A unique thriller that blends teenage angst, cutting edge comedy, and out of this world special effects. Bonding together to save the world are a group of high school students who make a terrifying discovery that their teachers are aliens.
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The ending--with the goth girl dressed like a prep, the rebel on the football team, and the geek dating the sexy school newspaper girl all while an upbeat 90s tune plays telling us everything's happy now--is either infuriatingly shallow, or, considering the central theme of conformity, an excellent and true horror movie ending.
While the acerbic wit that is evident in even the weakest Kevin Williamson screenplays only shows itself at sporadic moments in "The Faculty" and director Robert Rodriguez proves he's more adept at handling action, "The Faculty" ultimately charms thanks to a well-cast group of young actors and a hip, jaded late 90's attitude that ends up being a surprisingly welcome fit for the sci-fi/terror genre.
Like other stories directed by Rodriguez: had everything to fail. But it didn't.
We can't forget we are watching entertainment but despite that fact, The Faculty is so good from the plot for itself with a lot of HUGE twists, till the great cast with Elijah Wood and Jon Stewart.
A weak point is perhaps the aliens' figure which is very visceral and should be more mysterious.
There is an epilogue!
+ on reviews box.
Otra buena muestra de que Robert Rodriguez funciona mucho mejor cuando se limita solamente a dirigir que a querer hacerse pasar por un "Auteur total"; no es para nada la gran jodienda de pelicula, pero se trata sin duda de una buena opciòn para pasar el rato sin mayores remordimientos.
This movie had a certain stink to it, like all the characters sucked but i've never really thought that CGI added much to a horror movie before, apart from now ! is there a specific genre for late 90s/millennial futuristic body/mutant/ horror? apart from like... eXistenZ? Cos i wanna know the name of it and i want it to be my life. Also Josh Harnett was hot and it was a shame Clea Duvall wasn't a lesbian.
I will argue any day that this is Robert Rodruigez's best film to date. A low key classic from the 90's Dimension Films catalog featuring an eclectic mix of on the rise teen stars, horror veterans and comic actors. A total blast that's "guaranteed to jack you up."