Happy Death Day (press-screening review)

Director; Christopher Landon
Thriller/Horror
1h 36 minutes
Swedish premiere; October 20th

Surprisingly good, director Christopher Landon, a writer and producer, known for several movies but he’s the brain behind one of my favorites, Disturbia. A fantastic thriller with the young talent, Shia Labeouf. Anyways, back to Happy Death Day.

Happy Death Day was better than I expected. The movie doesn’t take itself too seriously, and that is what made it entertaining. Plus not having any sort of expectations might’ve helped as well.
It kicks off rather quickly and never becomes dull and has zero unnecessary scenes, that is what I mostly enjoyed.
You don’t feel like dozing off somewhere along the way because the script becomes boring or movie too long, the length of an hour and a half was just enough for this genre.

College student Tree (Jessica Rothe), ends up on a never-ending nightmare of a loop on her birthday, getting killed only to wake up the next day and for it to happen all over again. She must now face the same day she’s stuck on until she figures out the identity of her killer.

It even becomes funny, you’ll share a laugh or two throughout the film, it will even charm you. The chemistry between Tree and Carter is adorable though it started off rocky, they being together grows on you, and you end up cheering for these two.
The script will have you constantly thinking you have figured out who the killer is but it will manage to surprise you, that is the brilliance of it and what makes it worth watching. 6/10

Elle (Bluray review)

Director; Paul Verhoeven
Drama/thriller
2h 10 minutes
Out on Bluray!

Though I from time to time can enjoy a French film, The Intouchables, Blue is the warmest color, La belle et la Bete (French version of Beauty and the Beast), I couldn’t find myself to be the slightly intrigued by this one, Elle. It didn’t grab me at all, I wasn’t hooked nor remotely interested to find out more and get into the depth of the story. Must say, it was a huge disappointment considering all the rave it got, but it wasn’t my cup of tea.

Elle, a businesswoman tries to track down the man that assaulted and raped her in her own home.

First of all, for this type of genre, over two hours is too much, especially when it’s filled with unnecessary dull scenes and moments that could’ve been cut from the final production. Second, I found the character to be too nonchalant about what she had gone through when telling her friends – like she didn’t acknowledge the weight of her horrific experience.

To be frank, it was boring. I yawned several times throughout as it oh so slowly tries to develop but nothing barely happens, it takes a while, and that just made me quickly lose interest. 3/10

Bluray extras;
Celebrating an Icon.
A tale of empowerment: Making Elle.


Split (review)

Director; M. Night Shyamalan
Thriller
1h 57 minutes
Out on Bluray!

M. Night Shyamalan, the mastermind behind works such as The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and many others is back with one hell of a brilliant, deep, and intelligent script.
Here, he both directs and writes the perfection that is Split – a highly suspense thriller with a standout and phenomenal performance by James McAvoy.

Kevin (McAvoy), portrays the man that was diagnosed with twenty-three distinct personalities and creating a twenty-fourth one toward the end of his story.
We get to see as a few of them come to light as one of the personalities kidnaps three young girls and they must know figure out which one of the personalities will be willing to help them escape.

As much as I was completely in awe of the script, act, and intelligence of this film, there are few flaws here and there that caught my attention but still did not manage to ruin the entire movie.
I won’t get into details or spoil, but I will, however, share a small scene that you can see in the trailer.
During the moment the girls get kidnapped, I felt as they were too slow to react to what was happening. If someone that I didn’t know, gets in the car, I would’ve screamed my lungs out until they were fuming.
Or maybe they dragged out that particular scene, and it should’ve been much shorter than what it actually was. It’s not so much a flaw, but it did get me annoyed and wondered what kind of IQ they all possessed.

What I would’ve loved more was to hear more about this certain mental illness, what triggers it in a human, what causes such disease. There are small glimpse and pieces were we get to hear a psychologist share a little information, but not enough to quench my curiosity. I find these topics/subject interesting, and by the end of the movie I ended up researching for more facts regarding it.

Besides this, the movie is fantastic, a true and dark thriller with a lot of intense moments that will grab you and suck you in into its beauty and scintillating act by James McAvoy and Betty Buckley, that plays Dr. Fletcher.

I loved it, I was hooked, interested by the dialog between one of the personalities that was making itself present and Dr.Fletcher. McAvoy deserves an Oscar for his immense pure talent in this movie. 9/10



Thank you to Sony Home Entertainment Nordic, and Jesper Nordgren for the copy. Keep on delivering these babies! <3

Hush (Review)

Director; Mike Flanagan
Thriller
1h 21 minutes
From 2016

Mike Flanigan delivers once again another brilliant nail-biter that will have you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. Its thrillingly beautiful script with a fantastic twist is both highly entertaining and well done. First, he gave us Before I wake, and now, Hush.

Hush, though it may come off as any other home alone thriller, but due to the female lead being deaf it brings a whole other level of suspense and originality, making it ten times more horrific, providing with some intense moments that will crawl up your spine – leaving you completely paranoid, terrified, and in awe of its work and great premise.

Maddie, a deaf writer who lives by herself in a cabin in the woods finds herself trapped in a panicked terror game of mouse and cat, as one intruder tries to make her life a living hell.

Kate Siegal was pure delight and perfection portraying a deaf character, showing every emotion through her eyes and face gestures. Every movement and act were beautiful, believable, and simply one of the best I’ve seen in a long time. Strongly recommended if you want a smart thriller with massive suspense and great acting, I literally had a knot inside my stomach throughout most parts.
7.2/10

Mindscape (Review)

mindscape-699284370-large_540db745ddf2b364a736da75Director;Jorge Dorado
99 min
Drama/Thriller
From 2014

Finally one hell of a ride of an slow paced yet interesting thriller. It’s intriguing and tense, a script that will confuse you and keep you wondering while trying to put every clue together and solve the mystery yourself, unfortunately you’ll fail completely because it won’t be what you’ll expect and THAT is the greatest part of the film, it’s unpredictable! It’s entertaining and has an amazing and talanted cast doing a wonderful job.

Mark Strong plays John, a man with the gift and ability to enter people’s memories. After the death of his wife his own memories taunts him causing difficulties when working on someone else’s thoughts that he has to stop working, that is until he runs out of money and needs a job. He meets the brilliant Anna (Taissa Farmiga) a girl who refuses to eat and his one and only task is to get the girl to eat, but when looking for the cause of her behaviour he enters her mind and has to figure out if she is a sociopath or a victim of trauma? Although, who’s entering who’s mind? 6/6

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