Posted on 4/05/13 03:55 PM
Ive seen The Searchers twice now and at first I didn't see the big deal. On a second viewing I saw more to it but I still don't think it's the masterpiece it's suppose to be. What I thought was best about the film is how amazing it looked, it was shot beautifuly the cinematography looks amazing and John Ford clearly knew exactly what he was doing with the camera. The sceneary is just great to look at, it's colorful yet haunting, the desserts and mountains look superb.
The performence's from the cast were all very good but none that I would call truly great or atleast oscar worthy there was a good character study with John Wayne allthough I found his intentions difficult to understand or trust at times. So John Wayne who plays Ethan returns to his hometown and soon enough his niece gets c...aptured by natives. His nethpew and others join him to get her back, they don't only want her but they seek revenge. I loved the dialoge in the movie, Wayne just had so many great lines.
So it's a simple story but it's not told without depth, the movie is enjoyable and gripping throughout atleast for the most part. The influence it's had on many films is clear like the home being blown up in Star Wars, the light shining as the door opens in Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, the idea of wanting to help someone in danger who doesn't exactly seem to want help persay like in Taxi Driver, the ending of The Godfather or the movie being shown on the screen in Mean Streets.
There were parts in the movie especailly towards the end that didn't do much for me it seemed a bit to silly at times mostly when considering the serious subject matter. I didn't think the pacing was perfect at times my interest was fading but the pay-off is worthwhile. Overall it's great but not on the very level of a masterpiece or atleast not one of the very best movies ive ever seen, clearly a must-see though.
Posted on 4/05/13 03:50 PM
Ok, wow after seeing The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries I could allready see greatness from Ingmar Bergman allthough I thought that both of those movies didn't have the greatest pacing. I didn't think either of them were masterpiece's but were just close they did make me wanna see more from Bergman as his films are truly one of a kind. Basicly i'm left with my mind blown it's that feeling you get inside you when you know you have just seen a great film, it's like I just got uplifted spirtually or something, a similar feeling I got after seeing 2001: A Space Odyssey for the first time.
I'd say that persona is very much a complex character study between two young woman it's about a nurse named Alma (Bibi Anderson), the psychatrist at the hospital sends Alma to a seaside... cottage to lo...ok after a famous actress named Elisabeth (Liv Allman). Liv has since stopped talking prehaps due to a trauma Alma examines her and tells her very personal things about herself like some unpleasent sexual experience's she has had in the past. She does her best to care for Elisabeth and try to get her to talk but she soon reads a letter written by Elisabeth to the hospital that mocks Alma so there relationship becomes ruthless. Alma soon has a dream or nightmare if you wanna call it that where her and Elisabeths idenitys intertwine, it seems both ladies have mental health problems.
The movie is very unique with great visuals, inventive and complex storytelling, intruging dream sequence's, great performence's by the two leads (Bibi Anderson for one gave one of the best female performence's ive ever seen), great cinematography and direction this is a must-see. My eyes were glued to the screen throughout the whole running time, not once did I loose interest Ingmar Bergman now lives up to his title, the film is strange and creepy and so compelling with a mysterious ending that could allow the viewer to come up with there own interpritation, without a doubt an essential film.
Posted on 10/31/12 05:44 PM
"The Matrix" is one of the most popular and talked about movies of all time and within reason because it would have to be one of the most influential and original sci-fi films that's come out of hollywood in modern times. I hadn't actually seen this film for many years but I definitely remember liking it alot when I was much younger the funny thing is i'm not sure if I even fully understood it untill now seeing it years later. This is what I would consider a "Real" sci-fi it brung unique ideas to both the sci-fi and action genre that i'm sure people hadn't even seen before and it dealt with different realities and gave us a vision of a made up world with inventive human yet artifical like characters like some of the greatest sci-fi's and came with it's own ideas trying to create it's own epic among the sci-fi greats.
It came equiped with though-provoking storytelling,great and well balanced action sequneces and a few well-written characters and is one that would reach out to much wider audiences then just serious film buffs or mindless fans of popcorn entertianment, and "The Matrix" is much more then that but it's use of action would appeal even to someone who doesn't understand it so there's kinda something here for everyone. It has some absolutey spellbinding specail effects but unlike so many action films nowadays they were used for the best of reasons and the now overused slow-motion action sequences were done best in "The Matrix" because we hadn't seen it in every action before then and it just suited the films subject matter so much more then any other film. It was actually quiet ahead of it's time, the films been imitated quiet alot since it's realease but this will allways be the originator of several techniques.
So it revolves around a man named "Thomas A. Anderson"(Keanu Reeves). He works as a computer programmer and is also a computer hacker who logs his name under "Neo". He's allways found himself questioning his very reality, soon enough he gets a meesage on his computer which leads him to a myserious woman named "Trinity"(Carrie-Anne Moss) not long after the police are soon on his tail after being conducted by another computer hacker "Morpheus"(Lawrence Fishburne) who is considerd a terriost by the government. "Morpheis" soon introduces "Neo" to what he considers the real world, which is somewhat of a wasteland where most of humanity is residing after being captured by some race of machines which live off there bodily systems and imprison each ones mind within an artifical reality called The Matrix. "Neo" soon finds out that he is being considerd as "the chosen one", Morpheius and the rest of his team convince "Neo" to join the like-minded warriors in there struggle to concur The Matrix...
I think the cast were allmost all rather well-chosen "Keanu Reeves" defintiely suited this "Neo" character mostly from his natural persona, I mean he's not a great actor like most of the time I just think he's laughable but he still happens to be quiet likeable in several roles and this is the one that suited him the most. "Lawrence Fishburne" gave one of his last great performences before he sold-out and decided to act on CSI but "Morpheius" has to be one of the most memorable characters out of the sci-fi genre due to his somewhat slick nature. "Carrie Anne Moss" was good too she was deifntiely likeable as "Trinity" and helped drive the film. Character actor "Joe Pantoliano" who played "Cypher" (another member of there team) was defintiely another stand-out and gave the most electryfying performence out of the team and (Hugo Weaving) as "Agent Smith", like "Morpheios" gave a very memorable performence as the calm and collective lead agent and "Marcus Chong" was very good too. The only problem is most of the other charatcers in the film were so poorly written like the other members of "Neo's" team didn't get enough screen-time or dialoge to work with for us to really care about them so when several people die off there was no connection at all.
The direction from "Andy" and "Larry Wachowski" was quiet impressive, it was very unique and suited the atmosphere of the film exceptionally well. There's alot of memorable action sequences that were pulled off very well and are some that will stick in your head forever like the rooftop scene and the parking lot scene to the martial art fights. Now besides the poor writing of some of the characters the other thing I wasn't too fond of was the way it ended I Mean the way it lead up to the end with the spectacular action scenes and effects looked great but then when it came down to the conclusion I felt slightly empty I was wanting more I mean I know it was just leading up to the sequels which will go more into detail about the subject matter, but from judging this film alone it's very good but just has an unsatisfying ending and is far from the level of a "masterpiece".
It defintiely makes me wanna see the sequels which I will be revieiwng soon after, so yea it's a spectacular film but not an absolutely perfect one it's kinda corny at times but in a good way if that makes sense. In the end I was left with the feeling that I had just seen an extrememly intruging and entertaining sci-fi/action film but not one that moved me or amazed me as much as I may have liked, it defintiely aint up there with the very greatest sci-fi's but is a must-see for fans of the genre...
Posted on 10/16/12 06:35 PM
Most people have seen this from what I believe but if you haven't (Edward Norton) works as a car manafactuer who has trouble sleeping. He meets Marla (Helen Boham Carter) at one of the support groups he attends, he goes to these to be able to let out whatever emotions he's feeling at the time. She is also a fake attendee as we find out, they get each others numbers and catch up. He soon meets a soap manafactuaer named Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) he lives in a house in an abandoned town. They start underground fight clubs around the town, soon enough everything gets out of control and they engage in a rivary for power and love. The movie is told through commentary by Edward Norton.
I watched Fight Club again after not being amazed by it with a first viewing and I promise that upon rewatching it I was keeping a very open mind and was atleast 70% sure that I was gonna like it more and I thought I might have missed something the first time I saw it seeming as I saw it first when I was becoming a "film buff". So the reviews for this movie are quiet divided for critics but the movie has a massive fanbase i'm sure most of you like/love it. What I liked about it were the performences, Edward Norton was absolutely great he gave a very in-depth diverse and just all-round powerful performence. Brad Pitt was very good too, I doubt you would ever forget the character that is Tyler Durden after seeing this, Helena Boham Carter was very good aswell. The direction was fantastic along with the cinematography and score.
I'm not sure if ive mentioned this but part of the reason why this movie never really worked for me is that even when I first saw it I guessed what was gonna happen at the end atleast 30 mintues in there are way too many obvious clues. Now I know there's way more to the film then "the end" which is what some people wont realise. But my problem was not only with finding it predictable but I also just don't even like the idea of it all, the story is unbealiveable and to maybe each and everyone of your suprise I would consider this movie to be rather silly if anything.
SPOLIERS: Do not read if you haven't seen Fight Club.
Allright so if Norton is Tyler Durden all along, well he is. Is it suppose to be realistic that so many of the townspeople even cops are gonna follow some crazy guy's orders?, he talks to himself and beats himself up infront of people. He magicly learns how to make soap and blow things up with it. He shoots himself but doesn't seem to get extremely effected, I know why he did it but that still wouldn't happen.
All in all besides me not being convinced with anything that happens I just felt like the pacing was poor, everything was intruging to start off with but after about 40 minutes I just felt that it got more and more over the top, it just didn't conncet with me and it never did. Ive seen people call this "the mans film" and it makes me realise why people might love it, every guy wants to be like Tyler Durden he was a great idea for a character. Atleast I was open minded enough to see it again but I really don't think I missed something to me it's a film that poses as being deep and is really simple.
My experience with Fight Club really reminds me of my experiences with a couple of other movies that I consider to be overrated. The Usual suspects was another one that was predictable and had a stupid ending but a likeable cast. A Clockwork Orange was good for just 30 minutes, same here. Id really like to read everyone elses takes on this.
Posted on 10/15/12 06:46 PM
As typical as it may seem Stanley Kubrick has become my favourite director after viewing films in a more serious manner then the average moviegoer for atleast a few years. Everything Kubrick ever touched was so unique,inventive,original and somewhat daring it's really impossible for a "Film Buff" not to love his work. So far ive seen 8 of his films and it's not gonna be long before I see the rest but you see one thing about "A Clockwork Orange" which seems to allmost never not be mentioned within his top 5 or even being called his very best by fellow fans is along with "Full Metal Jacket" his most weakest film ive seen, but not suprisingly ofcourse far from horrible.
"A Clockwork Orange", too me strangely seems like a very waterd down Kubrick film instead of getting a masterpiece here we have a film with many flashes of greatness I mean there's alot to love about the film and despite dissagreeing with it's worldwide status it's no suprise too me why the film is as popular as it is. "2001 : A Space Odyssey" is his best film from what ive seen, alot of what made that film great is apparent here, Malcom Mcdowell's performence is close to the top of the best performence's in which Kubrick directed. The direction was ofcourse great, highly detailed with all shots having deep meaning he directed Alex's (Mcdowell's) very thoughts masterfuly as he did in 2001 the film is equipped with some of his best singular scenes but the film doesn't hold together well such as in what I consider his 5 masterpeices,2001,Dr. Strangelove,Paths of Glory,The Shining and The Killing all of those films were perfect imo. The underrated Barry Lyndon which doesn't quiet make his top 5 is also a more expertly crafted film.
So it's based in a dystopian future with Alex and his Droogs who are mainly interested in the music of Beethoven,rape and the ol' ultrviolence and when things go the wrong way alex is then imprisoned to recoverey but yea you all know that. Just incase you didn't I guess...
Ive seen this film three times now so before you tell me to watch it again just remember that, i'm not sure who recalls but when I first reviewd this film I actually gave it a rating of 40% and tore it apart. But upon a second viewing admititly I was offended by the graphic rape-scenes and realistic and disturbing violence. I really didn't look at the film past that, and on a second viewing I understood and liked it more. Now on my third viewing which is now when i'm confident to review it again I thought the film had a great start I think that because I now understand it more the first 30 minutes of this seemed more like masterful filmaking to the fullest, it makes something so disturbing into something so entertaining but not for long enough.
The thing is after the masterful 30 minutes the film seriously get's dull and has great ideas but strangely Kubrick didn't get the pacing right it just wasn't well balanced like i'm used to feeling in his other films I went from being entertained to rather bored but every so often the film delieverd again but when waiting for the ending I can't stress how much better I thought it could have been. The film is definitely deep and Thought-provoking but alot of it doesnt work I had a problem with alot of the things that happend to Alex it all moved too fast and alot of it seemed forced.
On paper this would seem like a masterpeice but you have to take everything into account here as bad as it may sound the film would have actually been better if it were just 2 hours of ultra-violence when Alex is deprived of doing what he most enjoys I was deprived from enjoying what I most enjoyed about the film. It really doesn't hold together well enough I wasn't engaed from beginging to end like I was with his other 5 films I mentioned above. The cinematography,direction,score (which is one of the best ive ever heard),Dialoge(legendary dark humor),and supporting performences were all just as brillaint as needed whilst Mcdowell gave the one great perofmence everyone else was atleast very good and there for a reason but the overall execution makes a disspointing and sorry but overrated film which is still great in many ways but really not the perfect masterpeice it's most loyal fans make it out to be. Everything aside the massive influence it had on cinema is ofcourse, undiniable...
Posted on 7/26/12 07:51 AM
After my first veiwing of "Blade Runner" I was left relatively underwhelmed but because of the massive critical praise I had to re-watch it. Ive now seen it four times and it's actually became one of my favourites and it's safe to say that it's one of the greatest films ever invented (atleast from what ive seen). Everything about the film is perfect and the only reason I can think of for not liking it the first time I saw it is because that was before I really knew as much about film as I do now, those who expect "Star Wars" might be dissapointed because this aint an all-out action film whilst displaying elements it's imited which is one of the many great aspects of this film. It doesn't rely on action to tell it's story but the atmosphere, flawless performences from the entire cast and the strategically detailed direction from "Ridley Scott" makes this film one of the greatest.
So if you didn't know this sci-fi film noir was written for the screen by "Hampton Fancher" and "David Peoples" and was based on the novel "Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?" by "Phillip K Dick". It's set in Los Angelas in the year 2019 with some of the best visuals in cinemas history giving us a unique dark atmospheric and in my eyes realistic depection and veiw of the future designed by "Ridley Scott" and his team. It follows the stroy of "Deckard"(Harrison Ford) who is a "Blade Runner" (which is a cop with the specialty of killing Replicants, "artificaly created humans"). He had since retired, however after hearing the news of six escaping replicants from an offworld colony he is more or less forced to re-enter. These replicants if you hadn't figured are indeed illegal and must be terminated as soon as they are detected, "Deckard" begins falling for a beautiful woman named "Rachel"(Sean Young) who for all he knows may be a replicant. It's not only that the story is great but it's the way it went about being told that made it masterful, sci-fi films of today are nothing in comparrison...
Atleast from what ive seen this is the best performence "Harrison Ford" has ever given allthough ive still gotta see several other of his films this one is his most flawlessly in-depth. He completely dominated the screen and has that screen-presence about him that I can't think of one actor (even those that are better) that would have suited the role more. It's a different approach from "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" he plays a more calm character I suppose his facials pretty much all meant something to the story and he was just perfect. "Rutger Hauer" was the perfect choice for prehaps the lead member of replicants he was creepy and just highly likeable, he stole every scene he was in and gave one of the most memorable villanis performences ive seen.
Besides "Ford" and "Hauer" the whole cast truly did a flawless job in helping the film move along and all stuck out as a different character that all had somewhat of a meaning to the subject matter ofcourse the main two were the best but the others still can't go without a mention because there's not one bad performence on here. Character actors "Sean Young","Edward James Olmos",M.Emmet Walsh","Daryl Hannah",Joel Turkel" and "William Sanderson" were all absolutely fantastic too. So it excelled in what I think is the most important thing in film "Characterization" and it was 100% at that it also aced it in well, everything else for that matter.
This is in my mind "Ridley Scott's" best film, it's defintiely the most praise-worthy work he's done as a director ofcourse "Alien" is close but it's just not "Blade Runner". "Scott's" intense detail is so well-thoughtout and captured for us from the start to end you just can't take your eyes away the essecene of this very film just sucks you in and you won't be going anywhere before it ends and when it does your mind would have exploded. "Ridley" made sure he didn't miss any details and if you watch closely the guy is giving you clues throughout and was steady with the camera and he captured this futuristic world perfectely with his focus resulting into alot of tension the right use of lighting and fading and some great erotic scenes, what a great director.
The visuals in this film will continue to amaze veiwers for really all eternity , espeically considering we live in a time when filmakers use CGI and in 100 years films will probably be 100% holographic this artwork which as I was saying was designed partly by "Ridley Scott" and pieced together for the screen by "Douglas Trumball" is truly some of the most amazing effects you will ever see, and the cinmeatography was shot beautifuly just flawless in every sense of the word. The score conducted by "Vangelis" is one of the best ive ever heard, it was carefully constructed in order to stand-out used in the exact correct moments and the way the used it to help drive the story just amazed me.
There's not even much else to say about the film but it's just one you can't miss and if you haven't seen it i'd reccomend going straight for "The Final Cut" which is the one "Ridley" himslef said did the once missunerstood film the most justice. I just love everything about the film from the story, to the performences and effects and i'm sure any other open-mined film buff would feel the same way. A very though-provoking and even emotionaly engaging film indeed and to anyone whose seen it, who doesn't love the ending sequence?. In my eyes this is the best sci-fi just after "2001:A Space Odyssey" and possilby the most influential. I went from disliking this film to wanting to re-watch it over and over as it amazes me and teaches me something new each time. If you haven't seen it get a copy of "The Final Cut" right away...
Posted on 2/24/12 04:05 PM
Since there are three versions of this film I did some research on what was suppose to be the best cut and the answer that came up mostly was the directors cut, i'd seen this film once before and it was the speical edition I saw at first and it was allready great. But one problem Speilberg had since the film was first realeased was the ending, Seeming as ive never seen the theriatical cut i'm not sure what the difference is but I think he felt there was a little too much spoon-feeding at first all I can say is the ending of the Director's Cut couldn't have possibly been more perfect whilst revealing something he left alot to our own imaginations and this is quiet possibly the greatest Alien film ever made. Maybe even better then Alien allthough it's been a while since I saw that.
Incase you didn't know this film revolves around the average suburbian family following Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) who is a Cable Worker, who one night experience's what would best be called a "Close Encounter Of The Third Kind", several other's witness this too. UFO'S are flying around the sky and also up-close to the bystanders, after this happens Roy becomes paranoid and fascinated by what he saw. He continue's to see visions of a random object resembling that of a mountain and becomes truly haunted, as the film goes on his character devolop's flawlessly as his marriage soon reaches a breaking-point. The film goe's on to be a susepsful, and downright entertaining film whilst also managing to be truly deep I won't go much more into plot details but that's a brief summary but what's most fantastic about this film is how it's revolving in "the real world" and it takes in time with great pacing before you "see" anything.
Teri Garr plays Roy's wife (Ronnie Neary) and her and Dreyfuss both gave truly great performence's, both are completely beleiveable and have so much depth I was convinced throughout as there relationship escalates from being,happy,confused to convincingly domestic. The superb perfomence's don't stop there either the whole cast all managed to be good-great even those hardly focused on managed to all stick-out in one way or another. Melinda Dillon plays (Gillian Gueller) who is a mother whose son was abducted by a space shuttle, she had also witnessd the Close encounter at the start. Her portrayl earned her a well deserved oscar nomination, French director Francois traffuant gave a superb performence as(Claude lamcombie) who played a UFO expert as did Bob Balaban (David Lauglin) with the same occupation. The child actors were also somehow very convincing aswell, the overall characterization in the film was simply perfect.
Speilberg's direction was extremely in-depth and masterful, his infmaous "Speilberg Close-Up" was used in this film probably more then any other of his films and each shot was equipped with deep meaning, his ability to tell a story thorugh his camrea is truly something to admire so many of his best overall shots are in this film. Douglas Trumball's visual effects were amazing and really could hardly be topped, just flawless if you have seen the film you would have to agree. The cinematography from Vilmos Zsimong A.S.C was stunning and is clearly influential to a generation of filmakers. John Willam's score was epic and fit the film perfectely (as expected). It will leave you keep you engaged and in the end most proabaly amazed as It's one of the greatest sci-fi's ever made and is influential and important in cinema, essential vieiwing imo just be sure to see The Drectors Cut...
Posted on 10/25/11 03:35 AM
Regardless of who you are you know about "Paranormal Activity", the moc-doc horror that completely came out of nowhere in 2007 taking the world by storm with allmost no negative feedback what so ever. Like most I do consider the first "Paranormal Activity" to be one of the best horror films in modern times but with the second film on the other hand I considered that to be a massive dissapointment. "Paranormal Activity 2", compared to the brillaint first film seemed way to corny and I just thought they were trying to hard to scare us without really getting the pacing right. It did come equipped with some inventive storytelling and on paper would have worked as a good "Prequel" but with relying too much on effect's and many of the typical clitches we expect from most modern horrors it failed.
Now anyone that's familar with horror would be quick to determine the simple fact that when it comes to horror sequels it's suprising if they actually work. I could list a number of them that were trash but it would turn my review into a novel. The fact that "PA3" actually turned out to be as good as it was completely took me by suprise, with all three films they have changed director but "Oren Peli" is still working as one of the producers. This here is clearly a filmaker that want's to scare us but with the proper amount of suspense and he's all for taking us back to the days when films counted on tension and pacing to do the job. Going back to my comments on horror sequels another thing horror fans are aware of is that most horrors that are made in our time are hardly reliable just look at the "Saw" and "Final Destination" films, movies like that lack substance and are made for no other reason then making money and grossing audiences out with gore so this causes a proper film buff to become skeptical of most of the newer ones. With every "PA" film even the second it's involved filmakers that truly do want to make a real horror film and this is without a doubt what we have here.
I'm not gonna bother going too much into plot details here but it's simply set in the 80's when "Katey" was a kid and it follows the event's which took place with her parents and sister which as you learned in the first had links with this whole ghost scenario. Like the first this film involved characters which were all flawless in the attempt to make this all so relaistic. Like the first the tension builds up and in more or less the same way, it does move slowly at first but for the best of reasons. When it picks up it doesn't stop I was truly creeped out by atleast the last half hour of it and before that it provided many moments which will just stick with you. To be honest I find it kinda difficult to review a film like this as there's hardly much I can say without spoiling the experience but I just need everyone to watch this and don't be skeptical enough to avoid it just because it seems impossible that it will match the first.
I have reasons as to why it may have suprassed the original, too me the performence's in this film equal the first but also give you a few more characters to follow and as a piece of storytelling it's the best PA yet. From my memory atleast it also has prehaps more horror scenes and actually handled the pacing even better and it atleast engaed me more mostly because everything about the first and second all linked on to this one and by the end I was speechless. If I said that it didn't contain atleast a few of the typical horror scenes we expect in ghost films I would be wrong but it pulls everything off so well and what's to be expected allways happens when you least expect it. The way these scenes were handled were highly impressive and whilst there were some familair ones there were also scenes that seemed new to me, it reminded me of the same techniques used in the older horrors I mean nothing here is computer generated and that's what makes it seem all the more real from loud bangs to closing doors to flying objects etc,etc this is a superior ghost film . There's definitely a few things here that will cause critic's to over analyze it like somehow "Katey's" dad liked filming everything in the house aswell, and she probably doesn't remember the event's as well as someone actually would but you see the main point with moc doc horrors is to scare you but when one has as much going for it as this it just gives a horror fan that much more of a reason to respect it.
I was begining to think that this type of horror could no longer be pulled off but whilst this really doesn't equal "The Blair Witch Project" or "REC" it still comes closer then any other horror of it's kind. Another thing with horrors as much as I love them it takes alot from a film to truly scare me and since this did that better then so many of them it get's extremely high points. It's by no means a "masterpeice" but it's one of the best horrors that's come out in years...
Posted on 10/07/11 01:10 AM
"Dark City" is one of the most wholy orginal Sci-Fi films ever made and is also one of the most underrated. It's only natural for a film like this to be so missunerstood, seeming as it doesn't fit the description one might picture when they hear the word Sci-Fi but some need to understand that's there's more to this genre then laser guns and special effects. Visionary director "Alex Proyas"(who also directed "The Crow") brought us another film which is visually flawless but unlike "The Crow" is also flawless on prehaps every other level.
The highly original and intellegent script written by "Alex Proyas" himself,"Lem Dobbs" and David S. Goyer" follows the story of a man named "John Murdoch(Rufus Sewell) who, as the film starts wakes up in a hotel he is not familiar with and he finds that he has completely lost his memory and is somehow a wanted man for a series of murders. A women played by "Jennifer Colleny" who claims to be his Wife is after him aswell as a "Doctor" (Kiefer Sutherland). The film follows "John" on his quest as he tries to piece together the very facts of his past, whilst doing just that he comes across a group of "non-humans" known as "The Strangers" who posses the power to put humans to sleep and alter the city and it's very inhabitats. So John is left with the questions as to why the city is allways dark and for some reason not a single person can clearly tell him how to leave the city so now he must find a way to stop "The Strangers" before they take control of his mind and wipe him off the planet.
This film managed to create these non-human like characters and create a dream-like city without coming across as corny and was packed with convincing and just simply great performences by the whole cast. "Rufus Sewell" really shined in this film his performence was in every way believeable and extremely in-depth as the story evolved he simply drove the film. "Keifer Sutherland" as "Dr. Daneil Schreber" has to have given his best performence in this he just completely dominated the screen everytime he was on it with the somewhat strange charatcer. "Jennifer Colleny" was very convincing too as was "Richard O'Brien" who played "Mr Hand"(The Leader of The Strangers), he would have to be one of the best villans in sci-fi he was creepy and very diverse it was like he was just simply born to pull off this role.
Like "Blade Runner" before it they managed to create this make-believe city but even without using things we allready do have in this world it managed to come across as a wholy orignal world that we have never seen in any other film. With great cinmeatography ofcourse backed up with the highly stylish and detailed direction by "Alex Proyas" this has truly become a masterpeice of visual storytelling. You see like a few of the other greatest sci-fi's the story was told through an extremely complex usage of dialoge. There's not a massive amount of action in this so it might dissapoint some people but surely not those who actually wanna watch a great film.
I don't really need to say much more but when it comes to films that just need to be seen by more people this one is near the top of my list, outside of true sci-fi fans i'm sure most of you wouldn't have even seen this. Anyway before "The Matrix" and "The Truman Show" there was this and those two films kinda reminded me of this. Anyway if your looking for something that will challange you and keep you thinking from beginnig to end then put this one near the top of your "to do" lists...
Posted on 10/04/11 01:12 PM
Alot of people simply won't understand this but I don't usually think that highly of "Russel Crowe", the majority of the performence's ive seen from him allways seem kinda dull and I allways want more from the character's he plays. Anyway "Romper Stomper" which is one of the lesser known films starring "Crowe" or atleast one of his films that doesn't get disscussed very often truly stars the "Great Russel Crowe" I had been meaning to find. This Aussie Drama was written and directed by "Gefforey Wright" and besides the obvious it starred a group of relatively unkwown yet brillaint aussie actors, most noteably "Jacaqueline Mckenzie" and "Daneil Pollock".
It basicly revolves around a gang of skinheads who reside in Melbourne/Victoria, they basicly just get drunk and beat down "Colored People" with strong belifes that there land has been deprived from them. As the film starts it get's straight to the point really, the skinheads trap a group of Asian teenagers and badly beat them. Soon enough the Asain community decide that they simply wont take this abuse anymore so they decide to retaliate in an all-out war. The gang is led by "Hando" (Russel Crowe) and his best mate "Davey" (Daniel Pollock) is second in command. The two guys seem alot different from each other "Hando" is simply hard and insanely ruthless whilst "Davey" is alot more quiet and seemingly shook. "Hando" meets a woman named "Gabrielle"(Jacqueline McKenzie) who as we find out was sexuly abused by her dad and suffers from epilepsey, after meeting she immideately takes an interest in him. Soon enough "Gabe"(as the guys call her) joins the gang and follows them on their run for justice.
So as I was saying "Crowe" was great in this and from simply judging by what ive seen it's his best performence. He played such an evil,violent and overly ruthless character maybe even too convincingly. I'm sure I even forgot it was him halfway through, he was simply that great. "Jacaqueline Mckenzie" who i'd never even heard of really impressed me in this aswell as she played this somewhat troubled yet likeable person with so much depth and it was a great perfomence in my eyes. "Daniel Pollock" was very good he was prehaps the softest guy in the gang and he didn't really have to say it but you could tell from the start that he might be having second thoughts about this lifestyle and his portrayl here was convincing and simply very good.
From judging the overall plot one could easily assume that the film really has nothing more to it then violent racist acts but it's extremely well made and was indeed filmed for much more of a reason then offending those who see it. The film takes you through an in-depth and truly realistic journey into the lives of such people I for one learnt alot more about why these guys are such pricks it's not that I agree with there thoughts but atleast there motive kinda makes sense. Also it has alot to do with the effects this lifestyle can have on your family and friends, so it's actually quiet meaningfull overall and it was truly a powerful experience. The film also does more then many similar films would do and it truly takes it's time to get you to know these character's and you even start to feel empahy for several of them.
The movie would be way too much too stomach for some because if I told you it wasn't extremely violent and disturbing I would be missleading you. I would actually consider this an important film atleast for "Australia" and "Melborne" in particular because "Romper Stomper" might just be a movie but this is all based on real events and if you watch the film with an open enough mind you would indeed realise that it's more going against the skinheads then going with them. I enjoyed this film not because I like to see Asains heads getting bashed in or any violence for that matter but because I can appreciate it for what it was trying to do, well in my eyes what it did do. It's hard to reccomend it to everyone but all in all it's a very well-made film and would have to be among the best Aussie films ive ever seen. I can see a possible "A Clockwork Orange" influence within this film just think that without being set in the future and without the second half but likewise there's a message and it's a relatively forgotten about film that is without a doubt a classic for Aussie cinema...