The Mist (2007)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) This movie would have ended as just another sci-fi horror movie without the character of Mrs. Carmody [played by Marcia Gay Harden]. The entire movie came into life, when this bible-bashing boss-bitch character took the central stage, leading her minions like Jack in Lord of the Flies.
2) Lovecraftian giant creatures from a parallel universe came into our world through some portal thanks to a failed military scientific experiment.
3) The climax is unsettling. Just unsettling.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
i]
Ollie: As a species, we’re fundamentally insane. Put more than two of us in a room, we pick sides and start dreaming up reasons to kill one another. Why do you think we invented politics and religion?

 

ii]
Amanda Dunfrey: People are basically good; decent. My god, David, we’re a civilized society.
David Drayton: Sure, as long as the machines are working and you can dial 911. But you take those things away, you throw people in the dark, you scare the shit out of them – no more rules.

Atomic Blonde (2017)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) John Woo redefined stylized action movies 30 years ago. David Leitch is adding a new chapter in this genre. Neon lightings, retro wave music, hand-to-hand combat, single sequence shot are key elements of his direction.
2) End Credits : Under Pressure – Queen ft. David Bowie
3) James McAvoy as Percival – his hungover, show-up-late, don’t-know-which-way-is-up act.

 

Cons –
1) Mediocre cold-war spy-thriller. Style over substance.

 

Quote –
“It’s a double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.”

Wayward Pines (Season 1)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) “Truman Show” meets “Lost” in “The Twilight Zone”
2) Solid execution of a perfect sci-fi script.
3) The ensemble cast.
4) The final cliffhanger twist.
5) Absolved M. Night Shyamalan from his first major disaster: “The Village”

 

CONS–
1) Season 2 might be in progress.

 

QUOTE –
“Peter McCall: “Before I built a wall, I’d ask to know what I was walling in or walling out.” That’s Robert Frost. Which is it? Is it keeping us in? Or something else out?”