Movie Review: Enemy (2014)

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While dumb movies can be fun, sometimes you need something that will challenge your mind and make you think. A.K.A. a mindfuck movie. And I am a guy who loves mindfuck movies. Anytime I can get my hands on a mindfuck movie, I am excited. So let’s review something that people say is a mindfuck movie.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Enemy”.

In “Enemy” we follow history teacher Adam Bell (Jake Gyllenhaal). One day one of his colleagues recommends a movie to him. So he rents it and watches it, noticing thato ne of the actors in the movie looks just like him. So he decides to go out there, find him, talk to him and figure out what the hell is going on. And that all adds up to one of the most interesting plots I have seen ever. The plot of the movie was complex, suspenseful and incredibly well-written. I have also never said “What the fuck is going on?” this much because of any other movie plot. The plot of “Enemy” is very confusing and strange and surreal and I love it.

Jake Gyllenhaal… how could you not have won an Oscar yet!? I’m not even kidding, he is aboslutely fantastic in this movie as both of these men. There are so many parts of his performance(s) that make it fantastic. I think I am pretty justified in calling Gyllenhaal one of my favorite actors. Mélanie Laurent, who you probably know from “Inglorious Basterds”, is also great in the movie. Every actor that was in the movie was good, but Jake Gyllenhaal outshined them all… Because he is amazing.

The score for the movie was done by Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans and it is one of the most eary, disturbing, creepy and bone-chilling scoresI have ever heard. It really fits the dark and eary tone of the story perfectly and really helped to keep me creeped out and even a little bit disturbed. It also kept the movie even more weird, disturbing and fucked up than it already was… fuck you guys! I love you though, great score!

This movie is directed by Denis Villenueve who also made the movie “Prisoners” which I think will stay my favorite movie of 2013. And just like that movie, he managed to create an incredibly well-directed movie. The shots look fantastic, and the cinematography is some of the most dark but still beautiful I have ever seen.  I also like how they kept it consistent in  the coloring. What kind of coloring? Bleak and grey… perfect for this type of movie. And I am gonna repeat myself, this movie is complex beyond belief. Sure, you can interpret it all you want, but it will be difficult to find a perfect interpretation of it. Just don’t expect me to analyze and interpret it, I’m not smart enough to be able to do that.

This movie has been pretty well-received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 75% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 61/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,8/10.

“Enemy” is a strange movie. I mean, it’s really fucking weird. But I do also think that the story is suspenseful & excellent, the acting is spectacular, the score is fantastic, the direction/camera work is great and I just felt like this was pretty great. Time for my final score. AH, SPIDER! *SQUISH*. My final score for “Enemy” is a 9,87/10. It definitely gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
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“Enemy” is now reviewed.

Villeneuve… come at me, bro.

Movie Review: Fearless (1993)

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We all have fears, there is no denying that. I myself am afraid of a few things; mainly heights and snakes. The point I am trying to make is that we are all afraid of something and we want to find ways to overcome our fears. It isn’t easy, but it’s possible. With that said, let’s review a movie about being afraid… sort of.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Fearless”.

In this movie we follow Max Klein (Jeff Bridges) who just survived an airplane crash. And after this crash something strange happens. His personality changes, he starts seeking thrills to try to wake up from this weird state he has entered. And from that we get a philosophical, thoughtful and emotionally gut-punching plot. I loved the plot of “Fearless”, seeing Max go through the world, getting more and more emotionally distant from his family. If you are looking for an action packed plot, this isn’t the movie for you. This is a plot that takes it’s time with everything, making sure you get good time to think over everything in this movie. And I loved that!

The characters are interesting, realistic and very well-written. None of them feel like they don’t belong, they all feel natural in this movie. And Jeff Brdiges gives a fantastic performance in this movie. You can say what you want about him in “The Big Lebowski”, he may be great in that movie, but this might actually be his best performance. He really makes Max feel like a real person with his fantastic performance. And the other actors in the movie are great too.

The music in this movie is slow, atmospheric and pretty emotional. The original song were composed by Maurice Jarre but most tracks were a mix of a bunch of orchestral pieces. And they all fit perfectly into this movie and all tracks helps convey some kind of emotion. While I can’t mention all for sure I can at least say that all the tracks are terrific.

This movie is directed by Peter Weir and I have to say he did a pretty fucking great job with it. And to get the truth out there, I have never seen a Peter Weir movie before so I had no expectations at all. But I was pleased to see that this was a well-directed movie. Also, fun fact: this movie is based on a novel by Rafael Yglesias who also wrote the screenplay for the movie.

This movie has been well-received but has also been called under-rated. It is also a movie that not too many people saw. But still, time for critic scores. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 86% positive rating. On Metacritic it doesn’t even exist. Roger Ebert gave the movie 3/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,2/10. The movie was also nominated for 1 Oscar in the category of Best Supporting Actress (Rosie Perez). 

Guys, “Fearless” is a fantastic movie with a deep and thoughtful plot with a lot of emotion and is held up by a fantastic lead performance from Jeff Bridges, great writing, great music and great direction/camera work. Time for my final score. *Ahem* My final score for “Fearless” is a 9,88/10. It definitely deserves the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
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“Fearless” is now reviewed.

More people need to see this amazing thing.