Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher

Story

Frank Castle (a.k.a. The Punisher) is hunting down a group selling high tech weapons that are tearing up his streets. After finding a location where a sale is happening, he makes an entrance and annihilates everyone except for the seller Cain. You have to keep one alive for questioning after all. After a “polite conversation” he manages to get a location out of him and is dragging him off for more information, maybe, and is interrupted by Black Widow.

We soon discover that S.H.I.E.L.D. was investigating Cain as part of a bigger operation to take down the terrorist organization, Leviathan. Punisher cuts a deal with Nick Fury to join the mission so he can get Cain and goes with Black Widow to find the weapons and suppliers. At the location Cain happily provided to Punisher before he escaped, they stumble across hundreds of bodies in pods being reconditioned to become stronger and act at the command of the highest bidder. Getting rid of one gun runner is the least of their problems.

Review

Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher is the second straight-to-DVD movie in their Marvel Anime line. This movie came out years after their four short lived anime series went off air (R.I.P. G4).

Being a big anime fan, I am in love with this style and animation. The art is bright, vibrant, and colors give more depth than you will normally see in western cartoons. The design of the characters is very Japanese in how they view Americans. It is almost videogame like in character design from character to character akin to Dead or Alive. The Punisher, being an ex-Marine and bruiser, is built much like a football player. Black Widow, being the superspy, is thin and stacked svelte like a konoichi (that means lady ninja in Japanese – Life Lessons from Mal).

In the same line, the hand to hand fights are awesome, but scarcer than they should be. The first fight between Black Widow and The Punisher is dynamic and is a big difference from their previous movies. Her acrobatics are reminiscent of Naruto. She dances around him while dodging bullets and breaking holds.99983fef866941adea9c8fcc598c2464ef428183_hq

The Punisher’s fighting reminds me of Christian Bale’s moves in Equilibrium plus Sam Fisher from the Splinter Cell game series. The camera changes and follows the muzzle of the gun as he fires to being like tied around her ankle and moving with her as she moves like a feather. There is another with Castle within S.H.I.E.L.D. that is cool, but they left me wanting even more.

The Punisher is voiced by Brian Bloom who does a lot of voice acting work for a lot of movies, television and games. His experience in the industry really shows in his performance. Bloom does a great job in making Punisher sound more like a troubled man on a mission following his own sense of justice versus an angry ex-soldier out to destroy the world. That takes real skill considering that Castle walks that thin line. After killing three S.H.I.E.L.D. agents under the influence of mind control at the time, you can hear the remorse and sadness in his voice as he surrenders himself to the next agents to enter. This was a “Save the Cat” moment that endeared you to this walking tank that puts no one above his sense of justice…not even himself.

Black Widow is voiced by Jennifer Carpenter who you might remember as Debra Morgan of Dexter fame. Her voice acting resume is not as long as Blooms, but she definitely holds her own as Agent Romanoff. She sounds strong and confident in her skills as a spy almost bordering on arrogant as well as determined to complete her mission. The best examples are probably her first fights with The Punisher. The first was showing off her skills and fearlessness even when The Punisher has two guns aimed and firing upon her. They also make an effort to make her less of the superspy and to show her vulnerable side when she discovers a lover of hers, whom she believed to be dead, is alive and working for Leviathan. She hesitates and pulls her punches, which is odd for Black Widow, but Carpenter brings this out perfectly in her portrayal.

There isn’t a lot to say about him, but Nick Fury is in this movie and sounds like Sam Jackson. He was actually voiced by John Eric Bentley and he does well. His performance does make me want to see another movie centered around Nick Fury unless The Hoff is the lead, however he would be an awesome cameo. It can’t be that hard to have a mission in Germany, right?

As a big DC fan, I will admit that I found this entry from Marvel Anime awesomely entertaining. The animation in Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher was great, the story was interesting, and the characters endearing. This is a must see for any comic book or anime fan. If you just appreciate good animation and want to see what can be done, this is a great example of how far they have evolved and how much further they can go (hint to DC…make a Green Lantern: Blackest Night animé). Hopefully Marvel will make more movies in the Avengers Confidential series and finally kill the Marvel Knights motion comics.

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Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher (2014)

PG-13 83 min - Animation, Science Fiction, Action - 25 March 2014

After interfering with a top secret mission, THE PUNISHER is taken into custody by S.H.I.E.L.D. AGENT and AVENGER, BLACK WIDOW. At the orders of Director Nick Fury, Punisher and Black Widow are sent on a mission to stop LEVIATHAN, a global terrorist organization, that plans to sell stolen S.H.I.E.L.D. technology to the highest bidder. Now, the vigilante and spy must work together to prevent this technology from falling into the wrong hands. The fate of the world, and of the AVENGERS, hangs in the balance.

Director:  Kenichi Shimizu

Storyline

After interfering with a top secret mission, THE PUNISHER is taken into custody by S.H.I.E.L.D. AGENT and AVENGER, BLACK WIDOW. At the orders of Director Nick Fury, Punisher and Black Widow are sent on a mission to stop LEVIATHAN, a global terrorist organization, that plans to sell stolen S.H.I.E.L.D. technology to the highest bidder. Now, the vigilante and spy must work together to prevent this technology from falling into the wrong hands. The fate of the world, and of the AVENGERS, hangs in the balance.



Tagline: All-New Marvel Animated Movie

Superman: Doomsday

Jimmy: OH MY GOD! He killed Superman!

Lois: YOU BASTARD!

Story

A genetically modified creature is unearthed during an illegal LexCorp dig. This creature, Doomsday, was sent to Earth thousands of years before. Not because its creators wanted to destroy the planet, but because they couldn’t kill it. Doomsday kills the workers that accidentally set him free and he paves a road of bodies on his way to Metropolis.

Meanwhile, Superman is in the Fortress of Solitude with Lois Lane on vacation. A quick Life Lesson from Mal, you don’t bring your woman to the FOS after six months. Always wait nine months minimum. Back to the story, Superman’s robutler (short for robot butler) informs him of the emergency back in Metropolis. This looks like a job for Superman.

Review

Superman: Doomsday was a good start for DC’s re-entry into the animated movie world releasing one year after Marvel’s first animated movie. The film’s core is based on the book The Death of Superman in which, SPOILER ALERT, Superman dies in.

It happens in the first thirty minutes, including opening credits so don’t worry. There is a lot more plot to be seen and it gets interesting as the movie continues especially after he comes back (or does he?).

Superman/Clark Kent is voiced by Adam Baldwin. He does a great job and delivers the strong voice and confident personality that you would expect from him. He sounds very genuine whether it’s his concern telling Lois his secret identity or reassuring the citizens how he is there to keep them safe. On the other hand, Lois Lane, voiced by Anne Heche, comes off as very flat for most of the film. She comes into character more as the film progresses and her scene with Martha Kent near the middle is her best scene. A weird thing is that Lois is almost treated as a side chick through the first quarter of the movie. Didn’t really have a point there other than I find it hilarious.

Lex Luthor, voiced by James Marsters, was probably too evil as a villain. It sounds weird, but he displayed more villainy in this movie compared to the combined evil of Lex in the animated series, Smallville (that’s not saying much), and the first movie. The best example is that he finds a cure for a muscular disease and gives it to his assistant. Not to cure it, but so that his scientists can turn that sure into a lifetime treatment. This new project was put on hold because his best scientist was doing the same for AIDs. He is arrogant, unapologetic, and gets a chub when contemplating ways to kill Superman. In short, the perfect comic book Lex Luthor.

The music score is classic and reminiscent of the animated series if you add a few years to everyone. Superman’s theme being the loud trumpet and trombone fanfare that let you know, “Your hero has arrived.” The animation and art style is simple, but well done. The fight scenes are built like comic panels so don’t expect The Raid: Redemption when you watch these fight scenes. They are constructed as very simple fist fights and a lot of off camera sounds fill in the blanks. It does make sense because Superman is in no way a martial artist. He hits things and they break so look forward to a super-powered bar room brawl.

Two big themes in Superman: Doomsday are dealing with loss and how a sense of duty can be twisted when given too much power. What do you do when your best friend gets beaten to death? Apparently a lot of drinking and, if you’re Jimmy Olsen, you take a job with TMZ and start wearing silk suits.  If you want to see a warped sense of power you’ll have to watch the movie. I promise that you won’t regret it.

This was a good first start for DC heading into the straight-to-dvd film realm. A great story, decent themes, and good acting makes this a must watch for any DC fan. The fight scenes do leave a lot to be desired, but this will improve in future DC projects. If you had an itch for something animated by DC since Justice League: Unlimited has gone off air, then this is definitely worth the watch.

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Superman: Doomsday (2007)

PG-13 75 min - Animation, Science Fiction, Action - 18 September 2007

When LexCorps accidentally unleash a murderous creature, Doomsday, Superman meets his greatest challenge as a champion. Based on the "The Death of Superman" storyline that appeared in DC Comics' publications in the 1990s

Director:  Lauren Montgomery, Bruce Timm
Stars:  Adam Baldwin, Anne Heche, James Marsters, John Di Maggio, Swoosie Kurtz, Tom Kenny, Ray Wise, Cree Summer, Adam Wylie, Chris Cox, Hettie Lynne Hurtes, James Arnold Taylor, Townsend Coleman, Kimberly Brooks

Storyline

When LexCorps accidentally unleash a murderous creature, Doomsday, Superman meets his greatest challenge as a champion. Based on the "The Death of Superman" storyline that appeared in DC Comics' publications in the 1990s



Tagline: Where were you the day Superman died?

Rubber (2010)

Rubber is one of those movies that, when you read the premise, makes you go “WTH” but then, once you’ve watch the movie, you’re like, “WTF?”
That is about as descriptive as  I can be with this film…

Despite that, the acting and cinematography are much better than other films in its weight-class. A lot of love and consideration went into the making of this film. It’s seriously one of the only reasons we were able to watch it through to the end.

rubberrabbitIt’s also a little wonderful that this tire has more character development attention provided to it than 80% of movies coming out today. No, you don’t really get to a point where you empathize with the tire… but you do get the warm and fuzzies every time it learns something. Well, unless it’s learning to kill the fuzzies.

Our recommendation is that you watch this movie if:
A. You are super bored.
B. You want to experience a different kind of cinema.
C. You friends make you.

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Rubber (2010)

R 85 min - Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery - 15 May 2010

In the California desert, the adventures of a telepathic killer-tire, mysteriously attracted by a very pretty girl, as witnessed by incredulous onlookers.

Director:  Quentin Dupieux
Writers:  Quentin Dupieux
Stars:  Thomas F. Duffy, David Bowe, Stephen Spinella, Roxane Mesquida, Jack Plotnick, Wings Hauser, Ethan Cohn, Charley Koontz, Daniel Quinn, Devin Brochu, Hayley Holmes, Haley Ramm, Cecelia Antoinette, Remy Thorne, Tara Jean O'Brien, Pete Dicecco, James Parks, Courtenay Taylor, Blake Robbins, Michael Ross, Gaspard Augé, Pedro Winter

Storyline

In the California desert, the adventures of a telepathic killer-tire, mysteriously attracted by a very pretty girl, as witnessed by incredulous onlookers.



Tagline: Are you TIRED of the expected?

Oculus (2014)

Oculus generated a lot of buzz upon its release. For the most part, critics and fans alike were thrilled to see a movie that dispensed with much of the gore in favor of good old fashioned gut wrenching tension.

oculusFrom the start, you’re confused. Don’t worry, it’s by design. If you’ve already seen this film you were probably wondering the same thing I was: “Did I miss the first movie? Is this a sequel?”
I assure you: you started exactly where you were supposed to. In a state of confusion.
But, for once, this is actually ok. Unlike most movies, Oculus drops clues at just the right times to help you piece the story together all the while creeping you out just a little until you finally understand what’s happening and are creeped out even more!

oculus3We’ve all seen movies that have attempted this and never quite pull it together. In the end, we’re either just as confused as the beginning if not more so. Or, as it usually happens, we’re just pissed because they very sloppily wrapped up the movie in the last three minutes.  Oculus actually has a good balance in this regard. There are ample story building and big reveals that never get lost in the tension and screams.

Of course, this movie is far from perfect. Certain scenes and happenings seem a bit contrived and there are some points that are pretty disappointing. Like, say, the ending.
While i didn’t personally have a problem with the way the film ended it certainly left a bad taste in a lot of reviewer’s mouths.

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This may be the first horror movie to do this well on our Fully Matured Evaluations, but I’m going to give this movie a solid 7 toothless demon heads out of 10.

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Oculus (2014)

R 104 min - Horror - 3 April 2014

A woman tries to exonerate her brother's murder conviction by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon.

Director:  Mike Flanagan

Storyline

A woman tries to exonerate her brother's murder conviction by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon.



Tagline: You see what it wants you to see

Genres: Horror

Extraterrestrial (2014)

So you doubt the existence of alien life on other planets, huh? What, because there’s not much intelligent life on this planet? Ok, that’s valid. But you know who doesn’t care? THE ALIENS! AND THEY’RE PISSED!

Let me warn you, there will be some spoilers. But it doesn’t matter. You can go watch the movie and come back or never watch it at all (the latter is probably more likely). In any event, here’s the trailer:

You can read the premise below from IMDB. I’m just going to dive right into the movie.

The opening scenes are quite beautiful. There’s some very meaningful imagery of the Earth, moon and stars. Then some pretty spectacular effects showing all manner of galaxies. You’re whisked away, further and further from the Earth until you emerge from a picture of some distant galaxy into a small-town gas station.
This is where they make sure to clear up any delusions of some fantastical science fiction adventure. In a epic fail at humorous subtlety, all of the planets, stars and galaxies you viewed are in the picture in the shape of a lightly hidden condom with a quote reading, “Shoot for the stars.”


*The sheriff is unimpressed

This pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the movie. Despite actually having had a director (Colin Minihan) the film seems to have no direction at all. Ok, this probably isn’t Minihan’s fault. Surely it’s the writing. Surely…
extraterrprobeExtraterrestrial could never quite make up its mind which direction it wanted to go. Were they making a serious sci-fi thriller or a teenie-bopper alien spoof? They never really knew. To be fair, this move is definitely more horror than comedy. It was perhaps some of the ridiculousness that propelled parts of the movie into the comedy genre.

extraterrgurlOn of the first things you realize is that you don’t really care about any of the characters. Well, maybe the sheriff… but you’ll regret that soon enough.
There is an underlying love story happening amongst all the abducting, flashing lights and HORNS. You might call it ridiculous, shallow and dull. But it’s still a better love story than Twilight.

As I approach the ending of the review I’ll hit the the topic of this movie’s ending. I could talk a good deal about how frustrating it was. But then I’d be doing the very thing that frustrated me: drawing it out. I stood up when I thought it was over the first time and by the time it was actually over I had a cramp in my feet. This movie had no idea where it was going and thus also had no idea how to end.

But I know how to end this review… with 2 used anal probes out of 10.

 

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Extraterrestrial (2014)

NR 101 min - Horror, Science Fiction - 17 October 2014

Five friends set out to a cabin in the woods for a fun weekend getaway—that is, until extraterrestrial visitors turn it into a fight for their lives. The group is pulled from their reverie when a flickering object crashes deep in the woods. As they investigate, the friends stumble across an alien spacecraft, and its inhabitants have not arrived in peace.

Director:  Colin Minihan
Writers:  Colin Minihan, Stuart Ortiz

Storyline

Five friends set out to a cabin in the woods for a fun weekend getaway—that is, until extraterrestrial visitors turn it into a fight for their lives. The group is pulled from their reverie when a flickering object crashes deep in the woods. As they investigate, the friends stumble across an alien spacecraft, and its inhabitants have not arrived in peace.



Tagline: They do not come in peace.

Noah (2014)

This was one of the most anticipated films of the 2014!
Ok, that was a lie… Moses would be displeased. Or would he? I think Moses just feels pity for poor Noah who finally got a film named after him and it ended up being… all washed up.

We’ve talked pretty extensively on this podcast before about Hollywood’s propensity towards the ever-popular white washing of the past’s heroes and characters. But this cast though? Maybe they went a tad overboard?

Ok, so there were probably no white people back then. Fine. That’s probably not even the biggest bit of artistic expression in the film. One thing we know is that bible-inspired movies tend to rake in a ton of money from Christian movie goers. Of course, you could make a mistake like the most recent Left Behind movie featuring Nicolas Cage. Which is exactly what this movie did. And very well. To be fair, both of these movies released in 2014 so it wasn’t like Noah could have taken note and reversed course. I honestly don’t think they would have even tried given half a chance.

The mistake that I’m alluding to is the creation of a movie whose contents mostly only Christians are going to have any interest in watching and then taking a exegetical dump of biblical proportions all over it.

To start with, Noah was bat-shit crazy. And I don’t mean like everyone else thought he was crazy because he was building a boat the size of the temple of Babel (spoilers, that hadn’t happened yet…). But because he was literally off his rocker.

Oh, and rock angels.

Not this bro:

This bro:

Even after all that you’re thinking, “But it’s got the beauty and grace of Jennifer Connelly in it!”
Yes… yes it does. But so did the Hulk movie.
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Noah (2014)

PG-13 139 min - Adventure, Drama - 26 March 2014

A man who suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood.

Director:  Darren Aronofsky
Writers:  Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel
Stars:  Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Winstone, Kevin Durand, Ariane Rinehart, Douglas Booth, Marton Csokas, Dakota Goyo, Barry Sloane, Sami Gayle, Mark Margolis, Ray Winstone, Nick Nolte, Finn Wittrock

Storyline

A man who suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood.



Tagline: The end of the world is just the beginning.

Genres: Adventure, Drama

Face Off (1997)

This was one of those movies where you went into it expecting some new, extreme sci-fi thriller and got pretty much none of that. Delving into the technology involved to do not only a face-transplant but pretty much total body reconstruction would be enough to fill a two-hour movie by itself. It probably filled 3.5 minutes of this film.

But Nicolas Cage and John Travolta don’t need no stinkin’ science!

Honestly, this was a pretty fun film. The best part is maybe watching the actors method act one another in the beginning of the film. And while body-switches, mind melds and the like weren’t really anything new there weren’t many (any?) films where the bad guy literally stole the good guy’s face.

Well, there’s this:

But fortunately that’s not real…… is it?

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Face/Off (1997)

R 138 min - Action, Crime, Science Fiction, Thriller - 26 June 1997

An antiterrorism agent goes under the knife to acquire the likeness of a terrorist and gather details about a bombing plot. When the terrorist escapes custody, he undergoes surgery to look like the agent so he can get close to the agent's family.

Director:  John Woo
Stars:  John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen, Dominique Swain, Alessandro Nivola, Gina Gershon, Nick Cassavetes, Harve Presnell, Colm Feore, John Carroll Lynch, Margaret Cho, James Denton, Matt Ross, Thomas Jane, David McCurley, Myles Jeffrey, Chris Bauer, CCH Pounder, Danny Masterson, Linda Hoffman

Storyline

An antiterrorism agent goes under the knife to acquire the likeness of a terrorist and gather details about a bombing plot. When the terrorist escapes custody, he undergoes surgery to look like the agent so he can get close to the agent's family.



Tagline: In order to catch him, he must become him.

Rock, The (1996)

Nicolas Cage Rage!
Oh wait, that’s a different Nick Cage movie…

It’s been quite a while since I’ve watched this movie. But one thing that’s for sure, it is, was and always will be super cool. Not just because of the all-start cast (and some some bonus actors everyone was excited about at the time) but because of all of the statuesque poses, glowing hair and EXPLOSIONS!

If you haven’t seen this movie, go do so. It’s not available to watch online anywhere for free (legally) at the time I’m reviewing this. But it’s available everywhere as a pay-per-view and on Netflix as a DVD.

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The Rock (1996)

R 136 min - Action, Adventure, Thriller - 6 June 1996

A group of renegade marine commandos seizes a stockpile of chemical weapons and takes over Alcatraz, with 81 tourists as hostages. Their leader demands $100 million to be paid, as restitution to families of Marines who died in covert ops. Otherwise, he will launch 15 rockets carrying deadly VX gas into the San Francisco Bay area.

Director:  Michael Bay
Stars:  Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris, John Spencer, David Morse, William Forsythe, Michael Biehn, Vanessa Marcil, John C. McGinley, Bokeem Woodbine, Claire Forlani, Gregory Sporleder, Tony Todd, Jim Maniaci, Greg Collins, Brendan Kelly, Steve Harris, Danny Nucci, Celeste Weaver, Todd Louiso, David Bowe, Raquel Krelle

Storyline

A group of renegade marine commandos seizes a stockpile of chemical weapons and takes over Alcatraz, with 81 tourists as hostages. Their leader demands $100 million to be paid, as restitution to families of Marines who died in covert ops. Otherwise, he will launch 15 rockets carrying deadly VX gas into the San Francisco Bay area.



Tagline: Alcatraz. Only one man has ever broken out. Now five million lives depend on two men breaking in.

Devil Seed

Are you in the mood for a good horror movie that you can watch while drinking with your buds and maybe talk about work and gaming and fishing or whatever and every once in a while glance at the TV for a classic WTF moment?
Well lucky you… Here’s Devil Seed!

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As far as imagery is concerned, I’d say they’re on the right track. There are not shortages of “Oh, really though?” moments in this movie. Of course, you may say the same thing about the acting… But it’s a direct to VOD horror flick — what did you expect?

Are the chicks hot? Is there steamy nudity? Are they sex scenes a plenty? I have no idea… I fell asleep. Three times. I’m going to say maybe though. Maybe I just slept through all the boobies.

If you’re on of these that boobs can trump any actual plot or believable dialog then I believe you have lucked up again, sir (again, maybe… no guarantee on demon nipples).

As for a hot-or-not cast:
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We’ll go with hot. Or… not. Depends on what you’re into. The lead character, Alex Froshiber (portrayed by Michelle Argyris) was so uninteresting that any real attractiveness went out the window.

So what do you have left when your B-Horror Movie has only a handful of scenes with pure f***ed up imagery, blah acting and a meh looking cast?

I guess Devil Seed.
And also 2 out of 10 little devil fetuses.

–AveryJ

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Devil Seed (2012)

93 min - Horror - 16 May 2012

Alexandra is a lively college student returning to live with her roommates Jessica and Breanne after the summer holidays. After a night of drinking, Alex agrees to a psychic reading to learn about her future with her boyfriend, Brian, but during the reading a dramatic turn of events causes SOMETHING to go drastically wrong. When Alex awakes the next day, she cant remember the events of the night before. She begins to hear creepy noises, hallucinate, black out and receive unidentifiable scratch marks all over her body. Afraid shes going crazy, she seeks help from her friends but Jessica, Breanne and Brian are incapable of comprehending the scope of the darkness descending UPON her. Instead, Alex receives help from a school professor and his father who have dealt with the supernatural before. But as Alexs condition worsens, it becomes apparent that it may already be too late to stop the entity from using Alexs body as a gateway into our world (IMDb.com).

Director:  Greg A. Sager
Writers:  Greg A. Sager, Geoff Hart

Storyline

Alexandra is a lively college student returning to live with her roommates Jessica and Breanne after the summer holidays. After a night of drinking, Alex agrees to a psychic reading to learn about her future with her boyfriend, Brian, but during the reading a dramatic turn of events causes SOMETHING to go drastically wrong. When Alex awakes the next day, she cant remember the events of the night before. She begins to hear creepy noises, hallucinate, black out and receive unidentifiable scratch marks all over her body. Afraid shes going crazy, she seeks help from her friends but Jessica, Breanne and Brian are incapable of comprehending the scope of the darkness descending UPON her. Instead, Alex receives help from a school professor and his father who have dealt with the supernatural before. But as Alexs condition worsens, it becomes apparent that it may already be too late to stop the entity from using Alexs body as a gateway into our world (IMDb.com).



Genres: Horror

Returned, The

First, you shouldn’t confuse this movie with the television series of the same title:
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You also shouldn’t confuse it with all the other zombie movie trash that’s out there…
The recent flood of zombie movies has  left the genre tasting a little stale. Fortunately we get a little gem every now and again. Whether or not this is one of them… well, let me continue:

The Returned spends more time developing characters and plots than maybe 95% of other zombie monster flicks out there. Where it excels is creating an emotional attachment with the main characters — despite it being a somewhat shallow attachment, it’s there nonetheless. Which is again something that they’ve done better than most other zombie movies.

Oh, don’t let the above confuse you though… There’s still some pretty gritty, gruesome scenes.

This movie wins in the gruesome category too. Not because the scenes were super original or any more nasty than we’d expect from a modern movies about the undead. No, this movie wins points here because the sparing scenes of grotesque dead-on-flesh zombie action were all built in to help propel the story.

All of that said… I still wouldn’t put it anywhere near my favorite movies list and I don’t think you will either. It’s unique and nicely executed but not glued-to-the-seat-of-your-pants engaging (whatever that means).

I abhor anyone that makes me pause a movie mid-plot arch. But I paused this to literally just go take a nap.
But let’s go half-and-half on this one. It’s a good movie. Not great. Not terrible either.

–AveryJ

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The Returned (2014)

NR 98 min - Drama, Horror, Thriller - 14 February 2014

In a post-zombie world, where the infected live normal lives, their retroviral drug is running out.

Director:  Manuel Carballo

Storyline

In a post-zombie world, where the infected live normal lives, their retroviral drug is running out.



Genres: Drama, Horror, Thriller