Thursday Movie Picks: Underground

This week's Theme from Wandering Through The Shelves is movies that take place underground. Unless I'm taking this too literally and we're supposed to be talking about "underground" in the sense that the films started with small viewings? I'm going to go with actually underground. Be nice to me if I'm wrong. I have anxiety. 

1) Buried

This film is literally just Ryan Reynolds in a box underground. The premise is terrifying. It's probably the best performance he's ever given aside from Deadpool.

2) The Midnight Meat Train

This is a fun horror movie. While it's not set completely underground, that's where all the gory magic happens.

3) City of Ember

This completely flopped at the box office but I didn't think it was bad. It's not outstanding but it was a decent family film. Saoirse Ronan is great in it, as always. 

16 comments:

  1. I haven't seen any of these but I've been meaning to watch Buried and City of Ember for a long time.

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    1. I hope you like them once you get around to them.

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  2. I've only seen City of Ember which I didn't love but thought was alright. The whole concept of the first one makes me uneasy so I can't imagine watching it and just from the title I can tell the second would be too bloody for me.

    I think you're on the right track, at least that's how I took it as well.

    Transatlantic Tunnel (1935)-Engineer Richard "Mack" McAllan (Richard Dix) proposes the building of a tunnel to connect England and the United States though revolutionary new technology. The film follows the many years and problems encountered as the realization of the project progresses. Futuristic early sci-fi posits the construction of an undersea tunnel linking England with the United States was one of the first film allegories to attempt to strengthen the US/UK bond as the dark clouds of war began to waft through Europe. Though little known today this was a high profile project at the time with two of the most esteemed actors in film, Walter Huston and George Arliss, as the President of the United States and Prime Minister respectively.

    Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)-Sir Oliver Lindenbrook, a Scottish geologist (James Mason) and his assistant Alec McEwan (Pat Boone!) set off on an expedition to the center of the earth after finding directions in an inscription hidden in volcanic rock. Along the way to an Iceland volcano to begin their journey Carla Göteborg (Arlene Dahl) the widow of a famous scientist, Icelander Hans Bjelke (Peter Ronson) and his pet duck Gertrud join their party. On their way they encounter, treacherous terrain, subterranean oceans, prehistoric monsters and rival scientist Count Saknussemm (Thayer David) who is on their trail. The sets and effects are very dated by today’s standards but still a fun adventure.

    Daylight (1996)-When robbers fleeing police collide with trucks carrying toxic waste inside New York’s Holland Tunnel a fireball results collapsing both ends and trapping a disparate group of survivors who turn to the disgraced former chief of Emergency Services Kit Latura (Sylvester Stallone) now working as a cab driver and trapped with them “the only man capable of saving the day!” Typical Stallone nonsense but vigorous and actiony if undemanding.

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    1. I haven't seen any of your picks, though I saw Journey was picked before. Yes, if you're not into gore, skip The Midnight Meat Train.

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  3. I almost picked Midnight Meat Train, myself. That's a real fun gore-fest. City of Ember was okay. Haven't seen Buried yet.

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    1. I thought you were going to because you're the only other person I know for sure has seen it. lol

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  4. Good pick with Buried - I found that one so difficult to watch because I sometimes get claustrophobic. I remember wanting to see City of Ember when it came out, but I never did.

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    1. That was hard to watch, but weirdly enough The Descent made me feel more claustrophobic.

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  5. Buried I have seen as it's an excellent film. I do remember City of Ember as I've only seen bits of it but I did recall it came and went when it was released. I got confused on the subject as I thought it was going to be about underground cinema.

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    1. I was afraid that's what it really was supposed to be about and that I got too literal lol

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  6. I liked City of Ember too.

    Haven't seen the Ryan Reynolds one - stayed away, sounds too much like the story line of a soap opera that aired one year when i was really sick and spent a lot of time on my grandmother's couch.

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    1. I'm sure this was better made, but that one probably ended on a lighter note.

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  7. The ending of Buried is something I don't think I can forget. I've been wanting to watch City of Ember but never really got to.

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  8. I had originally meant literal Underground, but it's open to interpretation

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