Now to get something going on this blog I decided to follow zero to hero challenge. And now it says to write and publish a new-to-you post. So for this I thought of writing reviews for these two movies that I recently saw. I have given my reviews to those who have asked personally, but never have I written reviews for movies before.
In the past years, many of the films released are high budget films. These films spend millions for various aspects of the movie such as SFX, High quality cameras, exotic locations, roping in the “Best” actors, extravagant publicity, etc. etc. Even after this some of them turn out completely crappy and unworthy of our time and money.
But then again I came across some movies, whose makers did not go to such extent to make their movies a big hit. They simply got a room or set, their actors, a pair of costumes, set up their cameras and came out with nothing short of a masterpiece.
The one thing they had planned and used well was the Script. That was the thing that made a difference. That made the film stand out of the crowd.
The first movie is “The Man from Earth” (2007) and the second one being, 12 Angry Men (1957).
You might be wondering why these two movies specifically. The reason is quite simple. Both the movies had a limited amount of cast i.e. around 10-15 people only. Also both of them had the cast talking on one topic the whole time in one specific place (A room) and sometimes around that room. Generally, I was not a fan of the talkative drama movies but as the movie progressed, I couldn’t take a break from it even for a second. I was so engrossed in both these movies that I felt as if I were sitting in that room at that moment.
The Man from Earth (2007) –
IMDB Rating – 8.0/10
Storyline – An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he never ages and has walked the earth for 14,000 years.
My thoughts – It was informative and a very interesting story. A sci-fi drama film that makes you believe it is real. I hope it is real. Wouldn’t it be fascinating to meet a Man who walked the Earth for 14000 years and discuss with him about those years?
I hate history. I don’t like to remember dates and events that happened years ago, unless it accounts to a holiday. But this science fiction story is worth a watch. Anyways, I loved this movie even though they spoke about many historic events, the change in time, his travelling etc. For those interested in history or discussing on topics like these, get yourself like-minded people to watch the movie and you might end up talking for hours.
I felt that they could have removed a few scenes and added a few which would have taken it to another level. Wether or not you like history, you should watch it once. This 87 min movie wouldn’t be a waste of time. At the end of movie, you would be talking about it for hours or you might be thinking on it till you sleep.
12 Angry Men (1957) –
IMDB Rating – 8.9/10
Storyline – The defense and the prosecution have rested and the jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young Spanish-American is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. What begins as an open and shut case of murder soon becomes a mini-drama of each of the jurors’ prejudices and preconceptions about the trial, the accused, and each other. A dissenting juror slowly manages to convince the others that the case is not as obviously clear as it seemed in court.
My thoughts – It was amazing, engrossing, working up my mind. These twelve jurors are assigned a task of taking a decision about this young man who has been charged of killing his own father. Just based on the word “Possibility”, one of the jurors tries to convince other jurors that the accused is possibly not the killer. Slowly and steadily as the discussion progresses, they dig deep into facts and possibilities to make a correct decision. The movie is just of 96 min and I bet you wouldn’t be bored with it being a Black-and-White movie. You would sit through it trying to figure out yourself if the accused actually killed his father or not. Your mind starts working on the clues and the statements of the witnesses. (At least mine did.)
Small details turn into surprises which change the minds and votes of jurors. I would recommend you to watch it alone as having a company might distract you sometimes. Listen carefully and enjoy the film.
Both of these films do deserve some recognition.