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The Broken

I saw The Broken today and, as I expected, Lena Headey was brilliant in it. Such a great actor. She is always amazing to watch, even in some of the more mediocre movies she's done. The Broken had great performances all around, actually. It was very well-cast and well-directed. The script, however, could have used some work. The set-up was good and the whole story was quite intriguing. What it lacked, though, was an underlying mythology to sort of explain or even hint at why what was happening was happening. And in the horror genre, I think you really need that. Overall I enjoyed the film and was never bored but I kept hoping for a decent payoff that didn't come.



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nanewt011
Jan. 10th, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen this yet, maybe next weekend when I'm off. Did you see Lena in the producers blog doing the bit about trying to make a charitable donation of her grandfather? I thought she was hysterical! She really needs to do some comedy, her timing is great.
roxybisquaint
Jan. 11th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
Yeah, that was hilarious! And despite my criticisms of The Broken, I recommend it. There was plenty to like about it.
cisaac
Jan. 10th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
I won't get a chance to see it. The theatres in the D/FW area playing the horror fest are no where near me. I'll catch it on DVD or OnDemand and watch it.

I saw Close Encounters of the Third Kind for the first time in over ten years.

I forgot how mind shatteringly good that movie is. In Blu-Ray it's even better.

Edit: And I'd like to say that calling The Cave mediocre is an insult to mediocre movies everywhere. It's Sci-Fi movie of the week quality... which is at least higher quality than the latest Mike Meyers movie.

Edited at 2009-01-10 11:18 pm (UTC)
roxybisquaint
Jan. 11th, 2009 01:19 am (UTC)
Aw, too bad. I'd recommend The Broken when it hits DVD in March. I have a habit of picking at scripts, but I think it's a worthwhile film to watch.

I haven't seen Close Encounters in several years, but I was never a huge fan of it. I thought it was cool, but it's not one I can enjoy watching over and over again. I would imagine it's pretty cool on Blue Ray, though. While we're on the subject of Close Encounters, I'll share one of the man's talents with you:

http://allergygal.com/media/video/closeencounters.mov

As for The Cave - I brutalized that film in the Lena Headey thread over at TWoP last summer when I saw it.
rkc_erika
Jan. 10th, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
I just got back from this - Lena was wonderful in it, I thought the film had a very Hitchcock feel to it and it's the type of creepy thriller that Shaymalan should be making instead of the crap that he's been cranking out for the last few years.

I thought the cinematography was fantastic in it and overall a really good film.

Both THE BROKEN and FROM WITHIN will be available DVD - I'll pick them both up, Lena and Thomas were great in both of them.
roxybisquaint
Jan. 11th, 2009 12:58 am (UTC)
I haven't seen any Hitchcock films in ages, so that didn't occur to me, but it certainly had a good level of tension and creepiness to it. The directing and acting really were fabulous, I thought (and yeah - it looked amazing).
lenageek
Jan. 11th, 2009 08:41 am (UTC)
Even with my (extremely fannish) Lena Headey bias, I really enjoyed The Broken. Yes, it did have the script problem of where and why the 'doubles' came from, but I thought it had incredible cinematography and great editing and direction. Lena was brilliant in it - she can always say so much with her eyes without a single line of dialogue. And with 80% of the film being looong shots of Lena, I certainly was a very happy fan!
roxybisquaint
Jan. 11th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
Yes, it did have the script problem of where and why the 'doubles' came from

Exactly. That was really the only issue I had with it. It didn't take away from my enjoyment of the film while I was watching it, but I would have been a lot more satisfied afterwards if the story had gone deeper.

she can always say so much with her eyes without a single line of dialogue

Yeah, she really can, can't she? I'd never even heard of Lena Headey until The Sarah Connor Chronicles, but she impressed me so much with her performance as Sarah that I checked out some of her previous work last year. Aberdeen was the first thing I saw and it blew me away. She's a seriously great actor.

Edited at 2009-01-11 07:18 pm (UTC)
lenageek
Jan. 12th, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)
Haha, Roxy! My backstory of becoming a Lena fan is somewhat similar. My friend runs the Imagine Me & You fansite and she convinced me to see the film in mid 2007. I liked it but what she terms 'the Lena haze' didn't really hit me until she forwarded me a link to this photo shoot:

http://www.bestlifeonline.com/cms/publish/sex-relationships/She_s_Beautiful_When_She_s_Angry.shtml

From then on, I was enthusiastically emailing my friend about what Lena films to see - Aberdeen is one of her best and IMAY is now one of my favorite films of all time. It was only a few weeks after seeing that article that I ended up going to the Golden Apple comic signing and just about having my brain dribble out of my ears trying to say one word to Lena - the IMAY webmaster got a great kick out of seeing me so nervous! I now tell her that the 'Lena haze' is all her fault - it's become a great in joke between us!
roxybisquaint
Jan. 12th, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC)
Oh I love IMAY too :)
That and Aberdeen are by far her best work, I think (well TSCC too). The amazing thing about IMAY is that, even as a straight chickl, I was totally drawn into the love story. It was done so well that the fact that it's two women doesn't even occur to the viewer. It's just a wonderful romantic comedy that makes you root for Luce and Rache.

You went to the Golden Apple signing? I'm jealous. I'm on the east coast, though, so it's not like I could've gone.
lenageek
Jan. 13th, 2009 02:03 am (UTC)
I agree, IMAY, Aberdeen and SCC are the best highlights of Lena's career so far. Despite a few minor script issues, the more I think about The Broken, the more I like it - and I'm sure it has nothing to do with all those loooong shots of Lena! No, seriously, that film was also a pretty good vehicle for her to try on the thriller genre.

I've found that IMAY has universal appeal - straight, gay, women, men, black, brown, etc. If you go to the IMAY fan website and look up the Q&A with director/writer Ol Parker, the comments people share show how much this little film touched people. Ol Parker seems to be constantly humbled by the fact that so many still love that film. Heck, I buy copies of it and pass it out to friends!

Yeah, I was able to make both Golden Apple signings - I'm on the West Coast, tho not down south. Hope to meet cool SCC fans like yourself someday at an event like that!
roxybisquaint
Jan. 13th, 2009 02:26 am (UTC)
When The Broken comes out on DVD, I'll see it again. The script issue I had didn't bother me until the end, so I liked it a lot while watching it. Also, it's not exactly hard to watch Lena Headey on screen for 90 minutes. The woman is gorgeous and talented. :)

One of the things I really liked about IMAY was that it didn't make Heck out to be a jerk. That's such a typical road to go down when you have two people falling in love and one of them is already in a relationship - you make the one being left be unlikable so there's no guilt. And IMAY manage to sidestep that cliche without it affecting the desire for Luce and Rache to get together. It just let the idea of true love breathe on its own. Mmmm. I love that movie so much. Now I think I'm going to watch it again tonight.

Well hey, if I do go to Comic-Con and you're also going to be there, we'll have to meet up at some point. A couple of us from SCS are talking about going. It would be way cool to meet up with other online SCC fans!
lenageek
Jan. 13th, 2009 05:38 am (UTC)
Heh, I get grumpy without watching IMAY a few times a month! My friend and I met Matthew Goode (Heck) at Comic Con as well - he's a sweetie!

Yeah, I'll be at Comic Con if SCC's there. Wonder Con (the smaller version of Comic Con) is a local event for me so I'm going to that too. Erika and the SCS folks are pretty cool and hanging out with them and the girls who run Dekker Daily was one of the highlights of Comic Con for me.
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