Movie – It [REVIEW] – You’ll Float Too

IMDB Rating: 7,9/10
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Director: Andy Muschietti
Writer: Stephen King
Stars: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard


For some people, It is not unusual for someone who has never thought that this horror series does have previous versions that aired many years ago. 27 years ago exactly 1990 years ago, a TV mini-series from one of the best legendary novelist of all time Stephen King published one of his most scary novels and the most difficult to manufacture due to a complex story that contains ambiguity. If seen not as frightening as The Shining or other Stephen King horror novel, maybe this could be as interesting as horror movies in 2017.

Bill Skarsgård in It (2017)

“It,” tells about children in town of Derry always disappeared one by one because of the terror of a clown named Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) who is actually a demon that can change shape and appear every 27 years. In his action, Pennywise hunts a child by exploring their fears and phobias by entering their consciousness. The presence of Pennywise has led a band of children to join in searching for Pennywise presence which also happens to Bill Denbrough (Jaeden Lieberher) who is curious because his younger brother has suddenly disappeared.

It is a movie that can be said this film is a film with a very deep impression, especially for those who love the horror-themed movies. Indeed when compared with 1990 version will be worse by 2017, when compared with the use of costumes, visual effects, and others. Andy Muschietti created a version of himself that also all worked very effectively and never far from the original source. Andy Muschietti even make things improve compared with previous versions.

Wyatt Oleff, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Chosen Jacobs in It (2017)

It tends to emphasize more of the traumatic and fearful sides of our childhood that the audience never imagined. Intelligently, this film injects with a combination of light-dark modd which is fairly smooth. The impression is fairly creepy but presented with a very cold. There are a lot of flaws that exist in this film mainly visual effects and cinematography that looks a little defective, the story of this film is also spelled out very thick like the movie Stand By Me and Stranger Things. Just a collection of bully, very weak children, the romance of children, bromance, and their curiosity about the mysteries that surround them. It not only keeps its audience focused on the horror theme but it brings more personal touches such as fear of loneliness, bullying, racism, sexual harassment, and so on. But of course this movie is packed so well that there is no explicit element.


Overall, It is not an adaptation of Stephen King’s best novel when compared to The Shining or The Thing. But, hopefully the director has tried to make a version that is very clear and much better than previous versions. The Dark Tower also lost when compared with this film. In fact, both films are also the result of the adaptation of Stephen King. It manages to create a masterpiece that everyone can watch.

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Anime – Monster [REVIEW] – To Unravel The True Identity

MyAnimeList Rating: 8,69/10
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Police, Psychological, Seinen, Thriller
Studios: Madhouse
Author: Naoki Urasawa
Seiyuu: Nozomu Sasaki, Hidenobu Kiuchi, Tsutomu Isobe


Finally, I finished watching this anime. This anime is roughly needed of immense patience as this is an anime Thriller. If you don’t understand from the beginning and continue in the next episode, you will never understand the story of this anime and already on sure, you will feel bored with wanting to drop this anime. Anime like Monster is my favorite anime and also other similar anime. For the first time, this anime is an anime that makes me tense myself, a little smile, and somehow it feels full of fear. Although this isn’t an action anime, Monster is an anime with the most complex Thriller story. Previously, I’ve written this first impression anime. So if you are still confused with the existing synopsis, you can see it here.

“Monster,” tells about Kenzou Tenma (Hidenobu Kiuchi), a genius surgeon trapped in a serial murder committed by Johan Liebert (Nozomu Sasaki). Johan is a child who was rescued by Kenzou because of a gunshot in his head. Kenzou just realized that Johan is someone who has a devil inside. Kenzou just realized entangled in the case of serial murder charges that make him have to be a fugitive and around Germany to find a Monster that he has regretted reviving a Monster.

The core of this story focuses on one such character named Johan. In each case and the mystery that you will encounter in this anime will eventually return to one person named Johan. Although this anime has a very simple story, the plot is so complicated that the story is quite developed in every episode. Each episode also makes the audience will be curious at each end of the episode because the plot-twist provided in each episode isn’t much different from other Thriller anime.

Tenma

Author of this anime is Naoki Urasawa. He is a very brilliant mangaka in developing the results of his work in addition to Monster. Manga he ever made other than Monster that is 20th Century Boys, Pluto, and Yawara!. I’ve watched the 20th Century Boys movie on a television. If I’m not mistaken, 20th Century Boys is also a movie with a unique story even though I didn’t see it from start to finish. Back to Monster, Naoki Urasawa makes a story very much different from other serial killer stories. Each episode will always have story development as well as many characters other than Tenma so as to make a story look more presentable and whole.

Johan

This anime has a mystery genre and thriller and there is a little horror. In moments of tension, there are so many explicit themes including dead bodies lying in blood, inhumane violence, child buying, prostitution, suicide, and other adult themes. Although this anime looks impressive spooky, I think this anime show some original human nature that always happens in real world. This anime also displays the look of characters that look different like fugitives, psychopaths, thieves, and others. Kenzou is someone who is in a situation that makes him a fugitive. Although Kenzou is considered a fugitive on false charges, he still remains calm in clearing his name to search for a Monster.

The setting of the place taken from this anime is also so unique that it coincides in Germany and Czechoslovakia after the wall of Berlin collapsed. Some story also tells a glimpse of the cold war that occurred in parts of Eastern Europe. All the settings took almost the whole take place in Europe although Kenzou is also just a character of Japanese own nationality. So, maybe some people think that this anime is made in Europe even its Manga though also very similar.

Johan And Kenzou

Art and Sound from this anime are also very supportive. For anime like Monster is also very good in the Art section even though this is a classic anime. Meanwhile, Sound of the anime is also very supportive of the theme and atmosphere of his anime. Just like opening Cowboy Bebop entitled ‘Tank!’ by The Seatbelts supports themes from Cowboy space, Monster also uses a magic touch in the opening track. Although only instrumental, ‘Grain’ by Kuniaki Haishima is a very supportive opening theme thriller and mystery. Likewise with the ending entitled ‘For The Love of Life’ by David Sylvian and ‘Make It Home’ by Fujiko Heming.


Overall, the manga itself was also awarded in the Excellence Prize at the 1st Japan Media Arts Festival in 1997. A masterpiece made by Naoki Urasawa is a masterpiece that you shouldn’t miss. Fans of Naoki Urasawa or anime with thriller and psychological are also perfect for you to watch even, you can also watch this anime whatever you don’t like anime.

Movie – The Imitation Game [REVIEW] – Unlock The Secret, Win The War

IMDB Rating: 8,1/10
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Director: Morten Tyldum
Writer: Graham Moore
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode


Alan Mathison Turing is a computer professor and mathematician from England. He is someone who managed to change some algorithms by using a Turing Machine that was formerly called Enigma code. Turing is also referred to as the father of computer professor theory and Artificial Intelligence. Today, Turing Machine we know is referred to as ‘Computer’ or Gadget which is the beginning of the birth of the computer during the second world war.

“The Imitation Game,” based on true story of Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch). In 1941 during the Second World War, Alan Turing joined a secret mission ruled by the British Empire. He is also graduated from Cambridge University and very fond of breaking the secret code he has loved since his teens. The secret mission is to break the German Enigma code. This code contains messages that are very difficult to solve. Enigma code is used as a command message from the Nazi German army that became the main enemy of England. So Alan Turing and his team of encryption experts have to decode messages that have the possibility of 159 trillion codes each day.

Matthew Goode

“The Imitation Game” has presented a movie that has become complete in it. In addition, this film is also lifted from a real story that plots exactly same from the original story. Of course in it, no story is exaggerated. Alan Turing sparked a machine that resulted in many conflicts, histories, secret conspiracies, and also the great secrets of an Alan Turing.

Benedict Cumberbatch

Thanks to Morten Tyldum, a director in this film who chose to the real actor that is perfect for this movie. Benedict Cumberbatch is a man who acts as Alan Turing and also his British accent that looks thick and the mysterious person of Alan Turing. He successfully illustrates how an Alan Turing is. Because of his acting, not a lot of audiences who carried the atmosphere of his acting. Starting from the very arrogant, until someone who is always emotional to cry.

There are so many moral messages are presented in this film. One of them is:

“Sometimes it’s the very people who don’t imagine something of who do the things no one can imagine.”

Which means a person always assumes that the thing he did it can. In fact, he is regarded as someone who always saw it was in vain. And also most often Turing said in this movie:

“Do you know why people like violence? It’s because it feels good.” Humans find violence deeply satisfying But remove the satisfaction, and the act becomes… hollow.”

Which means someone always makes a chaos everywhere but only for his own sake and his pleasure.


Overall, this film has won 45 awards and successfully become one of the best biography movies in 2014. This film is also recommended to all who like drama or biography movies.

 

Movie – Premium Rush [REVIEW] – Ride Like Hell

IMDB Rating: 6,5/10
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Director: David Koepp
Writer: John Kamps
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez

How about a movie that’s about someone who’s being chased by the police and using a bicycle? Perhaps, it is very rare to get a movie like that. But this movie says “no”. Someone who used a bicycle while he was chased again by police on the highway. Moreover, if riding fixie bikes are pretty hard. I once rode a fixie bike and it was pretty hard for a regular bike. Moreover, if the speed can be up to 5-6 gear.

Hero

Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a bike courier in Manhattan. A bicycle courier service is needed in Manhattan because an item can deliver up very quickly and immediately. Wilee is very different from other couriers. If some bike couriers use bikes with 5 to 6 gear with brakes, Wilee prefers Fixie bikes with gear 1 without brakes but has a great speed. Passing urban Manhattan at incredible speed, Wilee suddenly receives a mysterious package requested by his ex-friend named Nima (Jamie Chung). Wilee was even being chased by a corrupt policeman named Bobby Monday (Michael Shannon) to hand his an envelope.

This film is very clear because it focuses on the Thriller genre filled with scenes of the chase. The only difference, the theme he raised about a bicycle courier who was chased by the police. When compared to fixie bikes with mountain bikes, I better choose mountain bikes. The fixie bike requires us to pedal the bike incessantly, while the mountain bikes are not. In this film, Joseph Gordon-Levitt shows his skill how a person is pedaling a bicycle with wind speeds to avoid using brakes.

Wilee

This film has a very dark impression and very bleak like other Thriller movies. Cinematography used is High-key lighting, style with very bright and bright depiction. Due to the high-key lighting, the aura of the Thriller film is not felt at all. However, David Koepp managed to set the course of the film to be very tense for the audience. The use of the camera is also very smooth when following the fast speed of movement Wilee so that the audience will be carried as if was on a bicycle as well.

Premium Rush uses a nonlinear storyline. The plot is what makes this film also has a little thriller sensation. The audience will initially be shown a scene where Wilee crashed into a taxi and was badly injured. Since then, the story will reverse how Wilee got caught in the event. The storyline of this film is very similar to Reservoir Dogs or other non-linear films. But I can say this movie is very similar to Reservoir Dogs.


Car

Overall, for you Action-Thriller fans I would suggest watching this movie. Especially for fans who really like the nonlinear film. The film is also arguably still has shortcomings, especially the storyline that looks simple. However, his cinematography masks the deficiency. So, this movie is very interesting and entertaining to watch.

Movie – Now You See Me [REVIEW] – The Closer You Look, The Less You’ll See

IMDB Rating: 7,3/10
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Director: Louis Leterrier
Writer: Ed Solomon, Boaz Yakin, Edward Ricourt
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Common, Mark Ruffalo

Caper Story is a crime-themed fictional story but is focused on a criminal from planned by a group of criminals with their own specialties and uniqueness. Most films with themes like this usually use a perspective in terms of the perpetrators rather than the point of view of the police. Caper stories generally show other elements of their own criminals that will be interesting to watch.

One of the best capers story films in history is the 1955 “Riffi” ​​that gained success in those days. It so rare now to get a movie with a caper story theme. But, “Now You See Me” is a film that has its own uniqueness. What makes it unique? Magic. In this film, you will be under a criminal act that makes the audience cheated.

“Now You See Me,” tells about of four street magicians who have their own uniqueness in demonstrating their magic tricks. Suddenly, they are regrouping with a mysterious person through a card they receive. Initially, they had a thought that they were being mocked. Until after successfully solving a puzzle contained in an apartment, they found a magic show that can bring popularity to their name.

“Now You See Me” is a film that has its own interests. One of that is the elements of a magic that became the main theme. Not many films have a magic theme for years now. Sharing things like the use of these four magicians is very interesting. They use magic as a thing to rob a bank.

The duration of this film may be very short, so the main focus of the film is too directed to the crime. This film is not able to provide a complete and deep picture of the characters. The characters seem to appear just like that so there is no characteristic of the characters, both protagonists, and antagonists.

Although like that, this film still has some void in its plot, the scenes presented are still able to entertain the audience. By showing the show of magic and crime, this film is able to make the audience interested in watching. I also want to tell you those who haven’t watched the movie. The closer you see it, the less you will be seen in front of it.

Monster [FIRST IMPRESSION]

What the fuck is this? So, maybe this is a new category and the first time I write a theme that discusses “The First Impression.” First Impression is kind of the first impression after watching one episode of an Anime or TV Series. You could say similar to a review, but this is different because it only explains the first impression, not overall. If I finish, then I will review it. So, you could say this idea came just like that.

If you are a fan of the 20th Century Boys manga, maybe you will not be foreign to this manga. The manga itself appeared in Big Comic Original magazine from 1995 to 2001. While, the animation itself was broadcast on April 6, 2004.

“Monster,” tells about Dr. Kenzo Tenma, a Japanese doctor who is full of achievements and considered the most genius doctor in Germany. He worked in Dusseldorf, Germany in the 1980s. However, he’s not happy with the political influence of treating his patients in the hospital where he works (Is like Nepotism). One day, there was an incident that brought twins named Johan and Anna in the hospital where Dr. Tenma works. Johan got a shot wound in his head and Anna suffered a mental illness that made him a shock. Surgery to save Johan can only be done by Dr. Tenma. Whereas, Dr. Tenma himself decided to take care of Johan rather than a politician who had an accident.

Just one word I can explain to this anime, awesome. If I think Steins;Gate is the best thriller anime, then ‘Monster’ might be able to keep up. Very rarely got anime thriller genre like this. Perhaps, for now, it seems to be gone, or maybe I just don’t know. From the very gloomy atmosphere, the opening and ending are very bleak, to the story that makes every episode curious. Its adult-focused character, to the plot that raised about the murder of psychopaths, is one of the uniqueness of this anime.

Movie – The Sixth Sense [REVIEW] – Not Every Gift Is A Blessing

IMDB Rating: 8,1/10
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Writer: M. Night Shyamalan
Stars: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette

Recently, M. Night Shyamalan has made a very popular thriller this year titled Split. But, who would have thought that “The Last Air Bender” (2010) and “After Earth” (2013) was the worst films of all time and so boring? Back to 18 years earlier, “The Sixth Sense” was the most successful thriller and plot-twist of the year.

Haley

“The Sixth Sense,” tells about Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) is celebrating his success with his wife, Anna (Olivia Williams), for receiving his dedication award as a child psychology field. In the middle of the celebration, the joy of happiness only lasts a moment. A young man suddenly appeared from inside the bathroom entering through his bedroom window. The young man knew Dr. Crowe, but Dr. Crowe forgot who the boy was. Recalling who the young man was, he was a former patient. Shortly thereafter, the young man fired his pistol right at him. Crowe put him down and the young man also shot himself.

 

Elsewhere, Dr. Crowe also has another pediatric patient named Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment). Cole has a closed personality, no friends, and he thinks a lot of people call him “weird”. One day, Dr. Crowe came to visit Cole’s house, which he alone shared with his mother, Lynn (Tony Collette). At first, Cole was a bit awkward with Dr. Crowe is always following him everywhere. Dr. Crowe felt obliged to help because, like the other boy he handled, Cole had a psychological problem. On the sidelines of his business he handles Cole, Dr. Crowe also took the time to visit his wife. From the frequent Cole met Dr. Crowe, making them both more familiar and open to each other. Until finally, Cole made a confession to Dr. Crowe that he often sees the dead walking like a living person, or in other words is a ghost. Does Cole see that it is really a ghost or just a phenomenon psychologically?

“The Sixth Sense” has a slow plot, but it’s still interesting to watch. The film is reminiscent of Stanley Kubrick’s movie “The Shining” which almost has the same story and psychological horror elements that look same. The main point of this film is the plot-twist that Shyamalan made. Shyamalan hopes, with the ending twist viewers feel the sensation of extraordinary after the audience made “cheated” in the ending that never before thought by the audience. If you stay focused on this movie plot, then you guys are successfully tricked by this movie. However, if you are very unfocused by the plot of this film, maybe one of you can guess the ending from the beginning of the movie.

Movie – No Country For Old Men [REVIEW] – Can You Guess?

IMDB Rating: 8,1/10
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director: Ethan Coen
Writer: Joel Coen
Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin

“Good or bad movie can be seen from the character of his evil character.” Roger Evert, film critics. The word refers to this film directed by the Coen brothers, “No Country For Old Men.” When watching this movie, made me half-dead thinking. In fact, that ending is what people say is the most boring ending ever. Because a highly anti-climactic ending makes some people think that this movie isn’t quality. Why?

“No Country For Old Men,” tells about a drug deal that goes wrong. This transaction will determine the fate of three main characters. Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin), a former Vietnam veteran who discovered the money of the transaction, Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem), a psychopath who escaped from police and intends to take it back, and Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones), an old sheriff Tracking them both in hopes of saving Moss.
The film takes place in Texas in the 1980s. The impression of the arid western region of America, barren, can not be separated from the laws of nature, the strong is the win, the weak can only succumb. It could be this movie is a source of inspiration from some other cowboy films. Although like that, this film isn’t the western genre.

If in a western movie featuring a fight between good and bad, then “No Country For Old Men” is a film that doesn’t show that stereotypes. In this movie, you can’t guess which one is good and which is bad. Then, who is the good and the bad?

When viewed from the perception outside, Chigurh is the bad guy. Though he’s a murderer, he does not do it blindly. He has high principles, even he determines people’s lives based on coin tosses. A murderer who has his own code of conduct kills mercilessly but still keeps himself from being stained with blood.

While Moss is a very difficult character to guess. He has a very ambitious and stubborn nature. But, he is also very worried about his wife’s safety. As a veteran, he still has high self-esteem. Despite that, he is still being hunted by several people.

Tom Bell is not an ideal character. In a way, Tom Bell is the person in the comfort zone. He doesn’t seem to want to come face-to-face with Chigurh. Therefore, he always left behind step by Chigurh and Moss. Tom Bell can be defined as someone who is no longer accepted by the world that he can’t understand.

Coen brothers re-raised their successful theme through “Fargo” into this movie. Pessimism and nihilism were handed down directly by Cormac McCarthy who writes the novel and became the most successful film of the year.

Some audience feels very disappointed with this movie. One of them is a very anti-climactic ending. Coen brothers don’t seem to want to show the side of the moral message or something. In fact, this film is a film that is very similar to our daily reality of life.

Movie – Kill Bill: Vol.1 [REVIEW] – The Bride Awakens

IMDB Rating: 8,1/10
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah

Quentin Tarantino, a figure highly admired by many people who love the movie especially myself. Pulp Fiction is a masterpiece artwork and makes him famous for this movie. In addition, Kill Bill is also a masterpiece full of blood splashes. With her favorite actress, Uma Thurman, who cast a role in the Pulp Fiction movie, now cast a role in this film with two parts.

“Kill Bill: Vol.1,” tells the story of an ex-mercenary woman being pregnant and nearly killed at the hands of her own lover and her friends on the day of her marriage. During the movie, we only knew as “The Bride” (Uma Thurman). Four years into a coma, she awakens and promises to kill everyone who slaughtered him. The assassins incorporated in The Deadly Viper Assassination Squad consist of Elle Driver (Dary Hannah), O-Ren-Ishii (Lucy Liu), Vernita Green (Vivica A. Fox), and Budd (Michael Madsen). Her own lover Bill (David Carradine) is the boss of a gang of assassins.

Anime Sequence

“Kill Bill: Vol.1” presents some bloody revenge plots of action. The sadistic scene in this movie is the main attraction in this movie. The Bride who has a frightening figure and cut off his enemies makes the audience into emotion and blood rise. As always, the film will be divided into chapters by chapters like novels and non-linear plots. The film also inserts a few minute anime sequences that tell about the bleak life of O-Ren. Some scenes that suddenly became black and white is a very memorable scene. Artistic cinematography, cool soundtrack, and modern classic style that is certainly very epic and far from the mainstream word.

Although I think there is a very unreasonable scene, this movie is a movie that you must watch if you like the action of blood. Great movie you can’t miss.

Movie – Reservoir Dogs [REVIEW] – The Quentin Tarantino Debut

IMDB Rating: 8,3/10
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen

Quentin Tarantino is known for a very genius-man. By introducing non-linear films that incorporate a dark-comedy, soundtrack that we often hear everywhere, violent scenes with blood everywhere, and some other things that he owns. This film is the first debut film of Quentin Tarantino and plays it also in it. Tarantino loves to present some great actors like Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman.

Reservoir Dogs

“Reservoir Dogs,” tells about eight men who were breakfast while talking about the song “Like A Virgin” by Madonna. Six of the eight are unknown and have only an alias name that is Mr. White (Harvey Keitel), Mr. Orange (Tim Roth), Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen), Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi), Mr. Blue (Eddie Bunker), and Mr. Brown (Quentin Tarantino). Two others are Joe Cabot (Lawrence Tiemey) and his son “Nice Guy” Eddie (Chris Penn). They plan to rob a diamond shop at the behest of Joe Cabot. After interspersed slow motion scene as an introduction to his character, we will begin to be invited to watch the non-linear plot of Tarantino. No scenes of robbery even audiences invited directly to see Mr. White and Mr. Orange is badly injured by being shot into a warehouse where they gather. From there the audience can find out that robberies don’t match what they are planning. After that, come Mr. Pink, who believes that one of them betrayed and leaked the robbery to the police. Then, start a scene of suspicion and anxiety between them.

Tarantino is great at putting together his story plot because he also slipped a sort of flashback that was divided into three parts: Mr. White, Mr. Blonde, and Mr. Orange. Each of them tells the background of each character and how they can join. Reservoir Dogs store many of the most memorable scenes so people can remember. One of them is the slow motion scene which is the coolest scene. Michael Madsen also performed best on this movie because some of his scenes that tortured the police were crazy.

As I said, robbery isn’t shown at all. So, the audience can only imagine what happened and how chaotic the robbery. The main highlight of this film is also a debate that occurs because of mutual suspicion. This film also is filled with many surprises that can actually be created as a debt and easy to remember.

Behind the scene of violence, this film also has elements of friendship and loyalty is very thick where the human conscience is always selfish. Even within the group, there is a conflicting dilemma. “Reservoir Dogs” is the first work of Tarantino’s debut and also as a film that makes a masterpiece entitled “Pulp Fiction”. Actually, the Tarantino movies I’ve watched so far are Pulp Fiction, Inglorious Basterds, and Kill Bill Series.