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The Purge 4 - The First Purge (2018)

The Purge 4 - The First Purge (2018)

Time for yet another Purge movie! It's a sequel - but a prequel too, taking us back to a time before the by now within-franchise well-known, notorious New Founding Fathers of America had yet to come to power, detailing the experiment they then conducted on Staten Island, where for twelve hours the whole area was a lawless zone, and people were paid to stay, and to participate in what they expected would be an outbreak of crime and violence.

Instead people start peaceful Purge parties and just while out. For a while. Until Skeletor comes stabbing...

From a purely political standpoint this movie might've been a mess, turning serious multicultural issues from earlier movies to a blacks VS whites thing, but I honestly didn't catch on to those arguments until I read some reviews. Lots of reviews. So negative. Is it really all that angled though? Is it? And if it is: does it matter?

If you go into this without paying political correctness or potential majority appeal any mind you'll most likely enjoy it. If you like action. Because there definitely is action, and there's that creepy Purge night vibe too. That stylistic and sensational aspect of it all.

It's well-filmed and atmospheric, with some strong and deserving characters, and those glowing eyes! They really got something going with those. It's directed by none other than Michael Bay and Jason Blum, and stars actors such as Y'lan Noel, Mugga and Rotimi Paul. So what's there not to like? I'm also getting some nostalgic GTA 3 vibes from the location.

Maybe I'll read up more, or see this again later, and cringe at my current level of cluelessness... but right now I'm just here for the action, and the atmosphere, and the fact that it plays with real and controversial topics is a definite plus to me, no matter how simply those topics are portrayed.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Flatliners (2017)

Flatliners (2017)

Here's a remake on this old classic.

Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, Kiersey Clemons...? It's a younger cast, it's a way more modern setting, the special effects are way more special (I did like those), yet it just doesn't have the same FEELING as the first one. Why can't they capture that these days? What's wrong with the world today? Even in death: they just can't capture it.

At least that's how it starts out. It does get better, albeit maybe not entirely scary with all the surplus screaming and horror movie music, and party humor, but the medical lingo is at least way more authentic. The tech. The everything except for the grueling, unsettling set... of life and death.

It was cool to see Kiefer Sutherland appear here btw - he had a major role in the original movie. And as far as modern day scary movies go... this wasn't bad after all. It wasn't bad.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Flatliners (1990)

Flatliners (1990)

Five medical students get together one night to assist one of them in dying, and bringing him back, as to learn the secrets of the life after. He comes back alright, after a lucid trip - a tunnel not of light but darkness to whatever's on the other side... and two more of the group decide to take the journey.

Yet it seems that something may have followed from the other side, and as Nelson struggles with his own demons the others compete as to who can stay under the longest before they come back, taking the search for answers further and further with each round. It's a dangerous and morbid game, and each time they get closer and closer to dying for real.

Considering the age of this movie I'm surprised at how good this was. It built up an atmosphere like I haven't seen in some time, the dreams interweave with reality, and as they edge each other onward the suspense just keeps building.

I feel like adding more words to this review will just ruin it at this point. Maybe this is one of the movies that truly started the existential sci-fi era, that reached its peak with movies like Dark World and The Matrix around the shift of millennia. This really was... dark. On a psychological level. On an existential level.

You know what they're really trying to say here. I don't know if I agree with it, but I can't not be impressed by their attempt at it. Or maybe it really was all for the science.

I wonder how the new one compares. It's hard to hope it'll be a match for this one. I don't want to say this one's perfect, so don't get expectations unreasonably high here but: it gave me chills. Whole motion of emotions. Great movie.

 rated 5/5: friggin awesome

Blue Lagoon: The Awakening (2012)

Blue Lagoon: The Awakening (2012)

Two high school students become stranded on a tropical island and must rely on each other for survival. They learn more about themselves and each other while falling in love.

They tried to take Blue Lagoon into the modern age! And that went... okay.

The island bits were great. I love those. They were romantic, sensual, dreamy, existential... all of the things that made the original movie what it was, but the ending felt more like Cast Away than Blue Lagoon, and the party bits that surround the main trip... not worthy.

I'm also not a fan of the soap opera-like cuts between some of the scenes, but I guess they're all explained in that it is a TV movie. Budget and medium choice considered it's actually surprisingly good. For a TV movie I'd expect worse.

I enjoyed bits and pieces of this, and I liked the main characters - played by Indiana Evans and Brenton Thwaites, but the old movies still have a lot more going for them. It was a story that suited the times, and though you could say it's a timeless story... they could've done this one better. It's not the Blue Lagoon way. Not all the way.

 rated 3/5: not bad

The Burning Bus

I dreamt that the bus caught on fire.

My family and I were on one from the airport, though I'm not sure where we'd been, and in one particularly tight curve of the road the side mirror of the bus brushed against some dry grass, and suddenly the back of the mirror was ablaze!

We must have been in the UK, because the bus driver was sitting close enough to start swatting the mirror with a piece of cloth - the right mirror, and it didn't look like the tropics. He kept driving at the same time, trying to kill the fire by wind, too, even if that didn't seem to work at all.

In my mind I thought about how fire feeds on oxygen, and wondered if the fire wouldn't burn slower if we stopped... but we were all scared of slowing down too, because for some reason the bus was highly flammable, and it felt like if we did the fire would engulf the whole bus instantly. Even if it was just the mirror on fire. Separate from the main body of the vehicle.

Up until now we had been driving on country roads, far from the hustle and bustle of city traffic, but suddenly there were other cars on the road, an intersection was coming up and the city streets panned out in front of us. My dad ran to the front, and while the bus driver focused on the driving my dad leaned further out the window and managed to swat the fire on the back side of the mirror to really extinguish all of it.

I sat and wondered about how a mirror could catch fire like that, if it was really possible. If the grass was dry enough maybe. If particles from it somehow stuck to the mirror. That and the extra friction...

Moments later we'd stopped, everything was good, and we were fetching our suitcases from the bus. They were locked in on some strange seat-like docking stations that rose from the floor when you pulled at your suitcase.

I picked the wrong one first, but it was my sisters so that was OK. She wasn't on the bus for some reason but we had her suitcase too. I was about to fetch my own right after but... that's when I woke up.

Just another one of those everyday crazy bus ride catching fire dreams.

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