On any other day, I¡¯d review ¡°Fear of Rain¡± unfavorably for being a ¡°morning watch¡± movie you¡¯d fully forget about by the afternoon. Not today though.
It¡¯s fluff you can watch on fast-forward and the only side effect is how much faster the film will evaporate from your memory.
Whether it was Max Landis¡¯s doing or director Roseanne Liang¡¯s, the film¡¯s ¡°women first and forward¡± attitude proves to be more fun than the few and far between action scenes.
Anything above that would be unexpected gravy, although ¡°Come Play¡± settles for a straightforward side dish of unseasoned mashed potatoes.
¡°Spell¡± sort of says, ¡°forget it¡± and pivots onto new property where it just builds with plain suspense instead of employing anything related to subtext.
The tale mostly functions as another karaoke cover of a classic from EC¡¯s Greatest Hits album that¡¯s momentarily pleasing without being particularly memorable.
What happens when you uncouple the train from Busan? You get a derivative VFX spectacle that¡¯s only one Leon Kennedy cameo shy of looking like a ¡°Resident Evil¡± cutscene.
The movie fracks those fears with a massive rig that puts a miles-long pipeline between ¡®stranger in a strange land¡¯ phobias and vicarious psychological uncertainty.
It¡¯s a sleepy story that someone will certainly call ¡°hauntingly beautiful,¡± two words which translate to ¡°snoozefest¡± in more viscerally-oriented vocabularies.
It¡¯s befuddling to see that ¡°Abyss¡± boasts two new writers when it seems like it¡¯s cribbing from the exact same script and storyboards used for ¡°Black Water.¡±
If you ever want to convince your friends why an Airbnb getaway presents frightening prospects, show them ¡°The Rental¡± and watch how fast they decide to stay home instead.
Call ¡°Amulet¡± a slow burn if that helps calibrate personal perspective. I¡¯ll call it ¡°quiet horror.¡± Too quiet, in fact.
¡°Archive¡± neglects to plug in a script worthy of the wonderful world it builds, leaving the movie feeling as coldly sterile as a metal mass of silicon and circuitry.
¡°Downrange¡± takes a demented detour into a bonkers final third by going for broke with midnight movie moxie.