Movie review for ‘The Hallow’ and ‘The Walk’ (2015)


I’m back from watching a nice movie called ‘The Walk’ just now with my friend. But before going towards a movie review for that, let’s allocate part of this post for a review of another movie I watched last week, ‘The Hallow’. ‘The Hallow’ is a horror film about a family who moved into a remote mill house in Ireland and finds themselves in a fight for survival with demonic creatures living in the woods. I like this kind of horror movie where a group of people get chased and murdered by some mysterious and ugly creatures. It reminds me of similar past horror titles like ‘Wrong Turn’ or ‘The Descent’ film series.

Eventhough ‘The Hallow’ couldn’t live up to that qualities of those film franchise, but it is still a great independent horror movie to watch. Eventhough this movie is not receiving wide release or attention, but it surprised me that the movie doesn’t look anything like B-rated at all. It has great characters, decent make-up to the ugly-looking creatures that look really realistic and terrifying, some thrilling actions and also unexpected strong family love display in this kind of movie. I’m particularly satisfied by its ending when the infected husband do actually protect his family while the wife is finally convinced by his husband’s words over which one is their real baby. Eventhough this is a movie that would not be a classic, but this should be set as a good example for future low-budget horror films. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘The Hallow’ a total of 7.0.

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Now, comes the movie review for ‘The Walk’, a film based on a true story of a high-wire French artist named Philippe Petit who recruits a team of people to help him realize his dream in 1974; to walk on wire across the void between the twin towers of the World Trade Center, New York City, USA. I’m amazed by how a simple plot like this could be translated into a two-hours long movie that is both intense and engaging. Well, before the movie, I expected what are the things that would be shown to me from this story, like probably many scenes from dizzying height, but the movie delivered more than that. It gives us the drama, it gives us proper story development, and it gives us beautiful and climax-reaching ending which is the popular stunt itself. It’s a nice movie and I’m impressed.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt contributed outstanding performance as Philippe Petit. I can say that he really put a lot of effort into his stunts (eventhough it’s all just green screen around him for the visual effects to come in) and also his mimicking French accent since the character is a French guy. His charm and his determination in the movie made you wanting to follow his dream eventhough knowing that it is a literally suicidal attempt. I do see him in past films as supporting roles, and knowing that he is a talented actor, I see big potential and future ahead for him in leading roles like this one. The other cast like Ben Kingsley also did quite well on their parts which are significant to bring Philippe to the success of his iconic stunt on the twin towers. Speaking of the twin towers, I’m amazed by the work of the visual effects on this movie that shown the majestic towers many times. It’s like bringing the World Trade Center back to life (on screen). And, even though everyone watching knows exactly what the film is building towards, the climactic sequence delivers everything you want and more. That particular scene of the final stunt is incredibly beautiful, meaningful and at the same time, intense and jaw-dropping.

This is certainly one of the best films I have watched this year so far. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘The Walk’ a total of 8.0. I do agree strongly to the statement by one of the critics to this movie from Rotten Tomatoes, ‘The Walk attempts a tricky balancing act between thrilling visuals and fact-based drama – and like its wire-walking protagonist, pulls it off with impressive élan (style)’. The movie is also a memory to the collapsed twin towers of the World Trade Center from the 911 tragedy.

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

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