I threw a bunch of words into the title. You may remember that I said I’d be watching five movies in my Guild Wars 2 downtime, and I have, so here are my thoughts on them and if I think you’ll (my readers) like them. I would never concoct some rating system for movie quality as I wouldn’t know what I’m talking about. I’ll try to stay brief.
Less about the extra-terrestrial monsters and more about human relationships, this was a nice movie. Starts off with a pretty crappy guy who gets a bit less crappy as the movie goes on, but the star is his female companion. The pair travel through dangerous land to get back home. The last fifteen minutes are pretty great. Recommended for anyone who wants monsters without horror, and romance that is less sappy and more endearing.
As you may imagine, it’s about a contagion which plagues our modern world unlike anything we’ve seen before. Ignorance, bloggers, greed and SHTF make this plot disturbingly believable and great acting brings this movie to life. Recommended for all readers.
It’s hard to say this is a mindfuck, but my mind was fucked. I had to resolve to wiki-ing the plot afterward. Primer is about two men who are trying to create anti-gravity technology (sort of) and end up with a time machine. That isn’t a spoiler: it’s the reason you watch the movie. Try to not be annoyed by the first 10 minutes where genius-monkeys are obnoxiously talking over each other. It gets very thick and is a test of intelligence until the precise moment where they fuck your mind and you couldn’t have seen it coming. Recommended only for those interested in an intellectual challenge.
Children of Men (2006)
Totally didn’t expect this one to be how it was. For 18 years, women have been infertile. They cannot birth children. It happened suddenly, with miscarriages becoming more frequent over the course of a month, until all women were infertile. It explores how the world would be if we simply did not have children. Schools close, depression ranks amongst many people, the world loses its innocence. Miraculously, a woman becomes pregnant, and this movie is about bringing her and the baby to a group of people who will act as a sanctuary for them both. For your knowledge, “Shanti” is Sanskrit for “peace”. Recommended to everyone, but it can be quite gritty and discomforting at times.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
Finally, a movie I thought I’d hate, but ended up really enjoying. A man creates a cure for alzheimers and begins to raise a super-smart monkey as if it were human. Things spin out of control, and the monkeys have a bit of a non-violent uprising. I really liked the non-violence, watch and see how they worked it out. (some people did die, sadly) Draco from Harry Potter is in it, and he makes a good villain, as you’d expect. I typically depersonify actors as the roles they play. Recommended for those in an action movie kind of mood, because that’s how it will feel, but it’s stimulating.