L’arrivo di Wang (2011) – review

English title: The arrival of Wang

DVB – original italian audio track

Long story short: an interpeter got a new urgent work, where she have to translate from Chinese some strange question posed to a mysterious Mr. Wang

I missed the film at the time, and when I noted it on the TV, I said myself: “You HAVE to watch it! After all, is one of the very few sci-fi movies made in Italy!”

So, I watched it, and I must say it’s not bad at all! At the contrary, it’s quite good; the idea is not usual, acting is very good – and I’m lucky to hear the original voices, that are really convincing, don’t know about the English dubbing; SFX is not top notch but, again, it’s an Italian small sci-fi production, not a multi-million dollar Hollywood one, so it’s more than what you could expect from it, and also from many cheap american sci-fi flicks of the latest decade.

Dialog is central in this film, as almost all the first half of it is around the interrogation of Mr. Wang by a man that is presumably from an Italian secret agency – even if no one has clearly stated it. There is tension, drama, and even a touch of dark irony at the end – that I will not reveal it, to not ruin your vision!

Reccomended to all sci-fi lovers, in particular the ones who can live without a lot of action.

My vote: 7/10

IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1712502

Battle Planet (2008) – review

WEBdl – english audio track

Long story short: a soldier is sent to a distant planet for a secret mission, that will be different from what he thought…

Another low budget sci-fi movie; this is what you are thinking… and you are right, but this is better of what I thought myself when I watched its trailer!

Yes, I agree that CGI SFX are really bad and locations are cheap, but aliens are fair, acting is quite good and the most important thing is that this movie has a story that’s good enough to let the movie to be watched from the start to the end with no problems, and it’s also a meaningful one, difficult to find in nowadays’ films!

So, if you like sci-fi and could watch a movie with less-than-perfect CGI SFX, “Battle Planet” will surely worth a look.

My vote: 6/10

IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1016024

Rubinrot (2013) – review

WEBdl – german audio track with italian subtitles

Long story short: a girl prepared herself to be the next time traveller, to just discover that she’s not the chosen one.

Another teenager movie, but this time it does not involves vampires or werewolves (strange, uh?) but “only” time travels… but, again, like Vampire Academy, anybody talks A LOT!

I expected some more action… indeed, there are some, but the action scenes are few, and the ending is left completely open… I discovered after that the story is taken from the first of three book series; I agree that it should be left open, but not in that way!

Even Eragon – not one of the most successful movie of the last years, even if I liked it – had a “real” end, but left something open for an eventual sequel; but it was a complete product. In this case, you are awaiting for something that never happened!

I strongly hope thay will find the budget to make the second and third film in the franchise, not because I liked it, but because I’m curious to see what will happen – and I’m too lazy to read the books…

Acting is not bad, but locations are a bit inadequate, in particular the family home, where the lodge was quite interesting; music was almost not present – and, if it was there, I didn’t hear that because people talk almost always!

Reccomended in particular to any teenager that liked Twilight and want to experience a new story not based on supernatural “usual” characters.

My vote: 5/10

IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2418558

Southland Tales (2006) – review

DVD – italian audio track

Long story short: in an alternative future, America was attacked by nuclear bombs and liberty is at danger.

Few weeks ago I was at a flea market, and found a place where DVDs were at 1€ each; honestly, the most part was pure garbage, but I found some between them good enough to be bought – hey, at least they were dirty cheap!

Between them there was this movie; as I never heard before – and it’s really HARD, I could assure it – and after I read briefly the description in the back cover, I was curious to discover what was about it.

Sadly, today I had the bad idea to watch it all… well, I want the last two hours of my life back! OK, OK, calm down… I’m a serious person, and I should continue this review, so…

Acting is not that bad, music is good (thanks to Moby in great part), locations are good to, as the SFX, so what’s wrong with this film? Well, the story is so convoluted that probably the author lost himself… I mean, idea was not that bad at all, but how the plot is executed is very boring and uninterested… it’s difficult to follow the paths, as there are too many people involved!

Good actors but the director wasted their acting qualities… honestly I don’t think to who could actually like this movie, but I’ll try to imagine it… this is (maybe) to the ones who love (and not merely like) one or more of the actor/actress in the movie, and want to watch ALL his/her movies…

At the end, I honestly could say beware! You could lose two hours of your life, and even if there are many other movies worst than this, at least the others are low budget films with unknown actors… so, what is the excuse of this film to be so bad?

My vote: 4/10

IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0405336