Category: Thriller

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Level 16 (2018)

Film Review : Level 16 Each hall has its top girl and in this hall it’s me. “Level 16” really is an original film. Perhaps fairly minimalistic and limited in terms of storyline, but grand when it’s about the denouement. The moment the idea behind it all becomes clear, it all feels rather lurid. The impact on your feelings is immense when the true nature of the girls’ boarding school is revealed. Level 16 is the final stage the girls...

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Fractured (2018)

Who the fuck are you? Guess Who. Are you a fan of home-invasion movies where the concept of revenge keeps coming back, then this might be a must see for you. I say “maybe” because you’ll have to wait patiently for the first forty minutes before you realize what it’s all about. The film “Fractured” is unquestionably masterful when the surprising twist kicks in. Trust me on this, it ensures a completely different view on the story. Something that suddenly...

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Ride (2018)

James, I am not gonna be the force in your life that prevents you from hanging out with this girl tonight. I mean, who knows, man, maybe you’re meant… meant to kiss her tonight. This film had everything to make it an extremely exciting end product. A fascinating storyline with a surprising twist. A sympathetic protagonist (Jessie T. Usher). Bella Thorne as a co-player. And a crazy opponent who has a nice surprise. Plus a short playing time of fewer...

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Dead in the water (2018)

Kill me. Kill yourselves. End this. Although the opening scene with the “Amphitrite” (a kind of fishing boat) traveling across the ocean looked really cheap in terms of “special effects”, the rest of the film wasn’t so bad. The ocean scene really looked as if it was a toy boat filmed in a bathtub. But besides this, don’t expect extraordinary things. The acting was sometimes disappointing and felt amateurish. And the story itself is sort of “Alien” on the ocean...

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Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)

Critique is so limiting and emotionally draining. I’ve always wanted to do something long-form, beyond opinion. Dip my toe into an exploration of origin and essence. A metamorphosis of spirit into reality. I’ve… I’ve never had the vehicle until now. Regularly I’m asked to watch a low-budget film and to give my opinion about it. And once in a while, I’ll accept such a favor. But when someone asks me, to watch a horror movie every month, and then report...

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Halloween (2018)

He’s no longer dormant. He only knows how to keep moving and to keep killing. And he will kill again unless he’s captured. Exactly 40 years ago the film “Halloween“, directed by John Carpenter, was released. A milestone in the slasher genre. It was in this film that Laurie Strode (a very young Jamie Lee Curtis) escaped from the psychopath Michael Myers in the nick of time. And so the legend about Myers arose. And now, 40 years later, the...

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Short Feature : The Babysitter (2017)

Regularly they ask me if I could watch an independent movie and write something about it so that it gets some extra attention. I got an email from Greg Klepper, maker of the short film “The Babysitter“, with a rather poignant message. Apparently, this film was shunned by the festival circuit because of its playing time. A project Greg Klepper worked on for more than a year, with heart and soul. And to make things worse, Netflix also came up...

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I still see you (2018)

The Event took people we cared about, but it also left a part of them behind. Remnants. When I saw “Shovel Buddies” a while ago, I decided to add the item “Watch movies with Bella Thorne playing in it” to my to-do list. Now, I have a large number of to-do lists in the meantime. I could wallpaper my living room with it. In short, too much talk and too little action. I was pleased to see at the beginning...

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Warning shot (2018)

All right, I need you to loosen the guy up. He’s old, all right? Do not kill him. The only thing I wondered afterward was “Why for God sake was this movie made?“. I’m not saying that this was the most horrible film of the year. Or the most superfluous release ever. There were some positive things in it. And in a certain way, it was sometimes far from bad even. But in the end, it was only a simplistic...

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The Darkest Minds (2018)

This is not about politics. It’s about your children. This is about our children. We will find a cure and we will save our precious sons and daughters. If you want to form a sentence with the words “monotony”, “mediocrity”, “clichéd sameness” and “corny”, you can do that without any problems along with the movie title “The Darkest Minds“. Well, I’m getting sick of the concept of dystopian teen films. Even though they mixed it this time with a kind...

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Mandy (2018)

By, Darren Arnold, Film Critic So, what you huntin’? Jesus freaks. I didn’t know they were in season, man. In “Rambo II” and “Cobra“, George Pan Cosmatos directed two Sylvester Stallone films which could hardly be more 80s; these movies stand as two of the more memorable examples from that decade’s glut of violent action cinema.  Cosmatos died in 2005, but with “Mandy” his son Panos revisits the era of his father’s greatest successes (that said, many consider 1993’s “Tombstone”...

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Pyewacket (2017)

I call upon you, brought by leaves and seeds. Hear with my ears and speak with my tongue. I invite you to come. Pyewacket. If you’ve already read one of my reviews, you’d know I enjoy a low-budget, independent film occasionally. A film where you already know in advance that the special effects won’t be mindblowing. And also, mostly unknown actors are summoned. That doesn’t mean these films are unwatchable because of the amateurish camerawork. Nor is it that the...

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What still remains (2018)

Dreams give us hope. And if we don’t have hope, then what’s the point in living? After reading the synopsis of this movie, your reaction will probably be the same as mine at that time. “Jesus, not again another post-apocalyptic film in which the world’s population has been decimated to a handful of survivors, while the earth’s surface is plagued by bloodthirsty zombies or warlike aliens who are fed up eating salt-less potatoes already for years and start to plunder...

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Traffik (2018)

It’s a satellite phone. How did this get in my purse? While looking at the film poster, the first thing I thought was: “Wow, Halle Berry has a thing for films about kidnapping”. First, there was “The Call“. And then at the beginning of the year, I saw “Kidnap“. And now it’s a film about human trafficking. In particular, the kidnapping of young women who then end up in a network of prostitution and terrible abuse. But soon I realized...

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You were never really here (2017)

McCleary said you were brutal. I can be. I want you to hurt them. It’s not just the fact that defenseless young children are victims of unscrupulous people who use them in networks for pedophiles. The most disgusting aspect of this is that these circuits are visited by people who occupy important positions in daily life. Individuals who show a respectable and neat appearance to the outside world. But once they show up in this nauseating business, their fortune is...

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Submergence (2017)

Our world is firstly about power, it’s only secondly about education. A calm movie from time to time is something I welcome. Not again such a flashy, action-packed hero film where you’ll get nervous because the scenes follow each other in a rapid pace and stroboscopic effects get you a cutting headache. “Submergence” undoubtedly belongs to the first category. So, no nauseating headache. No disorientation feeling. You will certainly not experience that with this ultra slow film. The only thing...

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Euthanizer (2018)

Everyone has to pay for the pain that they’ve caused. Pain needs to be balanced. Armomurhaaja (original title) Every detail was just perfect in this Finnish low-budget indie. From the first second this film intrigued me and managed to hold my full attention. Not only the magnificent acting of Matti Onnismaa and Hannamaija Nikander, as the bitter and sinister person Veijo and the strange figure Lotta whose sexual preference is also rather lugubrious, caused that. The narrative and the message...

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10X10 (2018)

I want you to tell me your name. Cathy. My name is Cathy Noland. One thing is certain. “10X10” breaks all records when speaking of resurrections. The number of times you see one of the two protagonists getting back on their feet again seemed endless. It looked like a newer version of “Night of the living dead“. But this time with two stubborn non-zombies playing in it, whose resilience seemed superhuman. At one point I was more concerned with figuring...

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Hunting Emma (2017)

Geweld kweek geweld. Ek wil ’n ou hê wat die ander wang kan draai. ’n Gentle ou. Punt. Quote from Channel 24 : “Jagveld”. The local skop, skiet and donner flick. It’s quite obvious that I’d compare this one with the movie “Revenge“, which I’ve seen recently. Both films take place in a searingly hot desert. Once again it’s an innocent, vulnerable young woman who’s being chased by some ruthless men. And just like in “Revenge” these macho’s soon learn...

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Bullet Head (2017)

  What the fuck was that? Beware of still water or a silent dog. I’m sure they meant well while creating “Bullet Head“. But the road to hell is paved with good intentions. The end result may be called original and quirky, but there are also a few flaws in this film full of wellknown moviestars. Did Adrien Brody and John Malkovich (respectively Oscar winner and repeatedly nominated actor) opt for the easy money? I had that feeling sometimes about...

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Revenge (2017)

Even for your tiny little oyster brain, it shouldn’t be too difficult to understand. So, I’ll ask you again. Did my height change since yesterday ? I was watching “Revenge” already for a while and I was still wondering who played Richard. I was stunned when I found out it’s Kevin Janssens. He appeared on Belgian Television for years in well-known Belgian TV series such as “Vermist” and recently “Salamander“. I was completely surprised to see this Belgian actor in...

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Rebirth (2016)

My opinion on “Rebirth” Hey, you still have the Manifesto? The what? The Manifesto, man. Don’t tell me you threw it away. “Rebirth” is a psychological thriller of the Netflix collection. I certainly won’t deny that I have become a fervent supporter of the Netflix Originals series. I’ve seen already some great movies (“Spectral“, “iBoy“, “Before I Wake” and “Message from the king“). And also some less successful experiments (“Mute” and “Death note” eg). “Rebirth” is a special case and...

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Mute (2018)

“Why the hell can’t he talk anyway? It’s complicated. It’s his mother’s fault. He needs surgery. It’s against her beliefs.” Fortunately, Alexander Skarsgård isn’t by nature a voiceless person. It would have been a strange sight him appearing in “The Legend of Tarzan“. Swinging around with his mouth wide open. But no sound that cuts through the jungle so everyone could hear that well-known primal cry. In “Mute” he’s such a person with no sound leaving his mouth. And that...

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The Wall (2017)

My opinion on “The Wall” “You Americans. Think you know it all. You think it’s simple. That I am your enemy. But we are not so different, you and I.” Ever seen “Mine“? A film about an American marine who accidentally steps on a landmine in the Afghan desert and an entire film he must remain motionless in the same place until help arrives. “The Wall” shows an almost similar situation. Only this time it takes place in Iraq and...