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Teaser Trailer for Gravity (2013)

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Gravity (2013) (Click the title for my full review.)

Houston we have a problem, again.  This time George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are out in space and something has gone terribly wrong.

The movie is written and directed by Alfonso Cuaron.

The special effects look amazing.  I’ll probably have to catch this at some point.  What do you think?

The film is set to release on 10/4/13.

Trailer for World War Z (2013)

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World War Z (2013) (click on the title for my full review)

A Brad Pitt zombie movie to the extreme.  This movie looks like it will be loaded with insanely spectacular special effects.  The question that I have is: is it all a little too much?  Just look at the poster.  Could that ever happen even if there was a zombie outbreak that threatened mankind as we know it?

I’m sure that I will see it.  Pitt in a zombie movie in an interesting concept in itself.  But, I’m thinking it’s all going to be way over the top.  Not that zombies aren’t over the top already…

Other cast includes: Matthew Fox, Mireille Enos, David Morse, James Badge Dale, Michiel Huisman, David Andrews, and Daniel Newman.

It is directed by Marc Forster.

World War Z is set to release on 6/21/13.

Mama (2013)

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Mama (2013)

Mama was a sophisticated attempt to terrify with a lack of follow-through.  The film got my attention right out of the gate.  The story grabbed me and sucked me in.  As is standard with most scary movies, there were a few lulls as events unfolded on screen.  But, for the most part my eyes were pretty much glued to the screen.  I wanted to know who this Mama character was.

I am not afraid to admit that I was a little jumpy when Mama made her appearance.  I actually did get chills running down my spine.

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The movie was effectively scary.  It did an excellent job of toying with my emotions; letting me know when something frightening was going to happen and then taking its time to get to that point.  When it was finally time for something to jump out at me, I was not ready for it because my anticipation had ceased.  It waits for you to let your guard down and then it attacks.  After using this maneuver successfully a couple of times, you might think that I would get used to it, but I couldn’t.

The special effects in this film were incredible and I think that is a major contributing factor in why the movie was actually able to be horrifying.  It was very realistic.  It was so real that it was creepy, literally.

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In my previous horror movie review of The Possession (2012), I mentioned what seems to be the basic horror movie outline these days.  Mama was refreshing because it only very loosely followed that outline and that was a nice change of pace.

As the film reaches its climax, the story begins to unravel.  Things stop making sense and many questions go unanswered.  Amidst all of the confusion, the movie as we know it up until that point, basically takes a nosedive off of a cliff and kills itself.  It was a shame because it really had a lot going for it until then.  In my mind I was starting to compare it to The Ring (2002).  The Ring was probably the last movie that scared me the way this one did.  Except that The Ring had a quality ending.  The ending of Mama was a travesty to the movie as a whole.  It took something really good and destroyed it.

I rate this movie a 6.5 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Rent.

Maybe if we are lucky, the DVD will have an alternate ending.  Maybe the theatrical ending was just a joke.  It was really that bad.

Side note: Jessica Chastain was hardly recognizable in Mama.  Because of her short, cropped black hair, tattoos, and punk rock clothing, I didn’t even know that it was her until the credits were rolling at the end.


Dredd (2012)

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Dredd (2012)

Clever, yet cheesy and intriguing artistic special effects give Dredd a late 1980s or early 90s feel. This is fitting and obviously intentional because Dredd (2012) is sort of a remake of Judge Dredd (1995). The distant future in Dredd (2012) feels similar to what filmmakers in the 80s and 90s thought the distant future would be like. So, in a sense, the movie takes you back in time but to their future.

The entire film seems to be a satire on the action movie era during the time when Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Bruce Willis ruled the genre. No acting skills are necessary, only gratuitous amounts of bloody, gory violence, corny one-liners, and an endless supply of bullets. Of course, the main characters are severely outnumbered and always appear to be bulletproof, while countless numbers of bad guys get obliterated. It is absolutely a popcorn movie.

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It was mildly humorous, but quite entertaining throughout to watch a movie that mocked it’s out genre. It’s almost as if the creators wanted to prove that they could do a better job at 80s and 90s filmmaking than the actual filmmakers of the 80s and 90s. Adding a little twist to that concept, the movie went back and forth between cheap special effects and present day awesome special effects.


The cheap technology was used during most of the very gruesome scenes and as a result, those scenes were easier for the viewer to watch because the overuse of blood and gore would make the scene look pretty fake. There was the occasional scene that looked awfully realistic and it would sort of sneak up on you.

The main character (Judge Dredd) was played by Karl Urban, but it didn’t really matter because he wore a mask the entire movie and you never saw his face. Anybody could have been under that mask. Urban did supply his character with a high-quality tough guy voice, to his credit. Have you ever heard of the guy though? Me neither. He is a character actor whom I would recognize, but has never been important enough to remember.

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I think that Dredd is worth watching as long as you know what you are getting yourself into. Don’t expect much and you might be pleasantly surprised. It’s not great, but it is enjoyable.

I rate this movie a 6.5 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Rent.

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