Friday the 13th was a great homage to not just the orignal series that basically started a hybrid of horror films (Friday the 13th and Halloween are what basically started the slasher genre), but also all classic slasher films. A clever and entertaining genre that is able to still bank today. There are two different types of horror movies. Movies that try to scare you long after the films credits through mental terrorism (The Shining, Exorcist, Poltergeist) and slasher movies that just entertain you in a way that makes your heart pump, they try just to make you jumb out of your skin and make you wonder what you would do in a situation like this.
I don’t know why, but I was expecting a lot out of Friday the 13th. I was expecting a dark, moody, realistic homage to what make this genre watchable. Well, Friday the 13th wasn’t nearly as good as it could’ve been, but it also wasn’t nearly as bad as it could’ve been if it was directed by Rob Zombie or someone. The movie started off exactly how I would’ve hoped and if it kept that same momentum that it instilled in the first 25 minutes, I would’ve enjoyed this movie just as much as any of the classics. The first half hour of the movie brought with it such a dark and moody tone, I was loving every second, but I just couldn’t say the same about the rest of the movie except for the end.
If you love the genre as I do, you’ll think the movie was enjoyable at times, and most of all, you’ll love both the first thirty minutes and the last minute, but the rest won’t be nearly as good as it could’ve been. The rest of the movie followed the brother of one of the victims of the first 30 minute slaughter and a different group of rich attractive teenagers. This hour is the hour the brought the corny deaths, the corny lines, and the above all else, campiness that could’ve been avoided this time around, but wasn’t. This entire movie was full of parts that I love and parts that I hated so it was what it was, average, while it could’ve been exceptional.
There’s only one reason I saw this movie and that of course was Liam Neeson. He was the perfect pick and did a fantastic acting job, unfortunately I can’t say that about anyone else. I was expecting a lot more out of this movie, but what I got was highly predictable and unimaginative. They could’ve done a lot more with the simple plot, but instead just did what all films about basically the same plot do. Most might find the action in this movie entertaining, but I wasn’t amused by the many action scenes in the movie.
The movie had the simple plot of a daughter going on a vacation and getting kidnapped. Then her, ex-CIA agent, father goes on a quest to save her. Now a simple plot can sometimes be a lot more powerful then it seems, take No Country for Old Men example. This is not one of those movies. It was just like any one of the 50 Harrison Ford movies about the same thing except with a better actor thrown in. Now one of these stereotypical kidnapping movies haven’t come out in a while so the public was blind- sighted, but I was not very entertained. The only scenes I really fully enjoyed were the dialogue scenes involving Liam Neeson.
The ending was predictable as everything else and the fact that the daughter didn’t show any signs of more affection towards her father a few days after being saved tells me the that this movie and especially the ending was not thought through very well. Well Taken was a decent film to start off the new year. Simple action plots are always good to start the year off, but there could’ve been a lot more to this one, with a great actor like Liam Neeson behind the project.
The first Inglorious Basterds Trailer was released today, which is amazing. This is Quentin Tarantino’s next movie and its my #1 for Most Anticipated of the Year I wanted to see this movie before any images or casting rumors were released. It’s a war movie by Quentin Tarantino, how could you not want to see that? I haven’t seen a good war movie come out in a while and Tarantino’s last movie was Death Proof, which was amazing in my opinion. This movie by the looks of the trailer looks nothing short of amazing, well here it is. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did: