Sunday, July 31, 2011

King Kong 2005

Released Year: 2005
Directed by Peter Jackson

Casted by:
Naomi Watts as Ann Darrow
Jack Black as Carl Denham
Adrien Brody as Jack Driscoll
Colin Hanks as Preston
Thomas Kretschmann as Captain Englehorn
In 1933, New York City vaudeville actress, Ann Darrow is hired by troubled filmmaker Carl Denham to star in his new movie with popular actor Bruce Baxter. Ann agrees when she learns her favorite playwright Jack Driscoll is the screenwriter. As the SS Venture sails to mysterious Skull Island, Ann and Driscoll fall in love. A warrant is out for Denham's arrest and Captain Englehorn begins having second thoughts about the trip. Despite his attempt to turn around, the ship is lost in fog and crashes into rocks encircling the island.

Denham and the crew explore the island and are attacked by its natives, who later kidnap Ann to sacrifice her to their god "Kong". Kong, a giant ape, takes Ann to his lair in the island's interior. As the filmmakers and the ship's crew search the island for Ann, they battle numerous dinosaurs, giant invertebrates, and other deadly and exotic dangers. Although the rescuers suffer many casualties, Denham wants to both rescue Ann and capture Kong as a way to save his job.

In Kong's lair, Ann is frightened of the ape at first but realizes that he is gentle and curious about her. She entertains Kong with juggling and dancing from the theater; they watch the sunset together; and she attempts to communicate with him using sign language. Driscoll interrupts Ann's befriending of the ape, and the ship's crew traps Kong as he chases them. Although Ann opposes Denham's plan, the ape is subdued with chloroform for the trip to New York, and Denham promises the crew that Kong will make them all rich.

Denham presents Kong — the Eighth Wonder of the World on Broadway, starring Baxter and an imprisoned Kong. Ann refuses to participate in the show, which sensationally recreates Kong's capture. Kong becomes enraged when he sees that the lead actress is not Ann, then breaks his chains after camera flashes anger him further. As the audience flees, Kong destroys the theater and wreaks havoc in Times Square before Driscoll lures Kong away. The ape and Ann reunite momentarily in Central Park, but they are interrupted by the military.

Kong climbs the Empire State Building with Ann in his grasp. Observing the dawn, Kong repeats the sign for "beautiful" that she used in his lair, causing Ann to realize his intelligence. Before she can attempt further communication, they are attacked. Kong battles the Army's Curtiss Helldivers on the summit of the observation spire. He is hit by several bursts of gunfire, and gazes at a distraught Ann before falling to his death. As Driscoll comforts Ann, hundreds of people run to Kong's body. A man tells Denham that the airplanes killed him, but he replies, "It wasn't the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast."
L² Scored: 9/10

L² Comment:
I never failed to watch this kind of epic film in the cinema. It was nice and exciting to watch it in the cinema with all those good sound systems and environment. Rewatching this film is a bit dragging for me actually, a film with 187 minutes, lol~ 3 hours~ gosh !!!

A remake of the same movie film 1933 (please dont confuse it with the 1976 version), Peter Jackson has managed to drag this film to another 1 more hour which is a bit boring at the beginning of the film.

The best part for me will be the time when King Kong fought with 2 dinos to save Naomi from getting eat up~ The giant insects are not bad too, and of coz yummy Adrien Brody is the main reason i rewatch this film~ :)

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Released Year: 2011
Directed by David Yates

Casted by:
Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter
Emma Watson as Hermione Granger
Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley
Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort
Alan Rickman as Severus Snape
Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange
Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore
As Lord Voldemort retrieves the Elder Wand from Albus Dumbledore's grave, Severus Snape has become Hogwarts' headmaster. Meanwhile, after burying Dobby, Harry Potter speaks with Griphook about breaking into Bellatrix Lestrange's vault at Gringotts bank, suspecting that a Horcrux may be hidden there. Griphook agrees to take Harry, Ron, and Hermione to the vault in exchange for the Sword of Gryffindor. Harry asks Ollivander, a wandmaker, to identify two wands they took from Malfoy Manor. Ollivander says they belonged to Bellatrix and Draco Malfoy, but Malfoy's wand has changed its allegiance to Harry.

At Bellatrix's vault, Harry discovers that the Horcrux is Helga Hufflepuff's Cup. He obtains the cup but Griphook steals the sword and abandons the trio, leaving them cornered by the alerted security. However, the three release the dragon guardian and flee. Harry has a vision of Voldemort killing Goblins, including Griphook, and learns that the Dark Lord has discovered the theft. Harry also learns there is a Horcrux at Hogwarts, that is in some way related to Rowena Ravenclaw. The trio apparate into Hogsmeade, which sets off an alarm. They are rescued by Aberforth Dumbledore, who instructs a portrait of his younger sister, Ariana, to fetch Neville Longbottom who leads the trio through a secret passageway into Hogwarts.

Snape hears of Harry's return and informs staff and students of the severe punishment for aiding Harry. Harry confronts Snape, who flees after Minerva McGonagall challenges him to a duel. McGonagall gathers the community of Hogwarts to prepare for battle. At Luna Lovegood's insistence, Harry speaks to Helena Ravenclaw. She reveals that Voldemort performed "dark magic" on her mother's diadem, which is in the Room of Requirement. Ron and Hermione go to the Chamber of Secrets, where Hermione destroys the Horcrux cup with a Basilisk fang. In the Room of Requirement, Draco Malfoy, Gregory Goyle and Blaise Zabini attack Harry, but Ron and Hermione intervene. Goyle casts a Fiendfyre curse and is burned to death, but Malfoy and Zabini are saved by the trio before destroying the Ravenclaw diadem. As the school is attacked by Voldemort's forces, Harry, during a trip into Voldemort's mind, realizes that his snake, Nagini, is the final Horcrux. After entering the boathouse, the trio witness Voldemort telling Snape that the Elder Wand cannot serve him until Snape dies, and has Nagini kill Snape. Before dying, Snape tells Harry to take his memories to the Pensieve. Meanwhile, in the chaos, Fred, Lavender, Remus, and Tonks are killed.

Harry learns from Snape's memories that Snape loved Harry's mother Lily, but despised his father James. Following her death, Snape agreed with Dumbledore to protect Harry from Voldemort out of his love for Lily. He also learns that Dumbledore's death at Snape's hands was planned between them. Harry learns that he became a Horcrux when Voldemort originally failed to kill him and that he must die in order to destroy the piece of soul within him. Harry goes to die at the hands of Voldemort in the Forbidden Forest. Voldemort casts the Killing Curse upon Harry, who finds himself in a strange limbo where Dumbledore meets him and explains that the part of Voldemort within Harry was killed by Voldemort's own curse. Harry, unwilling to die, decides to return to his body.

Voldemort announces Harry's death to everyone at Hogwarts, and that anyone who defies him will be killed. As Neville gives a speech, Harry reveals that he is alive. Neville draws forth the Sword of Gryffindor from the Sorting Hat, and as Harry begins his duel with Voldemort across the school, Neville decapitates Nagini, leaving Voldemort mortal. Voldemort is killed as the Elder Wand returns to Harry. During this time, Molly disarms and kills Bellatrix. After the battle, Harry explains that the Elder Wand had recognised him as its master because he had disarmed Draco at Malfoy Manor, who in turn had disarmed its previous owner, Dumbledore. Harry snaps the Elder Wand, rejecting its power. Nineteen years later, Harry and Ginny Potter, along with Ron and Hermione Weasley, watch proudly as their children leave for Hogwarts.
L² Scored: 8.5/10

L² Comment:
As mentioned many times, i'm not a huge fans of Harry Potter, but i watched all the movies in the cinema :) From when they are small until now, you can really see how they change in physically. But how about their career? Do three of the main actors get any better chance in their acting career? Not really that much but only fame of news.

Well, about the movie, i'm really happy it finally ends... phew~ but its a bit confusing as i don't really remember all the names of characters, mayb rewatching the old one will help. Anybody got the DVD?~

Friday, July 29, 2011

Ninja 2009

Released Year: 2009
Directed by Issac Florentine

Casted by:
Scott Adkins as Casey
伊原剛志 Tsuyoshi Ihara as Masazuka
肘井美佳 Mika Hijii as Namiko
Todd Jensen as Det. Traxler
伊川東吾 Togo Igawa as Sensei
A westerner named Casey, studying Ninjutsu in Japan, is asked by the Sensei to return to New York to protect the legendary Yoroi Bitsu, an armored chest that contains the weapons of the last Koga Ninja. But this has pissed off the sensei's student, Masazuka. Masazuka used his Ninja act to kill the sensei and try to grab the Yoroi Bitsu.

In New York, Masazuka joined force with a guy name Temple to chase after Casey & the sensei's daughter, Namiko. On an attack in the train, Casey & Namiko manaed to defeat their rivals but was arrested by the NYPD. While in the police station, Masazuka attacked and kidnap Namiko.

Casey went after and try to save Namiko. Casey wear the last Koga Ninja suit and fought with Masazuka. 2 ninjas fight against each other, but Namiko was hurt and dead. Casey remember he got a potion which can call back life and let Namiko drink it. Miracle happened and Namiko was alive again. In the end, Casey defeated Masazuka and slashed off his head with a Ninja knife.
L² Scored: 5/10

L² Comment:
The storyline is ok and the actors & actresses are fine as well, just that i'm not really drawn into the whole movie. This British actor Scott Adkins is so damn hot~ just look at his body, i bet your nose will bleed instantly :P

Kinda love the way Mika Hijii speak in english, very fluent and the way she pronounce is not bad too. I wonder how long does it takes her to train her english~ but anyway, i have googled, she's not very popular in the big screen, but you can see her in a few tv drama instead.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Released Year: 2005
Directed by Andrew Adamson

Casted by:
William Moseley as Peter Pevensie
Anna Popplewell as Susan Pevensie
Skandar Keynes as Edmund Pevensie
Georgie Henley as Lucy Pevensie
Tilda Swinton as Jadis, the White Witch
Liam Neeson as the voice of Aslan
James McAvoy as Mr. Tumnus
Ray Winstone voices Mr. Beaver
Dawn French voices Mrs. Beaver
During the Battle of Britain, in the suburb of Finchley near London, Great Britain, the Pevensie children, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, are endangered by an attack of numerous German Heinkel He 111 bombers. They are evacuated to the country home of Professor Digory Kirke.

While they are playing hide-and-seek, Lucy discovers a wardrobe and enters a wintry fantasy world called Narnia. She spends a few hours in the home of the faun, Mr. Tumnus, who explains that Jadis, the White Witch, cursed Narnia, and it has been winter for one hundred years. If a human is ever encountered, they were to be brought to her. Tumnus likes Lucy and cannot bring himself to kidnap her, so he sends her home. When she returns hardly any time has passed in the normal world, and nobody believes her story since that when they look in the wardrobe, it has a normal wooden back.

A few days later, Edmund follows Lucy into the wardrobe, meeting the White Witch and her dwarf Ginarrbrik. She offers him Turkish Delight as well as the prospect of becoming king if Edmund brings his brother and sisters to her castle. After she departs Edmund and Lucy meet again and return; Lucy tells Peter and Susan about the experience, but Edmund lies about it. The Professor talks with Peter and Susan; he does not understand why they do not believe Lucy's story and gives them three possible explanations of Lucy's behavior — madness, dishonesty and sincerity — the others know she is neither mad nor dishonest, so she must be telling the truth.

While running away from the housekeeper after accidentally breaking a window, the four siblings retreat to the wardrobe and enter Narnia. They discover Mr. Tumnus has been taken by the Witch's secret police and meet Mr. and Mrs. Beaver who tell them about Aslan. According to the beavers Aslan is on the move to take control of Narnia from the Witch. The four must help Aslan and his supporters; it has been prophesied that if two sons of Adam and two daughters of Eve sit in the four thrones, the White Witch's reign would end. Edmund sneaks off to visit the Witch. When he arrives at her castle, she is angry that he did not deliver his siblings. The Witch sends wolves to hunt down the children and the beavers, who barely escape. Edmund is chained in the Witch's dungeon where he meets Tumnus. The Witch demands that Edmund reveal where his siblings are because her police could not find them; Edmund hesitates when Tumnus claims that Edmund does not know anything. The witch tells Mr. Tumnus that Edmund betrayed him, then turns Tumnus to stone.

While Peter, Lucy, Susan and the beavers travel to the Stone Table, they see what they believe to be the White Witch chasing after them, so they hide. It is really Father Christmas, a sign that the Witch's reign is ending. Father Christmas gives Lucy a healing cordial and a dagger to defend herself with, Susan a bow and arrows and a magical horn that will summon help when blown, and Peter a sword and shield. Pursued by wolves led by Maugrim, the group crosses a thawing river, leaving the Witch unable to reach them. Arriving at Aslan's camp, the group encounters Aslan, who is revealed as a huge and noble lion. Aslan promises to help Edmund in any way he can. Later, two wolves ambush Lucy and Susan while they are frolicking by the river. When Peter intervenes Maugrim attacks him and Peter kills him with his sword. After some of Aslan's troops follow the other wolf to the witch's camp and rescue Edmund, Peter is knighted by Aslan.

The White Witch journeys to Aslan's camp and asserts her claim to the traitor Edmund, but Aslan secretly offers to sacrifice himself instead. That night, as Lucy and Susan covertly watch, Aslan is killed by the White Witch at the Stone Table. In the morning he is resurrected because "there is a magic deeper still the Witch does not know". Aslan takes Susan and Lucy to the Witch's castle, where he frees the prisoners that the White Witch turned to stone, forming reinforcements. Edmund persuades Peter to lead Aslan's Army to fight the White Witch's forces. Because of the White Witch's huge army is much larger than Aslan's (aka Peter's), Peter's army begins losing. To stop the Witch from attacking and killing his brother Peter, Edmund attacks the White Witch and destroys the Witch's wand who soon stabs him. Peter, angered at what the Witch did, fights her. As the Witch fights Peter, Aslan arrives and kills her. After Edmund is healed by Lucy's cordial, the Pevensies become Kings and Queens, staying in Narnia until they are adults.

Fifteen years later they find the wardrobe and return to England, becoming children again. The Professor enters the room and asks what they were doing. Peter replies, "You wouldn't believe us if we told you, sir." The Professor tosses him the ball that broke the window and replies, "Try me." Lucy later attempts to return to Narnia via the wardrobe, but the Professor tells her he has been trying for years, and they will probably return to Narnia when they least expect to return.
L² Scored: 9/10

L² Comment:
The ever first movie of the chronicles and my favourite among all it series :) Love the exciting part when they enter the world of Narnia; the beautiful Tilda Swinton who is so classy and proud in the Narnia world; and of coz all those fantasy creatures ~ And Aslan is the best character among the whole film which is the lead in Narnia.

I am thinking about getting the whole set of novel of Narnia, should I?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

DOA: Dead Or Alive

Released Year: 2006
Directed by 元奎 Corey Yuen

Casted by:
Holly Valance as Christie
Jaime Pressly as Tina Armstrong
Devon Aoki as Kasumi
Sarah Carter as Helena Douglas
Natassia Malthe as Ayane
小杉健 Kane Kosugi as Ryu Hayabusa
Matthew Marsden as Maximillian Marsh
Steve Howey as Weatherby
Derek Boyer as Bayman
Kevin Nash as Bass Armstrong
邹兆龙 Collin Chou as Hayate
Silvio Simac as Leon
Brian J. White as Zack
The film opens at temple of princess Kasumi. Hayabusa informs her of the death of her brother. Not wanting to believe, she leaves the temple and becomes an outcast shinobi. Before leaving she is confronted by Ayane who states that if Kasumi leaves, she is honor-bound to kill her. Jumping the wall of the temple Kasumi catches a flying shuriken on which the words "You are invited to DOA" appear.

Out at sea, Tina is on her yacht, arguing with her father on the phone about professional wrestling. A gang of pirates pull alongside and try to take her boat. Tina defeats them and a DOA shuriken pierces the side of her boat. In a Hong Kong hotel, Christie is being questioned by a number of policemen after a theft of diamonds. Wearing only a towel, she manages to disarm and defeat all of them and drives off on a motorcycle. All the while she is observed by Maximillian Marsh. While driving she receives her own shuriken.

The three girls are amongst a number of invited fighters, including Tina's father, Bass, and Max, on a plane going to DOA island. On the plane they're informed by Helena that in order to reach DOA island they must jump off with parachutes and get to the compound by sundown. Quite coincidentally the three girls land close to one another, and must work together to climb a giant Buddha statue when Kasumi realizes it's getting late. At the compound the fighters go on to meet Dr. Victor Donovan, the organizer of this year's DOA, who explains about the $10 million prize money, and some of the history about the tournament. Each fighter is analyzed in a lab to show their strength, and are all injected with nanobots which record their abilities. Weatherby, who operates all the technical equipment, oversees all of this. After all fighters are issued with identity bracelets, which beep and show the name of the wearer's next opponent in the tournament, the confrontations soon begin, with Tina, Christie, Gen Fu, Hayabusa, Helena Douglas, Bayman, Zack all progressing to round two.

Meanwhile, Kasumi recalls her brother, Hayate, and how he once saved her from ruthless kidnappers. After saving her, she remembers his face when a DOA shuriken came to him. Before her first round fight, Donovan is happy to see Kasumi; Donovan explains that Hayate was defeated by Leon the previous year, falling from the top of a cliff with his body never to be found. Kasumi later finds herself also matched against Leon; she soon defeats him, realizing that if she can win so easily, Leon could not possibly have beaten Hayate. Hayabusa and Kasumi have both progressed to the semi-final stage of the tournament, and all combatants take a time-out to let off steam. A volleyball tournament takes place down on the beach, with Kasumi and Tina against Helena and Christie. Meanwhile, Hayabusa explores Donovan's compound whilst all eyes are on the game, but is soon captured by the building's booby traps. The volleyball game abruptly ends when the ball is punctured by a throwing star, and Kasumi realizes that Ayane is calling her out.

They fight each other in the bamboo treetops, and Kasumi pleads for Ayane's help to find Hayate, pointing out that when he deserted the clan, she never pursued him out of love. Ayane coldly replies that he was different, and that Kasumi should come to terms with his death. Their confrontation ends with the arrival of the other girls, prompting Ayane to flee. With the recreation time over, the tournament resumes with Tina being matched against Zack. The two fight at the forbidden square and Tina defeats him. The result leaves a showdown between Helena and Christie. Before the fight, Max and Christie discuss how a source had said "Helena is the key" to finding the Douglas vault somewhere on the island which contains over $100 million. While fighting on the beach in the rain, Christie notices a tattoo on the back of Helena's neck. Despite being caught off guard by the image, Christie still manages to overpower Helena, leaving her lying unconscious on the wet sand, and progressing to the semi-finals of the tournament.

Returning to Max, she recalls and deciphers the cryptic image, showing the location of the vault to be in the Buddha head statue. With a new round beginning, Tina, Christie and Kasumi wonder where Hayabusa has gone, and go looking for him at Donovan's compound. They fall into a trap and are captured. It turns out that Donovan is planning to harvest the nanobots from the four best DOA fighters, creating a technology where the host will be able to predict and adapt to any fighting style and therefore defeat any combatant. The technology had been Weatherby's, who had no idea Donovan would use it against fighters' wills, as well as for profit. Weatherby, who has fallen in love with Helena, reveals to her that her father had objected to the idea and following his objections was killed. After being comforted by Weatherby about her failure against Christie, Helena gains new resolve to stop Donovan. Fighting through all his security forces, the two make it to the compound and prevent Donovan from broadcasting the technology to buyers around the world. Meanwhile, Max finds the Douglas vault and breaks the code, but is interrupted by Bayman, who under Donovan's command knocks out Max and takes the cash.

Donovan downloads the DOA program onto special sunglasses. He reveals that he captured Hayate a year ago and much to everyone's surprise, frees him. He challenges Hayate to one fight, in which the technology allows him to effectively predict every move Hayate makes and kicks him through the back wall of the compound. Donovan is about to send the DOA program to buyers across the globe when Weatherby stops him and contacts the CIA. Sometime later, Donovan sets the compound on self-destruct, which Weatherby tried to stop, but the self-destruct sequence was irreversible. Weatherby unlocks the harvest pods to free the four semi-finalists, and Helena also manages to hold off Donovan for a small time. With all the fighters freed, the girls join forces to take on Donovan as he attempts to escape in a four-on-one fight. Also, Ayane is still looking for Kasumi when she sees Hayate. Ayane is happy to see Hayate still alive, and they hug each other. Meanwhile, Hayabusa fends off Bayman with the help of Weatherby and Max, and Hayate is aided by Ayane. After a tough fight, Christie manages to knock off Donovan's glasses, preventing him from using the DOA program. Kasumi and Hayate then finish him off, Hayate knock him down, and Kasumi stabs a needle in the back of his neck, leaving him paralyzed and unable to escape. In the final moments, all the combatants jump off the cliff into the water, whilst Weatherby, Max and Hayabusa take an escape hatch. The compound explodes, killing Donovan.

Managing to gain a boat (from the same pirates that attacked Tina earlier on), the group escapes DOA island. Back at Kasumi's palace, the five female fighters join forces against the warrior guards on the steps of the palace. There is a cut in the frame, then the results of the fight is shown - the five of them defeated the entire population of guards in the palace.
L² Scored: 4.5/10

L² Comment:
This is a movie with a bunch of hot chicks with big boobs fighting at each other, basically its selling sex appeal here, if u know what i mean. Well, there's a nude scene of Brian J. White in the movie, but too bad... i can't find any pic of this to share with u guys. Enjoy !!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Green Snake 青蛇

Released Year: 1993
Directed by 徐克 Tsui Hark

Casted by:
王祖賢 Joey Wang as 白素貞 Zhen
張曼玉 Maggie Cheung as 小青 Qing
趙文卓 Vincent Chiu as 法海 Hai
吳興國 Wu Xing Guo as 許仙 Xian
Zhen & Qing are snakes who try to learn to live a human life. Zhen fall in love with Xian who is very good in studying. In the meantime, Hai thought himself has been too stubborn in killing evil demon, therefore he ask Qing to seduce him while he try to learn his sin. In the end he failed and get erected and try to kill Qing for revenge.

Hai found Xian and passed him the necklace which will defeat Zhen & Qing. Hai threw it away and try to warn both snakes after he realize their real identity. But in this moment, Zhen & Qing are arguing and refuse to leave together. Hai caught Xian back to his Jin Shan temple and force him to become a monk.

Zhen realize she was pregnant with Xian's baby and went to rescue. Qing and Zhen forgot each other and use their power to raise the sea level to fight Hai. They fought and Zhen feel painful when the baby shrek inside. Zhen loss control of the sea and cause a big disaster to human life. In the end, though Qing managed to save Xian, but Zhen was dead after the temple fall on her. Qing killed Xian so that he can accompany Zhen in hell.

Hai realize he has cause all the monks in temple to die, holding Zhen's baby, he regret while Qing angrily swim away.
L² Scored: 9.5/10

L² Comment:
My ever favorite movie in my whole life. Maggie Cheung + Joey Wang + Vincent Chiu = Excellent :) But i read from some old articles, the characters of white snake and green snake were supposed to be Anita Mui & Gong Li, they were the first option. At that time, Anita Mui & Gong Li make a verbal agreement, if any party can't participate the film, the another party can't participate as well.

That time, Gong Li was rushing Farewell My Concubine (霸王别姬) and forced to withdraw herself from the movie. Tsui Hark at that time invited Anita Mui to act in both white & green snake, but Anita Mui keeps her promise and withdraw from the movie too. That's why Tsui Hark found Joey Wang & Maggie Cheung.

Even though they are the second option, but the two divas still make a hit for this movie. And the theme song were well sang either. The whole movie really hits the Hong Kong Box Office at that time. No matter how many time i watch this movie, it always excited me~ :)

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Reaping

Released Year: 2007
Directed by Stephen Hopkins

Casted by:
Hilary Swank as Katherine Winter
David Morrissey as Doug Blackwell
Idris Elba as Ben
AnnaSophia Robb as Loren McConnell
Stephen Rea as Father Michael Costigan
In his room, Father Michael Costigan puts together several photos that have been burned to form a pattern of an upside down sickle with a cross through it. The symbol is the inverted astrological symbol for Ceres, which is believed to be Satanic.

Elsewhere, Katherine Winter and her colleague, Ben, are in Chile investigating claims of a miracle. Upon exploring the area, Katherine uncovers a cache of hazardous waste illegally stashed in an underground oil well, which has ruptured, causing the biological effects of the "miracle". In Louisiana, Katherine receives a call from Costigan, who explains the symbol, telling her that it is a warning from God, which Katherine ignores. Later, Doug Blackwell, a science teacher from a nearby town called Haven, asks Katherine to help figure out why Haven's river has turned red. The locals believe this a biblical plague caused by a girl, Loren McConnell , who they believe killed her older brother in the river. Katherine and Ben travel to Haven and examine the river. There, Katherine meets Loren and has a vision of Loren turning the river red. Meanwhile, Ben witnesses dead frogs seemingly fall from the sky. Doug then invites them to spend the night at his house, since the town has no motel. That evening they encounter flies suddenly eating their dinner, and disease, which kills off all of a local man's cows. Later that night, Katherine finds Doug outside at his wife's grave. Katherine explains why she left the church: 5 years ago, Katherine was an ordained minister. After a year long drought while doing missionary work in the Sudan with her husband and daughter, the locals sacrificed Katherine's family believing they were the cause. Katherine and Doug then depart back to the house.

Later, Katherine dreams images of her in bed with Doug, visions of her past, and Loren. In the morning she goes to the McConnells' house alone, where she finds the cult symbol on a door. She meets Loren again and, upon trying to help her, sees a series of visions that seem to show Loren killing her brother. When the visions ends, Katherine meets Loren's mother who is then attacked by Loren. Katherine leaves at the demand of Loren's mother. In town, Ben, Doug, and Katherine receive the test results from the river which is proven to be human blood. The citizens, meanwhile, are shaving the hair off all their children due to a mass outbreak of lice. Ben and Doug try to get the mayor to evacuate the town, but he and his staff are found struck down with boils. The town then forms a mob, ready to kill Loren.

Reluctantly, Katherine calls Father Costigan, who explains the cult sacrifices every second born in an attempt to create a child with "the eyes of the Devil" to bring them power. He also states that an angel, who cannot be harmed by the cult, will appear to destroy them. He insists that Loren is the devil child, while trying to convince Katherine that she is the angel. Suddenly, a supernatural force burns down Costigan's room, trapping him inside and killing him. Desperate, Katherine goes to the McConnell house where she finds the cult's sacrificial chamber in the basement. There, She finds Loren's mother, who then pulls out a gun and kills herself. Katherine grabs a nearby knife and proceeds outside where a small group has gathered, including Ben and Doug. Suddenly, thousands of locusts appear killing some of the group. Doug runs away and jumps in the river of blood, Katherine locks herself inside the house, and Ben hides in a crypt, where he discovers skeletons and bodies of sacrificed children. He calls Katherine to tell her where he is when Loren appears outside.

Katherine hurries after Ben but arrives to find him dead. She confronts Loren as darkness falls and fireballs shoot from the sky. Katherine attacks and is about to kill Loren when they share another vision. The cult, along with Doug, are shown trying to kill Loren, who was a second-born child. Loren escaped and her brother Brody stabbed her, but her wound miraculously healed, and Brody died. Katherine realizes that Loren is innocent and that she is in fact the angel that God sent. The townsfolk appear and surround the two of them as Doug tells her that God is protecting Loren, and only an ordained servant of God like Katherine can kill her. He explains that they invited Katherine to investigate the plagues because they hoped she would join them, since she had turned her back on God like they did. Katherine refuses, while reminding them that they had sacrificed generations of second-born children leaving a town of only first-borns. Suddenly the fire begins raining down on the townsfolk, killing everyone. Doug tries to use Katherine as a shield against the fire, but is ultimately killed...

Later, Katherine and Loren are driving away together, when Loren discloses to Katherine that Katherine is pregnant and can "hear" her son inside her. Katherine is stunned by this knowledge as this is her second child, which triggers a flashback in which she remembers the night she was with Doug. Katherine then realizes that her son is the prophesied demonic child.
L² Scored: 6/10

L² Comment:
Did i watch too much horror movie which make me immune to all the scary things? I remember i watch this in cinema before, and i was kinda excited. But rewatching this is kinda boring. The scary part become so boring and AnnaSophia Robb is very very de boring~

I feel like throwing the DVD into the dustbin !!!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Haunted Mansion 香港第一凶宅

Released Year: 1998
Directed by 杜励智 Dickson To

Casted by:
黎姿 Gigi Lai as 阿芝 Gi
黄秋生 Anthony Wong as 阿辉 Fai
罗兰 Lan Law as Gi's Mother
林尚义 Spencer Lam as The Professor
张玉珊 Yuk-San Cheung as 阿芬 Fen

Gi & Fai plan to go Japan for a trip, but one day before, Gi received Fen's call regarding some agents force them to sell their Yuen Long's house. Gi cancel their trip and bring Fai (unwillingly) back to her hometown.

When they are back, they saw a feng shui master who warn them about their mansion which is very eerrie and ask them to move away before 7 days. Later that day, Fai knocked off a paper doll which released the spirit of a kid. He was attracted by spirits to play mahjong and loss a lot of money, he even loss his soul to one of the spirit. At night, Gi's mother who has been insane suddenly become well and have a good chat with Gi. Fen in another hand was attacked by a spirit when she was showering.

Gi seek advice from a professor in town, but was warn not to answer a midnight call which might be from the demon. Gi later on found that everyone in the house was weird, even the agents who come to buy the house was attacked by evil spirit. The professor gave Gi's a spectacles which can see the evil spirit and Gi saw Fai was possessed by evil. Gi almost killed by Fen who is possessed by evil but luckily managed to escape. Gi and professor came back to help Gi's mother to source for help.

Gi's mother told them that 3 years ago, Gi fought with Fai and make abortion of her own daughter. And now the daughter spirit is back for revenge. The kid spirit chose Fai and Fen as her next hope in coming life. Gi sacrifice herself and her daughter forgive her in the end. And Gi managed to shoo the evil spirit out from Fen's body. But she needs to go into hell to find Fai's spirit. In the end, Fai managed to win a mahjong and get back his own spirit.

In the end, the kid spirit left and everyone live in a good life.
L² Scored: 2.5/10

L² Comment:
This is a cheap cost horror film at that time, the storyline is so so and the spirits are not scary at all. The best will be the music which is really kinda eerrie.

But at that time, an old man has a heart attack and passed away in the cinema. I believe the movie has nothing to do with the sad incident because the movie is really really kinda lame.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Inner Senses 異度空間

Released Year: 2002
Directed by 罗志良 Law Chi-Leung

Casted by:
张国荣 Leslie Cheung as Jim Law
林嘉欣 Karena Lam as Cheung Yan
李子雄 Waise Lee as Wilson Chan
周嘉玲 Valerie Chow as Mrs Chan
徐少强 Norman Chu as Mr Chu
Psychiatrist Dr. Jim Law tries to treat his patient, Cheung Yan, a woman who believes that she sees ghosts. Law does not believe in the supernatural and thinks that she is repressing her past. Law reads Yan's diaries to better understand her psyche and learns that her parents are divorced and do not care for her. Yan's condition improves gradually and they develop a romantic relationship at the same time.

However, Law feels that he cannot become too close to Yan because she is his patient and tries to convey the message to her indirectly. Yan understands his words and feels hurt, as she thinks that he is dumping her in the same way as her ex-boyfriend did. She starts having hallucinations again and sees the spirits of her landlord's deceased wife and son, after which she attempts suicide by overdosing on antidepressants and slitting her wrist, but survives. Law travels to Yan's apartment later and hears strange noises in the bathroom and thinks that her neighbour upstairs is responsible. Once, Law sees a female ghost while looking out of his window, and sees her again on another two occasions while driving and swimming. He starts taking antidepressants as well and tries to electrocute himself, but is rescued in time and recovers.

Law eventually helps Yan recover from her mental illness by reuniting her with her parents. Following that, he starts dating Yan as she is no longer his patient. While in a restaurant one day, Law is attacked by a woman, whom he remembers to be the mother of the ghost he saw. He starts having nightmares and begins sleepwalking, behaving erratically and reacting violently when Yan and his colleagues ask him. The ghost that Law sees is actually Siu-yu, his ex-girlfriend in high school, who committed suicide after Law broke up with her. Law has visions of Siu-yu following him wherever he goes and flees in horror until he finally reaches the top of a building. He is confronted by Siu-yu's ghost, who wants to force him to jump off. Law shows remorse for causing Siu-yu's death and the ghost disappears.

After that, he sees Yan walking towards him and embraces her, and the film ends with both of them sitting together on the top of the building.
L² Scored: 5.5/10

L² Comment:
After this movie, Leslie Cheung which actually claim that he's being follow by spirit that lead him to suicide on 1st April 2003.

The whole film is not bad, the storyline is kinda familiar with some Korean or Japs horror, but hell yea~ all the ghost story are usually the same right? :P The part which actually shock me a bit is when Karena open the toilet cabinet and saw 2 heads appear in muddy situation. Cool~

The last movie of our beloved Gor Gor Leslie Cheung, we love you.