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I watched this at the Fantasy Film Festival in Stuttgart and the
director was attending. I stayed through the movie (which was not easy
at all) and was curious to see what the director had to say.
Unfortunately (but somehow to be expected) she only confirmed what I
already knew. It's unfortunate for the child actors, if they have to go
through an (bad acting) experience like this.
On the other hand, as others have already stated here, there is not much acting going on in the whole movie. The clichés and the bad lines follow each other hand in hand. It is offensive to its own characters and to the viewers nerves and stomach. Yes horror movies have people do stupid things, but denying yourself (and the audience) even what you saw with your own eyes goes too far. A shame, because underneath it all, there is a Carrie like vibe, that could've been a really good movie ...
Some of the actors here may not be on their home turf (Daniel Wu being
a major star in China, plays in a smaller movie here, than he is used
to back home). But everyone brings their best game on screen. You may
be able to anticipate a few things and the setting with "Found Footage"
(or "Send/Space Footage") may not be your favorite one, but this movie
still works more than nicely.
There is tension and there is a story line that involves flashbacks and the "right now". It's not confusing though you may say that one twist is more than foreseeable due to the flashbacks. But still, when it comes it does hit the mark and you feel with the crew. With the (self proclaimed) genre, you know where it is going anyway. So the "foreplay" might go on for too long for some, but is necessary in my eyes to establish a relationship with the characters. Otherwise you wouldn't care for them ...
Terrence Stamp can do small and quiet. That might surprise some people,
but he has proved in other movies, that he doesn't have to be the
character he is in real life too. Gemma has to walk a very fine line.
She's in a movie where not much about her is revealed (except her will
and endurance to make old folks happy), but has to make that little
work and believable. She also succeeds as does Marion, the woman this
is all about.
Obviously there is more here than meets the eye (or ear for that matter). Terrence is not only walking in a shell, you feel that shell. But it makes watching him come out of that shell even better. With a movie like this there is not much you can spoil. It moves along the lines you expect it to. But it's an experience that is worth having
Let's start off with Rutger Hauer ... and not mention him again after
that! It's funny if you an actor to play for the first couple of
minutes just to market your movie with him. But there is also Doug
Bradley (Pinhead to his friends) and Tamer Hassan. Both not really that
much in the movie either, so if you're a fan of either it might not
make sense watching the movie because of those two. Tamer also plays a
cardboard cutout, that is so bad, you wonder where he left his
charisma? With the check at home I reckon.
You also have Emily Boobs ... I mean Booth of course. A funny woman in person, but not blessed (sorry for the pun) with her character/role here. Her physical appearance obviously very blessed, but playing a weak character like that, especially after an even weaker introduction, given lines that make you cringe? A waste. As is one scene with her and her "boss", that seems to go on for hours (actually couple of minutes) and should have been cut altogether. There is also a blonde lady that is involved with the inciting incident (Russian I think), that seems to have learned her lines phonetically. Not helping the movie either ... Conclusion: Waste of time
The movie tries to be really clever (twists coming along the way, most
of them can be seen from a mile away, in contrast to what the
characters can see in the movie). Of course characters in horror movies
do stupid things, how else would they get into trouble if they didn't?
But exclaiming "Let's follow that boat. And if there will be trouble,
we will beat them up" (I didn't memorize the line and it's very likely
very different in the movie, but not any better that's for sure) ...
well it's not helping the movie or the characters.
And definitely not helping anyone watching liking this movie any more. It doesn't seem to care about the characters, but about bringing home one twist, that actually is pretty stupid if you think about it (better not start thinking, because you'll hate it even more). There's is better movies out there, but you gotta admire the fact that they at least tried
Eva Mendes is not only beautiful, but also a great actress. Something
that also can be said about Mr. Cooper and Mr. Gosling. While Blue
Valentine (same director) did concentrate on a single relationship (and
two people), this is a wider look on relationships and consequences of
some actions people take.
Just because someone is doing a bad thing, does not make them a bad person. Same goes for a person with a badge (police). The movie will not give you easy answer and might take away a few things early on, that might be surprising (if no one has told you that is). But the emotional impact should be a really strong one. If you can bare to sit through it, it will be worth your while
And every musical move you make, I guess. But there is more to the
story than just a love story. The family aspect of the whole thing, the
teen bullying and much more things get explored here, with a finesse
that is wonderful. It might be a great thing or a bad thing, that the
movie is sort of predictable. That is up to you to decide, but you
can't fault it for its acting or the story it tells.
Guy Pearce is very convincing and the whole thing moves along in a pace that makes sense (even if it may be too slow for some). Felicity Jones is just incredible in a role that does not require a lot of talking, but relies on expressions and looks. And there is generally more shown than spoken. Not everything is answered out loud, but you do realize what it is supposed to mean. A very well thought movie, about dreams, actions and consequences. And even a society and family environment that does bind us to some extent ... for better or worse
What is acting? Will you find it here? Is it too harsh judging the
people involved in this, because of the script/direction? Are any of
the twists worth your while? The answers to those question can only be
given by yourself. And while the Baldwin involved in this, has made a
name in movies like this, the question is, if you have the time and
strength to watch this.
It's not that the characters are despicable from the get go. But while the movie progresses and relationships get established you do wonder, why you're still watching this. Now if you meant to watch this, because it promises sizzling erotic and/or nudity, you can also forget about that. While the main actress might appeal to many (men and women respectively), her character is all over the place and does not help the viewer understand what the other characters are going through because of her ... Not recommendable ...
Dead Snow this isn't (not only the Monsters are meant by this, but the
general feeling you get). This is closer to the Outpost movies, but has
still its own flavor to recommend it. There is obviously gore and there
is also some fun along the way. But it's also completely out there. You
have to like B-movies and a story that can be written on a single page
and still easily understood.
Single page might actually be stretching it (a couple of lines more like it), but you get the point. This action horror movie gives you a party film that can and should be enjoyed with friends. The ideas and monsters will either please you or appall you. Crazy as it is, it's still more than decent
Why would Jesus love one person? There is a satisfying answer to that
in the movie (if it isn't already answered in the plot description).
The guy playing Jesus (literally) has his feet firmly placed into the
romantic genre in Germany. A known actor, but he still can pull it off,
thanks to a very decent script.
The jokes sometimes work (Devil is smelling bad, though that joke only works once not as often as it is played out in the movie or the one about the appearance of God), but some are complete miss. There is cursing (which some might find offensive in a movie like this), but everything is kept as light as possible. Whatever your beliefs are, you might be able to enjoy this as a comedy. Not great, but OK
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