Carrie | Entertaining but not Horror Enough

Quick review: I went to see Carrie with my cousin and her friend. I know I saw the orignal years ago but I don’t really remember it. This one was somehow more satisfying  except maybe that I wished the bitch had died a harder, bloodier death, she could have suffered more. Although it was entertaining it was not an horror movie.

Rating: 6 out of 10.

The 5th Wave | Or the fifth major YA misopportunity

Based on Rick Yancey’s novel of the same name J Blakeson delivered a silver screen adaptation starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Alex Roe, and Liev Schreiber.

Premise: Four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth in ruin. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal fifth wave, Cassie teams up with a young man who may become her final hope – if she can only trust him.

Review: The 5th Wave book was a pleasant surprise when I read so I was looking forward to the movie. Chloe Grace Moretz as Cassie made sense to me,  alleviating any worries I might have had about a silver screen adaptation.

Beat by beat the movie reflected the book. It was nice, at first, to see it take form but that feeling kind of died down. The movie wasn’t hitting all the marks. The comedic  was off, the the acting wasn’t always amazing, but overall the biggest problem was the pacing. They tried to cram a lot in a limited amount of time and failed to time it out perfectly. It’s not clear how much time goes by, which makes bonds between the characters look too weak for them to care that much about one another, or the skills these kid soldier have really easy to acquire.

The few changes they made to the story was smart, and some of the action scenes were well done, but these efforts became obsolete with the way the movie was directed and edited. And for some obscure reason I feel like the budget was spent poorly. I don’t know why,  I guess it looks that way.

The 5th Wave remains an entertaining movie but it feels more like a teen flick for prepubescent tweets than a Young Adult movie.

What’s your take on it?

The 5th Wave | Trailer

Reaction: I expected a trailer for it soon but it still surprised me when it came out. I watched it a few times and I’ve got admit it looks exactly like what I remembered in the book, so it seems very faithful to the book and that worries me a little. I don’t know if I’m excited to see it anymore but I’m curious to see how it will turn out.

What about you? Are you excited for it?

Dark Places | Review

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Is a mystery film based on Gillian Flynn novel and brought to the screen by Gilles Paquet-Brenner. It stars Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Chloe Grace Moretz, Cory Stoll, Christina Hendricks, Tye Sheridan & Drea De Matteo.

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Premise: A woman who survived the brutal killing of her family as a child is forced to confront the events of that day by a secret society obsessed with solving notorious crimes.

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Review: Dark Places was interesting but not as riveting as I had hoped. I never had a chance to read the book – because the movie came out very early in France – so I watched the film with fresh eyes not knowing what I was in for. Problem solver that I am, I watched the film looking for clues but I fairly quickly had all the right suspects lined up before I even got through a quarter of the movie. I don’t know if it’s a testament to my “mad” deductive skills or a lack of mystery in the story telling. The exact same thing happened to me with Gone Girl – the book – which is why I didn’t finish reading it. I guess I was hopping for more of a challenge with Dark Places, something that would have surprised me at the end.

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Anyway, I still enjoyed the film, particularly how Libby’s past memories were shot. They had an 1980s feel to them, I mean in the quality of the images, they had an old VHS tape look to them. They were grainy and shaky, which also gave them an horror movie vibe, while at the same time illustrating how Libby feels about them.

The film is like the title suggest dark, and I’m not just talking about the murders but the whole context the characters are in. It’s socially realistic, you really feel for the struggling mother (Christina Hendricks) and her kids, the poverty and the hardship of their situation is almost palpable and that’s thanks to Hendricks’ performance. The rest of the cast is good but Christina Hendricks and Corey Stoll stand out and elevate the movie.

So to me Dark Places really depicts how prejudices, despair, and a bunch of white lies can snow ball and change people’s lives forever. It’s definitely not thriller of the year but the film is not boring. What are you thoughts on it?

If I Stay | Review

Directed by documentarian & TV producer R.J. Cutler, “If I Stay” is based on the novel by Gayle Forman and stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Jamie Blackley, Mireille Enos, Liana Liberato and Joshua Leonard.

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The Plot: Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz) thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam (Jamie Blackley). Life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined.

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Review: Heart wrenching, poignant and beautiful. It’s the kind of movie a guy watches in the cinema, slouched on his seat, glad for the dim lightening because that way no one can see him cry.

It’s a stellar movie, a must see, with great music. Chloe Grace Moretz showed her range with that great assemble of cast in the film. They carried the movie to the stratosphere. Like Chloe herself said in an interview “It’s palpable, heartbreaking and uplifting.”

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Did you like the movie?