Okay, I didn't wanna get too gimmicky in the title but I couldn't resist it.
I had a vague change of direction with my newest viewings (despite what I said a yesterday), but here goes:
Having heard mainly bad things about it (okay, all bad things) from America (despite lapping up the box office cream), I was expecting a shedload of shite, but was confronted with a more modest shovel of shite instead. *curses that "had a bad day" crappy song on TV in the background, ARGH!!!*
Anyway, it had some moments that did make me chuckle...but they were few and far between, and they took a while to crop up as the first chunk of the movie is all rather "seen this before a million times", and seeing William H. Macy fall off his bike several times in a row just isn't funny.
Now, it was inevitable (considering the slew of bad reviews dropping comments about it), but here's what I thought about the apparently "homophobic" jokes - to be honest, how are they homophobic? I mean really, nobody drops the "F bomb", viciously or otherwise, and in the end of the day, the jokes come down to a crude comedy of errors, the characters (who are all straight) getting into situations (daubed with crass dialogue) that would suggest they've been re-enacting Brokeback Mountain. But surely it's just a bit of fun, after all, don't some gay people refer to straight people as "breeders" ironically, jokingly and even angrily?
This makes me think - I'd be all for a reversal of the situation, gay blokes all together getting into a comedy of errors where they're incorrectly thought to be straight. Surely there's funny dialogue and japes a-plenty to be sought from this well?
Surely, when it comes to comedy, anything is up for a poking...and if something is said - in a comedy as well - without vicious intent, nor any hint of violence or disgust, then how can it really be homophobic? That psycho cult somewhere in America (forget their family name) - THEY are homophobic. Wild Hogs is just silly.
Over all, it was a real missed opportunity, preferring to rest on mediocrity and throughly worn out dead-horse jokes rather than anything really new or even semi-fresh. Still, watching Ray Liotta is always a joy.
As a big "24" fan, and having rather enjoyed The Girl Next Door (despite it being a sizeable rip-off of Risky Business), I was looking forward to this flick...but alas, the controversy over the advertising campaign was about the best thing to do with this movie, aside from the credit sequences (even though they were blatant rip-offs of those in Se7en - which were done properly, by the way).
We're rushed straight into the "horror" and have no idea who Cuthbert's character is beyond a celebrity of some sort, she briefly mentions her fears - the biggest being of the dark. Mind you, she doesn't give *much* of a stuff about the dark whenever the killer turns the lights out (which is frequently for bizarrely short lengths of time). We sit around as she sleeps and asks what is going on, changing into different clothes from a series of numbered cupboards, then there's another bloke in the room next door but we couldn't give a stuff, there's some cops apparently investigating, but they really don't seem to have a clue, nor motivation to really get their arses in gear - Se7en this most definitely, is not.
As for the rest of the film, boring, lame, seen it all before and ONCE AGAIN a damsel in distress gets one over on her captor, but doesn't finish the job, instead she runs off allowing him to recover - THIS is absolutely not acceptable in modern horror films, in the 1980s perhaps, but - as is par for Captivity's course - we've seen it all before. Rather disappointing.
Hopefully "The Host" and "Black Snake Moan" will be better...