Movie Review: The Machinist (2004)

Christian Bale, you crazy motherfucker. Lose weight, gain weight, skinny, muscular, skinny, fat… all that change can’t be good for the health. It’s impressive, but it also has me worried.

Ladies and gentlemen… “The Machinist”.

Trevor Reznik (Christian Bale) is an industrial worker who hasn’t been able to sleep for an entire year. And his life soon takes a disturbing turn for the worse, when he starts suspecting that someone is trying to fuck with his life. So now we have our thriller. And I thought the plot here was really good. It had a very weird, dreamlike atmosphere that I haven’t experienced many times before. And it gives the plot a decent layer of suspense. And the mystery surrounding Trevor and what’s happening to him is really layered, intriguing, engaging, and at times even disturbing.

The characters in this are layered and interesting. First and foremost we have Christian Bale as Trevor Reznik, insomniac industrial worker. He’s interesting to follow as the paranoia that surrounds him suspecting… well, everything makes him twitchy, and potentially a bit of an unreliable narrator, which I always enjoy seeing in movies. He’s deep, layered, and a fascinating character to study. And Bale is fantastic in the role. Yes, even if you look past the weight loss. And we get some supporting performances from people like Jennifer Jason Leigh, John Sharian, Michael Ironside, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Lawrence Gilliard Jr, Reg E. Cathey (R.I.P), and more, all doing very well in their respective roles.

The score for the movie was composed by Roque Baños, and it was great. It has an eerie, dreamlike quality to it that fits very well with the story of the movie. It also helps to just elevate a lot of the drama and suspense here. It also reminds me of “The X-Files” at a couple of points, which is never a bad thing.

The movie was directed by Brad Anderson and I think he did a great job. His direction is very tight and claustrophobic, which adds to the paranoia of the entire situation. It manages to make it feel a bit more tense and unpredictable, which never hurts in a movie like this. What also helps with this is the cinematography by Xavi Giménez, which both captures all those things I mentioned before, and overall looks fucking fantastic.

This movie has been pretty well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 77% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 61/100. Roger Ebert gave it 3/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,7/10.

“The Machinist” is an eerie and incredibly well made psychological thriller. It has a great plot, good characters, great performances, great music, and great directing/cinematography. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “The Machinist” is a 9,78/10. So it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “The Machinist” is now completed.

Not a lot of movies these days where you can hear the “ominous clarinet”.

Movie Review: Risen (2016)

Religion. A touchy subject that I’m not gonna get into in this post. This is meant as a lighthearted review of a movie that includes religious themes. So if you’re a religious individual, any possible criticisms I might have about this movie isn’t about your religion, it’s about this movie as a movie. So here we go.

Ladies and gentlemen, he has… “Risen”.

The story follows Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a Roman who is pretty much the right hand man of Pontius Pilate (Peter Firth). And he has been tasked of finding the body of Jesus (Cliff Curtis), because it has disappeared from the tomb that it has been placed in. So we follow Clavius as he, together with his new assistant Lucius (Tom Felton), investigates what happened to Jesus Corpse. And I actually liked the story here… for the most part. The stuff with Clavius investigating the disappearance of Jesus is quite interesting as it gives us a different angle to look at this really old story. I was honestly hooked by the plot of the movie up to a certain point a little after the halfway point. Because then something happens that changes the movie from one thing to something else. I’m not gonna say exactly what it is, but you can probably figure out what it is. And while the second half of the movie isn’t bad, I wasn’t as interested in it as I was with the first half. First half, really good stuff. Second half, meh.

The characters in this are for the most part pretty interesting. Clavius is a skeptic, at least when he hears about Jesus’ disappearance. The followers of Jesus of course thinks he’s risen (roll credits) to once again walk the earth, spreading love and the word of god. But Clavius is a bit more “That doesn’t make sense, I have to get to the bottom of this mystery”. And Joseph Fiennes did a great job in the role. Tom Felton was good as Lucius (“Harry Potter” prequel, anyone?), playing him as the young and slightly naïve guy who follows Clavius no matter what. Peter Firth was great as Pontius Pilate, playing him as a bit of a dick. Really, it’s overall a well acted movie.

The score for the movie was composed by Roque Baños, and while it’s nothing terribly original, it’s still quite good. It perfectly fits the setting and just overall works very well for the movie.

This movie was directed by Kevin Reynolds, the man who brought us “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” and “Waterworld”. And I think he did a good job with this movie. The shots look good and everything just flows nicely. There is a little bit of action too, and it’s okay. Surprisingly violent for PG-13. I’ll also give it this, the sets here look pretty great.

This movie has not been the most well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 51% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 51/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,3/10.

“Risen” presents an interesting spin on the Jesus story, even if it isn’t perfect. It has a pretty good plot, pretty good characters, really good performances, really good music, and really good directing. As previously stated, my problem with the movie comes from the second half not being as interesting as the first one. Time for my final score. *Amen*. My final score for “Risen” is an 8,76/10. While flawed, I do think it’s worth buying.

My review of “Risen” is now completed.

Joseph Fiennes stars in… CSI: Jesus.

Movie Review: Don’t Breathe (2016)

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People breaking into someone’s home to steal shit, a crime. This poses a few questions: Should you hide or fight? Should you be allowed to kill the person breaking in? Should you be held accountable for said killing? I’d like to know your thoughts.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Don’t Breathe”.

Three young thieves (Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto) hear about a house that apparently has a shit-load of money in it, so they decide to break into it and try to steal said money. The owner of the house (Stephen Lang) is apparently blind, so our “heroes” of course think it will be a cakewalk. However they soon find out that it’s not that easy because this blind man is an ex-soldier that is not to be messed with. So now our “heroes” have to escape without getting killed. And now we have a very simple and tense plot that I thought was great. There were also some pretty interesting twists throughout the movie when it comes to the blind man that made everything a bit more interesting. There was one small thing about the plot that kind of bugged me, and that is how the first shot in the movie kind of spoils the movie. Long story short, it’s a shot from a later point in the movie, and then they jump back in time to show how they got there. It’s not the biggest problem in the world, but it did annoy me a little bit. Other than that, I thought the plot was damn good.

The characters in this movie are interesting in a few different ways. Jane Levy played the main-main character, Rocky, and I thought she was great in the movie, playing this young, motivated woman who is stuck in this horrible situation. Stephen lang was pretty fucking awesome as the blind, buff, badass, scary, man that these young folks decided to mess with. Really, I wouldn’t stay as far away as possible from that man. Then we had Dylan Minnette as this nice, young man that kind of just wanted to help his friend and he was really good in the movie. Then we have Daniel Zovatto as Money (actual name), Rocky’s boyfriend… how do I best put it? The performance itself wasn’t bad, but the character was really annoying. He was that guy who you see in town, trying to act all tough and “gangsta”, but it jsut ends up getting on your nerves. Yeah, that’s his character in this movie.

The original score for the movie was composed by Roque Baños and it was pretty solid. There was never a track in the score that was truly original, but the score was well composed and it was used very well to build tension throughout the movie.

The movie was directed by Fede Alvarez and I think he did a great job. His direction here is tight and very tense. He manages to build a lot of suspense throughout and I was on the edge of my seat for most of the movie. There were some jumpscares in the movie, but I didn’t really mind them. Usually jumpscares are just annoying and serve no purpose other than to give you a jolt of adrenaline because lazy filmmaking. But the jumpscares featured in “Don’t Breathe” are genuine and actually worked very well in the movie. Also, this movie does not shy away from the R-rating. You get to see some pretty brutal stuff in this movie, and I am actually kind of glad that we got to see them, because those bits did kind of benefit the movie. For those that have seen the movie, try to imagine the movie being PG-13… yeah, does not compute, right? But really, I can’t stress enough how tense this movie was, as in actual tension, something a lot of modern horror movies severely lacks.

This movie has been well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 87% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 71/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,2/10.

“Don’t Breathe” is one of the most refreshing modern horro movies that I’ve seen (keep in mind, I don’t watch too many horror movies). It has a really good plot, interesting characters, great performances, really good music, and great direction. However I have to deduct some points from the movie because of that opening spoiler shot and because of that annoying boyfriend character. Time for my final score. *Blindly grabs envelope*. My final score for “Don’t Breathe” is an 8,97/10. Even if it’s not perfect, I’d still say that it’s worth buying.
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My review of “Don’t Breathe” is now completed.

“Daredevil”, “Rogue One”, “Don’t Breathe”… Yeah, don’t mess with blind people… ever.