Thursday, March 02, 2006

DVD Review: Doom

The Rock has solidified himself as the new face of action movies in my opinion. His acting comes naturally to him and you just can't argue his charisma. Doom of course is based on the popular PC video game and it's an entertaining ride from start to finish. Plenty of paranoid suspense, rapid camera pans and video game-esque music to get the pulse moving. The acting is pretty good throughout and I have to admit, I was surprised by the Rock's character in the film. It's a good popcorn movie if you don't like your films on the serious side and just a fun film to watch. I give it **** out of *****.

DVD Review: The Beast of Bray Road

This is one that I wanted to see for a while, I just couldn't find it anywhere. But, finally I found it. It turns out that it's a finely crafted piece of filmmaking that ultimately ends up a victim of it's own creature. What do I mean by that? Well, the film is good, the acting is good, everything is good, but they have to go and show the beast's face too many times. Hey, even the beast is a decent one here, but it could have been way more effective if it wasn't such a camera hog. When he's hunched over gnawing on a piece of meat, he's an impressive looking specimen, but then we have to see a close-up of his mug and that just takes away from the imagination a bit. The film is based on true events, but of course, they base it VERY loosely on the real beast of Bray Road. What we have here is a decent little werewolf movie, better than many, but it's no Ginger Snaps. It gets ***1/2 out of *****.