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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 2 weeks ago on 26 May 2022 06:56 (A review of Crawl)

To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this flick but since it was directed by Alexandre Aja and since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. It’s interesting that, after even watching it twice, I still thought that ‘Piranha 3D’ was actually pretty lame and disappointing. Well, with a concept which wasn’t much less preposterous than the one they used in his previous movie (not only the main characters have to survive through a huge hurricane but they also have to face dozens of hungry alligators), it was fairly impressive how much Aja managed to get from it this time around. Indeed, with most average horror movie directors, it would have been probably so lame but I was surprising how realistic the whole setup seemed to be. Of course, it was less convincing that pretty much every character got killed within seconds by this monsters (which did make sense) while the main character and her father kept being bitten over and over and still survived (which was rather far-fetched) but it is understandable that the makers still needed stuff to happen to them, otherwise, there wouldn’t be a story to tell. Furthermore,  even though I do like minimalistic movies with only a few characters and only one location, in this case, nothing much happened for a good chunk of time and it turned out to be fairly repetitive. However, the fairly realistic approach really worked and Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper were not bad at all, in spite of the limitations of the material they were provided. Anyway, to conclude, even if it was nothing really amazing, it turned out to be a solid B horror feature after all and it is actually worth a look, especially if you like the genre.


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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 2 weeks ago on 25 May 2022 08:47 (A review of F*ck de liefde 2)

To be honest, I really didn’t care much about ‘F*ck de liefde’ but since this sequel was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out with my wife. Well, my wife actually preferred this sequel and I have to admit that it was slightly better but only slightly though. Indeed, the first thing that did bother me was that Thijs Römer, probably the only one who managed to deliver a decent performance in the previous instalment, was actually recast. To make it worse, his replacement, Geza Weisz was actually pretty weak. What was also confusing was that, instead of bringing back Donna played by Nicolette van Dam, they added another random blonde girl called Angela played by Bettina Holwerda but why? Just because they needed to keep 3 girls going abroad on holiday like in the previous movie? By the way, this time, they sent these girls to Ibiza instead of Curaçao but the end-results was just as jarring as it was in the previous movie. At least, the returning characters were better fleshed-out this time around. For example, Yolanthe Cabau’s character was slightly less one-note as they focused more on her career but she wasn’t helped by the fact that the conflict involving Bo and Said still felt seriously bogus. I mean, sure, Said messed up a couple of times but, during both movies, nothing really major happened that would justify such a major crisis in their relationship. On the positive side, even if the jokes were never really amazing, they were at least harmless and there was nothing awful like the kid swallowing Viagra in ‘F*ck de liefde’. Anyway, to conclude, the damned thing was still pretty weak and I don’t think it is really worth a look, except maybe if you are a die-hard fan of the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 2 weeks ago on 24 May 2022 09:04 (A review of F*ck de liefde)

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from this flick but since my wife really likes such Dutch romantic comedies, I thought we might as well check it out together. Well, even though I have to admit that I actually have a weak spot for romantic comedies, I actually dread the Dutch ones and this one was a perfect example why. In this case, the first thing that bothered me was how messy the damned thing was. Indeed, for some reasons, 1/3 was taking place in Curaçao and 2/3 were taking place in the Netherlands and the random jumps between the 2 locations were just jarring. The other issue was that they were just way too many characters involved. I mean, there were 5 couples involved, even one love triangle, which was obviously too much to handle in 90 mins. In fact, if they had focused only on the love triangle, the relationship between Jack and Cindy and the relationship between Lisa and Jim, and threw away pretty much everything else, it could have worked. However, since there were so many characters involved, none of them were developed enough. The only one who still managed to make his character fairly interesting was Thijs Römer which was quite an achievement considering the material he was provided. The most disappointing one was Yolanthe Cabau whose character was completely one-note and not entertaining whatsoever. Finally, the foul language didn’t really bother me (I mean, with such a title, what did you expect?) but some of the jokes were just downright inappropriate. For example, there was a very young boy who did swallow some Viagra by accident and ended up in a hospital and it was just bewildering that this cringe-inducing scene was actually supposed be funny. Anyway, to conclude, even if the damned thing was rather harmless, it was still really weak and I don’t think it is worth a look. 



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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 2 weeks ago on 23 May 2022 08:39 (A review of Love, Rosie)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since I have weak spot for Lily Collins, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, the damned thing was certainly not original and did remind me of many famous romantic comedies such as ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’, ‘My Best Friend's Wedding’ and, above all, ‘When Harry Met Sally...’. The other major obstacle for this movie was the fact there was no actual meet-cute, in fact, right from the start, it was pretty obvious that the two characters were heads over heels for each other, apparently since kindergarten, so how they could they keep them apart until the end of the movie? Well, in contrary to ‘When Harry Met Sally...’ which handled this concept perfectly, it was however never really convincing here. For example, was Alex an orphan with no friends whatsoever? How come nobody told him to wake the f*ck up and just tell this girl what he feels? For Rosie, it wasn’t much better. Indeed, she did have a family but nobody mentioned that she should probably get with Alex. Furthermore, how weird was that the only friend she ever had was the girl working at the drugstore where she bought her pregnancy test? And, yet, even if it was rather poorly developed (or in fact not developed whatsoever), the concept really had some potential and if I think it could have been pretty good if they took a slightly more realistic and darker approach. Furthermore, Lily Collins and Sam Claflin were both so charismatic and they had tons of chemistry together. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, I have to admit that it was still a decent watch, above all thanks to the charming leads, and I think it is worth a look but probably only if you really like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 3 weeks ago on 22 May 2022 05:54 (A review of Fractured)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Sam Worthington and since it was on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, to be honest, it took me too long to really get into the damned thing. Indeed, the whole thing was really grim, not only the tone but also visually speaking. Furthermore, even though Worthington is always charismatic, I never really cared about his character and the rest of his family was even less interesting. It probably had to with the fact that none of these characters was really developed. And, yet, from the moment, the family of the main character did disappear, I have to admit that the whole thing actually did grab me. Indeed, it actually turned out to be fairly clever. For example, one thing that what was well done was the fact that they kept spreading some clues, some which were actually giving up what was actually going on and some others which were misleading on purpose. As a result, my wife was actually more convinced that there was some kind of conspiracy in this hospital but I wasn’t so sure. However, I thought it was rather heavy-handed and unconvincing how this psychiatrist managed to figure this out after just her first meeting with the main character and in a very short lapse of time. Obviously, this ‘genius’ psychiatrist was there simply to make sure that every moronic Netflix could actually understand what just happened. However, beside this point, it all made sense to me and it was refreshing to see a thriller which was not completely far-fetched and which focused on the state of mind of the main character instead of going for some random generic action scenes. Anyway, to conclude, it turned out to be a decent concept after all and I think it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 


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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 3 weeks ago on 21 May 2022 07:00 (A review of The Ice Road)

I wasn’t expecting much from this flick but my wife was apparently quite eager to check it out so we did end up watching it together. To be honest, I was pretty sure that it would be yet another generic and boring action flick starring Neeson, the stuff that revived his career at some point and is now pretty much ruining it. However, even if it was still action oriented, I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that it was slightly different than his usual work. First of all, the concept was really cool and definitely had some potential. In fact, the first act was actually really solid. Indeed, this mix of badass action with some realistic circumstances was just so effective and quite nail-biting. I wish they kept having these characters facing some natural obstacles until the end but, for some reason, they decided to add a bad guy which was a mistake. Indeed, the rest of the movie was then dealing with this corporation trying to sabotage their own rescue mission which was rather generic and boring. I guess the makers didn’t trust enough the material (I mean, the title is ‘The Ice Road’, not ‘The Evil  Corporation’) so they felt that they had to add something to the mix but it was definitely a mistake. Of course, they must have been worried by the fact they couldn’t have their main actor spending almost all the duration sitting and driving his truck but I wish they found something else than having the guy go fist to fist with some boring thug. At least, the other characters involved (the brother, Jim, Tantoo) were not bad. Anyway, to conclude, I might have been too generous with my rating here but I still loved the concept and it was more interesting than the usual action flicks starring Liam Neeson nowadays. 


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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 3 weeks ago on 20 May 2022 09:20 (A review of The Weekend Away)

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this flick but since it was starring Leighton Meester and since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, my wife apparently thought it was not bad but, to be honest, as far as I was concerned, it has been a while since I have seen such a generic and limp thriller. Indeed, there was really nothing original about the damned thing and, even though it was rather short, it took forever to really take off. Seriously, during the first half, pretty much nothing really happened and then, during the second half, they kept throwing some really underwhelming twists. Furthermore, what was the point of having the action taking place in Croatia if you won’t do anything interesting with this place? I thought it was also fairly ridiculous how they acted as if flying from England to Croatia was like taking a bus (which was supposed to explain how a specific character was able to randomly pop up a couple of times). Concerning the cast, I think it was the first time I saw Leighton Meester playing the lead and she was not bad. Still, her commitment to deliver the most average woman possible did make her character rather tedious to behold. However, the rest of the cast was even more uncharismatic so I had a hard time to care about any of them. Was the damned thing doomed to fail from the very beginning? That’s actually a possibility and the only way it could have worked was if that they pretty much threw away half of the story and most of the cast and completely changed the approach towards this material. Anyway, to conclude, the damned thing was really weak and I don’t think it is really worth a look.    



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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 3 weeks ago on 19 May 2022 08:44 (A review of The Battle of the River Plate)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was directed by [Link removed - login to see][Link removed - login to see] and Emeric Pressburger, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, to be honest, I thought it was rather difficult to judge this movie. Indeed, it is not a really visual movie, instead, most of the story is told through the dialogues. Unfortunately, I did see it on the BBC without subtitles and I have to admit that I did struggle to follow everything they were talking about. Anyway, it was one of the last movies Powell and Pressburger made together and, back then, well, they were not at the top of their game anymore, I’m afraid. Still, it was actually well received when it was released and it was even a box-office hit at the time. I mean, from a technical point of view, it was well made and probably historically accurate (if you are into war ships, you will really dig this movie). I also did appreciate the fact that they didn’t add some annoying and unnecessary sub-plots. Still, all the characters involved were rather uncharismatic and I wonder if they couldn’t have found a way to better developed them. Eventually, even if it was probably the most famous naval battle that took place during WWII, I’m not so sure if it was such a fascinating story after all but maybe I would appreciate it more if I see it again with some subtitles this time around. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of it flaws, it was still a decent watch and it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre or if you are interested in Powell and Pressburger’s work. 



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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 3 weeks ago on 18 May 2022 08:34 (A review of The Unforgivable)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Sandra Bullock and since it was on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, it was a decent attempt from Bullock to show up in a dark(er) drama and she did give a solid performance. The story also had some potential and the only thing that really prevented the damned thing from being actually really good was some rather sloppy writing. For example, at some point, the main character went to her childhood house and, somehow, the new resident was actually a fancy lawyer who would help her out which did seem really too convenient. The fact that he was married with a black woman didn’t seem to be really relevant with the rest of the story and it seemed to be simply an excuse so they could add the great Viola Davis to the cast. I also didn’t care much about the sub-plots involving these 2 vengeful brothers. Obviously, they were added to the mix to add a thriller vibe and above all a climatic cathartic ending but I don’t think it was necessary at all. Furthermore, why did they suddenly switch brothers to proceed with this vendetta? What was the added value? Finally, it seemed pretty obvious that Ruth probably killed this cop by accident but they kept this information for as long as possible and it turned out that she didn’t kill him after all but it wasn’t a strong choice, narratively speaking. Indeed, it turned the main character into a complete victim but what if she did actually kill this cop? After 20 years spent in prison, wouldn’t she still deserve a 2nd chance and wouldn’t she deserve to be reunited with her little sister? In my opinion, this approach would have been even more interesting. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still a decent drama and I think it is worth a look, especially if you are interested in Sandra Bullock’s work. 



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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 3 weeks ago on 17 May 2022 08:41 (A review of Blind)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since there was a decent cast involved, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, if it wouldn’t have been for Alec Baldwin, I'm afraid the damned thing would have been borderline unwatchable. Indeed, right from the start, the first 15 mins were just so clunky, it was just rather painful to watch. Sure, I get it, they had to find a way to make these 2 characters meet each other and the community service gimmick was actually not such a bad idea. However, it was probably the most smug, pathetic and generic rich couple I have seen. It also made Demi Moore’s character look so completely stupid. I mean, within 2 mins, it was pretty obvious that McDermott’s character was not only a criminal but, above all, a major douchebag so it was rather bewildering that she would still cling to her marriage. That was also another issue with this movie, the fact that Demi Moore never managed to make her character really interesting or charismatic enough. Seriously, why would Bill Oakland fall for her? What did she have to offer that was so irresistible? At least, Alec Baldwin’s character was not only handsome but he was witty and really smart so it wasn’t surprising that many women would fall for his charms. Eventually, I think Baldwin did deliver a solid performance as he was believable enough as a blind and fairly depressed man. However, he played the only character who was slightly interesting, all the other ones were just barely developed and rather tedious to behold. Anyway, to conclude, I think I was actually rather generous with my rating here, the damned thing was really weak and I don’t think it is really worth a look. 



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