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A found footage horror movie that turns out to be none, seeing the camera go all willy-nilly after the first few minutes. The setting is pleasently claustrophobic and reminded me a little of Catacombs. The Pyramid also has some decent scares and some original ideas. I liked the monster design, though it's as low-budget as the rest of the movie.
With Fallen Kingdom, the franchise finally makes the long-awaited leap into the genetic horror subgenre that the franchise constantly teasered, but never really exploited. What everyone seemed to keep forgetting: the dinosaurs in the Jurassic Park movies aren't actually dinosaurs, but genetically spliced artificial creatures that don't belong in the world. Unfortunately, that's exactly what makes the exposition of Jurassic World 2 ridiculous. I mean, of course I felt bad for the brachiosaurus in the pyroclastic stream, but have we all forgotten what the more sharp-teethed mutant lizards are capable off? Let the volcano get rid of them I say! But the characters don't, and they get exactly what they deserve. Except of our more (Chris Pratt) or less (Bryce Dallas Howard) beloved protagonists, who get themselves caught in some relatively thrilling pickles, but we always know that they will be just fine. Apart from it being mildly entertaining most of the ride, the movie exhibits some of the most beautiful shots, setpieces and CGI effects I've seen in a while, which is a plus. The plot twist at the end is absolutely manufactured and I couldn't care less. What I did care about is the characters' decision at the very end that I found is veeeeery immoral. But hey, dinosaurs are cool, I Guess.
I would have never watched this movie if it wasn't for my mum, who is the main reason I'm the movie enthusiast that I am today. And hell, I would have missed alot! The Prince of Tides is one of those 90s flicks that feels somehow aged, but has put enormous thought into its own story, making it relevant and timeless. The plot it one of those that cannot be spoiled, hence I'm not going to. But let me tell you that after some minor drama, some romance, and some 90s cringe, there's a huge revelation that will leave noone cold. Nick Nolte's performance is absolutely astonishing and Barbra Streisand (also director of this movies) does her part very well. What confused me at first was the fact that after solving the main conflict of the protagonist, the movie goes on for another thirty minutes, what turned out to be the right choice, because The Prince of Tides delivers an absolutely satisfying end that successfully manages to navigate through the cliffs of love movie clichés. Great!
How It Ends tries to be an engaging but minimalistic take on the apocalyptic road movie theme, but fails dramatically. Throughout the course of the film, we get to see two car crashes, two gang attacks, two times the protagonists talk themselves through a road blockade and some weird weather events and gun shots. We are never told what the reason for all the desaster is, nor what is even happening in the first place. The movie establishs a side character and makes her disappear in the first thrid of the movie, kills off another and therefore the entire movie's conflict in the second third and then artificially rushes a villain into the last few minutes to fight against. Then there is this pyroclastic wave nobody knows where it's coming from, the protagonists drive away from it and survive - and the movie ends. This is how it ends, everybody. I know I didn't properly warn you guys of the major spoiler. But my mission here is to save you from this gigantic waste of time. Seriously, stay away from this movie!
What to say about The Midnight Man? It tries to be something like A Nightmare on Elm Street, the monster design is kind of cool and there are one or two creepy scenes. At the same time, the exposition feels incredibly forced, the screenplay is amateurish and the actual Midnight MAn loses his creep factor really fast by being in the frame too often and for really long stretches of time, rambling pretentiously menacing one-liners. I started to focus on my phone after a while, which almost never happens during a movie.