gugu mbatha-raw as the extractor / oscar isaac as the pointman / idris elba as the mark / margot robbie as the forger / robin wright as the tourist / chiwetel ejiofor as the chemist / ruth negga as the shade / golshifteh farahani as the architect
nora boyd (mbatha-raw) operates as the team’s leader with gabriel castillo (isaac) as her righthand man. the two of them founded this dream share team together and are rumored to be lovers, but they carry an air of a strictly professional relationship. carey hayes (robbie) was recruited in part due to her relationship to nora’s younger sister, vivian boyd (negga), and her talents in the art of deception. the team’s chemist, godfrey young (ejiofor), was good friends with gabriel back during their college days and was reluctantly convinced to join a few years prior. the now last member of the team, anahita saidi (farahani), was taken in during one of the team’s earlier missions in singapore, when vivian was still the architect. however, with vivian’s untimely death a few years back, anahita has taken over that role.
currently, corporate head, annalise turner (wright), has hired the team to infiltrate the mind of her rival and former coworker, marcus taylor (elba), and extract the secrets that nearly destroyed her company and family. their mission quickly spirals out of control as the dream world becomes a battle ground once other dream share teams join the fray, vivian’s shade undermines team efforts, and annalise and marcus are discovered to be more than meets the eye.
This is my first review ever written on an airplane, it might seem like a bit of a task, but It’s really a nice experience, it keeps your mind from coming up with doomsday scenarios and time passes a lot quicker.
But I’ll be getting to the point and into the review now, I went to see The conjuring 2 while I was on holiday in Belgium, I had heard and read a lot about the film and got curious.
But at the same time I was a little reluctant, due to my severe allergy and phobia of second instalments, idk if allergy to sequels is actually a thing but if it is I’ve got it.
After given it some thought, I decided to go for it anyway and to drag other people into it as well, shortly after we were in a dark room bustling with teenagers, waiting to get their wits scared out of them.
Well I can honestly say that it was worth it, it was one of the best cinema experiences I’ve had in a while, I had goosebumps during a horror film for the first time in my life.
Even though I slept perfectly fine at night the film definitely had me screaming a few times, but whether I slept at night or not doesn’t really matter so let’s move on the storyline.
Like the first film, the second one focuses on a case handled by the real life couple Ed and Lorraine Warren.
This time we see the Warrens get involved in a case that’s been called “The Amityville of England” the famous case is that of the Enfield mansion which to this day remains one of the most controversial and most documented cases in paranormal history.
The case attracted tons of media attention back in the day and attracted both skeptics and believers alike, this led the case to attract attention from the church and eventually the Warrens.
The church wanted the Warrens to investigate, to be sure the house was really haunted or not, the church has always been suspicious of cases that attract a lot of media attention.
The Warrens were also reluctant to get involved, Lorraine wanted to quit paranormal investigation and case solving, because she’s had a recent experience which involves her husband, that upset her too much to want to continue.
But the Warrens do eventually travel to the Enfield mansion in England, of course we wouldn’t have a film otherwise, so they went.
Like many people they are initially a little reluctant to believe, in the case of the Warrens because neither of them seems to sense anything of the paranormal kind.
Them being the Warrens they do eventually decide to believe and help the Hodgson family, I won’t be any more specific but let’s just say that there’s a creepy ass old grandpa and a nun with a serious case of resting bitch face in serious need of a good dentist and eye doctor.
And there’s some very effective jump scares that have quite a few twists to them, the best and most interesting is the fact that everyone including the Warrens are skeptical and reluctant to believe that the house is haunted, for the family It’s very real and very scary.
But how do you prove and get rid of something that’s apparently not there for other people but that is for you? The film plays around with this so well that you start to feel sympathy for the family and hatred towards everyone else.
The acting is really the only thing that left me a little conflicted, with mixed feelings and disappointed. Not because the acting is bad it certainly isn’t, there’s some excellent performances in there.
My problem here is with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, not with their individual performances but with their chemistry together, they’re supposed to be a couple but I simply don’t buy into it.
Occasionally I do but then I find it too over the top, overall I find their chemistry pretty lukewarm, there’s something forced almost unnatural about it that bothers me.
Wilson and Farmiga work best individually or in the scenes in which they’re not touching each other, It’s then that they both deliver solid and moving performances.
For the British cast I’ve got nothing but praise, every single one of them stood out and shined, you liked them instantly, and feel an immediate connection with them. You feel sympathy and empathy towards them and care about them, maybe more than about the Warrens.
Madison Wolfe who played Janet, one of the Hodgson children was absolutely brilliant, she truly owned every single scenes she was in, she perfectly knows how to balance every emotion and feeling.
Equally brilliant is Frances O'Connor, the actress playing the children’s mother, she’s a single mother left by her husband for another woman he now refuses to pay alimony, she struggles to provide for her family.
She’s clearly been wounded by the event but she’s also very wilful and strong, in the sense that she cares deeply about her children and that she’ll do anything to protect them, she reminded me of the mother in The Badadook, (who’s one of my all time favourite horror film heroines.)
Cinematography and direction wise, the second instalment in the series is better than the first one, the first one was good, but in the second there was a lot improvements from the first one, certain style elements were the same but were better executed.
While others seem to have come from a newfound confidence in the director and cinematographer, confidence is definitely the keyword here, The conjuring 2 looks like a film that’s sure of itself, which could be a bad thing.
But here it isn’t, it simply looks like a film that was expertly and precisely put together, by people that genuinely love what they do and trust me it shows, It’s like eating food that’s made with love.
In the case of this film, the result is a very stylish and elegant looking horror film, the scenes were timed and paced almost to perfection, so they succeed perfectly in getting the desired effect and response out of the audience.
something that I noticed and that made me remember a Martin Scorsese quote is the quite amazing use of framing, framing is of course normal in film, but the way you do it and what you put into the frame can cause quite an impact.
In a lot of the scenes the scariness lies in the fact that something is happening, in the corner of the screen, Its not as obvious as having something creepy central on the screen and It’s creepiness factor is quite effective.
Also the film emphasises more on what each character is going through emotionally, when a certain scene is about a certain character the film will put almost all of the spotlight on them.
And in doing this it creates almost an emotional tie between the audience and the character, the first instalment lacked this a little so I find it quite an improvement.
The film also uses light excellently I loved the contrast between natural and artificial lightning, they succeeded brilliantly in making daylight scary, the fact that It’s light outside is usually a good thing in horror, as light outside seems to provide shelter.
Monsters tend to come out at night here it didn’t make much difference, some of the scariest and most intense scenes happen during the the day, so much for being afraid of the dark.
One of the things I liked best about about the film is how well it succeeded in bringing 70′s England to life, in this case London, there’s an undeniable Englishness to the film despite the fact that it was an American production, the the two main actors and the director are American.
It’s no doubt because of the excellent British supporting cast and because of the way England and It’s general atmosphere have been so accurately and beautifully captured.
The director worked on Fast and Furious which I’m by no means a fan of, but it seems to have payed off some scenes in the film were very dynamic and filmed almost like action movie sequences, it makes for some very intense, engaging and usually visually pleasing scenes.
The soundtrack is one of the best I’ve heard in a horror film in a while, I can’t exactly pinpoint why because there certainly are some cliché sounds in it, but the film manages to use them smartly and elegantly and not always when you’re expecting it.
Overall I appreciate the fact that it stayed away a little from one of the newest trends in horror, silence (Which I’m a fan of), but It’s nice to see a filmmaker appreciate and explore the power of sound and It’s possibilities to affect an audience.
The way the music was used in the film reminded me a little of some older horror films such as The omen (my favourite horror film of all time). The soundtrack really is one of the film’s strongest points.
It’s used to It’s full extent, not only to deliver jump-scares, which is pretty usual in horror, It’s also used to set the tone, mood and general atmosphere and to highlight certain emotional exchanges between the characters.
These are things many films in the genre lack, so yes in case you couldn’t tell I’m really quite pleased with the soundtrack.
If you’re a fan of horror films, then I can certainly recommend this one! You don’t even have to seen the first instalment of the series, while some elements in the film and It’s storyline are somewhat similar.
This film does take a different and perhaps even improved direction, It’s more of a thrill ride than the first one, It’s refreshingly surprising for a horror film, it takes some well though out turns and It’s suspenseful to the very end.
Believe me if you have to pee while you’re seeing this in the theatre you won’t go, The conjuring 2 is one of the most stunning sequels in recent horror history in my opinion.
It delivers and lives up to to the hype, it does what a good horror film is supposed to, it gradually builds up the tension in the audience, it has It’s audience at the edge of their seat.
After a while the audience has gotten to the point where they want to look away but keep looking, the urge to keep looking is stronger than the one to look away, that my friends is good horror!
‘The Conjuring’ is a Warner Bros. release directed by James Wan, written by Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes, while being based on the case files of the Warrens, and stars Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Lili Taylor, and Ron Livingston.
Novo poster de Invocação do Mal 2 , de James Wan (Jogos Mortais ). A continuação conta novamente com o roteiro dos irmãos Carey Hayes e Chad Hayes, além das contribuições do diretor e de David Johnson (A Órfã ).
Baseada no caso Enfield Poltergeist, registrado no final da década de 1970, a trama se passa sete anos após os eventos da primeira produção . Lorraine e Ed Warren desembarcam na Inglaterra para ajudar uma família atormentada por uma manifestação poltergeist na filha.
Vera Farmiga (Amor sem Escalas ), Patrick Wilson (Watchmen: O Filme ), Frances O'Connor(A.I.: Inteligência Artificial ), Maria DoyleKennedy (Orphan Black [2013 - 2015]), Simon McBurney (O Último Rei da Escócia ) e Sterling Jerins (Guerra Mundial Z ) estão no elenco.
Developed by The Conjuring’s writers Chad and Carey Hayes and overseen by that film’s producer, Peter Safran, The Crucifixion has
its roots in the true story of a priest who was convicted of murdering a
nun after he performed an exorcism on her. Cookson will be playing a
journalist investigating the case, trying to dig up the truth of whether
he murdered an innocent, mentally unstable woman or if she was truly
possessed by a demon. All involved will be hoping the new movie is as
successful as The Conjuring, itself based on real events, which was a huge hit and spawned the Annabelle prequel.
Cookson, who played Roxy in Kingsman, has already finished work on period adventure thriller Emperor alongside Adrien Brody and Bill Skarsgard. She’s also attached to a horror pic called Hush, about college students running a phony ghostbusting service who come up against some very real phantoms.
Six college friends go on a road trip to a football game, but decide to camp out after taking a detour that set them back. After some car trouble, they find the town of Ambrose, which features a wax museum whose figures seem very life-like. The group soon discovers the town and people in it are not all they appear to be and must fight to survive.
Many people mistake House of Wax for your average slasher flick remake. However, upon watching it, the movie might surprise you, as it did me. This movie definitely separates itself from most of the movies in the genre by giving something so rarely done in horror movies anymore; characters you care about and good writing. The writing is definitely above average compared to most slasher-horror movies of today. The characters come off as grounded in reality and relatable, some more than others, though. The acting is good and you may even be surprised by the level of Paris Hilton’s acting; it’s not quite as horrible as you’d imagine. If you don’t want to see the movie solely because Paris Hilton’s name is attached, then you are missing out. She is barely even in it and has very little dialogue. Another factor is that you have to pay attention because some things are very subtle. I remember I was still noticing things that were not so blatantly obvious after the third and fourth time viewing the movie. It is also not entirely fair for people to compare it to the 1953 Vincent Price version because aside from a few basic plot details and the name, it’s a completely different movie. To be blunt, both are good movies that represented the best of its genre for the time it was made and are not anything of the same.
Considering the fact that this film had a low-budget, it is of high quality between the set design and visual effects. As much as the gore in this movie is cringe-worthy (fingers, feet, boiling wax on skin), it is not over-done and is mainly prosthetics, another rarity in modern horror movies. Something that still fascinates me to this day is the fact that the entire town they filmed in was a set built just for the movie. The detail and style within that town alone is remarkable and gives a great tone to the movie – and who can forget the outstanding work that obviously went into the actual house of wax? The entire thing was literally made of wax. It has an old-world feel with abstract art that gives a creepy vibe, along with spider webs and dust. John Ottman also gave a pleasing score that sort of feels like a mixture of old horror with new. A very eerie tone was set throughout the movie with Ottman’s unusual score. The song selection is also great with artists like Marilyn Manson, Joy Division, Deftones, My Chemicle Romance and Disturbed. One thing that may get missed about the underlying message of the movie is the bonds of twin siblings and how the relationships can be strained or forces one to stray from good. I don’t want to give much away, but just look out for that and you will definitely see what I am talking about.
If you are looking for a good slasher-horror that has a good storyline, then I highly recommend House of Wax.
“It seems New Line and Walden haven’t stopped believing in their Journey franchise, as they are throwing third and fourth installments in the fantasy-adventure movie series into development.
Chad and Carey Hayes, the brothers who wrote New Line’s hit horror movie The Conjuring, have been tapped to pen the scripts for movies that follow 2008's Journey to the Center of the Earth and 2012's Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.
Dwayne Johnson, who toplined Journey 2 (the first film starred Brendan Fraser in the lead role), playing a Navy code breaker, is attached to star in the new installments, which could be filmed back-to-back, schedule permitting. Josh Hutcherson is expected to return as well, although he is not formally attached.” [x]