Tuesday, May 12, 2015

No Mercy Movie Review

No Mercy (Korean: Yongseoneun Eupda)

No Mercy (Yongseoneun Eupda) is a Korean revange thriller drama movie released in 2010. This movie is written by Hyeong-Joon Kim and Jeong-ho Lee and directed by Hyeong-Joon Kim. The major characters of the movie No Mercy are played by Frank M. Ahearn, Hye-jin Han, Sang-wook Park, Nam Kyung-eub and Ji-ru Sung.

No Mercy tells the story of a professor and medical examiner (coroner) who investigates a case about a girl's death. Just when the police think they have found the killer, the story turns around and the past of the coroner comes into play. The coroner tries everything to prove the killer innocent.

Kyung-gu Sol and Hye-jin Han in a scene of No Mercy by oceans movie reviews

Kyung-gu Sol and Hye-jin Han in a scene of No Mercy

The movie No Mercy starts with a photographer finding a dead body by a river. The police come to the scene and find the dismembered body of a girl. Then we get introduced to professor Kang Min-ho who is a very experienced coroner. He was planning to retire and spend his times with his daughter, who is coming back from U.S.A. after finishing her studies. The police request his help in solving this case and he agrees. One of the investigators, Min Seo-young was a former student of him.

At first, the police suspect the dead girl's boyfriend for the murder. They arrest him, but can't find him guilty. Kang runs an autopsy of the dead body. They find the whole body of the victim except one hand . The whole police force look for the missing hand and soon they find it. Detective Min finds some relation with the type of murder and the writing of an environmentalist. Although a colleague of her mocks her abilities, but using the clues and a footprint, they arrest that environmentalist named Lee Seong-ho. They arrest Lee and surprisingly, at the very first questioning, Lee confesses his guilt.

Meanwhile, while Kang is waiting for her daughter's arrival at the airport, he receives an envelop. The envelop has some photos of her daughter, which show she has been kidnapped and held somewhere. He rushes to the police station and face Seong-ho. Seong-ho tells Kang that Kang has to get him out within 3 days and only then they will spare Kang's daughter.

Now, to show Seong-ho as innocent, Kang tempers with the murder weapon. He removes the trace of blood from that and put his dog's blood. He also mislead Min to show Seong-ho as innocent. Next day, Kang meets Seong-ho again and asks him about the real murder weapon, so he can hide it from the police. But Seong-ho doesn't disclose that. He gives Kang some clues about his motives. Kang then beats Seong-ho. He goes to Seong-ho's house to find the weapon and the police also reach there for the same reason. He hides from the police. Later on, from the local police, he gets the address of the man who gave him his daughter's photos.

He goes there and finds some news cuttings. The man also comes there and tries to run away. Finally he beats Kang severely. Later on, he comes back to the police station and faces Seong-ho, who gives him more riddles. Meanwhile, all these raise suspicion in Min's mind and when she proceeds to arrest Kang, Kang tells her the truth.

Then Min tries to find the relation between Kang and Seong-ho and finds one. At the same time, Kang manages to implant some clues which connects the murder of the girl to that girl's boyfriend. But before Min finds the truth, Seong-ho's accomplice hits her and she becomes unconscious. Min wakes up in a hospital and then from a friend, learns the story for which Seong-ho holds a grudge against Kang.

In the meantime, as Seong-ho is proved innocent by the attempts of Kang. He also gives police the murder weapon, which has been in front of their eyes for the whole time. Seong-ho gets free and the victim's boyfriend is framed for the murder. Kang goes to Seong-ho's home to free his daughter. After knowing everything, Min also heads there, followed by her backups.

But why does Seong-ho want to take the revange on Kang? Who is the real bad person here? Can Kang finally save his daughter? Lets watch No Mercy till the end for these answers.

My Review About the Movie No Mercy:
First of all, No Mercy seemed as an awesome drama thriller.

The plot of No Mercy is brilliant. Although at the end of the movie, it will not leave you with a good feeling, but still the plot will seem brilliant. The twist at the end was not expected throughout the whole movie. The whole movie keeps on changing directions and it felt exciting. The duration of No Mercy is a little over two hours, but you will no feel bored at any moment. The direction is good, so is the screenplay. The director has successfully been able to keep the tension high for the whole two hours in No Mercy. The cinematography were just ok, nothing special.

The acting of all the major characters were good. All of the actors and actresses were good fit for their characters. The dialogues were also good, although nothing extraordinary. But the whole No Mercy is in Korean language, so you will need subtitle to understand them.

No Mercy didn't have much of special effects, as they were not needed. But the costume design and make ups were perfect. The music and the sound effects were pretty good too. The lighting,camera effects and the locations for No Mercy also seem nice.

No Mercy contains some nude scenes and also some gore scenes. Some (but not all) of the gore scenes will seem unnecessary and avoidable. The director could avoid them without harming the plot. So clearly, this movie is not for children.

So, finally, I enjoyed watching No Mercy. The thrill in its plot picks up soon after the movie starts and it will keep you attached for the whole time. The only time this movie may disappoint you can be at the tragic ending. Other than that, it is a nicely balanced movie. I'll recommend watching No Mercy as a must see to all thriller lovers. But if you are a fan of Hollywood movies, I'll also recommend you to watch this, for having a good change of taste.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Compulsion Movie Review


Compulsion is a Canadian independent drama thriller movie released in 2013. This movie is written by Floyd Byars and directed by Egidio Coccimiglio. The movie Compulsion is a remake of the South Korean film named '301, 302', which was directed by Park Chul-soo. The very limited number of major characters of Compulsion are played by Heather Graham, Carrie-Anne Moss, Kevin Dillon and Joe Mantegna.

Compulsion is about a lady who is obsessed with foods. Her level of obsession for food is revealed more after a detective comes to question her about her neighbour, a famous actress who has disappeared.

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Heather Graham in Compulsion
The movie Compulsion starts with Amy, who is utterly obsessed with food. She loves preparing foods so much that her whole day is spent for only different phases of cooking. She hates fast foods and believes that foods must be prepared with utter care. She wants to launch her own cooking show and she practices for her speeches of that show herself. In those speeches, she compares different stages of cooking with sex.
One day, while Amy was fantasizing (and practising) about her cooking show, a detective comes to her house. He says, he is investing the case of her missing neighbor Saffron, who is a famous actress. Amy doesn't seem very concerned for this fact. After questioning her, the detective goes so Saffron's house where Amy comes. Then by the discussion between Amy and the detective, we learn about her life.

Amy used to live with her boyfriend, who pays for all her obsession. Amy is a perfectionist regarding preparing food. One day they saw their new neighbor Saffron who is not a social person. But soon Amy discovers that she is her favorite movie actress Saffron, who is now famous for writing a column about sex in a magazine. Amy tries to talk with her, but Saffron doesn't seem interested to socialize. Saffron herself is passing a hard time after getting rejected for roles for her age.

One night while dining, Amy's boyfriend expresses his dissatisfaction to life for Amy's obsession for food. Amy tries to comfort him using more food, which makes the situation worse. That nigh, Amy keeps some desserts for Saffron at her doorstep. Next day, Amy finds her boyfriend having fast food with his female colleague. This makes Amy sad and angry. That night, Amy cooks his boyfriend's pet part and feed that to him. Being disgusted, he leaves Amy.

Then Amy tries to befriend Saffron. She cooks food for Saffron regularly and takes them to her house. But Saffron doesn't eat those even when Amy resists. One day, Amy finds all the foods the cooked for Saffron in a bin. Amy gets angry and makes Saffron eat some of them. Then Saffron tells Amy for her eating disorders. Then both of them become friends.

They start to spend times together and and Saffron starts to eat foods which Amy cooks specially for her. Then in one of her auditions, Saffron faces the man who molested her in her childhood. Saffron runs away from there and breaks down when she comes home. Amy consoles her and then they have sex.

But what happens to Saffron after that? Where has she disappeared? Can the detective solve the case? Lets watch the movie for these answers.

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Heather Graham and Kevin Dillon in Compulsion
My review about the movie Compulsion:

First of all, I didn't like the movie Compulsion much.

The plot of Compulsion is very straightforward. Although it has a twist at the end, but throughout the whole movie, the plot went straight and slow. Some more characters or some more interactions between these same characters could make this movie better. At several times, the movie seemed boring. So the screenplay didn't seem very interesting. The direction was just okay, nothing extraordinary.

The acting of all the characters in Compulsion were good, but again, nothing extraordinary. The acting of the leading character Heather Graham didn't impress me much, as sometimes it felt like she was overacting. We have seen better acting from her in other movies. But the acting of Carrie-Anne Moss were impressive. The dialogues were good in Compulsion.

The editing, music and sound effects of Compulsion were also good. Same goes for lighting and camera effects. But I didn't like the costume designs, as several costumes (specially for Heather Graham) were used repeatedly. In a movie like this, it could use better variations. The set design also looked boring for the same reason, lack of variations. At different places, the set design could be better.

Although Compulsion doesn't contain any direct nudity, but for the context of this movie, it is not suitable for kids. But from the same context, this one could have a good use of some nudity.

So overall, I didn't enjoy watching Compulsion. This movie had the opportunity to do far better, but the director couldn't use them. Even the charm of Heather Graham may not make it up for you. I won't recommend watching Compulsion to thriller or drama lovers. 

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Ending explanation of the movie Compulsion:

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The very last fading scene before the credits, the shape of the food and the reaction of the detective – all these suggest that, somehow Amy has killed Saffron and has fed part of her to the detective. 
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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Fertile Ground Movie Review

Fertile Ground 

Fertile Ground is a horror thriller movie released in 2011. This movie is written by Jace Anderson and Adam Gierasch and directed by Adam Gierasch. The main characters of the the movie Fertile Ground are played by Leisha Hailey, Gale Harold, Jami Bassman, Stephanie Brown, Chelcie Ross, and JoNell Kennedy. 

Fertile Ground tells the story of a couple, where the wife experiences paranormal visions after she gets pregnant. Then she finds that some ghosts are trying to kill the baby and her by possessing her husband.

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A Scene from the movie Fertile Ground

At the beginning of Fertile Ground, we see the family of Emily and Nate, a happily married couple. Nate is an artist and Emily is a fashion designer. Emily has got pregnant recently and they are having a party with friends at their home. Suddenly Emily starts bleeding in the bathroom. Later on, she has a miscarriage and the doctors tell her that she cannot conceive a child again.

Next, to give a fresh start to themselves, Emily and Kate leaves the city. They buy a house in the country, which was once owned by Nate's ancestors. Both of them are happy to move there, but from the first day, Emily starts sensing something unusual. At the basement, they find an old trunk, where they find a diary, some photos and some other things owned by Nate's forefather. That person's marriage date was same as Nate and Emily's.

Soon they discover a human skeleton hidden in their sewerage line. The police tells them not to worry, because it was very old. But Emily stays suspicious and from a local historian, she learns the horrid history of the house. There has been a lot of murders and suspicious deaths in their house previously. As Nate leaves for a business trip, Emily stays alone at that night and again faces unusual experiences. At one point, she faints.

Later, the couple learns that Emily has got pregnant again. But Nate keeps on staying busy at his studios with his arts for the nearby exhibition and ignores Emily. He also becomes more rude to her day by day. At a party in their house, Nate's agent falls from the upstairs through the window and later on, dies.

Things get worse day by day. Emily keeps on having her paranormal visions and Nate keeps on getting more and more rude to her. Emily tries to leave the house but can't. At one point, she finds that the date of their wedding, moving in to the house, getting the news of being pregnant are identical to the dates of the same events of Nate's ancestor's. She finds the links between the deaths in the house and in all of the cases, the husbands have killed their wives.

Emily believes, the house has possessed Nate and marching the dates, she predicts the day when Nate is going to kill her. But is it what the ghosts want? Can Emily save the baby and herself? Let's watch the movie to get these answers. 

My review about the movie Fertile Ground:

First of all, Fertile Ground seemed just like an average horror movie.

The plot of Fertile Ground is very common. We have seen a lot of horror movies with the haunted houses, like The Amityville Haunting, so the idea seemed overused. So this movie won't provide you something new. Other than that, everything else is good. Even with a plot like this, Fertile Ground has its moments. The movie goes scary from time to time and keeps the suspense up. The ending may not be predictable for everyone. The direction and screenplay were not bad, like the cinematography. Several times this movie felt a little boring, but those boring moments sometimes helped to build the suspension up later on.

Another problem with the plot of Fertile Ground is, although it does give an open ending like Asylum Blackout , but still it does not give explanations to everything that happened. So, you may have some questions unanswered after the movie ends, which may feel like plot holes. For example, we saw Nate drawing something but refuses to show them to Emily. But at the end, we saw only blank canvases. The ending had a good chance to explain all the things, but it didn't.

The acting of the leading characters are good in this movie. Same goes for make ups, dialogues, costumes and set designs. Fertile Ground has used almost no special effects, but the way it is made, you will not miss them. The lighting and sound effects are also good, but I think the sound editing could be better. Several times the music seemed too loud. Combining all these, Fertile Ground succeeds in its main aim as a horror movie, to create a scary environment.

For some nude scenes and some violent scenes, Fertile Ground is not appropriate for children.

So, finally, this movie seemed as a missed opportunity. Fertile Ground had the potentials, but for not taking advantages of them, it stays far from the movie it could be. But still, if you like scary movies, you should definitely give Fertile Ground a try. Even if the plot fails to impress you, you may still like the scary moments. 

Ending explanation of the movie Fertile Ground:

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At the end, it shows in the ultrasonography that Emily was not pregnant. So it suggest that, everything she experienced was in her mind. May be there was nothing wrong with the house, the histories and Nate's behavior, but Emily got paranoid and then killed her friend and Nate. Another possible explanation is, the history of the house was real. Learning them has put a psychological pressure on Emily. And as she had a sad history with her pregnancy, she made up stuffs herself, including the pregnancy. But non of them doesn't give a clear explanation about Nate's behavior. We don't know that if he was really becoming rude or if that was also the imagination of Emily.

The fact that Emily was mentally unsound is finally shown by the ending scene of Fertile Ground when she ended up in a padded cell and was holding an imaginary child in her hands. 

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