The Host (2006) – review

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Long story short: a sea monster rise from the water and kidnap a young girl; her family will try everything to save her!

A Korean monster movie, part of the “new wave” of asian cinema, it’s a pretty good example of what could be obtained outside Hollywood.

Sure, the monster CGI is far from perfection, but it’s not bad at all either; the strongest part of the movie, though, is not the monster, but the story; in fact, acting is not particulary good – at least, following eastern canons – but is quite realistic, helping to trust the situation.

A “must see” for every monster lovers, that could discover a new kind of strange animal that will surely delight their senses – again, not for the high quality per se, but for some other reasons (aspect, movements, walk etc.)

My vote: 6/10

IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0468492

Babylon A.D. (2008) – review

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Long story short: in a near future, a mercenary should bring a young girl from Russia to New York, and he discovers she’s not what she looks like…

Vin Diesel stars in this sci-fi movie, and he’s the usual Vin: strong, big badass, but with a good hearth at the end… Michelle Yeoh acting is really good, and the young girl is gorgeous!

Set in a not so distant future, with much more problems than actual world, acting is above the average, even if sometimes forced to be a bit comic-like (see Gerard Depardieu in particular); SFX are really gorgeous and seamless, with some interesting hi-tech “things”… story is simple but effective, music is rightly places; what is missing is… don’t know, “something more”! I mean, I’m expecting some more twists in the story, and that should happen more often, but it was not the case.

With this in mind, don’t expect a calm journey; at the contrary, this is a fast packed sci-fi action, and it will be appreciated by all sci-fi fans – in particular Diesel’s ones – but lacking that “quid”, it could be not considered a masterpiece, that’s it.

My vote: 6.5/10

IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0364970

Savaged (2013) – review

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Long story short: a girl is driving across the desert to reach her fiancee, when it is kidnapped and raped by a bunch of criminals.

At the beginning, it seems one of the usual horror stories, where a girl is brutalized by a group of crazy guys in the middle of nowhere; when you expected the usual twist in the story, something different happened!

So, the story at the end is not the usual one, and it’s quite original; actors are very well chosen, and acting is not that bad, considering the genre and the low budget; music is good, even if sparsingly used; SFX is a mixed bag, sometimes pretty good, other times pretty bad.

The worst thing of all is the evident quality of the film, that is surely made directly on video, and indeed looks like it from a mile away; apart that, all in all an enjoyable little movie, not a gem, but a good one to watch with your friend, if you like dismembered bodies, chopped limbs and exposed guts that are there for a reason, once in a while…

My vote: 6/10

IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2378453

Joy Ride 3 (2014) – review

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Long story short: a group of friends on the road make a truck driver angry… but they don’t know he’s a serial killer!

My wife saw a little chunck of the movie, and thought it could be an interesting one to watch last night… I agreed that it *could* be interesting, so I was forced to watch it with her…

Just from the beginning, it is clear that it’s a cheap film, and have that “video” look that helps to think this… acting are bearable, but nothing more; story is not the most original, but quite interesting – apart the end, that was way too predictable, at least to me (and my wife, too); SFX are luckily not heavely used – indeed, in one case one laugh was impossible to be kept – so, when NOT in use, the suspension of disbelief *may* be still intact, at least sometimes.

I must admit it’s quite gruesome – to someone not used to this kind of films, of course – and have a pair of unexpected twists in the story, but that’s it, nothing more… to be a third chapter of a franchise, and considering its low budget, it could have been worse.

Highly reccomended ONLY to cheap splatter movie fans, as horror and thriller film aficionados will be probably disappointed.

My vote: 5/10

IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3138376