Tag Archives: Brendan Gleeson

28 Days Later

15 Apr

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Director Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later is an original zombie thriller that brings a human element to an apocalyptic-like situation. A group of animal activists release monkeys infected with a highly contagious virus that causes the host to lose all control. Quickly, the virus spreads across Great Britain and twenty-eight days later almost everyone is infected or dead. In 2002, Boyle’s interpretation of the infected humans changes the genre on its head and sprints its way into the horror fans’ imagination. The methodical slow-walking zombies of the past are virtually “dead” compared to Boyle’s ultra-aggressive zombies. 28 Days Later has spawned a number of imitations over the years, but nothing has matched the realistic approach Boyle gets from using hand-held cameras to invite audiences into the character’s environment as one of the final survivors. Cillian Murphy (Jim) high cheek bones and ice blue eyes are perfect fit and Boyle’s independent and international perspective creates a lean, mean film about human survival.

WORD COUNT: 158

Adam’s Grade: B+

Chuck’s Grade: B

Braveheart inspires

3 Nov

Mel Gibson has become a controversial figure over the past few years, but you cannot ignore his body of work as an actor and a director. In 1995, Gibson was at the height of his career when he directs, produces, and stars in his epic tale of William Wallace, a Scottish patriot who fought for his country’s freedom against English tyranny.  Although the historical accuracy of Braveheart is marginal at best, the film is a great adventure story that captured the imaginations of audiences (except the British) with a perfect blend of action, romance, and humor.

The film’s production value has not diminished a bit over the years. The large-scale battles are well choreographed and remind older generations of great films, such as Spartacus and The Battle of Waterloo. Gibson’s charismatic speeches heightens the film’s heroism and his climatic final words inspires people from all walks of life  to look in the mirror and be grateful for their FREEDOM.

WORD COUNT: 158

Adam’s Grade: A-

Chuck’s Grade: A

In Bruges

11 Oct

For me, writer/director Martin McDonagh’s ‘In Bruges’ was the most underrated film of 2008. He creates a rich and textured script with memorable characters. Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson play Ray and Ken, Irish hit men who are ordered by their boss to lay low in Bruges, Belgium due to a hit gone wrong. While in Bruges, Ken takes a liking to the city, while Ray finds it repulsive. The stark contrast of beauty and ugliness is what appealed to me.

The film has a perfect blend of drama and dark comedy. Farrell and Gleeson’s chemistry are in sync. I can’t say enough about McDonagh’s script because it truly is a breath of fresh air. The characters could have fallen into your typical hit men but he creates sympathetic characters with great depth. I admit the film is vulgar and has a dark theme, but its a unique visual experience that won’t be soon forgotten.

WORD COUNT: 154

Adam’s Grade: A-

Chuck’s Grade: N/A