Monday, 10 September 2018

Movie review: The Nun (2018)



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The Nun (2018)

[IMDB; en.wikipedia]


First half: thriller.
Second half: horror.
Both well done. Congratulations!

Coherent & Consistent storyline. Kind of slow paced, though.
Predictable.
Follows the usual framework / pattern of a well done horror movie. Probably that's what makes it so predictable :) So don’t expect any twists and turns or to be surprised in any way :)

Entertaining most of the time. Keeps the viewer focused on the story.

Funny at times - yeah, it has several really funny moments :))

However, it does drag at times - must note that the movie feels a lot longer than its actual 96 minutes :)

Good acting, special effects, cinematography etc.

I enjoyed it. To be honest, it's been much better than I expected :) Hey, probably it's been the most entertaining horror movie I've seen in the past year...

Congratulations to Romania! Principal photography has taken place in Romania (outsourced to Castel Film as I understand it). The story is said to take place at Carta Monastery. Also, there are several Romanian actors starring in the movie, the most important being Ingrid Bisu (Sister Oana).


Conclusions


Worth watching. Time well spent.

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Movie review: The Equalizer 2 (2018)



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The Equalizer 2 (2018)

[IMDB; en.wikipedia]


Mixed feelings about it. A lot of mixed feelings :)

The story starts well, is consistent & coherent at first... but then loses steam, gets boring & straightforward & the fight becomes much too personal.
Ok, the most stupid "too personal plot" I can remember has been in Spectre (2015) [IMDB] - Oberhauser's father protects the young orphaned Bond, which turns Oberhauser into a criminal master mind, oh come on, really?

There are some unanswered questions in the end:
  1. Who has vandalised Fatima’s garden? Why? Will they return?
  2. Does the gang Miles attempts to join (and McCall rescues him from) retaliates at either Miles or McCall?
  3. Why is the Brussels family killed?
    • Well, the way I understand it is the man has infiltrated the agency (York says this at some point), so I speculate he has been investigating the wrongdoing of York and his team of bad assassins and Susan would have figured it all out eventually. Basically York has decided to go evil inside a good hearted agency :)
    • Wikipedia says McCall's former team turned into freelance assassins after his "death" and the Brussels job was a contract of theirs and Susan would have have figured it all out, so they killed her.

The action & special effects keep coming throughout the movie. All good with that. I wish to have watched a bit more action starring Denzel Washington, but maybe it’s just me who always demands more action with the actors they like :)

Although I don't remember at first hand what the story has been in the first Equalizer - ok, I read the summary and now I remember it :) - I can remember the feeling of watching something a bit different. Not the case anymore - The Equalizer 2 is ok, but ordinary enough to be in the same pack with other action movies.

Denzel Washington used to be different (and he still is), but now he resembles too much other less skilled (and lower quality) action heroes like Jason Statham (who I like) or Dwayne Johnson (who I like less) :)
Denzel and The Equalizer movie series have great potential, but somehow the current instalment misses it.


Conclusions


The movie is worth watching, but I just wish it would have achieved more than it actually does :)