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MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3-D
Movie Review
Directed by Patrick Lussier
Starring: Jamie King, Jensen Ackles, Kerr Smith
Review by Matthew Toffolo



SYNOPSIS:

Tom (Ackles) returns to his hometown on the tenth anniversary of the Valentine's night massacre that claimed the lives of 22 people. Instead of a homecoming, however, Tom finds himself suspected of committing the murders, and it seems like his old flame (King) is the only one will believes he's innocent.

REVIEW:

The first 15 minutes of My Bloody Valentine in 3D are images that I've never seen before in film. It's pretty stunning stuff! In many ways this film not only took the Horror genre to a whole new level, but also the movie making experience to a whole new level as well. You can really only see this movie at the cinema as the home video non-3D version will be an entirely different film.

There is a moment near the end of the 15 minute teaser where a knife comes out through the screen in 3D that I literally thought was headed straight towards me to kill me. It's the most realistic moment I've ever had sitting in a movie theater.

The technology is spectacular in My Blood Valentine. And an Rated-R Horror Movie is exactly suited for a 3D film because this is still a device that wouldn't be taken seriously yet if used in a dramatic movie. Imagine the recent Priest/Nun conflict film DOUBT in 3D. It just wouldn't happen in today's world, but I do believe it's coming sooner than later.

Horror films are really fantasy films in the sense that we can get emotionally involved in the story and characters, but we know what we are watching isn't real at all and we are just looking to be entertained. A murder happening in a Horror film isn't a harsh or won't effect us as much as a murder in a typical drama because we know it's coming. So adding murder in 3D in this genre works a great deal and it puts us right into the fun.

Yes, there are some insane moments in retrospect in My Bloody Valentine. Getting a human's guts thrown at you, or watching a someone's eye pop out are a couple of examples. Then there is also the completely naked blond running around for 10 minutes in a motel as our killer is trying to do what they do. So insane, the R rated stuff is more fun than scary and even funny at times.

Sitting in an afternoon theater with a crowd of young adults was an interesting experience. Most of them seemed to think everything was funny in this film. The plot of My Bloody Valentine is a thin as a mafioso's garlic slice in prison. It's what you call screenwriting plot devices 101. But I guess it's not why we're watching this film is it?

The Horror 3D angle is the selling point. The actors just need to pull off the dramatic moments so we don't laugh in a different way. There is a difference between 'laughing at them' than 'laughing with them'.

I liked the beginning where the heroes were the aging Sheriff and his Deputy as that got me intrigued. But then there is a '10 Years Later' moment after the teaser and our new hero (or perhaps killer) is the new Sheriff in town. A 27 year old Sheriff! That is the silliest thing in the world and this actor had no chance at all to pull off this performance.

And no matter if you hate My Bloody Valentine, it forces you to keep watching because there is a 'who done it?' plot happening. Who is the killer? It's either two guys and of course there is a woman stuck in the middle of them both.

The future of 3D looks bright. My Bloody Valentine look the concept from baby steps to a few baby walks. It did fall after 45 minutes as they seemed to use all of the technology in the first half and its budget had nothing left for the rest of the film.

But this is definitely the future of movies. I bet that 10 years from now almost every single film coming out will be in 3D. They already started experimenting it in sporting events. This will separate things from the cinema to the home video movie watching experience. In order to watch a 3D film, you must throw down 15 dollars (plus parking, travel expenses, popcorn etc..) to see it.

And there is a blatant sequel setup for My Bloody Valentine so expect more of them in future years and another start to a Horror franchise.

I'd be shocked if this movie isn't successful.

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