Despite all the trailers telling you otherwise, "The Hunger Games" / "Divergent" this is definetely NOT - but more akin to something like "Brazil", only for Generation Twilight. Meryl Streep and especially Jeff Bridges stand out amongst nameless youngsters, but even they can't save this curious, but ultimately failed attempt to bring some substance to overcrowded dystopian-YA genre. Maybe next time.
Almost successfully combining two distant, but oh-so-similar genres (police thriller & supernatural horror), the film mostly works and delivers (pun intended). Hats off to director Scott Derrickson for not relying on cheap scares, but building tense and creepy atmosphere instead. Better that average (or expected in this type of film) performances from Bana, Edgar Ramirez and even Joel McHale (!).
Also, this film contains one of the most brutal, shocking and terrifying exorcism scenes of the modern cinema.
Tough, gritty and quietly powerful, this film not only delivers great Guy Pearce and surprising Robert Pattinson performances, but also answers one of the most important questions out there - is Australia really the best place to be after the apocalypse? Definetely not!
With influences ranging from "Max Max" (the 1st one) to "High Plains Drifter", this is "The Road: Down Under". Highly recommended!
Continuing the estabilished trend, Bennet Miller's "Foxcatcher" is one of the most subtle, nuanced mainstream dramas of recent years and delivers powerhouse performances of all three male leads, especially from almost-unrecognizeable Carrell.
Follow this one, as the nominations are sure to follow.