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Patient Zero (2018)

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The virus has laid dormant in us since the beginning of time.
And the extremes of modern stress have caused it to awaken.
We’re all, in essence, Patient Zero.

There you are! Another zombie movie. And also one where they tried to use something unique, in order to give it an original look. Now, to be honest, I found the idea they’ve used to be highly amusing. An infected person who’s still functioning normally is being used to gather information. And the interview technique used was also a nice touch. Of course, the highlight of the film is the moment Stanley Tucci shows up.

Let’s play some music and see how they react.

Unfortunately, the initial idea isn’t very original. For the umpteenth time, planet earth is the victim of some kind of epidemic, causing the majority of the population to transform into something inhuman. And just as with a realistic Ebola epidemic, they start looking for the one where it all started with. The so-called “Patient zero”. In “Outbreak” it was an imported monkey. In “World War Z” they also tried to trace the origin of a virus. In this film, the army goes on a manhunt (if you can call it that) and try to detect this crucial person with the help of imprisoned infected persons. There it is that Morgan (Matt Smith) uses his unique gift. And his collection of vinyl records is an extra tool to help him with that.

Zombies being a more evolved species, sounded kind of intriguing.

Now, I’m of the opinion that zombies are brainless, bloodthirsty, wandering beings whose minds are so affected that they lead a catatonic existence. Them expecting such a creature to point out where the person sought is located (probably staring off into space in an apathetic and comatose way), makes it clear how stupid the set-up is. The fact that these mutated individuals are superior to the human race and the whole reasoning about the pent-up anger about all sorts of misfortunes now erupting as a climax, sounds plausible and even interesting. But besides these philosophical musings, which are put forward in an excellent way by the professor (Stanley Tucci), there’s nothing else exciting to be found in this average horror. To be honest, this film fell short in several areas.

This flick fell short of its mark.

The acting of Stanley Tucci and the conversation between him and Matt Smith are actually the only highlights in this film. The rest is too limited, too cheap and too superficial. The story itself is too narrow-minded. They also added a love affair to it to embellish it, while it’s not really relevant. The search for the ultimate antidote to save a loved one is added for sentimental reasons. They limited the film to one dark location. And the zombie part, isn’t frightening either. And I constantly had the feeling as if this was a pilot of a new television series. Something like “The walking dead“. Hence probably my slightly apathetic attitude while watching this film. I’m not a big fan of series. And if you think about it properly, this scenario resembles that of “I am legend” for the most part. And that for me is unacceptable and cheap.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4ia_KOLTTo

My rating 3/10
Links: IMDB

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Bruce Wayne Is Dead: The Unused ‘Joker’ Ending That Would Have Made For A Much Darker Film

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2019’s ‘Joker,’ which has now been nominated for multiple Golden Globes, including “Best Actor” and Best Motion Picture – Drama,” has continued to surprise fans. The film has garnered large success, recently surpassing the $1billion milestone at the box-office, on a relatively small production budget of $50-70 mil. While ‘Joker’ is said to be a one and done film, Joaquin Phoenix and Director Todd Phillips haven’t quite ruled out the possibility of a second installment. ‘Joker,’ is also expected to receive multiple nominations at the Academy Awards as well.

During a recent podcast of Fatman Beyond, Kevin Smith shared a little insider information about one alternate ending that could have pushed ‘Joker’ even further to the dark side. Smith had this to say:

So [Arthur’s] in the hospital and he laughs, chuckles. And the lady goes, ‘What’s so funny?'” Smith recalled. “And he says, ‘I was just thinking of something funny.’ What was supposed to happen was, you flashed back to the death of Thomas and Martha Wayne. And it was him killing Thomas and Martha Wayne. And [Bruce] was screaming and crying. And [Joker] turned to walk away, then he turned back, shrugged, and shot the kid. CREDITS.

This ending would have surely solidified any potential connection to Batman in a future sequel. But, what this tells us, is Todd Phillips wasn’t ready to completely throw away the idea of pitting a future matchup between Phoenix’s Joker with some incarnation of Bruce Wayne/Batman.

Do you think this would have made for a better ending? Or do you like the connection that Phillips left, with Joker’s ideology being the catalysts that kills Martha/Thomas Wayne and births Batman?

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Tenet | Official Trailer – HD

Tenet is an upcoming action thriller film written and directed by Christopher Nolan and produced by Nolan and Emma Thomas. It stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh.

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Genre:

Action, Drama, Thriller

Release Date:

July 17, 2020

Director:

Christopher Nolan

Cast:

John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kenneth Branagh, Elizabeth Debicki, Michael Caine

Plot Summary:

Tenet is an upcoming action thriller film written and directed by Christopher Nolan and produced by Nolan and Emma Thomas. It stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh.

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A Quiet Place: Part 2 | Teaser Trailer – HD

Members of the Abbott family and a mysterious stranger fight for survival against otherworldly creatures that hunt by sound.

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Genre:

Horror, Thriller

Release Date:

March 20, 2020

Director:

John Krasinski

Cast:

Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds, Dijimon Hounsou

Plot Summary:

Members of the Abbott family and a mysterious stranger fight for survival against otherworldly creatures that hunt by sound.

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