Category 2020

Mortal

Endowed with dangerous powers that he cannot control, Eric wanders alone in the vastness of the Norwegian forests. Following a tragic combination of circumstances in a small town, the young man of American origin finds himself chased by the authorities. Supported by a psychologist on the run, he tries to master and understand the extraordinary nature of his gifts … With his American experiences (“The Jane Doe Identity” and “Scary Stories”), André Øvredal returns to put his camera on his native lands! In his baggage from across the Atlantic, the director revealed by the brilliant “Troll Hunter” brought back, in addition to the English language, the American actor Nat Wolff in order to offer him the title role of this “Torden” (” Mortal “internationally), a return to roots inevitably awaited at the turn … You might as well go there frankly, if you like the often intriguing biases of the filmmaker, the first part of” Mortal “may well serve as a sacred cold shower. The silent introduction of the film where we follow the suffering of his hero lost in the middle of the forest may well arouse our curiosity, when he comes into contact with civilization, “Mortal” dangerously begins to look like any other. lambda adaptation of a bestseller of young adult literature. Admittedly, the magnificent Nordic landscapes and a more intimate European approach will quickly want to place the beginnings of this story in a more realistic setting and a much darker tone than all the mainstream productions of this ilk but, basically, that does not prevent not the film to review the most stereotypical situations of the genre. For a spectator prowled in all these springs, it is thus quickly complicated to become fully involved in the umpteenth destiny of a young man tortured by the power of his superpowers and seeking to escape a world which is obviously not prepared to accept his difference (Nat Wolff’s lack of thickness in the role doesn’t help), hard to believe in the prefabricated birth of feelings between him and the only female character his age put in his way, hard to perceive a real danger around two threats (one on a personal level, the other more global) with basic developments and uniquely designed to serve the evolution of their extraordinary opponent when the time comes … Ultimately, despite a style European more supported, nothing ever seems to succeed in diverting “Mortal” from a course that we know is ultra-marked, even its most spectacular scenes do not really make us fall backwards … However, halfway through course, André Øvredal’s paw will try to turn things around with the introduction of a certain folklore to explain the origin of the hero’s powers. By certain visions gradually revealed to the spectator, the mystery will not really be one (we will also have a kind of “course for dummies” in the matter in order to explain it well thanks to a secondary character) but, as Throughout his filmography, Øvredal’s rather incredible ability to awaken our fascination with the legends he seizes will once again show itself brilliantly to finally give relief to “Mortal”. A few pertinent questions about the place of such a being in our world first emerge (they are touched upon if not deepened), then, as the character of Nat Wolff gets closer to the foundations of its identity, the film will find a real new impetus that can only captivate by the magnitude of what is suddenly updated...

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3

Released in April 2017, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 ends with several post-credits scenes, a tradition at Marvel. If these sequences are sometimes quite anecdotal, even useless, those of the Guardians have the merit of questioning us, in particular on the characters that we will see in the continuation of the MCU...

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You Should Have Left

Almost 20 years after “Hypnosis”, David Koepp finds Kevin Bacon and reconnects with the genre that made him known. Theo, a man with a troubled past who is looked askance on every time he goes out in public, goes to a secluded house with his wife Susanna, a film actress, and their daughter Ella. Without feeling cramped in this huge house, the small family will quickly feel uncomfortable. Strange impressions, gloomy and violent nightmares, their stay will not be easy. Adapted from the eponymous novel by Daniel Kehlmann, “You Should Have Left” is a psychological thriller that puts the mental health of its characters to the test. Without frightening, even if there are distressing moments, the film is very mysterious and especially holds in suspense until the end. It’s hard not to think of another great film of its kind while watching this almost in camera. What is interesting and makes the story very intriguing is the double reading we can have of what is going on. The character of Theo is perfect for this and well developed. The setting, namely the house, which is an integral part of the story is well used even if we could have had something even more immersive...

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The One and Only Ivan

Ivan is a 200 kg gorilla who lives with his friends, the elephant Stella and the dog Bob, in a mall in a US suburb. He leads a peaceful life and has only vague memories of the jungle where he was captured. The arrival of a very young elephant, little Ruby, who has just been torn from her family and the wild life, will move him deeply and question his beliefs...

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VFW

Fred, a Vietnam War veteran, and his military friends must protect a teenager and the headquarters of the VFW organization from a drug dealer and his army of mutant punks...

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Mission: Impossible 7

The Mission Impossible 7 team, whose filming has resumed in Great Britain, had to face a big setback: a serious motorcycle accident occurred during the filming of a scene involving a stuntman but apparently not Tom Cruise ...

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Songbird

Two years after the epidemic, confinements / deconfinements have been linked, but the virus continues to mutate. The cities are divided into two camps, that of the haves and that of the have-nots. Within this new organization of society, a delivery boy who is miraculously immune to the virus crosses both worlds every day...

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Escape from Pretoria

The true story of the incarceration and escape of two anti-Apartheid activists, Tim Jenkin and Stephen Lee, in South Africa in 1978...

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The Midnight Sky

In the Arctic, Augustine, an aging astronomer survived a mysterious cataclysm...

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Black Water: Abyss

A group of friends explore isolated caves deep in the forests of northern Australia when a tropical storm erupts. The waters rise and trap them below the surface...

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