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Film Reviews: The Day (2011) and The Watch (2012)
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The Day (2011). Directed by Doug Aarniokoski. Set in a post apocalyptic future where most of humanity are dead, the story follows a group of five people trying to survive. The group find a house with a basement stocked with food, that seems to good to be true. Inevitably The Day is grim viewing, relentlessly so. It also gets particularly brutal as the film continues. Unfortunately there's little charm in the five main characters, so I didn't find myself particularly bothered about or interested in them. The story is also minimal, leading to a rather dull film. Die hard fans of the post apocalyptic might want to watch. The rest will probably want to avoid. 2/5 (Poor)

The Watch (2012). Directed by Akiva Schaffer. The film starts with Evan Trautwig (Ben Stiller), Costco Senior Manager, extolling the virtues of the town he lives in. When a Costco security guard is murdered Trautwig promises he will find the killer and make his neighbourhood safe. There are a lot of problems with The Watch. Firstly, it seems confused over its target audience. It partly plays like a Night at the Museum-a-like, trying to appeal to families. But it features copious swearing, bad adult jokes, nudity, and mild/silly gore (and it's a 15). Secondly, the humour is hit and miss, probably with more miss. Thirdly, it features a compliment of three rather overused black comedy actors mostly going through the motions (Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and Jonah Hill. And I've never found Vaughn or Hill particularly funny). Somewhat bizarrely Richard Ayoade makes up the fourth lead, but for some reason seems awkward and out of place, as British actors plonked into Hollywood "blockbusters" often do. Despite all this I still liked it, for the jokes that worked, and the somewhat bonkers script. Those who can stand another dose of Ben Stiller doing the same old thing might want to give it a whirl. Those who can't will want to avoid. 3/5 (Average)
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