Saturday, September 23, 2006

Rented some movies

We decided to rent and watch some movies tonight since there was nothing on tv.

The first movie that we watched was Severed, a Canadian zombie horror movie. It's no Shaun of the Dead (or even Dawn of the Dead), that's for sure. It wasn't the best movie ever. The plot didn't make too much sense, none of the characters was particularly likeable, and none of the character's motivations were clear. The special effects weren't that good, either - there was a lot that looked like jello. It wasn't that gory, and we all like some gore in a good zombie movie :) As well, the timing was a little slow and it wasn't too suspenseful. I didn't get spooked at all during the movie. We did laugh occasionally, but I'm not sure it was supposed to be funny. I think this was released straight to DVD, and I see why :) I wouldn't recommend this film.

The second movie that we watched was District B13. It was a really, really good movie. It's a dystopian view of the future in Paris. It seems to be the natural extension of the riots that occurred in the suburbs there a year or two ago in that certain areas are blocked off and left to fend for themselves. The plot and characters make some sense; or at least, I was able to suspend disbelief to believe that it could be true. It's sort of a martial arts move, and the action scenes are amazing. The stunts are beautiful to watch; they're clear, crisp, and fluid. I would highly recommend this film. Note that it is a French movie, and so the DVD had both subtitled and dubbed versions available. While we usually prefer subtitles, the dialog moved too quickly for us to easily keep up. Therefore, we watched the dubbed version.

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