Out this month is a group of action/horror/drama films for your viewing enjoyment. First we have Field of Lost Shoes, a Civil War drama. It’s the story of boys who step up and defend the Shenandoah Valley against the Union Army. There’s nothing wrong with the film, but nothing all that exciting either. It takes forever for anything to really happen. You see them go through some training and joining other battalions, but not much happens till the end and the major battle. It’s a good history lesson, but I think I would have preferred a documentary/dramatization of the story than a movie.
Next is Sanatorium. This film combines two of my most hated film gimmicks, found footage/shaky cam style filmmaking and ghost hunting storytelling. So needless to say, this did NOTHING for me. It’s not scary. It’s not creepy or spooky. It’s not entertaining either. The acting is terrible. The look of the movie is terrible. Nothing about it is enjoyable. Unless you love shaky cam and ghost hunting, pass on this one.
For the third film we have I Am Soldier. It should be called I Am Generic because that’s what this film is, a generic action film. It spends most of the movie showing you soldiers training for what seems like the British version of the Navy SEALs. It’s basic filmmaking and basic training sequences. There’s a woman instructor and the number of men keep going down. Finally it gets to what I was hoping was a mission and it really isn’t anything worth while. Generic is the best word for this film.
Then there is Day of the Mummy, a found footage/shaky cam archeology type film. A team is hired to find a diamond inside an Egyptian tomb. That’s fine, I’ve seen it before and I’ll see a similar story again, unfortunately the entire movie has Danny Glover in a little box talking to the main character through eye glasses. It’s mostly POV filmmaking with little backstory. I didn’t care about the characters or if they made it out alive. Danny Glover shouldn’t be that broke that he’s doing cash grab jobs like this. The mummy itself was kind of cool, but totally wasted.
The Device is up next. It’s ok. I didn’t hate it, didn’t love it, wouldn’t watch it again. It’s an alien film wrapped around some sisterly issues. The one sister never knew the truth about what happened to the other sister and they end up at a family cottage where things go bad again. The acting isn’t great, but I kind of liked the alien guys. The sphere was kind of cool as well, I just wish there was more to it. It’s a straight to DVD release for a reason I guess.
Last we have 7 Assassins. It’s your typical Asian martial arts type film. It’s not bad. A lot of the fight sequences are pretty cool, but it’s your standard storyline. There’s a small town and town folk and then it gets into gold and guards and assassins. It’s watchable, but if you’ve seen a lot of Asian films (like I have), there isn’t anything all that original to this one. But if you like martial arts films, you should like it because again, it has some pretty cool fight sequences.