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The Man from Earth (2007)
A great example of IMDb score manipulation
In the words of Terry Gilliam "It's all about how they do the first weekend". Clearly they were not lost on cast, crew, their friends, their families and possibly from the looks of the discussion threads some religious cult, because whilst watchable the notion that this film deserves an 8/10 score and mention in the best Science Fiction films on IMDb is enough to get me to type my compulsory ten lines.
The film is not bad in the same way that eerie Indiana on Nickelodeon when I was twelve was not bad, the acting is passable the story even verges on intriguing but at the end of it all it's predictable, rhetorical and cheap.
It's not like we don't have plenty of excellent low budget productions that attempt to be clever and even pull it of well. Try Shane Carruth's Primer http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0390384/ for a film so smart you'll have to watch it ten times before you get it all and so polished you'll be happy to do it. Try Richard Kelly's masterpiece Donnie Darko http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0246578/ to experience something that will spark discussion. You can of course try this, just don't be fooled into thinking it's a better use of your time than watching any of the films truly deserving of such credit.
The Gravedancers (2006)
Im not sure what to think having sat through this.
It starts quite seriously and could have been a top notch modern horror and it has moments very reminiscent of house on haunted hill, but somewhere along the line the acting and plot line goes evil dead. Im not sure this is a bad thing as big fan of 80's horror and the film could have been great if it had the focus to pull of a suitable tribute, however it ends up being two films with acting taking a serious dive along with all seriousness at the end.
Some of the puppets are truly freaky and in a horror move where you see 'the monster' this is all important but once again by the end were getting cameos from the garbage pail kids.
On the bright side, if your watching all the After Dark Horror Fest films of which this is one, instead of sleeping with the light on you'll at least save on the electricity bill.
Watchable but could have been better.
28 Weeks Later (2007)
This film sucks
90 minutes is just no where near long enough can we have it in special edition 4 hour trilogy format pllleeeassseee.
Still delivering where the last film left off we once again get the "fun" as Tarantino would put it of extreme gore fest yet 28 weeks offers something more, a morbid look at the fallout from an apocalyptic event. Its lonely, its tense and the emotion and fear is pervasive.
The cinematography is spot on and looks like the success of the previous film got them more than 5 minutes to seal of parts of London this time as we run for our lives through the abandoned streets. 28 Weeks feels bigger budget and aimed to cross the pond successfully but the cleverness in story telling doesn't leave the viewer feeling like another great foreign films been hijacked by Hollywood.
Oops they did it again
Oh dear, its like they took the worst parts of Men In Black and The League Of Gentleman and came up with this tripe. Don't get me wrong if your not ahead of the game in realising some of the greatest stories are graphic novels (and that they should make excellent films easily, as after all, they have already done the 'graphic' and the 'novel' part) then you should be entertained watching this film. If your like me, unfortunate enough to have enjoyed Constantine before he hit the big screen, you will leave disappointed.
This was always going to be one of the harder graphic novels to convert to film, as one of the key features to the suspense was you never knew what old John boy was capable of, you just knew not to mess with the *cough* Keanu *cough* I mean man. This leads nicer than a holy shepherd into my main gripe with the film, its been Americanized. Making something Americanized may be a good thing if I trademark the phrase, as sadly this is becoming an all to common phenomenon, but if your just a lover of film this is becoming the most blasphemous of dirty words. Once again we see a fantastic British story from British Writers shifted over the water and this time we are not even given the good grace of casting a Brit in the lead role, John has applied for his visa and has left Blighty. Also Like The League Of Gentleman an American sidekick worms his way into the story, though it looks like higher powers did step in as it seemed most of his scenes were cut.
The film also departs pretty conclusively from the original Hellblazer story's with John now running round with a gun straight out of MiB and basically kicking ass, instead of what I firmly believe would have made this the rival to Sin City by sticking with the witty and clever John who outsmarted his enemies. If they'd have stuck with this they could have put their SFX budget to much better use as what we do get is pretty much pomp and fanfare rather than contributing anything to the story.
It should get 0 out of 10 as the fact Hollywood have now made this means we wont get a decent English remake for many years if at all. End of the day it boils down to a watchable 6 out of 10, only because I'm a CG student so have a weak spot for cool SFX.