A wealthy father dies leaving his daughter to protect his darkest secret; he has a man chained up in a bunker in the woods. Torn between just letting the man go, protecting her family, and her father’s legacy, she goes looking for the secrets that surround the man. It’s intriguing enough to keep you watching, with plenty of twists and turns. Performances are workman like, as is the direction, which desperately wants to look and feel like an early David Fincher film. Simon Pegg revels in a rare serious role, summoning enough weird to make him more than a bit creepy. There is a problem with the plot, something that only struck me at the very end. Early in the story, the daughter watches a video of her father asking her to protect his secret. But he makes a weak excuse and doesn’t tell her what it is or why. It feels contrived. I would’ve lost the video. All you need is a letter that tells her to look in this place only the two of them know. Also I would’ve put most of the revelations you get at the end, at the mid point. From there the moral dilemmas faced by the daughter could’ve been more complicated, and more difficult to resolve. I would’ve tortured her a little more for the sake of the story. Watch it and decide for yourself.
Ex-cop, and now an ex-convict, puts the world to rights, battling dirty cops and corruption like a superhero. He’s a kind of blue collar Batman, with a smart mouth, a thick head, fast fists, and a schoolboy morality. There’s a strange kind of purity in its desire to entertain.
Brandon Cronenberg, son of David, offers up something that’s as brutal and bloody, as it is mind bending and truly horrific. Think what it would be like to have a deranged psychopath running around inside your head, controlling your actions, and you’d have some idea of what’s happening here. Visually arresting and psychology jarring it revels in the blood, and glories in the brutality. Truly a horror film of our time.
An end of the world drama that weaves several individual stories together, funnelling them down into a final brutal conclusion. At its core it’s an old school western, complete with family besieged by outlaws.
Felt like the pilot for a television series.
A young couple try to mend their troubled relationship by taking a break at the titular beach house. There they meet an older couple, friends to father of the young man, and agree to share their stay at the house. As dusk falls the two couples share a meal, a drink, and eventually a bar of cannabis chocolate. Then a mysterious iridescent fog trips in from the sea. It’s hard not to see the influences and references to other films. It reminded me of Philip Kaufman’s masterpiece Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978). John Carpenter’s The Fog (1980). The early body horror films of David Cronenberg. All that said writer and director Jeffrey Brown has made something that manages to be something on its own. There are some strong visuals, from a screenplay that only just over sells the premise, but is still smart enough not to explain everything. Thankfully leaving some room for enigma. Brown is another writer/director I’d be interested to see their next film.
Interesting subject that challenges our understanding of mental illness. In todays world, where we all have some kind of issue, R.D. Laing’s approach needs to be examined, understood, and implemented. I’m not an expert but it feels more holistic that traditional approaches. There are strong performances from a brilliantly assembled cast, that let a well crafted screenplay, tie them in all kinds of knots.