That Demon Within is the kind of film I desperately want to love or even enjoy. There is a fantastic concept at play and there are some moments of brilliance between Daniel Wu's performance and Dante Lam's direction. It just so happens that the film is undermined by a muddy structure and a plot that's far too complicated to focus on the massive character arc that's needed to be delivered by the lead.
In the end, That Demon Within will be a film brushed into a category of should've, could've, would've as the film that might have defined Dante Lam's career...but didn't.
There's a few moments in Genisys where Kyle Reese, played with a super limited range by Jai Courtney, asks if there is an off switch to keep our resident protector from trying to explain the plot. I'm not sure if this was intentional because the plot was already SO GODDAMN COMPLICATED or an indicator to the audience to not think about the film because it DOESN'T MAKE ANY GODDAMN SENSE. Either way, the film can't even be all that entertaining…
Since Pixar decided to completely abandon creativity with their last two films, I was skeptical about Inside Out. However, this is easily one of my favorites that the studio has released and one of their most ambitious, unique, and creative films of their highly regarded catalog. It's both outrageously fun and horrendously sad (a key component to the theme of the film). I'm glad to see the studio producing films like this again. It comes highly recommended.
Fincher, you mad genius bastard! Only he could take a film like this and make into a riveting, roller coaster emotional thriller that has even the most intelligent of movie goer leaning whatever which way he wants them to go. It's intoxicating in its subtlety, brimming with impressive performances, and challenging in its delivery. Bravo, good sir.