Film Review: Land of Mine with deceptive beaches and deadly silences!

This is a review of “Land of Mine”, a Martin Pieter Zandvliet directed film, which is currently showing at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle.

The plot followed young german POW soldiers forced to deactivate landmines from danish beaches.

My Thoughts

Most of the scenes were set on a peaceful and beautiful beach with a bright blue sky, yet it was far from that. Under that beautiful beach were land mines and combined with an antagonising silence, the film had us in anticipation constantly.

Whilst the danish were not fond of the germans, the film had a surprising mix of themes: cruelty, kindness and silence. At times the silence was unbearable and I was anticipating loud bangs. They always occurred when I least expected them and every time they went off, I felt a sense if dread. Knowing that one by one, a young man would bite the dust and become a another casualty was hard to watch.

Overall

This film was so effective… whilst little dialogue can sometimes make a film very boring, Zandvliet used it to his advantage.

Star Rating

I would give this film 3 stars purely because I have seen better an worse films. A healthy middle ground.

3 stae rating Oh My Blog

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In the Dark S1 E3 Recap: Unnecessary and Padded out as the series continues into deeper territory for Helen.

This is a review of In the Dark, episode 3 (BBC series). The series trying to aim to those who like crime dramas and are in motherhood.

When we all saw the plot go to a natural end at the end of last episode we thought it was over. But we were wrong… not only does Helen continue on cases, but she finds herself sucked into an investigation that was even closer to home, next to her, infant.

The case and plot?

The plot was padded out a bit – divided between a gang and an investigation.

The murder case followed a young gang, its activities and the aftermath of a gang initiation.  Poor Helen was even closer to labour and with everything that had going on, it was hard to think that anything else could happen to her, but it did. The victim of this dangerous initiation was her partner Paul, but this led to many questions…

The whole case was difficult for Helen as it uncovered hard truths. She shouldn’t have get involved though?

But…

What’s the harm in it? She should have learnt her lesson from last time, but no! She got involved and chased up a lead with a man (Frank) who was dangerous and engaging in crime. She also stumbled upon evidence in his car that led her to a surprising discovery –  a dangerous insight that could risk her life… who was Kevin? She was not bothered by this at all and seemed eager to find out.

Anything stand out as wrong or irritating?

Wow, Helen was really embracing motherhood and had developed a very large bump over a short period of time. Is time speeding up or something? This got a lot of attention on Twitter and I am not surprised – it is an inaccurate representation of pregnancy and I doubt that many women at that stage in pregnancy would want to be working or chasing criminals.

Helen also got involved in the case when warned not to…. She didn’t ask for help and she didn’t let anyone into her discoveries. She will get hurt and the baby may be in danger, but in that respect I have little sympathy. It’s what you get for getting involved.

It’s such a shame though that the victim of this stupid attempt at fitting in was her partner Paul. I think they would have been ok and found a way to make it work. By getting rid of him though, you are taking away the probability that the baby is his and this may put more emphasis on Adam in future episodes. For example, will Adam be with her when she is in labour? Will the case be solved and will they live happy ever after (without Paul)?

Next week…

So as you expect, she will probabaly get involved and see this “Kevin” guy! Get herself and her baby in trouble, as that’s what she normally does.

She is also very close to her due date, so we expect some drama in getting her to the hospital!

Star Rating

I would give this episode 3 stars as it was a little disappointed and padded out for little reason

3 stae rating Oh My Blog

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The Other Side of Hope showed humanity but didn’t hold my interest! (Spoiler Alert)

When a film focuses on war, death and refugees, it really makes us hurt emotionally. Stories of war, depicted beautifully by Abi Kaurismaki, made me appreciate what I have – a home, family, food and security.

My Thoughts

The Other Side of Hope had a simple plot and followed a restaurant owner who helped a Syrian refugee who fled war and was desperately trying to find his sister.

Themes in the film included war, in which we learnt of horrible family losses. For Khaled, this consisted of his mother, father, brother and friends family.  We were introduced to Khaled who fled war for a better life and payed to be smuggled over borders. There were some moments where we saw true discrimination and violence against immigrants and I found this very uncomfortable. This was however bypassed by the humanity of local Finnish people who supported Khaled. I found the way Khaled was welcomed by the restaurant owner and the team very encouraging and I hope that those who watch this film understand refugees more and the risks they take to get to safety.

In contrast, I would say that the plot was slow and it took a while for me to get into it. I found myself getting bored and only really being captivated in the last 30 minutes. This film was not really meant to be fast paced though, rather was aimed to be close to the heart and teach us about morals. The film has definitely given me some food for thought!

Last Note

Overall I found the film very heart warming. The only thing I would say is that it was slow to develop and not as funny as I expected.

Star Rating

I would give this film 3 stars as it was not fully to my taste and quite slow in the plot.

3 stae rating Oh My Blog