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I Declare War – VOD
Rating: 3 (out of 5). I Declare War. A group of 12-year olds, armed with nothing more than twigs, their imaginations and a simple set of rules, play a game of Capture the Flag in the nearby woods, and start blurring the dangerous lines of make-believe and reality. They soon get a glimpse of the dark side of humanity as they are submerged into an adventure where fantasy combat collides with the real world. Most of the critics appreciate the allegorical story told in this film. The reviews are below.
VOD release is Friday, August 30, the same day as its theatrical release. Also available on Amazon.
Starring: Michael Friend, Gage Munroe, Siam Yu, Mackenzie Munro, Aidan Gouveia, Alex Cardillo, Dyson Fyke, Spencer Howes, Andy Reid, Kolton Stewart, Mackenzue Munro
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Movie Nation gives the movie 3 out of 4 stars, and thinks, “…it’s engrossing, violent, frightening and funny in the ways it captures the way kids speak with no adults around, and the way kids act when society’s rules take a back seat in time of war.”
The Globe and Mail writes, “…like the little soldiers tiptoeing through the brush, the film creeps up on us – the message may be loud, but its manner is quietly disturbing.”
The Hollywood Reporter says, “Co-directors Jason Lapeyre and Robert Wilson balance humor and fun with a little fear in a thoroughly accessible way; with the right attention, commercial prospects are good.”
TheDissolve.com notes, “… I Declare War seems edgier and more violent than The Hunger Games, despite the lack of bullets in the chambers, fire in the grenades, or kids trying to kill each other, at least deliberately. Such is the power of the movies that their illusions become ours.”
Slant Magazine thinks, “The result is a film whose boldness of conception isn’t sustained by any equally intriguing insights, or at least none that will come as a surprise to anyone at all familiar with The Lord of the Flies.”
We Got This Covered notes, “It’s no Saving Private Ryan, and luckily there’s no gore or silliness in that respect, but there’s a beautiful metaphor at play here – one that’s unexpected and all too pertinent.”
Crave Online writes, “There are some real character moments revealed through the mounting tension of the “battle,” and each of the characters in Skinner and PK’s armies is distinct. I appreciate going the extra mile to make I Declare War about something relevant to kids and adult viewers, but the real feat is making a thrilling war movie without any actual bullets or explosions where you’re totally invested in who wins.”
BadAss Digest relates, “Watching I Declare War is like being transported back to being a kid playing manhunt on the old block, but seeing it all with adult eyes. The film touches on war movie stuff, but isn’t a reference-heavy clusterfuck. It’s a loving, fun, extraordinarily well made celebration of the imagination and worldview of being 12. It’s sweet but never sentimental. I loved it.”
The Toronto Star thinks, “The picture disturbs more than it amuses, but the overall effect is ultimately as scattershot as the ammo. Is I Declare War horror or comedy? I wanted the filmmakers to pick a mood, any mood, and stick with it. But they’ve assembled a great cast.”
The Grid writes, “It’s almost a bonus that I Declare War works so well as an action flick, given how sharp and savage it is as an allegory about less obviously explosive varieties of teenage combat.”
Now Toronto says, “What should be PG material shoots straight for R territory with slick, bloody effects, eardrum-ringing sound and the kind of cussing you’d hear on Xbox Live. This is deadpan humour that stretches out one good joke, where not so innocent kids pass the time between strategic kills discussing schoolyard politics – or maybe grabbing a juice.”
Scene Stealers calls it “a strange hybrid film that works as a war parody and also a painful examination of the heightened reality and growing pains of puberty.”
According to Nerdist, the movie is “Worth a look, but better liked by others than me.”
Reel Film Reviews gives the show 2 out of 4 stars, and writes, “the film comes off as an inconsequential drama revolving around a bunch of kids and their weekend exploits) – which finally cements the movie’s place as a promising yet disappointing piece of work.”
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Here are the new VOD films for the week of December 3, 2013. Click on a movie title for more information, trailers and reviews.
The Wolverine. Rating: 4 (out of 5). Hugh Jackman is back as Wolverine, in this tale that takes him back to Japan where he is forced to face his own demons. Watch for it on VOD starting Tuesday, December 3. The WashingtonPost calls it “A refreshing summer cocktail of action-movie staples.” Reviews, video and more.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Rating: 3 (out of 5). Clary Fray, a seemingly normal teenage girl, learns that she is no ordinary human being. Adapted from the book of the same title by Cassandra Clare, she discovers that she is a daughter of Shadowhunters, a race of half-angel beings tasked to protect our world from demons. This film’s VOD will be released starting Tuesday, December 3rd. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, “On the surface, Mortal Instruments is a slick teen thriller. Just overbaked and unoriginal.” Reviews, video and more.
Things Never Said. Rating: (3 out of 5). Kalindra Stepney, an aspiring poetess, is having some problems with her marriage and sparks a relationship with a new man, who inspires her to once again find her artistic voice. The film is available on VOD starting Tuesday, December 3rd. The Philadelphia Inquirer says, “The result may not be a big movie, but Things Never Said makes a big emotional impact.” On the other hand, Roger Ebert calls it a“soapy melodrama.” Reviews, video and more.
Crave. Rating: 3 (out of 5). Aiden (Josh Lawson), a crime scene photographer, haunted by the decay and violence around him, retreats into his inner dark world. When he meets Virginia, a younger woman with her own demons, Aiden becomes increasingly emboldened to live out his vigilante fantasies. Crave will be available on VOD starting Friday, December 6th. Reviews, video and more.
Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers. Rating: 3 (out of 5). A documentary about a gang of Balkan jewel thieves known as The Pink Panthers that have stolen nearly a billion dollars worth of jewels from boutiques in the world's most opulent cities, including Geneva, Paris, London, Geneva, Dubai and Tokyo. The film delves into the gang’s incredible history and introduces the viewer to the global police forces who work furiously to stop them. Beyond the glitz of the Panthers’ incredible heists, Smash & Grab exposes dark truths about the illicit diamond trade and the world’s most ruthless mafia networks. The film will be available on VOD starting Tuesday, December 3rd. According to The Washington Post, the director “knows how to get, and hold, a viewer’s attention.” Reviews, video and more.
Jobs. Rating: 2 (out of 5). Ashton Kutcher stars as Steve Jobs in this film that tells the story of Job’s ascension from college dropout to one of the leading technological leaders of our time. The film will be available on VOD starting Tuesday, December 3rd. The San Francisco Chronicle sums up most of the reviews when it writes, , “at its best, it's a good picture, and at its worst, it's almost good.” Reviews, video and more.
The Smurfs 2. Rating: 2 (out of 5). The Smurfs are back, and this time, they are out to rescue Smurfette, who is kidnapped by the evil Gargamel. It turns out she knows a secret spell that can turn the sorcerer’s latest creation, The Naughties, into real Smurfs. The film will be available on VOD starting Tuesday, December 3rd. The Los Angeles Times calls it “a passable mediocrity.” Reviews, video and more.
Live at the Foxes Den. Bobby Kelly has it all: money, women, good looks and a good career. One night, he sings in a local lounge called “The Foxes Den,” and the owner, impressed with his vocal talent, offers him a job as the lounge’s new singer. His life is then turned upside down as he is now forced to decide whether to chase after his lifelong dream of being a singer, or to stay and keep what he has now. The film will be available on VOD starting Friday, December 6. No reviews are available as of writing. Video and more.