Plot: In an attempt to rectify their criminal past, a once successful Hollywood starlet, turned prostitute, and a petty, misogynistic thief, set out together to solve a high profile child abduction case in San Francisco.
Tagline: Zelda has some baggage.
Review: I admit I got about as far as Najarra and Tom sitting in the cafe and her chowing down like there’s no tomorrow. That was enough to tell me this film was absolute rubbish and a waste of time and money. I give this a zero out of 100, it was that bad.
Verdict: Cheesy, predictable, failed to rise to any occasion.
This is the first major film executed by writer and director Olatunde Osunsanmi, who is a protégé of independent film director Joe Carnahan.
In 1972, a scale of measurement was established for alien encounters. When a UFO is sighted, it is called an encounter of the first kind. When evidence is collected, it is known as an encounter of the second kind. When contact is made with extraterrestrials, it is the third kind. The next level, abduction, is the fourth kind. However, in the case of this movie, I would have to say that it was a close encounter of the supernatural kind.
When it comes to a movie with Milla Jovovich starring, I will jump on the bandwagon and watch the film as soon as it is available. However, as great as an actress she is, (and also in my own laminated list of top 5) this movie did not quite do it for me.
For those who have seen the movie already, you will know what I am talking about. For those who have not seen it, be prepared for a let-down.
While the acting of Milla is no less than great, and some of the scenes somewhat intriguing, there was a lot that can be said by the account of the storyline, which seemed to border more on the lines of Supernatural possession more than Alien abduction.
In some scenes, we see the witness being “possessed” and speaking in Sumerian language…. A language that has been extinct for more than 3,000 years. Now while I can appreciate the love for an extinct language and a race, I doubt that many people alive today would be able to understand and speak it fluently as the Historian seemed to do just as easily as eating cornflakes. Nice try, but somehow I don’t think ET’s would be in the habit of possessing a host and speaking in a language that is extinct that only one historian on the planet can seem to understand. Maybe the historian is fluent in 6 million forms of communication.
While I do enjoy a good horror flick and getting a chill factor, this moved me about as much as the flick Antichrist.
Was it good for a movie – It was okay
Was it as good as Paranormal Activity – No. Absolutely not.
While I can appreciate Olatunde’s debut film, I for one need a little more scares in my fear factor 🙂
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A little while ago, a family friend had seen the movie Antichrist in a cinema in Moscow. Her feedback was that the movie was labeled as Horror. So you can imagine that I had been waiting to see this.
After all, William DaFoe is a brilliant actor, so this horror flick was something that I wanted to see…
Sadly, not all movies are great, and as for this one, it was a 109 minutes that I can never get back.
Okay, without giving everything away about the movie, this is the full synopsis:
Chapter One: Grief
At the child’s funeral, She collapses and spends a month mostly unconscious in the hospital. When she wakes, She is crippled with grief and He, a therapist, takes it upon himself to talk his wife through the grief process. He has her flush her prescribed medication down the toilet. After a less-than-fruitful time of catharsis at home, during which She tries to hide the pain with sex, He decides exposure therapy will be effective. She tells him that she is most afraid at a cabin in the woods at which she spent time alone with Nic the previous summer, whilst writing a thesis on gynocide. The couple travel to Eden, the cabin. During the journey He sees a deer which is mid-stillbirth – a calf is protruding from its rear end.
Chapter Two: Pain (Chaos Reigns)
When at the cabin, She again attempts to have sex with her husband. He does not comprehend her fear of the natural world and tries to solve her fears with psychotherapy, despite their relationship creating a conflict of interest. She becomes increasingly manic and grief-stricken. Meanwhile, the natural world surrounding the cabin continually proves itself to be forbidding and nihilistic; acorns pelt the cabin like gunfire, and at one point He comes across a self-disembowelling fox which seems to utter the words, “Chaos reigns”. He begins to understand his wife’s fear of nature: that the nihilism seen in nature is just as present in humanity.
Chapter Three: Despair (Gynocide)
While searching the cabin, He finds materials studied by his wife for her thesis: pictures of witch-hunts and a scrapbook filled with articles and notes on misogynist topics, in which her handwriting becomes more illegible as the pages go on. She, due to intense self-blame over Nic’s death, comes to embrace the belief that women are inherently evil. He confronts her with Nic’s autopsy report, which states that the bones in both of his feet were distorted. In a toolshed, He finds photographs of Nic, in which his boots are regularly on the wrong feet. She attacks her husband mid-coitus in the shed, crushing his genitals with a block of wood. While he is unconscious, She masturbates him until he orgasms, ejaculating blood onto her shirt and face. She then drills a hole through his calf, and bolts a heavy millstone to his leg. She flees outside leaving him unconscious in the shed, throwing the tool She used to tighten the millstone under the cabin.
He wakes up and drags himself away, finding a foxhole in which to hide. While She frantically searches for him, He finds a crow buried alive, which makes noise upon waking, giving away his hiding place. He beats it repeatedly but it survives. She finds him and tries burying him alive, but digs him up several hours afterwards.
Chapter Four: The Three Beggars
During a confrontation in the house, She takes a pair of scissors and performs a clitoridectomy upon herself, and curls up on the floor in agnonising pain.
During the night the couple are visited by “the 3 Beggars” (a deer who represents grief, a fox who represents pain and a crow who represents despair) and acorns again beat against the roof of the cabin. Hearing the crow under neath the floor board he breaks through the through the floor of the shed, discovering the tool with which to release the millstone from his leg, and then strangles his wife, killing her. He burns the body outside the cabin on a pyre, which was shown upon his arrival at the cabin.
He makes his way from the cabin, finding a patch of berries along the way and eats the berries from the ground. Upon reaching the top of a hill, he turns around and sees “the 3 Beggars” (deer, fox and crow) behind him slowly fading away until completely gone. He looks down to see hundreds of women rushing up the hill towards him, their faces white and blurred.
If you are expecting a good horror movie, then to be honest I would wait for something more decent to be released.
If however, you like your films with a lot of slow-motion B&W sex scenes; rape scenes (she raping him); and what is apparently a lot of torture porn, thenI would still wait for this to go to BitTorrent or hire from your local video store when it goes to a weekly rental 🙂
For something a little different, I am posting a topic of what I think of my novel becoming a movie.
For some time now I have wondered who would star in the line-up of characters.
Mind you, this is just for fun so feel free to comment on this and leave your thoughts
- Alex Manning – Vasily Stepanov
- Jamiesonn – Zachary Quinto
- Drake Winters – Ray Liotta
- Usher – Graham Greene
- Karen – Simone Buchanan
- Wang – Colin Chou
As for director? I think M. Night Shyamalan would make a wonderful adaptation of the book
These would be the main characters. Of course, I do like the performance of some other actors, but I think the above mentioned actors would fit the film adaptation quite nicely.