Ben Wheatley, the darling of low-budget British cinema, unleashes an ambitious surrealist arthouse project A Field in England. Constructed from the idea of an “assault on the audience” Wheatley sought to create a film that captures the experience of hallucinogenic drugs, but with its ambiguous imagery and convoluted narrative this pretentious trip leads the audience on a futile quest for meaning and entertainment.
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The nightmare lives again
With the aid of producers Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, the director and star of the eighties classic, Fede Alvarez achieves a level of horror that was absent from the original film. While his remake is as chaotic, error-filled and clichéd as its predecessor, its flaws are the very same attributes fans adored about Raimi’s cult hit.
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Sometimes the past catches up with you, whether you want it to or not.
The film is brimming with brilliant performances, particularly from Viggo Mortensen and Maria Bello in their central roles, but the most impressive performance came from Ed Harris. He makes full use of his screen time and benefits from a well written script as the frighteningly sinister Carl Fogerty. Continue reading A History of Violence Review
Prepare for judgement.
Eighteen certifications are becoming increasingly rare in mainstream cinema, with many production companies encouraging directors to sacrifice their original intentions in order to conform to the lesser ratings to draw in a wider audience and ultimately more profit. On a few occasions this year the business side of the film industry has reared its ugly head with some films toning down their content, omitting scenes and in extreme cases even renaming the film itself – John Carter of Mars became John Carter and The Avengers became Marvel’s Avengers Assemble – all in the name of money-making. Continue reading Dredd Review