Saturday, 16 April 2016

Movie day

Today ended up being a bit of a movie day. Things started off with The Atticus Institute.

It followed a simple premise: In the early 1970s, Dr. Henry West creates an institute to find people with supernatural abilities. When Judith Winstead comes to the facility, she exhibits amazing abilities that the military wants to turn into a weapon.

Whilst very slow to start it was actually a pretty good horror film. I like the mix of "old" footage versus the modern day style. It's one of those more jumpy suspense type horrors that works its way up more and more as the end nears. A good pizza movie and well worth a watch.

Next up was gangster movie Gomorrah.

In the slums of Campania, the Camorra crime syndicate has created a fortune out of cocaine, corruption and chemical waste. Some try to fight back, like teens Ciro (Ciro Petrone) and Marco (Marco Macor), who decide to steal a Camorra weapons cache in a bid to take control themselves. Others try to hide, like Pasquale (Salvatore Cantalupo), a tailor trying to get around paying protection fees. But the realization sets in: The Camorra is too large, too deeply embedded in Italy to be fought.

I didn't get on with this film at all. Nothing seemed to click for me and I ended up cashing out after about fifteen minutes. Apparently it's a bit of a cult film and is one of the best gangster films out there, just not for me.

I ended the day with 47 Ronin.

In feudal Japan, Lord Asano rules his province with fairness. However, jealous Lord Kira (Tadanobu Asano) fears that the shogun favors Asano over him and hatches a plot that ends with Asano's ritual suicide. After Asano's death, his samurai, led by Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), are forced to live as outcasts. Oishi wanders for several years but realizes that he must turn to Kai (Keanu Reeves), a mixed-blood warrior he once rejected, to help him and his ronin comrades take revenge on Lord Kira.

47 Ronin was mildly entertaining. Keanu Reaves isn't really a stellar actor and this was certainly no The Last Samurai. It's a fun yarn and another watchable pizza movie.
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