A deranged cavalcade of grotesquery. Channel-hopping scrapbook of decay, deformity and depravity. It's a post-apocalyptic portmanteau which is possibly best summed up as Eraserhead mutated with Ren & Stimpy. But weirder.
Bland plot, crow-barred romance and far from magnetic leads (Dane DeHaan in particular is a complete charisma vacuum), amidst stunning design and incredibly inventive world building. Luc Besson's latest sci-fi extravaganza is a hugely ambitious and frankly bonkers spectacle that falls somewhere between his own The Fifth Element and the Wachowski's recent box-office bombs such as Jupiter Ascending. It's boundless style in a mega-budget visual orgasm.
Browsing through my 2013 diary here on Letterboxd it became apparent the vast majority of films I watched last year were either current or recent releases. To remedy this I decided to expand my viewing habits a bit more in 2014 by catching up with a few more vintage offerings, whether they be first-time watches or long overdue rewatches.
So, to this end I decided to set myself a mini movie season each and every month throughout this year in…
2011's The Raid was lean, mean, lightning-paced, and carried absolutely zero baggage, it was a supercharged combination of visual flair and insane ultraviolence. So the decision to develop the story in this eagerly-awaited sequel to a far more expansive narrative based around an undercover infiltration of the underworld, and the duplicity and dealings of gangland politics and rivalry, was always going to deliver a different, far broader kind of film. As a result The Raid 2, weighing in at a…