An impressive revision of a classic, and an excellent film in its own right. Sorcerer is a little bit broader than The Wages of Fear; the opening 25 minutes sets this up with blisteringly fast character introductions, and it ends up making the characters feel more like cyphers. This is a mostly fine trade off for an increased sense of delirium (although Sorcerer's Palestinian character gets pretty short shrift if you ask me; we're really making him friends with a…
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There's a...sort of free associative logic to this movie that I ended up digging. I was never really sure what was happening in terms of Slender Man's specific powers, which in turn made a lot of moments scarier than perhaps they otherwise would have been. The bleak tone helps; while this sometimes looks a bit anonymous direction-wise (and some of the gimmicks wear thin by their fifth use), it definitely takes its characters seriously. Everyone befalls some kind of grisly, yet relatable fate; disappearances and total mental breakdowns especially. Idk, definitely a sort of lonely vibe to this I was impressed by!
This denies the victims of rape and sexual assault the catharsis of seeing abusers receive violent retribution onscreen while milking the whiff of it in its marketing and title (a frankly ghoulish reference to the rapist Brock Turner). 99% of the scenes in Promising Young Woman take place in rooms with obnoxiously bright lighting, with bored actors saying dialogue ripped from the headlines of old Huffington Post articles. The only violence in this movie takes place in a grueling single…
After a slow first hour (not bad by any stretch, but it's quite a while to spend with the initially hatable characters), Wages of Fear really hits its stride. Reminds me a lot of Stephen King's novel The Long Walk, where the task of walking along a road is suddenly turned dangerous; seemingly benign elements like hills become torturous. Here it's about driving a truck carefully, which is its own sort of relatable hell. I certainly knew how Mario felt…