A Random Blog of Everything I like
I have been pretty busy for R.I.P Challenge. I have 3 movies to share now…although they were actually being watched before I published my post about joining R.I.P challenge. These three movies are for my Peril On Screen. You can see more reviews at the Review Site.
These three movies have different kind of suspense. Two are psychological thriller and one is supernatural thriller. The two psychological thrillers are also different one another, one deals with a man no one had ever seen and the other one deals with beat in the wild.
The Machinist (2004)
Director : Brad Anderson
Writer : Scott Kosar
Starring : Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, John Sharian, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Michael Ironside.
Story: Trevor Reznik (Christian Bale) hadn’t been sleeping for a year and lost weight to a scary degree. He was working as a machinist. One day, he met a man named Ivan who claimed to be as one of the replacement in the factory where Trevor works. The meeting led to a dreadful accident. Trevor was haunted by Ivan.
The Machinist is an amazing movie!! I can’t say much about the story because if you know just the slightest idea of how it is and then you can guess it out from my review…then it won’t be good anymore. The machinist’s greatness lies on the ending and how unpredictable it was. Although I could figure out who Ivan might be but I couldn’t figure out why Ivan showed up. I always enjoy movies where everything was revealed at the end. I give big applause to Scott Kosar for coming up with such story.
Bale was brilliant here!! He made himself as thin as a paper…it was scary seeing how thin he was. His protruding bones made me shiver. He was such a dedicated actor up to the point of destructive. To be that thin needs extra work. Not only his physic that awed me, his acting was, as always, really good. We could feel his emotion and his pain through the way he talked and moved. In my eyes, although the other actors/actresses are also great…but Bale alone is the one who stands up and make it as an amazing movie.
Director : James Wan
Writer : Leigh Whannell
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Barbara Hershey, Lin Shaye, Andrew Astor, Leigh Whannell
Story : Renai and Josh Lambert (Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson) have recently moved into a new house with their three children. When their son, Dalton, fell down the ladder and causing him to sleep in inexplicable coma, Renai started seeing and hearing ghost in their new house. So sure that the house was haunted, Renai forced Josh to move to a new house…but the haunting continues. Josh’s mother contacted Elise Reiner, a psychic. The cause of the haunting was something they never had expected.
What I like the most about insidious is how the ghosts showed up…they showed up in the most casual way that easily scared me is it happens around me. Can you imagine getting out of the room with your gramophone playing a song you like and suddenly changed to another song you never heard of and someone was running through your house halls? That’s just damn creepy!! They didn’t overdo the appearance of the ghosts like most horror movies. Simple appearance is the one that makes a good horror movie. I also like the ending…remember that I hate forced happy ending especially in horror movies…Insidious doesn’t have that kind of ending. However, I can only give it 3 stars because something is missing from this movie…I can’t quite say what it is, it just doesn’t awe me much.
The Grey (2012)
Director: Joe Carnahan
Screenplay: Joe Carnahan, Ian MacKenzie Jeffers
Based on: Ghost Walker by Ian MacKenzie Jeffers
Starring: Liam Neeson, Frank Grillo, Dermot Mulroney, Dallas Roberts, Joe Anderson, Nonso Anozie, James Badge Dale
Story: John Ottway (Liam Neeson) works in Alaska killing the wolves that threaten an oil drilling team. On his last day on the job, Ottway writes a letter to his wife Ana (Anne Openshaw) that he plans to commit suicide. While holding the barrel of a rifle in his mouth, Ottway hears the howl of a wolf, and pulls the trigger, but the gun doesn’t fire. Upon completing the job, the team and Ottway head home on a plane that crashes in a blizzard. The remaining people (they who survived the crash) had to defend themselves against a pack of grey wolves.
For a thriller movie…The Grey was utterly boring!! I was sleepy and almost turned it off before it was over. The story dragged too much and there was no up and down emotion in their survival game. Obviously the writers were trying to create conflict between the survivors that can intrigue people’s feeling…but not me! The conflict felt flat. The only thing that kept me going was because I wanted to know how it ends (confession: I ignored the movie several times to play with my nephew because it was TOO boring)…the ending was so so. To be honest, if there is no Liam Neeson, I would have fast forwarded the movie to reach the ending part.