Tag Archives: Neil Marshall

The Descent: What are friends for?

12 Jul

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Most people fear something and The Descent delivers a fright. It is plain scary. Who would have guessed a British horror film would be one of the creepiest films to date. Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) is invited by her friends to explore a cave in the mountains. A rock falls and blocks the spelunkers from leaving. With limited supplies, the tension among the friends rise, but things get much worse when a savage breed of creatures show up.

Neil Marshall has created a movie that dwells on several different fears: claustrophobia, darkness, and the fear of the unknown. The direction and cinematography are executed in a way that captures the fear and reveals the characters going through an array of emotions. Unfortunately, the acting is average and the banal first act prevents it from becoming an all time classic. However, The Descent will scare you and it is great to recommend to one of your unsuspecting friends. What are friends for?

WORD COUNT: 160

Adam’s Grade: B

Chuck’s Grade: N/A

Centurion breaks the chain of command

2 Dec

Centurion

The film opens with a shirtless Michael Fassbender running through the snow for his life. By the end of the movie I wished he had died in the snow because I did not feel any empathy for him at all. Writer/Director Neil Marshall’s story revolves around a Roman officer that has escaped the deadly clutches of the Picts, only to find himself running back to where he first began, in order to rescue a Roman General. Actually, I was more interested in how the ruthless female Pict tracker Etain (Olga Kurylenko) was going to kill the Roman soldiers than hoping these men survived or not. The ironic thing about Kurylenko’s character is that she is mute, which is probably the main reason I enjoyed following her killing spree because she was all business. Although the script is flawed, Marshall does create a visually striking film at times that indicates there are better things to come from him.

WORD COUNT: 157

Chuck’s Grade: C-

Adam’s Grade: C-