I usually trust reviews a lot – when critics completely crap on a movie before it even comes out, usually that’s my cue to avoid it. But for a few movies out there, I’m very surprised at the negative response they got. Though I generally have pretty high standards for movies, these films definitely impressed me, if not the critics.
1. Silent Hill (RottenTomatoes score: 29%)
I don’t understand why this movie has gotten such a bad reputation, especially for a movie based on a video game. To be fair, there was a strange lack of balance in the film. The first hour and the half is great and stands among some of the best horror out there, and the last half hour completely destroys the entire production with how awful it is. Still, despite terrible plotting in the last quarter, I think the excellent art style and effectively creepy atmosphere of the first hour and a half really deserve some recognition. The dialogue was good too and the pacing was excellent, really drawing the viewer into the movie. I consider this to be among the most entertaining horror movies I’ve ever seen, and not even in a make-fun-of-it kind of way. I just think it’s legitimately much better than it was rated. Is that so wrong?
2. The Life of David Gale (RottenTomatoes score: 20%)
This score was one I didn’t understand at all. I thought this was an excellently paced movie with great acting, memorable characters, and a shockingly fascinating story that led into a great twist ending. But people hated it. Maybe I’m just uneducated on the death penalty (and that could be true, given many complaints referred to the movie being implausible), but I was thoroughly entertained by this film and consider it one of my favorites despite the terrible review score. The Life of David Gale is a great movie, and I have no problem saying that!
3. The Fourth Kind (RottenTomatoes score: 17%)
I will admit, this movie hopelessly begged for its audience to believe that its story was true. It was as in-your-face about its supposedly true story as a fictional movie can be, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t entertaining. I thought The Fourth Kind was pretty legitimately scary. Not nearly as good as Paranormal Activity, which came out right alongside it, but pretty good nevertheless. The performances were good and the story was very emotional and well paced, even if it wasn’t quite as believable as it wanted to be. The film gave nightmares to a lot of my friends and though I won’t say it went that far with me, I was actually very creeped out. I don’t understand the low score for this one at all, but I guess that is how it is.
4. Flightplan (RottenTomatoes score: 37%)
A lot of people disagree with me on this one, and I’m sure many people here will too, but I absolutely love this movie. The whole thing took me on an emotional ride and the twist blind-sided me. I know there isn’t a lot of love out there for this one, but I don’t see anything wrong with it. I think it’s a fantastic Hitchcockian type of plot that deserves a lot of credit for creating a claustrophobic atmosphere that makes you feel as desperate as the main character is to find her daughter.
5. The Village (RottenTomatoes score: 42%)
Okay, maybe I’m a sucker for twists. Okay, I am. But still, I thought this was a pretty good one. Yeah, it was a bit of a cheat on the whole concept of the movie, but I was very much okay with that because it made sense. I actually love this movie to the point where I own it and have watched it multiple times – in fact, call me crazy, but it’s my favorite Shyamalan film, even more so than The Sixth Sense, just because I love the plot so much. I suppose many people though this was trash, but I think it was a shining moment for a director who has really gone downhill since then.
So there they are, a bunch of movies that I really think are a lot better than people make them out to be. Maybe they are actually crap and only I liked them, who knows? All I know is that they stand among my favorites regardless of what anybody else thinks. Thoughts?