WARNING, SOME SPOILERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hi ! I was certainly pleased by that flick, it creeped me out quite a
bit. I think it should end up in my Top 10 for 2002, or at least a Top 20
but it was a really good and intense film. I loved it except for a few
minor details here and there and the last 5 minutes were a lil' bit too
much "out there" in my opinion but it was still quite entertaining
Mel Gibson plays a religious man who has lost his Faith in God since his
wife died in a horrible car accident. He lives in Pennsylvania and has a
corn field near his home, one day a circle appears in his field, what is
going on ?? Was it made by local BOOZERS or was it the work of God, or
maybe lil' green men ?? His brother, played by Joaquin Phoenix, moves in
to help him out during these tough times. 2 wee kids, 5 year old girl and
10 year old boy (Rory Culkin, I don't recall the name of the lil' girl
She was very cute and a talented lil' actress but I sometimes had issues
understanding her when she spoke, the way she was pronouncing words I was
missing out on some of the dialogues, but then I could say that of other
cast members as well. I had issues with the sounds in this film, the
dialogues couldn't be heard easily quite often, I kept playing with the
volume on the remote control, too loud during the "scary" scenes and too
low during the "conversations" between the characters so I was rewinding a
few times to understand what they were saying ... a lil' frustrating !!
I appreciated the suspense, even if I knew in advance that there were
indeed aliens at work here and they were hostile ... it was well done and
exciting, I was having flashbacks of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD when they
were locked in that cellar but in this film it wasn't COMICAL contrarely
to NOTLD where I was laughing so much I would describe it as a COMEDY, not
a horror film.
A few plot holes and things that didn't make sense ... Why would aliens
who are destroyed by a glass of water come *here*, didn't they notice the
huge OCEANS we have here, not to mention the lakes, the rivers, etc. Also
they had no real weapons and seemed quite weak, they couldn't even break
down a lousy wooden door ... hum ... Also how did M.Night manage to lock
one in his home, wouldn't that have made an extra exciting scene, how he
captured that alien !! Freaky !!
In the final scene Joaquin clubs one a few times with a baseball bat and
those POWERFUL BLOWS don't seem to have any effect on the Michael
Jackson'esque creature (Did you see those elongated hands and the way it
was holding on to that lil' boy, hum, wrong color, green instead of white,
but other than that it looked like Michael grabbing a lil' boy !!) I
appreciated the fact we hardly saw the creatures actually, it made the
film more exciting and succeeded in CREEPING ME OUT big time.
4/5, a few details bother me but in general this was "ace" ... I could
have done without that hammering with the baseball bat in particular.
"Don't mess with the bull, young man ... You'll get the horns ..."
Paul Gleason as "Richard Vernon" - "The Breakfast Club" - 1985
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