Film Reviews by DR

Welcome to DR's film reviews page. DR has written 17 reviews and rated 30 films.

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Journey's End

An exceptional First World War film

(Edit) 01/07/2019

This is a magnificent film, documenting the destruction of personality, the following of duty when fear and nerves have reached a breaking point in the trenches.

It does not follow the novel very closely, or the stage play, and is seen in its own right. The plot it is virtually the same as in the Royal Flying Corps drama "Aces High".

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Night of the Demon

Dated psychological thriller

(Edit) 03/04/2019

Considering the age of the film, the action scenes are well managed, although currently the appearance of the demon would be more terrifyingly anthropomorphic. The plot develops well, following from initial scepticism to final acceptance of the existence of the demon. The motives of the perpetrator are nebulous. His affluence is attributed to the demon, but the only group of enchanted people encountered seem miserably poor and unable to contribute much to his lifestyle. The origin and transfer of the runes to the intended victims was presented in a sketchy manner. Nevertheless this film maintains drama and excitement to the end.

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A Quiet Place

Intelligent sci fi

(Edit) 03/04/2019

An unusually well conceived science fiction thriller. A family is threatened by murderous blind anthropomorphic aliens having acute hearing. The challenges to each family member are well developed and they respond in credible ways. Essentially they must avoid making any noise. The use of weapons is very restricted, which makes this story exceptional among thrillers of this type.

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The Commuter

Intelligent thriller with interesting story line

(Edit) 16/11/2018

A very well acted thriller with good action shots and gripping revelations. Surreal events but an acceptable exercise in the improbable.

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A Monster Calls

Imaginative thriller with a serious theme

(Edit) 16/11/2018

An extraordinarily good film. Great special effects. A story that seems trivial at first, but develops in remarkable ways, providing unanswered questions that ultimately have a serious but beautiful resolution.

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Escape from the Third Reich

Vienna 1938 et seq

(Edit) 26/06/2018

This was not a good film. Its representation of smart society, moral decadence and political thuggery combined with newsreel clips contained too much hyperbole.

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Anti Matter

Unintelligible science fiction

(Edit) 26/06/2018

In an Oxford University setting, the conversation between the less than brilliant researchers was rapid and gabbled. A B-movie plot ensued.

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The Man Who Fell to Earth

Bowie is low key in this adaptation

(Edit) 31/12/2017

This film failed to capture the subtlety, power, and suspense of the novel.

Bowie's other-worldliness was directed as understated behaviour. The female lead was modified to cast a much younger woman, presumably to sex-up the story. Bowie can be very powerful, e.g. in Labrynth, when properly directed.

Bowie's dramatic arrival on earth was well handled, considering that the film dated from 1976. Shots of the family left behind were primitive however. Continuity was poor and the narrative too obvious.

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The Man Who Fell to Earth

Bowie is low key in this adaptation

(Edit) 31/12/2017

This film failed to capture the subtlety, power, and suspense of the novel.

Bowie's other-worldliness was directed as understated behaviour. The female lead was modified to cast a much younger woman, presumably to sex-up the story. Bowie can be very powerful, e.g. in Labrynth, when properly directed.

Bowie's dramatic arrival on earth was well handled, considering that the film dated from 1976. Shots of the family left behind were primitive however. Continuity was poor and the narrative too obvious.

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Beauty and the Beast

Dubious sequel to the 2004 cartoon version

(Edit) 10/10/2017

A disappointing sequel, it lost the charm of the original. The plot was largely given away, spoiling the suspense. The characters were unremarkable lacking any magic quality. The sound track retained some of the original music, but was generally inferior, the additions being out of place.

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Guernica

Unrealistic stereotypes engage in Spanish Civil War

(Edit) 10/10/2017

The action sequences were unconvincing. Drunken US war correspondent thrust into heroic role. A tired theme. Also, the sound track was not good.

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The Lesson

East European corruption well illustrated.

(Edit) 10/10/2017

A delightful film with convincing characters showing the dilemma of a woman forced to find a solution to her feckless husband's money problems. Working as a primary school teacher, she is at the same time trying to instil moral standards into an unruly class. There is much humour, realism and cynicism in this story.

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Secret in Their Eyes

A film without significant dialogue and with an unconvincing plot

(Edit) 03/01/2017

This film could have been made as a B-movie to some other production.

Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts have a poor dialogue to work with. Their cardboard-like characters gesticulate repetitively but add little of interest. The story is quite improbable. A contrived plot with much emotion but little else.

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Two Days, One Night

An employment drama

(Edit) 03/01/2017

This is a distressing film to watch, where a wife and mother with a mortgage contribution to make is threatened with dismissal from her employment. She is in a vulnerable psychological state. Selected for dismissal for having a poor attendance record, she must petition her fellow workers to forego the pay increase which, it has been promised, will accompany her departure. She seems quite unfit to work or fight for her job, but her husband is clearly going to put some backbone into her or else they will have to return to social housing.

The film is in French, and appears to be sited in Belgium, where unless things have changed in employment law and trade unionism, none of this could happen. So the plot seems contrived, but designed to show a heartening development.

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The Counsellor

Excessively lewd and sadistically violent drug smuggling drama

(Edit) 09/09/2016

The plot comes from a novel by Cormac McCarthy and in essence it should have been a good production, but it wasn't.

In the film, the story line is quite hard to follow. There is no sensible introduction, other than a lewd sex scene with no context or relevance. There is a denouement at which certain things become clear, but in the highjack of the drugs shipment it is difficult to understand whose operatives are at work, and what is the arrangement if any between the character played by Brad Pitt and anybody else.

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