Evil Dead 2013 Movie Review

 So, I really only seen the half of the first one with Bruce Campbell… don’t judge me.

Director: Fede Alvarez Writers: Fede Alvarez (screenplay), Rodo Sayagues(screenplay), Sam Raimi (based on the motion picture “The Evil Dead”, written by)
91 min runtime

As I said, I’ve never seen the other movie’s of the same name, but I’ve seen bits and pieces, here and there. A major part of why I saw this movie was because, the original director said that it lives up to the original he created with Bruce Campbell. I remember my first ever experience with this character was in an episode of “Reboot” , then the odd time when it was on TBS, back when Rogers had it and before it turned into PeachTree TV. But as I was saying, this is a horror movie, (and I think the first time I have even reviewed one). Anyway, going in I had a general idea: folks in a cabin who are clearly stupid, read a demonic book and then it’s all down hill from there. Which, if anyone paid attention, seems very much like the story of “Cabin in the woods” (oh would you look at that, I have reviewed 2 horror movies, Woman in Black). Honestly, this movie felt like it was a giant rip off of Cabin in the Woods. Well, in the beginning anyway. But, keeping that movie in mind, the remainder of the movie was slightly predictable.

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Falling flat on its face, for acting, across the board (mind you, I kind of feel like that was intended).

When you get to the bit of a surprise ending, the acting in general is much better, but not by much.

I really enjoyed the cinematography out of everything, the most. It has a lot of the style originally realized by Sam Rami, which honestly, I don’t think it couldn’t be in a movie like this. The creepiest thing might of been the leach, snake branch scene by the creek. That one scene impressed me a whole lot. Another thing to add, it’s one hell of a gory motion picture, with great detail on that department.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the movie: 3 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 3.5 out of 5 (camera stunt work is decent),
  • Editing: 3 out of 5,
  • Special effects: 5 out of 5,
  • Audio: 3 out of 5
  • Acting: 2 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Great way to scare your girl friend, so either owning it or rental is a good choice, depending if you like horror movies. (I’d rent it though)

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” . Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Total Recall 1990 Throwback Review

Before inception, before sucker punch, there was Total Recall. Troubled by rewrites, choosing who to direct & who to cast for the lead role, until Arnold bought the script, which if he didn’t, may have seen a more witty movie vs a more action packed movie.

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Rachel Ticotin Melina
Sharon Stone Lori
Ronny Cox Vilos Cohaagen
Michael Ironside Richter
Marshall Bell George / Kuato
Mel Johnson Jr. Benny
Michael Champion Helm
Roy Brocksmith Dr. Edgemar
Ray Baker Bob McClane
Rosemary Dunsmore Dr. Lull
David Knell Ernie
Alexia Robinson Tiffany
Dean Norris Tony

Director: Paul Verhoeven

Plot: “Douglas Quaid is haunted by a recurring dream about a journey to Mars. He hopes to find out more about this dream and buys a holiday at Rekall Inc. where they sell implanted memories. But something goes wrong with the memory implantation and he remembers being a secret agent fighting against the evil Mars administrator Cohaagen. Now the story really begins and it’s a rollercoaster ride until the massive end of the movie” – imdb.com
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Yes, I’m reviewing this because the new version is out already and plan on reviewing that soon. As I said before, this movie would have been more witty and possibly dialogue full, but thx to Arnold being attached to it, it may have been better–but I guess we’ll never know. I will say this movie is awesome for its time and, for what it is, a sci-fi action thriller, from the very start (I’m not entirely clear as to why THAT scene started the movie), but kudos to the effects team. Its funny, as a kid I never realized just how disturbing a movie this is. When his face mask breaks and all the oxygen is ripped from his body… Man.. They did a great job to show what that may/may not look like. It’s a very Hollywood moment if you know what I mean, but let’s discuss the story.

The movie is open ended, just like inception is and even the mixed feeling sucker punch. Why? Because… I’ll get to that in a moment… As I said, it starts off on Mars with some chick he can’t stop dreaming about. Then it turns into a nightmare, and he wakes beside his wife, who is believable to be the wife of this dude. As the story progresses, you notice that “Quaid” is longing for something more than some jackhammer operator so he starts to look into “Rekall” which is a memory implant company. And when he gets there.. It really does become this non stop roller coaster ride, one which we don’t know is real or not, right up to the “Fade to White” ending, in terms of what is reality. Everything for sure is up to the point he gets to “Rekall”. After that we, the audience are on our own. When he mets some “Dr” who informs him of this crazy series of events, he is actually explaining the entire third act, which makes this entire movie mind twisting, and the fact that it goes to white & not black, has so many different meanings.

This is an Arnold movie. Let’s face it, we don’t watch his movies in hopes of him bing a great actor, but being a believable powerhouse to root for in the end. His best acted scenes are at the start of the film, after the dream, in my eyes, even some of the parts where he’s explaining he wishes to be/do more. It’s believable because of the job he has, the wife he has, and all that stuff. Sharon Stone hasn’t really been a good actor to me past “Basic Instinct” (Which has one of the most daring scenes in cinema history.. Maybe), which is some time after this movie. The rest of the cast is really just a bunch of moments. The brunette’s first “real” moments on film are her best in my opinion. The most annoying is the black guy, but when the story gets to where it needs to be by the end, it kinda makes sense.

When it comes to the effects, this movie didn’t hold back. It is said to be the first to use CGI and the last to use miniature sets with integrated live action, both of which are beautifully done, especially for a movie that came out in the 90’s. Honestly, if not for the brain messing plot, the effects alone are worth watching this movie. The action scenes, which there are plenty, aren’t perfect, and probably not the best we’ve seen from Arnold to that point in his career, BUT it does look great when you fit the story to it.

The thing about this movie is, when I started watching it I remember seeing it as a kid & hating it. Now as an adult with a sense for film & with more understanding, I appreciated this film. It was one giant mind tease with a bunch of metaphors & foreshadowing. When Benny is driving the taxi, too many times he comes across the truck drill which, a drill is used to ultimately kill him. It’s worth watching before the new movie for sure.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 3 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 3 out of 5,
  • Editing: 3 out of 5,
  • Audio: 3 out of 5,
  • Acting: 2.5 out of 5,

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

 

The Woman In Black Movie Review

Hello all.

Today’s movie review is as the title says, “THE WOMAN IN BLACK” starring Harry Potter… Whoops I mean Daniel Radcliff. His first movie, since ending the eight movie franchise “Harry Potter”.The story for this remake is: Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) is a young lawyer who is depressed by the loss of his beautiful wife after giving birth to a son. His son, now grown to a toddler, draws pictures of him with a sad face. He is assigned to prepare a large house for sale on a marsh and travels to an obscure village where he is shunned by most of the townspeople. He visits the Eel Marsh House, the estate of the late Alice Drabow, to look it over, but finds his job has grown more perilous as it is haunted by the ghost of a woman scorned. He learns from the villagers that the ghost of the woman in black seeks revenge against their children because her child was taken away from her. Kipps is befriended by Sam (Ciaran Hinds) and his wife Elizabeth (Janet McTeer). They, too, have lost a son, and they help the lawyer to investigate the background of the estate and what happened.

starring along side Radcliff is:

  • Ciarán Hinds as Sam Daily, a local landowner
  • Janet McTeer as Elizabeth Daily, Daily’s wife
  • Sophie Stuckey as Stella Kipps, Arthur’s wife
  • Misha Handley as Joseph Kipps, Arthur’s son
  • Liz White as Jennet Humfrye, The Woman in Black
  • Daniel Cerqueira as Keckwick, the carriage driver
  • Tim McMullan as Jerome, the local solicitor
  • Aoife Doherty as Lucy Jerome, Jerome’s daughter
  • Roger Allam as Mr Bentley, senior partner of Kipps’ firm
  • Victor McGuire as Gerald Hardy, a villager
  • Alexia Osborne as Victoria Hardy, Hardy’s daughter
  • David Burke as PC Collins, village constable
  • Ashley Foster as Nathaniel Drablow, The Woman in Black’s son
  • Jessica Raine as Joseph’s Nanny
  • Shaun Dooley as Fisher, village innkeeper
  • Mary Stockley as Mrs Fisher
  • Sidney Johnston as Nicholas Daily, Daily’s son

This remake from the 1989 T.V. movie seems to sway away from the old one slightly with characters and plot. (Fyi, if you ever seen the Potter movies, the man who plays “James Potter” plays “Arthur Kipps” in the original the “son really becomes the father” lol.)

*SPOILER ALERT*

Now even though I’m not a big fan of horror cause for years now, most have been VERY shitty, I gave this movie a chance cause I was hearing good things and I was curious as to how well Radcliff would do post the Potter series. He didn’t really impress. Now I never thought he was a superb actor, but he seemed to be decent. Mind you, we all basically seen him in one role, unless you noticed him as “Edmund” in “The Simpson’s”. But I digress, I got scared maybe a total of three times. That’s no record or anything. But in my defence, I REALLY DIDN’T SEE IT COMING when I did get scared. The first one was roughly around 20 or so minutes in. Then again two more time around the 50 minute mark.

Acting wise, Radcliff and crew, as I said, were ok at best. Nothing to brag home about.

Cinematography and effects were decent as well. It felt like the camera was always moving and for some reason I really enjoyed that. It wasn’t shaky cam so it wasn’t annoying like other movies. But other than that, the only shots that stood out were something like this. Think of a cartoon where you see someone dreaming and theres that dream bubble just over their head. This picture is just the same thing almost.

The only issue I had with this movie was how Arthur Kipps character story arc is wrapped up. I won’t ruin it but, heres a hint…. “Drag Me To Hell”.

 

Overall rating of the movie: 3 out of 5, Cinematography: 3.6 outta 5, Editing: 4.8 out of 5, Audio: 4 out of 5, Acting: 3 out of 5

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier