There are 46 days until Halloween which means there is only 15 days left until we embark on another year of Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween. So with that being said, I was in the mood for a horror movie and I stumbled upon this horror anthology entitled Southbound at my local Redbox. The film features five tales that follow travelers who will be haunted by their deepest and darkest secrets while they are being terrorized while traveling on a desolate desert highway. Int he film, you get two guys running away from some floating demons, a girl whose bandmates have been brainwashed by an evil cult, a man who is desperately trying to help a girl he’s hit, a man trying to save his sister that he hasn’t seen in years, and a girl who wants to spend her last weekend together with her folks before college, but realizes her dad has a dark secret. The film stars Chad Villella (Prison Break) as Mitch, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin (V/H/S) as Jack, Fabianne Therese (Starry Eyes) as Sadie, Nathalie Love (Somewhere) as Kim, Mather Zickel (The Ten) as Lucas, Tipper Newton (LOL) as Jesse, Hassie Harrison (Dementia) as Jem, Dana Gould (The Simpsons) as Raymond Kensington, Kate Beahan (The Wicker Man) as Cait, and the film was directed by Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner, Patrick Horvath, and Radio Silence.
I was very surprised to see that most of the V/H/S crew (one of my favorite found footage horror flicks) worked on this movie because it doesn’t seem as smooth of film as that one was. A lot of the stories when you are watching them, do not make a lot of sense at first while others are easier to follow. The only thing that really connects all of the stories is the fact that one character from the story will cross paths with a character from the next story until you get right to the end and it all ends up connecting. One of my favorite stories from the film was the one that made the least sense to the others when you see our character from story two in story three. A man has hit her with his car and he is trying to save her at a hospital that has clearly been abandoned. He is trying to do this all with dispatch on the phone with him. The visuals you get with that story make me cringe more than the others. The film wasn’t a bad film, it had some stories that were enjoyable to watch, but it wasn’t scary in my opinion. It’s definitely a film that is trying to be different in a genre that has seen it all done before and I commend them for that. I am going to give the film an B for a final grade because some of the CGI was cool and the special effects and make up were on point.
For today’s film, I picked one from one of my favorite actors of the 21ST Century in Christian Bale (The Dark Knight, The Machinist). The film I chose for today is Equilibrium which is a Sci-Fi, action, drama film. It is sometime in the future after the third world war and we know live in a fascist society where feelings are being monitored to prevent war, greed, and uprising. Christian Bale plays John Preston, an agent who is in charge of destroying artifacts that invoke feelings and destroy anyone who violates the law and feels. After missing a dose that prevents him from feeling, he starts to realize why his dead partner (Sean Bean) and a prisoner (Emily Watson) would sacrifice their lives for feelings. Preston then goes on a crusade to protect the resistance and correct all of the wrongs in the world. The film also stars Taye Diggs (The Wood) as Brandt, Dominic Purcell (Prison Break) as Seamus, Sean Pertwee (Dog Soldiers) as Father, Angus Macfadyen (Braveheart) as Dupont, William Fichtner (The Dark Knight) as Jurgen, Maria Pia Calzone (Gomorrah) as Preston’s Wife, Matthew Harbour (I’m Not There) as Robbie Preston, and the film was directed by Kurt Wimmer (Law Abiding Citizen).
First of all, I have to say that I loved the concept of the film, but I have a couple of issues with it. My one problem with the idea is despite being given a dose to try and prevent you from feeling, how is it that you don’t feel anything? There are a couple of instances where Taye Diggs’s character cracks a smile at Bale during the film and you are meaning to tell me that is not a violation? I do however understand that the drug makes you a mindless drone who carries on with a mundane life in a world where everything is mundane including the color of cars (all cars are completely white with no details). There are instances in films that you see an actors performance and you instantly see similarities in other roles. For example, much of the way he carries himself in this film is very similar to the way he portrayed Bruce Wayne in The Dark Knight trilogy. I am not saying that is a bad thing because this is definitely one of my top Bale films besides American Psycho and The Machinist. The action in the film is something else that I wanted to talk about because I wish I saved this for Ass Whoopin Wednesday it is so bad ass. Christian Bale is a total bad ass and the action sequences are truly amazing. The whole film overall is amazing from top to bottom and check out what happens to Taye Diggs in the film. The film is currently on Netflix as we speak, but I have no idea for how long. I am going to give the film an A for a final grade because it’s special effects, acting, and action sequences are all amazing.