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30 Nov 2020 10:32:02
Illang The Wolf Brigade

The film is based on a manga. After series of conflicts, both Koreas are about to unite into one. A terrorist group wants to stop the reunification, and a special unit is formed to stop this terrorist. This special unit is basically a police special force unit with its members wearing metal-platted armours and helmets (some sort like a metal suit). Then there is this secret unit of that Special Unit, which is the Wolf Brigade.

The rest of this review might contain some spoilers, but it's not really a recently-released film so I think it's okay.

I remembered once read a part of the manga many many years ago, and I remember I enjoyed and liked the idea and the premise. However, this film, particularly the story and the dialogues are so messy, and cheezy. The production design seems expensive, and first I thought I might be having some good time with the action scenes. Then the first action scene with the Special Unit, my reaction was literally "is that it?".

The film feels extremely over-long. The romantic plot isn't really interesting at all. When its almost towards the final third of the movie, it is revealed that the main character is actually part of the much feared Wolf Brigade. I was kinda excited when this is revealed, and then while revealing it he is putting on the metal suit and the bad-ass helmet and mask. It was quite a bad-ass scene. Then after that, again, I was like "is that it?". It was basically just him walking, and shooting all the bad guys. He is wearing metal plates all over his body, so all the grenades and bullets and RPGs shot at him didn't harm him at all. Basically that was it. I was hoping for much more than just that. It's a Panzer Cop, so I get it. But maybe some finesse should be added to the battle scene.

One example that comes to my mind. Elysium, the scene where Damon shooting the bad guy with an electric/laser gun in a hallway. It was a simple action scene, but with some over the top violence and slow-mos, the scene turned into quite an interesting action scene.

Some of the bad guys are special ops unit of another enforcement agency, but they don't fight like they are "special" at all.

And the ending, it tries too hard to be emotional, but the ending itself is over-long and meh at the highest level.

I was so disappointed, especially when I know the fact that it is directed by the same director who made "I Saw the Devil", one of my all-time favourites. The story is bad, the actions are ordinary, it's just a boring film.

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20 Nov 2020 07:12:29
Come Play

About a boy that is having some sort of speech-delay condition, using phone or tablet to communicate with the parents and at school. And then there's this monster or ghost, that is coming through the screens as a window hunting for lonely person to become its friend, taking them forever to its world. The monster wants this boy, and the parents are doing all they can to protect their son. More or less, that's the story.

I really like the jumpscares and the practical effects of the monster. I really like the sound effects as well. So I can say that the scary scenes are quite decent, scary and nervy. But its the screeplay that is the main problem here, ruining what could be one good horror film. At the very first few minutes, the story already started on the monster. It felt so rushed. There is no time or space given to actually build the story or suspense. Its scary, yes. But its because of the jumpscares and the very good creature effects, not because of the atmosphere or suspense built by the story.

Regardless, the finale and the ending are surprisingly emotional. Thumbs up for that and the effects and the jumpscares, the rest is quite a letdown.

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17 Nov 2020 18:04:33
Love and Monsters

The earth is taken over by monsters. So men and women are hiding in underground bunkers. Then a young guy decided to go out on the surface, to leave his underground colony to travel 85 miles to another colony to unite with his long-lost girlfriend. A journey to find love, but in turns its actually a journey of self-discovery.

Oh man. This film is funny, sweet, with heart and a small bit of emotional twist, great visual effects, and simple, predictable but enjoying story. When it ends, it leaves me with some feel-good and satisfying feeling. I love it. I didn't expect this.

I think I am going to watch it again. A really fun movie to watch. Surprisingly good.

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15 Nov 2020 14:54:16
Don watching 3 recent horror films; Spell, The Dark and The Wicked, and His House

Each are unique to one another.

The least heavy is Spell, which tells story about a man survived a plane crash ends up taken care by a family who are practicing Hoodoo rituals. I enjoyed the ending, because rarely a horror film ends with a satisfying ending.

The Dark and The Wicked is exactly like the title; it's truly and entirely dark from start to finish. I would say this is the most scary among these three films. There is some message in the story as well, about grievances. The story itself is a bit too heavy for me. The scares are top-notch.

His House is the one that I disappointed the most. Not that because its a bad movie. About a couple from an African country seeking asylum in London. They are given a house by the authority, and some sinister beings are haunting them, followed them because of some bad deeds that they have done before coming to London. The story is actually great, but not the scares. Its quite moving and strong, but I came for the horror and I didn't get much of it from this.

Next in my list is Love and Monsters. Stay tuned (I wonder if there is anyone reading all these reviews I posted lol).

{Ed001's Note - I always read them mate. It saves me the bother of watching them if you don't like them. Those you do like I make a note of and if I ever have spare time and they are on I will take a look.}

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15 Nov 2020 16:19:56
Ah. Thanks Ed01. So much.

What I really like about films, oftenly they give me the opportunities to know more about other countries. I don't travel, so films are my only way to "travel" around the world.

As you know, I love football as well. One tradition I know about you guys is, making songs for players that you guys love or adore. I never ever heard one before. When watching matches on TVs, there is no way you could hear these tunes clearly.

One scene in His House, one of the character went into some sort of bar with people watching a Stoke City match. They were singing a song on Peter Crouch, and this character sang along. And now I know how that Peter Crouch song sounds like.

I think I got it all wrong with my review for His House. They are not in London. The character did ask a barber "is this London?". How come Londoners watching a Stoke City match, and even singing while watching it, right?

{Ed001's Note - they could have been the local Stoke supporters group.}

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15 Nov 2020 19:09:40
I'm hearing great things about 'the dark and the wicked' can't wait to watch it.

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25 Oct 2020 09:48:23
Guns Akimbo

A film that tries too hard to be unique or whatever you wanna call it. And yet, lots or almost all the elements in it were unoriginal at all. Some of the cameraworks remind me lots of Gamer (another nonsense film), the story about live-streaming which pretty much like another quite crappy film which name I just not able or didn't bother to remember, killing so to survive and being watched by spectators online which pretty much like lots of other similar movies and some of em are crap DTV movies (I couldn't remember the titles, but there are lots). None of things in it make any sense. The narrations are just cheesy, the humours are just bad and not funny at all. And stupid violence from start to finish. However, as bad as the film is, this is the only Daniel Radcliffe film that I've watched after the Harry Porter series. I've read about people saying how good an actor he is. I could see a bit of that in this. Maybe I will check out more of his other films. But still, if you guys come accross this, just skip it. Its a total waste of time.

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17 Oct 2020 05:17:04
Because of my admiration of the film The Wailing below, I looked up for other works (hoping for another good horror film) from the same director, and decided to watch his first directorial debut, The Chaser.

It is more a decade old film, and it is actually loosely based on a real Korean serial killer. It is about a pimp who is looking for his girls that have been missing one by one. At first he thought the girls ran away from him, and because of that a mob is chasing him for money/loans he borrowed from them (I assumed, based on one single phone call scene). Then he found out that each girls were booked by the same guy (from the number the guy used to call him). So he set one of his girls as a bait (a single mom, and one of the main important bit of things to come later), and the "chase" begins.

As with most Korean films I have watched, gore is a norm, and it is as well with this film. There's a bit of political twist as well, where the police are hunting this killer as well, working together with the pimp. In between there's comical bits as well, and towards the final third, things are getting more serious, tense, and emotional and some heart.

Wow! A great thriller! It's pretty long but for me it is pretty good. It's not a horror film, so I would recommend this to Ed01 as well. There weren't any gunfights, car chase scenes, or explosions though. Just knives, fist fights, hammers, foot chase, and a lot of blood!

{Ed001's Note - I will take a look at that when I get a chance.}

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25 Oct 2020 16:23:15
Haizan, if you loved chaser I highly recommend 'I saw the devil', I'd also recommend it for you as well ed001, it definitely has its horror elements but don't let that put you off as some of the martial arts scenes are stunning but extremely brutal.

{Ed001's Note - cheers wiggy I will look out for that mate.}

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26 Oct 2020 12:12:06
I agree wiggy. I Saw The Devil is one of the most brutal revenge movie I've ever watched.

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14 Oct 2020 12:38:22
I discovered another Korean gem, but this time it is an horror film; The Wailing.

The film has almost every element possible in it; humour (one of em is a sex scene, and its quite funny), great acting especially the young girl (played as the daughter of the main character), emotional, and of course the horror. And the horror part; it has zombies, demon, exorcism, and of course ghost.

It is super long, but I really enjoyed it from start to finish (not entirely on the ending, but I shouldn't expect happy ending especially from a horror movie, right?). This is one of a kind horror film that I really recommend to all horror film fans. This easily becomes one of the best in my horror films list.

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20 Sep 2020 01:37:47
Tom Hardy as the next Bond? What do you guys think about this latest rumour?

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21 Sep 2020 09:45:20
I'm not keen. I'm not sure who though.

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21 Sep 2020 10:43:52
I am with you northern. can't picture him as a Bond.

Bond has to be English, right?

{Ed001's Note - Hardy is English, he is from London. But Bond should be smooth, Hardy is not really all that smooth. I would go with Idris Elba, just because he does everything else so why not Bond as well?}

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21 Sep 2020 12:59:22
Yeah. Hardy is a beast. He is not smooth. A bad-ass Bond villain maybe, but definitely not Bond himself. I actually thought about Pattinson. He have that 'swag'. But he is Batman now. Elba is the Black Superman.

Loki is from London too, right?

{Ed001's Note - Hiddleston? I don't know where he is from but he is English. But he is a baddie, hence why he drives a Jaguar, because it's good to be bad. But then Bond is not really a goodie I suppose, as he is a bit of an arse. If Bond was real he probably would drive a Jag thinking about it, so maybe Hiddleston would be a good choice.}

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24 Sep 2020 13:17:37
Hiddleston is a good shout to be fair, Mcavoy would be good as well.

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16 Oct 2020 16:00:34
For me Ed its down to two people either Idris Elba or Henry Cavill I`d be fine with both tbh, if anyone hasn`t seen Idris elba in Bastille Day its not bondesc smooth talking but its basically what daniel craig does in these bonds.

{Ed001's Note - I quite like that film.}

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13 Sep 2020 13:39:20
To horror films fans, I think I have just discovered one hidden gem; Z. Not to be mistaken to World War Z, because this isn't about zombies, but a good ghost story with some scary scenes and jumpscares. It shows the ghost/monster in glimpses, which with all other films who did this, makes it more effective and scary. The story doesn't waste time but I think the last 15 or so minutes is a bit too much; I could tell from the start of that last 15 minutes how the film will end. So its a bit of a turn-off with the ending/finale because of this. They should have just shorten it, and it will be definitely be a better ending (but will definitely shorten the entire film to 70 mins instead of 80+ or 90). Another I would critize and a bit meh is the house on fire sequence. The CGI of the fire and the house is too obvious, and I felt the scenes will work just fine if the house is not on fire. There's no clear reason as well on how the fire started, so I think that is just pointless.

Interesting story, simple and familiar but not "cheesy", nice scary scenes and jumpscares, and really creepy ghost. I really recommend this one.

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07 Sep 2020 19:58:23
Just watched the new tenet and tbh I was blown away the scene with the aeroplane must cost some money to do that scene but recommend worth watching.

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09 Sep 2020 12:15:16
I really envy you Greyhound. The film already released here in my country, but I don't think I will be going to cinemas anytime soon. Have to wait for either the DVD or digital release; which judging by past Nolan's movies, it might take awhile!

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