March 19th, 2006


The Descent

So, I knew this going in:

  • A Neil Dog Soldiers Marshall film
  • Leads are all women

and that's really all you need to know about this film.

I didn't feel like I had a handle on the characters' names, let alone their personalities, before everything descended (ahem) into chaos - too much rowdy talking over each other. Mind you, me playing the guitar at the same time probably didn't help.

The usual "I threw the map away" dumber-than-a-dead-badger moment, and then mayhem. Once the monster bit kicks off, the lighting changes - there's a lot less darkness, and far more cave areas that are obviously lit by studio lighting. Oh, well. Ending wasn't too bad.

The scariest moment was early on, when one character just gets stuck trying to get through a small passage. Forget monsters: being unable to move or turn around, two miles underground - now that is scary.
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Into the Blue

Oh dear. Still, at least I had an idea what to expect.

So, Paul Walker (The Fast and the Furious) and Jessica Alba (Dark Angel, hence why I wanted to see this) are divers in the Bananas. Walker is obsessed with finding sunken treasure, and thus making lots of money. Alba just wants to be With Her Man. Enter Walker's fast-talking, morally vacant, obviously-stupid brother and his girlfriend of fourteen hours. Then cue finding a crashed plane full of drugs, and a legendary sunken vessel.

Debate about the drugs. Need money to raise wreck. At this point, it could go either way, but you know it won't, because it's not that kind of movie (i.e. one with a modicum of sense). So, moron brother gets them all dragged into trouble with the plane's owner, and it all goes downhill from there.

Alba struggles here, alas. I thought she did a much better job playing Max in DA, but she seems rather unconvincing in this role. Possibly it's the terrible script, but that's never been a problem for, say, Christopher Walken.

Generally, it doesn't deliver as a convincing movie, nor does it have what's needed for a out-and-out action movie. It's just lacking in ambition all round. And beautiful scenery and undersea footage don't make up for it.

So I went off and watched Lemony Snicket again, which was much, much better than this or the Descent, put together.
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V For Vendetta

The most important bit: No, V doesn't take his mask off. In that respect, if nothing else, this measurably improves on Judge Dredd.

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Overall, I'd say this is much, much better than I'd feared, and it retains enough of the original to be surprisingly bold, as a statement, given the current climate. But Moore's book is some much more, and so much better. I strongly recommend anyone who hasn't read the original to do so - twice, in succession.