We’ve all waited for 2017 because there’s a lot of awesome movies coming including Star Wars, Logan, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and just released this month, John Wick Chapter 2. This month, there are a lot of good movies from various genres: from thriller to comedy.
Split (Horror, Thriller)
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan
Written by M. Night Shyamalan
Running Time 117 minutes
Release Dates: January 20, 2017 (USA); February 15, 2017 (Indonesia)
Split is a psychological thriller film about three girls trying to escape after being kidnapped by a man, Kevin Wendell Crumb, who has 23 different personalities. It is said in the movie that all the personalities are sitting in chairs inside a room, waiting their turn to come into “the light”. Whichever personality that comes into the light, could control Kevin’s body. Three out of the twenty-three personalities are “Patricia”, a woman, “Hedwig” a nine-year-old boy, and “Dennis”, a violent man who likes to watch naked young girls dancing who kidnapped the girls. Throughout the movie, the other 20 personalities are horrified by the presence of a big, scary, animal-like 24th personality called “The Beast”.
Many people, including myself, are amazed at James McAvoy’s acting. He could perform almost all 23 different and contrasts personalities perfectly. It’s like watching a whole different person that acts each personality when it’s actually performed by the same person, James McAvoy. The other interesting thing about the movie is the extremely thrilling plot because there is no clue will the girls could escape and survive at the end.
Rings (Drama, Horror, Thriller)
Directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez
Written by David Loucka, Jacob Estes, and Akiva Goldsman
Running Time 102 minutes
Release Date: February 16, 2017 (Indonesia)
Rings is also a psychological horror film, which is the third movie in The Ring Series, where the first movie was released back in 2002. This movie adapts the urban legend of Sadako videotape curse, where people are killed exactly seven days after watching it. What’s different in this movie is one of the character, Julia, has an unusual copy of the videotape. Her video has a larger size and contains photographs that were never seen in any other videos. It turns out that those photographs are clues to finding Samara or Sadako’s corpse. And after she founds out, she intended to look for Samara’s dead body in order to free her soul and stop the curse.
This movie is absolutely horror, it could give you nightmares-unfortunately the plot is not that thrilling. There are some parts in this movie that could make you think “why in the world she would do that?” But the clues to Samara’s mystery in this movie was too obvious, myself as an audience could figure out the puzzles already before it was revealed in the storyline.
John Wick: Chapter 2 (Action, Crime, Thriller)
Directed by Chad Stahelski
Written by Derek Kolstad
Running Time 122 minutes
Release Dates: February 10, 2017 (USA); February 8, 2017 (Indonesia)
The legendary John Wick is back! Continuing the story in the first movie, John Wick is given a new task when he is still in retirement and mourns. Italian crime lord, Santino D’Antonio, came to John Wick to assassinate his sister. Wick rejects the mission a first but then warned by Winston, the owner of the Continental Hotel, not to reject the “Marker”. Wick has a contract with D’Antonio that is symbolized in a “marker”, an unbreakable promise symbolized by a “blood oath” medallion. The movie doesn’t end after Wick killed Santino’s sister, but instead, he became a fugitive after a $7 million contract for John’s death.
To understand this movie entirely, you need to watch the first movie. As a normal movie goer, to me, the storyline is not that clear, but action-movie enthusiasts surely praise this movie. This movie has all the elements to be a worth-to-watch action movie.
The Lego Batman Movie (Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy)
Directed by Chris McKay
Written by Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jared Stern and John Whittington
Running Time 104 minutes
Release Date: February 10, 2017 (Indonesia)
This spin-off of The Lego Movie is about Batman trying to defeat Joker while attempting to overcome his greatest fear, that is having a family. Throughout the movie, Batman doesn’t realize how much other person matters to him, including his greatest enemy The Joker, until something happened to him and changed him how he sees everything. All this time, it’s all about himself and now it has changed since he “accidentally” adopted a son.
Certainly, everybody from any age loves this movie because we all are a child in the heart. It’s not only because it’s animated, but also the comedy contained in the movie. With a little bit of wit, adults would love this movie too. All the actor’s voice suits each character very well. Also, everything in this movie is very well-prepared, including the very detailed movie set that is made by Legos. What makes this movie great is everything feels so realistic, like the pictures itself, although it’s mostly animated, and the realistic yet hilarious sound effects.
Words By: Antonia Wahyudi
Header Image is Credited to: screenrant.com