Welcome to another edition of the “The Valero Verdict” movie review. In this, I will give you a quick movie review with a couple of bullet points of which I either liked or disliked. I will end the review with a rating of the movie and short overall thoughts.
On the docket today, a double feature review, Infamous and Vivarium.
Two young lovers rob their way across the southland, posting their exploits to social media, and gaining fame and followers as a result.
The film set up was slow, extremely slow. It’s borderline makes you want to turn it off. The director does a decent job of building the story around Arielle (Bella Thorne) and her chase to be famous. Her character development was written well and some of the better writing within the film.
Bella Thorne carried this film 100%. Without her development and what she brought to the film, it would’ve been dreadful. I am still unsure if the writing for Dead (Jake Murphy) was bad or Murphy is just a bad actor. He wasn’t even remotely likable even in the villain guy role.
Infamous is very much a low budget Bonnie and Clyde like film. While at times, the plot holes are infuriating, and the lazy writing is annoying, but as a collective whole, it’s watchable.
A young couple looking for the perfect home find themselves trapped in a mysterious labyrinth-like neighborhood of identical houses.
The beginning of this film with the transition into the housing complex was nuts. I am sitting watching this ready to flip my shit, watching them drive in circles over and over again. I would have gone mad.
The young boy in this movie was creepier than any horror movie kid I have ever seen. Chucky doesn’t have anything on this kid. Two instances where I would’ve kicked the kid right across the street.
One, when he was hungry, he would scream as loud as possible until he gets his food.
Two, when he would randomly bark like a dog, I was hoping Eisenberg would dropkick his ass.
The slow build of Gemma and Tom slowly losing their minds within this insane world was done well. It was the same thing every day, and it took a toll on their relationship and their minds.
The writers had this weird way of reeling you in but never fulfilling this promise you had made up in your head. There was a lot of non-sense that happened without any explanation.
Vivarium takes a strange journey down the life of a suburban couple that is trying to live the ‘good life’. The acting in the film was good, Poots and Eisenberg had solid chemistry, and the emotions from them were there. But I just felt like nothing happened, and when it did, nothing was explained, which was annoying.
The ending fell completely flat, and it left a sour taste in your mouth.
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