Wild River, Insyriated and It The Film Review


Wild River, Insyriated and It

Mark Kermode joins Jane Hill to discuss the latest cinema releases which include Wild River, Insyriated and It.


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Indies. All that and much more in Sportsday at 6. 30pm. Now though on

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BBC News, it's time for the Film review.

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Hello and welcome to the Film Review on BBC News. To take us through this

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week's releases, welcome back, Mark. What have you watched in the last

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few weeks? Very interesting. We have Wind River. We have Insiriated, a

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tough and tense drama, set in Damascus. And It, Stephen King's

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classic comes to the big screen. It may be a classic. We'll talk

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about that later. You're such a horror fan! Let's start with Wind

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River. I watched the trailer for this in awe when I saw Detroit. Even

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the trailer is visually stunning. But so stark. Yeah, written and

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directed by Taylor Sheridan, saying it's the conclusion of a trilogy

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about the American frontier. It's set in Wyoming on a Native American

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reservation. There's the death a young women at the start, which

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brings together two characters. One is the hunter, tracker, who is

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dealing with his own issues of grief and guilt. The other is an FBI agent

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who is basically - she's in Vegas beforehand - she arrives completely

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unprepared, a total outsider, not even the right clones for the job.

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Immediately everybody thinks what's she doing here. Here's a clip. I'm

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June Banner. Are you by yourself? Yeah, just me. I'm the tribal police

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chief. That's Cory Lambert. He found the body. This is his father-in-law,

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Dan. We got the same job hey. I'm sorry to meet under these

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circumstances. Do you want to show me the body? I don't mean to be

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rude, I'm just freezing my as off here. The quicker the better. That's

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going to get a lot worse if you go out there dressed like that. The

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body is five miles in snow mobile. I got the call and this is what I've

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got. At the beginning there's hostility towards her character.

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She's tenacious. In order to pursue the case she needs a tracker on

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board. You saw from that clip how much of it is to do with the

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environment, to do with the landscape. You said watching a

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trailer made you feel - I was cold by the end of the trailer! It was

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extraordinary. Whoa, I thought, this is going to be bleak. That

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chilliness goes all the way through the drama. Actually, though it is a

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murder mystery investigation with a sort of lib rainth plot, it's about

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this land, about people being forced to live in a land never meant for

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anyone to live in it, about the hardship, the difficulty of that

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life, about the community and what I like about the film is it's very

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sympathetic towards its characters. It's all to do with placing and

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setting. That Wyoming back drop is brutal. Jeremy Rhoner is well cast.

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He tends to underplay emotions. A lot is done by saying and doing

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little. She comes along and has to prove her way and prove that she's

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worthy of this case. During the course of the film, you really come

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to see her character understand the bleakness of this landscape, the

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difficulties of the people who live here face. So I think it's a very,

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very solid, very gripping drama. Bizarrely, when you consider that it

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is narratively a murder mystery thriller it's much more about

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environment. It's about place. It's about those people. It's about the

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plight of the indigenous people. Your second choice now. This is a

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drama not a documentary. It's absolutely a drama. Set in Damascus.

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There's an apartment block where a family and others in the block are

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trapped inside by sniper fire and helicopters and gunfire outside.

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What happens is that there is a character who is the matriarch, who

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is brilliant, who is controlling looking after everybody in the

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apartment block. There is a young couple, who have a young baby, who

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are planning to leave. They're going to make the getaway at nighttime.

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But then what happens is tragedy strikes. There is an air of

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deception that surrounds the tragedy because the central character

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doesn't tell what she knows. Somehow through this deception it's as if

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the outside conflict comes in. Then you have a series of characters

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trapped within this really hellish environment in which there is a lie

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that they are dealing with. There is a knock at the door, it turns into

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something approaching a home invasion movie and it becomes very

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claustrophobic. Filmed with very tight hand held cameras following

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you around the apartment. You feel the space. At times, although it's a

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completely different setting, it reminded me of under the shadow,

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another story about conflict outside and a mother and a daughter dealing

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with the - there's a shell that's come through the roof, but it's a

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ghost story. In many ways this is a story about there being a ghost in

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this house. It's tough. There is a central sequence which is very hard

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to watch. Though it was very well filmed, not exploit Tivoli filmed.

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Occasionally it drifts into melodrama. It's a tough film in

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which you believe in the characters and in the battles between them and

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the stress that's they're under. You really do feel this oppressive

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environment that they're living under. All right. Now, the third

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choice I don't know why I'm laughing. Because you are right to

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laugh. Because you're back from your summer holidays, you thought, I know

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I'll give Jane one that she will not like at all because it's not my

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thing. I think you will do. This is It. I love your optimism! It's an

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adaptation of a Stephen King door stopper novel, which has been done,

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there's a very famous TV version with Tim Curry as penny wise the

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dancing clown, so the story is basically, a group of kids living in

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a town, who are all haunted by visions that seem to tap into their

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deepest fears. Somehow there's a central character, It, who seems to

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be feeding upon their fears. It starts with a sequence which has

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become iconic in which young Georgie meets Penny Wise. Here's a clip. No!

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Ah! Hiya Georgie. What a nice boat. Do you want it back? Erm...... Yes

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please. You look like a nice boy. Do you want a balloon too Georgie? I'm

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not supposed to take stuff from strangers. Oh, well I'm Penny Wise,

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the dancing clown. Now we aren't strangers, are we? How are you

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feeling? This has provoked so much debate in the newsroom today. I am

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the only person surrounded in a sea of people who had no desire to go

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any further than that scene. Here's the thing, yes, it's a horror story,

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there is a strong horror element, but it's a coming of age drama about

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a group of kids called the losers, who gang together to try and find

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this midgical evil to try and unravel the curse happening time and

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again to the town. The films that it refers to are poltergeist, the

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goonies, there's nods to ET, there's a touch of stand by me in there. It

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is a film which works because the director cares about the young

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characters. He cares about the misfits, the outsiders. You come to

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care about them too. Yes, it is, there are, moments of fear, moments

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of shock, jumps. Anybody who finds clowns fundamentally creepy is going

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to be very impressed by the performance. He does a good job of

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filling Tim curry's clown shoes. But it's an adventure. I mean it's a

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horror inflected adventure, but it is an adventure. This is the early

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years of the novel. There's a section of the grown up years, this

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is chapter one. There's going to be a second one. There is. This owes a

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debt to nightmare on elm street. At one point the kids go past a cinema

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showing that. There's a score that goes from lush orchestral adventure

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music to nursery rime chimes, the strange, twisted... You're not

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buying this. It's a romp. It's really enjoyable. It's really good

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fun and it's scary when it needs to be. Personally I would have liked it

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to be more scary. I still remember the first time I saw Penny Wise the

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clown, you get those moments, but I really liked it. What was best about

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it was how affectate it is for the source material. I think fans will

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really go for. It Let's talk about the wonderful Bill Nighy. Yes, Lime

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house Golem is trifric. It's set in 1880s London. A killer is stalking

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the streets. His detective is sent to investigate it. They know it's an

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unsolvable case and they want him to take the fall. The film is about

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theatre, the theatre of murder, the theatre of death and real life. So

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on the one hand, half of it takes place on stage, musical, half of it

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takes place in the morgue and out on these misty streets. A lot of hammer

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in the way in which it's lit, the way in which it's ghoulish. Very

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visual. Musical. Yes, and funny enough people haven't quite

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appreciated enough what a good looking film it is. It's brilliantly

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written by Jane Goldman, who adapted the novel. It's a complicated novel

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to put on screen. I really liked it. Danny mayes was wonderful. I think

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you'll enjoy. It it is gorery. It is gorier than It. There is Gothic gore

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in there. You see, there's a line between that and being scared out of

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your wits. Actually, here's what you should do, see both of them and then

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tell me which you enjoyed the most. Good plan Mark, back-to-back, with a

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bottle of gin to get me through it! I shouldn't advocate that, this

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might be on in the morning. We'll edit that bit, right. Let's talk

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about the DVD. Yeah, actually Blu-ray, shock treatment has come to

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Blu-ray. Shock Treatment is the sequel to rocky horror. It was

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described as an equal, not prequel or sequel. It's a mess, no question

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about it. The creator said it's a mess because it started as one thing

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and turned out as another. What's really interesting is it's becoming

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incredibly pressient. It's about a world taken over by reality

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television. It's about people thinking they can solve everyone by

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becoming part of a game show. The songs and dance routines are

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fabulous. When it came out, I thought this is a mess but I'm

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enjoying it. This is a mess but it's nightmarishly profetic and I really

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like it. Lovely to see you back... Just about. Nice to see you. See you

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next week. You'll find all our film news and reviews from across the BBC

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online. Find all the previous programmes on

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the BBCi player. That is it for this week. Whatever you're brave enough

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to see, I hope you enjoy it. Soft drinks are available! Thanks very

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much for watching. Have a great week, bye-bye.

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Good evening. If you're off to the cinema this weekend, it might be a

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dash from the bus or from the car as you said in there, because there'll

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