Tag Archive: 2009


The Cabin in the Woods

The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

Directed by Drew Goddard

Starring Kristen Connolly and Chris Hemsworth

 

Five young friends decide to spend the weekend in a cabin in the middle of nowhere. However things don’t go as planned for anyone concerned.

The film was originally shot in 2009 but there were issues with the film studio so the film didn’t get released until 2012. If you have seen the trailer then you know what you are sort of getting. It appears to be just another Evil Dead style film, in fact pretty much exactly the same: Kids in a cabin, in the woods, being attacked by something supernatural. You think you know the story. However, then the sci-fi twist comes in. Why are there people watching them in what looks like a futuristic building? Is that a star trek-esque shield that is around the area?

The main plot to the story, once you find out, is pretty cool and a great fan boy kind of idea. There will be a point during the film where you have one single thought and I ask you to hold on to your hats because it will happen. It is pretty clever that they try there hardest to be as clichéd as possible. Five characters; 1 jock, 1 slut, 1 brainy person, 1 druggy and 1 virgin. You think you have seen this before. You haven’t.

There is a fair bit of blood and killing in the film. So if you are not a fan of that i would stay away. Any fans of Evil Dead and sci-fi this is definitely for you. Do not expect this film to win any awards but for what it offers you, you will love it.

 

Film Fact

Joss Whedon co-wrote the film along with director Drew Goddard. He can next be seen Directing Avengers Assemble

 

 

Bad Lieutenant (2009)

Bad Lieutenant (2009)

Directed by Werner Herzog

Starring Nicolas Cage and Eva Mendes

 

 

A policeman is trying to capture a gang for the murders of five immigrants and will do anything that is necessary to do so while battling his own problems with drugs and gambling.

The film is supposed to be a black comedy however there aren’t they many comedic moments in the film. What is good about this film is the darkness that Nicolas cage brings to the character. He cares for his prostitute girlfriend and ex-cop father but at the same time is willing to take things too far to get the job done; Siding with the bad guys or in one sick scene where he cuts off an old ladies air supply just to get some answers. What seem a bit strange during the film are the weird camera shots next to animals. I can understand that they were to symbolise hallucinations of Cage’s character on drugs however they just seemed a bit out of place, like they were trying to be a bit wacky like a Coen brother’s film.

Honourable mention goes to Eva Mendes for, as usual, looking amazing in a film.

Nicolas Cage performs like he usually does however a bit crazier than normal. The film was enjoyable but not one i would probably watch again.

 

 

Film Fact

Nicolas Cage claims that he was never under the influence of anything throughout filming, in contrast to Leaving Las Vegas in which he got genuinely drunk to play an alcoholic.