1. The Impossible (2012)
Director: Juan Antonio Bayona
Writers: Sergio G. Sánchez (screenplay) & María Belón (story)
Stars: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, and Tom Holland
Based on a real event of Tsunami disaster in Thailand year 2004, this film tells us about a regular British family who spent the holiday there when the deadliest incident happened. I don’t know how accuracy this is, but I must say this is quite impressive and emotional. The description of refugee camp is almost real. Their acting is touching enough, especially for Naomi Watts
Maybe for the real survivors, this is a gem. But for me, some aspect is lack to explore.
“Lucas, look at this place. They’re so busy here. You’ve got to do something. Help people. You can do that.” ~ Maria (to his son, Lucas)
2. The Paperboy (2012)
Director: Lee Daniels
Writers: Lee Daniels & Peter Dexter
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, and John Cusack
First of all, it’s seriously not for everyone. It’s extremely sexual and violent.
Reporter Ward Jansen (McConaughey) returns to his hometown to investigate the mystery behind a sheriff who was killed by a maniac Hillary Van Wetter (John Cusack) whom now is on death row for that crime. For somehow, Jansen believes he is innocent. To find the truth, he involves his younger brother, Jack (Efron) and a trashy woman, Charlotte (Kidman).
The storyline actually is unique and original, even though the screenplay is weak I guess. All cast delivers an outstanding performance like we’ve never seen them before. I’ll make you sure that their characters will captivate you right from the start till the end. The direction is quite impressive. Some scenes are bloody amazing. I think it’s one of the most depressing films in 2012.
“He took the officer’s word over Hillary’s. I can’t say I blame him, nobody does.” ~ Sheriff Thurmond Call
3. The Words (2012)
Directors & Writers: Brian Klugman & Lee Sternthal
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Dennis Quaid, and Olivia Wilde
I trully enjoyed this one. It’s surprisingly good film. The Words follows a desperate young writer Rory Jansen (Cooper) who his works aren’t published yet till one day he finds a book of a great real gentleman’s story. Then, he rewrites it exactly same without any editing at all. He claims it as his novel. Not so long after it’s published, he gets success and praised till he meets the real author.
Though it was not a blockbuster hit and underrated, I really recommend this to everyone. It deserves a wide audience. The story telling is simply amazing and the direction is very brilliant. Cooper proves himself not only has a talent to make us laugh uncontrollable, but also feel sympathy. I think this is his finest performance so far.
I noticed a marvelous score from this film and found out not too wonder that Marcelo Zarvos composed it. I never hear his marvelous score since Remember Me (2010).
“At some point, you have to choose between life and fiction. The two are very close, but they never actually touch.” ~ Clay Hammond