Jasmila Žbanic's Quo vadis, Aida? presents one of the most horrifying war crimes in history, the 1995 Srebrenica Massacre—where more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys are executed by Serbian troops, almost candidly. There's an urgency in the motion picture that, as a Bosnian, Žbanic is compelled to bring out the story as it is—to remind the world of every victim as an individual, not just numbers. It's dedicated to all Bosnian women, who lost their husband and sons during the event; who, at this point of the history, have to continue to live in a world with the perpetrators, especially the leader, Ratko Mladic, who still denies the genocide up to today.
Da 5 Bloods, Spike Lee's 2020 joint, couldn't be more timely. Released at the moment when the Black Lives Matter peaks after the murder of George Floyd, this joint serves as a poignant reminder of how African-Americans always fight the battles that aren't theirs and ends up being the victims of unfairness. The story of 4 black Vietnam veterans returning to the battleground that unite them carries the message—on America's repeatedly poor war policies and the impacts on black communities—perfectly.
Sam Mendes reinvents World War I movie with sophisticated technical prowess and massive scale of production in 1917. It's a cinematic triumph presented with an illusion of seamless single take for almost two hours, which works more than pleasing the eyes. The technique undoubtedly is the only possible one to narrate Mendes' captivating story and guide the audiences to the harrowing looks of war in real-time.
The story revolves on a crucial day back on 6 April 1917, three years into the first great war. Two young British soldiers, Lance Corporal Will Schofield (George MacKay; Captain Fantastic, Marrowbone) and Lance Corporal Tom Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman; Tommen Baratheon from Game of Thrones, recently in The King), were in charge to deliver a life-and-death message that will affect t...
The story of Perburuan spawns during the moment of captivity. Pramoedya Ananta Toer silently and secretly wrote the manuscript in his dark, damp cell during post-independence aggression by Dutch. The narrative, however, sets during the late period of Japanese occupation, following the life of fugitive hiding in the plain sight as a beggar. Along with Bumi Manusia, Perburuan marks the screen adaptations of Toer's novels by Falcon Pictures released in 2019.
It's, after all, a story of betrayal, separation, lonesome and uncertainty. Told in more chronological order (with some occasional flashbacks) than the source material, Perburuan follows a former shodanco of PETA, Japanese-founded Indonesian army, on his run after a failed coup. As Hardo (Adipati Dolken, Posesif, Teman Tapi Menikah) b...
Review Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk: After a succesful documented tour to Al-Ansakar Canal in Iraq during 2004 U.S invasion, the second unit known as the Bravo Squad led by Sarge David Dime (Garrett Hedlund) returns to the country as national heroes. The squad is brought for nationwide promotional tour and the country is showering the surviving members of the unit, especially the war hero Specialist William ‘Billy’ Lynn (Joe Alwyn) with praises and congratulations.
Several hours before their second tour, a national conglomerate has invited them to a football game where they’ll be honored during the halftime entertainment, which presenting the famous Destiny’s Child. Unbeknownst to most of them, this finest hour might be the hardest, the most crucial moment where Billy Lynn’s Long Halfti...
Review: There’s a sense of accomplishment embarks after watching Mel Gibson’s comeback, Hacksaw Ridge; a contention knowing that ‘faith’ eventually found a path to a Hollywood spectacle in its most honest manifestation. As much as it is a celebration of technical achievement, this off-beat war film is also a real-world answer to Gibson’s first two faith-laden adversaries, The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto.
Hacksaw Ridge isn’t a preach about faith whatsoever, yet, it is honest in admitting that faith is the epicenter of this biopic of a Seventh-day Adventist who received Medal of Honor in aftermath of World War II. Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield, in his quirkiest role by far) is the unsung hero; he’s enlisting in World War II like many other youths at that time, but not as a soldier, ...
Review: The U.K., U.S.A. and Kenya join forces in a mission to capture top-tier Al-Shabaab extremists meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. At surface, this looks like a war movie; but, director Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) actually only devices a girl who sells bread to craft Eye in the Sky into this year's most dilemmatic and taut thriller.
Col. Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren) is leading the mission called Operation Egret. On different part of the world, Lieutenant General Frank Benson (Alan Rickman) is supervising the operation with representative of U.K. governments. Via surveillance drone controlled by pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) and ground intelligence agent (Barkhad Abdi), Powell discovers the targets plan a suicide bombing and the operation instantly raise to "shoot to kill." B...
Review: Macbeth, or better call it The Scottish play, isn't only Shakespeare's most straight-forward troupe, but also the direst and most superstitious---with plenty of harrowing imagery and the real-life curse.
Australian director, Justin Kurzel, is seemingly persistent to be faithful to the source when adapting Macbeth in his 110-minute long adaptation of Shakespeare's short tragedy. Act-per-act and specific scenes are staged loyally to give cinematic visual treatment to the play. Even, poetic, enigmatic, but resourceful dialogues are directly transliterated---to resonate the originality of the play---in juxtaposition with idyllic visuals which talks like poetry.
Macbeth is a story of the degradation and corruption of a good man's heart in the hand of ambition. (more…)
In 2006, the original 300 stunned the audiences with well-choreographed fighting scenes with massive CGI and hyper-stylized slow motion---along with comical looks of broad-breasted men who likes to bark. A simple sequel of it might bother. Luckily... What about Rise of an Empire?