A psychological thriller; Mace Sowell, an ex-intelligence operative and whose past government activities catches up with him, faces his own mortality, in the shape of the onset of Alzheimer's disease. Holding the electronic key to secret information which implicates a Presidential front-runner, Mace struggles for his life while battling the debilitating effects of the disease.
- Stars:Patrick Stewart, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Hector Elizondo, Joy Kilpatrick, Craig Shoemaker, James Harlow, Richard Livingston, Julia Vera, Brenda James, Robert Lee Barry, Scott Zacky, Wayne Demaline, Hank Garrett,
- Director:Eric Steven Stahl,
- Writer:Eric Steven Stahl (story), John Schalter (story), Sean McLain (story), Eric Steven Stahl (screenplay), John Schalter (screenplay), Sean McLain (screen
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(au) wrote: The blurb used on this film's poster says that this is the creepiest horror movie since the Human Centipede. I realize people are entitled to their opinions, and assuming this person wasn't paid off for this review, it's also a completely off base. First of all, I don't even think The Human Centipede can be considered creepy. Grotesque and creepy are two very different things. The Human Centipede certainly fits one of those two descriptions and it's not creepy. It's a gross-out horror movie without the actual gross-out elements. Outside of you actually seeing the human centipede, the film is all suggestion and the use of sound effects. If people were grossed out because of that movie it's because the image they created for themselves about what it actually must be like to be a human centipede, with one person's...fecal matter flowing through another person. That film is all about the power of suggestion and its effect on the human mind. That's not creepy. Creepy would be something like Lake Mungo, The Ring, or even this movie. You can get a creepier vibe from something dealing with a supernatural force than you can with something "real", like a monster. That's just the way of the game, so saying this is the creepiest film since The Human Centipede sounds nice to promote this film, but it rings hollow upon further inspection. You know why I went off on that tangent? Because I don't really have much to say about this film. Should've figured that by now. This film, while low-budgeted and a little aimless, isn't as bad as I was really expecting. What it does have, however, is some really good atmospheric ambiance. The acting isn't exactly great, particularly from any of the kids at the hospital, and there's not really enough time to develop them past their own physical deficiencies, which is the only way you can really tell them apart. That's really all the development they get. It's understandable that they don't get much time, though they are a very important part of the plot, because the film really isn't that long. But I did like the ending because it's certainly morally ambiguous. While the removal of the bronze objects, that Jenny's father had crafted, from the bottom of the lake has put a stop to what is happening, it also brings about the death of Jenny's father other daughter, for whom he did all these terrible things. It's morally ambiguous in the sense that it causes Maya's death, someone who had no knowledge of her father's actions, so therefore she is as innocent as all of the children Jenny's father conceived, and killed through his experiments, in order to save Maya. Perhaps if Jenny didn't remove the bronze objects, each representing what was taken from each child to ensure Maya's survival, a kidney object for Jenny's kidney, so on and so forth, the children would've been stuck in a state of limbo, stuck between this life and "the next". So in some ways what was done makes sense, but they're also STILL dead. Doing what Jenny did isn't gonna change that fact. And it also robbed someone else's life, someone that had nothing to do with Jenny's father's actions. So that morally ambiguous ending was actually one of the best parts of the film, if not the best part, because, all around, everything that happened was sad...no matter how you slice it. All these children were conceived to be murdered and Maya shouldn't have had to pay for her father's actions, sad all the way around. Not many horror films have that kind of emotional weight behind their finales. Not saying it's Grave of the Fireflies up in this bitch, but it's something that's noticeable and something that sets it apart from other, more cynically produced horror films. I'm not saying this is a good horror films, but it does offer something deeper than the norm. Shame the film itself lacked the focus it would've needed to truly make a story like this work. It also lacked the acting that would've taken this to another level. It's a film at odds, because the idea itself is great, but the execution isn't always top-notch. Adequate rental if you're looking for something that's heavy on atmosphere and some emotional depth.
(au) wrote: Can't wait to see this cheesiest! Mainly cause it has the adorable Sean Astin playing a gay guy!
(kr) wrote: In a world that has no compass to any truth on the subject of UFO's this movie gives a compelling look at the topic with an interesting twist at the end.
(es) wrote: A tolerable but not recommendable drama about sports betting.
(ag) wrote: I loved this Documentary about Fritz Lang, one of my favorite Film Directors. The only thing that I didn't like was that it wasn't all in English. I'll have to get some foreign language Dictionaries to follow everything being said..:)
(ag) wrote: I found this movie to very charming and witty and really delves into how the media portrays people and generation gaps. John Hurt does an amazing job and it makes me want to take Jason Priestley seriously.
(ag) wrote: it's all about the money
(jp) wrote: What an awful movie. Who in the hell thought THAT was a good idea...? Even the trailer is irritating.
(de) wrote: It's interesting, but it's also slow and not very involving.Based on Joseph Kessel's real life experiences as a member of the French Resistance, the head of the Resistance is imprisoned in a camp after being given away by a traitor. He manages to escape and kill the informant, but this leaves him without knowing who he can trust.Technically its a good movie, the cinematography was really good looking, the acting was subtle in a good way. It reminded me very much of Brian De Palma and Quentin Tarantino films, specially of the films "Blow Out", "Carlito's Way", "Reservoir Dogs", and of course "Inglourious Basterds". It was very alike to those films, for its themes and also for some technical aspects.I enjoyed the voice over narration, it really stood out and there was also a sense of realism as opposed to hollywood action, like one specific scene when at the beginning when the protagonist escapes from the Nazis by killing one by stabbing him in the neck and instead of getting his machine gun and killing the rest and maybe even saving other prisoners (like what would happen in a hollywood film) he just reacts like someone who just killed a man would, he runs away. While I have to admit there were parts that had me kind of bored, the film does end with a bang, which left me thinking a while.This is my first Melville film and I'm anxious to see the rest, but I couldn't see anything great or outstanding from this film. I have to mention the DVD quality was pretty bad so that might have something to with me not seeing it as anything special, I already ordered my out of print criterion blu-ray though, so I will be watching it again in better quality later on.I'd recommend it to anyone who liked "Au Revoir Les Enfants", "The Pianist", "Come and See", "The Deer Hunter", "Full Metal Jacket", and/or "Apocalypse Now".
(mx) wrote: Great cast but the humor is lacking in areas. I feel if they took their time this could have been a great film.
(br) wrote: Wow, what an odd, odd, film. This is one of those films that has an absolutely star studded cast, and tries to be the most frenetic, in your face, over the top animated film ever. However, it tries so hard that it becomes tiring. That's why Seinfeld and other over the top animated films like Shrek and Hoodwinked! worked. They were incredibly hysterical, but they just didn't show evidence of trying too hard, which is what made them succeed. It's not to say that you won't laugh once, or even that the laughs are few and far between. It's just that there's other better, funnier animated films out there. Only watch it out of sheer curiosity of Jerry Seinfeld acting in a feature length film.
(ag) wrote: Good, not great WWII flick.
(fr) wrote: The Harryhausen bugs were great, the acting was headache-inducing.
(ru) wrote: Visually the film is beautiful, but the story is unoriginal and has many problems. While I poked at The Cars franchise for being more comical than the emotional Pixar films we usually receive. This film try's way to hard to be emotional, the two main characters are good when we see them, just un original. Still a fair film though.
(es) wrote: Hahaha, so Val Kilmer can't do facial expressions or body language worth a lick. So why not base a movie around Val Kilmer's facial expressions and body language, absolutely drowned in clich (C)'s and laughable dialogue? At least it's so bad that I couldn'ty stop watching, and appears to have been a cheap enough production that the costs of the movie doesn't end up being an annoyance. Furthermore, I COULD NOT BELIEVE it when I read this movie was from 2008. When watching it I took it for granted that this had to be a mid-nineties Hallmark-flick.