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3.8 out of 5 stars
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3.8 out of 5 stars
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on 27 April 2017
It's always great to see John Carpenter back behind the camera - though sadly there's been nothing more from him since 2010, when this film was released. This is, in many ways, a very run-of-the-mill set up with jump scares where you pretty much guess they'll be and a denouement that isn't original - or even very surprising. And yet, it's a very enjoyable and entertaining movie mainly because it's so obviously directed by a master filmmaker. The film looks great, for a start, and the editing and mise-en-scene are ample evidence of Carpenter's skill as a storyteller - even though the story's not that hot. It also shows his skill with actors - there are some very good performances from the predominantly female main cast and the much underrated Jared Harris. There's a wonderfully atmospheric score too, though not composed by Carpenter himself. Yes, "The Ward" is corny and clunky in parts but this is transcended by the skill in which it is undertaken. Mind you, I really enjoyed "Ghosts of Mars" too so make of the above what you will, though I like most of his movies, with the exception of the awful remake of "Village of the Damned" - my favourites being "Dark Star", "Assault on Precinct 13", "The Thing", "Starman" and "In The Mouth of Madness". As a huge Carpenter fan, I can only hope that the man gets to work on a new project soon, preferably with strong material and Kurt Russell starring! One can dream but, for the time being, you could do worse than give "The Ward" a watch - at the very least, it shows how a cinematic alchemist can turn very base metal into, if not gold, then certainly into something of solid entertainment value.
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on 17 April 2017
I was unsure whether I'd like it when I bought this. I'm so glad I did. It gave me a few jumps and had enough violence without being OTT - to me, a lot of gratuitous gore is boring. It also had a surprisingly good story line and for someone who usually sees the ending not long after a film starts, this one kept me guessing to a surprise ending. If you're a purely splatter fan give this a miss, but if you like something thoughtful with a bit of a scare do go for it. Amber Heard gives her usual good performance and I ended up liking what should have been an un-likeable character.
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on 2 May 2017
good film, kind of really bad & pretty good at the same time
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on 11 August 2017
Really enjoyed this film it keeps you guessing all the time the ending was a bit predictable though and still keeps you guessing as well?
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on 15 September 2017
brilliant story line, has you on edge of your seat
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on 20 August 2017
great film, very intense
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on 19 June 2017
My brother said that ok
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on 6 April 2017
Good movie great price
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on 25 June 2017
Great film
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on 15 May 2017
It,s okay
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