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Reviewer:
SassoPalmieri
Reviews:
0
Votes:
25 (44% helpful)

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  1.  Masterpiece with an ambiguous title

    Posted: 

    Do not be fooled by the ill-informed who take this film at face value. It's not an alien invasion flick, but an allegorical two-hander that alludes to the nature of man - or rather, the military-industrial complex - under threat.

    It's also a love story, not to mention a straightforward, if slowburn, thriller set against the backdrop of an alien presence on Earth.

    The low-key, understated performances add to the drama, and the entire piece resonates long after the conclusion.

    If you consider yourself a film aficionado, buy it.

  2.  Arthouse through and through.

    Posted: 

    Points of importance:

    i) this is a Richard Kelly film.
    ii) file with Michael Haneke, David Lynch and Darren Aronofsky.

    Expect metaphysics, obtuseness and partial abstraction.

    Reviewing the acting, production design or score would be pointless.

    Watch it.

  3.  The Orphanage

    Posted: 

    Where cinema has been awash with 'gorno' and, frankly, unnecessary J-horror retreads of late, there exists a dearth of films that asks audiences to find the scares; to fear the unknown, the unseen, rather than overt bloodletting. Contrarily, The Orphanage is as far from the likes of 'Hostel' as it could be, before it crosses the genre boundary.
    When Laura (Rueda) and her husband (Cayo) reopen the orphanage she once lived in,
    the appearance of her son's (Princep) not-so imaginary friend heralds an awakening that treads an ambiguous line into the darkness.
    And it's this darkness that fuels what follows. Aside from the haunting cinematography, everything has been plumbed for emotional resonance - the vast, creaky house; a cave that plays havoc with the mind; the wrought performances (Rueda's especially); plus the set pieces, chief of which sees an excavation reveal a buried secret that peels back new layers of tragedy. Like all good horrors, it's the drama and story beneath that makes for compelling watching.
    Rest assured there are out-and-out jumps, too, one of which proves the horrific can occur any time of day. Bayona is not above employing the traditional deck of basic scares.
    Influences are obvious - 'The Others', 'The Shining', 'Don't look Now' - cementing the creeping dread; the slow-burn story as the markings of first-rate film making. Despite loose threads, The Orphanage is a startlingly intelligent debut, as beautiful and sad, as it is terrifying.

  4.  The Orphanage

    Posted: 

    Where cinema has been awash with 'gorno' and, frankly, unnecessary J-horror retreads of late, there exists a dearth of films that asks audiences to find the scares; to fear the unknown, the unseen, rather than overt bloodletting. Contrarily, The Orphanage is as far from the likes of 'Hostel' as it could be, before it crosses the genre boundary.
    When Laura (Rueda) and her husband (Cayo) reopen the orphanage she once lived in,
    the appearance of her son's (Princep) not-so imaginary friend heralds an awakening that treads an ambiguous line into the darkness.
    And it's this darkness that fuels what follows. Aside from the haunting cinematography, everything has been plumbed for emotional resonance - the vast, creaky house; a cave that plays havoc with the mind; the wrought performances (Rueda's especially); plus the set pieces, chief of which sees an excavation reveal a buried secret that peels back new layers of tragedy. Like all good horrors, it's the drama and story beneath that makes for compelling watching.
    Rest assured there are out-and-out jumps, too, one of which proves the horrific can occur any time of day. Bayona is not above employing the traditional deck of basic scares.
    Influences are obvious - 'The Others', 'The Shining', 'Don't look Now' - cementing the creeping dread; the slow-burn story as the markings of first-rate film making. Despite loose threads, The Orphanage is a startlingly intelligent debut, as beautiful and sad, as it is terrifying.

  5.  So lightweight it's likely to float away.

    Posted: 

    Style over substance but great fun. Switch your brain off and just dig it

  6.  So lightweight it's likely to float away.

    Posted: 

    Style over substance but great fun. Switch your brain off and just dig it.

  7.  The new Commando

    Posted: 

    Overblown, macho, wholly unrealistic and cut from the excess cloth of a million Simpson/Bruckheimer/Bay actioners.

    But this is a movie not a film, a brainfull of sweet, pink bubblegum for when you can't face Lantana, Primer or The Seventh Seal on a Friday night.

    File with Crank, Roadhouse and Freejack.

  8.  The new Commando

    Posted: 

    Overblown, macho, wholly unrealistic and cut from the excess cloth of a million Simpson/Bruckheimer/Bay actioners.

    But this is a movie not a film, a brainfull of sweet, pink bubblegum for when you can't face Lantana, Primer or The Seventh Seal on a Friday night.

    File with Crank, Roadhouse and Freejack.

  9.  Agreed, but...

    Posted: 

    ...it's still thoroughly enjoyable, despite its relentlessness. Traditionally, second acts are the most likely to become saggy midriffs. Here's hoping the concluding episode surpassses the opener.