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Lacking a sense of identity, place, and character - WOLF CREEK 2 is ironic in its tries to achieve these traits. While it's predecessor harnessed simplicity and open expanses to convey it's grim atmosphere, everything here is too trying, too forceful, and too quick to rush towards bloodshed. Exploitative for the sake of audience glee, this is sadism pushed pointlessly and a failing in it's ambition to join cultural folklore.
Essentially an audience watching experience of an ensemble playing video games, ENDER'S GAME is so far removed from any palpable threat that it loses interest. While its underlying themes hold merit, the lack of explanation or execution of these themes hinders it a lost opportunity.
Very much the antithesis of traditional Disney entertainment, FROZEN is a gel of modern themes and characteristics, infused into a classic fairytale. Its progressiveness is furthered through the elimination of traditional story elements of villains and oppression, becoming something new for a new audience.
The evolution of a man, his prejudices, and the opinions of the world around him. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB is astonishing in its integrity in displaying a subject of much opinion in the 1980's filled with small triumphs and greater pains, and in Mathew McConaughey's determined performance of sinew and exhaustion.
Perplexity through abstraction, UPSTREAM COLOR is a series of loose themes interwoven in a strange plot device. It's technique is fine-tuned - Shane Carruth delivering an auteur hold on interesting imagery and an eerily beautiful score, but the film is so loosely constructed that there is little backing any sources of interpretation. It is a rumination on loneliness and relationships, on a woman's journey to motherhood, on the parasitic nature of humans - or none or all of this.