Edge of Darkness – Metaphor for a good action in dark contemporary times

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What does a man who has nothing to lose do when his daughter gets shot right outside his own house after a calm dinner between the two? He wants revenge. He wants information.

At the beginning of the movie, the veteran homicide detective Thomas Craven (Mel Gibson) is feeling the guilt and desperation a parents would feel when he witnessed his only daughter Emma’s (Bojana Novakovic) death at the threshold of his house. First, he thinks the reason for her murder is he and blaming himself he begins to wonder, to seek another exit. Then he starts searching for the reasons for her murder, why did it happen and who wished for it. His own private investigation leads him to the discovery that he was nowhere near the truth behind her death – it was not an accident, but a premeditated murder.

The unfortunate father, of course, isn’t alone all the way to success. He finds an ally in the face of a government operative who was originally sent to take care of the situation and clean the mess. Yes it is that big.

So why was the young woman murdered like this? What has she done or understood to deserve such a fate? Against who was she? These are all questions with simple answers, which you will discover together with the main character. What matters is that behind her death is a massive organization, a huge web of connections and a very big danger for society. Her discoveries were going to be lethal for a community of people and politics, who were never going to let her go unharmed.

With the progress of the movie we get to really understand the true capabilities of a man with nothing to lose. Although after the trailer you might get the impression that this action movie will be filled with fight and shooting scenes, they are not that many at all. The story-line is well preserved, even though there are several moments where you may ask yourself “what?”.

For what it’s worth, the return of Mel Gibson will receive a well-deserved Bravo from me, because he really did his best in the movie and looked well-placed.

The director, Martin Campbell (James Bond: Casino Royale and GoldenEye; The Mask of Zorro; ) has really well preserved the idea of the original mini-series “Edge of darkness” , adding a bit of his special “je ne sais quoi”. This movie really is an old-fashioned, classical action set in modern times. As such, it is worth to be applauded.

Dead Snow – Who said Norwegians can’t make Zombie flicks?

Okay, here we go again… Zombies.

I know we kind of get too much of them lately, but this time we have a different point of view on the matter. Dead Snow is a Norwegian production in Norwegian, based in the high lands of the mountains, where life is only skiing, snowboarding, snow-fighting and when inside the cabin – love, kisses and a lot of booze. Or at least this is what a group of friends thinks when it gets there for a vacation.

Everything seems okay until they start to disappear and at some point the ones left become enclosed in the awfully small cabin (since we don’t see more than one-two rooms of it) with no way out, because they were absolutely surrounded by … Zombies. Well, the interesting thing for the ones who aren’t that much into the genre might be the fact that these are actually undead from the Second World War and are after a box of theirs, currently in the possession of the humans. Would what happened have happened if the humans knew that and threw it right away outside? We cannot know, because they did not know and so we are lead to another example of the eternal battle – Good versus Evil. The human race versus the undead German Nazi zombies.

So what is the good about this flick? What made me happy is the fact that the producers and the writers didn’t take it too serious. There are big amounts of fun and irony in the movie, which really take off the pressure of the somewhat overused topic.

There is also blood. Lots of it. And who doesn’t like blood, gore and a man with his guts out, dragging them after himself while trying to save himself from battalion of Germans? Yes, it is that graphical. However, to some the use of funny-looking digitalized blood might seem a bit distracting or unreal, but when you watch a movie about one of the ultimate fantasy and mythological monster clans, who knows what “real” is.

So how did the actors do? They were fine. Considering the fact that the roles aren’t so specific or strange, they were fine. The characters were just a few simple young men and women who wanted to take some time off the city life and have some fun. Who is stranger to this? They are quite boring to be honest. Of course, when all of the main guys must die (because at the end everyone is dead) why bother with fine lines and script for them?

To summarize: the movie might not be “la crème de la crème” but it definitely has a thing or two which can make you content. It has everything zombie movies have and is not the usual American style and point of view, no matter what some say. Even if the impression of difference and variety is only because of the language, it still differs.

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Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever – The Ultimate Bloody Adventure

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My movie review will be for all those who really fancy horror movies and know what they want from them (sense, plot, accurate story, good scares and fine scripts): Do not watch this movie, or at least do not expect it to be good. For the ones who watch pseudohorrors just for the sake of seeing people swimming into a pool of blood and still living – Cabin Fever Two is for you.

This is the sequel to the Cabin Fever, a quite appreciated movie created by Eli Roth, which came out in 2002. Unlike the first installment, the second one is quite unnaturally dull and senseless. Firstly, I must express the lack of intellect. There are no scary moments. There is no suspense. There can never be seen any thrill. There are the very vast and often used extremely graphical scenes when blood spills, erupts, bursts and so on.

We also witness some moments such as a nail being stuck back under the skin after falling and a sex scene between the King of the Prom ball and one really obese female. Seems like the director of this movie Ti West, who at the end had to disown it due to arguments with the producers, did not really do that well.

The story has two lines.

One is about our main character John (Noah Segan) who is trying to ask his old time friend Cassie (Alexi Wasser) to the school’s Prom and in the mean time avoid being kicked too hard by her something-like-boyfriend.

The other is about a deadly virus, being transferred and spread around the town through a locally produced and much liked bottled water. The virus attacks soft tissues and spreads throughout the entire body until the victim finally starts bleeding through every possible hole there is on the human body. Deputy Winston (Giuseppe Andrews), known from the first movie, is the only one trying to solve the mystery around the town. At first he gets to a crime scene. He announces to the driver of a school bus that they had hit a moose and lets them go, only to find seconds later a leg near the road, indicating that something a lot different than a moose was hit.

At the end of the day we get to see even the swat, or whatever other special team would manage such a case, and a vicious attack at the poor students right at their own Prom.
The worst thing is that the team has left an open ending as to what will happen next, because one of the infected people did manage to escape all the road-blocks and safety measures and leave town.

This movie is not likeable to achieve anything and for me and it is totally straight-to-VHS material (you would ask “Who uses VHS?” and that is the idea – no one. And it should not be seen from more than that).