Monday, January 16, 2017

Planet Terror (2007)

Planet Terror succeeds in what Machete Kills failed. It is entertaining deliberately bad movie. It is a rarely successful feat. Planet Terror is one part of Robert Rodriguez's and Quentin Tarantino's Grindhouse two parter. Another one is Tarantino's Death Proof. Movies are homage to cheap exploitation movies.

Planet Terror is mix of science fiction, splatter, action and zombie movies. With all the added noise and other imperfections it feels like watching obscure movie in small outdated theater. Having one reel "missing" was nice detail. I would like to see what was in "missing" reel but I probably prefer it being "missing".

Planet Terror works if you are into obscure violent movies and splatter. It wears you down. First it feels stupid but little by little it starts to work. Characters are written like badly written characters. El Wray is my favorite. He is "ultracool" action hero who no-one wants to give gun for some reason. His backstory was told in "missing" reel.

Movie started with Machete trailer. I can't pinpoint why Planet Terror works and Machete Kills doesn't. Planet Terror tries to look authentic. Machete Kills looked too digital with awful cgi blood. I doubt it is only reason. Both try to achieve same thing. One works, one doesn't

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