Don't Look Up [Blu-ray]
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(Jul 27, 2010)
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Had you told me in 2008 that Hollywood would import Fruit Chan, the director of the phenomenal little flick Dumplings, to do Yet Another Asian Horror remake, I'd have laughed at you. If you then told me that Chan would bungle the movie almost completely, I probably would have been laughing so hard I wouldn't have been able to breathe.
And yet here we are with Don't Look Up, a remake of Hideo Nakata's 1996 flick Jôyu-rei. And it is almost as horrible as the critics would have you believe.
Plot: a film crew working on a low-budget horror picture (why can't film crews in horror films ever be working on, say, a lavish costume drama?) discovers footage of a much older film shot in the same location by cult director Bela Olt (Inglorious Bastards' Eli Roth), who, according to the local folklore, went insane during filming, as did most of the surviving cast and crew after one cataclysmic night of bloodshed. Of course, the present-day film crew, headed up by equally obsessed director Marcus Reed (The Hills Have Eyes II's Reshad Strik) and producer Josh Petri (Gangs of New York's Henry Thomas), puts no stock in such stories...but after they view the old footage, strange things start occurring on the set...is the ghost of lead actress Lila Kis (You Don't Mess with the Zohan's Rachael Murphy), or the witch she was portraying in that old film, haunting the new production?
All of which sounds good. And by all rights, from everything I've heard, it is good, when directed by Hideo Nakata. But this? This is just another bad re-tread, made all the worse for being directed by a guy who is, when not working within the confines of Hollywood, one of Japan's most innovative, witty directors. How did this go so horribly wrong? We may never know the answer to that question, but there can be no argument about the fact that something certainly did. Perhaps the production was haunted by the spectre of Yasuyo Shirashima? **
While the premise of "Don't Look Up" is not bad, the film itself is a terrible mess. Confusing and incoherent, the story of "Don't Look Up" doesn't make sense. Perhaps with exception of one brief sequence about the creepy image of a woman, the film remains unoriginal throughout.
"Don't Look Up" is a remake of a 1996 Japanese horror film "Jyoyu-rei" ("Ghost Actress"). The latter marked director Hideo Nakata's feature debut before he made a J-horror classic "Ringu." Despite Nakata's clever use of movie studio, and effectively creepy moments of the titular "actress," "Jyoyu-rei" is far from perfect with a weak plot and an underwhelming conclusion.
Its remake is much worse. Everything looks amateurish here: incoherent story, cheesy production design, cheap special effects and wooden acting. Directed by Fruit Chan, Chinese-born director who has made much better films in the past such as "Made in Hong Kong," "Don't Look Up" is simply a terrible movie.
Another American J-Horror remake of...something...that is virtually incomprehensible.
A film crew doing a remake of a "doomed" silent film are attacked by evil spirits and lots and lots of terrible CGI flies. Despite the advertising, Eli Roth is in the film for less than five minutes before the opening credits.
Instead, we gets lots of shots of the attractive yet wooden and thoroughly unlikable leading man standing open-mouthed amid swarms of aforementioned terrible CGI flies, causing me to recall the scoldings of Sister Ruth Ann in second grade shouting, "Close your mouth, before you start catching flies!!"
Patrick - ScreamQueenz Horror Blog
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