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Feast II: Sloppy Seconds (2008)
While first movie was a bit of gory-trashy but fun, Feast II is anything but.
Story is serviceable but everything else is garbage. It was shot and edited horribly, camera work is abysmal at times. Acting and effort put into it is almost universally below average. Effects are worse compared to the first movie and less inspired. Jokes and gags are mostly forced or conceived ok but executed badly. Monsters look like crap and are not that much of threat. The part where they chase the dude with a baby in the middle of the street is embarrassingly bad and goofy looking.
Characters are a mixed bag at best, but mostly are unlikeable and uninteresting. In the first movie main cast was set up like that anyone can and will die at any moment. Not so here. Most of the cast are random NPCs anyway, so if they die you just don't care, it doesn't have any weight because you don't care one bit about them. Especially the biker gang.
There's no suspense, no terror, no surprises, it's just random background noise in the form resembling a movie. Cannot recommend.
Cosmos: Possible Worlds (2020)
I just don't like it
Same problems plague season 2 as did season one.
While NdGT is ok as a host in general, it's debatable if he's the best host for this show. Sometimes he just acts and looks stilted, awkwardly strutting through CGI green screen scenes.
Now, CGI is ok for a show like this, but it's all just kinda thrown together. And that brings me to the biggest problem for me about this series - everything is kinda thrown together, drawn out, half baked, skipping from point to point, loosely connecting them (sometimes). The structure of the script and episodes is just bad. A tighter vision is needed to make sense of all the data that NdGT just spews all around. It's like every episode is about something specific but it's also about everything else as well.
Also, for me, watching a scientific programme that goes heavy on imperial measures is unforgivable. How many bald eagles per freedom fries is something quite jarring to the rest of the world that uses metric system.
All in all, production values are there, and there is great stuff in this show in bursts but it's all boggled down by stupid problems I've shortly outlined before.
Waste of time, not horrible like Suicide Squad was, tho.
I always stay to see after credits if there is one, but I just wasn't interested in this one. It's that big "whatever" of a movie.
It seems DCEU is just not meant to be and work it's kinks out. I mean this is like, seventh or eighth movie or something along those lines and only Shazam and WW were worth a damn.
As for the movie itself, it's mostly boring, plot is really thin and stupid, acting is okay for the most part. However, tempo, editing and general cohesion of the film itself is all over the place, trying to hide it's flaws with very messy storytelling.
About mid runtime, there's a police station action scene, and it actually looked like it's finally gonna kick into the higher gear and start to be a good movie. But no, after that, it got boring again. Jokes are all but one - bad, flat. The only chuckle I had was during "They call me... " bits with Huntress.
I don't think Black Mask is a good villain in general, however, this movie's version is probably the worst. For a guy that calls himself "Black Mask" he wears it - and I'm not kidding - for 20 seconds, tops, throughout the whole movie. He's kinda wacky, but really isn't. As for the main "hero" cast, Jurnee's Black Cannary was probably the best character in it. But the camera is mostly pointed at Harley Quinn and, man, she's just try-too-hard, tiresome after a while.
One more thing that I noticed, everyone is dressed so ugly, and the movie itself looks ugly, nondescript.
For a time, I've actually expected at least fun movie, it really didn't have to be good, just fun. Instead, it was boring, not super bad, just boring, underdeveloped... like the DCEU itself.
Expected nothing and got a hell of fun movie instead
As far as modern action comedies go, new Shaft is pretty damn good.
Refreshed buddy cop genre with excellent leads. Story is a bit wonky but the comedy is great and performances are tight.
Shaft and JJ got nice chemistry and the rest of the main cast is nicely knit through as well. Pacing is very well done, but the most unexpected thing is the amount of comedy present.
I really hope we get at least another one.
Hopes it gets cancelled like the the rest of the Arrowverse
While Arrow is still watchable, Flash treads water for a while now and it's good that is ending. Legends are just waste of everyone's time. But biggest fall from grace is after all on this show.
Supergirl started bland but promising, bit cheesy, naive, but ok. Then it somehow tumbled down to be one of the worst DC shows currently airing or maybe ever. It preaches stuff instead to teach stuff, plots are completely dumb, scripts are pure cringe. Acting is on the same level even though the show has some honestly good actors, better even, than it deserves. And I mean like all the first billed. Melisa Benoist and David Harewood are way better actors than this show deserves. They even pulled Sam Witwer into this crap. Most characters are horrible and a waste of good actors. Effects are consistently bad and so are most costumes. It ain't fresh, it doesn't bring anything new or valuable to superhero TV genre.
The only good thing are the actors that sometimes, somehow magically rise above bad scripts, shitty plots and everything else that is bad in this show.
I mean, it's even depressing to describe all the pitfalls of this show currently. It's just sad state of affairs all around.
If you're a DC fan, this will bum you out, if you're a girl that's looking for someone to look up to, this ain't it kid. It can be sometimes, but mostly it's not. Try Kelly Grayson in The Orville maybe or somewhere else.
Star Trek: Discovery (2017)
Smart, professional people doing smart things that are interesting while dealing with personal interactions and problems. That's the shortest summary of what in general Star Trek is about. STD is just the latter at best.
Season one was a rocky, bombastic and stupid. Probably the best episodes were the ones in the mirror universe. Everything else is a casualty of Trek rights being canibalized over the years and chase for money. Alex Kurtzman is an idiot that couldn't write his way out of a wet paper bag let alone do right about Star Trek franchise.
Plots don't make sense, characters are bland and not interesting, action is classic bayhem, explosions with little or no effect on anything. It's just dumb. Even The Last Ship was kinda better show than this.
Last straw for me was so petty and stupid, yet soooo this show, that made me give up on watching this. And no, it wasn't the episodes in season one where in one episode they basically retconned the episode before that one like it didn't happen (all that stuff about the planet and the crystal and whatever). No, it was in the first episode of season two when they brought out a damn fancy spinning camera on ship's hull that had a god damn flash while it was snapping photos in space. IT WAS A BIG CAMERA THAT SHOT FAR AWAY SPACE PHOTOS WITH A FLASH, IN SPACE! And then moments later - they did a "enhance" trope but with even more dumber twist - Saru had better eyes, so he saw details on a photo better..... COME ON.
CBS can go burn in failing subscription hell along with Alex Kurtzman.
Halloween II (2009)
The one where Michael Myers is talking to his dead mother and also there's a white horse in it
Like in the movie before this one, Rob Zombie continues to miss the point of Michael Myers completely, however, this time he's not copying older Halloween movies that much.
Two years later and new Laurie Strode is an asshole and has mental problems. Annie Brackett has also survived first movie, unlike the original and deals with Laurie's breakdown.
Michael Myers eats a dog and is a hobo with a knife. Kills people, tripps like he's on drugs. Laurie tripps as well, but she's maybe actually on drugs.
Loomis gets money, personal assistant and fame... more infamy though. Everyone finds out Laurie is Michael's sister, she goes even more nuts. Oh, yes, we have that back for this reboot as well, sorry.
Brad Dourif gets angry, guns everyone down with the power of police. The end, also there is white horse here and there. Stupid.
I rank this second worst Halloween movie in my book.
The one where Rob Zombie misses the point
While the movie is certainly competent, reimagining one of the great horror icons left bad taste in viewers mouths... and eyes. Like someone pissed onto fans and casuals alike.
As much as the the original movie (and it's sequel) tried to dehumanize Michael Myers, this reboot tried to humanize. He is a sweet kid, he has family, he speaks, he thinks, you can see his face, etc.
All of it has no point and it just makes Michael Myers a shittier villain and in process, completely missing the point why Michael Myers is such a great villain.
Best thing is that Myers is played by Tyler Mane and the dude is huge. And at least that adds some imposing physical menace to this version of Michael Myers.
Everything else is either dialed to eleven (social interactions and characters) or is a direct copy from the original.
I love Malcolm McDowell, but he was miscast here. Also, I didn't care for the rest of the cast... maybe Brad Dourif. However, I must nod to the number of cameos that Rob Zombie brought on. Most obvious is that character Anne is played by Danielle Harris that also played Jamie Lloyd in Halloween 4 and 5.
It's not a bad movie by itself, but it's a bad Halloween movie. An edgy disappointment for Slipknot fans in mid 2000's.
Disclosure - i was a fan of Slipknot then and still hated this movie.
Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
The one where Busta Rhymes flip kicks Michael Myers to death (seriously)
Casting is atrocious.
Plot is atrocious.
Acting is atrocious.
It's shot beyond atrocious.
An abortion and a failure of a movie on all ends.
Movie latches onto H20 and rewrites the ending of it, kills Laurie Strode in first 10 mins and then serves us two plotlines with hollow characters and even worse plot.
Plot number one - some college kids get to do live stream with Busta and Tyra Banks from Myers house. Why? We don't know.
Parallel plot number two - some highscoohler that text messages main character from plot number one, they don't share any screentime except few texts and emails.
Nothing works in this movie, and you can even see it with you eyes right away. Probably the worst decision is that they thought it would be cool and edgy to use actual crap handy cams to shot main characters POV portions of the movie. It looks disgusting.
Busta can't act.
Only cool thing is when Michael Myers lops Katee Sackhoff's head in one swoosh with a knife. That was brutal. Everything else:
Easily the worst Halloween movie.
The obligatory, anniversary one, is a very soft reboot, also has LL Cool J in it
H20 is probably in the hall of the worst movie names ever. Fortunately, it's not the worst movie ever.
It actually does two things right.
It actively ignores and erases Thorn trilogy from canon and continues 20 years after Halloween II. It brings back Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode.
We also get young Josh Hartnet and Michelle Williams. Which is kinda sweet.
We get a bit of PTSD Laurie Strode that self medicates with booze while trying to run a school and raise a teenager and all that under a fake name.
It's a competent revival, an homage a bit, a bit fresh stuff. Probably the worst thing I can say about it that it's forgettable as a movie but has some cool scenes and that it still clings onto Laurie is Michael's sister storyline that no one cared about.
It's on par with Scream movies that were all the rage at the time, if that means anything to you. Ok, kinda popcornish experience.
The one with Paul Rudd in it
Whoo boy, now we're cooking.
So, the last movie ended with a bang, prison exploded, Myers vanished, Jamie vanished and all that thanks to mysterious cloaked stranger with some serious firepower.
Fast forward few years and we get a ritual, druids, robes, tombs, hallways, satanic panic rituals, altars, curvy daggers and all that. Jamie is now giving a birth to Michael Myers baby! Deal with it.
She get's deaded soon after, baby ends up with Paul Rudd in the most idiotic way possible, who by the way plays that kid Tommy, that Laurie babysits in the the original movie. There is some chick there also, who cares. Loomis is retired, Paul Rudd is a conspiracy theory whackjob.
And this is when it gets crazy.
That sign that we saw in the movie few times, is a sign of Thorn, "Curse of Thorn", and this cult, which mysterious stranger is a part of, wants to something, something, demon, spirit, whatever with a baby.
Oh and that stranger is just some random guy, pal of Sam Loomis, I mean, the whole plot is just garbage.
This movie is garbage, acting is garbage (YES, EVEN PAUL RUDD!), it's shot like garbage. From the get go, it's crappy .90's shot for TV vibe all over. It ain't scary, it's just convoluted and dumb.
So, Halloween 4 through 6 is now known as a Thorn Trilogy. Also, there are two versions of this movie. Movie was so bad that they tried to salvage it by completely re-editing it with Producer's Cut, but that went even worse somehow.
Sadly this is also the last movie with Donald Pleasance in it who died shortly after filming it. Because, how could he not die after this garbage.
If you only saw the original Halloween and skip all in between and watched this one, you would be like "What is wrong with these people, how could they ruin it so much?".
And you know what - still not the worst movie in the franchise, it's only third place for me.
The one where they regret making Halloween 4
As you may know by now, Halloween 4 ended with Jamie (Michael Myer's niece) slashing her mom because... well she was distressed, possesed or whatever.
Well, now the kid is in a foster home... looney bin for kids... it's not really important. Anyway, she's mute now for some reason, well not mute, she just doesn't speak. Loomis is there also, screaming at her and then you realise they probably were going to kill off Michael Myers in the last movie and let Jamie take the torch (knife) but they realised that's a horrible idea.
So Michael is back after some sleepy time with a hobo guy down the river (this all happens in the movie) and is still after Jamie. So bad idea avoided?!
Not so fast!
Unfortunately, the replacement idea was as bad, if not worse.
Which kinda leads us to the end of the movie, mysterious cloaked stranger, mysterious signs, everybody dying except Jamie, Loomis and Myers.
The one where it all starts to go downhill
No Carpenter and Co., Laurie Strode is dead and her kid is now a target. Ah, and yes... people weren't thrilled with Halloween III so they scraped the whole anthology angle and went straight to sequel after sequel.
None of the main characters are interesting, Loomis is a madman that just drones the same thing over and over and everything feels and looks kinda shitty and cheap.
Honestly, whole franchise takes a hard nose splattering dive from here. Timeline gets screwed up, things get recycled into oblivion, and having a kid as a main target, everything is bland and not scary.
Ending is also pretty infuriatingly cheap. But, believe it or not, still not the worst movie in the franchise. It's just bland and uninteresting.
The one that aspires for something more but gets silly really fast
To surprise of many in ye olde times of 1980's, Halloween III didn't have Michael Myers, it wasn't even set in the same "universe". As far as this movie - Michael Myers is a famous boogeyman from a Halloween movie.
No, Halloween III was supposed to be a new entry in the franchise that was about to become an anthology of different halloween themed movies every year. But we all now know how that turned out.
And goddammit, first 15 to 30 minutes of this movie go really strong. The mood, the atmosphere, the mystery. But, unfortunatly, after that great start... well it still goes strong but becomes also very, very silly.
Suddenly we have robots, lasers, magic lasers, Stonehenge, magic masks that shoot magic lasers that can turn you head into mush filled with bugs and snakes. Did I mention mother effin Stonehenge? And a honest to god - a Bond villain to tie all that up somehow.
So you see, even if it got bad really quick, this movie got bad in all the right ways. So yeah, no Myers for now, but damn it's a fun ride with a bitchin' music score by Carpenter and Howarth.
Halloween II (1981)
The competent cash-grab
While certainly not good as the first movie, Halloween II tries to continue the story right after the original.
Truth to be told, this movie reminds me more of a Friday the 13th ripoff than anything else, Halloween movies included.
While it is shot competently and the plot is pretty direct, everything else is kinda cheaper lookin' in contrast to he first movie. Hospital can be a great horror setpiece, but they just didn't use it to it's full potential.
It's a conclusion that we did not need, but we got anyway. It's not perfect, and it's certainly not the worst Halloween movie ever made, far from it.
As said in the title, after all - it's a cashgrab, but one that included most of the folks that worked on the first one, John Carpenter included. So there's that.
Without a doubt, original Halloween was and still is one of the hallmarks of horror film. It set a certain standard that movies even to this day try to achieve.
Perfect mix of a simple plot, not to long runtime, yet effective in all with a terrific villain.
While you can nitpick any movie, this one included, but because of it's strenghts, you mostly don't want or need to. Yes, acting is a bit cheesy, but who cares. Yes, Loomis is a bit over the top whenever he speaks, but who cares. It just adds flavor to the whole mix mentioned above.
One of the best descriptions of this movie and Michael Myers actually came from first Scream movie, where main villains simply explain why Michael Myers is so perfect as a villain. There's no "why", he just does what he does because he can and we are not given any explanation or a sob story about "why". And that's what makes it scary.
Shot with a "visual purpose", a memorable haunting score and THE atmosphere that's been copied since, Halloween is one of the horror movie classics for the ages.
The Titan (2018)
Trailer for the movie already ruined it completely
If you saw the trailer, you already saw and know almost everything you need to know about this movie. So you can save an hour and a half by not watching it.
If you haven't, well... you can still skip it. It's dull, nothing kinda happens most of the time. While the plot idea is pretty solid and interesting, the movie isn't. Acting is neutral but except that, most of the time it's just boring, pacing is bad, plot points are disappointing and the conclusion is just what the actual ffffff.....
Valiant effort but in the end, not good enough.
The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)
Mystery Box is full of not so fantastic things
First Cloverfield movie was fun, despite the shakiest shaky cam ever, some nice parts, some not so, but all in all, a fine movie.
Second Cloverfield movie was great, from the start to finish.
This, the third Cloverfield movie, is mostly disappointing, plot wise. Acting was fine, effects were 99% ok, camera is okay, music as well.
But everything else, tempo, story, script is pure predictableness and cliche. Not to mention bunch of bad plot choices. Premise is fine, but the execution is painfully predictable by the numbers, that you have to wonder were they at the gunpoint to make this?
I think in a sense they were - they were at the gunpoint of time, and the "golden" moment is rapidly escaping.
Let me explain briefly my take on this. First movie happens, people like it, everything's cool. Second movie gets made, someone thinks it could be tied with Cloverfield somehow. Even if the studio and JJ Abrams won't admit it, I'm 99% sure they made that decision post production. Why? Well cinematic universes are all the rage now and you have to bank on it. Anyway, Cloverfield Lane is now, well - Cloverfield Lane, people were ok with it.
So now we have one movie, and the other slapped onto first one. Now is the time for payoff, to bank on that cinematic universe money and this time purposefully make a third, shared movie that ties it all. But here's comes Abram's "mystery box", as usual, they don't know how to tie everything off and the box is empty... or full of crap, your choice.
Smart move to get this on Netflix, because if this was in theaters, people would demolish it in reviews a bit more, but this way "it's okay, we give it 6 or 7 out of ten, so brave, so novel, etc".
Now don't get me wrong here, I think this movie is pretty average and okay, but nothing more, hence 5/10. But the cynical side of it makes it somewhat sad. Instead great and proper third movie, we get this predictable and painfully average online movie.
This is what you get when you hastily try to tie up anthology series and bank on it as well. Mediocre.
Oh, and that last shot was just pure, sickening cringe.
PS: my prediction is that the next movie will tie Cloverfield Lane into Jensen's storyline.
Ok action, fantasy, cop movie, nothing more
Well flick me, but I just have to write few words about this movie, because I'm seeing it being shredded apart by "critics" for a lot of wrong reasons. Same critics that lauded The Last Jedi as the best movie ever, for whatever reasons.
It's a bit of a high-concept, cocaine pitch of a plot and screenplay by Max Landis, directed by David Ayer. As far as Landis go, sometimes he hits, sometimes he misses, great pitches, but usually it never gets further than that. As for Ayer, I hated Suicide Squad, however he seems like an okay dude so I don't hold any grudges here.
Bright stars Will Smith as gritty cop Ward and Joel Edgerton as Nick, an Orc newbie who find themselves in a race for a certain mcguffin. They run, they gun, they have witty banter that sometimes works, while sometimes falls flat on it's nose. There are elves, a bit of magic, a lot of gangs and dirty cops, couple of explosions.
Also, there are some social elements regarding Orc racism, because they once, in the old times, choose the side of the Dark Lord. But they're trying to do good, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't and if we go by Nick's words - they kinda know they've chosen wrong and they're never gonna live that down. Nothing too deep, but movie balances all that commentary, action, etc. somewhat passable.
Directing is fine, but it could be better. Same for photography. Too many shaky cam moments and just random visual nosie. But nothing too horrible. Music and sound desgin is fine as well. Acting... eeeh, it varies but all in all it's serviceable. Tempo is probably the most obvious problem, which is probably tied closely with a script that isn't that much refined so hence "the tempo problems" as well.
This movie needed a couple months more in post production, so everything gets ironed out nicely. But in any case - it's ok, original, far from the worse movie this year (on that, more in a bit). You can watch it if you want something different but not too different.
I would like to touch briefly flood of negative reviews for this. Now some are more "I didn't like the movie because acting is bad, it looked dumb" and stuff like that. However, a lot of the reviews tried to tackle some "racism" that they themselves dialed into this movie, and then draw a parallel in the real world with it. And gosh darnit - they didn't like it and the movie must be racist and everyone who liked it.
While there is racism in the movie against Orcs mostly, it's fully in the service of the movie and really doesn't try to comment on anything in real life beyond the world setup of the movie itself.
So for someone to read that into the movie itself and try to spin it off into something that isn't in real life - he/she has had to do it because one of two reasons. You're either completely nuts and out of touch with reality or you're just a really scummy person who's hijacking a movie for their own reasons and ideologies.
TL;DR - it's a passable, ok movie, with some bad parts and some ok parts. Nothing special, but a bit fresh so it gives those bad parts a fair fight.
Future Man (2017)
Not perfect, but kinda great
I was to give this a 9 out of 10, just because I went to sleep after watching this having a huge sh!t eating grin on my face, which I can't remember was the last time it happened. But I'm trying to be objective here.
While I can write how it's a love letter to 80's, The Terminator, James Cameron, etc, I'm not going to do that. That's probably the least important part, though it adds atmosphere. Comedy in this can be crude, but very self aware, sometimes very predictable, but the timing is everything. And it damn works.
While the acting could be a notch less telegraphed, it's fine. Photography is great, music is kicking all kinds of asses. Visually, it's a great looking show.
Casting is mostly good, and it's worth mentioning that this is one of the last projects Glenne Headly did before her death.
While it starts kinda whatever, each episode gets better. It's a bit raw, and it's damn fun all over the place.
I'm very pleased with this, watch at least first episode and you'll see if it's for you or not.
SEASON 2 UPDATE: They went for something a bit different in season 2, but it still works, still a great show. Can't wait for season 3.
Killing Gunther (2017)
Don't waste your time
If you came for Arnold, well, spoilers, he's in it like 5 mins, tops... at the end of the movie.
That would be forgiven though, if the movie was any good. But it wasn't. Characters are underdeveloped and just bad, story and the premise is kinda OK, but it had to be refined and polished way more before production.
Then there is the comedy part of it all. Jokes are just plain, mostly not fun and all over the place. One of the main parts are "archive" photos that are almost all photoshoped, and badly. Now I don't know is that supposed to be a part of the joke or not, but if it is, it ain't funny. If it isn't, it just plain sucks and it's repetitive.
Movie starts out fine, but it falls apart quickly and then it just drags itself to the end. Mockumentary angle/style wasn't probably the best choice either.
What I want to say, in short, is - this movie is a mess and it mostly wasted an hour and a half of my life. It's not catastrophic bad, it's just a mix average not good and not interesting.
Also, writing, directing and then casting yourself as a main character is something usually seasoned movie pros should only try. No hate for the movie, it is an low budget indie movie of some sort and you have to respect that, but it just doesn't work.
The Last Ship (2014)
One of the dumbest TV shows currently airing + USA military porn, yet watchable somehow
I would lie if I said it was something more than what I already said in the title.
Season one, cure for the virus, season two, who knows... something happens, virus is also involved. Season three something USA government, coup, etc, but then, season four - Mediterranean sea, Greece, virus spread from people to all of the vegetation now. If all this sounds super dumb, it is. After all, it's Michael Bay produced show.
Yet, it's somewhat watchable, in a guilty pleasure kind of way. Cast is probably the main reason why. But you know what, even that gets kinda old. So, is season four the end for The Last Ship? Probably not. If the views keep coming, they'll milk it for all the cheese. I'm pretty sure that in Season 5 or 6, they'll go to the Moon, to, I don't know, stop virus from infecting the Sun, or whatever.
This show, man. This, fking show.
Batman and Harley Quinn (2017)
This was fun!
I'm reading all these reviews here and I don't get why some people didn't like it. This was THE Harley Quinn we all fell in love with during the animated series. Yes, a different voice actress, but justice was done.
Plot was probably the weakest part because it's classic villain wanna destroy the world etc, but that was only the backdrop. Main thing was fun relationship between main characters - Batman, Harley and Nightwing.
There are plenty jokes, adult stuff also, and it was all in all fun romp and I really can't find any problems with it. Animation is true to OG animated series, characters are great, acting is great. Plot is so-so, but everything else just clicks. I hope they get Bruce Timm to do more. This just reminds us how much we miss the old show.
I'm guessing one thing might get some people turn against this and that's, spoiler - Harley and Nightwing getting it on. But I actually liked that pretty much, especially adding the weirdness to their relationship further down the line during the movie. It really isn't bad and pointless, not to mention - creepy, like in The Killing Joke where Batman and Batgirl bang. That was just wrong, but this looked kinda fun and interesting.
So, it's apparent that I liked this and I think fans of the .90's animated show will like it too. They, characters... and fans, all grew up a bit but it's all there.
Kill Switch (2017)
Decent Half-Life inspired sci-fi flick
Dan Stevens is in a interesting period of his life now. Gravitating between ultra budget Hollywood whatevers, like Beauty and the Beast, great TV shows like Legion and smaller, almost unnoticeable, movies like this one.
While the full story is not clear until the 3rd act of the movie, it is a fun ride and a interesting one most of the time. I'm struggling with the tempo of the movie though, to decide if it's really well done or the more linear approach would work just as well.. if not better?
I'm pretty sure that the movie would fare way better if it was linear, but then again some of the main mysteries are depending on it. For example - you really don't understand what is he doing and where he is until third act. But if it was linear, that would probably need to be addressed way earlier in the movie, and thus killing the suspense and the mystery but you can maybe get rid of the first person portions of the movie which are... maybe not so good of a choice in practice as it was on paper.
Anyhow, tempo and editing shenanigans aside, I liked this movie. While some performances are better than the other, they all blend together at the end.
One thing I would like to point out, and I haven't read much about this movie and it's inspirations, but it has a helluva Half-Life 2 visual vibe throughout it. At one point main character even grabs a crowbar for a second and then it realises that it's not gonna help him much and throws it away. Now that has to be a nod to HL2 or what? Also, flying drones, armed faceless forces, the city they're in, first person view with a HUD, he's a bearded physicist, resistance movement, etc.
There are some weaker aspects of the movie, as I said, editing and constant back and forth between time periods, his sister and a kid plot line is kinda weak, but in all, Kill Switch/Redivider is an OK sci- fi action movie and an interesting "what if" HL2 interpretation. It's only hour and a half, counting in the end credits, so even if you get bored at least it's not two and the half hours.
The Leftovers (2014)
Lindelof finally nails it
After a bunch of TV shows and movies penned by Damon Lindelof, that kinda went nowhere, The Leftovers is his first mainstream success through and through. I just hope it's not the last one. And I guess he had probably most room to breathe here than on his other shows and movies and a little faith by the studio execs came a long way. Yes, it's based on a book by Tom Perrotta but it's a whole different animal, probably because Perrotta co-wrote this show with Lindelof.
This show probably has one of the slowest starts these days, because you are exponentially more and more confused as the episodes roll in. But then around episode six or seven in season one, you start to get the hang of it. And if you stick with it, it's insane fest from that point till the end.
While there are couple main themes the show is about, people disappearing is actually not one of those and is just a kick starter event to stories about love, loss, hopelessness, people being people, faith, reason and most important - relationships with people around us and that the life is a efed up experience when you look at it from the spectators angle.
Main cast is great, Justin Theroux is the main guy for intense wtf is going on type of character. Carrie Coon just killed it as a tough as nails against life itself lady. And then you have Scott Glenn, Amy Brenneman, Liv Tyler, Ann Dowd, and goddamn Christopher Eccleston, who were all great. Tense performances, sharp and focused from most of the cast.
Oh, and the music, oh the music. Max Richter did a enviable job here, plus covers of popular songs just enough to make it even better.
Visuals are on point, and probably the least important but it is worth mentioning that almost all episodes are directed damn fine.
While the pacing can sometimes be all over the place, the more show goes, and you with it, the more it starts to make sense. There are some weaker episodes but all in all, these three seasons are a cohesive experience. Maybe we could get a bit more to iron out some kinks story wise but three seasons are also enough to get the message across.
Should you watch this? I would say hell yes, but with a caveat - if you watch this like a standard procedural and just for the mystery about disappearance, you're watching the wrong show. As I wrote above, it's not about that, disappearance is just a backdrop for a personal drama between main characters and driving force for some of them. It's about the characters and not about the plot, to put it roughly.
The Leftovers is good binge material but it also works on a weekly basis, have at it.