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Criminal Minds: Gatekeeper (2013)
Paid respect to Boston, but terrible casting/acting.
Yeah, this episode was one of the worst so far. (Not counting the one with the little girl that smiled at the kidnapper that raped her aunt and killed her father in front of her... That one was the worst episode in 9 seasons, period.)
It was nice to hear accurate street names and references about Boston, and see maps of my fair city. Unfortunately, they hired someone that looked like they were 15 to be the "unsub", but his pregnant ex-wife looked 40 years older. Give me a break. The best part about the show was the sub-plot about Rossi and his favorite bar.
After that, IMDb requires me to write 10 lines of text for a review, which is utterly ridiculous. A.J. Cook is beautiful. Jeanne Tripplehorn is lovely, as well, though I wish we had seen more of her when she was younger. MGG is still annoying, though he is growing on me. Same with Pineapple Garcia (your latest flavor from Ben & Jerry's). Is this 10 lines, yet, IMDb? I'm not sure why I need to write so much to review an episode of a TV serial drama.
Silent Hill (2006)
Superb until the wrong turn into Raccoon City.
Silent Hill, the movie, showed such promise. The characters were setup perfectly, and the introduction to the town followed the thematic and psychological elements to a "T". However, once the setting was developed, and the first, true "dream state" location was finished (trying to avoid the slightest spoilers, here), the psychological elements were completely dropped for 100% nonsensical gore-fest garbage. The Silent Hill series was built upon the deep-seated, often unspoken fears and stigmas that dwell in the hearts of at least most of humanity... The type of horror that begets visceral reactions that can be felt without seeing the actual viscera of the characters in the story. "Helplessness and hopelessness", the "unknown", "taboo", "caricature/effigy", the "abuse or twisting of innocence", the "violation of things perceived as sacred" - all are hallmarks of the Silent Hill games, and all are far more gut-level terrifying than any gore that the special effects team could show on screen. This movie had such promise, and then gave up 1/3 of the way through to hand the audience a laughable load of crap. The writers, directors, and producers should be ashamed of themselves for taking something that was truly art and defiling it.