Films viewed in 2011

Archive for the ‘Suspense’ Category

104. Blow Out

In Suspense on August 13, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Dir. Brian DePalma

A movie sound recordist finds himself in danger for accidentally recording evidence that proves a car accident was actually murder.

MY TAKE

The argument could be made that Brian DePalma has never had an original idea in his life. Movies like Blow Out, an homagey-remake of 1966’s Blow-Up, would support that case, but can’t take away from his undeniable talent. This is a smart, tight thriller that really embraces the medium and concept in rewarding ways.

76. Sanctum

In Suspense on August 9, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Dir. Alister Grierson

An underwater cave diving team experiences a life-threatening crisis during an expedition to the unexplored and least accessible cave system in the world.

MY TAKE

What? James Cameron touched this? Now I have to see it! Oh how quickly you can burn goodwill. The opening scenery is impressive but the acting is just embarrassing. The only thing that saves this movie is how few of the characters actually survive. The fact people get picked off one by one keeps the story moving, but I wasn’t moved by any of their deaths.

74. Lakeview Terrace

In Suspense on August 9, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Dir. Neil LaBute

An LAPD officer will stop at nothing to force out the interracial couple who just moved in next door.

MY TAKE

As a general rule, bad cops equal good drama. Throw in a little racial tension, and the story starts to write itself. For a fairly predicable subgenre film, it still hits all the right paces. The wild fire finale also works as a conceivable force majeure, but mainly for smokey scenery.

70. Disturbia

In Suspense on August 9, 2011 at 8:32 AM

Dir. D.J. Caruso

A teen living under house arrest becomes convinced his neighbor is a serial killer.

MY TAKE

This is one of those “not a remake but homage” types of films that most people call a rip-off (the source here being Rear Window). But that’s fine, since the premise is updated and it works well, plus I’m in the minority of guys who actually like Shia LaBeouf. The story just goes exactly where you think it will and made my eyes roll at the end.