Friday, 2 September 2011

August Film Roundup: Buy, Pass or Rent?

Final Destination 5 3D (2011)
I loved this! I wasn't expecting to be quite that enthusiastic but it's everything you would want from a Final Destination film. Like the other four films in the series it's sitting on the fence between being genius and terrible but it was definitely entertaining. I'm not personally a huge fan of the way 3D is being used now however for me the horror genre is the exception to this so I'm glad I ended up going to the 3D screening. There's also a bit of a twist at the end of this one which I unfortunately went into the cinema already knowing about after reading a review and thinking it was just common knowledge. As for the deaths themselves I think the writers and director have really upped their game this time by building up a huge amount of tension.

Scream 4 (2011)
Ah, the highlight of my week was when I stepped into the library to rent something for a friend and sitting right in front of me was the Scream 4 DVD. A few seconds later I was over at the desk paying my £1.50 to check it out. I'd wanted to see it at the cinema but never quite got there for some reason or another and to my delight I was the first person to check it out of the library. Unlike other franchises that have been given the reboot in recent years Scream 4 lives up to the original trilogy. It was great to see Neve, Courteney and David back for this sequel as well as a cast of other recognisable faces. I have to admit I correctly guessed who was hiding behind the Ghostface mask this time around but that didn't make the film any less enjoyable. I'd definitely recommend renting this one!

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (2011)
Definitely not something I would usually go for but with all the amazing reviews and hype around it I decided it was worth a shot. I didn't love it but I was pretty surprised by the fact that I quite enjoyed it. The concept was interesting and although most of the screen time seems to be taken up by apes it has a pretty good cast too. I'm not going to get overly enthusiastic and run out to buy the DVD or anything but if like me you were put off by the trailer I'd urge you to give it a chance!

Rubber (2010)
I don't know if anyone will have actually heard of this film or not but I came across the trailer on Lovefilm back in February and have been wanting to see it ever since. I mean, a movie about a killer tyre, it sounds genius, right? I was sure that this was going to be completely insane and either pure brilliance or a horrible waste of time. The opening speech and set up of an audience being there watching the events play out was an unusual but interesting concept. Unfortunately overall it didn't quite live up to my expectations but I did enjoy it. I thought it was pretty disappointing that the story started to get much more interesting just before it ended. If they had made a 'what happened next' kind of sequel I think it could potentially be brilliant. I'd recommend this if you're open-minded and looking to watch something that will be like nothing you've ever seen before.

Glorious 39 (2009)
Even though I own this on DVD, I still found myself watching it premiere on BBC2 a couple of weeks back. Personally I find it pretty exciting when I find a British film that can really hold it's own amongst my collection. Glorious 39 has an amazing cast including Romola Garai, Bill Nighy and Eddie Redmayne, however the ending is such a disappointment. Obviously I won't spoil it for those who haven't seen it but for me those last few minutes almost ruin the rest of the film. It's really such a shame because the basic plot is a really interesting concept. I'd urge you to go out and rent this if you haven't already seen it, and if you can get past the horrible ending then it really is worth a watch.

Zombieland (2009)
Another one I'd been meaning to watch for ages Zombieland is now firmly on my 'to buy' list. Basically, I loved it. I'm not one for horror movies but I do quite like these kinds of comedy-horrors and 'zom-coms', something which began for me with the amazing Shaun of the Dead. I'm now looking forward to the planned 2013 sequel.

You can find the July Film Roundup here.

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