Movie Review: Don’t Breathe

This is one of my most anticipated horror movies of the year. I saw this trailer during my lunch break and it got me really scared that I screamed. Rainy days are lazy days for me but I still chose to watch this as soon as I found out that it’s already showing.

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Synopsis:

A group of cat burglars decided to steal from a blind ex-war veteran who got a huge amount of money in his decrepit house. Unknown to them, the blind, old man is more dangerous and deadly than all three of them combined.

 

Likes:

Plot – it’s refreshing to see this kind of horror/thriller film without your usual ghosts, demons, zombies or other worldly entities. The story is very linear and simple and can happen in real life which made it scarier, not to mention the antagonist which is a person.

Characters – I actually found myself rooting for the blind man more than the main characters until the climax of the film. That’s what I love about this movie, you will understand where the characters come from and will root for either the protagonist or the antagonist.

Execution – it’s nice to know that Sam Raimi didn’t use gore (see Evil Dead) to elicit scares in this film. It’s very simple yet very effective in keeping the audience at the edge of their seat.

Stephen Lang – as the blind man, he delivered just the right amount of emotions for you to feel his pain and be scared of him at the same time.
Dislikes:

Subplot (or the twist) – for me, I find it a little bit out of place. I thought that it’s not really needed on the film because the main plot itself is scary enough but I guess, the writer/s needed that twist for us to root for (and then hate) the blind man.

Over All impression:

I was NOT disappointed at all! I knew that this is a good film not just because it had a good trailer. It’s a new kind of horror for me. Something that can happen in real life and with that thought, you will also think, as you watch, on what you’ll probably do when you’re the character. One thing I like about this film also is that there’s no booboo scenes. For me, the characters made all the right choices based on common sense. You know, when you’re watching a horror film and you’re telling the character not to go down the basement kind of thing? Yep, I didn’t see it here.

 

7 tiaras out of ten.

 

Movie Review: Train to Busan

I saw a Facebook post of my friend who watched this and I thought that it might be one of those “Oscar-ish” kind of film so I was not really interested at first. And since it’s a Labor Day (long) weekend, I decided to check what’s showing in the theaters online and found out that this movie dominates the nearest mall (with 5 cinema houses) and I thought that it must be worth a try, so I found myself in the movie theater without any idea as to what it really is about. Based from the movie poster, I thought that it might be a story about a tragedy on a train or something like that.

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Synopsis:

A father granted her daughter’s birthday wish to see her mother (his ex-wife) and made an early trip to Busan (a province or city in South Korea). Little did they know that on their trip, an infected passenger was able to come aboard without the conductor’s knowledge and this lead to an event that tested the survival instincts of all the passengers.
Likes:

Plot – it was an effin’ zombie movie! But more than that, it showcased two of Korean film making’s strongest strengths – horror and drama. You will think that it might be a rip off of The Walking Dead but for me it’s more of a World War Z/The Walking Dead/Snakes on a Plane kind of movie.

Acting – the actor who played the father was very familiar to me, I watched some of his Korean TV series aired locally before and he was good, but apart from him, the child actress was amazing. But what really awed me are the zombies – they’re not your usual brain dead zombies but more of a predator/hunter/contortionist/athlete zombies who are really rabid and really scary.

Characters Рclich̩ but very effective. You will root for them, you will hate some, you will relate to some. Their mixture is kind of like in an anim̩ series but they compliment each other really well.

Humor – aside from being a horror movie (with drama), there are bits of humor injected in the film that made some scenes light despite of the characters fighting for zombies.

Character Background – not as well-sketched as I want in a movie but you will get the gist of every characters’ story. Though it’s not really needed for a film like this to dwell on each character but you will know what motivates them and will understand their actions and decisions.

Dislikes:

Plot – I know that it’s one of my Likes up there but I dislike it a little bit because the film didn’t really show how the outbreak originated, I assumed that it’s because of a biochemical gas leak, but it was not really explained why. I am a person who needs to know the reason to everything. LoL.

Over All Impression:

I loved the film. Now I know why it was such a hit even without a proper ad or anything like that but just through word of mouth and social media posts. I loved some of the characters and even felt sad when some of them didn’t make it in the end, which was expected for a film like this. Korean films are one of those that I respect so much when it comes to horror and drama (Miracle in Cell No. 7). If you’re a sucker for horror movies especially the zombie genre, this is a much watch. If you like tear-jerkers, this is also a must watch. If you love both, you NEED to see this.

8 tiaras out of ten.