Film #31 of the Halloween 31
There are some really great parts about the writing, but there are some parts that are off. The story is definitely interesting. It's a very cool concept, and it plays out very entertainingly in the film. The script is intense, but works in a lot of comedic relief, which is effective. I will say, however, that the character development is not good at all. The protagonists are very weakly developed as to where we don't have very much reason to care for them other than basic human sympathy. The antagonists are never developed enough to show their motivations. Nevertheless, it is still an enjoyable film.
I think that the cinematic quality of this film was actually a lot higher than I had expected. The cinematography is really good, for the most part. There are some highly metaphorical shots that really add to the meaning of the film. There are a few shots that are slightly iffy, but never cringe-worthy. The editing of the film is effective, sometimes creating a disorienting effect which heightens suspense. The acting of the antagonists is also surprisingly effective. Pancho Moler and Richard Brake are both very creepy and intriguing in their roles. In fact, Brake's performance is a slightly more edgy version of what Leto's Joker should have been.
So overall, I ended up liking "31" a lot. It's an intriguing film that has some good execution, but would have been more effective if the character development was better. If you like gory films, this is one not to miss, as it is better than most.
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: Digital rental.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably.