THE FLOCK (iTunes) – Richard Gere as someone with a bit of post traumatic stress disorder working the sex offender beat. He seems to be something of a stopped clock, and this film is about one of those rare times that he has the right time. Good character based drama, with a bit too much of a touch of SE7EN for me. Mediocre.
INSIDIOUS (Carlton) – This film is a lot better than I expected. I expected superfluous black cats jumping out to artificially provoke the audience to jump, I expected some sort of heavy handed They Are Out There or overt religious message. I was disappointed on those counts. The film is well done, well shot, and has a fair number of Easter eggs and hidden elements as far as I can tell. There are a couple points where I thought I saw things and wanted to check by rewinding. Characters were pretty believable, though I thought Josh Lambert was either the worst written, or acted – I’m not sure which…
It felt something like an updated POLTERGEIST as interpreted by the SAW people… A bit silly to see an apparent nod to Jigsaw toward the end. Also, this is one of those films that, as is too often the case, sets up the requirement for an INSIDIOUS 2. I’d definitely recommend this one if you enjoy scary films that aren’t all gore. Best film of the three today, and a nice one to hit arbitrary #150 in the movie list this year.
Laughing boy creeped me out a bit, especially after I realized that I saw him moments before, hiding in the corner of a closet. Oh, and it doesn’t get creepier than Tiny Tim.
LIMITLESS (Carlton) – The only real question I have throughout this film is “Why didn’t he study chemistry and figure out what was in this thing himself? Italian, Chinese, French, Russian – fluent in these languages in virtually no time. Mastered statistical analysis and business in weeks. Somehow in his magic, chemically altered brain, the fact that he had, maybe, a couple hundred tabs of this drug didn’t cause him any concern at all until it was all gone? That and, well, the entire skating rink scene, including the chase that lead up to it… seemed silly. Everyone in the theatre seemed to agree, laughing out loud with me; I’m not sure if that reaction was as the film makers would have intended.
With those small exceptions, I found the film pretty solid – internally consistant, with no made-up mumbo-jumbo to explain away the science. How is it possible that I’ve seen two movies this week that required an entirely made-up technology to exist, and no characters went on a long explanatory monologue filled with sciencey words? Are science advisors actual scientists all of a sudden?