Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tom Cruise's rebirth as a comic/action actor?

Let me know what you think of this trailer for "Knight ad Day" out in late June?? I'm more accustomed to finding Cameron Diaz funny and I was impressed by the action scenes more than comedy in the trailer. "I'll kill myself and then her" was chuckle worthy though......

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Finally a trailer for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

The below trailer begs the question, am I the only person who thinks that Michael Cera and Jessie Eisenberg are the same person?

Long haired Nicholas Cage = bad movie but maybe, just maybe this will break the curse...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Repo Men has no heart (pun intended)


I'm not going to spend a lot of time on "Repo Men" because frankly it made me angry. About an hour in, I was secure in the fact it was a gratuitous, gory waste of my time. Move forward to the last half hour and I'm feeling manipulated into a false sense of sadness by a great soundtrack ( cannot get "Burn My Shadow" by Unkle out of my head) and the "twist ending".

"Twist Ending", I liked you when we first met but you have now overstayed your welcome. You jump out at the end with a "gotcha" but in reality I always see you coming. Stay away for a while and maybe we can be friends again someday.

Twilight: New Moon - a tale of shirtless boys and mopey girls

Early in "New Moon", Edward, having decided to leave Forks with the Cullen clan in tow, tells Bella "Don't do anything reckless". I wondered if he remembered who he was talking to. This is Bella Swan, Forks' resident lady of infinite sorrows who exudes teen angst from her pores. Of course she goes off the deep end. After a reasonable period of music video like moping, she realizes that she can have visions of Edward if she is in danger. Don't worry, this is based on a Twilight book, so the self destructive behavior stays in reasonably safe teen territory - motorcycle riding and cliff diving. The visions themselves are a bit awkward. Done in an Obi-Wan sort of way, Edward delivers wooden lines that might as well be "Fasten your seatbelt" or "Don't play with matches". Relief is on the way though. Bella develops a deep bond with friend Jacob Black ( Taylor Lautner). This relationship is soon on the rocks too when it appears that Jacob has dropped Bella to join a homoerotic, Native American, Abercrombie & Fitch gang ( now that is a mouthful). It turns out his secret is a bit more mundane, at least for Forks. He is from a long line of werewolves who protect humans from vampires. Events conspire to bring Edward and Bella back together and we are all set up for her having to choose between the two.

This has been written with tongue firmly in cheek mainly because I recognize that I am not exactly the target audience for these movies. I can appreciate them in some ways but ultimately find the Lifetime movie teen melodrama a bit heavy. I have not read the books, so I may be wishing in vain but I do have a list of things I would like to see more of in the future movies:

(1) Let the adults come out and play more often. The scenes set in Italy featuring the "vampire council" were really good. I can never get enough Michael Sheen ("The Queen", "Frost/Nixon", "Underworld", "Alice in Wonderland") who literally chews up the scenery as Aro.

(2) More vampires and more vampire action! Dakota Fanning as bloodthirsty psychopath = good thing (Yes that's her all evil and red-eyed in the above trailer). Victoria becoming an actual threat would be nice. Oh, and the tourist "buffet" was a great touch.

(3) Let Kristen Stewart have some range. Reviews of "Twilight" often take shots at Kristen Stewarts acting. I don't know how much of that is based on her mumbling, deep sighs acting style in Twilight but she has done much better. I would suggest checking out "Speak" (2004), "The Cake Eaters" ( 2007) and "Adventureland" ( 2009).

(4) Get rid of Bella's almost invisible friends from school or use them more. They appear to be starring in "Degrassi Jr. High" while Bella is in a big teen blockbuster. Hello, producers you have an Oscar nominee in the cast now - Anna Kendrick. Certainly she can be used a bit more than a couple of scenes where her main role is to roll her eyes and look at Bella like, "how did I end up with this freak as my friend".

"Twilight: Eclipse" is out later this summer; so let's see if this story can mature a bit along with the characters.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Did You Hear About the Morgans? No? Don't worry, you're not missing much.

A formula movie can be a warm cozy place to spend a few hours when done right. Done wrong, you end up with a movie like "Did You Hear About the Morgans?" On paper a pairing between Hugh Grant (romantic comedy darling) and Sarah Jessica Parker (the very model of a plucky big city girl) sounds promising. They are Paul and Meryl Morgan a separated couple living the modern life on steroids - successful careers, uber busy schedules, constantly at their sides assistants and not very much happiness. Grant appears to be a bit chubbier and older than his usual on screen self. Probably a deliberate decision because he is groveling to get his wife back and the debonair charm he usually exudes would seem out of place. Parker plays it safe and basically comes across like a more jaded version of her Carrie Bradshaw character. In some lame plotting, they witness a murder and are ever so quickly ushered into protective custody. We get a out fish out of water comedy because the big city folks are sent to Wyoming.
Once in WY, we are treated to every applicable cliche you can imagine. Sam Elliot and Mary Steenburgen are endearing as a law enforcement couple tasked with protecting the Morgans, but the plot never rises above a series of awkward culture clashes. We have bears, horseback riding, Walmart like super stores, and an entire cast of creepy taxidermied animals.
Two sort of surreal the moments in the movie that were amusing: (1) Wilferd Brimley as the ultimate meat eating, smoking Democrate hating red state kind of guy. I was not even sure he was still alive. I had some type of impression that an animatronic stand in was doing the Liberty Medical commercials. (2) The red state rodeo crowd dancing to a country version of Queen's "A Crazy Little Thing Called Love. Would Freddie Mercury be spinning in his grave?


Friday, March 19, 2010

Twilight: Eclipse (aka shirtless boys and mopey girls) trailer

Thursday, March 18, 2010

New Kick-Ass trailer

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Green Zone..Thought you were seeing Bourne by proxy? No, and that's ok


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"Green Zone opens on the "shock and awe" bombing of Baghdad in March 2003, and I bet it will instantly take you back to that date. I was sitting in the break room at work thinking, "Oh my god, it's actually happening". The movie's main characters may be thinking the same thing because we find them in the midst of chaos and disorder. Chief Warrant Office Roy Miller (Matt Damon) is trying to get his men to a site where they have intelligence that there are WMDs or at least proof an active WMD program. The problem is they are having to fight literal and figurative enemies ( think traffic in a war zone) to get there. As usual there is the tiresome criticism director Paul Greengrass' love of the shaky camera but here I have to say it works well( I've always liked it. People who act as if they have to take dramamine to sit through a Bourne movie are whiny in my opinion). I cannot think of any other way to really capture the frantic, crazy feeling of being in a war zone. "Green Zone" hammers the point home pretty quickly that Miller is not a happy camper. Every time they fight their way to one of these WMD sites, they come back empty handed. Sometimes finding no evidence of activity for years. Miller eventually takes matters in to his own hands, going rogue to find one of Iraq's most wanted and answer the WMD question for himself.
Once on the move, I thoroughly enjoyed the action. We are treated to a rollicking ride through Baghdad while Miller deals with insurgents and shady government types from both sides. The only thing that might hinder "Green Zone" is also it's best asset - the overtly political plot. While the Bourne movies only skimmed the surface of post 9/11 politics, "Green Zone" dives in the deep end. In the first 30 minutes we are treated to character dialogue that pretty mirrors the whole, "why are we in Iraq" debate that is still ongoing. The central issue is the lack of WMDs and direct evidence of an imminent threat. The problem? We still don't have answers on this yet. The politics are still too raw. Take a look at the discussion boards on IMDB. People are ripping each other apart arguing over "Green Zone". See "Green Zone" if you are so inclined. I'm happy that I did, but you might have to leave politics in the lobby.

The A-Team vs. The Losers. No contest. Made my choice


With the release of an A-Team movie and "The Losers" we might have a clash of the team oriented action movies. Saw this new "The Losers" trailer yesterday and color me impressed.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Green Zone review on it's way but for right now check out In the Loop


I'm still trying to sort out "Green Zone", but wanted to share this trailer of another movie that took a decidedly different look at the lead up to war in Iraq. If you want to laugh and love to hear British people curse, then it's for you.
"Green Zone" review to follow soon, I promise.

The guy at Blockbuster can finally stop asking everybody if they want to pre order a copy.....

No judgement here because I eventually see ALL of the movies, but some people I know are not exactly fans. I think they should just relax. Think of it like death and taxes...

Monday, March 15, 2010

"Repo: The Genetic Opera" vs. "Repo Man". Rip off? Maybe. All I know is if this happens Joan Rivers might live forever....


"Joey, you like movies about gladiators"


Peter Graves who died Sunday at age 83, in one of his iconic scenes from "Airplane"

Sunday, March 14, 2010

In this case feel free to rock the boat


I don't know if the movie, "Pirate Radio" is on people's radar but I would recommend checking it out. The dvd release date is not until mid April but you can find it airing right now via Comcast On-Demand. As a self describe anglophile, I cannot resist movies filled with quirky British characters and was pleasantly surprised at the chance to see it earlier than expected.

It is a coming age fable of sorts about young Carl ( his nickname throughout the movie) who after being kicked out of boarding school is sent by his mother to spend time with his godfather ( the always incredible Bill Nighy as Quentin) in the mid 1960's. The twist is that Quentin runs a pirate radio station off the coast of England and Carl finds himself at the very center of the sex, drugs and rock'n roll generation. As Carl navigates his way through becoming an adult we are also given glimpses of Sir Allister Dormandy, a British government official, who is obsessed with shutting down any and all pirate radio stations ( if you see this movie, do you think it is a coincidence that our villain bears a striking resemblance some sort of pasty faced British version of Hitler?). He is given some of the more over the top lines too. Describing the country's rock'n roll fans as, "drug takers, law breakers and bottom bashing fornicators". I'm still trying to figure that last one out.

This is all pretty standard fare for a movie about youthful rebellion through music. For the most part this movies has great laughs only faltering during some "American Pie" type silliness about Carl loosing his virginity. It's at it's best though when the music does the talking. We are treated to various whimsical scenes of Brits from all walks of life dancing to some of the great rock classics. I called this a fable and I'll leave it to viewers to sort of historical accuracy, but just don't buy into the movie's conceit that it is about real events. It's more about capturing the mood of a time and place.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Get me to a Matt Damon action movie quick!


"The Informant" accomplished one thing. I now am completely in the mood to see "Green Zone". I need to go back to the comfort zone of seeing Damon shoot at people, kick-ass and maybe blow something up. "The Informant" left me feeling like I overdosed on "quirky". Two question: why the overpowering 70's vibe in a movie that was set in the 90's? and what was the cheesy game show like music supposed to add to the movie? I didn't get it.

Friday, March 12, 2010

George Clooney can even make getting fired look sexy

Sometimes I just know from the first trailer that I am going to love a movie and this was the case with "Up in the Air". George Clooney in the guise of Ryan Bingham plays my favorite type of movie character - he is jaded, disconnected and likes it that way. He travels constantly and has it down to a science; so much so that I would say he is a airport screener's wet dream. His job is to travel around the country and fire people for upper and middle management types who can only be described as spineless. Sound depressing? It's not for him. He dreads spending time at home and has become a legend at the art of firing people. He gives his victims a short speech about how life has handed them an opportunity to follow their dreams, pats them on the head and sends them on the way. We are given a brilliant montage of reaction shots with the actors looking directly in the camera. My favorite is who I will call the "fuck you" lady who deserves some sort of Oscar. In his defense thought, you do feel that Ryan is not just spouting Oprah pop psychology and really believes the "follow your dreams" speech.

Since we meet him at the height of his game, we know he is in for a fall. This comes in the form of two women who in my opinion steal the movie. The first is Natalie (Anna Kendrick who is totally wasted in Twilight by the way) who threatens to ground Clooney by having possibly the worst idea in corporate history - cut down on travel costs and fire people via I-Chat. The second is Alex ( Vera Farmiga) a woman Ryan meets in a hotel lounge. In one of my favorite scenes the two flirt in the language of two people who spend too much time on the road. In some very witty dialogue they turn frequent flyer mile perks into near sexual fetish and share war stories about joining the mile high club. Alex tells Ryan very early on to think of her as "him but with a vagina" and by the end of the movie, trust me, you will believe her. I guess I gave my opinion away to early but I did really enjoy this movie from beginning to end.

One warning though, be very afraid if you are ever called into an office at work and sit down in front of a computer to see a smiling, oh so sincere, "Clooney"esque face looking back.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The thought this might happen makes my heart skip a beat - a movie based on Neil Gaiman's Death: The High Cost of Living


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Russell Crowe's "Robin Hood" Trailer


Looks great but when I watched it I was reminded of the early 2009 gossip about why Sienna Miller left this movie ( replaced eventually by the fantastic Cate Blanchett). The funniest rumor was that Russell Crowe refused to loose any weight and the producers thought him and Sienna Miller looked ridiculous onscreen together. Lot's of "skinny girl makes fat guy look bad" commentary on the internet at the time. My opinion, Cate Blanchett is so much a better choice, however it happened.

The scary kid from "Pet Sematary" scared the crap out of me and now he's coming back


Paramount will most likely be remaking 1989's "Pet Sematary" based on Stephen King's novel. With actors like George Clooney expressing polite interest, maybe we will be treated to more horror and less 80's cheese (please)?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The animated movie continues it evolution - "Up"


Ok, this is what I am going to do. I've got to put the "mock" in MockingMovies; so I will shortly poke fun at "Up". I'll start out though with a little gushing praise. Pixar has produced a complex story that blends heartfelt sincerity with the illogic and humor available in animation. I won't bore you with a plot description because I imagine everyone is familiar with the story of Carl Frederickson and his improbable journey to Paradise Falls.
In a sequence completely absent of dialogue (think Wall-E) we are shown the complete life of a marriage that includes a miscarriage and the eventual death of Carl's wife, Ellie. This portion alone could have been an amazing short film. Once Carl has teamed up with the ever helpful Wilderness Scout, Russell, we are treated to a more conventional Pixar/Disney story with the happy ending right around the corner.

Here is my, "What I learned from Up" list:

-Due process does not exist in a Disney/Pixar world. Carl accidentally commits what would be a minor crime one day and the next he is kicked out of his home and somehow forced to move to the friendly neighborhood old folks home.

-When going on an adventure, always go armed, but if a Disney movie make it something non lethal like pepper spray. You never know when you might run into a childhood hero turned madman.

-When a talking dog says, " I was sleeping under your porch because I love you" it's funny. If a person says that to you, call 911.

-Russell, as cute as he is, appears to be at risk for juvenile diabetes.

-It's ugly when really really old guys try to fight each other.


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

I'm being a lazy bum today and putting up trailers- Newest Tron Legacy trailer



Just in case you don't know, this movie is about HER being out of HIS league


I want to be proven wrong because the trailer made me laugh but I am wondering if this will be a case of "great trailer, bad movie" . Want to bet out may times "out of my/your/his league" is used in the movie?

Monday, March 8, 2010

Looking good! New Iron Man II trailer

Sunday, March 7, 2010

We have medication for this now....."Where the Wild Things Are"


I could say "Where the Wild Things Are" is a slow paced but sweet movie about family life with a hopeful ending where all sins are forgiven. I would be lying. I spent the first 20 minutes wondering if I was watching an American Family Association PSA about the dangers of single parenthood or a highly produced commercial for the newest attention deficit drug. Max, our main character is isolated with no outlet for his energy or imagination. He takes this out on his well meaning but overworked mother as well as his ambivalent older sister. His acts of bratty aggression escalates until he bites his mother. Yes, you read that correctly. I cannot imagine what would have happened if I had done that at Max's age. Once he has run away and is living among the wild things, we are treated to a long lecture from child psychology 101. Reviews are mixed and I am sure some die hard fan could write a 1000 word essay on everything I am "not getting" but I'll pass.

How Alice got her groove back


I am going to start off with a bit about my movie experience before moving on to "Alice In Wonderland". I knew I was seeing a PG movie but was dismayed by the number of Cartoon Network commercials I was seeing in the 20 minute land of the lost before the movie starts. The low point was a Pinocchio rip-off called Veggie Tales : Pistachio (ugh!). I reminded myself that this was a Tim Burton movie; so that had to count for something.

The Set Up : I am not as familiar with the original Alice stories as I may have once been but it appears Tim Burton has gone with a mix of elements from the original Alice, Through the Looking Glass and Carroll's wonderfully senseless poem Jaberwocky (all sprinkled lightly with some Chronicles of Narnia action). We first see Alice as a young girl asking her father if she is bonkers because she has been dreaming about falling down a rabbit hole and talking animals. He reassures her with a famous line about all the best people being bonkers. We find Alice next as a 19 year old girl with a dour mother ( Dad has died), and she is being dragged to a afternoon party where there is a trap of sorts. She will be proposed too by a pretentious dorky sort from the upper-class who cautions Alice "when in doubt, be quiet". This is all of the classic recipe for the female empowerment story that will take place when Alice runs away and falls down the rabbit hole ( is it just me or can you not read that phrase without thinking about drugs?).

The Good: Once in Wonderland we are met with all of the characters that have become part of our cultural landscape. When first seeing trailers, I was worried the movie was too much about Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter but it isn't so. Everybody in Wonderland gets there screen time and uses it well. Tweedledee and Tweedledum are at times laugh out loud funny, the Blue Caterpillar is wise ( and yes he smokes a hookah but we're not told what's in it??), and the Cheshire cat is clever in spades. I have read that the Helen Bonham Carter steals the show as the Red Queen and I agree. She is a storm of what we might term passive aggressive behavior with plenty of "off with their heads" I'm glad Depp has a more scaled back performance that may have been expected. My opinion is that this was on purpose because there were a lot of people left with a queasy feeling over the wild eyed androgynous Willy Wonka . It is through Depp though that Burton most delivers his dark take on Alice. The Mad Hatter's madness is one rooted in sadness and a manic desperation due to his beautiful world being warped by the Red Queen.

The Bad: I don't know if the blame belongs with Tim Burton or Disney but outside of Wonderland the story does seem trite. The ending especially seems rushed and too typical. Alice quickly deals with all of her non Wonderland problems and even finds prospects of future independence in a career and this is all in the last 5 minutes ( it seemed). Tim Burton has made his mark on the world by letting people who might see the world a bit askew that it's ok and to compromise any of that would not be a good thing.



Saturday, March 6, 2010

What I learned from the 2010 Independent Spirit Awards

1) Everyone let out a sigh of relief. It turns out it's ok to make fun of "Precious". John Waters while presenting laid out his idea for a tasteless remake called "Son of Precious". We love John Waters, and don't worry Precious still owned the night in wins.

2)Lay off the Brit hosts for a while. Jonathan Ross was lame at the BAFTAs, Ricky Gervais was so-so at the Golden Globes and Eddie Izzard continued the trend with humor that was just a tad too dry and intellectual. I think he needs to go back to his cross-dressing edgy days.

3)These awards ceremony had the most aggressive sponsor marketing I have ever seen. I would not have been surprised if he winners were required to brand a logo on their foreheads.

4)We love Woody Harrelson. 2009 was a great year for him with stand out roles in "Zombieland" and a win for a much more serious "The Messenger". Not to mention he was the only actor I wanted to listen to over the roar of useless CGI destruction in 2012. Let's hope he never stops smoking pot. If so, he might end up as boring as a sober Colin Farrell.

5)Honestly funny moment of the night. Patton Oswald who was nominated for "Big Fan" cuddling a bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey (a sponsor of course) when the camera cut to him.

Nothing too exciting. See you tomorrow night for the big event.

Brendan Fraser, are you trying to dismantle a perfectly decent career?

I saw this trailer yesterday and had to comment. Don't get me wrong, it will probably be a fairly humorous family movie with some good laughs. However, when you begin down the path of acting with animals, you may not be able to find your way back. IMDB Brendan Fraser and you will find a good mix of comedy and more adult drama as he got older. My favorites, "Blast From the Past", "The Quiet American" and you have to see "Gods and Monsters". I think this may have started when he agreed to do the terrible 3rd Mummy. It should be a hint if you co-star from the first two ( Rachel Weisz) says, "no way". There appears to be at least one drama listed as a future project on IMDB, but balance that with a sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth and I only see a 50% chance of recovery.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Utterly creepy trailer and was there no budget for poor Christina Ricci's wardrobe?


The "perv" vibe from Liam Neeson is so palpable, I had to take a shower after watching this.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Videos working again; so here is a movie I will definitely be seeing.

Sorry !!! I am working on the issue with missing video.

I am not sure what has happened to all of my trailers.. Hopefully it is a temporary glitch. In the mean time, be sure to check us out this weekend. We have Alice In Wonderland out tomorrow (very excited!), the Independent Spirit Award Friday night, and ofcourse my people's version of the Super Bowl on Sunday night - The Oscars!.
I will blog about it all...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Scarier things than Tom Arnold lurk in this movie

The set up: Our main character Bryan Beckett (Tim Daly) inherits a rambling Victorian style mansion from his aunt and moves into the house while settling the estate. Bryan is the skeptic referred to in the title and finds his stoicism tested by seemingly supernatural events in the house.

The Good: This is a review that will be very upfront that I am not exactly happy I gave up time to watch the movie. There are only two real stars here. The first is the gorgeous house which was totally distracting during some of the movie’s more dull parts. The stock character of the local priest warns Bryan, “There is something not right about that house”. Being the constant HGTV viewer, I wondered if he was referring the plumbing, wiring or maybe termites. Such speculation was a nice diversion. The second is Zoe Saldana in the small role of Cassie, a paranormal expert of sorts who helps Bryan work his way through the mystery. She is a fantastic actress who I am so happy has found success in the form of the new Star Trek franchise. For about 15 minutes while she was on the screen, Jeff (my yet to be named movie watching partner) turned to me and said, “this is getting interesting”. It did not last though.

The Bad: I don’t know where to begin. I could say The Skeptic is a half decent attempt at low budget horror, but I would have to ignore so much. The combination of clunky writing and bad acting is dismal. There are some exchanges between Bryan and his best bud, Sully (Tom Arnold) where you almost feel the writer is getting into a groove, but then just as suddenly everything switches back to a state best described as awkward. As an example, the script hits you over the head in the first 15 minutes that Bryan is an unemotional skeptic , but below the surface we are also supposed to feel he is troubled. There is no nuance here. Daly is forced either to play straight on “skeptic” or emotional basket case. I used the word clunky before and it is so appropriate to describe him switching back and forth between the two. Oh and the ending. I’ll give you that it is creepy but you could interpret it several different ways. I don’t need to be spoon-fed my movie plots but as the viewer I would have appreciated a hint. Without any hints my question is, did the writer really intend to create the most evil mother since “Mommy Dearest”.?

Final verdict – great concept but horrible execution.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

A movie I will not be seeing.....


Gerard Butler has his obvious attributes and Jennifer Aniston has...ummm. Let's see, nice hair, but I will pass thank you.


Monday, March 1, 2010

The Crazies are coming..


The set up: The Crazies opening scene is of an anonymous main street somewhere in America in flames and ruins. Flashback two days and we are in Ogden Marsh, IA. Johnny Cash sings We'll Meet Again over scenes of cornfields and the town folks getting ready to attend a high school baseball game. In other words we are in Hollywood's version of fly over country where the town sheriff (Timothy Olyphant) is married to the beautiful town doctor (Radha Mitchell) . The peaceful facade doesn't last long. The first hint of violence to come is in the form of the former town drunk stumbling onto the ball field with a shotgun. The sheriff is forced to shoot him in front of the what is more than likely the entire town's population. I couldn't help but think what would have happened if Sheriff Andy had been forced to shoot Mayberry's lovable Otis instead of locking him up overnight to sleep it off. Needless to say things go downhill fast and the residents of Ogden Marsh soon realize they are all slowly going "crazy" and cut off from the rest of the world.

The Good: The Crazies was number three at the box office this weekend behind the Avatar juggernaut which weighed in as number two. I expected as much because it is really a very solid horror movie. I won't dwell on the acting as it was neither great nor sub par. I don't think Timothy Olyphant has ever risen to the level of his performance as the charming, sleazy drug dealer in 1999's GO. I was impressed by Joe Anderson's performance as the deputy desperately fighting to hold onto his sanity. I looked him on IMDB and still cannot place him precisely even though he has been in movies I have seen. The Crazies also managed to impress by what was left out. There is violence a 'plenty but it never reached the level of torture porn that saturates movies like Saw. It's just enough to give you nightmares.

The Bad: I'm over the government conspiracy plot device. I lost some of my interest in this movie when it moved from the small story of the town slowly unraveling to scenes of the government swooping in with a classic cover-up. I would have preferred the dark menacing story taking place among the town's residents. Interesting scary things happen when you put things like power tools in the hands of "crazies". I won't even try to describe the creativity of the funeral parlor director when he catches the "crazy". Let's just say I would have liked more of that and less of quarantine camps and abusive soldiers. Also in the end the lengths the government went to seemed over the top.
 
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