This is a heavy 3, verging on 4 stars. The story isn’t overly surprising, but it is told honestly and with very minimal dialogue. Visually it is wonderful. However, I can’t help but feel that if I knew more about Korean culture and Bhuddism, specifically, that a ton of symbolism in the movie would open up to me. It felt like we skipped along the suface of this movie, much like the lake upon which most of the action takes place. Is that a drawback or impetus to research? That will be up to you. Glad it was recommended to us… now we recommend to you…
Just different enough and aimed at an older crowd than the Buffy-verse that it is interesting. But, honestly, just not nearly as compelling as any of the Whedon-conceived properties. But, with only 8 eps a season, you aren’t going to waste a lot of time finding out if it is for you.
Beyond being a tense, quiet indictment of Blair/Bush, Polanski manages to create a (I think) purposefully flawed mystery that leaves you to untangle what was conspiracy, what was coincidence, and what was truth. THe more I turned it over in my head, the less sure I became, but that was mostly due to one or two rather large logic flaws in the script that leave you with contradictions. Thus why I think they were purposeful. If there is a perfect solution to this movie, we didn’t find it, but even with some of its predictability and issues, I do respect it. If you like vintage Hitchcock and conspiracy theory films (without explosions), you’ll likely enjoy this one.
Think Clerks with girls… and, and with a bit of plot. (Nope, sorry, really didn’t like or get Clerks). Not knowing the original comic, can’t speak to its authenticity, but it feels more like a slow, intense coming-of-age movie more than an adapted graphic novel. Also, this is another fun “spot the actor” film as there are a number of soon-to-be-knowns and a couple established in the supporting cast.
If you’re willing to give the movie one absurd premise and let it go from there, there is some fun world-building and thought experiment going on. The action is on the gorey side, though it has one rather unique car chase and it isn’t afraid to play nasty with some of its characters. Wasn’t quite sure what we were going to get, but wasn’t disappointed for our time investment.
This is one of those rare times that Netflix and several friends were wrong. WRONG, I say. First, let me admit that I haven’t read the book. This means that I get to approach the movie as its own entity; which it had better survive if it is to be taken seriously. While there was a great sense of disaster and unblinking, post-apocalyptic ennui, unless you take the whole as allegory it is absurd because of the son. The son, who has known no other life violates everything in world building that I’ve ever learned. He is clearly our representative in this horror wrought upon mankind (and I say that specifically because apparently all women have been eaten or committed suicide other than a very few in this world), which in allegory or metaphor or whatever else you want to dress this up as, could work–except he’s a whiny git that just grated on us. If you take this as a story, the son’s actions and emotions are horribly wrong since he’d have no reference for most of what he says and does. Honestly, we were shouting at the screen and finally, after giving it over an hour, zapped to the end… and were even more annoyed. What the chatter was about this film other than its color-bled bleakness. Just lousy writing and pointless story. A Boy and his Dog did this much better *and* you got to laugh.