This is totally an underrated movie. True it might not have a strong plot not incredible actors (though a cast will very much recognize), but it's best described as...life. This is what this movie represents the life of a russian family, with it's ups and downs, lies, various aspects and perspectives.
It's true it takes patience to watch it to the end, and without sounding harsh this is a good movie for a one view only.
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Finally HOLLYWOOD impressed me again and raised my expectations with this truly beautiful unique film. Enough of all that pew pew and finally something with substantial depth in human emotions. A series of unforeseen consequences, hidden agendas, lies and deceit, forgiveness and sins of the fathers. Sometimes all these collide and, well...shit happens. It's like this usually in life also, karma is a bitch that spits you in the face when you least expect it. This film might help you explore your lengths, see what if...what would you be willing to do for...this or that. Sure got me thinking, but then the film ended and back to reality.
I was really deeply caught up into all this melodramatic heap of human emotions, another proof that drama and tragedy sells better and appeals far easily to a humans heart, reason why i so fucking enjoyed this film. Granted, acting was great, but i knew that already before it began, and the script is breathtaking. The rest is pretty much lots and lots of heart and dedication towards making this emotion driven story line which quite frankly would surprise me if it didn't appeal to any man alive.
I've heard mixed opinions before watching, like usual i ignored ALL of them and decided to go with my gut. Hasn't failed me yet. SO IT"S DEFINITELY ONE OF THE BEST FILMS I HAVE PERSONALLY WATCHED SO FAR THIS YEAR. Emphasis on the So Far.
ENJOY and lose yourself watching this, only then it will do the trick.
I am not going to write a 1 page review for one of the greatest films i've seen this year so far. The drama, the dialogues, the mixed misguided feelings, the trauma, brain damage and drugs followed by love, friendship, family and unity, and the stupendous performance of well...ALL the actors, in one huge "ball'' of wondrous delight, sincerely...Amazing!
I highly recommend it to anyone in the world, right this instant.
Definitely not what i expected. What i expected? i really have no clue. I can only guess more DIALOGUE, and ACTION. Whole film centers around Julie's "monologue" with a zombie, that rarely mumbles some words. But no, wait, he re-learns how to speak and think and not eat humans because of love. Yeah love is cheesy, especially here, but the female gender, most of them i've watched this film with anyway, really really LOVE this film. So guys...take your honeys and have a nice night;)
Now the serious part of my brain (if i have one):
Acting is OK, not good not bad, just ok, Teresa Palmer is very attractive so that has always a plus, Hoult makes a decent zombie, i really liked Rob Corddry as a zombie, he was the comedy in the film, Malkovich the vigilant fearless leader and over protective father (that's new). But the interesting concept is right at the beginning. You are instantly put in the "working" brain part of a zombie, what it's thinking (if it only were so), the conflict within them, and my personal favorite part the bonies (they resemble the creatures from I Am Legend almost 99%), very interesting concept, that normal zombies become those things with the given time, but love changes them back to normal, well love + water actually. Anyway it's ok, a little dull for me, but i know plenty who liked/like/will like it.