“The Unborn”

Tuesday, 7 July 09

unbornOdette Yustman
Gary Oldman
Meagan Good
Cam Gigandet
Idris Elba
Jane Alexander
Atticus Shaffer
James Remar
Carla Gugino

Unrated           87min           2009

Enter a world of unrelenting evil as terror finds a new form in The Unborn. In this shocking supernatural thriller, a young woman, Casey (Yustman), is plagued by chilling dreams and tortured by a demonic ghost that haunts her waking hours. Her only hope to break the debilitating paranormal curse is in an exorcism with spiritual advisor Sendak (Oldman). See what lies beyond the doorway of our world in this non-stop nightmare of the undead. – from the back cover

“The Unborn” blends the natural with the supernatural very well. I’m a believer in the others side from various experiences as a child. I don’t watch many horror films as a rule. “The Unborn” called out to me with an intriguing premise. Having seen the power of twins first hand, it gave me even more to be frighten of. Many people rule out the improbable as impossible.

I have never liked mirrors and having seen “Mirrors” which is the perfect setup to this film. Remember scary movie night…”Mirrors” and “The Unborn”. “The Unborn” had me jumping like a little girl. The cuts and the musical cues did a perfect job of setting the mood and eeriness of the situation.

I give “The Unborn” 4 out of 5.



Tuesday, 10 February 09

blindnessJulianne Moore
Mark Ruffalo
Alice Braga
Yusuke Iseya
Yoshino Kimura
Don McKellar
Maury Chaykin
Mitchell Nye
Danny Glover
Gael Garica Bernal

R           121 min           2008

This unflinching story begins when a plague of blindness strikes and threatens all of humanity. One Woman (Moore) feigns the illness to share an uncertain fate in quarantine, where society is breaking down as fast as their crumbling surroundings. Based on Nobel-Prize-winning Jose Saramago’s novel – let Blindness lead you on a journey where the only thing more terrifying than being blind is being the only one who can see,

Blindness is bleak and for the main part depressing. It does should how quickly man becomes devoid of its humanity and it just doesn’t stop there. It shows how quickly in the face of hopelessness evil creeps in.
I watched this alone and it made me question a lot of things in my reality. Alone in my home it was only me and Moore that could see. As the wards started to loses its humanity I because justly awake of what is was feeling. She was a GOD among men trying to help and stay under the radar and keep her sanity under the horridness conditions her life was facing.

If you can watch it by yourself I would say do it by all means. I had a different reaction the second time I watched it with family. It made understand her plight and the reasons for her decisions. A lot of them I still would have made sooner

If give Blindness 4 out 5.

“The Happening”

Tuesday, 7 October 08

Mark Wahlberg
Zooey Deschanel
John Leguizamo
Ashlyn Sanchez
Betty Buckley
Spencer Breslin
Robert Bailey Jr.
Frank Collison
Jeremy Strong
Alan Ruck

R           90min           2008

In this heart pounding apocalyptic thriller from M. Night Shyamalan, the writer-director of The Sixth Sense and Signs, a unstoppable event threatens the world’s population by attacking the most basic human instinct of all – survival. Mark Wahlberg stars as Elliot Moore, an ordinary man trying to save his family from a terrifying, invisible killers. As Elliot discovers the incredible possibility of what is happening, it is clear that no one – and nowhere is safe

M. Night Shyamalan returns in great form. Even with The Happening‘s twisted spoiled two days before I watched it, its still an interesting and intriguing thriller. It so appealing is that because it has one of my own personal truths “grass is bad…concrete is good”. With the way we treat natural it could entirely happen.

Mark Wahlberg does a great job at capturing the deer in headlights. He’s a man trying to rationalize and postulate what is happening around him, as a scientist and still come to grips with his ever changing reality. Many of the characters are not fleshed out. It is mainly a story about man adapting.

The Happening has everything that I look for in a good drama. A story that I can relate with and is believable. Even if you’re cynical this story can’t entirely be ruled out as impossible. A drama that has me thinking after the film is done. It had me thinking if it were true would I be in danger.

It has all the standard DVD features and featurettes. There is anything in the special features that stand out. It mas movie preview’s for The X-Files: I Want to Believe, Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead, Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia, Street Kings and Mirrors.

I give The Happening 5 out of 5.

“I Am Legend”

Tuesday, 18 March 08

iamlegend.jpgWill Smith
Alice Braga
Dash Mihok
Charlie Tahan
Salli Richardson
Willow Smith

PG13           100min           2007

Somehow immune to an unstoppable, incurable virus, military virologist Robert Neville (Smith) is now the last human survivor in New York City and maybe the world. But he is not alone. Mutant plague victims lurk in the shadows… watching Neville’s every move… waiting for him to make a fatal mistake. Perhaps mankind’s last, best hope, Neville is driven by only one remaining mission: to find a antidote using his own immune blood. But he knows he is outnumbered… and quickly running out of time.

Many people find this film a little off putting and do not like it. The quiet and stillness throws people. This is a film about the human condition that a straight up drama. It provides thoughts in our minds that we would rather not have.

It shows just how fragile the mind is. “I Am Legend” shows that for all the magnificence of the mind its still need contact and interaction to function. After three years of isolation, Robert Neville is still brilliant yet lost without the mundane connection that we take for granted.

There are moments in the film that are comical not because they are meant to be but because of the absurdity of the situation. Out of his mind grasping for a semblance of normalcy he has developed some serious coping issues. His coping is something that could make people not like the film; yet it was one of the things that made this film so much better.

I have watched both versions of “I Am Legend”. I say buy the two disc special edition. The alternate ending is so much better than the original theatrical and falls more in line with the movie instead of the name of the film and the plot line in the book. The theatrical cheats the fans out of many major plot points of the film.

There are four animated comics on the disc. They are ‘Death as a Gift’, ‘Isolation’, ‘Sacrificing the few for the Many’, and ‘Shelter’. There are movie previews for “Lost Boys: The Tribe”, “The Dark Knight”, “Speed Racer”, “Appleseed ExMachina”, and “JLA: The New Frontier”.

I give it 4/5.


Wednesday, 23 January 08

sawiv.jpgTobin Bell
Scott Patterson
Costas Mandylor
Betsy Russell
Lyriq Bent
Justin Louis
Athena Karkanis
Simon Reynolds
Mike Realba
Marty Adams
Sarain Boylan
Billy Otis

Unrated           95min           2007

When SWAT Commander Rigg is abducted and thrust into a game, the last officer untouched by jigsaw has but ninety minutes to overcome a series of demented traps and save an old friend… or face the deadly consequences.

“Saw IV” is the topping on the masterpiece that is SAW. This time around, you finally understand the madness in the mind of the man. Having seen Jigsaw die in the third one you find out how his work will continue. At the end of that statement, raise a multitude of questions.

For this entire series, I always wondered what would make a man create such demented contraption. This time it is more about the character than traps; that still play a major part of the film. There is more revelation revealed in this film than any other film to day in the SAW franchise. This film made it worth all the sicken scenes I had to watch to get to this point.

Jigsaw is dead in this one but is revived through flashback. “Saw IV” takes place during the same period as SAW III. This one shows the other half of Jigsaw’s equation. His work will definitely continue making wonder how many little experiments Jigsaw had running. It also made me wonder how many were successful in ‘appreciating their lives’.

Appreciate this SAW IV for this is the final part of a masterpiece. This is a franchise that was strong throughout; one of the first perfect quadilogies. I have come to appreciate the dementedness and the madness of the man. You understand why Jigsaw does what he does.

“Saw IV” is full of special features, many as standard as on the other movie disc and so more. There is an audio commentary with producers and executive producer, the other is with the director and actor Lyriq Bent. There is the standard feature of Darren’s Diary, the traps, and the props. There is a music video IV by X Japan and deleted scenes. The movie previews are for “The Eye”, “Rambo”, “Skinwalkers”, “Boy Eat Girls”, “WAR”, Fearnet.com, Condemned 2: Bloodshot

I give it 3/5.


Wednesday, 23 January 08

sawiii.jpgTobin Bell
Shawnee Smith
Angus Macfadyen
Bahar Soomekh
Dina Meyer
Costas Mandylor
Mpho Koaho
Barry Flatman
Debra Lynn McCabe
Niamh Wilson
Lyriq Bent
Alan Van Sprang

Unrated           113min           2006

Along with his new apprentice Amanda (Shawnee Smith), the puppet-master behind the cruel, intricate games that have terrified a community and baffled police has once again eluded capture and vanished. While a city detectives scramble to locate him, Doctor Lynn Denlon (Bahar Soomekh) and Jeff Reinhart (Angus Macfadyen) are unaware that they are about to become the latest pawns on his vicious chessboard.

“Saw III – Director’s Cut” is not what it seems. It plays out as any other Saw with the gruesome traps that are demented and sick. Those contraptions border on the edge of sanity with the ingenuity of an engineer. This film shows just how smart Jigsaw is.

“SAW III” is the continuing saga of Jigsaw, his assistant Amanda, and their work. It is full of the trademark features of the SAW franchise, yet this is the third film, and they are still ingenious in design. They are also some of the most demented contraptions I have ever seen created.

I’m really glad that the creators of this films have this outlet. To think that they didn’t scares me because they are some of the most sick and twisted films on screen. “Saw III – Director’s Cut” means its another year that some does not go off the deep end.

It is a twisted tale that the audience is a fly on the wall for. The doctor is in and he’s seeing patients. When the end comes you, realize that Jigsaw is a complicated man, who trusts no one. I think that is his downfall through this film. He can never put your trust in an caged animal that is rabid.

It has the standard features found on the other DVDs. There are features highlighting the traps and props of Saw III. There is the diary by the director called “Darren’s Diary”. There are a few deleted scenes, theatrical trailer and teasers. There are movie previews for “Crank”, “Saw II”, “The Punisher: Extended Cut”, “The Invincible Ironman”, and “Hostel: Part II”

I give it 3/5.

“Ghost Son”

Wednesday, 16 January 08

ghostson.jpgLaura Harring
John Hannah
Pete Postlethwaite
Coralina Cataldi Tassoni
Mosa Kasiser

Unrated           97min           2006

Mark (John Hannah – “The Mummy”, “Four Weddings and a Funeral”) and his new American wife, Stacey (Laura Harring – “Mullholland Dr.”, “The Shield”), find true happiness on a remote ranch in South Africa. But their happiness is short-lived – Mark dies in a car crash and Stacey suddenly finds herself alone, grieving, and suicidal. Well, not entirely alone. Mark’s ghostly apparition pays her a nocturnal visit, taking her to the brink if both ecstasy and terror, after which Stacey discovers that she’s pregnant!

A year later, Stacey suspects that something is not right with her infant son, and it becomes apparent that he’s possessed by Mark’s spirit. She is convinced that the baby us trying to kill her, and his behavior in the presence if her naked body us bizarrely inappropriate. In desperation, Stacey resorts to the ancient shamanisitc traditions of her adopted country to save both her own life and that of her child.

“Ghost Son” is a freaky little movie with a low budget feel to it. It looks like it was film on location in Africa and I forgot to check the credit to see if it was. Really, I cannot believe this film was made based on the subject matter.

I guessing they did it for the money. It not the worst film I have seen these year but it is not far from it. I might appeal to science fiction spirit fearing people. What was supposed to be scary came off as comical.

I did not read the cover before renting the film, I got it because I am a fan of Laura Harrings’. That was a mistake. What pushes this film into freaky territory is the scene of the baby acting inappropriate with his mother. It is clear an animatronics arm but its still too creepy to be shown and pulled the limits of what is acceptable to watch. It made feel like I was voyageur into an Oedipal tryst.

There are no special features on “Ghost Son”. There are movie previews for “Snoop Dogg’s Hood of Horror” and “Blood Ranch”.

I give it 1/5.