Monday, November 22, 2010

Film Review: Monsters

Film Review:Monsters


Written, Cinematographered and directed by Gareth Edwards in this low budget Sci-Fi thriller. A space probe crashes in Mexico with an alien life form that multiplies in great numbers which causes a panic in the Southern part of North America. A photojournalist is on a last minute errand to escort his boss's daughter around the alien infested hot zone but insteads ends up going through the infestation zone to find more than just another photograph to place in a magazine or newspaper. The creatures in the film resemble large octopus from the very depths of the ocean but instead from space. The special effects were great and the visual aspect of the film was very realistic. Most of the script in the film was improvised which impressed me and gave it a real time effect in the dialog. All of the extras where actual villagers in regular settings with no notice that they were being filmed. A very guerrilla style shot film to say the least. There's a few scenes in the film that kinda reminded me of other films such as Cloverfield when the monsters connected and showed only harm when they were just protecting their offspring from air raids and such. Other scenes pay homage to Jurassic Park and Jaws but you'll have to watch the film to find out. I found the film to be artistic and innovative in the style it was filmed. The film kept me at the edge of my seat in curiosity. I found this film overall brilliant and would recommend it.

3.5 out of 4 star rating.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Film Review:Following

Film Review: Following

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Following is the first film that Christopher Nolan directed. He spent a whole year working on this film which was filmed every Sunday during that time while holding onto his day job. The film tells the tale of a mans obsession with following people to find what they do and how they do it which leads him into a situation of course that hits him right into a pigeon type scenario. The film is shot in black and white which carries a modern day film noir type feel with a touch of suspense in an art house type sense. I found the film interesting and would watch it again during some coffee during the day but would consider this a sleeper of a film. It was well shot and the characters in the film were believable. I can see a situation like this taking place in a well populated city such as New York or Chicago. Overall I would check this out if your into Hitchcock. Curiosity killed the cat would be the summary of the film.