Isaacs Picture Conclusions



This segment is to try and prove to people that I don’t only watch horseshit, non-mainstream movies and that I’m not totally insane. LOL 

A slightly different post this time as I watched this in the living room while THE MRS. did some bills and such behind me at her desk. This is how the conversation went regarding this movie.

(About twenty minutes in) MRS. THE IPC: Is this any good?

ME: (pause)

ME: Not really.

MRS. THE IPC: It doesn’t sound like it.

ME: I hope it gets better. It’s boring as fuck.

ME: Apparently, in Bangkok, the sun never shines, no one has invented indoor lighting, every single person moves in extremely slow motion, stares at everything and no one knows how to move their neck. Or their arms when they walk.

MRS. THE IPC: Sounds lame.

(70 minutes later – after MRS. THE IPC has finished her workout and I have finished the movie)

MRS. THE IPC: Well, how was it?

ME: EH – it was OK…

MRS. THE IPC: Was it worth the rent-it-before-its-in-theaters price?

ME: Nope…

MRS. THE IPC: Sucky!

ME: Well… people expecting another DRIVE (like me) are probably going to be pretty dis-a-fucking-pointed.

ME: I’ve never seen so many people staring at things or into the air or other people.

MRS. THE IPC: That’s not good.

ME: I mean, out of  90 minutes, 68 of them are probably shots of someone staring at something, forlornly or pensively.

MRS. THE IPC: Are you going to write about it?

ME: Probably just the “Quickie” thing. There are a LOT of people passionately waiting to see this. They will be either eating this up or praising it like crazy. Lots of people love DRIVE.

ME: I didn’t love it and then —–> THAT’S HOW IT ENDED????? COME ON!!!

MRS. THE IPC: Would I have liked it?

ME: Nope – not one  bit. I appreciate how it was made but you would have hated it.

MRS. THE IPC: I lub.

ME: I lub u!


    • theipc

      On the surface it’s a revenge movie but they throw in shitloads of metaphors and symbolism that made this way too “thick” and boring ass all git out!

      Is Sandsharks for SHITFEST????


  1. GaryLee828

    Damn it, I hope we disagree about this one! I just wrote an entry a few days ago about how bad the soundtrack/score was, but I was still holding out hope the film would be better.

    I didn’t even know this was available to rent yet; thanks for posting!!

    I will drop a comment after watching to share my thoughts.

    PS: another great husband move; putting her TV up last week, and now protecting her from watching movies she’d hate! You’re doing good! 🙂


    • theipc

      I got that email and agree with all of your points. I think you got em all right.

      I think that dangling the “it’s gonna be another Drive” carrot out there and giving us THIS is going to leave a lot of people disappointed and, probably, confused.

      No doubt this is well made but it sure could have used something else. Like lighting!!


      • GaryLee828

        Dude, I just watched this again, and I turned on the closed captions, so I was able to understand ALL of the dialogue, and it makes a world of difference! Last night I would have rated this a 6, but now I’m giving it an 8. This movie is pretty awesome! I think the confusion is a lot of people don’t understand what’s going on half the time, but once you understand the characters and their motives, and what’s going on in the story, you’ll see there actually is a strong plot.

        It may not have been as good as “Drive”, but it’s definitely a great film with a strong vision; definitely looking forward to what Winding-Refn has in store for us next – and I hope Gosling continues to work with him…

        I think the main reason people are disappointed by this is they believe Ryan Gosling is the good guy going in, and he’s fighting a villain, etc. and then realize he’s associated with the villain and is fighting against one of the good guys, even though the good guy feels like a bad guy; very creative and unique vision.

        if you ever decide to check it out again, turn on the captions, and follow closely, and I think you may see everything in a different light, similarly to the way I did. 🙂


      • theipc

        I’m sure that’s a good plan, but I’ve been thinking about this since last night and I can’t overcome all of the damn staring and moving in slow motion…

        I don’t think I’ve ever met ONE person who doesn’t turn their head to talk to someone and rolls their eyes to the side for extended periods of time, much less six or seven of them. In a movie with this type of ambition, I need more than that.

        And I thought that whole part with the mom (you know what I mean) was just unnecessary…

        Plus I couldn’t tell what the hell was going on half the time because it was so dark!


      • GaryLee828

        Potential Spoilers below:

        The slow motion was deliberate and intentional b/c the director wanted the audience to feel what Julian was feeling; he was so damaged that he walked around depressed and conflicted. Deep down Julian had a good soul, but his mother’s corruption made him do things he didn’t want to do, and those things eat at him not just everyday, but every moment of every day, which is what causes an internal sorrow that causes him to basically sleepwalk through life – which is why he drags along – and everything moves in slow motion for him, which is why Refn has so much of the film in slow motion to convey Julian’s POV.

        I think the scene w/ Julian and his mother was very fitting; it was symbolism of his rebirth, and a release, and a new sense of freedom.

        If you watch this as Chang actually being the good guy, then you’ll see the story completely different, and it will make a lot more sense.


      • theipc

        You know, Gary… the more I think about this movie the more I DON’T like it. All the pretentious lighting bullshit… the mom and her dialogue – was she implying she used to fuck her own son? “He had such a huge cock.” WTF?

        It’s not going to put me off their next film – this just didn’t work for me.


      • GaryLee828

        Oh, I didn’t like the mom at all; i think that’s the point. The mom offers a hint to just how messed up Julian is. I’m not sure what she did with her sons, but the way she looked at them, talked with them, talked about them, touched them, etc. was all inappropriate. This was a messed up woman, which when Chang dealt with her at the end seemed like a bit of justice; after all, she had ordered a hit on him.

        But this was a despicable woman who had a kind soul of a son (Julian) and corrupted him, which is why the last thing we see her say to him was “I don’t under stand you. I never will.” B/c ultimately he is good, and she is bad. So the ending with Julian and Chang represents Julian’s repentance, and Chang spares his life and only takes Julian’s hands, which were the objects he couldn’t control and did evil with. Each action symbolized something. There’s actually a spiritual message here, and I think that’s the genius of it.

        Of course I can see your criticisms; this definitely isn’t for everyone. But I did think the lighting was fairly bright; i ordered the hi-def rental and it was pretty clear. In fact I thought it looked pretty amazing.


  2. This film was as exciting as watching paint dry. Wondering if Refn did this on purpose in response to the reaction to Drive? I see a lot of critics calling this film too violent and overly misogynistic. If that was the case this film might be interesting. The sad fact is that this film is visually cool but otherwise extremely dull.


    • GaryLee828

      Abbi, if interested in this, rent it online and turn on the captions so you can make out all the words; if you understand what’s going on, then it’s a great flick. It’s just kind of hard to follow the first time around. I just watched it for the second time and think it’s great now. 🙂


  3. Very disappointing to hear, but it’s inline with a lot of other opinions that I’ve heard.
    I’ll still be checking this one out though because I love Drive too God damn much!


    • theipc

      here’s an eHug X

      You might like it – but it’s NOTHING like drive except for all of the eye acting. And Gosling.

      I LOVE Drive too.


  4. ME: Apparently, in Bangkok, the sun never shines, no one has invented indoor lighting, every single person moves in extremely slow motion, stares at everything and no one knows how to move their neck. Or their arms when they walk.

    ahahahahaha……I laugh on the outside, but I’m crying on the inside. I love Drive, and I’m one of the guys you mentioned who’s been waiting for this one. Although, I will say that Valhalla Rising has a LOT of people staring at shit too, but I also love that movie. Keep in mind I’m not impressed at all with what I’ve seen from Terrence Malick or Lars von Trier. So…yea. Everyone else seems to be dumping on this one as well. Shit.


    • theipc

      I LOVED Drive!!

      I HATED this…

      This is not like Drive at all, for good or bad. I hope you like it – it wasn’t a movie for a consumer like me.

      I liked Valhalla for the most part. If I remember right, that eternally long boat ride bothered me and the last segment with the natives was kind of boring, but it’s been years….


      • I loved all of the segments. The boat ride was really tense. I’ll admit that the last act was the most baffling, but at least you got some man-rape out of it.


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