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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Shutter


Starring: Joshua Jackson ... Benjamin Shaw

Rachael Taylor ... Jane Shaw

Megumi Okina ... Megumi Tanaka

David Denman ... Bruno

John Hensley ... Adam

Maya Hazen ... Seiko

James Kyson Lee ... Ritsuo

Yoshiko Miyazaki ... Akiko

Kei Yamamoto ... Murase


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Synopsis: A newlywed couple Ben and Jane move to Japan for a promising job opportunity - a fashion shoot in Tokyo. During their trip on a dark forest road they experience a tragic car accident, leading to the death of a young local girl. Upon regaining consciousness, they find no trace of her body. A bit distraught the couple arrives in Tokyo to begin their new life. Meanwhile Ben begins noticing strange white blurs in many of his fashion shoot photographs. Jane believes that the blurs are actually spirit photography of the dead girl who they hit on the road, and that she may be seeking vengeance.

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Review: Written by: deadmanwalkin

I know.. I know. How many times time’s can you see an Asian horror film, that deals with vengeful ghost, and a story at it’s core, is the same as all the others – how about "one more time." Shutter, is a film that continues to re-affirm my belief that (as of late) foreign horror is far superior to horror from the U.S.

The overall story of "Shutter" goes like this: The horror begins when Tun, a young photographer and his girlfriend, Jane accidentally hit a woman while driving a car. For fear of what may happen, they decide to leave the woman and drive away.

Later, Tun discovers an unexplained event when he finds mysterious shadows appearing on his photos. He thinks it must be his camera, but then he realizes there's something more behind the shadow -- the shadow shows as the shape of the face that's familiar to the dead woman.

Now, the couple gradually finds out a terrible connection between the shadow and the photo. What could that connection be? Why are Tun and Jane continually being haunted by visions of mysterious dead woman. Is there something more to this? Are secrets from the past trying to reveal themselves? Has the dead come back for revenge, or is this all some sort of illusion?

Grab your camera… take a picture, and tell me what you see.

But this film is far more deeper and layered then what the above synopsis indicates. As the film progresses, each new layer is revealed and once you think you have everything figured out, the director will peel back another layer, and then another.. masterfully connecting each layer to the next, and once the final reveal is done and the movie ends, you are able leave satisfied.

First time directors Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom did an excellent job in weaving a cohesive story. Like I said before, if you’ve already seen your share of Asian horror films, you pretty much know what you are going to get, but Banjong and Parkpoom both do a great job in trying to create something new.. instead of rehashing the same idea over and over. I look forward to seeing what they can do with their next feature film, titled "Alone."


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The overall acting in Shutter was very good. Huge props to both Ananda Everingham (Tun) and Achita Sikamana (Natre) who pretty much played their parts perfect. I was drawn into both of their stories, and was intrigued on how their lives intertwined… and it was all because of story telling and how well the actors played their parts. Natthaweeranuch Thongmee (Jane) was good as Tun’s girlfriend and played a solid supporting role, as did the rest of the cast.

With this film, as well as many other Asian "ghost" story type films, the overall gore level was minimal to none. We do get some nice shots of Jun puking up some blood and Natre does look pretty nasty as her "haunting self," but the true star of this film would be both the pacing, as well as the sound design/music. Both directors really know how to crank up the tension, without drawing something out to long. I will admit that you will have your cheap scare with the "overly loud" use of sound design (to heighten the scare), but the overall mood of this film should have you already tensing up way before that comes into play.

So, if you’re already a fan of films like "The Eye", "The Grudge" or their Thailand counterparts "The Echo" then you will definitely love Shutter. If your one who hasn’t quite made the jump into the Asian horror scene, than this would be a great movie to start with – trust the deadman.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

10,000 B.C.

Starring: Steven Strait ... D'Leh

Camilla Belle ... Evolet

Cliff Curtis ... Tic'Tic

Joel Virgel ... Nakudu

Affif Ben Badra ... Warlord

Mo Zinal ... Ka'Ren

Nathanael Baring ... Baku

Mona Hammond ... Old Mother

Marco Khan ... One-Eye

Reece Ritchie ... Moha

Joel Fry ... Lu'kibu

Omar Sharif ... Narrator



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Synopsis: In a remote mountain tribe, the young hunter D'Leh (Steven Strait) has found his heart's passion -- the beautiful Evolet (Camilla Belle). But when a band of mysterious warlords raid his village and kidnap Evolet, D'Leh leads a small group of hunters to pursue the warlords to the end of the world to save her. As they venture into unknown lands for the first time, the group discovers there are civilizations beyond their own and that mankind's reach is far greater than they ever knew. At each encounter the group is joined by other tribes who have been attacked by the slave raiders, turning D'Leh's once small band into an army.




Driven by destiny, the unlikely warriors must battle prehistoric predators while braving the harshest elements. At their heroic journey's end, they uncover a lost civilization and learn their ultimate fate lies in an empire beyond imagination, where great pyramids reach into the skies.

Here they will take their stand against a tyrannical god who has brutally enslaved their own. And it is here that D'Leh finally comes to understand that he has been called to save not only Evolet but all of civilization.



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Review: Reviewed by PETER TRAVERS, RollingStone.com

Call it Apocalypto for pussies — a PG-13 rating, puh-leese! — or prehistory for peabrains. Just don’t call it friendo. 10,000 B.C. will take your money, rob your time and hit your brain like a shot of Novacaine. The best acting comes from woolly mammoths, man-eating ostriches and a saber-toothed tiger — and those babies are digital. It’s the human actors who look fake. Steven Strait, a model turned something less than an actor, stars as D’Leh, a hero in dreadlocks that look borrowed from the kid who sang “Hallelulah” on American Idol. D’Leh loves Evolet, played by Camilla Belle, who is made up and muscle-toned like the star attraction on America’s Next Top Lifeless Mannequin. Director Roland Emmerich, who wrote the deadly dull script with Harald Kloser, expects us to care if D’Leh will prove his manhood by saving Evolet from rapacious captors, saving his tribe from slavery and saving all mankind from a deity obsessed with building pyramids in his own honor. Emmerich, who hit it big with Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow and hit the skids with Godzilla, skids even lower with this gargantuan gasbag of an epic. The biggest sin is that Emmerich doesn’t even have fun with this twaddle. Raquel Welch at least wore a fur bikini in 1966’s guilty pleasure, One Million Years B.C. All we get here is pompous narration from Omar Sharif, psychobabble dialogue spoken in California English, and bloodless, bloody boring action. Emmerich may be trying to resurrect the past in all its primitive glory, but his movie buries it in banality.

 

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