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Movie Ramblings: The Green Inferno

The Green Inferno is a pretty standard horror film based on the fear of the unknown, in this case undiscovered tribes in the South American jungle. As you would expect from this genre of film it is stuffed full of one dimensional characters, cheesy dialogue, terrible acting, outrageous racial stereotypes and over the top gore and violence.

The first 25 minutes of this film are so astoundingly dull and full of cheesy dialogue, rubbish acting and stereotypical characters that several times I wondered whether it would be more interesting to turn it off and go and watch the paint dry on the walls I was taking a break from painting. Continue reading

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Movie Ramblings: Stake Land

Stake Land is a post apocalypse vampire story and has more in common with many zombie stories like 28 Days Later and The Walking Dead than a traditional vampire tale. It is set an unspecified time after an outbreak of vampires has ended civilisation as we know it (called America in this film). Presumably it has been some time since the outbreak as when the vampires show up very early on in the film none of the characters seem surprised, nor do they seem surprised when a seemingly expert vampire hunter turns up out of the blue either. The lack of surprise seems to be spread rather too thick though as one of the main characters seems to be totally unsurprised that a vampire has just wiped out his entire family (spoilers).

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Movie Ramblings: Purge

Not to be confused with The Purge series of films, this historical drama/modern day crime film follows 2 women from different generations and explores the similarities between their very different lives.

A young girl on the run in Estonia stumbles into the yard of an old woman who remembers worse times when Russian communists took control of the country. Told mostly in flashback to early communist times and to much more recent times in the modern sex trade, we soon learn that these two seeming strangers have a lot more in common than it first seems. Continue reading

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Movie Ramblings: Hanna

Hanna is a young girl raised from birth by her father to be an expert tracker, hunter and assassin. For what mysterious purpose he has done this we are not really sure until one day she decides she is ready to leave their wilderness home and enter the outside world. The resulting film is a strange mix of realism, over the top violence and psychedelic MTV music video. Continue reading

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Movie Ramblings: Sicario

In Sicario Emily Blunt plays Kate, a naive FBI agent who gets offered the chance to make a difference in the war on drugs by joining an inter agency task force. Kate soon realises that the other agencies work very differently from her by-the-book approach and she does not approve of their methods. Continue reading

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Movie Ramblings: The Purge – Anarchy

The follow up to The Purge starts 1 year after first film with the date explicitly stated but we aren’t entirely sure why this matters. After all, the only links between the 2 films are the concept of the Purge and one character who makes a very brief appearance here. Maybe it is to emphasise the fact that the second film was released the year after the first.

Anarchy abandons the intimate enclosed setting of the first for the wide open streets.¬†It is more Escape from New York or The Warriors than Silent House. Like Alien and Aliens the first film is an elegantly crafted claustrophobic thriller while the second is a sprawling macho gun-fest. While both are entertaining I can’t help but feel that the second has sacrificed much of the elegance of the first. Continue reading