Writers: Sergio G. Sánchez (screenplay), María Belón (story)
Stars: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor and Tom Holland
Runtime: 114 mins
A vacationing family (headed by Naomi Watts & Ewan McGregor) is ripped apart and struggles to survive the 2004 tsunami in Thailand. From the jarring opening image it’s obvious that this is going to be heavy-handed and manipulative. The disaster is impressively imagined and their plight is certainly daunting. Even with all the pain and emotion, the frequently ominous direction and menacing music telegraphed the situations. Performances, including the 3 sons, are strong and special effects are convincing. There was something about it that left me flat. I was absorbed throughout, but never caught up in the drama. To me the 2006 HBO film “Tsunami: The Aftermath” was better.
GAY ANGLE: No gay people in this movie. Not even a lady man.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2012)
Director: John Luessenhop
Writers: Adam Marcus (screenplay), Debra Sullivan (screenplay)
Stars: Alexandra Daddario, Tania Raymonde and Scott Eastwood
Runtime: 92 mins
This reboot picks up where the original left off: The only survivor is a baby, who returns as an adult to claim her heritage. After too much dialogue the killings finally begin: bloody, blunt-force-trauma butcherings. Of course, they’re more explicit than the 1974 versions, but they still have the same grungy, low-budget brutality. If you liked the original (which is one of my faves) you won’t be disappointed. That being said, in striving to maintain the style of the original, they’ve abandoned any hope of freshness. NOTES: Saw it in 2D and didn’t miss anything. STAY THRU THE CREDITS for a final surprise.
GAY ANGLE: The male & female victims are mostly young and nubile with nice flashes of flesh.
Jerry Williams reviewed movies for WTVR-TV for 14 years and for Style Weekly for 10 years. When he launched his own website in 1998 at TVJerry.com, he took his reviews to the Internet. Through those hundreds of reviews, Jerry kept his sexual orientation muted. So, he's excited to be adding "gay angles" to his postings for GayRVA.com.