Tuesday, 6 May 2014

New to Netflix UK - 05/05/14

Some new content this week, just don't expect it to cheer you up.

The Crazies - Residents of a small town are forced to flee to their lives after a bio-weapon turns most of the inhabitants into homicidal maniacs. Atmospheric, grisly and well directed this is a pretty decent horror remake that doesn't overstay its welcome but also sticks with you once it's over.

The Assassination (aka Assassination of a High School President) - When the SAT exams at a prestigious school are stolen, the school reporter and the popular girl team up to uncover the conspiracy. Don't be fooled by the cheesy title and plot, this is a clever little detective noire set within the realm of a high school (not unlike Brick) that deserved much more recognition than it got.

Beneath Hill 60 - Enlisting into the Australian army, an engineer finds himself under the front-lines of WW1 tasked with blowing up the German defences. It would be easy to pass this off as the Australian version of Birdsong but the movie (based on real characters too) is still a tense visual account of the horrors the troops faced in the trenches and well worth watching.

Down Terrace - A father and son, both released from jail, try to figure out the snitch who turned them in while trying to keep their family 'enterprise' afloat. Wheatley's first movie is a fresh take on the classic British gangster genre, complete with his own brand of dark and sadistic humour.

Rabbit Hole - Two parents find their lives spiralling down different paths after their son is killed in a car accident. An emotional drama brought to tragic life by excellent acting from both Eckhart and Kidman as well as excellent direction from Cameron-Mitchell.

Stitches - After being killed during a party, a clown comes back to life to have his revenge. Camp B-movie fun that, given the generic plot and bad acting, still has some merits.

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