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I May Destroy You
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Far from perfect, but REALLY nicely done. There are many "deep truths" mixed in with the cliches. All leading up to and ending that is both beautiful and horrific.
The first (very disturbing) five minutes of this film consists of actual archival footage of the atrocities of war, famine and genocide and is more horrific then most of the scenarios presented in any fictional story.
Once you get past that, what you'll find is a pretty solid piece of horror / thriller film making. Think "Children Of The Corn" meets "Village Of The Damned".
While it suffers a bit from the HORRIBLE 1970's "special effects", it redeems itself with the (rare but impressive) 1970's "anyone can die, including children" mantra which I'm a big fan of. I find it ammusing that although films continue to get more graphic and realistic in regardes to the HOW people are killed, the very idea of a dead child is for some reason too hard for us to comprehend? Not that I'm promoting child murder in reality, but (if presented in a non-gratuitous manner) it can be a very powerful tool for telling a story.
I'm also always ammused when (in a foreign film) a "national" plays American or British (with no attempt at even an English accent). I guess it's pay back for all of the Brits (and American) actors who throughout film history who have played everything from Nazi's to Spanish Kings with the same lack of authenticity.
Over all this was a very nice surprise and well worth a watch for horror fans.
Nicely shot...well acted...great loactions...interesting story.
But it suffered greatly from very poor editing, which made the story feel disjointed and slightly confusing at times.
A real tribute to an amazing woman. Worth seeing for fans of fashion and fans of really endearing people in general.
Perhaps the biggest disappointment this year. I was a HUGE fan of the original and part of it's appeal was the sense of love that the family had for each-other. Mother & daughter in particular. While this version starts out feeling like a comparable homage...it has none of the heart or soul that the first one had. Not to mention the fact that there was little to no build up to the daughters abduction. I left the theater angry because the potential was there.
This is by far the best film of the summer. I feast of action and drama. I will say that while it did a great job of capturing the essence of the original films, it was lacking the "hardcore sensory overload / punk rock" feeling that the first two films had. Not necessarily a bad thing...I just missed that feeling.
McCarthy's best film to date. When you read the premise you think "ridiculous", but somehow Melissa makes you believe she is a legitimate spy. Full of laughs and loads of Bond-worthy action.
They did a pretty good job of tying everything together. It felt like a return to form, but that might be because a lot of this was rehashed from previous incarnations.
This sounded like it could be really fun...then I saw the trailer.
While some of the more formulaic plot devices felt painfully forced...the special effects and the basic dino premise was a lot of fun.
These things are like the Chipmunks to me. I HATE the Chipmonks.