The first two "Scream" movies were clever, building great suspense while poking fun at other horror movies. This one attempts to wrap up the trilogy and remain as sharp as those entries, but falls a bit short. It gets too frantic near the end and tidies things up too neatly. But a worthwhile rent anyway. (as with many horror franchises, this one was resurrected in 2011 with a plan for 3 sequels, starting with "Scream 4")
Modern Horror Classic
Reviewed by criddic2 for Scream at 2011-04-22 01:00:42
Like the movies that are paid homage to in Wes Craven's and Kevin Williamson's clever sleeper hit, "Scream" is the best in its franchise. It also remains one of the better entries in the horror genre of the last 25 years. We so rarely see characters in horror movies that are smart and likable, not to mention in a script filled with fun lines and suspense-driven direction.
Jolie Delivers in Action-Packed Flick
Reviewed by criddic2 for Salt at 2010-09-26 04:56:26
Sure, you have to do a lot of "suspending your disbelief" with some plot twists, but this is one of the better action movies to come along in a while. Jolie, and the film, keep us on edge by testing our loyalties throughout. This creates real tension and suspense. It works.
"Jakob" (Robin Williams) is a Jew living in a Nazi-occupied Polish ghetto where the residents have lost all hope. One night, he is ordered to report to the officer in charge after being caught outside, allegedly after curfew. While he was in the office, waiting to be repremanded, he overhears a radio report about the advancing Russian troops.
When he returns to the neighborhood, he informs his friends what he had heard. However, as the news spread, his story transformed into something else. People began to believe he had a radio hidden in his home as his story began traveling through the grapevine.
This is simply a story of hope for those oppressed such as the Jews during the Nazi occupation so many decades ago. And it is done very well.
Let me say that this movie is not a happy story. Even the ending is shadowed by sadness, though it does have a touch of happiness.
Williams is very good in this film. He made his character compassionate to those in his neighborhood. As he told the stories, which were just stories to keep the Jews hopes up, you began to believe them just as much as those forced into the same situation as he was in the story. He was very believeable as he told his fictional news.
In fact, there were many good performances from the rest of the cast. You could actually feel the emotion from the entire cast. It was one of the most believeable performances from an entire cast that I've seen in a long time.
One thing you will notice is the lack of light, and color. You get lots of gray, black and white in clothing, as well as the walls (interior and exterior). This helps set the mood perfectly if you ask me. The only time I can recall any color was a shot of the Nazi flag.
There is also a lack of happy music in the film. There is one scene between Williams and the young girl (Hannah Taylor Gordon) that is short, but it is a happy scene with fun music.
Wardrobes are very accurate in this film. The Jews clothing look worn, and very dirty. They look as if they didn't wash their clothing in some time. The Nazi uniforms are also quite accurate in their appearance.
The violence is fairly mild in this film. There is a little blood, far less than you would expect. The Nazi soldiers use machine guns against the Jews, but there is little to no blood splatter as they are apparently struck.
There is also little to no action. Many of the scenes drag on, but many drag at an appropriate pace that works well.
To parents, I would suggest that you avoid this one if you have young children. If you have kids who are able to understand the plot, then watch it with them.
Reviewed by Meg for Scream at 2010-04-07 17:00:22
Good mixture of comedy and horror. Plus, it comes with a memory for me. My brother said "You haven't seen enough scary movies, so let's see 'Scream.'" This was Christmas Eve, realize; a lamb dinner was ready at the point when the principal was killed, and I couldn't even look at the meat! LOL
The pace is great and the action is unbelievable. I couldn't believe that almost two hours had gone by when it was over. It's not as complex as Iron Man or Spider-Man 2 but it's loaded with intense fun. Everything in this movie is exceedingly better then what we saw in X3. Characters find their own distinctiveness and just flat out kick butt.
Visually, it's a sight to behold, with good effects and a dynamic sense of presence. I was very impressed with the direction and cinematography. The final showdown was a standout and will be remembered as one of the best comic book confrontations of all time. It's wonderful action mixed with nice drama. It so fits the main characters. The cast was used remarkably well and Hugh Jackman simply shines as Wolverine. Overall, I had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this movie.
Reviewed by rjkeats for Defiance at 2009-01-16 11:12:21
Defiance is a good movie bordering on great. Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber give stirring performances. The only thing keeping this movie from greatness is allowing the audience time to get to understand what makes these characters tick.
Better than that
Reviewed by shanahan for Sphere at 2008-06-08 06:03:28
The Hound is way too severe on this one. James Cameron could've done this better, but the premise works and the ending is way more believable than "The Abyss." And I didn't find any "existential ramblings": a few plot-related reflections, amateurish maybe, but what you'd expect from light fare. Thrills and chills, good effects: two and a half bones minimum.