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La Weekend August 1

 

District 9 (2009) – I was flabbergasted when I realised just how much this film was hated, I got my copy for free when I asked if anyone has seen it, people were giving it away.. so I was a bit dubious about watching it, but I was hooked within seconds.. it’s a mockumentary look at a group of alien (workers) who have go stuck in South Africa. The effects are brilliant, both the alien technology and “Prons” design look and “feel” impressive. Obviously the setting is key, the messages are deep an poignant. The film is elevated by the amazing and life changing performance from ?? who plays Vikers he goes through every emotion and reacts in non Hollywood’s way, giving a more interesting and diverse story. Personally I find it so attuned and turned on, I was really hoping for a sequel, but I guess I’ll have to sit quite tight. [REVIEW]10/10 Continue reading La Weekend August 1

Killer Force AKA The Diamond Mercenaries (1976)

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Director: Val Guest
Starring : Telly Savalas, Peter Fonda, Christopher Lee, O J Simpson, Maud Adams. USA. 1h 42m

Basically this is just five guys out to complete a diamond heist, but the in depth plot is a bit more tit for tat, the head of security, Harry Webb (Savalas) believes there is going to be a robbery in one of the diamond mines out in the desert and soon becomes unpopular with everyone including a cover girl model who happens to be the daughter of his boss and owner of the mine who is love with one of his team, Mike Bradley (Fonda). Nelson, the mind administrator, gives Bradley the task of stealing a diamond not only to test him but to get him involved with a group who are planning a major heist. Continue reading Killer Force AKA The Diamond Mercenaries (1976)

Safari (2013)

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Director: Darrell Roodt
Starring:Rocky Myers,l Kim Argetsinger, Chloe Kirby, Ziniswa Baleka. South Africa. 1h 18m

A 18m found footage movie set in wild dusky landscape of South Africa where the animals seem to have the upper hand, a young Zulu girl call Mbali wanders off and hooks up with a group of American tourists who has gone out on safari. The the groups tend  to play on every stereotype of “Americans on vacation” managed to find an easily bribes guide to take them to an area which is off limits trying to get the most excitement from their Safari. One of them even has the gall to say “how dare the Lion’s not show up we came all the way from LA” as soon as they managed to get into birth most dangerous area everything starts to go wrong what I was expecting it all to be going wrong because they had just literally ran into the eyes Eilidh girl but there is nothing mystical all the strange happening here although it would have added to be tense nature of the movie basically in Long Weekend (1978) style nature kicks their asses.

As much as it can be annoying for every single director spend the first quarter of the movie introducing the cast this  film starts out in a way that I generally prefer and it just literally kicks off running but unfortunately none of the characters have enough presence to be memorable.

On the plus side be acting is very good specially from a young girl Ziniswa Baleka and the situations that they managed to get themselves stuck in, for the most part think seem realistic although in some cases possibly avoidable. Basically the geep the group are in gets damaged, while trying to fix it one of the guides is bitten and dies horribly then the lions turn up and stalk them as they try to return to some kind of civilization.

Something about the movie just doesn’t fit, and it’s taken me a while to pinpoint it, but as the movie started with so much local folklore and superstition but it totally fat and turns into purely a movie about survival even though there are a few hints but there is something mystical about the situation especially when the girl becomes involved but it just turns out that he is using her local understanding to help find food etc.

At times it’s quite easy to forget that it’s a found footage movie as the filming, while jerky is actually really clear, but it still suffers from a lot of the typical mistakes from found footage, the kids are surprised that they have no signal, the camera seems to have unlimited battery etc etc etc.It doesn’t require a twist at the end, despite me getting my hopes up for one, but instead it’s constantly shocking throughout, with the help jump scares, the movie which keeps it’s pace. I think  that the director may have lost much of his bite when compared with some of it earlier works even with the floors but could have gone deeper over there is the underlying ideal that we should be respecting nature it’s never really Illustrated fully in the movie.

Generally it’s watchable especially if you’re into found footage it’s one that you should probably check out, the violence is graphic but short and sweet the drama in between is a little bit weak but on the whole it’s watchable it’s not too long an hour and 20 minutes or less so it shouldn’t but it could have been a lot greater if only I had gone deeper and contained some message.

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Rating 3/10

R Long Weekend (1978)
L – Safari Films,
A – Found Footage A Genre here to stay?, Found Footage typical mistakes,

District 9 (2009)

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I had adored this bizarre and intriguing sci fi movie from the first viewing and managed to get it really cheap and it seemed to have done nothing but piss off the masses, which is good for me, so I suppose this just might be the unpopular review.. fuelled by stretched racial relations and tainted by oppression, power and greed a hint of humanity shines through but not from many of the humans in this mockumentary styled film.

The main premise is that an alien ship has got stuck over the city of Johannesburg, after the initial shock and the rescue of the aliens (who are called “Prawns” as a socially accepted insult), from their own ship, we’re not all that impressed with them, they have been moved to a  makeshift shanty town where they are monitored by MNU a weapons company who are acting as temporary care takers but who are more interested in alien technology and who have the laborious task of moving them to a new site. The job to organise this move goes to Wikus Van De Merwe (Sharlto Copley) an extremely mild mannered pushover sap of a man who encounters a strange chemical on the site which bizarrely links him to the “prawns” in a strange twist of fate it also makes him a target for MNU. Continue reading District 9 (2009)