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War of the Woulds

Posted in adventure film, Asians in Hollywood, fantasy-mythical, film sequels, sci-fi film, Star Wars saga with tags on December 21, 2017 by leaflens

A.K.A. ang pagbabalik ng Manyunyugi ng Pelikulang Panget, or in short, should I come back with this comeback? Or would I survive reviewing this revival-ish of a film? Ma at pa, beh. Ma at pa. So sige, keber lang.

I’m back, bichezzz!

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI (2017)

d., s. Rian Johnson

p. Lucasfilm/Disney chuva

c. Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, Laura Dern, Lupita Nyong’o, and others (sila lang mahalaga sa akin bakit ba lol) 

Pitch: EPISODE VIII na siya beh, and hallelujah praise the lawd at ang epic space opera saga chenelyn na ito ay marami nang kick-ass na babae sa lead, 40 years later! Where General Leia leads what’s left of the Resistance to safety, with the help of other women in the periphery, in the middle of men with angst lol.

Catch: Saga wearing thin in plot/characterization, not sure if kayang itahi ang last gen sa next gen beh. May the force make hibla.

Lakas maka-flashback itong Star Wars saga ever oo, down memory lane of your life as you watch it.

So 4 years old pa lang pala ako nung unang lumabas ito sa sinehan pala. And 40 years later, we see the Star Wars saga still at it — matapos nilang patayin (!!!) si Han Solo, at matapos mamatay ni Carrie Fisher (huhubelles). Of course we all grew up watching the first 3 movies — or episode 4, 5, 6 sa utak ni pareng George Lucas — and yes, it’s still amazing to see and re-watch from time to time, because the storytelling uses techniques that entertain you, like a good classical Hollywood narrative does. There’s the witty or pa-witty dialogue, lalo na ‘yung banter ni Han Solo and whoever ang ka-banter niya, the obvious longing for something eklavu ni Luke na naging sanhi ng yabang laterz nang na-discover niya ang “The Force,” and the film language that would entertain any geek/film major/cineaste out there (like ooh black si Darth Vader kasi bad, white si Luke kasi good etc. or ‘yung binaligtad na halaaa naka-black na sa huli si Luke kasi hinahalina ni Darth sa dark side pero deep inside nakaputi pa siya so okay good pa rin kami yey).

I was honestly trying to look for such elements again last night when I watched this,  lalo na the witty dialogue. Or kahit mga classic one-liners lang ng mga characters (e.g. These aren’t the droids you’re looking for. Like that.) But sadly, even if the dialogue ain’t as freakin’ bad as Justice League’s (I AIN’T TOUCHING THAT ONE), it’s still not as good nor as memorable.

Haha that’s a classic. Miss ya Princess!

 

And I’m thinking if it’s the characters or the scriptwriter who’s “at fault” here. Ideologically, that is. Like, as happy as I am about their racial and gender diversity, I’m not sure if these newer characters have enough of a personality to begin with, to start acting with motivation, speaking with wit, or merely existing with conviction. And speaking as a scriptwriter, it’s an awful challenge to write dialogues for such characters, I tell ya. Kaya parang sakit sa bangs siyang panoorin teh.

Like for the life of me, I’m still trying to find out what the ex-stormtrooper’s role is in this whole scheme of things. So natauhan ka at ayaw mo nang maging foot soldier lang ng evil empire, so??? And that one particular pilot who’s such a misogynist arsehole in this second sequel film that I’m missing what happened to him in the first film (i.e. sana sumabog na lang ulit siya kunwari, at sa huli na lang lumitaw leche). Like what’s so special about you, pilot with the BB8 droid, at sa iyo naka-focus ang naratibong ito? Eh ang yabang mo lang kaya kainis, and no, hindi ka plot device na kinailangan lang ng Admiral character ni Laura Dern laterz para umigting siya/sila. Kakaloka ang existence niyo, sa totoo lang.

And then of course we have si ati Rey, na we’re still guessing kung sino siya or ano ang heritage nila. Like hallerrrrrrrr natapos na ang second film at lahat, nganga pa rin sa info na ‘yun??? Eh sa original na second film, we get it agad sa huli na “Luke, I am your fatherrrrr.” “Noooo!” Tapos ang heritage mystery. Ito, huhubelles nakaka-dalawang popcorn bucket na ko, wala pa ring reveal na malaman!!! Puro pahaging lang mula kay Kylo Ren tapos bomb drop na walang kwentang plotline ang peyrents ni Rey, cryola lang si bakla nang narinig ang katotohanan, tapos end! Wala pa ring clue-labelles whatsoever sa pagkatao niya, kahit ilang beses siyang tanungin ni Lolo Luke ng “Who are you?” Kaloka. Konti na lang kakanta na ko ng CSI theme song dito eh leche. Whoooooo are you? Who who who who. Cheret.

Paternity Strikes Back. Tapos ang kaso!

 

And then of course the “conflicted” Kylo Ren, a.k.a. Ben Solo, junakis ni General Leia at Han. Dami niyang hanash teh! Kesyo conflicted sa pagchugi sa sariling pudraks o sa pagbomba sa sariling mudraks, tapos the ego duel chenes with Tito Luke. Saka bakit ba kating-kati kang maging dark side ambassador pare? Two films in, and I still can’t find a clue. Dahil lolo mo si Darth, ganern? Ibalik ang dark glory days, ganern? Paano ka ba pinalaki ng peyrents mo, at ang tanong ko anak, ba’t ka nagkaganyan tininininin-tininininin… And the back story na in-attempt nila ever for you naman eh hilaw din. Dahil lang fail ang lessons niyo ni Tito Mentor, dark ka na? Conflicted conflicted… Nubeh boi, dami hanash sa life, hanash na wala akong makitang pinaghuhugutan mo. His well of loneliness is arid, my dear. By this time, dapat nilamanan na ‘yan ng meatier back story, but no. [Also, HAN SOLO and LEIA nagkaanak??? Anyare? Paanosinoanokailan? Insert back story here!!! dapat.]

Taragis ka, Ben Solo!!! Di pa kita pinapatawad dito!!!

 

And that is, I think now, that problem of this film: THERE’S NO BACK STORY whatsoever, be it the situation or the characters. They’re like running on fumes of the past films, and decided to surf those fumes na lang and see where this goes wheeeeeeeee lightspeed! Gawa ng new worlds here and there, insert cutesy creatures na tatalo sa Ewoks, and then boom! Lagay natin sila and see where this karambola ends or begins or ends or begins. Kajirits.

And don’t even tell me na “Ay, nasa extended universe ‘yan, nasa comics ‘yan, nasa blah blah blah related pop icon product ‘yan dapat basahin mo blah blah blah para ma-gets mo.” Taragis. We’re not doing a compare-and-contrast of mediums here, okay? Whatever is in a medium, we analyze it as is, where it is, in all its full formalistic glory. So kung may hindi sila nilagay dito, then that’s that, and that maims it, so luz. Wala akong time to make subaybay everything in their merchandise line k, kaya dapat alalahanin nila kung para kanino ba nila ginagawa ang film na ito.

Eat my popcorn fuckers. The cheese and butter didn’t cut it both, kahit may large sarsi in the middle. Note to self: bring jabee next time.

And I think that’s another folly of it. I think the film is trying to please the newer generations in one part, lalo na sa simula, and then the latter half they try to please the Star Wars kiddos of yore, like moi, by putting forth Luke and Leia and that cheap trick of a hologram nga ni R2D2 hahahaha hilarious ‘yun. But that latter half felt more like a eulogy for what will not come again next time around: the sensible saga story. Dahil sa kakaulit ni Hanash Junior na kailangan nang mamatay ang old blah at sila nang new blah ang gagawa ng New Republic or New Order or whatevs (I swear I heard him say New Order, na naisip ko, ay, new waver si koya? Cheret!), feel kong total new slate kemeru ang gagawin nila sa next films, lalo na’t may patikim pa ng new kid characters wearing the new hope rebellion ring chenes. Kumbaga, lulutuin pa nila, para maayos. Kalerks.

You know, no matter who your audience is, we actually don’t care, so long as you make one cohesive narrative that rules them all trilogy films! Yeah, take a cue from other films na marami ring sequels, telling a definitive narrative na may pupuntahan, para mas malaman ang aabangan namin at mas kapaki-pakinabang ang mga karakter owkei??? Hindi ‘yung bubuntot lang si ati kay Luke para maging mentor tas may konek-konek sila ni Hanash Junior tapos si Hanash ang conflict niya ay parang lip service lang — kasi sa labi lang nakikitang lumalabas, hindi nafi-feel sa looban niya, at lalong hindi nakikita sa labas niya! Acting workshop pa more! Cheret.

Hay naku kalerks.

Pero yeah, props to putting an Asian character out there, sa wakas. I loved that Rose character there, and I will love her more pa sana kung hindi naganap ‘yung kiss sa pilot plane crash scene nila ni ex-stormtrooper boi. KAKALOKA KELANGAN MAY KISS TALAGA. Oo ganyan ako kainis. Take a cue sana from Rogue One na wala ‘yan, tumayo ang pelikula nang labanan lang and yeah, good storyline. Hmp.

Heniweys sige bahala na si Batman sa susunod na leg nito. I’ll still be there to see Rey’s journey. Panindigan ang buns na ‘yan sa susunod, k. Let’s see.

LOL pahiram intarwebz. This cracked me up the first time I saw this during the time of The Force Awakens lol.

Next!

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of wrong timings and wasting time

Posted in comedy film, Hollywood dream factory, Philippine Cinema, sci-fi film on November 21, 2011 by leaflens

Cinema-watching, for me, is not really a waste of time as some people treat it. Kanya-kanyang habit lang iyan, I suppose. We all have our favorite ways of spending our time or we have techniques in wasting time. Walang basagan ng trip, ‘ika nga.

But it’s a totally different thing if a film wastes my time. Of course it’s not guaranteed that all films that look promising will make it worth your while. Some are truly time-wasters. But there are also those you will value for a long time.

Anyway enough segue. Here are two samples of how I spent my time one rainy evening in Cubao, while waiting for traffic to subside (which, in Metro Manila, is a loooong time).

Heniweyz…

PRAYBEYT BENJAMIN (2011)

d. Wenn Deramas

p. Star Cinema and Viva Films

c. Vice Ganda and a bunch of talents that appear as stringers in local cinema, meaning they string along as a cast of an ensemble to pad the story even if it’s not necessary

Pitch: an openly swishy gay man turns discreetly closeted, but not really, when he enters the military in order to represent his father and continue their heroic (read patriarchal) family lineage in combat

Catch: I sincerely hope the makers of this movie know that Goldie Hawn has a Private Benjamin film in the ’80s. If this is where they got the title, they need to buy a new pair of things needed in this industry, namely creativity and imagination.

I don’t know why I wasted my time watching this film. Maybe it’s out of curiosity. I like Vice Ganda’s humor which I saw on film for the first time in the PETRANG KABAYO remake. I found that totally funny even if it was ludicrous. But somehow, this time, this film doesn’t do it for me.

Sure, it’s a comedy not to be taken seriously, but lately, Philippine cinema doesn’t know how to do funny comedies anymore. They’re all crass, pander to the lowest of the low, full of cheap thrills for a few laughs. In short, we’ve lost the intelligent kinds of comedies. And I don’t mean lowbrow; what I mean is comedy that really makes us laugh because the humor is in the situation, and it’s not even pure slapstick. Something like that.

Sadly, this BENJAMIN film doesn’t cut it for me. Aside from having such a silly plot (simple doesn’t mean silly; this here is just plain pffft) of having the country under the rule of rebels who want to kill the top generals of the land that every misfit imaginable in crass cinema fare (don’t even get me started on characterizations) had to be drafted, the film carried very outdated views on being gay. Of course they milked this for whatever it’s worth, using it as a major plot device to heighten the dramatic irony of the plot, but it’s also dangerous because they’re propagating homophobia once again. I mean sure, the gay guy saves the day in the end, but to reflect deeper, quieter realities that discriminate against gay guys is just the pits.

What I’m talking about here is the fact that, in the end, the gay guy’s love interest — a hunky straight man (Derek Ramsay) — reveals that he has a girlfriend, and that girlfriend looks a lot like Benjamin (actually, it’s Vice dressed as a woman playing a woman). When Benjamin asked why his captain chose to be with this woman which looked like him instead of just choosing him, the captain answered “Because she’s a woman!” So dahil may keps and boobs ang babae, kahit kamukha siya ng gay guy, doon na ang het guy. How progressive. Please lang. Stop spreading this shit that LGBTQs are doomed because, in the end, the people they fall in love with will eventually end up with straight people din naman. How irritating.

What’s also irritating is the fact that the pa-macho lesbian is being promoted here. Not all lesbians are like that. This is also a step backward but hell, the pa-macho lesbian was more accepted in the military than the pa-girl gay man. Can you spell patriarchy? Sumasakit bangs ko sa pelikulang ito, sa totoo lang.

Another disappointing thing in this film is perhaps the humor. I don’t know if Vice Ganda is already overexposed on television, but I find the style waning na in punch. Or maybe that’s just me. With the ticket sales skyrocketing, I guess there are more people who enjoy his brand of comedy now more than ever. But that’s also cool. Maybe this part is just me. But that’s also why I’m worried, because as popular as this film is becoming, so is the spreading of discriminatory plot lines about gays and lesbians. Hay naku bakit pa ba ako naninibago? But the thing is, I sincerely hope that filmmakers become more responsible next time. It’s just sad because maybe they also carry the same prejudices in their body. I just hope they keep it to themselves na lang.

Anyway, win some, lose some. While that was such a freaking time-waster for me, this next one was not.

IN TIME (2011)

d., s. Andrew Niccol

dop. Roger Deakins

Costume design. Colleen Atwood

c. Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried

Pitch: In the not-so-distant future, people need time stamped on their being as currency to stay alive and buy things, but what happens if one gets an overload of time, and one runs out of time?

Catch: Nothing!!!!!! This film is plain awesome! Why wasn’t it hyped up!

And this is why I love this film: THE TRUMAN SHOW, GATTACA, S1M0NE, THE TERMINAL, LORD OF WAR. The dude who directed this film wrote all of those earlier films, which I happen to like a lot, especially THE TRUMAN SHOW and GATTACA. Are you freaking kidding me! Whoever could think up of such set-ups is plain brilliant for me.

Gosh, opening sequence pa lang, I already love the concept — people stop aging at 25 years. Once it kicks in, they are time-stamped, literally, on their arm, to reflect how much time they have remaining on earth. Once they reach 25, they’re given one more year lang. Thus, they have to work on it, like hard labor or stuff, and they get paid in time (haha gives a whole new meaning to working time and a half and such!). So of course they also use time to pay for stuff, like “How much is a bus fare?” “Two hours.” And if you didn’t have that much time, you’re doomed. Galing!!!! To use time as currency like that! Sheer genius.

I am completely blown away by such concepts because I always like concepts that play around with time, especially messing with it hehe or toying with it like in time travels and such. Plus I also have a similar concept in development (er, for years now) which also tells of playing with time just like this film. Grabe, I should finish writing that concept na! Hehe.

Anyway, I also liked the idea that people run out of time, literally, and they die if they do. The there’s also that concept of having people — Big Brother types — control how much time a person could trade around, kinda like oligarchs of time, to which Seyfried’s character belongs: the rich and the elite. Then we have Timberlake’s proletariat working class character who lives in a second-to-second kind of existence, because having one whole day’s worth is actually a luxury. This is where the concept of “I don’t have time” kicks in, especially when it’s taken both literally and figuratively, especially when Timberlake’s character Will Salas says that he doesn’t have time to fall in love or have a girlfriend. Oo nga naman, you’re dying and you have a girlfriend pa — time waster! Haha! Wagi lang.

Anyway, the premise and act one is interesting enough, but then here’s the inciting moment that changes everything: Will helps a stranger in a bar and in return, the stranger gives him a century. Yes, you can live forever in this concept since if you have much time on your hands, er, arm pala, then you’re set for life. But it also makes you suspicious because people can give each other time and people can also steal time from each other (by locking wrists).  Grabe, take away one’s time, literal! Sobrang benta ang concept na ito!

And then it gets complicated as Will crosses specific time zones where you have to pay for each boundary you cross, kind of like economic zones in a way, since you need more currency to pass through each one, the higher the zone, the higher the pay. So his goal is to reach the top zone where the rich people are (to discover how to redistribute the wealth–or time–which the stranger said the oligarchs are controlling), and one girl, Sylvia (Seyfried) notices it, also some of the workers in this rich zone. How could they tell that he doesn’t belong there? Because he moves too fast, always rushing as if he’s running out of time (which he is, in his lower class existence experience). But these rich people have lots and lots and lots of time on their hands, so they have time to take things slow, move slower, stuff like that. Wagi lang sa concept, teh!!! I tell you, I was so engrossed in this film’s details that I forgot to eat my obligatory chichirya hehehe. Yes, that’s how good this film is!

What I like about a film that has some sci-fi bent is the fact that it could tackle philosophical things like this on a practical basis. You know, without being highfalutin about concepts that make us stop and ponder or without being too melodramatic or cliche in approach (or appear as being “pa-profound” and hence “pa-deep”), such as having time, wasting time, and other more complicated things. And yes, being existential without being pa-profound lang. You know what I mean. S1M0NE revolved around manufactured existence, THE TRUMAN SHOW revolved around manipulated existence, THE TERMINAL revolved around an interrupted existence, and GATTACA revolved around a borrowed existence, and then IN TIME is about making one’s existence meaningful and relevant before time goes out. I mean my gosh, Niccol, can I sit down with you and have coffee while we chat about these things!!! Seriously!!! I am happy you exist! You are my man right now, my cinematic man. I can’t wait to discover what you’re going to write and film next. Grabe lang!

Anyway, enough fan girl mode-ing. I’ve never been excited about a film’s concept in a looooong time, so I have to celebrate these things in my own little cinematic way. What the hey. I hope they put this film back when the current (over)run of that film with that unsmiling girl with the sparkling undead boyfriend is over. I hope that’s tomorrow. Skipping that one! But please don’t miss this one. It’s really worth your time, I kid you not.

Go!

WAR OF THE WORLDS

Posted in book to film, Hollywood dream factory, sci-fi film on August 16, 2008 by leaflens

[FROM MY OLD MULTIPLY SITE]

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WAR OF THE WORLDS

d. steven spielberg

c. tom cruise

story from the novel by h.g. wells

i’m sure there’s a perfectly good philosophical reason chorva as to why there are aliens who buried their metal monsters on earth and activated them via lightning storms one day to rise from the ground and annihilate the human population and make human blood the fertilizer of the earth for its supposed repopulation. i have to read wells’ novel.

i’m sure there’s a perfectly good technical and scientific reason why all of a sudden, towards the end of the movie (after 85 percent has been shown), the metal monsters began malfunctioning, making it easy for the US army troops to blast them with their puny bazookas and whatnots until the metal monsters were damaged, destroyed, and in one scene, its ET driver opened the door and just…dropped dead, dramatically (complete with nakalaylay ang lifeless hand chorva). punyeta pinatay niyo si ET! waaaaah. ET phone home, uwi patay. asar.

yes, i have to read wells’ novel for that, too.

what we have in the film is just a lot of people running, metal monsters zapping, and tom cruise battling it out acting-wise with dakota fanning. nothing more. and that weird deus ex machina appearance of tim robbins as a semi-crazed man who wanted to blow the aliens to bits. hanlabo men. uwi na ko. ay, asa bahay nga pala ko. uwi na sila. yoko na.

sayang ito. i have to read the novel. even the narration that explains some things was not able to explain the most crucial things. hanlabo.

one thing’s for sure. spielberg’s still that kid in a man’s body with a big budget and a head inside a sci-fi fantasy. let’s try to top ET, shall we? after 20+years, hindi pa rin achieve, spielberg. you let me down. sobra. i so heart ET. pero hanggang dun na lang yata ikaw. MINORITY REPORT was a fluke. nadaan ka ng kuwentong magaling ang pagkaka-edit. philip k. dick just laid out the perfectly good sci-fi short story for you there; all you had to do was film. same with AI na pagkahaba-haba ng unnecessary act 3 ng dramaturgy mo (may act 4 na nga eh!). with that, you ruined brian aldiss’ super-beautiful short story (“supertoys last all summer long”).

waarrrhhh!

RESIDENT EVIL

Posted in (video)games to film, Hollywood dream factory, sci-fi film on August 16, 2008 by leaflens

[FROM MY OLD MULTIPLY SITE]

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RESIDENT EVIL

c. milla jovovich, michelle rodriguez

kung sinuman ang nakaisip na gawing pelikula itong video game na ito, tanga siya.

ang pangit. walang katuturan. wala na ring epek sa akin si michelle rodriguez. matagal na kaming break. kasalanan ng bad role niya sa BLOODRAYNE. at saka wala na siyang bisexual mystique sa akin. i divorce you michelle. chos.

simple lang kuwento. clandestine government science genetic experiments gone wrong. self-extermination, self-preservation. kill all people. dead people become zombies. swat-like soldiers with high-powered weapons try to kill dead people. they all die. almost. fast forward to sequel. pero wala akong kopya nun kaya di ko na tatyagain. ech.

tho interesting sa akin how they explained kung bakit nagiging zombie ang patay. kasi the human body is full of electricity and this virus they were injected with or inhaled triggered the electric chorva of the body, making it come alive but without any intelligence or soul, only the very basic instinct for survival, which is to eat. ewan lang kung bakit ang kakainin ng zombie e tao rin. parang walang explanation dun. or i was yawning when they were explaining it. wotevah.

chaka. sayang pera.

THE ISLAND

Posted in Hollywood dream factory, sci-fi film on August 16, 2008 by leaflens

[FROM MY OLD MULTIPLY SITE]

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THE ISLAND
d. michael bay
c. ewan mcgregor, scarlet johannson

i knew there had to be some good reason why ewan mcgregor would make patol such a film. i go by his gut feel of getting projects — there must be something good about its story. and i was right. he was right, too.

i braced myself when i saw in the obb that michael “laging 2000 decibels ang sound fx editing” bay ang director nito. i prepared my earplugs. yes, ganun kaingay lahat, as in LAHAT ng films niya noh. google niyo na lang, or imdb.com.

noon pa napukaw ang interes ko ng film na ito. the gattaca-like setting/set-up interested me, as i liked GATTACA, and the pitch (or half of it) was interesting: the lure of a promised land ek where people will win a lottery to go to this promise of paradise. pero of course there’s more than meets the eye. kaya lang, that was not revealed in the trailers, kasi mega-spoiler pala siya. kaya di rin siguro ako naengganyo ng husto noon dito kasi nga bitin ang premise.

but i like what happened. the story is good pala. it turns out those who are in that gattaca-like place are living organ donors, clones of people who paid 5 million dollars to have their clones made as their insurance policy — so they could live longer. bale iha-harvest ang kelangan sa clone at ipapalit sa client, eg palit ng liver, heart, etc. kung anuman ang mag-malfunction na sa natural body ng client. ganda ng konsepto! kaya lang, instead of being in a vegetative state, yung clones binuhay na ng todo kasi di gumagana ng gusto ang organs, so they lived like humans, implanted with made-up memories, at fully-functioning humans sila in a controlled society. galing! kaya lang, si ewan character nga “nag-malfunction” kasi bigla siyang nagkaroon ng curiosity na tuklasin what’s beyond their life ek. questioning reality, the usual philosophical meanderings baga. what sci-fi work is without those philosophical chorvas? stuff of sci-fi nga ang ganyan e, parang cautionary tale sa present o warning for the future ek. basta. happy siya. kaya rin likes ko ang sci-fi. makes me think and rethink some things in life.

bet ko ang kuwento. ganda ng effects, ng visuals lalo na nung nakalabas na sila sa gattaca-like society nila. it’s still set in the future, but just an altered version of our present ito. at maganda at seamless ang halo ng realism at futuristic. hindi siya sobrang calling attention to itself unlike most sci-fi flicks. ito seamless. ang ganda! basta. you have to see it to know what i’m talking about. cute ng details. galing ng pd at dop work combined. it worked well for me.

all in all, happy ito. watch watch watch!

THE INVASION

Posted in book to film, drama film, film remakes, Hollywood dream factory, sci-fi film, suspense-thriller film on September 9, 2007 by leaflens

[FROM MY OLD MULTIPLY SITE]

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THE INVASION
c. nicole kidman, daniel craig

based on the ’50s sci-fi novel Invasion of The Body Snatchers, i watched this one because the trailer seemed promising and the storyline also had that old movie appeal, but with a modern touch. maybe that’s because the concept of this body snatchers thing interests me a lot, ever since i saw the original b/w INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS in my film genres elective class eons ago. i particularly liked that discussion about how hollywood used sci-fi genre flicks, usually B movies, to scare the hell out of stupid americans with communism as the big ghost. and that is the underlying project of this body snatchers film, that everyone loses their free will to think and be and they become a robotic homogenized entity that follows one program from above. that’s how americans saw communism as brainwashing. epektibo naman; natakot ang mga ‘merkano at ayan, cold war. the rest was history.

dami nang remakes and all ng konseptong ito sa pelikula, pero yung peas in a pod type ng original ang okay pa rin sa akin. kaya interesante sa akin itong bago kasi i want to see how they rework it, much like how most of stan lee’s superhero devices get reworked with modern technology (ie imbis na aksidente lang na naapektuhan si ordinary dude ng extraordinary thing kaya naging superhero, may scientific basis na yung ngayon). so this one involved the simplest and easiest to prove: dna alteration, spread via viral infection parang common cold. galeng noh. simple lang pero plausible, somewhat, sa day and age nating ito. it works for me.

hindi mabagal ang film pero hindi rin mabilis. tamang tama lang actually, saka nakakaintriga. well-acted naman except yung ending part ng doctor played by jeffrey wright ba yun, yung nasa angels in america na theater guy. madrama masyado akting niya nung iniinterbyu siya ng press. but i’m happy with nicole din. kahit ano naman yata gawin niya, keri lang. di lang maalis sa isip ko na bakit pag may ganitong brainwashing the madla film e siya ang bida, parang yung another sci-fi novel into film nth remake na rin ng STEPFORD WIVES a few years back. but hey, whatever works…

gusto ko rin yung tagline ng movie: “do not trust anyone. do not show emotion. do not fall asleep.” man, sounds like my motto in life! feeling nicole kidman akesh hehehe.

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