Cello (Chello hongmijoo ilga salinsagan) Reviews
I call it a horror/drama because it has its frightening moments, but a large part of the movie is devoted to the relationships between the main character, Mi-ju and her autistic daughter, and the past relationship of Mi-ju and her very close friend, Tae-Yeon. I found myself caring a lot more about the characters (and any potential danger to them) in Cello more than I usually do in horror movies, because so much time was devoted to developing them as people and not just kill-fodder. There are so truly horrifying moments in this movie, which gives it a heft and impact that goes beyond just visceral thrills. Cello is a very sad film, and that wouldn't have worked at all without characters that you actually care about.
It's not hard to figure out what's going on with the story, as Mi-ju seeming falls prey to either a malevolent ghostly presence or her own crumbling mind, but fortunately the plot throws enough curves to keep even veterans of the genre from being able to predict everything that's going to happen.
Put plainly, I liked Cello. It was somewhat different from the recent horror movies I've seen, and undeniably well-made. I recommend it.
This is what CELLO basically is. Despite the title, its not about a cello that causes harm like the stilettos in THE RED SHOES. Its a drama that succeeds at sucking you in but fails when bringing its own ideas of psychological horror. It wants to be the new A TALE OF TWO SISTERS. Is it? Not quite. Nice try though.
Cast: Da-an Park, Hyeon-a Song
MPAA: Not Rated
My Rating: 1.5 Stars (Out of Five)
PLOT: Music instructor buys her mentally challenged daughter a cello, for some odd reason or other. Soon, spooky (and inevitable) shenanigans start going down. Stop me if you've heard this one...
REVIEW: Yawn. I used to jump at the chance to get to check out a new Asian horror flick, but the jumping turned into eye-rolling when the new cheap imitators started to be regurtitaed out. THE CELLO turned out the be at the bottom of the puke pile. Let's start with the story. Haunted cello, nothing special, unimaginatvie idea. The motives of the ghost, also cliche and unoriginal. However, this movie tries to make it all "fresh", by adding stupid little twists here and there toward the end, but by then I was so bored that none of them mattered. The "scares" also were ineffective, I didn't even jump at the cheap BOO scares tha went down.
The characters didn't earn my concern, either. They were either one-dimensional, or just there to look creepy. The worst of the lot was the housekeeper, who's history was talked about, but really didn't end up doing much throughout the movie except lurk and by spooky-looking. She also provided a lot of plot holes in this corpse of a flick (who the hell leaves her young kids with a suicidal housekeeper you JUST met?).
Near the end of the movie, one of the twists actually worked for me. It was followed up by an actually decent climax, but it was all ruined thanks to a turn for a "happy ending", followed by the predictable final frame that had my eyes rolling (but glad it was over). So, overall, if you're a fan of the genre, stick to the classics, don't try out these new imitator flicks, there's not enough plot or scares to make it worth its price (even if it's free).
VIOLENCE: 7/10 A fair amount with a car crash victim, a dead bird, and a couple brutal corpses (disturbing because of who they were).
LAUGHS: 1/10 Nothing intentional, but I scoffed quite a bit.
Subio arriba, la cabeza loca de Kyung-ran estaria en su cuarto, delante del ordenador o escribiendole una carta al novio. Pero la habitacion tambien estaba vacia.
Empezo a asustarse. La puerta del cuarto de al lado se abrio sin dificultad. Alli dormia Yun-jin. En la oscuridad pudo atisbar la mesita de noche, y sobre ella, recortado perfectamente contra el ventanal, el triangulo obsceno del metronomo. La aguja se movia sola, de forma absurda, tic-tac, tic-tac, tic-tac. Se apoyo en el dintel, en busca del equilibrio que estaba perdiendo. Quiza fue por el miedo, o por el movimiento incomprensible del metronomo, pero el dolorosisimo pinchazo tras los ojos volvio a sentirse entonces. Se le nublo ligeramente la vista y cerro su mente contra lo que venia hacia ella, como una marea negra. En ese mismo momento las luces se apagaron.
En la oscuridad del pasillo, la esencia de su hija mayor se hizo presente, y Mi-ju sintio miedo por ella. Una rendija de luz al final del pasillo dejaba adivinar la puerta de las escaleras del atico?
[size=1](extraido de la novelizacion de "Cello" o -titulo provisional- "Aqui no sobrevive ni el apuntador", peli coreana de terror recomendada por la Inquisicion)[/size]
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[i][b]Cello [/b][/i]>> >> The first 3/4 of the film is excruciating, and by the time the decent ending comes along... it doesn't matter anymore. It's not that it was really slow. I don't mind slower pacing. I love [i]Gerry[/i]. Go watch that beautiful film if you want slow pacing. It's that [i]Cello [/i]is trying to be mysterious and suspenseful but fails because it lacks focus.
Dont waste your time with this one.