Film Reviews by hF

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The Tunnel: Series 1

Copycat film of the Scandinavian epic 'The Bridge'

(Edit) 07/02/2016

I perhaps shouldn't review this as I only watched 20 minutes. It was 20 minutes wasted. I wanted to watch it as it is based on the same 'plot-line' apparently as the Scandinavian masterpiece The Bridge which has enthralled me.

This is a 'cheap' copy based in the channel tunnel with French / English detectives having to work together and dealing (surprise surprise) with issues of immigration - poorly acted, everything copied (from the female non-communicative detective changing her jumper in the office - to the car she drives) - Wikipedia classes it as a remake. There is evidently a Mexican / US series as a 'remake' too.

As I can understand both English and French (there are subtitles as well) it would have been 'easier' to watch as when watching the Scandinavian series at times I find it difficult to tell whether parts of the plot are set in Denmark or Sweden, as everything has to be read via subtitles. a Scandinavian person probably would speak one or both of the languages.

Don't waste your film club membership quota on this one!!

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The Source

Light on the surface but a very deep film

(Edit) 03/12/2013

A very enlightening film which although it has a comic playful touch at times is really a profound comment on changing values and attitudes to women in particular as social groups 'modernise' .

Some lovely visuals - never boring - and educational.

I'm glad to have watched this.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

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Sightseers

Definitely not a romantic comedy

(Edit) 28/09/2013

Billed as a romance and with a write-up implying quirky humour (and including some of my favourite locations such as the Crich tramway museum) I thought this sounded like a pleasant film about an odd couple caravanning. How wrong could I be?

Gratuitous extremely irrelevant violence - presented in an almost subtle way that initially made it feel funny but as it descended into a tale of psychopathic mayhem to laugh felt like colluding with a deeply humiliating situation. No sympathetic treatment of human frailties. Should be at least an 18 and have a write-up that tells the truth.

I cannot think who I could recommend this to. I only kept watching it hoping it would all turn out to be a dream or have an ending that explained the film, but it didn't.

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Incendies

Haunting and a profoundly shocking film

(Edit) 03/08/2013

The horrors of war through a family story. I felt like giving my life savings to Amnesty after watching this and had a disturbed night - I would rate it an 18 at least.

At first I found this a little tricky to watch - it moves swiftly between countries and then between different time periods and places in Lebanon, which is has unfamiliar history and geography to me.

I do hope this wasn't based on a true story as it is possibly one of the most disturbing films I have ever seen - it shows the ferocity of the 'civil' and religious wars that have raged in the Middle East for many decades, unrest that tears families apart and cruelty on an inhuman scale.

Do watch it.

Incendies should be compulsory viewing like Schindler's list is in schools.

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