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If like me you are not a fan of this sort of movie in the first place,
you know that me giving this a relative high vote, means a lot. The
movie does deserve it, because of the characters (actors portraying
them) and the story it tells. The script is really well written and it
has an edge to it.
It will shock some people and rightfully so. While there are still decisions that shouldn't be made, the movie is well shot (by a professional obviously and not the actors themselves most of the time). The characters are more than believable and there is enough tension to grab anyones attention. It's almost hard to admit, but this is one of the better horror movies I saw in 2013
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
We all know where this is going and it still is able to entertain until
that moment we are waiting for. The moment that will freak us out. And
while I am not a fan of Found Footage, I do like Bobcat G. a lot. His
introduction to the movie (at Frightfest) was awesome too. He
acknowledged the fact, that people are fed up by the "genre" ("I know
you've been all waiting to see yet another Found Footage movie" he
quipped along other things).
And he still was able to make a fun movie that makes sense (sort of). I put the spoiler tag there for a reason. Not because I pointed out the obvious (Big Foot), but because there is a "Missing Person" poster in the movie. And this poster has some significance as a friend of mine first noticed. Because the "monster" could very well be that woman, who got lost in the woods. Whatever the case there is a very long shot towards the end of the movie that will scare you ... really scare you and keep you on your toes or the edge of your seat
Bad social media! Well that's sort of the message. And if you will the
central thing the movie is saying is: Get out more, be nice in "real"
life. Which is not a bad thing in my book. Unfortunately it does fall
into almost every cliché on its way to deliver that message. And while
the cliché of the "beautiful" people (on screen) is not something I'd
complain about, there are others I do.
The actors are trying their best and there is a sense of urgency and it does have more than a little bit of tension in it. So there is something to the movie other than the general idea, that might hold you to watching it. It's not much, but maybe enough for your viewing pleasure.
A sort of Documentary on conspiracies. A nice idea that starts off
pretty nice too. Obviously based or taken from all the found footage
films around this tries to cash in to that too. But the guy who made
the movie did his research. There are always events that make people
wonder if there is more to it.
This movie especially at first tries to handle those ideas as what they appear to be: Crazy talk. But of course then it evolves and things are not as clear as the appear to be. Or are they? The movie will not give you clear answers to all the questions, which might be something you like or hate. It was interesting to watch and even with clichés and foreseeable results a well done movie overall.
Going to dark places taking literally. Our main protagonist is not
someone that will win a popularity contest. But that is not the kind of
movie you should expect anyway. This is exactly what it says: Dark! And
the main actor is great depicting the downfalls and the character
trades in general.
Which also makes this is a very uneasy view. This won't go down easy with people who can't stomach a few events. You might see a few things coming, but there are still some surprises that are going even deeper into the tunnel. Very well shot this was a favorite at the Frightfest in London where it was playing. Not for everyone, but if you can dig it (you'll know a few minutes in), you'll have a hell of a ride
It's obvious where this is leading and it has quite a lot of funny
moments along the way. If you are for the inappropriate kind of jokes
Stephen Merchant is there to serve your needs. But since this is not a
stand up competition he won't be there for the whole nine yards, just
for some nice little moments along the way.
Rose Byrne is wonderful as ever (also watch the Outtakes/Gag reel if you can) and holds the movie and the crazy scenes together. There is nice scene towards the end at a Restaurant, that could've gone completely wrong, but it sort of works. It's a nice scene that does something that some might have wanted it do much earlier. But at last it happens. So a nice little romantic comedy then
I love John Malkovich and every time he is on screen the movie lights
up. The way he portrays the character makes you almost forget about the
characters talking English for no good reason (with an accent but
still). It would have made sense if they talked in their native
language. Obviously something Malkovich wouldn't be able to do. Still
the movie has to say something about "education" and life itself. Boys
will be boys ... until they grow up.
They can take different roads though, depending on the path they choose. It's obvious where this leads, though you have a distraction or two along the way (plus a time jumping theme all over the movie). That will either confuse some people (not me and a lot of others here on IMDb) or make them big fans of the movie itself. So it sets high goals, but doesn't achieve all of them. Life lessons for some, a nice story for others.
We all know that movie covers do lie to us and portray a movie more
attractive than it actually is. But saying this has "creative" ways in
any connection is just absolutely unacceptable! While you may be able
to overlook the "acting" and the "story" itself, there should be
something that makes this at least a bit interesting. And here we come
to the other selling point of it: Twist If you want to call it that.
It's completely insane and nothing people will be amazed by.
On the other end, there is neither enough blood or nudity to hold the attention of the intended group of watchers. Don't get me wrong there is blood and there is some nudity and intercourse. The latter depicted in two scenes. And one of them is shot in a nice way actually (intercut with people dancing and music people might find good). That and the beautiful people in it, might make this bearable for you. Better script and some nice effects next time and we're good
There are many stories that can be told all over the world that
probably are not on your radar. This is one of them. Even if you know
the facts (the numbers in that case), seeing that playing in front of
your eyes is something completely different. It's devastating watching
events unfolding especially when it's clear that some things might have
With some American star power (Brody and Robbins in this case in smaller roles), the movie depicts war and the cruelties to the common folk. So you won't be able to see much fighting (though there are still quite a lot of war scenes), but the effects it has on civilians. A difficult movie, not only because of the running time, but a very well made one. Even if you're not that much interested in History, this is able to grab you and hold your breath/attention until the end
War is not something that is easily told or what happens there. And
this happens to depict a very strong case of what can happen in war
time. It's one man trying to do the right thing after the fact. It's
touching a few subjects and quite a few are difficult to answer (as in
what would the viewer have done).
The war scenes are really well shot and the action too. Of course once you see the wife (wonderfully played), you do wonder why someone would leave her to go fight anywhere. Doesn't make sense unless he had to go (drafted). She also raises a few points. One of the bad guys is a very well known Spanish actor some might have seen in other movies too. Overall a very well made political drama with good action scenes.
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