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There probably isn't much series out there that deal with profiling or mind games and me not knowing about it. Unfortunately they are only on my "must see" list. And from time to time I manage to find some time to see something from my list. The mentalist was one of those lucky's. And what is this show all about.
Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) was a well-known psychic (conman if you wish), that was approached by the police that needed help with catching a killer. Patrick full of pride and confidence, insults Red John (killers nickname) who in revenge kills Patrick's wife and daughter. Making revenge the basic motivation in Patrick's life. So that he could be "closer" to the case he starts to work like as a consultant for the police. He closes almost every case in his funny and confident manner.
The show it self isn't nothing new:
- Conman going strait ----seen before
- Conman helping the police----seen before
- A deranged killer on lose ---- seen before
- Profiling ---seen before
but there is a different approach and characters are good, that is probably fun to watch the show.
I love the show, at least 1 season. Will see what will happen in the future (please don't spoil :D) But resemblance with the show like Profiler is extreme (the same serial killer trough the whole series, and hunting him, because he killed the main character's family, close and loyal team...). I just hope that this is all the resemblance that it will be.
Before seeing this show I didn't know anything about cold reading. Well I did enjoy Darren Brown and seeing how that knowledge could be used in chasing criminal is fun to see, even though, we all know "it wouldn't stick in court".
Acting is great. The characters are well developed and enjoyable. They are cool and taking life no matter how hard it easy in an humorous way.
Directing is great also, soundtrack is nothing special, and stories are interesting for now. I hope that this show will ended in a more logical way and not like the other hit shows.
This is a little odd way to start a review of a TV series. I mean to start with season 3, when usually the first season is the best and the most compelling and inspiring. Well I hope someday I will have the time to post a review of the first two seasons as well.
But for the few out there who yet do know what Prison Break is all about let's summarize what happen in first two seasons.
Season one. Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) is a brilliant engineer, who's brother Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) is framed for murder. He supposedly killed the brother of the vice president. And because this is such high profile crime he is sentenced to death.
Now Michael loves his brother so much that he is wiling to sacrifice his life to get his brother out. So gets him self thrown in the same prison as his brother is and immediately starts executing his plan to escape from prison. And I must tell you, that he truly created a brilliant escape plan. Of course things don't go according to plan, but in the end they manage to get out.
Season two. If previously the brothers ware only "chased" by dangerous inmates and prison gourds, are now on the out side hunted by police, the people who framed Lincoln and the FBI with a very skilled but corrupted profiler in charge- Alex Mahone (William Fichtner). When they were in prison some new development occurred in the case of the framed brother. They all discover that the conspiracy goes deeper as they first believe, but they can't prove anything. They run across America, trying to stay alive, not getting caught and to find some money that one of the escapess (who didn't came very far) know about.
At the end of the season the brothers finally go to Panama. That was their original plan, but the people who framed and hunted them have a different plan. They manage to catch Michael and now "frame" him for another murder so he winds up in a Panama prison.
And that is how we come to season three. We soon discover that getting Michael in a specific prison was according to the "company" plan. Company being the people who framed Lincoln, blackmail Mahone and created all the mess. And why did they need Michael in the prison - well, they needed him to break someone out. Strangely the same prison hostess almost all of the main characters who survived the first two seasons. Plus agent Mahone is no more an agent and he becomes a prisoner to. This was the part that I was looking to. Michael and Mahone working together. At least I hoped that thy will. Two geniuses - one in escaping and one in getting the escaped. It seems that the screenwriters had a different view and make Mahone and Michel not so friendly with each other. The person that Michel was supposed to get out didn't help improving that. James Whistler (Chris Vance) supposed to be a fisherman, but no one believes that. The team (Mahone, Michael, Linoln, Whistler girlfriend Sofia) discovers some interesting things about the "company", but loosing friends in the process. Now because this is Panama, the prisons are different and there is significantly more violence in the prison. But less guards. Michel is working on his plan to get Whistler and some other collateral people out. And new developments are occurring by the hour so Michael's problems multiply almost exponently.
Meanwhile on the out side Lincoln is trying to help his brother. But he also has a tone of problems. The problems are caused by in some way sexy Gretchen Morgan (Jodi Lyn O'Keefe). A some sort super evil agent. The kind of villain that even Bond franchise wouldn't be ashamed of having.
Will they mange to get out?
I must say that season tree didn't disappointed me. The first two ware great because the two brothers rely on the "brains of Michael" to get them to safety. And he did a great job of planning the whole thing. So there was no "lucky" coincidence. But in season 3 they are. And that is the only thing that I don't like about it. Even if my idea of Michael and Mahone joining brain power does not play out it - the characters are still excellently portrayed. Thy still have all the characteristics and they still act as they did in first episodes.
I think that there is more violence and that is more blood on the show. PG rating are well deserved.
As I said, acting is great. You hate the people you suppose to hate and you like people who suppose to be liked. As for Whistler, you suppose to be in a dilemma, and you are. The actor acted him good.
Directing is great. The right amount of suspense and action. Maybe the fact that the season only has 13 parts contributes to that. No boring episode ware made.
The soundtrack is great to. I noticed that is was done by the same composer as in Iron Man 1. The guy has talent.
All in all this is a show that does not disappoints even on it's third season.
For as Asian movie fan like me, it was hard to wait that Flash Point comes to DVD, because there is no chance that this kind of movies would come to theaters. So when I finally got my hands on DVD - I was prepared for some amazing action, interesting dialog and compelling story. Or so I thought.
Now story is one that is now almost over rated. A cop infiltrâtes a gang. Only his partner / friend Det. Sgt. Ma Jun and there commissioner knows that. After a few thing going wrong, his cover is blowned, and the try to kill him. After the second attempt and after a couple of other detectives are killed, his friend and his pregnant- soon to be- wife kidnapped det. sgt. Ma Jun decides that is time to bring this to the end.
Maybe it sounds like a decent action movie, the kind that man and young boys like to watch, but it's not. It's less than an hour and a half long, but you get board after a 10 minutes. When there are some action sequences, you get interested again because fight sequences are amazing, but when the "normal" story takes place it gets boring and confusing. The movie got even the Taurus Award (Awards given for good stunts and action sequences). But there is far to little action and far to much boring and badly acted out scenes.
Now the actors had done a good job in the action parts but bad in all the other. Donnie Yen is one of the new actors, who has a lot of talent and skills, but in this one that isn't seen. Maybe is him or maybe is the director, but Donnie Yen is trying to be Chow Yun Fat (hard, tough cop in one of John Woo movies), but without the guns. Using his hands instead.
As for the director, he shoot the fight sequences very well, he know what he wanted, and got it from the actors. Why he didn't been so charismatic in the non-action scenes I don't know. I also must credit him for the brave move he took and include some wrestling and other non typical Chinese fight styles. That was a bold move.
There are moment that every action fan will enjoy. But there is to many moments that no one could enjoy.
Were you ever sorry that you didn't go to the moves and see some movie, that you have later watched at home on your TV. I bet you ware. Last time that I was, it was just after I have finished watching Death Race.
I love action film and Jason Statham is one of the best action movie stars. And in Death Race he proves that once more.
He plays Jensen Ames ex-NASCAR driver, who ended his career not to gloriously. Working for a honest dollar he barely keeps his and his family heads above the water but they are happy. Until someone kills his wife and stages the crime scene that it looks like he did it. He is thrown in the worse prison in USA. And there the story just begin. Because of his driving skills he is pushed in the death race, race where prisoners race each other and killing off one by one with their modified cars.
The rest of the actors did also a great job. Joan Allen as Warden Hennessey is hot and cruel. And Ian McShane as wise Coach is good also. There are some 'famous' villains - Tyrese Gibson, Max Ryan, Robin Shou. And the main female lead went to Natalie Martinez. Her body does most of the work but she isn't a bad actress.
Movie is full of action. Shooting, fighting, blowing stuff up...We also have sexy girls (women will probably enjoy in Statham figure).
Directing is great and editing superb. The last Bond needed this kind of editing. Soundtrack is also excellent. Effects are awesome and that is why I'm sorry that I didn't see this one in the movies.
It's a nice piece of modern action moves.
One of the coolest things for a young boy are ninjas. As young boys, we like to watch movies / cartoons with them. Dress like them (usually on Halloween) and be cool like them. Our fascination with ninjas is usually triggered by a cartoon or a movie in my case it was American ninja. When I first saw it I was about 7 and I was hooked. Suddenly ninjas ware the coolest thing on earth and Michael Dudikoff the coolest one of them.
Now many years later I still find American ninja one of the best old school action movies - especially in ninja genre. I know acting is not so great and action is unrealistic - so obviously fake that you cant miss that is fake :). But the story is interesting even though is plain and simple:
Michael Dudikoff plays Joe. A trouble making guy who had two choices army or prison. He had chosen the army. He sticks to him self, but one day he is attacked by ninjas. He manages to escape from them (of course he is a ninja to), together with a sexy general daughter. What brings him even more troubles. But in the end everything works out.
Actors are unknown, only Michael Dudikoff and Steve James are the most famous one of the cast. Meanwhile Sam Firstenberg, the director is know to B production fans.
I know I doesn't sound as an inspiring movie, but it has some magic in it simplicity and plan story. And of course his Asian ninjas secrets  do help.
Archangel is a tree part miniseries that is set in new age Russia and plays off the nostalgia of the old (and for some Russian people) effective Soviet union. And were does Daniel Craig fits in all of this? And no - this isn't really Bond movie.
Daniel Craig play a professor Fluke Kelso who studies the life of Joseph Stalin. Who many people hate, but also many like him. Russia is and was divided about Stalin. Some consider that soviet union was the best thing that happened to them (the good old days) and other don't agree wit that. Kelso is an expert when it comes to Stalin. So one day when on conference in Russia an old man comes to visit him and tells him that he know the location of the Stalin's notebook. Keslo skeptical at first, 'declines' the deal. But soon he changes his mind and embarks on bloody, thrilling, spy and Russian mafia crossing path. Change the notebook in to a codebook and give Kelso a gun and you have a Bond movie. Maybe ad some more action. But even as it is it suits all genre tastes - we have action, we have mystery and drama even thriller. I would tell you more of the story but is has some fine twist and it would be too bad to ruin it.
Actors are unknown (beside Craig) but they are good. Not very good but the main one, are convincing. The side roles are terrible. Low budget is seams.
Directing is good and as I said the story is good also. Editing is also good. Low paced when it should be and some fast paced when it comes to action. Actually the director - actor (Craig) team is better that last Bond had. Where director, ruined the movie. I would consider hiring this one for a new Bond if I had a studio. :) I also like how Russia was portrayed. Not some slum, like in most of the new movies, but realistic. Not that I ever been there.
And the music is good to.
TuneUp Utilities 2008 is the second program that I use for maintenance of my computer. Again (similar to Glary utilities) it performs some functions that can be done with windows by default. But, again TunUp does them better. Let's look at some functions that can be done (again they are grouped by basic task):
Customize & Analyze
- -TuneUp SystemControl
- -TuneUp StartUp Manager
- -TuneUp System Information
- -TuneUp Styler 2
Enables you to set the basic look of windows interface. You can change logon screen, some icons, even boot screen. It does it very well. Windows doesn't start any slower and no problem appear. You can even made your own boot screen.
Clean and Repair
- TuneUp DiskCleaner
- TuneUp Disk Doctor
- TuneUp Disk Space Explorer
- TuneUp RegistryCleaner
There is nothing special here to say. It does plain windows stuff, but quicker and better.
Optimize and Improve
- TuneUp MemOptimizer (Monitors and optimizes free memory in the background)
- TuneUp RegistryDefrag (Corrects physical errors in the registry and defragments it)
- TuneUp System Optimizer (Checks your system for settings that might be slowing it down)
Again nothing special but useful stuff to be done from time to time. Again it's quicker and better from windows built in engines that do this stuff.
Manage and Control
- TuneUp Process Manager (instead of CTRL + ALT + DEL)
- TuneUp Registry Editor
- TuneUp Uninstall Manager (good but Glary ut. has better one)
This is the less useful section (at least for me. Process manager is not so user-friendly and Uninstall manager is nothing special (same as in windows). Registry editor is the only thing that is has some usefulness.
Recover and Erase
- TuneUp Shredder (Deletes files securely, ensuring that they cannot be recovered later)
- TuneUp Undelete (Recovers files that have been deleted from the Recycle Bin)
Nothing to add. Names of the functions say it all.
Overall this program has amazing ability to personalize the look and feel of the windows interface (even allows you to manage some context menu's - right click menu's). But it lakes the functionality in other areas. BUT combined with another maintenance program it's becomes a very useful toll. But the worse thing about it is that it isn't free.
Sometimes while browsing on internet you get lucky and you can read comments about software that you could use. If you are really lucky the software is going to be free. Glary Utilities is that kind of software. And why is this one so good? Simple... it doses a lot of stuff.
And what is does. Well,...you have two basic ways of using it.
First one is 1-click maintenance. Here you can check what you want to fix or improve and this program will use or preformed:
-clean(ed) the register
-manages startup (programs that start with windows, some you need, a lot of them you don't)
-Temporary files cleaner
The other way of usage is "modules". Here we different modules, from witch you can select different task that you want to perform. Modules are
Clean & repair here you select future task like
Optimize and improve
-star up manager
-context menu manager
Privacy and security
-functions for encrypting and decrypting files
Files and folders
-duplicate files finder
-emty folder finde
-file spliter and jiner
-Internet explore assistant
-windows standard tools
Yes, it's true. Some of the functions Windows have by default, but they aren't so efficient as in Glary ut. Plus why would you want to have a bunch a program installed if you can have one, and that one does a lot of jobs.
And it's free.
Usually people love the movie, hate the movie or are simply in between - meaning that the movie isn't anything special for them. District 9 goes a step forward. People eider hate the first part of the movie and love the second part. Some people like the second (action) part of the movie and hate the first one. Some hate the entire move and some (like me) like the whole movie very much.
I knew that this is going to be a good movie even before it came out. I was sending links to trailers almost everybody in my mailing list. And some even went to see it because of my recommendation...and ALL like it. Some even ware so impressed that they are planning to buy it on DVD. And what this movie is about?
Movie is set in Johannesburg, South Africa, where for twenty years a colony of aliens is living. They are concentrated in a "refugee" camp in District 9. No one knows why did thy came to earth or from where they are. They have some very advance technology, but most of the aliens are primitive, violent, and even stupid. Wikus Van De Merwe (Sharlto Copley) is an agent who is assigned to relocate the aliens. But for doing that, the agency for which he is working must get some approvals from the aliens. While walking from door to door and trying to make the aliens to sign the requested form, he gets in to a small accident, that causes him to start transforming in one of the alien. People turn their backs on him, trying to use him for some experiment (details you will find in the movie), and the only refugee he can find is in the District 9, among aliens that he previously mistreated.
The movie carries a message. Message of discrimination, violence and fear of those who don't look like us, so we treat them terrible. Romero has shown this with his Night/Down/Day of the living dead, and many have tried to do the same, but creators of district 9 have beaten them all. Even though this isn't a horror movie it dose gives a hint, how horrible a human being can be.
Sharlto Copley is the main actor and he has done AMAZING job. First he plays a smart, clumsy but hardworking husband. Then he transforms in a brave man, trying to stop the metamorphosis of his body and helping the aliens. He is truly convincing in booth roles, action and non action.
Directing is great, Shooting and editing also. The whole movie is somehow recorded in a documentary style and you almost believe that the aliens are somewhere in South Africa. Special effects are amazing. Aliens truly look real and the technology that thy have, look totally real.
Soundtrack is very suitable.
I always thought that world of high fashion is ridicules. For me high fashion is just throwing perfectly good textile away. Making clothes that no one will wear in public. There is a bunch of designers, who think that they created a masterpiece, but in reality they created something that clothes moth wouldn't even eat.
While watching a trailer I thought: "This is going to be fun - finally a movie that will show us the real (stupid) background of this "glamorous" world." And it did. But far to little. There was some interesting other points that movie makes...like the stupidity of conservative people who hate homosexuals or adoption trend that is popular lately.
But Sacha Baron Cohen truly deserves some compliments, making such a bold movie and not getting sued on every step must be hard. Make out with a man in the middle of a cage fighting ring is also not such a good idea - thank God that the net, prevented people to come in and beat the hell out of them. Some people did look like that they wanted to do that.
Sacha Baron Cohen has some good ideas that shows the some interesting points. Sarcasm at it's finest.
There is a lot of explicit scenes that could offend many. If you are uncomfortable near gay people, this isn't a movie for you. But beside that, this is a movie that many should watch.
I have always wanted to have a good and reliable calendar on my computer. When I only use one computer this was simple. I used Rainlendar, a very useful calendar, it also had a "to do" function and notes (planning to write a review some day about it). But when I have started to use my laptop, things got awkward. Because I was on the move a lot the problems appear. Part of my calendar notes ware on my stationary computer, part of it on my laptop. A mess I tell you. But then I came a cross Google calendar.
Interface is something that you need a couple of minutes to get use to. But from the on, it's walk in a park. You can see the calendar by day, weeks, months,... you simply click on the day you need to remember, you can select the hour or just the day. Up to you. Then you insert some information about the "thing" you have that day (may it be birthday or an appointment). You can chose when Gmail remind you (on that day or any other day or hour). It dose so, by sending you emails. The problem is that you need an internet connection otherwise you will not get the email. If you wont so see the appointments for the following week you also must log on Google calendar web page.
Application, that would look like a calendar and would be placed on your desktop, always synchronized with Google calendar would be wonderful to have. If you use Google desktop, this is possible, but for now there isn't any stand alone application. And that is an only minus.
Excellent web based calendar.
You really must be out of this world, if you don't know about Gmail. You maybe aren't using it, but you must have heard of it. It's a email service that speaks for it's self.
The main thing that people like about Gmail is that it has a lot of space, and I mean A LOT. We are talking GB and its still growing. But that's not all. Friendly interface is extremely well made. You have al of needed sections + you have spam filter, archives and even real time chatting application. If you are using slower computer or slower connection you can only load the thing that you need. Meaning, the basic folders, but no chat or special functions.
Gmail has a lot of special functions, like spell check, templates, now you even have unsent (if you notice that you made a mistake you can cancel sending an email in a certain period. It's not a long period, but that few seconds, can save us sometimes from making us look bad). Typed addresses are stored without special instructions to the application, saving us a lot of time.
You can also use outlook or thunderbird or any other application to read messages from Gmail, not needing to sign in. And, I like, that messages stay on Gmail account until you delete it by sinning in. The fact that I can read my emails with outlook, and still have it on my Gmail account, have proven an incredibility good thing. I can easily access my mails form anywhere or store thing on Gmail server so I don't need a USB stick/CD...
I even have notice, that Gmail has so many functions that people don't know for all of them. And the functionality is keep getting bigger with extra things being develop daily.
Gmail - the best email service ever.
I really don't like comedies that evolved man dressing in women or fat people. I'm a fan of that (for me at least) golden era of comedy. Where movies like: Caddyshack, Animal House, ... rock the screen. But even though I don't like those first mentioned movies I somehow end up watching it anyway. With Norbit it was the same. I had a lot of choices but I ended up watching this one. Probably because Eddie Murphy, has never let me down. Except, maybe with nutty professor. But I liked his 48 Hrs., Beverly Hills Cop, Coming to America or Metro. He can be comedian or action hero. Usually he is both. And there is a lot of movies in witch he plays different roles. Norbit is also one of thus movies.
Norbit is a orphan. He is nerdy, afro hair styled and shy. He lives in a orphanage run by Mr. Wong. There he meets Kate. They become very close friends, but someday Kate is adopted and taken away. Leavening clumsy Norbit all by it self. He then meets Rasputia. Big, fat, valiant women, that together with her tree, big and muscular men is "running" a black organized crime gang. She forces Norbit to marry her. Making his life, a living hell. Someday, now a grown up Kate (Thandie Newton) returns. There is a lot of sparkles still between Kate and Norbit. But there is some more problems. Kate is engaged with a schematic Deion Hughes (Cuba Gooding Jr.). And Rasputia's brother wont to use Norbit to double-cross Kate for some business deal. But in the end with some help of his friends Norbit sets the things on the right place.
Eddie Murphy plays Norbit / Rasputia / Mr. Wong. As Norbit he is excellent. Snagy, nurdy and a little rebellion like he is fun to watch. Even though he is kick around he still has some nasty and revolting comments to say. As Rasputia he is not so funny, he performs it in a way that was seen a million times before so (at least for me it wasn't funny). But Mr. Wong was something new and interesting to see. If there was some more scenes with him I wouldn't complained.
Thandie Newton as Kate Thomas is also good. Chemistry with Murphy is excellent. They really look good together. I also liked Eddie Griffin performance of Pope Sweet Jesus. He's performance of a pimp, always makes me laugh. Terry Crews, Clifton Powell , Mighty Rasta as Rasputias's brothers ware interesting. And Cuba Gooding Jr. as Deion Hughes, well it will be forgotten to say the least. He isn't funny nor really schematic.
Soundtrack is interesting, but there is a couple of songs that repeat them self thro the movie a lot of times. Directing and editing s good.
From all of those guy in a fat suit movies, this one is probably one of the best.
There are movies out there, that when you see the trailer for it, you just know that sooner or latter you will (have to) see the movie. Along came Polly is one of those movies for me. I have seen the trailer a lot of times, because it was very advertised, and I knew that someday I will see it. Now almost five years later I have.
Story is known and seen, before. Person A is dull, careful in life, obsessed with something, not living his life, seams happy, but deep inside he/she isn't. Person B is the complete opposite. A and B fall in love and after some troubles they live happily ever after (if it a comedy, if it's a drama, someone of those two dies, usually person B, and A is happy because she learned him/her to be happy). But this one is a comedy so we will talk about situation number one.
Ben Stiller is Reuben Feffer, a risk analytic who got married, but his wife (Debra Messing) had an affair on their firs day of their honeymoon. So the marriage ended quickly. After he returns to his job, everyone knows what happened. He is sad, trying to go back to work. His weird friend (Philip Seymour Hoffman) makes him go to a party where Reuben meets Polly Prince (Jennifer Aniston) his old classmate, now a beautiful women. But the problem is that they are totally different. He is organized, she is not. She eats spicy food, he has a sensitive stomach. She dances, he doesn't. But there are also some other problems, his wife comes back, his friend is giving him weird advices, his boss is strange and his new client (adrenaline junkie business man is making him go on some dangerous rides). But we all know how it going to end.
There is some funny situations and there are some not so funny. I would say that proportion is about 40: 60 in favor of less funny. But because the funny stuff is sometimes very funny it's still good to watch.
Actors did a good job. Stiller is the same as in every other movie, except he has less strange facial expressions. Aniston is also the same, she is like Rachel, but all her clumsiness magnified. Watching Philip Seymour Hoffman in this movie makes you wonder how did this man, this strange, repulsive man, won an Oscar. He is hard to believe, annoying in this movie and I guess that his character is suppose to be. Debra Messing part is nothing special. We also have Alec Baldwin, Hank Azaria (I fund scenes with him amazingly funny, he would make good Insp. Jacques Clouseau, from Pink Panther, because of his broken French).
Directing is nothing special and the soundtrack is also nothing special.
It's a mediocre comedy.
I love horror movies, but I have never sine so much no-fictional psychology in a horror movie, not even in some suppose-to-be psychologically based movies.
Story of the movie uses the fact that people often by driving fast and fierce, angry and impatiently revel our self of stress. We use our cars to channel some of our stocked anger and nerve racking stuff, that borders us. So people go out on the road and led them self off. This is the first interesting thing that I notice in the movie, for the second one I must tell you more about the content of the movie.
James Caviezel plays James 'Rennie' Cray, young man, whose wif,e a man has killed wit his car. It wasn't an accident, he deliberately kill her, by hitting her with high speed. He didn't know her, she was just an easy target. He did it to some women before and some people after. No one believes James that man killed his wife on purpose, so he drives around and seeks him so he could have his revenge. One night the one of his new victims survives. Her name is Molly Poole (Rhona Mitra). James knows that the man will try to finish her off, so he uses her as bait. And the chase continues. Thro the movie we find out why the man kills in such way. The explanation is reasonable and very possible, not in some movies, where we never find out why the killers committee such bloody crimes. In this one we find out, and we are given a very psychological based story. Story about a distorted desire for killing, that evolve probably from our brains defense mechanism, when the killer as a chilled was forced to watch pictures of terrible car accidents.
There is some more psychology facts used, and I know for a fact that some are real.
As for the actors James Caviezel and Rhona Mitra who are the main stars did the job well. Some more anger from James would be even better, and some more stress from Rhona also. But I can't complain to much. Now soundtrack was great, relay appropriate for highway or town chases. Directing was good, but because this is a more of a horror movie, more bloody scenes should be used, for some scary moments.
But all in all it was a nice surprise.