Snapshots - #37: It, Breathe, Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House

It (2017), (♦♦♦♦): Four inseparable friends in middle school bond with other three newcomers. They all have in common that they are bullied by the same people. Over the course of one summer they'll fend off bullies and face a centuries-old demon in the form of a clown, named Pennywise, whom has been disappearing kids and terrorizing the town of Derry, Maine, every twenty-seven years since the town was founded.
Based on Stephen King's novel of the same title, It is a movie with a smart script and a sympathetic ensemble of nerds that deliver light humor, and deep thrills. It doesn't hurt that each and every character has his or her own arc, thus one gets to know their motivations and fears before Pennywise enters head on into the picture.
In a nod to 1980s movie classics such as The Goonies, and the Brat Pack ensemble, the newest adaptation of It takes place at the end of that decade, when it seems, at least from the Hollywood perspective, that every kid harbored a genius insi…

Contagion (♦♦♦♦)

An American woman travels to China. Next thing we know, a virus is spreading at the speed of a touch (to the face, hand to hand), and it kills everyone she has come in contact with in the first four days, except her husband. Within little time, the virus starts mutating and there are no vaccines available anywhere. With uncertainty comes chaos, and desperate Americans turn to crime in search of relief.

I typically don’t watch end-of-the-world kind of movies, but I liked the trailer so I took the plunge. Oh boy! This movie seriously gave me the creeps! A star-studded cast is the highlight of the film and I must say each one of the actors is very well utilized. The movie is acted to perfection and the acoustic beats of the score contribute to the fast pace of the plot. In a world as small as today’s, it is only a matter of time until something so sinister happens, which is why the film has contemporary resonance.