Charlize Theron

Dark Places Review

Dark Places is a film about people dealing with hard times and loss. It has an exceptional story to tell but somewhere along the way it finds it hard to showcase everything it has to offer, and focuses on the investigation side of things, instead of the more interesting emotional aspect of its characters.

Charlize Theron gives a very good performance, equal to her character’s multi-layered personality and she really manages to bring through her characteristics and feelings.  She makes the script work for her and she is committed to make the best out of what she is given to work with.  There are a lot of memorable cast members doing a great job, but the characters they portray feel more like supporting peons in a movie that should have been more about them and their place in it.

The direction of the film, doesn’t do the story by Gillian Flynn justice, now that’s probably down to the director Gilles Paquet-Brenner, he himself adapted the book and wrote the screenplay so he is probably the one guy to blame for bringing the quality of the movie down and stopping it from being something more than just a decent watch.

It’s rushed and it’s sloppy, however it is still a very interesting story that is told.

6.5/10

Mad Max: Fury Road-Review

It’s madness throughout. The movie is one single, never ending action sequence, from start to finish, one simply cannot take a break from this breath-taking spectacle. If you thought you were in for a ride, you were right, but it’s probably a bigger and more intense ride than you expected. There is not much in the way of story depth, character development or dialogue, after all there is no time for that nonsense, the images on the screen do all the talking by themselves.

Amazing and spectacular are the words best suited to describe the filming, editing and soundtrack of this two hour enthralling ride. One can only admire the work that was put into it. It’s so masterfully created, that the results are stunning.

George Miller is back at the helm of the Mad Max “revisit” as he calls it, (it can be thought as a reboot or sort of sequel, it all depends on opinion) directing Mad Max for the fourth time in as many movies in the franchise. A character who has to be his greatest creation, set in a dystopian Australia where civilization has collapsed, and all that is left is a desert ruled by crazy Wastelander gangs that are almost as mad as Max himself.

The story, (some might argue that it doesn’t exist) is linear with no real depth, there is no getting to know the characters, no acting masterclass nor is there an introduction to the scenery either. However that doesn’t matter at all since the brush strokes by Miller are supremely executed, the way he brings the most lifeless desert to life on the screen, is to die for. All you can do is try not blink because you will most likely miss something exploding or destructing. Just enjoy the ride through the ruins of civilization.

I can spend a lot of time singing the praises for the production of the movie, probably as long as you will be wondering how they managed to film all those brilliant action scenes, but I would rather go on to recommend it to anyone that enjoys a well-made action film, some might even call it an Action masterpiece, I will leave that for you to decide.

8.5/10