Doesn’t really bring much new to the table in the rape / revenge, abused avenger sub-genre, but this is a visually striking, visceral exploitation picture with style to burn and wince-inducing violence aplenty. Style over substance sure, but this is remarkably accomplished in both visual and technical terms for a debut feature (Coralie Fargeat has clearly announced herself here as one to watch in the future). A satisfyingly savage grindhouse / arthouse hybrid...and if you thought the broken glass in foot sequence in Die Hard was gruesome, wait until you get a load of this!
50 YEARS OF FILM FOR AN OLD FART #17
Part of my ongoing ‘50 Years Of Film’ season. The Terminator, Ghostbusters, Gremlins, Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Splash, Once Upon A Time In America, Top Secret, Red Dawn, This Is Spinal Tap, Repo Man, The Last Starfighter, Blood Simple, Night Of The Comet, Beverly Hills Cop, All Of Me, Trancers etc, etc...all released in 1984! Pretty much any one of those or indeed several…
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…