READY OR NOT

I knew going in this was a black comedy, but I was expecting something a little more inventive, maybe along the lines of You’re Next. It does have a few funny moments but, unlike You’re Next, the female lead survives via a hokey family curse and the incompetence of her pursuers rather than her own agency.

THE WAVE

I┬árented this Norwegian disaster film because it was touted as one of those “Great Horror Films You’ve Never Seen.” NOT! Not a horror film. Plot: maverick scientist’s warnings ignored, he’s separated from his family when the worst happens, must survive the disaster (in this case a fjord tsunami) in order to save them. (Sound familiar?)
FF=3

SKIN TRADE

This film takes itself seriously. As it should, considering its subject is human trafficking. I can’t think of any fate too awful for the creeps who buy and sell human beings. But at its heart this is a revenge film, with endless chases and exhausting mano-a-mano fights. Nothing new to see here. Keep moving.

FF=3

REVENGE OF THE GREEN DRAGONS

Supposedly true and based on the Chinese underworld scene in NYC during the 1980s and early 90s, this could have been exciting, but it’s a snoozer. Ray Liotta appears for maybe 10 minutes (probably as a favor to producer Scorcese). Doomed by too small a budget, too many characters, too-small sets (it appears to have been shot in real tenement apartments), and a script that never comes to life.

FF=3