Thursday, January 15, 2015

As Above, So Below

A storyteller has the ability to keep his audience engaged as they listen and explore the imagination of their mind which makes the story vivid and thrilling.

This is the thought which comes to my mind when I think about this movie directed by John Erick Dowdle and written by Dowdle and his brother Drew.

Most of the horror movies have the same old story and one can see a pattern in the stories that they can predict the whole story of what’s going to happen next. At least I use to do that.

Recently there has been a different approach to the storytelling of horror movies with a tight script and yes they have the ability to keep you intrigued. Insidious, Insidious Chapter 2 are fine examples of it.

This movie stands apart from the horror movies that you must have watch till now and yes it plays with your imagination as you tried to get grip of the plot as it moves.

It’s the story of Scarlett Marlowe (Perdita Weeks), a young alchemy scholar who goes in the search of the Philosopher Stone continuing her Dad’s research.

It takes her from the caves of Iran to Paris wherein they search within the catacombs beneath the city for the stone. It leads to all kinds of events taking place and death of group members one by one.

I must applaud the writers for coming up with such a script that keeps the audience abound. The movie has been shot in a documentary style format and yes it is captured beautifully.

Scarlett was supported by ex-boyfriend George (Ben Feldman), Explorers Papillon (Fran├žois Civil), his girlfriend Souxie (Marion Lambert), and friend Zed (Ali Marhyar).

Scarlett role played by Perdita does justice to her role and while others have done their job considering there was no meat in their roles.

The movie stands out with its story, documentary style shooting and direction.

This movie can certainly be watched more than once.


Monday, January 12, 2015

John Wick

I have been waiting for quite a while to watch this movie and finally I did. This was an out and out action movie where words spoke less than bullets.

Keanu Reeves was the one for whom I watched the movie but yes the plot could have a better story.

The movie directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch tells the story of John Wick who had lost his wife and trying to recuperate his life back to normal with a puppy gifted to him by his wife.

A chance encounter with the Russian mafia over his 69 Mustang at a gas station leads to killing of his dog and been badly beaten with the car being taken away for which they had offered price to him but he said no.

It’s revealed that John was the killing machine of the Russian mafia who left his past behind to lead a normal life. The Russia mafia kingpin Viggo Tarasov tries to make amends so that John lets his son live but that was not going to be the case.

It becomes a game of cat and mouse where both try their hands to kill each other. The execution in the first half is slick and yes keeps you glued but it loses its plot when he checks into a hotel that caters exclusive to assassins.

Seriously one could think of many other ways but this was certainly a piece of the puzzle that did not fit. 

Along with that the character of John is shown to roam freely even with the prize on his head and the way he goes for his kill is just too easy.

The script could have been slicker but it fails miserably. The part where the father tells his son hideout does not makes sense. The climax of the movie leaves you with a desire of wanting more but it fails to deliver.

What started out as a slick movie in the beginning fails to remain consistent in the end.

Willam Dafoe has not been fully utilized of his abilities. Keanue does best what he knows.

It’s a one-time watch and it’s okay if you pass over on this one.