The Objective (2008) – review

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Long story short: a group of soldiers are lost in the Afghanistan desert, following a secret, but deadly, mission.

Two words: STAY AWAY!!!

I watched literally thousand films in my life, but this is one of the worst… acting is horrible, story is weak and with plot holes, characters are thin and no watcher will care who will be the next to be killed, CGI is bad – I mean, there are maybe worst example, but this add insult to injury…

I’m still asking myself why I spent one and half hour of my life watching this mess, and I answer: because when I begin to watch a movie, I’d like to finish to watch it ’til the end… but this was a great mistake…

So, please, do yourself a favor, just do not buy, rent, or even watch on TV this, let’s call it, film… better to spend the same time naked in a snow storm – just to let you have an idea… I gave it that “high” vote just for the wonderful location, that’s it!

My vote: 3/10

IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0962711

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

The Revenant (2009) – review

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Long story short: after a funeral of a soldier dead in Iraq, we discover he’s not dead as all were thinking…

Finally a black horror comedy! It’s basically a story of a friendship between an undead soldier and his best friend… so good, that when the soldier rise from his grave, his friend is the first person he thinks to visit!

The story is very good, and has an increasing pace, starting from a slow, almost boring beginning to an unthinkable end, with a lot of action and fun in the between!

The actors are not superstars, but the did a very good job, and, despite the supernatural facts, they are still believeable; music is good, make-up too; CGI effects are quite poor but frankly they are few and not so important for the whole story.

It’s very amusing for everyone who loves zombie movies in general, and undead, vampires… whatever… not reccomeded to the ones who don’t want to hear bad words, see bullets flying all arounds, litres of blood (hey, I live in a metric country!) – but, honestly, if you take away all these things from a movie, very little will remain…

My vote: 7.5/10

IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1336006

Ravenous (1999) – review

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Long story short: in the mid 19th century, a fresh promoted Captain is sent to an outpost in the middle of nowhere.

I like this movie very much; I bought it more than 10 years ago, and I paid used more than new, because it was near impossible to find; but it was money well spent!

Guy Pearce and Robert Carlyle are really great actors – it’s a pity the former is very underestimated; as the other actors, everyone contributed to the final result, along with good locations and gorgeous, hypnotic music.

The story is well done, and never boring; some twists here and there helps to mantain the attention and interest high, and let the viewer to guess what will going on next.

Highly reccomended to everyone who loves historical movies set in the old West and to supernatural aficionados as well.

My vote: 7.5/10

IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0129332

Compound Fracture (2013) – review

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Long story short: a man return home with his fiancee and his nephew, to discover that his old father hide a secret.

I chose to watch this movie attracted by its unusual title, knowing nothing more about its story. But I’m glad to have watched it.

At the end, it is a ghost story with some twists; acting are good – I was happy to see here the actor who play the “old” Frank from NCIS, locations are simple but effective like the SFX, and the story is not a classic one, luckily.

Don’t expect a masterpiece, of course, because it’s a low budget movie, and it shows, but it’s a good modern supernatural film with an unexpected end.

My vote: 6/10

IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2125472

I, Frankenstein (2014) – review

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Long story short: Frankenstein is in the middle of an epical war between demons and gargoyles, and should decide which faction to join.

I must admit that this movie passed under my radar… I mean, I watched the trailer maybe twice, but only in part and I thought “OK, I will take a look at it, sooner or later”… and yesterday I decided it was the time.

And, strangely, I liked it… much! Strangely, because I thought it was the usual movie where Frankenstein is only an excuse to put it in the title – a bit like “Frankenstein’s Army” – but in this case he is the main star!

And, around the middle of the movie, I asked myself: “Wait! Bus he is…” and I didn’t find his name until the end credits… Aaron Eckhart! Great, underestimated actor! He played the creature very well, and his nemesis, another great actor, Bill Nighy, is on par with him; Kevin Grevioux played a secondary role, but I like him as well – both the latter two were on the Underworld saga.

A lot of action, very good SFX and music, an unusual but quite convincing story; at least, this time the direct opposites of demons are not angels, but gargoyles!

I think anybody will be pleased to watch this movie: action fans, horror and supernatural geeks, and casual viewers too!

My vote: 7.5/10

IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1418377

Underworld: Awakening (2012) – review

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Long story short: lady vampire awakes after 12 years into a freezer, and she’s seeking revenge!

The only missing chapter from my BD collection – but soon it will be there, too; even if I watched it some months ago, my wife forget it – as usual – so I was happy to have a reason to watch it again… c’mon, a beautiful vampire lady should be a GOOD reason to watch it! (^^,)

After the third episode, that’s actually a prequel with the gorgeous Rhona Mitra, Kate Beckinsale is back into another Underworld movie… and she’s meanest than ever! It’s not a casual choice one of my cat is named after her characters Selene…

A lot of actions, vampires, werewolves, blood, you knows… a good mix between two different supernatural species. Kate is gorgeous, and other actors are quite good; Stephen Rea is an almost believable bad guy, and the super lycan is a pleasant, even if a bit exagerated, surprise.

What can I add more? All horror and fantasy fans will be pleased; not a masterpiece, but if you think it’s the fourth of the franchise, it’s good enough!

My vote: 6.5/10

IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1496025

The Moth Diaries (2011) – review

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Long story short: a new strange girl arrives in a single-sex school, and she’s troublesome.

Yesterday we (me and my wife) saw a trailer on TV about a movie that seems interesting… something with vampire, perhaps?

“Let’s watch it!”, she said… this often is a reason to NOT watch a movie, but you know? sometimes I’m good enough, so let’s give it a chance.

Well, what I must say? I thought to watch a vampire movie – we love this kind of films – but after half an hour, almost nothing happened… and, after that, few interesting things has happened… actors are quite convincing, but the story itself is not; SFX are almost non-existent; music – the few – is not that bad…

My advice: even if it’s not the worst movie I’ve seen, avoid to watch it, until you like boring and slow story about girls, alive and dead…

My vote: 3/10 (and I’m good today!)

IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1407065