the happening (2008)

by zEke

Parece que como el bueno de Michael Night Shyamalan ya no nos sorprende con un final del todo inesperado en sus más recientes películas es pecado saborearlo. El final de the sixth sense (1999) es algo irrepetible, pero no sólo de pan vive el hombre y si finales inesperados fuera lo único que el director de origen indio fuera capaz de hilvanar no habría llegado a donde ha llegado. ¿A dónde? Pocos son los que a pesar de la sombra de los grandes estudios sobreviven como escritores, productores y directores de su arte audiovisual. Shyamalan es uno de ellos.

En el noreste de los Estados Unidos la gente comienza inexplicablemente a suicidarse, lo que lleva al resto al éxodo hacie el oeste por miedo a lo que pudiera ser, por lo menos, un ataque terrorista. Entre los que huyen se encuentran Elliot Moore (Mark Whalberg), un profesor de instituto, y su mujer Alma (Zooey Deschanel). Ni que decir cabe que su relación no es ni mucho menos idílica. Hay también por ahí una niña, y es que Shyamalan es recurrente en algunos de los ingredientes de sus largometrajes. Lo que no hay es un final inesperado. Poco después de la mezcolanza inicial, nustra única pregunta es respondida. Continue reading

the dark knight (2008)

by zEke

Incluso con sus defectos, que los tiene, the dark knight no es sólo la mejor de las películas basadas en superhéroes hasta la fecha, sino una gran película y punto.

El alter ego de Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) ha eclipsado la oscuridad de la Mafia de Gotham City al tiempo que el fiscal del distrito Hervey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) se ha erigido como el héroe sin máscara que tanto Batman como la ciudad anhelaban. Pero así como después de la tormenta siempre viene la calma, después de la calma siempre viene la tormenta. Y la tormenta se llama The Joker (Heath Ledger) quien promete a la Mafia un nuevo amanecer libre de la sombra del hombre murciélago y pone la ciudad patas arriba a base de sembrar el caos. Continue reading

brick (2005)

by zEke

brick posterA good thing about high school movies is that filmmakers do not need to spend much time introducing the characters. We are all more or less familiar with them and a single shot is most of the times more than enough to describe any of them. High schools are a source of stereotypes. All cheerleaders look the same to us all, don’t they? These stereotypes become caricatures on the screen, rather than portraits. Rian Johnson, novice writer and director, gets away from the usual lightness of high school comedies and takes a walk on the dark side with a homage to film noir cinema. Nevertheless, the characters of his movie are as empty and clichéd as the ones in those. Does that mixture work?

Brendan Frye (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a lonely high school student who used to date Emily Kostich (Emilie de Ravin). A couple of months after they broke up she calls him asking for help first and retracting herself right away. A couple of days later she finds her dead. Brendan, who was still in love with her, needs answers, and since apparently has nothing better to do decides to hide the body and start an investigation away from the police that will lead him into a teen underworld he did not know about. And seriously, me neither. Continue reading

gone baby gone (2007)

by zEke

gone baby gone posterDefinitely Ben Affleck made a mistake when he went into acting. One just need to take a look at his acting career to realize that. It might actually be his brother Casey the one with the skills. Nevertheless, after gone baby gone, his brilliant directorial debut, I now will think twice before suggesting his role in the writing of the original screenplay of good will hunting (1997) was just to be Mat Damon’s best friend.

Patrick Kenzie (Casey Afleck) and his girlfriend and partner Angie Gennaro (Michelle Monaghan) survive as private investigators in Boston. Three days after four year old Amanda went missing after her drug addict mother Helen McCready (Amy Ryan) left her alone for half an hour, her aunt asks them for their help to take advantage of their familiarity with the neighborhood. Poor Bostonian neighborhood that has been invaded by widespread media due to the relevance of a disappearance whose investigation is being led by Captain Jack Doyle (Morgan Freeman). Patrick and Helen accept to help them find the young girl and join forces with Detectives Remy Bressant and Nick Poole (Richard Harris and John Ashton). Soon they find out Helen and her boyfriend had recently stolen $130,000 from a local drug lord. And that, that is just the beginning of a path that will led them towards a wanted truth they might not be ready for. Continue reading