The Babadook (2014) is a horrific story about a single mother who is plagued by the violent death of her husband, and her son who just can’t seem to behave. He seemingly sees monsters in the very house that they live in, but that is just his imagination, right?
Sin Nombre (2009) is the movie about a Honduran girl trying to migrate to the USA, and the struggles and sacrifices she has to live through during that journey. The movie also centers around members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang who are known for their violent revenge culture and the inability to escape from their reach.
Tonight I went back to the classics with Enemy of the state (1998), the story of hotshot lawyer Robert Dean who becomes the victim of a high stakes identity theft after unknowingly receiving a video portraying a murder. The NSA sets out to recover the tape and to take Dean down in the process.
Seeing this movie after the recent scandals facing the NSA makes this movie all the more important. They foretell a world where mass-surveillance is omnipresent, and everyone should be considered being under suspicion. It seems writer David Marconi wasn’t too far off.
This is one of my favorite movies from the late nineties with high paced action scenes bundled with a dystopian present where trust is no where to be found.
Score: 8/10 (Great)
V for Vendetta (2005) is a movie set in the near future where Great Britain has become a fascist state and a masked vigilante known as “V” conducts guerrilla warfare against the British Government. When “V” rescues a young woman from being arrested by the secret police, he finds an ally to fight the oppressive government forces.
It’s easy to see the parallels with the classic dystopian fiction 1984, both having the totalitarian state and a control of fear. What sets this movie apart is the anarchist vigilante having a firm agenda and executing on it with absolute precision.
Score: 9/10 (Superb)
Even though Oldboy (2003) is a South Korean movie from this century, it has already become something of a cult classic. It’s the story about a man who must deal with the horrors of unknowingly having made someone his enemy.
After suffering through a terrible ordeal being imprisoned without knowing why for a long time, he dedicates his whole being to find the one responsible for his imprisonment after being released for an unknown reason.
It is hard finding the words to adequately describe this two-hour exquisite blend of gory violence, feeling of despair and hopelessness, which at the same time is intertwined with joy and love and sex.
The scenes in this movie are impeccable, with an insane amount of detail in every inch of the background as well as the main elements. The only problem is that it will take multiple viewings to fully appreciate the rich world that is laid out before the viewer.
There’s really nothing else to say – just see it if you haven’t already.
Score: 9/10 (Superb)
Chloe (2009) is a movie about a doctor, played by Julianne More, who hires an escort to seduce her husband, as a way of verifying that her suspicions of him cheating on her.
This was a fairly straightforward and simple movie with a simple predicament, and there is where the problem lies. The story in a way too simple, meaning that any avid movie watcher will smell the plot twist from miles away.
And what’s up with the embarrassingly weak window frame?
Score: 6/10 (Fair)
Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch (2011) is a visually stunning story about a young girl who is institutionalized by her abusive stepfather. As a method of coping, she envisions an elaborate scheme with a goal to free herself from the institution.
Beware, the following text may potentially contain spoilers.
This movie appears to be deeply misunderstood by a lot of people, and since it contains an infinite amount of visually appealing scenes, nazi zombies, monsters and lightly dressed women, overlooking the complex layers of the story may very well just be a unconscious decision.
The key here is that Babydoll is not the protagonist of the movie, but a figment of Sweet Pea’s imagination and doesn’t really exist. Sweet Pea was the one who ended up in therapy at a psychiatric hospital after being sexually abused and accidentally killing her sister when trying to defend her from their stepfather.
All other girls in the brothel were just different aspects of Sweet Pea’s personality, and Babydoll is the "fifth thing" to overcome – The lobotomy of Babydoll was a way for Sweet Pea to let go of her illness and fight back, leading to her imminent "escape", or being cured.
The "second" reality (the brothel) was in fact reality as Sweet Pea visualized it, and an obvious clue is where Blue Jones was stabbed in the shoulder which was present in the "first" reality as well (the hospital as we would see it).
Score: 7/10 (Good)
The A-Team (2010) is a movie based on the popular The A-Team TV series and follows the exciting and daring exploits of a colorful team of former Special Forces soldiers who were set up for a crime they did not commit. Going rogue, they utilize their unique talents to try and clear their names and find the true culprit.
Score: 6/10 (Fair)
The Usual Suspects (1995) is a movie about five conmen, who are brought in for questioning by the police. None of the are guilty, so they join together to perform a retaliation against the police. One of the conmen, Roger “Verbal” Kint (Kevin Spacey) is brought in for questioning regarding a boat explosion resulting in the death of 27 people.
This is a very interesting movie and it is where the name Keyser Söze comes from, which is references in a number of movies and other places. Since this is already a classic, there is not much to be said. Just go and see it if you haven’t!
The Book of Eli is a post-apocapolyptic western movie about Eli (Denzel Washington), who has been on a 30 year long journey, heading west. During this tremendous journey though a wasteland full of thugs, robbers and killers, he tries to stay true to his mission to transport a very important artifact to the west-coast.