Let the Right One In, Ip Man and Severance

Severance is an interesting movie.  One part goofy office comedy, one part suspenseful horror, one part action.  Each act in the movie was distinctly different, but none of them were particularly good.  The movie wasn’t bad, per se, it was just very mediocre throughout the whole movie.  None of the characters were likable enough to make the comedy endearing, or for the build up in the second act to be extremely dramatic or for the action sequence at the end to be very thrilling.  The other major problem was that I knew what was going to happen — If I had thought Severance was just a comedy, it would be pretty scary… but the end result was a movie extremely by-the-numbers movie.

Speaking of expectations ruining a movie, I really wish I hadn’t heard about Let the Right One In.  The movie was interesting, but the build up was wasted because I had already known too much about it.  If you haven’t heard of Let the Right One In, just watch it.  I won’t talk about the plot, but I do have to say the casting was great: It was extremely non-Hollywood looking.  All of the actors looked like real people, not models… which makes the remake even less enticing.

Ip Man also didn’t have a particularly interesting plot.  It’s the classic Chinese vs. Japanese plot:  One man changing the entire society.  But, it’s a martial arts movie, the plot is not the point of the movie.  The action is the point, and the action was pretty amazing.  Unlike Raging Phoenix, it was an extremely conventional martial arts movie.  No drunken boxing, no comedy, just good, old fashioned action.  Donnie Yen is amazing.  Go see him, now.

Sorted from best to worse:

  1. Ip Man
  2. Raging Phoenix
  3. Let the Right One In
  4. Gamer
  5. Severance
  6. Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever
  7. Croupier
  8. Gene Generation
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