Review: Sucker Punch (2011)

Sunday, June 26th, 2011 | Movies, Reviews | No Comments

Haha, in my last post I apologized for not posting for more than half a year blaming shitty films for that. The same day I saw Sucker Punch.

A young girl (Baby Doll) is locked away in a mental asylum by her abusive stepfather where she will undergo a lobotomy in five days’ time. The lines between reality and fantasy blur as Baby Doll and her four companions, as well as a mysterious guide, fight to retrieve the five items they need that will allow them to break free from their captors before it’s too late… (IMDb)

What should I say? Watching Sucker Punch was like riding a very good roller-coaster, fast and very well arranged. Score and picture impressed almost as much as Matrix did for me in the 90s – over the top action, slo-mo shots, set in a post-apocalyptic fantasy world, hot chicks fighting giant Samurai, Nazi Zombies (Dead Snow, anybody?) and the like. A perfect match for a brains-out evening.

7.5/10 – Finally a fantasy action film that made my jaw drop again. Not all the time, but quite a lot. Make sure you get this on the big screen or at least in an HD home cinema

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(Long) Weekend of the Dead

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 | Games, Reviews, Series | 4 Comments

This weekend was affected by an all time Zombie high. First, Rockstar released their brand new Red Dead Redemption add-on “Undead Nightmare” and FOX aired a new Zombie series called “The Walking Dead“. This alone made my weekend, but both the game and the series really kicked off big time. It is too early for a full featured review, but so far I enjoyed myself a lot riding one of the horses of the apocalypse making sure I don’t waste ammo by just giving headshots and after that relax by eating a greasy pizza and watching “The Walking Dead” pilot with Zombies that scared even a veteran like me.

“Undead Nightmare” is great value for money as you can get it for 10 bucks. It’s a very well done Zombie apocalypse set in the Wild West, which is pretty much awesome by itself, buit is supported by Rockstar quality storytelling and gameplay! It just feels great to jog into the sunset after clearing another town of the flesh eating infestation!

Talking about “The Walking Dead” I gave the pilot a shot because I saw some pretty breathtaking Zombie make up that looked very promising.

The last time I tried to watch a Zombie series it failed after a few episodes (Dead Set). The pilot of “The Walking Dead” did not disappoint at all, it was very well done, thrilling and quite repelling in a positive way – f*ck, these Zombies are really scary folks! Let’s hope the rest of the series can keep up with the high standard the pilot sets. Tonight I’m going to continue with the first real episode and some gyros – yummy!

“Undead Nightmare” and “The Walking Dead” – both highly recommendable for the Zombie affectionate :mrgreen:

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Review: Resident Evil Afterlife 3D (2010)

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 | Movies, Reviews | No Comments

In a world ravaged by a virus infection, turning its victims into the Undead, Alice continues her deadly battle with the Umbrella Corporation that reaches new heights. A new lead that promises a safe haven from the Undead finally takes her to Los Angeles, but when she arrives the city is overrun by thousands of Undead …

I love me my Resident Evil, games and films alike. So this one was a sure big screen title for me as well. What a pity my “friends” asked me to join the first screening – but only reserved tickets for themselves. Hypocrites. Fuck You. Thank god my wife also holds some good zombie action in high esteem, my trustworthy Resident Evil 4 “use the fricking rocket launcher” wingman. Salazar sure didn’t expect that! One shot and he was a gonner! 😀 Back to the review then …

This film did pretty much everything just right:

  • great actresses/actors: Milla Jovovich as Alice, Ali Larter (hot hot hot!! – as seen in Heroes) as Claire Redfield and sitting in a prison cell … wait for it … here it comes … almost there … Prison Break‘s main character Wentworth Miller as Chris Redfield – how kewl is that?
  • great choreography (that is English for “moves” 😉 )
  • great technical realisation – I liked the 3D in this film better than the massively overhyped Avatar
  • awesome soundtrack! At some point I said so my wife “This background noise reminds me of A Perfect Circle, humming ‘disconnect and self destruct one bullet at a time …’ and a few seconds later the song really kicks in to reveal a frickin’ kewl remix of APCs The Outsider playing alongside the final boss battle: Wesker – I was in 7th heaven. 😎

Don’t take me wrong – if you are not into the Resident Evil thing (and don’t know kewl muzik like APC) you won’t experience the excitement I got an hour ago. Still, it might be a good action flick apart from recent mass bullshit. Give it a go.

8.5 / 10 – An awesome end of days zombie film with hot chicks. A must see for the genre affine.

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Review: Zombieland (2009)

Saturday, November 14th, 2009 | Movies, Reviews | No Comments

Zombieland (2009)

Earth’s population has been decimated by a virus, related to the mad cow disease, that turns everyone into flesh-craving zombies. Only a handful of humans remain, including Columbus, trying to make his way to his home town, where he hopes his parents are still alive. Columbus has long been an outsider and somewhat phobic, which he uses to his advantage in avoiding zombies. In fact, zombies are not his greatest fear: clowns are.

Woody Harrelson and dork Jesse Eisenberg in a zombie flick? Well, you kinda get what you expect, a quite cheesy comedy, but the zombie part is very well done – and very graphic (almost feels real). After watching the opening scene I was completely hooked. See for yourself (wait for the opening credits part starting at 2:35!):

Zombie splatter in slow-mo accompanied by Metallica’s “For Whom The Bell Tolls”. An instant winner 😉

It’s a pity the film cannot stand up to this brilliant start, it’s coming down to a quite good zombie comedy (Zombie Bill Murray, muhhaha), but towards the end it feels kind of random.  I am impressed this film made it into the IMDB Top 250, well done!

I also have to state that I disliked the “senseless destruction” scene. Watching a bunch of Whities whacking an Indian store to pieces…  felt kinda racist to me (yes, there was a cowboy, too, but come on, next time whack a Wall Mart!).

7.5/10 – a modern zombie comedy that almost rocks completely, almost …

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Review: Pontypool (2008)

Monday, August 24th, 2009 | Movies, Reviews | No Comments

Pontypool2008Winter in Canada, a guy is on it’s way to work. It’s early in the morning, still night, he is on his way to his morning shift working as a radio host. What starts as a normal work day soon evolves into a complete mess of news and facts of what is happening on the outside. The viewer stays with the moderator, just listening to the reports of bloodshed and a weird virus that is spread by words! “War of the Worlds” (the radio play!) meets “Tape“.

The main actor is really cool (Stephen McHattie), the story is a refreshing change to the straightforward “atomic waste” or “five kids in the wood” films. Unfortunately the story telling is not good, it just looses it’s logic half way through the film with just random events happening. Still, above average for good acting and a nice idea.

6.5/10 – quite well done but too far fetched and illogic

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