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I’m Tracy Au and I have graduated from the Professional Writing program from university. I am an aspiring screenwriter, so this blog is used to promote my writing and attract people who will hire me to write for your TV show or movie. I write a lot about writing, TV, movies, jokes, and my daily life and opinions. I have another blog promoting my TV project at www.thevertexfighter.blogspot.com.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Fourth Kind/ Daybreakers/ Salt

Nov. 30: These are my movie reviews that were published on The Golden Vanguard.


The Fourth Kind:

I went into The Fourth Kind not knowing anything about this horror movie.  It starts off with Milla Jovovich introducing herself and that the film is based on real events and that some scenes are disturbing.  She’s right that it’s disturbing, but I find the movie was more depressing than scary.  I did jump a few times at the hypnosis session freak outs.  Those are the most frightening parts. 

It is set in Nome, Alaska and there have been the highest amount of missing people than anywhere else in the world.  Abbey Tyler (Jovovich) is a psychologist who investigates it by talking with her patients through hypnotherapy.   Dr. Tyler’s life is tumultuous as she witnesses her husband Will murdered, but can’t see the killer.  Her six-year-old daughter Ashley (Mia McKenna- Bruce) is blind after her father died.  Her ten-year-old son Ronnie (Raphael Coleman) misses his father. There is lots of tension and drama.

The movie is mainly splicing between real video footage and reenactments.  Most of the footage is when Dr. Tyler videotapes her patients under hypnosis.  The acting is really good because when the patients are scared during their sessions, they look genuinely scared and are crying.  After one session that leads to murder, Sheriff August (Will Patton) is onto Dr. Tyler. 

There is an alien abduction theory of why there are all these missing people.  Dr. Tyler investigates and learns that Awolwa Odusami (Hakeem Kae Kazim) researches and believes in aliens.  Dr. Tyler’s doctor friend Abel (Elias Koteas) is skeptical.  The video footage of aliens coming down on Earth gets all fuzzy so you can’t really see it.

By not knowing anything about the movie when watching it, I was able to get scared and believe it.  However, after doing some research on the internet, I learn that the movie is a hoax.  Here are a couple of websites that give evidence it has to be a hoax and that the real video footage shown is fake:



If you like horror movies, mockumentaries, and aliens, this movie is for you.

Daybreakers:

In the year 2019, a plague has turned the majority of humans into vampires. 

There are no shortages of disturbing images in this movie.  They show humans being farmed for their blood.  There is a shortage of blood and doctor and vampire Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke) is working on creating a new blood supply.  If the vampires don’t get enough blood in their system, they will turn into frightening wild creatures with wings.

Edward struggles to prevent it from happening by creating a blood substitute.  The task proves to be difficult as the move from animal testing to human testing shows disastrous results. 

The character relationships are deep and well-written.  Edward’s vampire boss Charles Bromley (Sam Neill) has a human daughter Alison (Isabel Lucas).  Bromley is ruthless and will do anything to get his daughter back.  There is conflict between Edward and his little brother Frankie (Michael Dorman) who is a vampire soldier who hunts down and captures humans. 

Edward may be at the top of the food chain, but he doesn’t want to be a vampire.  Through a chance of events, Edward meets a group of humans and he helps them survive.  They are Audrey (Claudia Karvan) and Elvis (Willem Dafoe).  They attempt to find a cure to turn a vampire into a human again.

The movie is hauntingly beautiful, and creepy.  There are a lot of scary moments with surprise attacks and running.  There is very cool imagery with impressive special effects.  It’s a horror movie, but an action movie too with car chase scenes and shoot outs.  It is violent, dark, and disturbing.  However, it is poignant in themes about family and change too.

Salt:

If you like Jason Bourne and James Bond, then it’s about time you see a female spy in the movies.  Salt is a very impressive suspenseful spy thriller.    

Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) is a spy for the CIA.  She is married to Michael Krause (August Diehl) who is a scientist.  A Russian spy Vasily Orlov (Daniel Olbrychuk) informs the CIA that the Russian President will be assassinated and the assassin’s name is Evelyn Salt.

A neural scan proves that Orlov is telling the truth.  A tail spin of events occurs.  Salt’s boss Ted Winter (Liev Schreiber) tries to calm her down as Salt makes sure her husband Michael isn’t hurt.  Salt escapes from the CIA who tries to stop her from leaving.  A chase scene ensues as Salt is car hopping like you would see in the movie The Matrix Reloaded.

The action scenes are well-choreographed.  There are dramatic flashbacks weaved into the story of how Russian children are being trained to be American spies.

There are multiple plot twists as it keeps the audience asking: “Is Salt really a Russian spy?  Or is she a good guy?”  It’s unpredictable throughout the entire movie.  The last thirty minutes of the movie has the craziest plot twists.  I highly recommend this action movie that keeps your mind thinking and your heart racing.

Bonnie Doon: The shoe store Naturalizer closed down.  The Zellers there also closed down.

Dec.1 City Centre: In Oct. I went to City Centre mall.  The clothing store Cleo opened.  HG2 clothing store opened a couple months back.  There is no more Common Scents perfume store.  It will be replaced by No Excuses Fragrances.

Le Chateau moved to a smaller location in the mall, but the store still looks good.  They got rid of the men's clothing section.  Urban is undergoing renovations and they were selling their stuff 20-80% off.  I read in the Edmonton Journal that it has opened up after the renovations are done.

There is going to be a new store Eeava and Eve that will be opening there.  The shoe store Sole Comfort closed down.  The clothing store Ricki's is finished renovating and there is nice lighting.

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