Ratings – 29/09/2012

 

Nowhere to Run

After being mildly impressed with Van Damme’s turn in ‘Expendables 2’, I decided to check out one of the supposed better films form his financial heyday. The plot was surprisingly a little more on the romantic drama side of things than I expected, as Van Damme finds himself defending a family’s farmhouse from evil real estate developers. Passable entertainment.

2.5/5

Revenge

As I mentioned before, this was one of the late Tony Scott’s only films I’d yet to see. It’s not one of his best.

2.5/5

Missing (2009)

While it’s rural Korean setting may superficially make it stand out a bit, this is essentially just another horror film of the ‘torture porn’ variety. A middle aged chicken farmer captures a young woman and imprisons her in his barn, then subjects her to a string of abuse.  It’s well made and hard to watch in places but doesn’t really have anything to say.

2.5/5

White: The Melody of the Curse

The bright, happy world of K-pop girl bands provides the backdrop for this suspenseful supernatural horror-thriller. A struggling group finds an old video cassette of a catchy song, and decide to re-record it as their own. It brings them great success but with it the girls become increasingly hostile. Things get effectively creepy and disturbing as it progresses. Recommended.

3.5/5

Haunters

A decent but unoriginal premise that could be explored in a number of ways – a boy has the psychic power to control people into acting out his wishes. I’d hoped that it would go about showing what a person might do with such a power but instead concentrates almost entirely on the struggle between the psychic and the one man who seems immune to him. Disappointing.

2.5/5

Cleanskin

Intriguing London-set terrorism thriller. Sean Bean’s secret service agent pursues a terrorist who is admirably given a lengthy backstory via flashback.

3/5

Don’t Click

A modern technology filled but clichéd horror about a cursed internet video, that’s overly reliant on cheap jump scares to liven up its thin plot.

2/5

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