Monday, September 17, 2007

Films of the Weekend

Movie name: The Brave One
Year of release: 2007
Director: Neil Jordan
Stars: Jodie Foster, Terrence Howard, Naveen Andrews, Mary Steenburgen, Jane Adams
Genre: Drama
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 7

"The Brave One" may come across as "Death Wish" from a female perspective, but it ends up being more about the loss of identity and the resources a person deploys in the face of terror. Jodie Foster masterfully catches all the nuances of someone who loses everything, only to find some sort of hope and a path to walk by in search of salvation.

Movie name: Halloween
Year of release: 2007
Director: Rod Zombie
Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Brad Douriff, Tyler Mane, Sheri Moon, Scout Taylor-Compton, Leslie Easterbrook
Genre: Horror
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 1

Remaking John Carpenter is always a difficult task, since the films the master has directed are in their own merit, classics. Rod Zombie tries to add a background to the upbringing of Michael Meyers, but the final result is a muddle - the film drags with no end, and by the time the gore starts you're already tired of each of those characters. Another useless remake that adds nothing to the mythology created by John Carpenter in 1978.