many interesting and original ideas but it does steal some from other horror films, still the film is jumpy, scary and disturbing everything a horror movie should be.