O@tM: Officer Downe (2016) + The Perfection (2018)

Based on the Man of Action/Image Comics original graphic novel created by Joe Casey and Chris Burnham, written by Joe Casey, about a police officer who can’t be stopped by death so he returns to the streets time and time again to fight crime. —Man of Action

When a comic publisher writes not only the screenplay but also the synopsis for a movie made after one of its own comics, what does that tell us? Yes, zacly, this flick is hardly worth looking at it. :/

Don’t get me wrong please, Office Downe has all the right ingredients for a fun, over the top trash movie, something we all love when done right. Think Tarantino/Rodriguez Grindhouse. And it starts lovely and trashy but only gets worse throughout the runtime. Let’s see what we got here: Bonkers premise, bonkers execution, bad goodies, weird baddies so stupid and unrealistic, Bat-Man’s zoo of evildoers looks like a buncha teenage shoplifters in comparison, a very colourful and brutal direction but … oh well, the spark just didn’t ignite the powderkeg. And the spark was there. As was the powderkeg, undeniably. But somehow the filmmakers were so in love with their own material they didn’t take care about treating it in a good way.

CONCLUSION: Bad acting, bad pacing, bad jokes, bad characters, no grit, no impact. We all love Trash, don’t we? But this trash was just hot garbage. 😦

An elegant and terrifying suspense ride filled with unexpected twists and turns. When troubled musical prodigy Charlotte (Allison Williams) seeks out Elizabeth (Logan Browning), the new star pupil of her former school, the encounter sends both musicians down a sinister path with shocking consequences. —Netflix

I don’t know why so many wannabe critics call this interesting film a horror movie. Coz it isn’t. It’s in fact a suspense thriller, Netflix got that right. But for me it was so much more: In the beginning it was a psychological drama that quickly became a girls movie, even with a short girl on girl lesbian scene … but without the porno aspect. So strictly an arthouse film? For girls?

Nope. This movie was neither girly nor arthouse, although playing in the classical music scene, which renders it automatically a bit artsy fartsy. The camerawork and scene blocking were perfectly arthouse, the plot less so.

Then it turned into a weird body-horror flick, and later into a revenge drama. I kinda loved The Perfection for its versability. It only dawned on me when I listened to a YouTube review (below) that The Perfection was made like a typical Korean movie. It even plays for some time in China ffs. And one of the actresses has a Chinese meat-hacking knife! And in the end two of the characters have multiple limbs missing. How could I not have seen the Asian connection? 😮

CONCLUSION: The Perfection is a very well-done western approach to emulate Korean cinema! Loved it.

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