Amenabar slaps every roman-epic movies like Troy, Gladiator, etc and presents his vision of what epic film in roman period should be made. It is not a war film but a war of beliefs. The film is created on the religious and class conflicts between Egyptian, Christian and Jews.
I think Amenabar is so ambitious and he has a talent that match his ambition. I am very impressed how his career moved. He started as a master of horror with Thesis. Then he went to different style of horror like a romantic thriller (Open Your Eyes) and gothic melodrama (The Others). Later, he shifted to made biopic (Oscar winning The Sea Inside) and now he made a very intellectual epic drama with big budget. Where will he go next?
Pontypool (Bruce McDonald, A++++++++++++++++++++++++)
I will write about it next time. A great minimalist thriller.
love this photo from Never Let Me Go very much. I guess this film is made for me and my friends. It s about a mystery in girl school in the forest. Directed by Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo, A+) from the novel of Kazuo Ishiguro (A+++++, The Remains of the Day, The Saddest Music in the World, The White Countess !!!) Screenplay by Alex Garland (A)
Casts : Kiera Knightley (A), Carey Mulligan (A++), Sally Hawkins (A+++), Charlotte Rampling (A+++)