Sunday, September 28, 2008

PIRATED DVD REVIEWS (PDR) - The Life Before Her Eyes

Are you one of those person who sometimes frequented pirated DVD stalls/stores? Yes? No?

Did you ever go to the store/stalls and took such a long time to look at the covers, read the synopsis behind it among all selection?

Have you ever been so dissapointed that after making your purchase, the movies seems to be not as what you expected?

Ahahha!! As if I have nothing better to do, today I'm gonna start a new category for my posts, titled 'Pirated DVD (Movie) Reviews. It will be a selected review of DVD's that I've recently watched. The reviews are mainly for movies that does not really make it to our local big screen. I may be a bit stereotypical and have my own preference towards the types of movies I like, but I hope this will help you in your selection.

Disclaimer: The entry is in no way encouring anybody to buy pirated DVD/VCD. All DVD/VCD in question are all borrowed. Please support originals!

# PDR NO.1 :
TITLE :
The Life Before Her Eyes
LEADING ACTOR/ACTRESS : Uma Thurman/ Evan Rachel Woods/ Sherman Alpert/Eva Amurri.
SYNOPSIS (as written at the back of the cover):
A dramatic thriller about Diana (Uma Thurman), a suburban wife and mother who begins to question her seemingly perfect life--and perhaps her sanity-on the 15th anniversary of a tragic high school shooting that took the life of her best friend.

In a flashbacks, younger Diana (Evan Rachel Woods) is a vibrant high schooler who, with her shy best friend Maureen, plot typical teenage strategies, cutting class, fantasizing about boys, and vow to leave their sleepy suburb at the first opportunity.

In senior year the subsequent year, Diana is haunted by the increasingly strained relationship she had with Maureen as the day of the school shooting approached.

These memories disrupt the idyllic life she's (Uma) now leading with her professor husband, Paul and their young daughter.

THE CLIMAX: During the school shoot-out, it is about a difficult decision made between two best friends, of whom shall live and whom shall die when being confronted by the shooter, and how the flasback/future life can be seen during the last hour. Reminded me of Stephen King's writing, who can make a book out of half an hour's life event.

REVIEW:
1. Uma Thurman never dissappoint me. I believe she is one of the smartest leading actress around, who knows how to choose good movie and good scripts. And The Life Before Her Eyes is a very good choise of her.

2. This movie can be very depressing to some. So beware, this is a heavy movie. In fact, I finally understand in the end why the director/writer had done the movie the way it was.

3. I love movies that make me think (The Matrix not included). I love movies that made you say, "oh my God. I did not see that coming!" -remember The Sixth Sense? The Life Before Her Eyes made me to say "owhhhhh i seeee..."

REVEALING TIPS :
If you still don't understand the movie by the end of it, the tips is :REMEMBER THE TITLE.

RATING (5/5) :
Script : 4.5/5
Storyline : 4/5 (a bit confusing by the flashback at first, but u will understand why)
Filming : 4/5 (dark and depressing, but for a reason)
Acting : 5/5 (I love Uma. Period.)

Star : 4/5

8 comments:

tikiyung said...

i love Uma too...hehe. remember Kill Bill?

Sumuk said...

oopss. since aku terlepas nangga Kill Bill 1, aku sik maok dolok nangga Kill Bill 2. Sbb sik paham. Ok kelak2 aku carik. Thx for giving me the idea.

Tikiyung said...

kechian Uma...hiks..hiks..

lvynana said...

1 movie Uma yg aku sik suka..My Super Ex'gf..:(

Sumuk said...

eh! aku suka My Super Ex'Gf la!! Lawak ba :D .. mubi ya cam menyindir pun ada, that's y aku suka. aku rasa mmg kreatif jak watak2 n jalan ceritanya..

Desmond said...

The Sixth Sense formula applied here? And that movie with Nicole Kidman 'The Others'...it always gives me that ooomph watching this Uma's movie has that ending impact.

Desmond said...

The Sixth Sense formula applied here? And that movie with Nicole Kidman 'The Others'...it always gives me that ooomph watching this Uma's movie has that ending impact.

Sumuk said...

Yepp Desmond!! i've watched 'The Others', and it gave the same impact too :D. The best thing about 'The Life Before Her Eyes' is that it might have looked like a normal teenage movie, but in fact it was far from it, and we realized it only at the very end. Plus, it made it all better with these 'superactor/actress' like Uma, Kidman etc in the movies. Really thumbs up for the writers' creativity!

 
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