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Film Review: The Keep (1983)

A strange and surprisingly compelling early Michael Mann film. About some Nazis who hold up in an oddly constructed keep in Romania. Things start to go wrong when the soldiers remove one of the large stones from the interior walls, releasing an ominous power that begins to kill them.

It’s got some fine actors in it, flexing their acting chops. Jürgen Prochnow (Das Boot) shouts angrily, Ian McKellen (Gandalf) stares in wonder and Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects) is evil man.

The story is somewhat confused and probably compressed from the source novel of the same name. The sound mix is annoyingly quiet in parts, while being loud in others. One for the cinema, I guess. Some of the effects are really rather good, especially some tricks with smoke.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

The Keep on IMDb

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Film Review: Haywire (2011)

A highly skilled covert operative discovers that those she works for have set her up for a deadly betrayal.

I went in expecting a sub-Bourne action flick, but while it’s similar to that series this film has a hard-hitting, raw style all of its own. A great deal of which is thanks to the extremely athletic and hard-as-nails lead actress. Gina Carano has taken time out from kick boxing and mixed martial arts to pretend to knock the shit out of some bad guys. When she’s not being chased through various locations and having fights she’s doing a pretty good job of acting. Apparently she performed all the stunt work herself and some of it really looks like it hurt.

The rest of the cast brings some recognisable faces, contributing solid performances. The story is either a little complex or just confusing. I lost it at the very end, but that didn’t really matter. The strengths of the film are in the action.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Haywire on IMDb

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