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Movie Ramblings: Cargo

Overall Cargo is a reasonably good sci-fi mystery thriller that relies heavily on influences from other movies and occasionally suffers from some significant lapses in logic.

This film begins with an obvious Blade Runner influence with a massive space station full of bright neon signs and luxury nestled alongside slums populated by the destitute. Even the high tech stuff has an air of decay and neglect. The style swiftly switches to heavy Alien and Event Horizon influences (to name just the most obvious) once off the station. Total Recall and Matrix style conspiracy theories abound in the build up to a somewhat unexpected ending. It works hard to convince you that a jump scare is coming round every corner when in fact there are very few and seems to want you to think that an Event Horizon style gore fest is imminent when the actual plot is much more thoughtful. Continue reading

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Movie Ramblings: La Cara Oculta (The Hidden Face)

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A Spanish mystery thriller about a man whose girlfriend goes missing and how his life changes as a result. Interestingly you don’t know where the film is going for a long while and it does a really good job of keeping you guessing until a scene, just a few seconds long, about halfway through, which feels like it has given the whole thing away. You quickly find that there is still more to discover but it still feels like a child carefully telling a complicated joke who, seeing the end approaching, gets carried away and blurts out the punchline too early. Continue reading

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Movie Ramblings: Some Guy Who Kills People

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Some Guy who Kills People on the face of it is a horror comedy film about revenge and it does this quite well. But it is also a sort of coming of age story about a man recently released from a psychiatric hospital coming to terms with his traumatic past and attempting to re-integrate into society and his dysfunctional family life. It is this story of adjustment that takes the fore and the gruesome murders that gradually dispose of all his old enemies form an absurdist background. The story is often touching and funny with the gruesome murders nicely done and presenting a nice counterpoint.

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