Hacky, pseudo Lovecraftian bullshit mixed with a good old dose of subpar Barker nonsense*, but clearly someone involved saw Alien at some point so it's on a spaceship because why the fuck not?
I've often heard this is Paul W.S. Anderson's best film, and if that's true then holy shit I'm staying away from the rest of his filmography. How he managed to get a bad performance out of Sam Neill I will never understand.
*Is there anything as sad as someone trying to be Clive Barker and failing? Discuss
Certainly beautiful, but I still can't help but feel this movie is mostly just grasping at complex issues it doesn't even come close to properly tackling. It's a bunch of pretty fluff that has just enough ambition and potential to be frustrating.
That being said, I certainly liked it more that I did upon first viewing, so perhaps in six years I'll think its solid and on my deathbed I'll proclaim it the best movie ever made.
I liked this movie more when it was called HOT FUZZ. Hell, I liked this movie better when it was called THE OTHER GUYS. Actually, can I just talk about THE OTHER GUYS? That's such a great movie. No? I have to review 21 JUMP STREET? Fine.
Roger Ebert once said that he loved reviewing great movies, and he loved reviewing awful movies, but he hated reviewing mediocre movies. I disagree. I love digging into mediocre films. I love exploring…
This movie is basically Sam Raimi grabbing bland, mainstream horror by the collar and proceeding to spend 100 minutes kicking the shit out of it.
And it's fucking awesome.
Incidentally, it also works as a terrific allegory for bulimia. Think about how much of the horror scenes revolve around the witch vomiting on Christine or shoving her hand down Christine's mouth or various other substances entering and exiting mouths. And think about how many random, out of nowhere mentions we…