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When it appears as though the end is in sight, the pilots, flight crew, and passengers of a plane heading to Mexico City look to forget the anguish of the moment and face their own personal problems. A technical failure has endangered the lives of the people aboard Peninsula Flight 2549. The crew devote themselves to the task of making the flight as enjoyable as possible for the passengers, while they await a solution.
‘Evil Dead’ takes us back to the most iconic cabin in the woods for a modern remake for Sam Raimi’s 1981 original classic ‘The Evil Dead’. Five friends, Mia, David, Olivia, Eric and Natalie, head to a remote cabin in the woods to help Mia go cold turkey from her heroin addiction. In the basement they find a mysterious Book of the Dead. Upon reading it, they unwittingly summon up a demon living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.
Why is it that almost every time a new and groundbreaking film comes along that takes our breath away, it only takes a few months to pass and a sequel is produced? Most of these sequels are not based on having more story to tell, but more to do with the film companies having deep pockets to fill. Compared to the success of the original, these sequels are often rushed, poorly written, predictable and simply disappointing. Some of these include Basic Instinct 2, Battle for the Planet of the Apes, Son of the Mask, Rocky V, Jaws 3D, Speed 2, The Matrix Revolutions, Batman and Robin, Dumb and Dumberer, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, Oceans 12, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and the list goes on….
However, on very rare occasions, these sequels can and have surpassed its original or at least rivalled them for greatness. I have selected five sequels that I believe demonstrate this.
5. The Dark Knight
India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) was not prepared to lose her father in a tragic accident or the sudden arrival of her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), whom she never knew existed. When Charlie moves in with her and her emotionally unstable mother Evie (Nicole Kidman), India thinks the void left by her father’s death is finally being filled by his closest bloodline. Soon after his arrival, India comes to suspect that this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives intent on keeping it in the family. Yet instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless young woman becomes increasingly infatuated with him.
‘Oldboy’ South Korean director Park Chan-wook returns to the big screen with his first English language film. Stoker is a psychological thriller filled with erotic tension and glorious attention to detail. The story focuses on family secrets, blood ties and dark lies, which unravels and builds like a slow turning screw. The performances, which help keep the plot afloat and often elevating it along with the superb direction are the films best qualities. Mia Wasikowska is hypnotic and chilling, as is Matthew Goode whose character bares many similarities with that of Anthony Perkins in ‘Psycho’.
Littered with metaphors and symbology, Stoker is visually outstanding and beautifully perverse. The camera work is at times claustrophobic and gothic but always elegant with a soundtrack that is subtle and haunting. Stoker does not play out like a typical thriller and it’s certainly not a horror film, but what you get is an erotic psychodrama that has more than a hint of Hitchcock about it and if you like the sound of that, you’re in for a real treat.
‘Do not disturb the family’
Thinking of going to see Die Hard this weekend? Massive Die Hard fan? The most recent instalment of the Die Hard series is a bitter disappointment for any fan of the franchise and you should think hard before you do.
While it is full of McClean esque one liners, explosions and yes Bruce Willis in a blood covered white t-shirt, it is a real let down.
The history of the die hard movies is relatively quite simple, Die Hard – Amazing, Die Harder – Good not great, Die Hard with a Vengeance: A return to form, Die hard 4: Surprisingly enjoyable, more far fetched than the others but still, A Good Day to Die Hard: void of any style or substance.
It wasn’t only the lack of story that irritated me, it was the poor performances, (even Bruce can’t always beat this into shape) the unstructured dialogue, the flimsy motivation of the villains and the general cheese of the father/son stuff.
I wish i could say the CGI was good but alas, it really wasn’t. There are a few moments that will make you chuckle but it’s not enough to save it.
The film has been made for the sake of the action, but if only they’d toned the budget down and invested some more money into the scriptwriting there could have been a good movie in there somewhere.
I’m not writing this purely to be negative, more to warn fans of Die Hard. If I could unsee this, I would. Be warned fans, it’s time Die Hard said Yippee Ki Yay to itself.
If you’re looking for some non stop action from John McClean, do your self a favour and watch Die Hard, the orignal and still the best.