Saturday, August 8, 2009

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Sooooooooo sssssllllooooowwwwww thissss sssssaturdayyyy...Really, having a really hard time getting my engine going. Really. But it's cool, I guess. It's been a tiring week. Right now some of the major stress that's been going on has died down, but I'm not really sleeping enough. I had, in my mind, steel trap that it is, a film I wanted to write about this week, something I'd been thinking about for a while, and now I've forgotten it. What the hell?

So what have I been watching? THE UNBORN isn't a remake of an Asian horror film, but it might as well be. I mean, it looks like it is, it has a title like it is, it's got the whole same kind of creepy kids coming out of the darkness or whatever, and it's just as dumb and dull as any of the actual remakes of Asian horror films that have come out lately, so who really cares? I actually was hoping for something out of this one, as it's the rare film that delves into Jewish mythology- the film's creature is a Dybbuk, but all we get out of that is a rather exploitative inclusion of the Holocaust into an otherwise uninspired narrative. Seriously, having scenes take place at Auschwitz is some loaded stuff, so if that's going in a film, the film better have the legs to support it, and THE UNBORN doesn't have legs. Weak.

THE UNIVITED, on the other hand, actually is a remake of an Asian horror film (South Korea's A TALE OF TWO SISTERS), and it does sort of have legs, if only because it doesn't try too hard. Seeing this after THE UNBORN may have heightened my appreciation of it. While THE UNBORN is an immensely trivial film, with unlikable characters, that leeches off the trauma of the Holocaust in a cheap attempt to add weight to its vapidity, THE UNIVITED is content with operating on a small scale, focusing its story on one family and their personal traumas, and simply being an efficent, atmospheric horror picture with some decent scares, a good cast playing interesting characters, and an effective if somewhat overwraught twist ending. If I don't have a ton to say about it, that's just because I liked it for what it was, and ultimately what it was was pretty satisfying.

Bleh, I wanted to write some more but I'm sort of exhausted at the thought of having opinions today. THE UNINVITED was pretty good though. blah blah blah blah blah

More later...

3 comments:

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william said...

i agree about the unborn. i don't have the patience for a lot of horror/slasher/etc but occasionally get dragged to one or see one in a free screening, this being one of those. there was a lot of laughing out loud in the theater i remember, which is surprising because the audience was i think the demographic that the film hoped to succeed with. oh yeah, you didn't mention gary oldman either, who had a minor role as that mystical rabbi. jewish mysticism and all, it could have been cool, but wasn't. no legs, indeed. i don't think it even had a torso.