A Quiet Place (2018) | Movie Review [Spoiler Free]

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A Quiet Place is a 2018 sci-fi and horror movie about a family who has to live their life in silence to avoid being hunted by an alien presence that uses sound to track their prey. I have to say right off the bat that this is one of the best horror movies I’ve seen in a long time, and it was such a great experience to watch this in a near-silent cinema.

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The Shallows (2016) | Movie Review

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The Shallows is a 2016 horror and thriller movie about a surfer called Nancy (Blake Lively) who is stranded 200 yards from shore, and must survive a great white shark attack and get back to safety. It’s directed by Jaume Collect-Serra, produced by Lyn Harris and Matti Leshem, and written by Anthony Jaswinski.

Before we get too into this, I’m going to say this: I enjoyed this movie, but mostly because I could suspend belief long enough to get through it. The movie is only an hour and a half, so it’s not too long to wait, but there’s definitely a lot wrong with it.

Movies with sharks are some of my favourites, so of course when I saw that this movie was going to be a thing I had to check it out! The main reason I love these movies is because I love sharks and I know a lot of what we see is going to be ridiculous and exaggerated (unless of course it’s based on true events, although even then…) but this movie takes it to another level.

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Train To Busan (2016) | Movie Review [Spoiler Free]

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Train to Busan follows a group of passengers on a train from Seoul to Busan during a zombie outbreak. Considering it’s almost 2 hours in length and takes place primarily on the train, it never gets boring. Just when you think the current dilemma is over with and things will be smooth sailing from then on out, something else happens, but it’s never too much.

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Don’t Breathe (2016) | Movie Review [Spoiler Free]

A 2016 horror movie about three thieves who break into a blind man’s house in the hopes of leaving with a large amount of cash, only to find that the man isn’t as helpless as he seems.

dont_breathe_2016_filmDirected by Fede Alvarez. Produced by Fede Alvarez, Sam Raimi, and Robert Tapert. Written by Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues. Starring Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, and Stephen Lang.

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Don’t Breathe has a solid opening. It does enough to tell you about the trio of thieves and set the scene without using up too much of its time. We are given just enough to not want anything to happened to these characters. You’ll like and root for at least one of the trio.

The movie does a solid job of creating atmosphere. It does this in many ways. With the lack of light (or minimal light), the ambience and music, and the way the cameras move. There’s a lot of moments where the camera will shift and suddenly there will be a character standing there or something will have changed.

Throughout the tension builds well. Just like the characters, there are times where you feel like you can finally take a breath, but it never lasts long. There’s always a moment with a sudden change and you’re left holding your breath. Really the title suits the movie in a number of ways.

The fact that it is only about an hour and a half works in its favour. A lot can happen in that time, but it also doesn’t feel like enough. Both things can put you on edge. There are a lot of twists and turns that happen, and with no possible way to predict the outcome (or due to the fact that every time you seem to think one thing something always changes it), you never know how or when it’s going to start reaching the conclusion (or final scenes). I’m not saying it’s impossible to predict what’s going to happen, but the movie does a very good of make it all as unpredictable as possible.

If you like horrors, or you simply just want something for the Halloween season, then this is a great movie! There was a never a point where I wanted to turn it off, and I was constantly intrigued, finding it hard to look away, even when I knew something might jump out at me.

There’s not much more I can say about this movie without giving things away! I thoroughly enjoyed it and I don’t think I’ve seen anything else like it before. Yes, some factors are typical for horror movies and/or aren’t anything new, but it was still interesting. I think it does deserve the hype it gets and I believe it to be a must see.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Cell (2016) | Movie Review

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I was surprised I didn’t know about this movie. When I saw that it was in fact a thing and starred names I recognised (John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson) I was shocked to say the least. Of course I had to check it out. Admittedly I went in without having read the book. I’m the first to say that you should read the book first, but in this case I didn’t, and I’m not sure if I’m happy about that fact or not. Let’s just say no matter how I felt about this movie, it didn’t put me off wanting to read the book.

You can watch the trailer here. Be aware there are some flashing images.


The book of the same name (by Stephen King) is definitely something that I want to read, and fortunately this movie didn’t change that for me, despite it not being a very good movie. Yeah, I didn’t particularly like it. The idea was good, and although critics have spoken poorly of the acting, I thought that was okay. By the end of the movie I simply wasn’t interested anymore, by the time we got there it felt like nothing had really happened, like we were only half way through. It carried well at first, set up decent characters and what seemed to be a good plot, but then anything interesting or seemingly important was rushed and squashed together, to the point that it felt like nothing happened at all.

Even if that hadn’t of been a problem, the one thing I really couldn’t get behind was the camera work. It seemed off, shaky, awkward, and not even in a good way. I remember one or two bits where the camera zoomed in, stopped as if it was stuck, and then zoomed in some more. There were other moments with different things, maybe it was camera work, maybe it was the editing, either way it wasn’t great and for some reason I noticed it a lot during the course of the movie.

Overall I’m glad I watched it, but it wasn’t perfect, and it was very lacking in places. It might have benefited from being spread out and bulked up a bit more in places.

Rating: ★ ★ ½