Saturday, April 24, 2010

The one & only time you will hear me talk about the Millenium series (that is until -of course- the next one comes out)



I caught up with a movie that has been all the craze worldwide, mostly cause of the best selling novels it is based on. The Millennium series was concocted in Sweden by late writer Stieg Larsson, man that never got the chance to see the immense success his trilogy would have on avid readers worldwide, due to the fact that he died right after sending the book to his publisher.
The first part of this trilogy takes place in Sweden and revolves around two characters that cannot be further apart in similarities. They try to solve a family murder that has been a mystery for close to 40 years and that has haunted a wealthy man that wants to know the facts before his death.

I have not read the novels, so I cannot compare page to screen with this one but I'm quite sure -after having seen Girl With The Dragon Tattoo- that it must surely be a better read that viewing. Not to say this isn't an intriguing film, it's just that it all felt like The Da Vinci Code redux. Not to mention the numerous twists that kept getting thrown at me are were mostly very preposterous and -dare I say it- boring in execution.

Director Niels Arden Oplev tries to tighten the screws -and the plot- but has too much to handle in his ultimately failed execution. He does some things right, especially in the film's first half which introduces us to characters that I swear I had seen before in other much more qualified pictures- man and woman played respectively by Michale Nyqvis and Noomi Rapace. The main actors are fine but never astounding or brilliant- in other words they do the job but not in any highly qualified way.

What we are left with is a movie competently made by professionals but far from being the risky project it intends to be and more lenient towards Hollywood formula than it would lend itself to believe (so much so that a hollywood remake is in the works). It's a professionally well made film that had me thinking about better foreign movies that are more deserving of word of mouth.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

'Hillbilly Nightmare' & an Image 4/20/10





I guess disturbing is the right way to explain two of Deliverance's creepiest scenes. One is @ the beginning and somewhat of a simple & non threatening scene -involving an inbred kid playing a banjo- although there doesn't appear to be much of a threat, the scene sets up a tense sense of dread to come later on, especially the so called Piece de Resistance which has to do with Image #2: a disturbing rape scene that sets up a nasty and paranoiac chain of events in the film.

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