[Almada Fórum] (Note to self: Don't have kids.) I'm simple: I see Nicolas Cage on a film and I watch it, laugh at it/with it, and rate it positively. Lovelies: the way he says Joshieeeee (amazing!); the score that echoed Carpenter, Autechre and Aphex Twin (yes in that order...)//"Bring the Sawzall, it means it saws ALL." Cage owns over-acting. Ah ah. (The cinematography was a bit poor and cheaply digital, no?)
I have to respect Brian Taylor for writing and directing a (nihilistic, politically incorrect, and ludicrously over the top) horror film in which Nic Cage's Looney Tunes performance can comfortably coexist alongside Selma Blair's almost touching turn as a quietly tragic suburban mother. This film had me ecstatic, and that was even before Lance Henriksen's cameo and the best "Dark Knight" reference in years.
Awkward editing that gives some exposition and important action/dramatic scenes depth and irony, but rendering them momentumless. Many scenes internal and external rhyme is also inorganic, never getting a bearing between comedic horror and serious scares/character drama. However, when Henriksen shows up the zaniness does reach an apex, making it hard to hate, despite the ideas being much better than the reality here.
Kids may start out cute, but they can turn into entitled, self-absorbed, cruel little turds just as the parents enter into middle age, their youthful dreams displaced by parenthood, mortgages and wrinkles. As in "Battle Royale", this is territory ripe for savage retaliation and these moms and dads deliver with comic glee. Yet there are also sobering and terrifying glimmers of child abuse, giving heft to the mayhem.
This is one batshit crazy movie that goes to some very dark places and offers up some fucked up laughs and plenty of cringe worthy performances. Nicolas Cage seems to be a psychotic genius at sometimes. He gets a lot of shit but maybe he's just a really good actor that does shitty movies. Also we need a lot more Selma Blair in the cinema.
Score just for top tier Cage En Rage: angry-singing the Hokey Pokey with a sledgehammer; and ranting about anal beads to a teenage boy. I have now added these moments to my life experience, and am that much closer to God.
Very entertaining flick with an off-the-wall premise that is as bonkers and the movie itself. Blair and Cage is very good in their roles and have some great scenes both together and apart. The kids are also good but kinda boring. It takes a while to get going and I think that Taylor´s directorial style is wrong for this kind of movie. It was fun while it lasted but it feels like a missed opportunity.
This movie is brilliant and for all the right reasons. Aside from the fact that all parents across the world lose their minds in a be-all end-all scenario regarding their children, this is a wonderfully executed dark comedy from photography to acting to the originality of the script. Not often do I smile at a film because of its sheer uniqueness factor, no less one with a horror bent, but this one did. See it.