Titled Relatos Salvajes in the original Spanish, Wild Tales is billed as a series of tales involving desperate people. From my point of view, the tales all revolve around the themes of betrayal and or revenge. In each segment an incident or series of incidents drives one character to seek revenge upon another with varying degrees of success. Some sections are better made than others, some take a long time to get going while others jump right in. While individual segments are a bit hit or miss the overall effect is interesting.
Gil, an American novelist on holiday in Paris with his fiancée Inez and her parents starts to have doubts about his relationship and also has strange experiences where he seems to travel back in time to famous periods in the history of Paris.
Kajaki (also called Kilo Two Bravo) is a based-on-a-true story war film about British soldiers. A group of British soldiers are stationed at Kajaki dam, Afghanistan to keep the taliban out of the area. The basic conditions, heat and isolation from their colleagues and the world in general are taking their toll on the soldiers. Occasional skirmishes with the enemy and deliveries of supplies are all that relieve the boredom. Continue reading
Kingsman is a very fun tongue in cheek take on the spy genre. It manages to walk a fine line between self-aware fun and outright slapstick very well. It falls slightly on the comedy side but does action pretty well too.
Unfriended is an interesting concept: a group of friends who bullied a classmate who later committed suicide are stalked and tormented by an internet troll on the anniversary of the girl’s death. Things become much more sinister as the full involvement of the group in the events leading to their friend’s death are revealed and relationships within the group are strained to breaking point. The troll takes a more active role and people start dying. The entirety of the film is viewed through the computer screens of these teens as they Skype with each other, and their unknown assailant.