[Netflix] Movie Review: The Cell

This is another movie I’ve watched a few times now, I like the psychology behind it: going into another’s mind for therapeutic treatment sounds like an interesting idea. Well, in the course of the movie its used for a different purpose: to get inside the mind of a comatose serial killer to find his latest victim.

Staring Jennifer Lopez in a crazy surreal world of the human mind, searching for a clue to the location of a victim who is not yet dead. I really do like the surreal surroundings presented within this movie.

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[Netflix] Movie Review – I Know What You Did Last Summer

This is a classic 90s slasher film staring Jennifer Love Hewitt along with Sarah Michell Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr, Ryan Phillip, and Anne Heche. It starts innocently enough with a group of Seniors enjoying their last days of high school: beaches, booze, and babes.

Then it all goes a little bit wrong.

And then there’s the aftermath. I have watched this movie several times as it is an older movie. Though I’ve watched it with enough time in between to not clearly remember how it ends, so the ending always gets me; the Whodunit part at the end.

With so many 90s stars in the cast its fun to relive the nostalgia of that decade; the fashion, the actors themselves, and my own time in school (I was a high schooler at the time of this movie, roughly). I like re-watching it every now and again.

 

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[Netflix] Movie Review – Oculus

I have watched this movie at least 3 times by this point. I watched it the first time, forgot I watched it, then watched it again, and now I’m watching for the third time. It still gets me even though this is the third time.

Staring Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites as a brother and sister who have survived a horrible family tragedy. They reunite as adults trying to sort out just exactly what went on in their childhood to cause the death of their parents.

An antique mirror is suggested as the source so the two set up an elaborate test. What follows is a psychological thriller that leaves me guessing (still) all the way up to the end.

I should also mention that by the time this post is up Oculus is no longer featured on Netflix, but you can get it on online streaming sites such as YouTube and Amazon.

 

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[Netflix] Movie Review – Ghostship

Yes, it’s true I like horror/thriller movies on the open waters. From JAWS to 47 Meters Down, I have liked them all. But now it’s time for something a little different. Ghostship.

An ocean liner mysteriously appears in waters off the coast and a salvage crew is hired to bring her in. Of course if everything went to plan the movie would be a little boring, so indeed it doesn’t go to plan.

Gabriel Byrne (aka D’Artagnan), Julianna Margulies, and Desmond Harrington (of DEXTER fame) star in this little known horror flick. Karl Urban (the new Spock of Star Trek) is also on deck as part of the salvage crew under Byrne and Margulies. Harrington was the one who found the liner and hired the salvage crew.

Trouble follows their every move, from blowing up their tugboat, stranding them on the ship, and what follows afterwards. Which if you didn’t know, is a plot twist! I love a good plot twist. I also have a secret love of horror movies, even if they aren’t critically acclaimed, which this one isn’t. But I still like it.

 

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[Netflix] Movie Review – 47 Meters Down

If I had to relate this movie to another it would be the JAWS franchise, though there is a twist with this one that makes it a little more fun to watch. Staring Mandy Moore (remember her?) and Claire Holdt, with Matthew Modine, this is a very scary underwater survival movie.

What started out as a Mexican vacation to soothe a messy breakup for Lisa (Moore) with her sister Kate (Holdt), goes ever so slightly wrong when the winch snaps during a fairly routine shark sighting dive. What follows are the boat captain’s (Modine) attempts to rescue the girls who are stranded 47 meters down.

As I have said there is twist at the end, and that’s part of why I’m liking this movie. It just doesn’t end like you think it does, and I love a good plot twist. Mandy Moore was also part of my school years, but as a singer not an actress, but she does really well in this movie.

 

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[DVD] Movie Review – The Goonies

The Goonies was not a movie I grew up watching, I came into it later in life and then wished I had grown up with it. Staring Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, and Jonathan Ke Huy Quan, four young friends and one older brother join in an adventure to save their homes from becoming a country club.

They run into some trouble, or else it wouldn’t be a very good movie, and it is, and has become a cult classic. A group of criminals is soon hot an their tails as the search for One-Eyed Willy continues.

I really do wish I had grown up with this movie, especially since Cyndi Lauper has a cameo in it, and I still enjoy her music too, but maybe I would have found her and loved her music earlier too. This movie has become a favorite of mine now too.

 

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[Netflix] Movie Review – JAWS: The Revenge

Lorraine Gary returns in this fourth movie alongside Michael Caine, to bring the circle of movies back around to the beginning. Character development throughout these movies is a bit sketchy. The characters are afraid of the water and then they’re not, and then they are again.

Anyway, Michael is now in the Bahamas on a research grant, instead of an engineer at Sea World. While Martin and Michael have been the heroes of the past movies, I thoroughly believe Ellen is the savior of this one. This time it’s her that no one listens to.

There’s less death and destruction in this movie, and thus far this one is my favorite. Maybe I’m biased towards a female lead, or maybe its because I do like Michael Caine, or maybe it’s the “Little Mermaid-esque” ending to the shark.

 

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[Netflix] Movie Review – JAWS 3

Its always the third movie in a series that somehow goes off the rails a little bit. Jaws 3 is not in anyway tied to the book, apart from the fact that Mr. Brody’s children are back, but now Mike(Dennis Quaid) works as Sea World.

He’s not teaching Shamu to belly flop, he’s more security guard. Bess Armstrong, Lea Thompson, and Louis Gossett Jr round out the cast. Sean (John Putch) also turns up for a visit. But he’s not the only visitor to Sea World.

Momma and baby shark swim into the park and while baby is captured, Momma continues to wreck havoc on the newly opened Sea World. Louis runs the park, but isn’t as ignorant as the mayor was from the last two JAWS movies, so there is less death, but much more destruction.

This movie did not get great reviews, and while the special effects could have been better, the plot wasn’t bad. However, this plot line could have stood on it’s own, but it was riding the coat tails of the previous two movies, and that didn’t turn out well.

 

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[Netflix] Movie Review – JAWS 2

As a refresher, there is only one JAWS book, so anything that comes afterwards is not based on that book, the movie credits even say that only the characters are based on the book.

So where does that leave JAWS 2? Well, this movie carries on from the first one, with Roy Schneider returning as Sheriff Brody. His kids are growing up, and Amity is exactly the same as it was before.

Instead of a festival, it’s now condominiums! The Mayor is still ill-advised, and there’s a new shark in town, but this time it’s only Brody who knows what’s going on. It’s a bit rehashed, as the mayor hasn’t learned anything from the first movie and Brody still has his hands full trying to keep Amity safe.

It’s still a pretty good movie, as events play out differently, there’s no hunting party (it’s a sailing party) and the Orca is at the bottom of the ocean. It was a nice follow up to the first movie, but I didn’t care for the Mayor as there was no character development for him like there was for Brody.

 

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[Netflix] Movie Review – Jaws

My mother has the paperback copy of Jaws in her book collection. I have read it, but it was many, many years ago. I’ve also watched Jaws the movie before, but it was many years ago. As of writing this, Jaws, Jaws 2, Jaws 3, and Jaws: The Revenge are all on Netflix. Jaws (the book) is also at my local library.

The stars have aligned and now I’m reading the book and watching ALL the movies, starting with the original. A very young Richard Dreyfus stars in this movie, alongside Roy Schneider and Robert Shaw. This story also features the New York town of Amity. I know.

It’s the classic tale of Man vs Beast and reminded me a bit of Ernest Hemmingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, and if I ever get around to reading it, we’ll throw Moby Dick in this category too.

Toss in a Mayor who wants to do what’s best for the town’s economy and ignores the issue and you have a scene for a killer great white shark. To me, Jaws is firmly set in the land of classic books, and the movie does justice to the book. In fact the movie is probably now a classic itself.

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