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My Favourite Scene – Manhunter

 

Manhunter is definitely one of my all time favorite movies, and there are many scenes which spark many different emotions but this one, the introduction of Hannibal played by the multi talented Brian Box is one which stand out. Brian’s portrayal of the criminal cannibal is very different from the charm emitted by Anthony Hopkins later on in the series, instead there is a sharp coldness and more cunning with his more animated character, the sexy factor is off and the game is on.. Continue reading My Favourite Scene – Manhunter

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The autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

 

Director: André Ovredal
Starring: Brian Cox, Emile Hirsch,  USA. 1h 39m

I was pretty psyched about this film, thinking it was going to be some cop drama about a dead chick and while ripping her body apart they get hurled into an investigation that was going to change their lives, but this is what I get for not checking out more about the movie..it’s something totally different, fortunately it turned out to be much better than I ever imagined.

Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch play a father and son duo who work in the mortuary lab, and are tasked with performing an autopsy on a Jane Doe discovered in an unusual spot, under the home of a family that have been brutally murdered, Cox is still training his son in the fine art of dissecting and inspecting bodies, the old school champion still abides by lots of historic methods including the tying of bell to the toe of a corpse, which his son and his girlfriend find quite amusing until the old man scares them with his old wit.

The two fearless men, decide to pull an allnighter to work out why this woman died, as she doesn’t appear to have any wounds, her body is in pristine condition. So how did she die? From the moment the make the first cut and start taking her apart, things start happening, strangely her blood flows, which is not normal for a dead body, blood coagulates after death right? They discover more questionable items within her and about her body. Her tongue has been removed, her heart is scarred, there is cloth placed inside of her, what happened to this girl and why? As the night draws on they notice strange noises coming from the corridors and in the morgue shelves, that’s when things really start getting strange.

The atmosphere and tense situations are really magnified in the later scenes of this film, it doesn’t spend a lot of time introducing the plot and story which is great as it has so much more to offer during the actual autopsy which is the bulk of the film. It’s gripping and imaginative, slowly a story eeks out that dates back to the 1800’s, it’s elegantly crafted to keep you gripped, I lost my breath a few times. The men have to use their wits and knowledge to combat the strange happenings in the once familiar setting which becomes very dangerous and alien to them.

Every body has a secret.

Brian Cox is always a gem, and gives a brilliant performance here, as a protector and investigator; he’s backed up by Hirsch who reminds me of a more serious Jack Black, but as the momentum builds, he slowly steps up to the mark and really develops an interesting character as the student/son, he becomes more believable  it’s an usual change of pase from Norwegian Director André Øvredal who gave a thrill on an epic scheme with Trollhunter (2010) and successfully creates a film as equally ambitious and creative, but with totally different creepy origins and it continues to deliver a brilliant unfolding mystery until it’s tinkling end.

 

 

Rating – 8/10

R – The Witch (2015), The Conjuring 2 (2016), The Girl with All the Gifts (2016)
L – Corpses…

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Citizen gangster (2015)

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Director: Nathan Morlando
Starring: Scott Speedman, Kelly Reilly, Kevin Durand, Joseph Cross, Brendan Frasier. Canada. 1h 45m

Coming out hot on the heels of Public Enemy (2009) and other films such as Lawless (2012) this Canadian edition to the host of the new wave of crime tells a true story compared to the fantasy filled Gangster Squad (2013) and is quite refreshing in the age where super heroes seem to be taking over again. this is emotive drama Starring Scott Speedman as the modern-day Robin Hood,  Eddie Boyd, he didn’t give to the poor but according to reports he was admired by the general public not only during his days as a bank robber but also later on in life when he decided to go straight he was once again seen as a public treasure. Continue reading Citizen gangster (2015)

Blood (2012)

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This film should have been made earlier in British film history, around the time of My Name is Joe (1998) but it wasn’t and it just looks dated. Utilising the great acting abilities of Paul Bettany, Mark Strong, Brian Cox and Stephen Graham.

Paul Bettany plays a determined cop who gets a blood lust for a particular man after a girls body turns up and he suspects him of her kidnapping and murder, with the pressure from his ill ex cop father (Cox) he does something rather hot headed and spends the rest of the movie trying to cover the mistake.

It attempts to be gritty, it is definitely tense at times but doesn’t have a lot of depth, I did enjoy the film,the concept is great but it wasn’t executed in the best possible way, but at least the story is totally complete and there is a justified ending.

Cox is by far the best actor in this, the clumsy father who is dealing with Alzheimer’s or something similar, while being a little devious and also using it to mask some underhanded tactics. There is a lot of double dealings going on and brilliant family drama scenes, both in the home and out on the “island” where there are a lot of problems buried.

I can’t really work out where to place the film, it is good but I feel it could have been a lot better. Mark Strong wasn’t really used to his proper potential, Bettany was equally under used, but I did feel that the entertainment was hit and miss throughout. It has a decent level of re watch ability I think I will make up mind in the review.. coming soon.

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Rating 6/10

R – My name is joe (1998), Gangster No1 (2000),
5S – Paul Bettany, Mark Strong, Brian Cox,