Gothika (2003)

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz

Writer: Sebastian Gutierrez

Starring: Halle Berry, Robert Downey Jr, Charles S. Dutton, John Carroll Lynch, Bernard Hill, Penelope Cruz

 

Story Dr Miranda Grey (Berry) is a well respect psychologists at a asylum, but on a detoured trip home on a stormy night she sees a woman in the middle of the road, she approaches the woman and the next thing she remembers is being in the very asylum she works only as a patient now.

 

Miranda is accused of murdering her husband and fellow Doctor Douglas Grey (Dutton). She has no memory of the night and only two people to communicate with a fellow patient Chloe (Cruz) and old work colleague Dr Pete Graham (Downey).

 

Still being haunted by a mysterious woman is she trying to communicate with Miranda; can Miranda uncover the truth before it’s too late?

 

Verdict This horror thriller mystery is a good addition to the genre without being one of the best, it follows the basic horror thriller rules very well with predictable jumps and twists. The three big names never really shine to the level we all know they can. This is well worth a watch if you like the genre.

Story Mark 7/10 Tried and tested formula works well

Horror Mark 7/10 Simple scares never really scary though

Favourite Character None of the characters are really that likable

Poor Performance I’m not going to say poor but I would say I would have liked more from Berry and Downey Jr.

Best Part The reveal flashback to the night is good

Worst Part  Clear twist you can see from a mile away

Best Quote Chloe ‘You can’t trust someone who thinks your crazy’

Similar Too – The Ring, The Grudge

My Rating  67%

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Melancholia (2011)

Director: Lars von Trier

Writer: Lars von Trier

Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, Alexander Skarsgard, Stellan Skarsgard,

 

Story A drama told in two parts, part one follows Justine (Dunst) and her wedding to Michael (A.Skarsgard). The wedding that was arranged by Justine’s sister Claire (Gainsbourg) and her husband John (Sutherland). This part follows all the ups and downs of a wedding day.

 

Part two is where things get exciting following Claire, John and their son dealing with the discovery of a new planet Melancholia which is head towards Earth. Will the planet go past like it did to Mercury and Venus? Add in a depressed Justine can the family make it through and potential cataclysmic event?

 

Verdict I had been waiting a long time for this film and with the opening sequences that keeps the impatient part of me wanting more. Even after that I started to get disappointed with the wedding part because I was only really interested in the other planet part of the film. The second half makes up for the first with all four characters being important to the eventual outcome. The music add a lot to what is going on giving a lot tension and suspense to each scene. The drama thriller really does keep you guess and the director delivers yet another quality film well worth a watch for all.

Story Mark 9/10 The two parts work well showing more about the relationship between the sisters.

Star Performances Kirsten Dunst – great range of emotions and the award won a Cannes backs it up.

Favourite Character John – he comes off strong but turns out to be the weakest.

Least Favourite Character Michael he just seemed boring.

Best Part The build up to the end is brilliant

Worst Part  The wedding part just seems too long

My Rating 87%

Panic Room (2002)

Director: David Fincher

Writer: David Koepp

Starring: Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart, Forest Whitaker, Dwight Yoakam, Jared Leto, Patrick Bauchau

 

Story When Meg Altman (Foster) and her daughter Sarah (Stewart) move into a new three floor house they find out they have a secret panic room. On the first night in the house three men break in. Burnham (Whitaker), Raoul (Yoakam) and Junior (Leto).

 

Meg and Sarah lock themselves in the panic room only to discover that what the men want is in that room. Now there is a game of cat and mouse going on trying to flush Meg and Sarah out of the panic room.

 

Verdict This action thriller set entirely within one house is very effective. Each of the villains has a very different personality one calm but ruthless, one impatient and the other laid back about and wants no harm to come to anyone this adds to the action and suspense. It is very much a how far would you go to protect your loved ones type of film. All action thriller fans will enjoy this film.

Story Mark 9/10 Good story with lots of suspense through out.

Action Mark 8/10 mostly chasing but all good edge of seat stuff.

Star Performances All five main characters perform very well to hard to be anyone out.

Favourite Character Junior the impatient villain would rather shot then ask questions.

Best Part When they try to gas Meg out of the room.

Best Quote When Meg covers the cameras Raoul goes ‘ Why didn’t we do that’

My Rating 80%