Monday, September 1, 2014

Crisp Criticism - "If I Stay", "Into the Storm", "As Above, So Below"

Julien Faddoul

If I Stay

While in a coma after a fatal accident, a teenage female musician ways her options to decide whether she wants to live or die.
A ludicrous premise is presented here with a literal approach. This would have worked had the drama itself not been so bland. Therefore, the approach only heightens its obnoxiousness.

d – R.J. Cutler
w – Shauna Cross   (Based on the Novel by Gayle Forman)
ph – John de Borman
pd – Brent Thomas
m – Heitor Pereira
ed – Keith Henderson
cos – Monique Prudhomme

p – Denise Di Novi, Alison Greenspan

Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, Joshua Leonard, Liana Liberato, Stacy Keach, Gabrielle Rose, Jakob Davies

Into the Storm

A group of high school students “document” the events and aftermath of a devastating tornado.
Crass, asinine disaster movie that clearly exists only as an excuse to show off computer graphics that, ironically, are piss-poor anyway.

d – Steven Quale
w – John Swetnam
ph – Brian Pearson
pd – David Sandefur
m – Brian Tyler
ed – Eric A. Sears
cos – Kimberly Adams-Galligan

p – Todd Garner

Cast: Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Max Deacon, Nathan Kress, Alycia Debnam Carey, Arlen Escarpeta, Jeremy Sumpter, Lee Whittaker

As Above, So Below

When a team of explorers venture into the catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead.
Incompetent horror film that can’t conjure up a single scare or morsel of entertainment.

d – John Erick Dowdle
w – John Erick Dowdle, Drew Dowdle
ph – Leo Hinstin
pd – Louise Marzaroli
ed – Elliot Greenberg
cos – Annie Bloom

p – Patrick Aiello, Drew Dowdle

Cast: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, Francois Civil

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