Life (2017) – 2/10
The possibility of life on Mars always makes for compelling viewing. Jake Gyllenhaal and to a lesser degree Ryan Reynolds are fine actors. This is going to be good.
Wait, what’s that tag line? I think they meant we were better off without this movie.
A group of highly educated and trained astronauts working in a confined space. With crazy quarantine protocols. Making life and death decisions based on emotion.
An extremely intelligent and very hungry alien. And it’s definitely evil; evil with capitals and in bold. EVIL.
Never stood a chance. Earth is in trouble. If you are looking for an intelligent, well acted, interesting science fiction flick then you are better off without this movie.
Donnie Darko (2001) – 9/10
This is the third . . . or tenth time I’ve seen Donnie Darko. After each viewing I feel off kilter, like I’m not firmly in this world anymore.
Nightcrawler (2014) – 8/10
Nightcrawler is a glimpse into the life of an intense, gaunt and disturbing Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) as he navigates his way through the dark streets of LA. Pop-eyed and feverish, Lou doesn’t appear to eat or sleep. This sucker is definitely a serial killer in the making. Devoid of feeling for anyone. In his own words, Lou doesn’t like people.
An edge dweller. Lou’s home base: TV, computer, ironing board and twin size bed with circus character pillowcase. Poster of an American Indian on the refrigerator. Random accessories.
Lacking a formal education; Lou helps himself through online trawling. In an almost comical way, Lou recites verbatim from online business manuals. His interpretation is unique; motivated to realise his ‘business plan’. Involvement with others is utilitarian. Woe to the unfortunates who no longer serve his purpose.
Lou has found acceptance and purpose in a world hungry to experience real horror. Be careful what you wish for.