Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Weekend Movie Fest

This weekend I saw two movies, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Both were interesting, but only one actually met my expectations, I'm going to warn you now, spoilers lie ahead.

I saw Silent Hill: Revelations 3D on sunday and was immediately impressed. The movie starts out creepy and the dream Sharon, the main character, has directly foretells the big confrontation Sharon will have.  The 3D is slightly off... which works to give the whole movie an interesting surreal quality.
Unfortunately it's all for naught, by the time Sharon gets to Silent Hill to rescue her dad, the writers seem to have given up. Vincent the love interest who was raised in the Order of Valtiel is essentially kidnapping bait, and there is very little time spent on character development beyond Vincent proclaiming his love and Sharon's "innocence", the relationship between father and daughter is established and beyond that, not much.
With that failing it really becomes more of a showcase of special effects, instead of a true horror movie. I'm not going to complain about that because the effects really do sell themselves.
The moment that would make or break the movie  is the confrontation with the demon Alessa, which as Sharon's dream predicts takes place on a flaming, demon powered merry-go-round. Bad ass, right? The final confrontation is them hugging it out, and Sharon somehow destroying Alessa. Shortly after Sharon goes to take her dad and Vincent back from the Order, in doing so she turns the matron of the Order (Vincent's mom) in to a monster and is saved by Pyramid Head (apparently Alessa's protector, and since Sharon was part of Alessa....), the big problem with this final fight is it was poorly paced and entirely predictable.
All in all the movie just failed to deliver.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter promised to be ridiculous from the start, and it was, with kung fu axe fights jumping on the backs of stampeding horses. How do I even go on from there? The movie does anchor the story in Abe Lincoln's life and does fair credit doing it, but never with more than a wink and a nod. It is a fun satire with solid special effects and cool wire-fu choreography. Seeing Abe put aside his axe as a young man only to take it back up one last time for a secret mission as an old man during the civil war was cool and they don't pretend you don't lose a step with age, but they do have him stay a bad ass. This movie exceeded all my hopes.

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