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I'm not gonna lie... This is one very bizarre film. I picked this one up purely because I'd looked at it in shops before, and never actually bothered to watch it, and when offered a free film, one does not simply say no.
John Simm, Danny Dyer, and others go together for a night out going out of their mind on every drug in the book. They hate their jobs, and they need a release. So what do they do? They get out and enjoy themselves!
Although the plot is very week, the direction seems to put the viewer in the shoes of a hallucinating drug addict, with scenes shifting between reality, and mental fantasies that spring up to explain metaphors or similes, as well as a sing-a-long version of the new National Anthem of England!
Hilarious comments such as "I decided to take heroine after watching the film Trainspotting!" and "Star Wars was all about junkies!" float all over the place, promising laughter all over the place. The cast works well together, and play their parts fantastically. John Simm especially fits the role fantastically, while showing the negative effects that drugs can bring, and how he tries to overcome it.
While the film as a whole isn't really saying "don't do drugs, they're bad for you!", it does have a similar message to the book A Clockwork Orange (the edition with the 21st chapter, which I gather is not available for our American friends (but I could be wrong)), which says that we do loads of bad things or harmful things when we're young, but as time goes by we will all grow out of those habits.
This message, combined with the humour of it all makes the film well worth watching. I hadn't seen a club film before, but I can tell that if they are all like this, it will be the first of many I will hope to watch.
WARNING! THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS!!!
There are three fundamental rules when making a violent horror film:
1. Make sure that any violence in the film is realistic, or, if it isn't, that there is justification for it being unrealistic.
2. Make sure that the film you are making is more story than gore.
3. Make sure that there is actually a decent story to the film.
Wrong Turn 5 makes the stupid mistake of breaking ALL 3 RULES! Having seen only one other film in the series, Wrong Turn 4, I began watching with very low expectations, and I'm glad I did. The general plot says that a bunch of young adults go out to a music festival to get high and the rest of it, but are stopped in their tracks when they crash their car due to a pedestrian waltzing around in the middle of the road. Skip a few boring moments, and you'll find that these kids are now in jail for possession of illegal drugs. They find that the guy they are in jail with is a complete nutter, and is connected to the three cannibals the Wrong Turn series show with pride and confidence, as well as being part of a plan to kill people for the hell of it, and to help the cannibals themselves. This is about all the "plot" that exists in the film.
From the moment the villain says "You won't make it through the night. My boys are coming for me!" it was blatant how the film would end: baddie escapes with cannibals, lots of people die. My prediction was right, and oddly enough this was almost exactly the same with Wrong Turn 4... So, with a predictable story arc, no plot, the only thing the film could rely on to maintain interest were plot twists, humour, or all out realistic gore. So what do they do? Throw in no plot twists, next to no humour, and create some rather unreal gory scenes.
The opening involving removal of a middle finger was amusing admittedly, but the blood coming from said wound was almost black. Last time I saw human blood, I'm pretty sure it was red... Or maybe this is some plot twist for a spin-off series about aliens to try and steal more money from viewers, thinking we won't notice that the films are dreadful...
The other issues with gore was that a lot of it relied upon CGI, which is a major mistake when using blood spurts. If I hit someone on the back of the head with a chisel, I expect a blood pack to burst causing a realistic effect, not a blatently face effect super-glued to the film reel.
The only other major problem with gore in the film was the amazingly stupid logic during a scene where a female character is sliced open, and force fed her own entrails by a cannibal. This scene was clearly for shock, and was rather impressive effect wise. But hang on... The guy doing this is a cannibal. Why would a cannibal waste food by feeding it to the victim when he could easily eat it himself? What did he gain from this? Nothing but a small pay rise is probably the answer...
All in all, Wrong Turn 5 is one of the worst horror films I have ever seen, and makes the late Saw films look like the Shawshank Redemption of horror films. The one thing I really hope is that they don't think it's acceptable to make Wrong Turn 6. Call it quits now, Fox, or get a new director who actually knows how to make a decent film.
The number of films that I, and many other of my friends, have seen that have been reviewed badly by many critics is quite astounding. Unfortunately, Hitman has joined that list, as it would appear the critics are not very impressed by this '07 Video Game adaption, which, if you ask me, is one of the best, and, as a film on it's own is very good.
The film talks about a guy who was raised without a name, only as Agent 47, a bald bloke with a barcode on the back of his head, with enough gadgets and weaponry to put James Bond to shame. He is asked to assassinate a very important Russian leader, but soon finds that the job is much more than it seemed, especially when the man he killed is still alive. This leads to a trip across the globe to try and find out who set him up and to try and get rid of the man he was asked to kill in the first place.
With some very funny moments, some cringe-worthy cliches and a lot of things blowing up, Hitman is a great action film. Having not played the video games this is based on, I can't actually tell if it is anything like the games. But, regardless, the film is definately a good action film that deserves much better reviews than it got given...
This Is Spinal Tap is possibly the best mockumentary and rockumentary ever! If you haven't heard of this film, read this review and then go out and watch it! I managed to pick up a new copy of the 3-Disc Edition from Sainsbury's for £3!
This Is Spinal Tap tells the outlandishly hilarious story of the legendary band "Spinal Tap", showing their highs and lows throughout their career!
Even though the band was originally fictional, this film made Spinal Tap become a real band, releasing a couple of albums featuring some of their best loved songs! What you will find in this hour and a half spectacle are some amazing moments of hilarity, references to previous events in rock history, and classic lines that you will remember vividly!
For example, the lead guitarist is showing the interviewer their amps, and points out that they all go up to 11, so if they need an extra push they can go there.
"Why not just make 10 louder?"
"...Cos it's not 11! 11 makes it better!"
"But you could just have 10 louder and you wouldn't need 11."
"...But it's not 11!"
Old or young, this film can be treasured as one of the best British comedies of the 80's, and will most certainly be one of the best mockumentaries of all time...