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A pretty decent movie, any horror fan will like this, though it is not without flaws.
Not massively impressed with this one, yes it had amazing visuals and competent acting, but that is to somewhat be expected with a movie that has a 100M+ budget and thousands of very talented people working on it.
"Welcome to the Jungle" did a massive injustice to 1995 film, because the core idea seemed have been made up on a whim. I always thought the first film was cool because the game was like some kind of an alternate reality which was supposed to be REAL, like a parallel world which was done brilliantly because even an eight-year-old could grasp that concept. This was expressed with the antagonist Van Pelt who was a turn-of-the-century hunter and made the film exciting... What did we get with this film, an N64 game? What a joke. It's also worth noting that Welcome to the Jungle, does not follow the concept Jumanji as Alan (Robin Williams) had aged 26 before coming back to our world.
Did I mention Antagonist? Yes Van Pelt appeared in the film but added nothing to it. Unbelievable, so I would sum this up as an action-packed blockbuster... with no wit, humour or villain. Which is the whole point of the Jumanji game.
Where could they take Jumanji in a future film? Give it online capabilities? Damn.
There is also a fun irony that maybe the producers didn't realise; game developers have to loop a lot of characters (those of you who have seen will understand) and keep plots minimalistic in order to fit it onto a disk. So are we saying that Jumanji has a memory limit? Or can we admit this branch of the franchise needs to be quashed?
Why this movie wasn't given any attention this year is mind boggling. It's the bookend to The Shape of Water, which also is an excellent film. The story mirrors 'Shape' with both its love and cruelty, empathy and fear and overall sadness and horror of what we do to survive. Taking place right before WWI (1914) it's a history lesson, per se, that lets us evaluate how far we've come as a race or how much more we have to learn as humans to understand the meaning of life on earth. Score is excellent and carries along the story line letting you escape with ease. The movie starts with the line "We're never very far from those we hate, for this very reason we shall never be truly close to those we love - an appalling fact.' The true meaning comes at the end of the film. Ray Stevenson is excellent as misanthrope Gruner. The cast rounds out with David Oakes and Aura Garrido in roles that must have been grueling to perform (especially Garrido in all that FX skin). This movie will stay with me as did The Shape of Water - I think even more so.
I very much enjoyed Dunkirk but ultimately I think it was way-way over-hyped. After seeing a number of raving reviews I was expecting something on the epicness scale like Saving Private Ryan but in my opinion, it was good but not great and certainly not epic.
It's not like the evacuation of Dunkirk hasn't been done time and time again, in fact, a film with exactly the same title was released in 1958. There are hundreds, maybe thousands of unique heroic events that happened during WW2 and it would have been great to bring some of those into the spotlight.
With Nolan having a history of bringing something we have never seen before to the screen with films like Inception, going for The Battle of Dunkirk seemed strange.
The non-chronological format of the movie only served to confuse and in retrospect is a little pedantic. Would I watch again? Not for a long time.
Well well, what can I say about this film? Nothing really because I am still trying to figure out what I just saw, except this sorcery was well put together.
This movie was really quite awesome. It takes the internet reality game show horror genre which has calved a solid niche in the last 15 + years and kept it really simple with just a phone and ever increasingly intense "challenges". If the protagonist completes all 13 he gets to keep millions of dollars which have incrementally surmounted starting at $1000 for killing a fly.
13 Sins ensures a wtf moment around every corner, unfortunately I think this also happened to the director upon realising there would have to be a well-rounded ending in the closing stages of filming. It just felt that the beginning and middle took such a charge it was basically impossible to make an ending that would fully satisfy an eager movie fan.
An equivalency could be made with the T.V show lost except you don't have to wait years for it, non the less it moves this movie from a 4 to a 3.5 for me.
Come to think about it the end part of the film almost completely disintegrates due to bad (or at least not very well thought out) plot twists which some viewers may find nice, for me they were just not plausible in some cases. Never the less 13 Sins is still Highly recommended by me.