Archive for September, 2011


Monsters

Monsters (2010)

Directed by Gareth Edwards

Starring Scoot McNairy and Whitney Able

 

 

With a title of Monsters you expect action, adventure, scary moments and monsters themselves. What you get from this is a fantastically shot film with wonderful landscapes intertwined with a story of two people trying to get across an infected zone back to America.

A photographer, Andrew Kaulder, is tasked with getting his bosses daughter, Samantha Wynden, back to America to her fiancé by going across the infected zone in Mexico. This infected zone is inhabited by aliens or as the title says Monsters since a space shuttle crashed there 6 years previously. The film follows the relationship that the two main characters strike up while trying to get home along with the fantastic locations that the film is shot in.

The lack of action, blood and guts for a monster film as compared to recent big budget monster films does not matter one bit and in a way makes this film so much better because you are not being brainwashed with needless and usually rubbish CGI.

If you’re expecting a big budget monster film then this is not the film for you. If you want to see a journey through some fantastic landscapes and see some excellent camera work then this is the film. It does not fall in to the trap of being a big budget Sci-fi film and is very well put together  as a monster indie film that does not concentrate on the aliens.

 

Film Fact

Gareth Edwards didn’t just direct the film he also claims the Writing, Cinematography, Production Design and Visual Effects credits heightening the indie status of the film.

 

 

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Troll Hunter

Troll Hunter (2010)

Directed by André Øvredal

Starring Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg and Knut Nærum

 

It has taken almost 10 months for Troll Hunter to get a cinematic release in the UK since it was released in its country of origin Norway. The film follows the popular handheld cam style as to make the film seem real. It states at the start of the film that the footage you are about to see has been found and cut down as to show you the most important bits.

The story is of three college students making a documentary about bear hunters in Norway, however they come across a guy who isn’t hunting bears, he is hunting trolls. They follow him and film what he is up to as to finally show the world that trolls do exist.

The film is pretty clever by showing different types of trolls throughout the film and never bores the viewer by repeating the same encounters. The film does have its scary and tense moments, especially when they switch to night vision mode, but also has its enjoyable and funny parts. The scenery of Norway is fantastic and considering the film is all shot on handheld camera it looks absolutely fantastic.

This film is not supposed to be a scary thrill a minute film, it is supposed to be funny too and it delivers on every part. With my disappointment of the other found footage film of the summer, Apollo 18, Troll Hunter has re-shown my faith in this style of film and why they can work.

My only problem with great foreign films like this, and previously Rec (2007), Hollywood comes knocking and want to remake it so that people don’t have to read the subtitles. Just like the Rec remake, Quarantine (2008), i will not be watching it.

Fans of found footage films should see this, i would even go as far as fans of cinema should go and see this film. It’s nervy, funny, fantastic looking and doesn’t take itself overly seriously.

 

Film Fact

The film contains several references to old Scandinavian folklore including the scene with the goats on a bridge and a troll under it which is a nod to “Three Billy Goats Gruff”

 

 

Returning to the cinema

Ghostbusters and Jurassic Park are both returning to the cinema this year having been digitally restored.

Ghostbusters will return for the halloween period and Jurassic Park will return to tie in with the release of the Jurassic Park Blu-ray box set.

Final Destination 5

Final Destination 5 (2011)

Directed by Steven Quale

Starring Nicholas D’Agosto, Emma Bell, Tony Todd

 

How final can a final destination be? Well this could be it; however you never know this series like this.

The film follows the same premise of all the others just with different ways to kill people. A coach load of people are on a work retreat and become embroiled on a bridge collapsing event, until one of the guys suddenly realises he has had a premonition of all this happening. The premonition of everyone dying on a bridge looks great and the special effects are really good. For the rest of the film you are just waiting and wondering what ways the characters will be killed off.

One reason for this film looking good is down to director Steven Quale. The film is his directorial debut but he has previously worked on the effects with The Abyss, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Titanic and Avatar. With these under his belt you knew that you would be a good looking film.

The film is possibly the best one since Final Destination (2000) and the ending just wraps up the whole series which made the film enjoyable. Fans of the other Final Destination films will enjoy this so i would recommend it.

 

Post Credit Scene

After the final scene there is a post credit montage of all the deaths in the whole Final Destination series.

 

Film Fact

Tony Todd aka The Candyman starred in the first two Final Destination films and provided a voiceover in the third. He was not featured in the fourth film, but has returned to star in this one.

 

 

New Category – The Video Vault

An idea, part by myself and part from a friend (the name of the category), a new category has been created. This being The Video Vault.

This will have reviews for older films, films that have been rewatched or even as part of a Film Club that is held between 5 people.

So no more will it just be new films. Look out for your favourite films being reviewed and please post your own feelings on the film.

Enjoy