Lucy (2014)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A fast-paced action-packed sci-fi flick with a lasting effect on the audiences.
2) The comparison to Limitless (2011), Akira (1988), and 2001: A Space Odyssey is inevitable. However, this movie got a life of its own.
3) Presence of legends like Morgan Freeman and Choi Min-sik.
4) Astounding CGI – especially towards the end of the movie.

 

CONS –
1) The climax will make you ask the reason for making this movie. The ending is not ambiguous but reduces the entire movie to a science documentary with a Korean mob sub-plot.

 
QUOTE –
Lucy: Ignorance brings chaos, not knowledge.

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Bluebeard (2017)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Final plot-twist
2) A tinge of Polanski’s The Tenant

 

Cons –

 

1) Except Cho Jin-woong, the supporting cast is below average.

 

 

Quote –

 

“CCTV ? Those things ?”

Okja (2017)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 0

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A social satire on big food corps and also on animal-rights activist
2) Strong star-cast
3) Nancy Mirando final monologue

 

Cons –

 

1) The most probable message of this movie is “GO VEGAN !” which is the problem.
2) Bong Joon-ho fans will be left disappointed

 

 

Quote –

 

Jay: Translations are sacred.

The Wailing (2016)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The open ended story with all sorts of interpretation.
2) Biblical references, Shamanism vs Christianity, Faith – a roller-coaster plot. All credits to the writer-director Na Hong-jin.
3) This movie is a melting-pot for several movie genres like fantasy, horror, zombie, super-natural, thriller and it keeps the audience confused.
4) The movie will get confusing for viewers after a second viewing.
5) The village backdrop with rain – brilliant cinematography.

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

Il-Gwang: If you go fishing, do you know what you’ll catch?
Jong-Goo: No.
Il-Gwang: He’s just fishing. Not even he knows what he’ll catch. He just threw out the bait, and your daughter took it.

Train to Busan (2016)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Climactic zombie train chase scene
2) Ma Dong-seok as Sang-hwa – bad ass – Walking Dead Stuff.

 

Cons –

 

1) Nothing new to offer – generic zombie film
2) Predictable plot – Any episode of Walking Dead will be better than this.

 

Quote –

 
N/A

Thirst (2009)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

 

Pros –

 

1) Love Story of a priest turned reluctant-accidental-vampire.
2) The story is the corner-stone of this movie. From beginning to end the story is the mainstay of this film.It started as a sci-fi medical drama, later it converted into a love-triangle with steamy love-making scenes.The pen-ultimate part is body-horror/slasher and the climax is all about redemption of two lovers to eternity.

 

 

Cons –

1) 30 minutes too long.

 
Quote –
“No one blames someone
for getting hurt in an accident!
No one gets criticized
for having cancer!
I went there to do good!
So what if I’m a vampire?”