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Belittling Horror Excessively: Die05:02 AM -- Thu October 2, 2014

SPOILER WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS

It's October! And I just love watching a horror movie a day. So I'm doing it. This year, I was wondering what to do with the movies I watched - I've done video reviews, I've done written reviews, what's left? Well, it wasn't until today that I came up with the answer. I encountered Inktober, and decided to draw my reviews!

Well, not really. But I am going to do a drawing a day, in ink with no penciling at all, so it's gonna get messy, and the drawings will pertain to the movies. So prepare yourself for no further ado, and keep in mind that spoilers be everywhere this October, so watch the movie first if you care...

Die

So, in this movie, we have a bunch of seemingly unconnected people who attempt suicide, and then wake up imprisoned by somebody who then puts them through Saw-esque situations in which a roll of a die (Get it? A DIE!) determines whether they live or die.

What's interesting here is that there's a sort of non-traditional structure to the story. There's no real protagonist, though there's definitely a villain. There are basically two stories: one is the people imprisoned and what happens to them, and the other is a cop who's investigating the situation (come to think of it, this is exactly the structure/plot of Saw). The cop is the person you could best describe as the protagonist, but she never interacts with the villain at all, which makes one of the prisoners more of a protagonist, actually battling against the villain a few times. But then he shoots himself. Pretty strange. Although that was sort of a highlight. You don't often see a "hero" just kill themselves (and in the process, sort of win... sort of).

What's not so great is that there's a lot of stuff in the story that's "artistically" not shown. Like one person is presented with the scenario where rolling the die (GET IT!?) will either kill them or set them free, and then they roll the die offscreen, and it cuts away to the next scene. It's only later that you see how they turned out, and you never actually find out what the roll was or what happened, only that they survived it. This is just confusing and not so artistic.

In the end, we have a body count of 5, and the movie earns 2 out of 5 Dice. Not a great movie, with a pretty silly ending, but not really bad. I dunno. I didn't know quite what to think.

So let's celebrate with this picture inspired by the film! There wasn't really anything I felt like drawing, so I kinda just made the movie poster (without any reference, so maybe it's totally different, but it's how it looked in my head).


And no one who speaks German could be evil!
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