“Get Out” (2017)
Rooted in the current race relations, Jordan Peele’s directorial debut “Get Out” knocked it out of the park – turning horror cliches into innovative satire. The photographer Chris Washington (the understated Daniel Kaluuya) meet the Caucasian girlfriend Rose Armitage’s (the rather mediocre Allison Williams) parents – Missy and Dean Armitage (the underwhelming Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford) during the weekend. Yet, the family members behave strange and bizarre circumstances occur – the violence ensues without providing the spoilers. Believe the hype – “Get Out” is the first genuine surprise to be revealed during the 2017 (not counting M. Night Shyamalan’s comeback “Split”). The caveat is you either do or do not buy into the superficial menacing opening sequence – perfectly sets the tone, but I did not buy into it at all. “Get Out” is disturbingly relevant (scolds President Donald Trump for implementing the travel bans and the like); however, a step further, regarding the eerie tone would’ve completely fulfilled the genre requirement. B
“Rock Dog” (2017)
Based on “Tibetan Rock Dog” by Zheng Jun, the aspiring musician Bodi (voiced by Luke Wilson) pursues the dream – receiving guitar lessons via Angus Scattergood (Eddie Izzard) in an unknown city. From the subpar animation and voices to the dull conclusion, “Rock Dog” is simple yet harmless family oriented counterprogramming. C
Some action films are able to produce the snoozefest rather quickly for this particular film critic. “Collide” joins the crowd, alongside “xXx: Return of the Xander Cage” and many others. Casey Stein (Nicholas Hoult) accomplishes anything (drug smuggling, in this instance) to be able to afford Juliette Marne’s (Felicity Jones) liver transplant. Sure, Hoult is handsome and Jones is pretty – but “Collide” combines several previous action movies that you may receive déjà vu and thus, ponder – I am not missing much. You’re not missing much, indeed. D
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