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The evil that man do
I always thought that the scariest things in the world, among everything shown in terror movies, were not monsters, supernatural, or things like that. It's people, and all the terrible things that they can do to each other. And the everlasting scars that are left, so hard to heal. That's what comes to my mind, after a short reflection. How much of the story is real, we may never know. It's highly controversial, and it seems that all the people involved are not around anymore. But it doesn't really matter. Even considering this history as a fiction, it looks frightfully real, because it brings us the memory of so many people whose minds and lives have been shattered through child abuse. On the other hand, it does remind us of the amazing difference that a single person who care can do. Anyway, it's a great and touching movie, with a nice production and great acting. Certainly worth a close look!
The Constant Gardener (2005)
X-files on the drugstore (SPOILERS)
Don't get me wrong, folks! The accusations against the drug companies were great, and necessary, but made in a very unreasonable, improbable way. After all, we saw a diplomat abandon all his resources to venture himself alone, in Africa! As if he couldn't make much more with his financial resources, access to the media, influential friends! The idea was excellent, but the script was way too naive. One last thing: do you really believe his wife would be happy with what he did at the end? That was awful!! He simply gave up fighting, and if it wasn't for his friend's boldness, the hole story would have been buried. I just didn't buy it. This story deserves a remake.
V for Vendetta (2005)
I can't believe what I just saw. This is one of the worst HQ adaptations I've ever seen! They simply mutilated the story, transforming a child into a grown woman (in the original story, she became a woman ALONG the plot), hundred thousands of dead into 80.000, the slow and complicated fall of a dictatorship into the most simple and clean transition of power ever (not one single person of the people got hurt, or had to do anything).
And mainly, they transformed the most ambiguous, complex, mysterious character (he never revealed his sex, or gave any signs of doubt in his actions or love for the girl) into a masked ninja like those seen by the dozens in Hollywood.
Alan Moore was right to deny any knowledge of this.
Stone Cold (2005)
This movie reminded me of a Miles Davis CD cover, Blue Moods. Everything on the screen is blue: the weather, the sea, the rain, and the the main actor's state of mind.
The story is simple, yet realistic. No special effects, not one of those "video-game" movies with nothing to say, but a sensible and reasonable plot.
A fallen from grace L.A. detective, "exiled" from the big city due to past problems, tries to make a living as a small town police officer. He must find a way to deal with local, mysterious crimes while putting his life together, and keeping his moral code despite of an always present sense of loss.
It's a picture of real life, ladies and gentlemen, not good or bad, just as it is. May be a peasant theme for some, but for me it felt like an oasis on Hollywood's present cultural desert.