Creativity- 9/10 (this can included originality, shock value, plot twist and devices
What can I say about this film? I can’t say I enjoyed this film but maybe for all the wrong reasons. I found the concept somewhat ridiculous. The film starts with the ma character (Adam) setting out the universe this film takes part in. The world in which we find ourselves is a two-planet world. This phenomena includes the fact that this world has “dual gravity”. This dual gravity allows the two planets to orbit each other in what would otherwise be impossibly close proximity. There are three immutable laws of gravity for this two-planet system:
- All matter is pulled by the gravity of the world that it comes from, and not the other.
- An object’s weight can be offset using matter from the opposite world (inverse matter).
- After a few hours of contact, matter in contact with inverse matter burns.
Yeah…. I can’t say that this doesn’t bother my inner physicist. I just cannot suspend my disbelief especially as there is no point in between the two planets where the two fields negate each other. This wasn’t a problem for my girlfriend and I feel it fair to note that she loved this film; I fear mostly because of the sickeningly romantic storyline which really sapped a large chunk of what enjoyment I could have taken from this film.
You may be wondering why I have given this film such a high creativity score. Well all I can say the defence of this film is that it is truly visually stunning! I mean it is almost worth watching just for the cinematography… almost. Also how could I not say that a film that rewrites the laws of physics is creative and original! I do admit that my severe dislike of romance films has meant that I was missing some terribly heart warming story; so if that is your kind of thing really give this a shot. Like I said Rachael loved it. The soundtrack was a little too epic for the film however there is a really nice piece when they dance (you will know it when you see/ hear it).
I leave you with the trailer:
Creativity- 6/ 10 (this can included originality, shock value, plot twist and devices)
I this film Iris (Brittany Snow) unknowingly agrees to compete in a deadly game of “Would You Rather,” hosted by a sadistic aristocrat on the promise of money and support for her desperately ill brother. While this film was more than an enjoyable to pass a rainy night in, it did lack a spark that would make me want to own, or watch it again. The best part about this film is undoubtedly the characters. Travis is my favourite and I did not like what happened one bit! But all the portrayals in this film are consistent and believable. The “Games” the contestants are forced to play are imaginative and while I do think the producers did shy away from the gore a little it did still make for some moments that made me shift in my seat.
Unfortunately that is where my good comments end. I can’t say I even noted the soundtrack; so it can’t have bee that bad but then again it was not noteworthy. While I can’t say I have seen this exact formula of film before it did seem a little like the love child of ‘Choose (2010)’, the Saw franchise and ‘Vile (2011)’. Now while I am the first to admit that I like all of those films it does make for a rather ‘been there, done that’ feel to this film. The order of people to fall is predictable as is the “shock” ending; I must admit that it may be down to me watching far, FAR too many of this type of film but it really was easily foreseen. Overall I would say that this film is worth the watch if you can’t find any other horror movie to fill your time but really if you want a good bit gore and the darker side of human nature try some of the films mentioned above. But hey you can decide for yourself!
Here is the trailer:
Overall- 8.5 /10
Soundtrack- 8 /10
Characters- 9 /10
Creativity – 8 /10 (this can included originality, shock value, plot twist and devices)
So this is my first film review, and it is really very fitting that I start with one of my own personal favourites. This film is very near and dear to me as it was a film I watched (and still do watch) with terrifying regularity. To me this film gives the viewer a look into a lifestyle free from responsibility in the traditional sense and yet has stakes higher than the ones we usually encounter. From the soundtrack, to the characters, to the cinematography and visual imagery this film offers such a comprehensively unnerving peek into another world that the escapism offered is to my mind it is about as close to perfection as almost any film can get.
While this may seem like the rant and ramblings of a fan girl I do feel it important to stress that the topics and messages found in this film are really very gritty, rather grim and oddly relateable. The film unlike the book (written by Irvine Welsh) focuses on one character- Renton – and his interactions with various other characters; most importantly with Heroin, who as Sick boy says has a “great personality”. While the drug world my be a million miles off from our day to day lives there are many aspects of Renton’s life that are whole heartedly relevant to all of us. One overarching theme is that of belonging and loyalty. Without spoiling the storyline I can tell you that he struggles with guilt from several deaths and grapples with loyalty to himself over that of his family and friends. I do feel it is fair to mention Ewan McGregor’s portrayal of Renton. His commitment to this role is amassing and quite ahead of it’s time. While now we are getting used to actors and actresses pushing their bodies to the extremes for roles he really pioneered this method of acting; by shaving his hair prior to getting the role and dropping a alarming amount of body fat that he maybe should have kept in reserve. More recent commitments of this kind are Anne Hathaway who shaved her head for Les Mis and Christian bale who dropped so much body fat for his role in the machinist.
Basically this film may not be for everyone but if you can stand some uncomfortable senses and ideas then you should really give this film a shot. It does depict images of drug use (obviously), senses of a sexual nature and some really very disturbing and upsetting stuff (who else was show the toilet scene as a kid to scare them away from drugs?). However it is the films hard hitting nature that makes it stand out for me. Even if you don’t want to watch the whole thing just the opening “choose Life” speech is worth a listen (it is on YouTube). Also if this film makes you want more then as I said there is the book and a stage show. Fun fact Ewen Bremner who plays Daniel “Spud” Murphy played Renton in one of the stage show production and was passed up by Danny Boyle for that role.
This is my favourite song from the first volume of the Soundtrack (yes there are two volumes).