Review (Part 2): The Pyramid

This was originally published at The Edge SUSU on December 15th 2014. 

The Pyramid is a found footage farce that words can only fail to articulate. It tells the story of some archaeologists and a documentary crew, who investigate a pyramid that, for reasons scarily explained, is really special and apparently different from any other pyramid. The narrative messily tangles together something about a curse, a virus and a hell of a lot of darkness.If you were expecting a more coherent plot synopsis, don’t – the film won’t clue you in anymore than that just did. The found footage aesthetic is inconsistent, to say the least. It’s one of those found footage films which manages to stick to a pretense of coming from primarily one camera, whilst simultaneously having multiple lines of action edited together, a musical score and… an aerial shot from space. Continue reading

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Blu-Ray Review: Godzilla (2014)

This was originally published at The Edge SUSU on November 4th 2014.

What happens when you take a director with a love and reverence for Spielberg classics Jaws, Jurassic Park and Close Encounters of the Third Kind and mix it with the trauma fulled intensity of the 1954 original Toho Godzilla? In Gareth Edwards’ stunning follow up to his lo-fi debut Monsters, the 2 influences converge to create one of the most misunderstood mainstream films of recent memory. Continue reading

Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

This was originally published at The Edge SUSU on July 20th 2014.

Continuing a stellar summer season is Matt Reeves’ follow up to 2011’s hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Picking up 10 years after Rise, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes takes us to a post-apocalyptic world in which the Simian flu introduced at the end of the last film has wiped out the majority of the human race. Meanwhile hyper-intelligent chimpanzee Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his genetically advanced ape following have established their own peaceful society out in the woodlands, away from the remaining human survivors. However, when ape and human finally come into contact for the first time in years, tensions begin to rise and war seems inevitable, despite the efforts of individuals on both sides to maintain the peace. Continue reading