To pidgeon- hole this as a post- apocalyptic story would be too crass for such a nuanced satire that intimately explores the Human Experience; few films capture such a raw and visceral perspective. One of its co-leads compared this to Harold and Maude, which is apt given its subtle dark humor. However, the isolation the characters […]
Newfound frenemies combine their survival training, deceptive instincts and sheer grit to brave the elements in search of treasure they hope still exists. The harsh Winter elements expose their excuses and lies, until all motives are stripped raw.
The conversation about low income struggles that other movies started continues. I commend doing so with respect for the dignity of the Human Beings involved, especially children born into poverty and raised by drug- addicted parents. What this movie has that most of its kind lack is empathy as opposed to pity. There are no […]
Life’s a challenge when you have a risky job, such as long-distance mail delivery but somebody has to do it. And someone else has to love you for– or despite of– it. But any situation can teach and heal you, if you let it. In this case, an emergency quickly shifts from adventure to survival […]
This sequel to The Maze Runner effectively plunges its characters deeper into increasingly dark and twisted places that help train them for the ultimate test to be faced in the final installment. The continued portrayal of relationships as mutually respectful and fiercely loyal– absent of any hormone- fueled delusions– more than make up for the […]
Unfortunately, I need to preface this by saying that, despite being both sophisticated and dark, this was supposed to be a kids’ movie. It’s a significant consideration because, for some reason, it seems to garner recurring criticism over the supposedly impossible group dynamic. If we’re going to split hairs, it’s only fair to point out […]
You don’t need any familiarity with the universe of J.J. Abram’s creation, in which this movie takes place. To say the plot takes some unexpected turns would be an understatement; a car accident is the first of a series of twists that spiral into a whirling vortex of paranoia, danger and survival.
I would say this isn’t for the faint of heart but that might lead you to believe its focus is on the physical trauma of survival. Obviously, injuries from a car crash need more than a band aid and an ice pack. But imagine you woke up trapped in a vehicle. Even worse: without knowing […]
A mesmerizing yet contemplative movie about a mission through space to refuel the dying Sun with a bomb. In place of aliens and lasers battles, breathtaking visuals coupled with a visceral urgency illuminate the self-sacrifice that undergirds its characters’ fierce determination to save Humanity.
A literary classic got a makeover and the result is immensely satisfying: love, jealousy, greed, betrayal, imprisonment, survival, escape, fencing, disguise, revenge… its classic elements have been dusted off, polished up and freshly painted. All without frivolous embellishments.