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I THINK GODERIE WOULD AGREE

01 December 2004

Eating a sat?-bun, I ponder the two movies I saw a few days ago. They were two, and two was their number. And their names were Requiem for a Dream on the one side, and Resident Evil: Apocalyps on the other side. The former being a testament to the art of moviemaking, and the latter being a testament to the art of wasting budget on certified Crap Which You Could Have Done Better.

The two movies couldn't be further apart. Requiem for a Dream, as I said, is a masterpiece. Really, words cannot describe the sheer brilliance of this movie. For as long as it lasts, you are entranced by the movie's every shot, sound, word and visual. It's the sort of work of art where it eludes you just how they made it; you can't put your finger on it and frankly, you're far too busy paying attention to the movie itself. Gripping, bonechilling, frightening and horrifying. Not one moment can you peel your eyes away from the drama onscreen, as you are sucked into the sickening world which Requiem presents to you.

Resident Evil: Apocalyps is a flick of an entirely different breed. It's so bad it's laughable. I burst out into laughter every other minute, when they managed to cram yet another dreadful clich?d piece of dialogue in there. The agony doesn't stop there however. The direction is never above mediocre, and lots of the time just plain horrible in all its 'Look I'm Scary Because The Camera Is Shaking Violently' confusing imagery. But what do you think of its 'Look I'm Scary Because Everything Is So Badly Lit You Can't See A Thing', or the ingenious 'Look I'm Scary Because We've Used This Cool After Effects Filter To Blur The Zombies'? If it looks like I'm being harsh on this movie, well, frankly, I am. I don't like it when I see a millions-costing movie that makes me think at every turn:
,,I could've done that better.'

And yet, if you were to ask me which movie I'd recommend, I may not be so inclined to answer with Requiem for a Dream, neither would I dismiss Resident Evil from go. Yes, Requiem is Good and Apocalyps is Bad. But this isn't a linear scale that runs parallel to Must-Have and Don't-Ever-See-This. You see in terms of fun, it's a whole new ballgame. Watching Apocalyps in the right mindset is a blast. You'll have an hour and a half's worth of pure entertainment, sitting there on the couch with a few friends, enjoying the movie like crazy in all its reckless idiocy. But going through Requiem for a Dream is about as much fun as getting an enema (or so I estimate). Hey, this is purely subjective of course. If you like a throbbing depression over the devouring tragedy you've just witnessed in all its well-executed misery, you'll have a ball. But otherwise, I really wouldn't recommend Requiem to anyone, because it's so frighteningly good it hurts.

Roderick.