The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Viral is an entertaining, infection horror film with awesome cinematography and a pretty cool story line.
...it is, in the end, not difficult to see why the prolific Blumhouse Productions decided to keep this one out of theaters.
A film that offers the viewer what he paid for his entry. Very entertaining and scary. [Full review in Spanish]
A humble film whose charm is the total lack of pretension. [Full review in Spanish]
One of those movies that leaves you wishing you'd spent the time doing something more interesting.
The film is nothing more than an entertaining B-movie without many ambitions but is made with sufficient solvency but it's clear that Joost and Schulman directors didn't have much budget to do it. [Full review in Spanish]
A movie that falls short and comes out with scenes out of nothing that turn out ridiculous. [Full review in Spanish]
A decorous and agile story that is also refreshing and claustrophobic. [Full review in Spanish]
A film that uses elements from the millennial generation (like smartphones) to approach a younger audience. Nevertheless, fails at balancing human drama with horror genre elements. [Full review in Spanish]
Viral doesn't reinvent the infection genre, but has enough fun playing in its massive sandbox to make for a sleek little indie watch.
The filmmakers notably doodle in the margins from the start, slightly reorienting our perspective on the familiar tropes of both the teen and apocalyptic genres, making them feel almost new again.
It has more than a few eerie and intelligent deviations from the undead movie template to make it worth watching.
Ah, another movie in which some sort of virus. that causes those infected to become aggressive against other humans, spreads and infects the entirety of the United States. This is one in a long line of films like this and this, realistically speaking, while a solidly made movie, won't really stand out in any way, shape or form. There's absolutely no original bone in its body, with, maybe, the minor exception that those who are infected don't actually kill humans (even though they do in some scenes), they just wish to infect as many people as possible to spread the virus. This is accomplished by spitting blood out at them. That might be the only thing this film has going for them and, even then, it's not like there hasn't been some variation of this idea before. And, of course, much like every other movie dealing with some sort of infection that turns people into zombie-esque creatures, they refuse to even mention the word zombie. It's almost as if the word zombie is some sort of offensive term, as if zombies were actually real people and not creations. But that's neither here nor there and this movie can get away with not having a name for the 'creatures' since the virus has only just began spreading in this suburban neighborhood. In the chaos of everything, it's only logical that you won't take the time out of your day trying to not get infected to find out the term for these things. The suburban setting of this movie reminds me very much of What We Become, with being forced to remain in their homes by the military, naturally speaking. I like how the film starts out, it has somewhat of an old-school 80s horror movie feel. Just how it progresses, it's all very nicely done. But, if I can be honest for a minute, I just never got into this film at all. I get the narrative approach that was taken. The film focuses on two sisters, whose relationship has somewhat deteriorated after their mom separated from their dad. The reasons for why the mom did this plays a big part in how the relationship between Emma and Stacey develops. Stacey seems very resentful of her father and it's implied that she knows something that Emma doesn't. The film isn't really about the virus, it's more about Emma and Stacey's relationship and Emma's dedication to her sister once she contracts the virus. That's all well and good, but I just couldn't get into it for some reason. I don't mind the smaller approach to the story, in that it doesn't focus on the nationwide pandemic, since it allows them to tell a more personal story. But I just couldn't get into it. I just felt that nothing really happened. Stacey got infected with the virus, Emma stood by her as it happened, sisterhood overcomes everything, etc, etc. All good sentiments, for sure, but as I said, I just never got that into it. I just think that the movie tries too hard to establish an emotional connection between Emma and Stacey that just wasn't there. The film is a little forceful on this front. I don't blame Analeigh Tipton or Sofia Black-D'elia (Stacey and Emma respectively), who are both very good here, I just think there's something about the scripting that left a lot to be desired as it relates to Stacey and Emma's relationship and everything else for that matter. The film has a decent enough concept in order to make a perfectly solid movie and it just wasn't. I do believe that the script was way too content with itself and its own story about sisterhood (which wasn't great to begin with) to really bother with anything else. And, like I said, that's a shame since there was potential for this movie. It had some good acting, a better than normal budget and a good concept. Yet all of these elements simply just do not add to make a good movie. I'm sure there's people out there who would enjoy this more than I did. There's always movies that people enjoy more than I did, even when it comes to my favorite flicks of all time. But I can't say that I would recommend this. It's well-made, but it's just missing something that would have pushed it over the edge. This is decent at best, so watch at your own risk.
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