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Friday the 13th (2009) Director: Marcus Nispel, Producer: Michael Bay, Actor: Jared Padalecki.
Critics: ★ | Daily Night Critic: ★★★
Plot: A group of young adults discover a boarded up Camp Crystal Lake, where they soon discover Jason Voorhees and his deadly intentions. (Anonymous, IMDB)
First and foremost, I want to say that I never, ever
of slasher films. Not usually my type of horror since I always thought it focused on more killings than the story. Also, they were too gruesome for me, but I have no problem with gore in sci-fi, horror creature movies, depending on how bad it really is.
But when I first saw it over the weekend, I had very high expectations this remake wouldn't be as great as the originals, even though I don't watch the originals first, because, hey, not to sound pretentious to the originals, but I get easily bored after the first movie depending on how good it is. Knowing that Friday the 13th became a cult following back in the 1980's, it became one of the first "true" slasher movies ever made. People loved it and people hated it, but either way was something that actually terrified audiences due to the antagonist Jason Voorhees actually being a terrifying villain for the franchise. (Don't even get me started on Freddy vs Jason...)
But, as the beginning of the movie starts (of course with your typical teenagers or young adults going on vacation or what not), there are those characters that just really don't appeal to me much since it's already foreshadowed that most or only one will survive. And in addition, just add a sex scene to make the movie better! Woo-hoo!
Anyway, during the night while the campers are out and about either chilling at their campsites or exploring the camp, we see Jason with a bag head of some sort. Pretty freaky way to hide a monstrous face, if you ask me. He quickly comes toward one camper, and proceeds to take him out. He does the same with the others, but in different ways rather than just chasing them with a machete. But, one of the campers' fate is left unknown as soon as the screen cuts to black.
Later, we are brought to another group of campers (Trent, Jenna, Chewie, Chelsea, Bree, Lawrence, and Nolan), but I'm sure as hell they're not as crazy as the last ones..What? Not saying they're that
Anyway, while getting some drinks and other supplies and shit for the weekend, a young man known as Clay Miller (Supernatural's Jared Padalecki) is roaming around looking for his missing sister Whitney (Amanda Righetti), who he hasn't seen in long. Padalecki's character becomes likable slowly, as he is one of the people who shows concern for their loved ones and possibly has a tragic past. When no one knows where she is, Miller decides to go around town again and see if there are any witnesses who might know about the disappearance of his sibling.
But, as he stumbles across the same group of campers that are shown going into the store, Trent, Jenna (Piranha 3DD's Daniella Panabaker)'s douchebag boyfriend has a problem with Clay, so she ends up going to look for his sister as well. As the night progresses, your typical teenage behavior in movies occurs - drugs, and...you get the point.
However, about a couple more minutes into the movie, we see Jason kill someone who tore his bagged head off during a fight, then looking around to find his signature white ski-mask. And from there, the hunt begins.
Will Jared- I mean Clay find his sister? Will any of the campers survive or get killed off? What will be the fate of Clay's sister? Will anybody survive the night?
Finally watching the whole movie without even wanting to back out, I then realize that sometimes not ALL
slasher films are just based on how gruesome a character's death is - it is also about how gritty and intense the story is, along with how well the story is developed.
I also came to realize that Michael Bay (one of my favorite directors of course), one of the founders of Platinum Dunes, had produced this movie. With his recent movies (Transformers 4 - ★★★ 1/2, Pain and Gain - ★★★ 1/2, and Transformers 2007 - ★★★★) that I've seen, I think he was a little bit happy to be part of this movie and help out Marcus Nispel. I'd really like to see Bay direct a horror movie of any type in the future since he left the Transformers franchise and wanted to move on to make movies on other things not relevant to Transformers.
Jared Padalecki is convincing as the protagonist of the movie, creating a character one may like or dislike, and from there, should be in more movies sometime. His charisma is also a little convincing, especially with some of his emotions exhibited in certain situations.
Derek Mears is an excellent, and I mean excellent
Jason Voorhees. I love how the people who were affiliated with this movie didn't focus not only on bits and piece of the story and how to make it more gritty and terror-if-ic, but also on developing Jason a little better, making him more of an smart but quiet hunter.
Before I give a definite rating, I will give my pro's regarding this movie:
- Michael Bay produced it (Platinum Dunes).
- Jared Padalecki is great in this movie.
- A gritty atmosphere is set up in the setting of the movie.
- Dark themes applied to the movie make it even more suspenseful.
- The intensity of chase scenes and parts with Jason are not great, not bad, but good enough to be a little more scarier.
- Aaron Yoo isn't as bad, but can be a little funny. (Watch Disturbia to see why.)
And my cons (An additional warning to those who want to see it):
- Too much sex (just my two cents and opinion, but I might be exaggerating).
- Disturbing scenes with Jason (usually expected in a violent horror movie like this).
- Some of the characters were annoying or just not likable.
- Lens flares!
- Death scenes are usually the most disturbing.
- Could have added a bit more character development.
And now, the verdict!
Rating: ★★★ / ★★★★★
Recommended: Whenever you have Halloween Horror Night, Boredom and want to see something scary.
But definitely not recommended for psychos and little kids! (No pun intended.)
But seriously, folks - if you or any kids to have a disturbed mind, please refrain from watching this. Definitely not for the light hearted.
Good night, ladies and gentlemen - hope you enjoyed my first movie review in nearly two years, and Happy Halloween!