In Love with the Dead (2007)
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This isn't either a good horror film nor a good film that explores the complexities of a relationship where one of them has a terminal illness. The movie does try to go into how it can affect a relationship and how Ming looks for comfort elsewhere. And how Wai, the one that has the terminal illness, reacts to that. The problem is that none of the leads are any good with each other. Individually they're adequate, if you can call it that, but they absolutely have no chemistry with each other as far as a romance goes. I never got into the story because the actors never really drew me in. I never really cared for any of them. Because of the fact that the "horror", which comprises like 20% of the film, is so minimal and the rest of the story is so lacking, this film can certainly be a chore to sit through. It's slow and dull for the most part and the movie can be corny and melodramatic at times and the sappy music does not help. I think the horror is where the film is at its best, but it's not like it's anything to write home about either. There's not really any scary stuff that happens at all. I suppose the twist could be considered "scary" and "disturbing" but, as it didn't really make any sense, the twist was very laughable to me. It wasn't as bad as the twist in Shutter, the remake, which I saw before the original film, where I literally burst into laughter, but the twist in this film was still funny but nonsensical. And the ending is tragic and not very good. It just, again, doesn't make any real sense to me. The film COMPLETELY betrayed itself when the horror stuff started kicking in because there's not enough of it throughout the film to truly have any effect whether positive or negative. If the film had remained an examination of how a couple deals through a very difficult time, perhaps with leads who actually had chemistry with each other, the film would've been so much better. The horror in the film just seems so forced and serves no real purpose other than it's what Danny Pang is used to doing. This is a bad film that shouldn't have been so bad.
Starts out a bit slow, but picks up towards the end, giving some typical Pang Brother thrills. One twist at the end, isn't really a twist, but you won't necessarily see the very end coming. The three leads have good chemistry.
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