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Repo Men
Repo Men (2010)
7 years ago via Flixster

Care to buy a machine to replace one of your damaged organs? It'd be expensive though. However you can pay in installments. But remember if you fall behind on payments, we'll have to repossess the "organ".

That's the basic idea behind Repo Men. Jude Law and Forest Whitaker play as the guys who do the repossing of the "organs". However during one of their missions, Jude Law's character gets injured and needs to replace his heart. That is right. The hunter becomes the prey. Now he is dependent on the company and the people he was working for so happily. However unable to carry on with the job as before, he falls behind on payments, and yes, you guessed it, now he must run and hide from other Repo Men, in particular his good friend Jake (played by Forest Whitaker).

I found the film very enjoyable to watch. It had reminded me of Minority Report a bit. The action was pretty great throughout, and some parts were extremely gory (I don't know how much to stress the word "extremely"). The one thing however I disliked was its surprise twist ending. Twist endings usually end up being loved or hated, and in this case I was not a fan of it. Nevertheless the rest of the movie was solid and is a nice near future sci-fi.

Cemetery Junction
7 years ago via Flixster

Hmm, a comedy? I'd say more like a drama.

Cemetery Junction was written and directed by two great comedians, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the same guys who brought you The Office (and a rather recent show An Idiot Abroad). However Cemetery Junction failed to give me the laughs. There were some laughs in places, even though they were rather primitive for the most part, unless I just didn't get the humour and just laughed at the most basic of humour in the movie.

Other than that, the movie was more of an emotional drama if you ask me. I think in terms of putting across a clear message to the viewers it succeeds. The film is about a young adult, who has aspirations in life, to get a job, to be rich and to have a family. Two of his friends however are less interested in that and just live life as it is. The location is supposed to be one of the poorest in UK as I've gathered and so it was a big deal to be able to get out there and to get a well-paid job. Well it is a big deal even now, but for those guys it would've been a dream. Things get more complicated when the main character meets a childhood friend he falls in love with.

The film showed contrast of lives well - the people who want to do something big with their life and those who just prefer to get on with it, the people who value freedom, independency and personal aspirations, and those who just follow the standard conventional methods and try to mute the others. I think that was the movie's strength. However I was preparing myself to watch a comedy, and in terms of giving laughter it didn't do so well in my opinion.

All in all an OK movie. I doubt I'd watch it again though.

Centurion (2010)
7 years ago via Flixster

I had no doubts I'd enjoy this film. I always have a soft spot for epics about ancient civilisations with lots of sword fights and intense battles.

Centurion was about a group of Roman soldiers, survivors of a battle who head to rescue their general and to make it back safely. However on their trail is a skilled tracker, foiling all of their attempts to run or hide.

Perhaps the only drawback for me was that there weren't many huge battles between the armies. Only 1 that I can recall. However despite that there were plenty of quality sword fights, archery, punching and similar stuff, assisted by tonnes of blood. Some of the fights are even so fast paced it can be hard to keep track of what's happening, but it's great nevertheless.

All in all I enjoyed this film, and if you do love these sort of epics taking place during ancient civilisations then don't give this one a miss.

The Collector
The Collector (2009)
7 years ago via Flixster

The film begins quite nicely and suspensefully. However after that it doesn't bring anything new and just remains the same throughout. Most of the an hour and a half happens inside a dark house with thunderstorm raging outside and the house is full of traps and a psychopath.

There is some great suspense and action scenes in the film, but that's all there is to it. There are no sophisticated storylines (despite directors of Saw IV-VI being behind it) or any substantial acting, although the main character played by Josh Stewart was OK. The film you might find to be a typical slasher, so maybe good to watch during one of those quiet evenings, but that's about it.

If you like films like Halloween, Friday the 13th and such, then you might enjoy The Collector, but if you want sophisticated horror then this wouldn't be anything special for you.

The Experiment
7 years ago via Flixster

A rather clever psychological thriller, and from what I've heard based on a true psychological experiment. The film is about a group of volunteers who get split to roleplay as guards and prisoners in a prison environment for 2 weeks. There are rules however. The guards must keep order and be strict on prisoners or else they won't get paid, and that's when the problems begin - the clash of wants and opinions and freedom of speech.

The idea was pretty great and the movie was pretty intense. There was some decent acting, especially by Forest Whitaker. He absolutely steals every scene he is in. His character is so complex and completely not what he seems on the outside which brings about all sorts of questions from the viewer about his past. Adrien Brody and Cam Gigandet stood out a fair bit too, though not as much as Forest Whitaker.

All in all a good film, but not one for rewatching a lot. The fans of psychological thrillers should check it out.