Editorial

Weekend Theater Picks / April 5, 2008

The Pick

The Ruins

Why I picked it

The Ruins was written by Scott Smith, writer of A Perfect Plan. That is a pretty good inducement to see this film. Plus it will be nice seeing a horror movie involving a college age cast handled seriously and rated R. And if you did not notice, Donnie Darko’s girlfriend is in this film as well. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens when the characters are trapped on the ruins. Wikipedia says that what happens to certain characters has been changed around from the book. I’m guessing the survivor person(s) was changed to make the film more upbeat and Hollywood. All the more reason to read the book if the film is cool enough.

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  • Harosa

    I swear to god I’m taking my ass to the movies this weekend, it’s been so long. The book was great but I’ll judge the movie on it’s own, let’s be honest, it’s rare when a movie can match a book let alone surpass it, a book can focus on one moment for chapters but a movie needs to compact everything. I tell you what though, the advertising has a hard time trying to differentiate this from crap like Turistas and other generic horror films because on the surface it does look like that, once they get to the ruins is when the originality kicks in but to get into that in the ads would spoil it for everyone so they have to take a generic approach.

  • Harosa

    I swear to god I’m taking my ass to the movies this weekend, it’s been so long. The book was great but I’ll judge the movie on it’s own, let’s be honest, it’s rare when a movie can match a book let alone surpass it, a book can focus on one moment for chapters but a movie needs to compact everything. I tell you what though, the advertising has a hard time trying to differentiate this from crap like Turistas and other generic horror films because on the surface it does look like that, once they get to the ruins is when the originality kicks in but to get into that in the ads would spoil it for everyone so they have to take a generic approach.

  • I saw this yesterday. I’m writing the review now. After I finish reading A Waltz into Darkness and possibly something else, I’ll dive into this book. I’m glad they changed what happens to certain characters because it gives me something to look forward to. Turitas had a bad guy that killed for a reason, good location shots and some good kills. Over all it wasn’t bad. Since they went on location and it wasn’t some fake-ass, studio, artifiacial jungle like in Congo, I have to rate it slightly above average. You can watch Turitas without being drunk or bored.

    I won’t get into here but that sh*t on the Temple was nuts. I never saw a lot of what happens there coming. I was squirming in my seat. The floral antagonist in this film was a great invention. Loved the sound duplication. Wow. I’m glad the ads didn’t give away the good stuff like the red-band trailer for AvR:R did. Also, the blond in this flick is ridiculous looks-wise. What happens to her mind is fraked.

    By the way, that scene that is pictured above is not in the film. I’m guessing its in the book but don’t tell me. I’ll read it myself. It will probably be on the deleted scenes of the DVD.

    Oh yeah, Screamers was better than the book it was based, Second Variety by Philip K. Dick.

  • I saw this yesterday. I’m writing the review now. After I finish reading A Waltz into Darkness and possibly something else, I’ll dive into this book. I’m glad they changed what happens to certain characters because it gives me something to look forward to. Turitas had a bad guy that killed for a reason, good location shots and some good kills. Over all it wasn’t bad. Since they went on location and it wasn’t some fake-ass, studio, artifiacial jungle like in Congo, I have to rate it slightly above average. You can watch Turitas without being drunk or bored.

    I won’t get into here but that sh*t on the Temple was nuts. I never saw a lot of what happens there coming. I was squirming in my seat. The floral antagonist in this film was a great invention. Loved the sound duplication. Wow. I’m glad the ads didn’t give away the good stuff like the red-band trailer for AvR:R did. Also, the blond in this flick is ridiculous looks-wise. What happens to her mind is fraked.

    By the way, that scene that is pictured above is not in the film. I’m guessing its in the book but don’t tell me. I’ll read it myself. It will probably be on the deleted scenes of the DVD.

    Oh yeah, Screamers was better than the book it was based, Second Variety by Philip K. Dick.

  • Harosa

    I just saw it, great scare flick with some very intense, squirm worthy moments, lady in front of us actually walked out, always a good sign. I do see that they couldn’t avoid changing the ending.

  • Harosa

    I just saw it, great scare flick with some very intense, squirm worthy moments, lady in front of us actually walked out, always a good sign. I do see that they couldn’t avoid changing the ending.

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