mercredi 27 avril 2016

He Never Died — It's not slick, but this violent modern fantasy is fantastic — 9*/10

  • Story: Great ideas. Absolutely and completely absorbing. The intrigue makes the whole movie. You keep asking yourself: "Who is he?" You're kept in murky waters as confusing events unfold. However, when you get the answer, what happens? Is it over? No, but then You just start wondering: "Where is this going? Why is this even happening?" Basically, you never stop wanting to know more. Simple and quick action scenes with a good punch. Plus, you even get to laugh some.
  • Setting: Average city, below average citizens and criminals. Very few people all in all.
  • Style: Dark, violent, gory, everyday modern fantasy. Quite surprising.
  • Pacing: Slow to start, but it quickly grows sustained.
  • Ending: An end that's not really an end is close to absolute genius not only because it's so unusual, but also because it's close to reality without being boring. I can only applaud.
  • Dialogs: Superb. In a dark way, even funny.
  • Characters: They don't have complex personalities, but they mingle, act and interact to form an almost perfect symphony. An incredible melange of sarcasm, incredulity and realistic reactions that form the core of this film. I loved the main character and the waitress, they made me laugh out loud.
  • Acting: Right on the note. They keep the whole tone of the movie exactly where it's supposed to be. Can't ask for more.
  • Known actors: Henry Rollins.
  • Visuals: Dark. Gritty. Perfect.
  • Special Effects: Nicely done, close to seamless. Nothing to be wowed about, though.
  • Score: Great.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Entertainment value: Excellent, even if it's visibly a bit low budget.
  • Who is it for? I'll admit it's not for everyone. However, everyone should give it a try if they don't mind violence, certainly anyone looking for something dark and refreshing in the fantasy movie world.