Monthly Archives: November 2018

The Night Comes for Us

I will continue with another movie review. This time a film I have seen on Netflix recently.

 

The Night Comes for Us

 

Carnage. That is one word summary of the film from Indonesian director Timo Tjahjanto. Relentless action from start to finish, with bones breaking and people getting killed in the most creative ways, martial art extravaganza with tons of blood. So much blood. This film gives any slasher horror run for its money in terms of spilled blood. Who cares there are plot holes you could drive a semi through. There is a guy getting killed by a cow’s femur.

The main protagonist Ito is one of the Six Seas, elite group of henchmen working for the Triad whose mission is to spread terror in their name. During one of these missions after killing bunch of unarmed villagers with only one little girl left alive soon to be shot as well. But here Ito has a change of heart and instead of killing the girl he kills all his men and decides to save the girl bringing the wrath of the Triad upon himself and everyone that tries to help him. Many took issue with this set up saying why this girl especially when we find out he has been massacring whole villages for the past three years. But why not a random girl? We have seen it many times in films like this, daughter, niece, best friends daughter, girl who helped him in the past, girl who reminds him of his dead daughter…This film boils it down to its basics. Just a girl that he needs to save, and as he says at one point, himself as well. A symbol, a reason to unleash the violence on the bad guys.  The story is down to its bare bones, which many took issue with but which in my opinion was the intention. Most characters motivations are very simple, Tahig is just helping his friends, because that is what good friends do, White boy Bobby looks for redemption and the bad guys just want to kill them because they have been told to. The only little fleshed out character is Iko Uwais, but ultimately he just wants to prove himself against Ito. Then there are characters we do not even get an explanation as to who they are or what they interest in the little girl is like the motorcycle girl, in credits only called as the Operator. But she is badass without all that. The actress playing her is the Hammer girl from Raid 2. And what happened to Ito’s girlfriend, major focus in the beginning and completely forgotten later.

In summary The night comes for us  is the most action film this year, most violent, most bloody and most martial arty.

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Yet another November

Not a day passes where I do not think I need to go back to writing and still I never do. Always find a reason to postpone it or do something else instead. My mind was set that I will start this November no matter what and inspired by the NaNoWriMo I will write every day, not a novel like in the challenge but anything really. And still I already missed the first day. I was writing though just did not post anything online. And boy am I rusty. But that is the point, to practice, to challenge myself and hopefully create a routine. For my first post I will review a movie that I have seen last year at IndieCork Film Festival and promised myself and the director I will post a review on imdb. Another proof of my amazing procrastination, a fucking year. But here goes (as I am posting this I just see that I have tried this challenge last year as well, but only managed to make one post so hopefully I can beat that this year. The bar is very low at least…)

Crone Wood (2016, dir. Mark Sheridan, Ireland)

This review is long overdue. It has been exactly a year since I have seen the film at IndieCork Film Festival and many of the finer details are not so clear in my mind anymore. But I promised myself to write one to support this Irish indie production at least in this smallest of ways.

When the film started I thought to myself, please not another found footage horror. But soon the film changed gears and not for the first time and I started to realize this is not another Blair Witch Project and the film began to resemble more the original Wicker Man. It was clear that the latter in particular was a big influence on the director but it was not another tired copy but a great film in its own right.

What makes this type of horror a good film, and this is true for many other films not just horror, is how well you establish the characters at the beginning before the bad stuff started happening. At that stage you have to like or hate them enough to care what happens to them. And Crone Wood succeeds to do just that, to introduce the lead protagonists to us in the short amount of time thanks to the solid performances of the actors playing them and the strong direction by Mark Sheridan. You can tell throughout the film that he is big fan and student of the horror genre which helps him to skilfully avoid the usual clichés as he plays with the twists and turns and our own expectations. Highly recommend to check this one out.

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Crone Wood (2016)