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Primal Fear, a review by Dragonfire

Primal Fear

Guilty? Innocent? Those questions aren't for high-powered Chicago attorney Martin Vail (Richard Gere) to decide. His job is to defend - especially if a case will put his name in the headlines and further his career.

When Vail hears that a penniless altar boy (Edward Norton) is accused of murdering the local archbishop, he snaps up the case, eager for the media spotlight. Little does he know that it will uncover a viper's nest of corruption, pit him against a prosecutor (Laura Linney) who's his ex-lover, and test all his skill, judgment and even his win-at-any-cost attitude.

My Thoughts

I first saw this one several years ago after it was out to rent.  The plot is very interesting and I think there are a good number of surprises, one or two of which really shocked me the first time I saw the movie.  The movie does have a slightly slower pace, though it isn't so slow that things get boring.  The movie is very interesting and entertaining and I think it has a good amount of suspense.  I think it has held up well and it still works as a good thriller.  The characters are interesting, each with enough little quirks or issues to make them more believable.  The cast is wonderful, especially Edward Norton.  He is absolutely amazing as Aaron.  I can see why he received so many award nominations and won some too.  I think he should have gotten the Oscar too. 

I really like this movie and think it is one of the better thrillers that I've seen.  it is definitely worth watching.

I did get a review posted at Epinions if anyone wants to take a look.

Primal Fear

(From Primal Fear on June 3rd, 2010)

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Alive or Dead, a review by addicted2dvd

Title: Alive or Dead: Widescreen
Year: 2007
Director: Stephen Goetsch
Rating: R
Length: 82 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital Stereo
Subtitles: English, Spanish

Ann Henson
Angelica Magana
L. Flint Esquerra
Gretchen Busenitz
Diego De Vargas

WHILE TRAVELING DOWN a desolate road, Maria comes upon an apparently abandoned school bus. A girl has written "HELP ME" in one of the windows and Maria quickly discovers the messy secrets that lie in the back of the bus. As the killer reappears, Maria finds herself now hidden and trapped as the killer takes them on the ride of their lives. Their journey leads to a bizarre location in the desert, where they'll quickly learn their enemy is not who they think. The girls must figure out whom to trust, if even each other, if they hope to return home, alive or dead.

Scene Access
Audio Commentary

My Thoughts:
This is another one I bought last month but never got around to watching. Not really too much to say about this one... while it was ok... I wasn't overly impressed. It really isn't anything more then an average horror. Just basically another take on the backwoods horror. And there is definitely better then this for that sub-genre.

My Rating:
Out of a Possible 5

(From Weekend Movie Marathon: Unwatched DVDs on November 15th, 2009)

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Death Note anime/manga/movies comparison, a review by Tom

9. Encounter

- the conclusion of Light's survaillance by the investigation team
- Light takes the entrance exam of the Tokyo University. As does L.
- Now both are students at Tokyo University and L reveals himself to Light proclaiming that he wants to recruit Light for the investigation team.
- Light freaks out because he knows that L is onto him
- we also get a glimpse of the world of the death gods where the other death gods discuss Ryuk and how he is always with a human now

This episodes covers chapters 18 and 19 of the manga almost verbatim. The scene with the death gods is taken from the first few pages of chapter 20.

In the movie version, Light is already a University student. L also starts attending there and reveals himself to Light. The other death gods from this episode do not appear in the movies.

(From Death Note anime/manga/movies comparison on January 17th, 2012)