Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Mine Games (2012)

Starring: Briana Evigan, Ethan Peck, and Rebecca Da Costa

Homicidal Maniac(Kinda): Joseph Cross as Michael

Run time: 1:32:00

Quick Synopsis:  A group of friends find them in a confusing and fearful situation while staying at a cabin located near a mine.

It is truly tough to make a successful time loop movie.  The idea of a time loop itself is confusing to most, so creating a film using the concept is going to become even more confusing.  Saying all this, I really do not think that the movie is too bad.  The acting is more than acceptable from everyone except for Rebecca Da Costa, who plays Rose, an apparent psychic.  She is pure awfulness, but it really doesn't matter too much since her character is nothing more than a plot device.  Many will have issues with the writing and call out the movie's plot holes, however, I don't think there are as many as it would appear.  
Many of these issues will revolve around the first trip that the group takes to the cabin.  The problem is that technically in the framework of the film, there is no first time.  The hole story is a loop.  And a loop does not have a beginning or an end.  It is a continuous cycle.  This film is nowhere near perfect, but the gripes on this subject are pretty much unwarranted.  The bigger issue though is that most won't see it that way so it really important to have a strong explanation about time loops or some kind of payoff at the end to tie the movie together.  Otherwise the movie is not going to be great.  That is the problem with this awful horror movie.

Fun Fact: Ethan Peck is the grandson of actor Gregory Peck (To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Omen).

Hidden Gem:  During the film, Ethan Peck's character is playing a game where they have to guess the famous character on the piece of paper stuck to their forehead.  The name on his forward is the previously mentioned Gregory Peck.

Total Kill Count:
Matt- Michael Guillod (20:00) Cut in the Gut Gore Rating: 6
Sarah- Lindsay Lamb (20:00) Offscreen Gore Rating: --
Lex- Rafi Gavron (45:00) Found Dead Gore Rating: 5
TJ- Alex Meraz (46:00) Found Dead Gore Rating: 3
Guy- Ethan Peck (46:00) Found Dead Gore Rating: 2
Lex- Rafi Gavron (1:11:00) Falls through bridge Gore Rating: 6
Rose- Rebecca Da Costa (1:12:00) Poisoned Gore Rating: 1
TJ- Alex Meraz (1:15:00) Struck in the Head Gore Rating: 3
Guy- Ethan Peck (1:23:00) Throat slit Gore Rating: 7
Matt- Michael Guillod (1:23:00) Cut in the Gut Gore Rating: 6
Sarah- Lindsay Lamb (1:23:00) Offscreen Gore Rating: --

             Horror Film: 6
             Entertainment: 7
             Gore: 7
             Overall: 6.5