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Hot on the heels of Liam Neeson's late resurgence as an action star, NON-STOP takes off in a tense premise that takes claustrophobia to the highest, inescapable altitude. A (surprising) ensemble cast had a promise of a sophisticated thriller but were surprisingly miserably written and confined as plot devices. The narrative turbulence happens at the end of the film and NON-STOP lands preposterously because of its final reveal. At least the cast looked like they enjoyed the ride and the movie was entertaining despite its misgivings. But the viewing seat belt is still fastened on what the hijacking film could have been for the better.
Violent and unforgiving as it maybe, it's hard to look away from director David Mackenzie's unflinching story of a juvenile's descent to the gratuitous cage of older convicts. Brilliantly filmed and one of the finest in its genre, STARRED UP is a no holds barred prison drama anchored heavily on the revelatory Jack O'Connell as Eric Love who unleashes his inner animal, more savage and scarred, yet most importantly, raw of the potential to redeem himself from the society who doesn't believe it possible. Eric's erstwhile guardians are also haunted of their own personal demons; Ben Mendelsohn and Rupert Friend fills complicated layers of humanity in their troubled characters. STARRED UP does not take pleasure in its brutality, nor preaches of the consequences of serving in prison. Rather, it powerfully delivers a sore reality not often seen onscreen.
In a populated, alternate dystopian world where teenage boys are unknowingly trapped in the maze, THE MAZE RUNNER escapes the clichéd territory by banking on its more intuitive characters against the suspicious society they strive in. It lays ground of a 'Lord of the Flies'-like setting that raises the oblivion to pseudo-'The Hunger Games' level, but still knows its destination. While the revelatory ending further leads to a labyrinth of 'lies', THE MAZE RUNNER is an intriguing and heightening run that has yet to release viewers from its enigmatic maze. Non-book readers would still be reeling on the puzzling turn of events but the next leg of answers is something to look forward to in its next installment.
In its lightness, there is depth. GROUNDHOG DAY is the most though-provoking comedy-fantasy I'd seen (before the darker 'Being John Malkovich'), starring a bemused Bill Murray who in full circle captures the confusion, frustration, and acceptance of his existence in a time loop. An inventive blend of humor in the briskest setting possible, GROUNDHOG DAY also grows of sweetness as the day revolves (along with Andie MacDowell). But more than the genre crisscross, it's a candid re-examination of life and the many possibilities one can strike when trapped in the time capsule. The whole Groundhog Day may turn out as a rehab stint for Phil, but for viewers, the individual realization of stepping into Phil's shoes is the residue of the chuckles cracked. Finally seeing GROUNDHOG DAY is really (pun intended) a day well spent.