Saturday, May 12, 2007


Spiderman 3
* * *
I thought this film suffered a bit from the ole sophmore slump, but was generally well acted and breathtakingly action packed. Spiderman 2 set such a high standard that Sam Raimi found it obviously difficult to out match himself. Disorganized and cluttered, Spiderman 3 is a clump of brilliantly executed sequences glued together by redunancy and melodrama. I think the ideas behind Peter's seduction with fame and glory matched with the birth of Venom was brilliant. I would even go as far to say that Sandman was a believable villian and I enjoyed his purpose in the film. But I think there were way too many Spidey enemies in this one. Peter vs. Peter, Peter vs. Harry, Spidey vs. Venom, Spidey vs. Sandman, wow. Too scattered to be perfect, but still good.

28 Weeks Later
* * * 1/2

This was everything a post-apocalyptic horror film should be: Dreadfully hopeless, mercilessly brutal, and full of social commentary (i.e. The American military gets scared and fire bombs and then gases an entire city). Brilliant. My expectations for this film were met and exceeded. I would argue that it was on par with Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later (which I just re-watched 2 days ago). I was often jolted and shocked and I remained attentive throughout the entire film. I had a few consistency problems, though. When they were in the gassed alley way and the infected were trying to get into the car, how come none of the windows were broken? In Boyle's film, the infected made it a point to break as many car windows as possible to get to the inhabitants inside. Also, what's up with Daddy Zombie? I felt he might have been used a narrative puppet rather than an unfortunate turn of fate. But, other than that, a near perfect film. Can't wait for 28 Months Later.

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