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Devour

Devour is one of those movies that I saw because of who’s in it. This time, it’s Jensen Ackles because I’m a fan of Supernatural. I like that show because it’s the ghost & goblin version of the X-Files. When I saw the Devour DVD on the sales bin of Big Lots, I knew that it was worth the $3 or so to see the early works for Mr. Ackles.

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. Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki promoting Supernatural in Chicago.

Devour starts strong with a heart pounding sequence which immediately leads the viewer to question the main characters reality. Almost immediately he takes you down the path of his past. Soon after, you are introduced to his friends, one in particular who gets the ball rolling on the plot of the movie. When Jake Gray (played by Jensen Ackels) gets enrolled in an online game, his entire life begins to change.

This movie starts slow but then switches into overdrive without you even knowing. You find yourself questioning what is going on with the main character, what the game really has to do with anything, and how his friends and family play a part in everything. three-quarters of the way into the movie you start becoming aware of the religious undertones, none of which were mentioned in the first half of the movie. The ending was supposed to be a crazy twist, but I found it a little lackluster and boring.

Even though the acting wasn’t awful it couldn’t save the horrible story line of this movie. It seemed as if the plot was pieced together from an amalgamation of other horror films, but never really chose which one that it wanted to be.

Rating: ★★☆☆ 

October 8, 2011   No Comments

The Violent Kind Review

This was one of those movies that I saw because of a particular actor. In this case, it was for Taylor Cole who I immediately recognized from The Event. And I’m glad that she was the lead in the movie receiving plenty of screen time.

The movie description itself seemed interesting enough. Bikers and rockabilly demons. How bad can it be?

The Violent Kind was surprisingly well written and acted, but it left me often confused. There was a lot of action but very little overlying story line throughout the movie. We met the characters, learned their names, the circumstances surrounding their situation and the slightest bit of background. But that’s about it.

taylor cole in the violent kind

At first this movie could be seen as homage to Sons of Anarchy or another biker related movie, but when Cody, Q, and Elroy find themselves at a farm house in the middle of the woods things get weird. From there, it became a mix of, say, The Exorcist and The Strangers with a dash of Harry Potter.

Though I never quite knew exactly what was going on, I wasn’t really bored. But I did find the ending a little lack luster leaving the audience with an obligatory cliff hanger to a movie that never really explained itself in the first place. This movie is definitely unique and I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the horror genre.

Rating: ★★★☆ 

September 30, 2011   No Comments