Dennis D. McDonald (ddmcd@ddmcd.com) consults from Alexandria Virginia. His services include writing & research, proposal development, and project management. Follow him on Google+. He publishes on CTOvision.com and aNewDomain and volunteers with the Alexandria Film Festival. He is also on Linkedin. To subscribe to emailed updates about additions to this web site click here.

Gareth Evans' THE RAID: REDEMPTION

Gareth Evans' THE RAID: REDEMPTION

Movie review by Dennis D. McDonald

In the Jakarta slums a derelict apartment building looms. An elite SWAT team arrives, intent on taking down the crime boss who runs his empire from there. They enter the building and fight their way up, floor by floor.

Violence ensues. Much fighting, bloodshed, gunfire, stabbing, and death occur along the way.

It’s all beautifully photographed, choreographed, scored, recorded, and acted. The physicality of all involved is stunning.

It’s also boring as hell. I fell asleep. The nonstop hand to hand combat and lack of tiring on the part of the participants drags down what is essentially a very simple story. Too bad, but in the immortal words of somebody, “Enough is too much.”

Review copyright (c) 2012 by Dennis D. McDonald

Paul W.S. Anderson's RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION

Paul W.S. Anderson's RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION

 Hey-jun Lee's CASTAWAY ON THE MOON

Hey-jun Lee's CASTAWAY ON THE MOON