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Sand Sharks (2012)

Sand Sharks (2012)

The movie begins with the ocean: vast landscapes of sand, greenery and foamy waves... and a couple of guys riding their bikes in a haze of dust and debris when *poof* a shark pops up and eats them. Jumps right out of the sand and: eats them.

Until then your party isn't on the sand, it's on ice.

...and that's why they made Ice Sharks, huh?

Sand Sharks actually was better! Not only are the sceneries better: warmer, vibrant, full of life, but the angles are better, the CGI is better, the plot progression overall is - albeit a little bit cliche - not bad at all. The script is on point. The scientific bits are on point. Wordplay. Entertainment value and props. It's all there. Apparently it's also a sequel to... this one movie I forget the name of but greatly enjoyed so: if you liked that one, whatever it was called, you can expect more like it here! It´s a bit like the Tremors franchise but: with sharks.

Unfortunately bad special effects start kicking in after a while... and together with limited party loops that cuts down the mood... a lot. It's low-budget most definitely. It's a B-movie. But it's an entertaining one too, unfortunately lack of production quality and consistency eventually brings it all down low, despite some both goof-looking and good-actors, cast members, and one killer beach party.

But compared to Ice Sharks? Yepp. Definitely better.

 rated 2/5: decent

Ice Sharks (2016)

Ice Sharks (2016)

A research station at the edge of a glacier is attacked by super-evolved sharks who've been kept locked within a little lagoon way North and are suddenly let free as the ice melts, and one by one the research team become shark bait, as the station's first cut off from land, then sinks to the bottom of the ocean, and when at long last they do their best to get out of it and to the Icebreaker that finally hears their distress call and waits above.

Sound good? It's not, really. For a while the movie had vast and icy sceneries going for it at least, but that all disappears as they sink into the waves, and suddenly they're not even affected by the cold. Loose ends, lack of urgency and a mediocre manuscript make for a pretty boring movie, though there was potential with the theme.

The actors aren't the best in the world either, but the worst part: the CGI. It's not good.

This is what I like to call a C-Movie. You do so once but never again. I wonder if Sand Sharks will be any better...

 rated 1/5: shit shit shit

Dead 7 (2016)

Dead 7 (2016)

Samurai 7 but with zombies? Why not.

Well, technically it's five brave men and two ladies, who fight the zombies and their killer empress Apocalyptica, lady of the mountain.

It's a gritty, part sci-fi/part Walking Dead-type grunge movie where, just like in the originals, one after the other the characters just die away until... watch the movie and you'll see until what.

Maybe you have to be in a certain mind state to appreciate tragedy, but it's got one of those endings that, no matter if the movie leading up to it wasn't perfect (choreography and consistency is the one bit that could've used improvement), more than makes up for it. It has that ending that: honor. It has that. So close to giving this a four just for the end but...

 rated 3/5: not bad

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Why do these movies always have to be so depressing?! And this one was just depressing on a whole other level too... for a moment it seemed like they might opt for comedy, but then it picked up again. The darkness. The death and... well, bits of comedy even there but... it feels like realism at it's truest, and it feels monumental too. The ironies of life and death. The old Planet of The Apes movies don't have shit on this one after all.

I can't help feel like they could've skipped the odd monkey. The one in the jacket. But then again he's a complement to the human girl: the one who's just monkeying around. And there's so much message in this movie I can't even tell it. The CGI is on point too. The story-telling took a few dives after the first encounter, and it jumps around until they're all back in chains again, but when it's time for the final revolution: they're back in their essence like never before!

You'll see when you reach those final scenes. I can't even fight the CGI any longer, at least not in a movie like this. It works. It's awesome. This movie really didn't get the spotlight it should have, and we humans: we need to take care of ourselves a bit better from here on out.

 rated 5/5: friggin awesome

The Final Cut (2004)

The Final Cut (2004)

Set in a world with memory-recording implants, Alan Hakman is a cutter, someone with the power of final edit over people's recorded histories. His latest assignment is one that puts him in danger.

A fitting title if there ever was one! Though the description... it makes it all seem so much more than it is.

It's not an action movie. Not really. But it's not a boring movie either. The lack of projectile-based events that seem to be promised in the movie cover didn't leave me disappointed - as it seems to have left some other fellow reviewers. Instead it just made it feel all the more authentic, if that's the right word for it for a movie of this genre, genre being sci-fi - though there's considerably little of both those elements.

The movie world looks and feels just like our own, current, home world, with just one foreign element: the memory implant. It's almost like the movie takes a stand against it too, should one ever be possible to make.

Robin Williams plays main character Hakman, in yet another future dystopia made like the old world with a little new-tech mixed in. It's not convincing per say, but stars a scary idea, a convincing character, and a personal tale that really doesn't go the way you want it to.

It leaves your in an eerie state of mind. The suspense is real. It's there. It keeps boiling. It's not a perfect movie but... heavy. Worth a watch if you for some reason, like me, like delving into glimpses of what frightful flicks of fate our future might have in store for us. If we do its bidding. Good watch.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Score based more on content than quality; a convincing cast more so than circumstance and scenery.

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

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