Buried

Buried

Dec 26, 2010

This one could be ‘the most low cost budget film ever’ in 2010. Just had been set only inside a wodden coffin, it took one set to do this film. But, don’t underestimate it, i brought you the new definition of terror, gripping heart-pounding, thriller genre. Rodrigo Cortez, had indeed turned ‘cellular’ and ‘phobebooth’ into new level. The big question for Cortez was “how to turn this one man show packed action scene with one place scene create horror and terror of unimaginable sense?” he succeeded in answering that and the plus was, he did it with low cost budget. How it was not, all the entire scenes were filmed just inside a coffin. All you need was a wooden coffin, blackberry, 2 stick of phospors, torchlight, zippo, a knife, sands, and snake. Well, we should also consider mr.reynolds payoff. And i bet the last one had the biggest share. Cortez did a great work with a sudden zoom in and out technique to add lot of dramatic intense. The film really worked to annoyed and terrified the audience, to made us felt the reality inside the movie, the dark, damp but hot, cranky and small space pressure seemed to get over us. Nice work for Cortez. Ryan Reynold was also magnificent, his performance was superb, to delivered sich a convincing act. His expressions were countless great ones. From angry, confused, scared, panicked, despaired, sarcastic, cynical, and vulnerable and more. Altough i didn’t like the ending, and it’s kinda sucks to get buried dead with the thought of being rescued right at the very end. One thing odd was the blackberry, it screen was always active all the time (noticed it before paul ever knew about it) and the one bar battery indeed last more than the rest of the 3.

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Gulliver’s Travel

Gulliver's Travel

Dec 24, 2010

I’m always a Jack Black fan. The first movie of his i watched was ‘tenacious D, the pick of destiny’. His earlier films were awesome, funny and different, like ‘nacho libre’, the ‘school of rock’, and also ‘shallow hal’, but after that, his films kinda dropped down into the bottom line. And this one was no exception. Well, i always expect to see his movies and i always end up disappointed.
The story seemed shallow and the script was ruined somehow, no funny script and it sucks like trash. Maybe jack black must turn the tide of his movie and slip his true sense of humor inside. Seriously, it’s hilarious but it didn’t get the laughter.

Monsters

Monsters

Dec 10, 2010

Akhirnya g nonton monsters juga. Yang pertama kali terbersit dlm pikiran g ketika denger atau tau ini film adalah ‘district 9’ dan ‘cloverfield’. Well, mungkin yang paling deket genre-nya dengan film ini yaitu film-film tersebut. Yang disebut-sebut sebagai ‘the most realistic science fiction movie ever’ tentu membuat imajinasi dan harapan g berterbangan. Tp setelah melihat filmnya, ternyata sungguh tidak sesuai dengan harapan g. G ga bilang film ini jelek, hanya saja masih tetap di bawah ‘district 9’ dan ‘cloverfield’.
Ceritanya dimulai ketika seorang fotografer surat kabar New World Chronicles diberikan tugas oleh sang atasannya untuk menjemput atau mengantar putrinya dari mexico melewati perbatasan pulang ke amerika serikat, ketika ditengah-tengah menyeruaknya resistansi mahkluk asing dengan pihak pemerintah. Karena tiket ferinya dirampok orang mereka terpaksa harus melewati perbatasan melalui darat dengan melintasi zona terinfeksi yang sangat berbahaya dan lebih mahal biayanya.
Dalam perjalanan mereka yang berbahaya, mereka semakin mengenal dan dekat satu sama lain, hingga ketika mereka telah sampai di amerika serikat dan dijemput tim patroli, mereka sadar bahwa mereka tidak ingin pulang, mereka ingin tetap bersama.

Sebenarnya film ini punya dasar cerita yang original dan menarik, hanya saja menurut g, kurang gitu bisa dieksplor. Penempatan time setting yg kurang dramatis, dan respon masing2 orang atas semua kejadian aneh dan mengejutkan yg menurut g terlalu ‘normal’. Well, it’s like ‘district 9’ but in such a weird way without any kind confrontation. It’s like they were just there, doing nothing and nobody even cared.
The survival concept didn’t get the ambiance. Ya, g percaya film ini tentang sebuah perjuangan keselamatan diri, atas kejadian atau peristiwa invasi alien. Tp di dalamnya lebih banyak unsur drama dan interaksi kedua tokoh utama yg lebih mendalam. It’s just they were crossing the border in some weird nights. The monsters even acted weird. Apa maksudnya dengan adegan interaksi kedua makhluk di depan pompa bensin, terlihat sedang melakukan seks.
Yeah, g yakin akan banyak orang yg ga akan suka dengan film ini, karena jujur ‘district 9’ dan ‘cloverfield’ pun yg jauh di atas ini masih mendapat predikat jelek oleh hampir sebagian banyak orang.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of The Dawn Treader

Dec 11, 2010

Voyage of The Dawn Treader

The third installment of C.S. Lewis chronicles, bercerita tentang perjalanan kapal ‘The Dawn Treader’ yang dipimpin oleh pangeran caspian demi mencari penduduk yang hilang dikarenakan keberadaan pulau kegelapan. Kemunculan kembali pangeran dan putri narnia, edmund dan lucy pevensie beserta sepupu mereka yang menyebalkan, eustace ditengah-tengah lautan cukup mengejutkan caspian.
Bersama mereka mengarungi lautan, mencari ketujuh pedang para bangsawan teman ayah caspian yang dibutuhkan untuk mengalahkan mantra kegelapan. Ceritanya yang cukup menarik membuat kita semakin masuk ke dalam dunia fantasi C.S. Lewis dengan kehadiran naga, ular laut raksasa, dan dunia yang begitu mempesona. Sebuah imajinasi dongen yang cocok untuk anak kecil. Sayangnya semua itu tidak menyatu dengan baik, ceritanya kurang begitu dalam dan terkait satu sama lainnya dengan alasan yang kuat. Banyak yang meninggalkan lubang-lubang penuh tanda tanya, cerita yang sedikit dipaksakan atau mengada-ada, dan bagaimana semua itu menjadi sangat mudah atau bisa dibilang sudah terurai skenarionya bagi para karakter. Jalan ceritanya sepertinya sangat mudah dibaca atau ditebak (bukan oleh kita yg menonton) tapi oleh para karakter. Dan kembali ke sebuah cerita dan dunia dongeng yg penuh dengan ketakjuban dan keingintahuan, yang meninggalkan unsur bahaya dan kewaspadaan serta ketakutan.
Mereka hanya anak2 kecil yang pergi kedunia yang asing, penuh hal2 magis, kekerasan, perang dan lainnya, tapi keoptimisan mereka membuat mereka merasa berada dalam sebuah wahana mainan membuat g cukup merasa aneh.
Film pertama narnia menurut g masih yang paling bagus, walau yg ketiga ini masih lebih baik dari yang kedua. Imajinasinya cukup membuat pikiran melayang dan menikmatinya. Tp unsur-unsur lainnya masih kurang dan ben barnes masih blm bisa mengusung perannya sebagai raja yang berwibawa dan mempunyai kepemimpinan yang kuat. Aslan, tetap memukau seperti biasa. Ada satu makna yang menarik dlm cerita ini, yaitu ketika lucy sedang diuji dan aslan datang menghampiri, ia berkata untuk jangan membuang dirimu sendiri, kau adalah dirimu sendiri, siapa lagi yang bisa menjadi dirimu. Intinya adalah janganlah ingin menjadi orang lain, kau adalah dirimu, yang paling mengerti akan dirimu. Kalau kita selami lebih dalam, hal ini cukup krusial, khususnya dalam perkembangan diri anak yang kadang penuh dengan imajinasi dan harapan untuk menjadi orang lain, yang mereka kagumi dan banggakan.

Paranormal Activity 2

Paranormal Activity 2

Dec 15, 2010

Is it subjective to review the film without knowing or watching the first?
I haven’t had the chance to watch the first, which had a spectacular records or feedback among the viewers. So, here’s my review…
Actually, i don’t prefer this kind of genre, which i mean horror movies, not that it scares me, not even the slightest, and to be more dubious, no western horror movies ever scared me (the most terrifying was ‘twilight zone the movie’). I stick to that asian films are more potent to show us some scary shits. But, nevertheless, i watched this one with half the curiosity about people’s feedback and the hype out there. The first minutes seemed dull (noticed the likeness in ‘cloverfield’), about some random family activity shots. And after the vandalism, they put surveillance cameras in the house, there’s the real deal begun. It started to make u wondering, examining, focusing your attention to the screen. Honestly it kinda shocking and amazingly the most gripping was the unknown entity or spirit inside the house. But after it possessed the people inside it, it ruined the fun of the game. Yeah, it didn’t scary like before.
I see the film more in general or you could say complex. Not just from the viewer eyes or the storyline, but more thorough, about what the director trying to achieve, technical film making, casts, the basic concept, and the ambiance it created. This horror movie was different, from other previous ones. And i meant it’s a good difference. Fresh and dramatizing. It’s like you’re there. U see the whole picture, and it created a real performance that you could see and feel.
The thing is, that surveillance cameras angle and handy cam shots made a great effect, it’s the important aspect that created this film different. The static and long stillness of the shot makes u wondering, searching, examining, giving extra attention, and imagining things. That’s the best part to shock people, when they’re serious or focus giving attention to something, and BANG! You don’t know what’s coming and the next thing you know your heart pounding like boiled water. And that’s what you get, but too bad the climax was not a heart pounder, i could read the rest of the ending bla bla bla. The most interesting part was when the spirit or entity showed a number of signs, well you could say paranormal activities. That’s so real lifelike. Like the ones you had in real life, doors opened or creaking, the wind from nowhere, and some things just unexplained move or you heard something. It’s a mind and heart bending experience.
And for the addition the film was noted with title scenes of days and time line information, which made it looks like real events. Although this kind of ghost based movies are kinda get into mediocrity attentions and opinions it seemed just as an entertainer for those who believe that kind of thing. Not a good or educational one i must say.

Devil

Devil

Dec 18, 2010

Another M. Night Shyamalan films. After the ‘remarkably’ un-signatured ‘the last airbender’, he was back in the track. To directed a mistery horror thriller with mystical and belief orientation, ‘devil’. Continuing his proteges like ‘the sixth sense’, ‘the village’, and ‘lady in the water’, ‘devil’ came out as his latest masterpiece. Centering on the myth and belief about devil, the story started on one of the lift in a skycraper building which went malfunction and trapped 5 people inside it. This unfortunate event led to panics and stressful position among each person. Vince, sarah caraway, ben, old lady, and anthony janekowski, which having their own background and past led them to a tumult inside the lift. Went the light wen out, something horrible started happening, and they died one by one. The first who got injured was sarah caaway, who somehow got bitten in the back. Then vince got killed by broken glass in the jugular. They starter freaking out and panic. Mistrust were spread among them, who was the killer. When the dead countdown one by one, the old lady, ben, and after that sarah was stabbed in the neck in a critical condition, which left tony as the supposedly killer even he didn’t understand the situation himself, and te fun begun, the devil appeared before them (the securities and the police in the camera). Apparently it was the old lady who came back to live as the devil, to take away the life of the sinners, and the main goal was the life of anthony janekowski, who was the hit & run felon of the police family 6 years ago. But tony accept his fate and regretted his mistake, ready to face death by bargain his life with sarah’s critical condition. By doing so the devil automatically unable to take tony’s life cause he had repented and sacrifice his life for sarah’s. After that the devil left tony alive. The main story concluded that even devil has it’s own shares. And we as human make the choice.
Shyamalan always great to make a good twisted story with unexpected ending. And this one is not an exception, superb.

The Next Three Days

The Next Three Days

Dec 18, 2010

Russel Crowe starred in this action packed thriller, of a desperate husband who tried to free his wife from philly’s state county prison. Her wife was convicted as a murderer of her own boss. She had been spent her 3 years time from lifetime sentence when crowe couldn’t bear the situation of his family, and her wife condition after the lawyer couldn’t get the appeal in the court. Crowe made a decision to get her out in any way, which meant the only way is to break her out of prison. So he made a master plan from the last 3 years, figuring how he would enter and get her wife out and keep it safely. He must change himself to be someone else, someone who have the guts to take what it takes, who have the heart to be heartless.
I could see crowe’s fine display of his act, for being a family man, just like in ‘gladiator’ and ‘a beautiful mind’. His emotions and faces performed superbly. Haggis (the director) showed us 3/4 of the story in detailed and structural manner, even there’s a flashback line from the last 3 years and the last 3 months. So the beauty of it, it’s transcended into the fast paced action thrilled in the end. Car chasing and the cop chasing turned out good. In the end haggis showed us the full promise about a family that need to be full, completed and re-united was the main strength of the story. My friend was like giving this film the best of 2010 with ‘inception’, i still not sure even it’s a good one, it had what it takes to be along ‘inception’ which i stated to be the best in 2010. But either way it’s a great movie and my thumbs goes 2 up.