Saturday, September 05, 2015
Backcountry, No Escape again, MI5: my girl and I go to the movies
The strangest thing about the film, for both of us, was that a couple had brought a young child to the theatre. Who brings a six year old to an R-rated bear attack movie? But the couple were more annoying than the child, it turns out. They spent half the movie talking to it, teaching their boy, it sounded, about wilderness safety and such (they should teach the kid about movie theatre etiquette sometime. I was tempted to begin the lesson myself).
Erika - looking up from her Diana Gabaldon novel as I read my blogpost to her - adds, "it was really good," and says that it was very intense, and that it felt like you were watching a real family in jeopardy. (A lack of audience identification is not a problem with this film). She thought Owen Wilson was terrific, too, and that it was interesting to see him in a non-comedy role. We both enjoyed Pierce Brosnan, as well - my second favourite role of his after Polanski's terrific The Ghost Writer. He's believably blown out and debauched in the first part of the film, singing bad karaoke to Huey Lewis and the News' "Heart and Soul" - and then quite effectively competent later, when it counts...
Weirdly enough, there was a woman - she appeared to be of Southeast Asian descent herself - who had brought two children to the film, even younger than bear attack boy ("like, toddlers, like three and four maybe," Erika observes. "I couldn't believe that! There's a certain age at which kids maybe don't understand what they're watching, but No Escape is too much. There's too much brutality to take kids to that. Hence the R-rating!"). I took it upon myself to mention to the woman that it was a really scary film - I mean, these kids were younger than I was when I was totally traumatized by the flying monkeys in the Wizard of Oz, ferchrissake - but to my amazement, the children barely cried during the movie, and after the movie, seemed happy and normal. I don't get it. Maybe kids today are tougher than I was? There was a little girl - a different child someone had brought to the movie, not one of the toddlers, maybe about seven or eight, also of Asian descent - who was positively dancing in the aisles, smiling on the way out. Maybe it's a cultural thing?
Anyhow, the cheap week at Cineplex Odeon is over, so presumably people who can't afford babysitters won't be dragging their infants to the theatre so much now, if that's what was going on. On a different note, there seemed to be a goodly number of Southeast Asian people at the theatre, so I wonder if this film has become a bit of a hit among that demographic? Wonder how it plays in Thailand and the Philippines and Indonesia? Cambodia apparently banned the film, but only because there's some use of Khmer characters, turned upside-down, to give the film a believable Southeast Asian feel...
All in all, a good week of first-run movies!