Time for movies again. ‘The Gallows’ and ‘Dragon Blade’ this weekend.


My dad went to Penang this weekend, and so I’m getting unusually more alone and bored at home. With nothing else to do, I have to turn to movies to get over the free and ’empty’ time I have in the weekend. Watching movies is always my hobby and it’s a form of great entertainment to get myself stress-free in preparation for another look week ahead in works. This weekend, I had two new movies (both released this year), and they are ‘The Gallows’ and ‘Dragon Blade’.

‘The Gallows’ is an American supernatural horror film shot using found footage approach. The plot; 20 years after a horrific accident during a small town school play, students at the school resurrect the failed show in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy – but soon discover that some things are better left alone. It has quite a solid storyline with understandable depth and great execution. I always like the very surprising twist in this kind of horror film and ‘The Gallows’ didn’t disappoint on that one. However, I’m actually quite tired of the found-footage style already. The method looks great in ‘The Blair Witch Project’, but when many kept on using the same way to instill the same scary effect, it gets lousy.

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My next negative remark is that there are nothing really terrifying or haunting throughout the whole movie. Well, there are still some jump scares but are not enough to put us to chill. Furthermore, the hangman (the evil spirit) doesn’t look scary at all. Having the paranormal adventure in the school should be very exciting but this movie didn’t quite live up to that. On the other hand, I also find the character named Ryan very annoying. Well, usually this kind of movie would have this kind of character and that he/she will be killed off. And yup…same cliche observed in this movie. Despite the bad comments, the movie is still not a failure, thanks to the strong plot. It’s just too bad that the movie didn’t get further from its highly potential storyline. Anyway, I quite enjoyed this little horror movie and I would rate ‘The Gallows’ a total of 7.1.

Next up is ‘Dragon Blade’. It is a Chinese historical action film combining stars from both East and the West (Jackie Chan, John Cusack, Adrien Brody, etc). The plot: when corrupt Roman leader Tiberius (Adrien) arrives with a giant army to claim the Silk Road about 2000 years ago, Huo An (Jackie) teams up his army with an elite Legion of defected Roman soldiers led by General Lucius (John) to protect his country and his new friends. I didn’t have any interest nor any anticipation or expectation to this movie. However, after watching it, I felt glad that I did. It’s a great film that nears the epic level!

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The collaboration and chemistry between the unlikely cast from both East and West is there which is good for the movie. The battle scenes are awesome and particularly, Jackie Chan is as usual great again in stunts and action sequences. The intriguing culture clashes, budding bromances, positive messages (for peace mostly) and emotional moments also play a big role on putting the movie to my satisfaction and beyond. Everything looks alright and unexpectedly good. Besides that, the production and set design that requires immense effort is clearly fantastic too. Also not to forget some breathtaking visual effects and music in the movie. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Dragon Blade’ a total of 8.0. Wonderful movie! I only wondered why they named the movie ‘Dragon Blade’ as I find the title has nothing to do with the film.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

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