Review: Beast (2017)

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“Can you keep a secret?”
– Pascal Renouf

SYNOPSIS: A troubled woman living in an isolated community finds herself pulled between the control of her oppressive family and the allure of a secretive outsider suspected of a series of brutal murders. – via IMDB

My husband and I have really been struggling to find new movies recently that are good and that we are actually drawn to or interested in. Everything is just a remake nowadays, or bland, or just… no fun. So we saw this and figured why not give it a shot? Well folks, I am here to tell you that this one was well worth the watch! Definitely a slice of something different.

Right off the bat, the atmosphere is fantastic, and the score works hand in hand with the imagery to keep you uncomfortable, and with a feeling of dread and foreboding. It is truly unsettling. The performances also blend right into this, completely dominated by Buckley and Flynn. Beast gives up its secrets slowly but surely. Never so slow you get frustrated, but so gently and well paced that you forget that you are waiting for them. The pacing was definitely solid for this, building up into this slow burn thriller. The story builds steadily from the opening, and you are whipped up into this bizarre story of Moll and Pascal.

Beast definitely is a focuses on Moll and her crappy life, and how Pascal coming into her life has changed her, and the change is not necessarily bad, despite what her family thinks. Bits and pieces of her life are revealed, and it is a gratifying thing to make the discoveries with the movie. The characters set forth in this are truly horrible. Her family made my blood boil, and Moll herself had me fluctuate between pity for her and being repulsed by her, much like the emotions Stephen King’s character Carrie evokes in a person.

All in all, if you have not watched Beast and are looking for a solid thriller, I would highly recommend this. It comes together well, and the bizarre journey that you undertake with the characters reels you in. The movie also leaves you thinking for quite some time after it, picking the characters and their actions apart, and it has been a while since I have seen something that did that.

October Blind Spot Review: The Descent (2005)

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the descent poster

“The noise she’s making, she’ll bring every one of those things down on her head.”
– Rebecca

SYNOPSIS: After a tragic accident, six friends reunite for a caving expedition. Their adventure soon goes horribly wrong when a collapse traps them deep underground and they find themselves pursued by bloodthirsty creatures. As their friendships deteriorate, they find themselves in a desperate struggle to survive the creatures and each other. – via IMDB

the descent

GRADE 5Ugh. Well, this happened. I know that there are a lot of people that I love and respect that are fans of this, but I am not impressed. This is probably the eighth time I have watched this, but I can finally say that I made it through! So, there is that at least. Outside of that? Goodness gracious me, this movie is slow. And for me to complain about that is something – I love a slow burn film, I do. But this film just made me want to sleep for days, luckily this time I did not give in to the temptation. It isn’t even a long film – it’s only about 97 minutes, but it feels like at least two and a half hours, which is insane. Moving on from that, I would love to know if Juno was banging Sarah’s husband before that tragic accident? It seems pretty obvious, he goes to her and not Sarah when they are done rafting, sharing too many intimate looks, and then the way Juno broke at the hospital and fled her friend – I think that is more about mourning the husband than commiserating with your bestie. Ick. The story also wasn’t groundbreaking, and I didn’t feel like it was perfectly set up to freak you out. Okay, so my other half joined about forty minutes in to this and had himself a few jumps and said it wasn’t an awful movie, but he got to miss that whole dreary startup that just dragged on and on. Also, I found this to be quite predictable, which was unfortunate. Then there is the whole concept of whatever these things were. I am glad that they didn’t delve into that too much, it means that there is still some mystery and keeps them scary. Another thing I didn’t like at all about this movie was the characters. For serial, there was not one I was really willing to back or like, except maybe Beth, but overall they were loud, annoying, whinging and silly to boot. I really just wanted more. I really wanted something that was going to thrill me, something that would just get me properly, I was hoping that if I made it through this film I would finally understand the love for it. Well, let me tell you, this movie didn’t do anything for me, although I still liked it more than Children of Men, so there is that at least.