Gui si (Silk) Reviews
This intriguing setup, a post-postmortem of sorts, has the groundwork for what could be a very interesting stage play. The rest of the film, unfortunately, is a complete mess. A hodge-podge of fantasy, pseudo science and asian ghost horror, the film fails ultimately not because it is too ambitious but because it does not fully commit to its ambitions. The pseudo-science is used alternatingly as a plot device, as a key point and as an excuse. The horror elements are tired, ineffective and lacking in atmosphere. The whole film has the sleek, shiny look, feel and structure of a Hollywood production (of a Taiwanese screenplay), car chase and overuse of CGI included.
It's a shame the film never came together, because this was quite the missed opportunity. Surprisingly original and ambitious, with a broad range of themes and an emotional core, different circumstances might have made something special out of this.
SYPNOSIS:(May have some spoilers)
The film is a mix of SCI-FI and the usual elements of ASIAN HORROR. A group of scientists led by Hashimoto, armed with a newly invented material called the MENGER SPONGE captures the energy of a ghost child. This invention financed/owned by the Japanese government, is quite malleable and can be used as a coat for walls, for camera filters and can be used as an eye-spray to allow the user to see Ghosts.
They enlist the aid of an agent named Ye Tung, a law enforcer from the JCCU, who can read lips and has a gifted eyesight, to assist them in unveiling the mystery of the ghost child. Hashimoto and his team lets the ghost child loose, so that,Ye, aided with the MENGER SPONGE spray, can see a strand of SILK that emanates from the supernatural child, this strand is the key to a mysterious power.
Ye tracks the ghostly boy and the strand to the horrifying truth of the child's death. Fearing that the ghost child is dangerous and for his own hidden agenda, Hashimoto,(and his team) decides to isolate him, but in doing so, they unknowingly unleashed the supernatural force in the other end of the SILK strand, a MUCH more POWERFUL, and MALEVOLENT energy.
Don't expect to get any jumps or scares out of this movie, it is hardly a horror film. It does have a creepy atmosphere to it along with some pretty Grudge-like scenes, but like I said, don't expect anything out of the ordinary in the horror department for this movie.
When it comes to the actual story, "Silk" is a winner. There is a very deep story along with unique twists and turns that are not your typical everyday horror movie cliches. There is a whole new take on "ghosts" and entities in this movie that I have never seen before, along with some very creative fictional ideas, or "concepts" I should say about ghosts and the after life, that are actually strangely believable.
My only gripe about this movie is its comical special effects, especially for a scene where the main actor crashes his S.U.V. It broke the mood of the whole movie for a bit as I burst out laughing at how ridiculous it looked.
Other than that tiny issue, "Silk" is a movie that is a sure hit, and well worth watching.