Thursday, March 24, 2011
Noroi: The Curse (2005)
Directed By: Kôji Shiraishi (Teketeke)
So here we have a "documentary" (wink wink) called Noroi: The Curse, a film from 2005. And you know I like the year 2005 a whole lot. While it has absolutely nothing at all to do with this movie or movies at all, 2005 was a very good year for your humble movie reviewer my brothers. I was putting the "mack" down and was making it do what it do!!..But you probably don't want to hear about that, you probably just want to know how this movie here is don't you? That's what I thought, on with the review..
A documentary filmmaker explores seemingly unrelated paranormal incidents connected by the legend of an ancient demon called the "kagutaba". This of course will lead him into gloom and doom and result in a very long, yet kinda interesting, tale that if it were shorter would have been much much better. But at least it does a good job with being creepy. With one thing adding up to the creepy side of things being a weird man in a aluminum foil jacket and cap..Only in Korea! This IS a Korean film right???
So like all "found footage" films, this movie is presented in a way that is made up to make anyone watching believe it is to be legit. Now this would have worked much better if we didn't get CGI in the film, which as you know, demons won't be tormenting people with CGI. And if they do does that mean many people behind films these days are actually demons? That would make a lot of sense, even when some factors in this film here don't make a lot of sense.
The major issue with this movie is the fact it's just soo damn long. You can find yourself zoning out at times as the thing rolls along with nothing much of note taking place. While I've never had issues at all with subtitles, I do get sick of reading them when I have to read them for about two hours. Cut some of the fat out of this thing and you have a much better film, but since it's not cut you could find yourself at times struggling to finish it up. On the bright side however, the actors seem to do a really good job for the most part and the ones who suck aren't on the screen much.
Run-time aside, the rest really isn't that bad at all. It's got some really silly moments, but it also has some really spooky moments. I think the ending is kinda cool and probably the spookiest part of the entire film. So if you can make it through the dragging parts there is a light at the end of the movie tunnel for you. Of course, like most films of this nature I don't think anyone will be convinced that this is at all real. Then again, I have friends who think the people in Paranormal Activity are actually dead so you never really know. But as far as this, nothing too special but worth a rent or stream.
It's done really well, just slow and with some obvious CGI. Again, I have to ask why these foreign films have such a hard time getting any sorta good CGI? I hate it regardless but this stuff looks all cartoon-like, and I find that annoying. But this is still kinda scary and may be fun to watch with someone if they can stay awake during the middle.
The Rating (6/10)