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From the director that brought us "Trainspotting," Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later is a stylish zombie horror movie that was able to stay true to the roots of the genre and propelling it forward at the same time. The outcome of the best zombie movies of the past years, and indeed a movie that excels the genre, and is a good film in its own right and available on the best movie site.. The story starts with a group of radical animal rights activists breaking into a research facility where "the man" is performing some horrid experiments on some poor chimpanzees. Being the defenders of all things furry and small, the activists set immediately to work releasing the animals. However, they are obstructed by a superficially insomniac scientist. Obviously distraught, the researcher notifies the activists that freeing the chimps so would be a totally bad idea. "The animals are infected." "Infected with what?" "Rage."
If you were the scientist who knows what is at stake, you might have tried to come up with a more substantial argument. At least something that sounds a bit more communicable. The word used, "rage", does not look that life-threatening. Nature-loving folks feel a similar way too, as they continue to free the chimp that quickly attacks them. Turmoil follows. Later on in the movie, a new character was introduced. 28 days later, Jim awakens from a coma in an empty hospital. Eventually, he found out that the entire London has been seemingly abandoned. This preliminary arrangement of Jim drifting the empty streets of that amazing city is effective and creepy. Jim meets a pair of other survivors as well as the convulsive zombie creatures who have been called as the "infected." The infection is apparently transmitted through the blood. Once a person is exposed, a healthy human being has only ten to twelve seconds before they become a tremendously angry, bloodthirsty zombie. The ten to twelve-second rule is a stimulating device. It establishes excellent tension in any scene where somebody might have been exposed to the infected blood. Purists will debate that the infected aren't technically zombies because these creatures are still alive. Well, at least not in the George Romero sense. Nonetheless, the movie is close enough when it comes to the theme and tone. You can comfortably categorize it as a "Zombie Horror."
Generally, the first two-thirds of the movie were amazing. You will find excellent performances, an attractive story, and great character development. It even features a shopping series, in a fun nod to the influential "Dawn of the Dead" by Romero. Jim is a complicated character. His unconscious and continuous hunt for a father figure after the loss of his own father was truly convincing. Unluckily, the movie wavers slightly in the third act. That differs in tone and features uncertain characterization. It's strong from the DVD, featuring not only different endings but also a different third act. Moviemakers might have been not certain as to how to deal with the end of the story. Ultimately, the ending they prefer is effective enough while not as amazing as what heralded it. Still, it doesn't lower massively from the movie as a whole. In one version, Jim passed after being shot. However, the women survived to inform the plane. Another has the women survive physically, but Selena having a talk with a chicken as though it were Jim tells she might not have survived the experience mentally intact. In one more ending, Jim perishes, while the women cure his gunshot wound, recalling the crash that left him unconscious. The storyboarded variety had Frank survive his infection when Jim sacrifices his blood for a total transfusion. Nonetheless, Boyle abandoned the concept as impracticable. Often mistaken as a zombie movie, 28 Days Later is considered a story about an infectious disease outbreak at the same time the transfer of societal systems that ensue. Writer Alex Garland and Director Boyle quoted the "Dead" films of George A. Romero throughout the movie. They identified "The Day of the Triffids" by John Wyndham and the famous video game "Resident Evil" as the inspiration of the movie.
The movie was released a few years in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The missing person's flyers felt significant of those posted by loved ones looking for those going through the calamity. The movie was mainly based on fiction, but the setting of a post-apocalyptic world was that much more frightening. The movie was acknowledged by Stylus Magazine as one of the best zombie films of all-time. Not to mention that they also ranked 456 in Empire's 2008 list of the 500 greatest films of all-time. Bloody Disgusting also placed them as number 7 in their Top 20 Horror Films of the Decay. With a plethora of tributes, 28 Days Later was considered a unique sort of movie. Many individuals would claim that it opened an opportunity for a new era of apocalyptic, survival kind of TV series or films. In fact, most of the images displayed and showcased in 28 Days Later are indicative of the mega-hit AMC TV series The Walking Dead. For instance, Jim, Rick Grimes from TWD, also wakes in an empty hospital. He was abandoned and disordered. The TV series discovers the concept of safety doesn't necessarily denote actual safety. Often, the livings are more risky and dangerous than the active diseased. Individuals who are willing for more of this horrible story had their wish granted with 28 Weeks Later were released in 2007. The movie was played by Rose Byrne and Robert Carlyle. A worthy sequel, the movie didn't bear too like the original. Yet the left wanting the audience with another chapter. To sum up, 28 Days Later is surely a tilt-up movie. If you have not seen this film yet, it's surely worth a watch because it's one of the pillars of the movie history and development. Make sure you bring your friends when watching it too!
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"The Ring" Movie Review (1996)
This TV movie based on the novel of the same name by famous author Danielle Steele isn't really my sort of thing, but I thought I'd give it a try anyway. Had I known it would be a rather gruelling 3-hour affair, maybe I wouldn't have! I didn't exactly dislike the movie, but I found it to be overlong. The film stars Nastassja Kinski as Ariana von Gotthard, a young girl whose mother commits suicide and who, along with her father Walmar (played by Michael York) and brother Gerhard (Rupert Penry-Jones) plan to escape Germany. Walmar is the vice chairman of a successful bank and doesn't like what Germany has become; he's managed to shield Gerhard from being forced into the army for a long time, but that cannot last. After the childen help a friend Max Thomas (Tim DeKay) to escape after his wife is murdered by the Nazis, the von Gotthard's hatch their own escape plan. Trying to avoid suspicion Walmar crosses the border to Switzerland with Gerhard and returns home to get Ariana, but he's murdered by soldiers before he can get back and the family's maid shops Ariana to the Gestapo.
From there it's a tortuous tale of Ariana wondering what's happened to her family, being brutalised by soldiers, finding love again, losing the man she loves, nearly dying, escaping overseas under an assumed name, finding love once more but losing it again, trying to find her brother, her brother's journey from Switzerland to Paris, finding love, finding out he's been tricked, Max getting to America and trying to find the people who helped him to escape all those years ago... You get the picture. The plot is complex and multi-layered, and despite a couple of scenes which seemed a bit too far-fetched, rather interesting. Even though it's not really my sort of film, I did find myself getting drawn into the web of intrigue and caring about some of the characters. The movie is quite nicely filmed with sets and effects much better than those in your average TC movie. One of the main problems I had with it was the music - while it was good in itself, it was rather overbearing and tended to detract from rather than add to the atmosphere and intensity of several scenes. It also occasionally made it difficult to actually hear what the characters were saying on a couple of occasions. The performances were, on the whole, good. The opening scene lacked the power it should have had due to the overbearing music problem mentioned above being ridiculous at that point, and Michael York, while making a fairly convincing German, struggled to convince in a couple of scenes. Apart from all the angst and tragedy, the movie does make some interesting observations about the attitudes of the time and human nature in general.
There was the occasional lighter moment, though most of it was relentlessly oppressive in terms of atmosphere - however this was appropriate due to the setting. I have a limited tolerance for movies being depressing; if you like movies based on Danielle Steele / Catherine Cookson books, you'll probably really enjoy this. It's nicely made if a little too melodramatic. It's rated 12A (UK), presumably for the violence and sex scenes (which were a shade stronger than you'd expect in this rating of film). If you like this sort of film then I think it's a good example of the genre; if not, you'll probably find the long sequence of tortuous nearly but not quite finding each other scenes too lengthy to hold your interest. I fall more towards the latter category, though I can still appreciate that this is a well-made movie, much better than you'd expect from a TV movie. (Not that it's inspired me to borrow my mother's Catherine Cookson DVD collection! I think you can have too much gritty northern realism...) - iMDB
Tron Legacy: Dvd Review
I love the first TRON film. Sure, the effects aren't exactly impressive by today's standards and the acting was embarrassingly bad at times, but I still love it. Back in 1982 the effects were mind-blowing of course, and as a young boy interested in the exciting new technology called computing I lapped it all up, seeing the movie several times. Even now I still enjoy watching it now and then, although I have to admit that pure nostalgia definitely plays a part in my enjoyment of the film.
Fast forward 28 years and the sequel, TRON Legacy; computers are an everyday part of our lives, CGI is just as commonplace, and the basic idea which TRON introduced is now old-hat. Would the sequel be able to put together a strong enough storyline, impressive enough effects and a good enough cast to be seen as a worthy successor to TRON? I'm happy to say that in most respects, TRON Legacy is a great film - to my relief (and, I admit, slightly to my surprise).
The storyline takes up years after the events of the first film; Flynn (Jeff Bridges reprising his role) has mysteriously gone missing after many visits back into the virtual world; he leaves behind a son, Sam (Garrett Hedlund) who could be Encom's chairman if he wanted, but instead has become a motorbike riding wild child with a penchant for mischief, disrupting board meetings and what seems to be a combination of gymnastics and martial arts. Alan Bradley (Bruce Boxleitner), also a character from the first film (TRON being his alter-ego in the virtual world) is a lone voice in the boardroom, with Flynn's ideals of open-sourcing and freedom of information long gone, replaced by the profitable release of an expensive new operating system with virtually no genuinely new features every year. A relative of Dillinger also sits on the board, though his character seems to be there purely as a name-dropping exercise from the first movie.
You just can't have TRON without light cycles! Anyway, let's ignore the board meeting - it's one of the least interesting parts of the film. Shortly afterwards Alan sees Sam about being paged by Flynn from his derelict arcade in town - with Flynn missing for years this is very odd, so off goes Sam to investigate. One thing leads to another and he ends up being zapped into the virtual world. Fortunately, he's good at playing games... like father, like son.
Sam meets Zuse, with Gem in the background. altadefinizione.today This is, of course, where things start to become really interesting. While the good and bad programs are still neatly delineated into blue and red for us, there are also other colours, more types of program, the programs have more defined personalities than in the first film, and there's even a new life form. The concept of kissing, originally introduced to the digital world by Flynn, seems to have really caught on (if the scene in the bar is anything to go by). Apart from one notable exception, the programs are not depicted as being digital counterparts to their real-world programmers. The action sequences are handled well and there's occasional, well-placed use of humour to vary the pace. The characters and plot are more than interesting enough to hold things together - especially in the digital world, which is where most of the film takes place.
The visuals are a veritable feast for the eyes - after all, if any film was ever going to lend itself perfectly to CGI, it's a game actually set inside the computer. The music and sound effects are great, very suitable for the film and somehow echoing the original's soundtrack while at the same time being completely fresh and original. I'd never heard of "Daft Punk", but as it turns out they were an inspired choice to do the soundtrack. Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde (Quorra) make an attractive screen couple (even if they're not exactly a couple for most of the movie), and Jeff Bridges, a screen legend, doesn't do much wrong. There is a CGI-aided younger version of himself which doesn't look quite right, but I didn't find it detracted too much from the movie. The rest of the cast are up to the job and Michael Sheen (Castor / Zuse) gives an extraordinary performance. The storyline is gripping right up to the finale. It's near the end that I felt TRON Legacy let itself down a little. With an eye clearly on sequels, there were some important questions left unanswered, and without (hopefully!) giving too much away, TRON's change of heart near the end didn't really seem to have much reason behind it. What exactly happened to Flynn at the end is also left largely unanswered. Despite the fact that I really enjoyed the vast majority of the film, the opening sequences in the real world didn't really convince me and the ending didn't quite pull it off either, so I'm rating it 4 stars rather than 5.
For once I did actually look at the DVD extras (having missed this at the cinema - after waiting two decades for them to make a sequel to TRON!! - the DVD of TRON Legacy is the only DVD I've ever pre-ordered before it's released).
The DVD extras are:
- First look at TRON: Uprising, the Disney XD animated series - well, it's short and... that's about it. Uninspiring but possibly nice if you're looking forward to that series.
- Visualising TRON - a look at the special effects used in TRON and the general conceptualising of the digital world. Interesting stuff.
- Installing the cast - a nice look at how the cast were chosen and who they are. More info on | Fmovies official site
Being a fan of the original TRON movie isn't required to enjoy this one, although it probably helps a little and certain references are going to be missed by those who aren't familiar with the story. Slight dissatisfaction with the ending aside, TRON Legacy is a hugely entertaining movie.