Review: Aquaman (2018)

Aquaman (dir. James Wan, 2018) – To preserve peace between land and sea, Arthur Curry must find the trident that will prove his worth as the King of Atlantis.

Verdict

The Atlantean King’s first solo outing gets inundated with one too many villains, including a leaden script.

2/5

Review

It was never Arthur’s intent to vie for the throne. But he soon finds his hand forced when the next heir in line threatens to wage a dangerous war. Having left his world behind at a young age, the late King’s firstborn son must find a sacred weapon, which will prove his worth to rule a world in disarray.

The to-be King is no heir of Camelot, but borne of the Atlantean Queen and a mortal lighthouse keeper. As the son of star-crossed lovers from two worlds, Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) knows better than anyone about unity. It takes little convincing for him to get his quest for peace started, as his initial reluctance quickly washes off to make room for explosive underwater action.

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Review: The Conjuring (2013)

The Conjuring (dir. James Wan, 2013) – Threatened by a dark presence, The Perrons seek help from paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who find themselves facing their most menacing case yet.

Verdict

In his latest scare design, director James Wan nails tension with effective precision as horror fans echo in unison, “Please don’t leave us.”

4/5
Review

The Warrens came, they saw, they kicked its ass – or at least that is what they claim. No matter whether you believe in the stories of Ed and Lorraine Warren, there is no question that they would be fantastic material for any compelling horror film.

Director James Wan turns the potential into a barrage of some earnest scares with The Conjuring, his second venture into the haunted house genre after Insidious, this time without his partner-in-crime Leigh Whannell.

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Review: Insidious (2011)

Insidious (dir. James Wan, 2011) – A young couple seeks help for their comatose child trapped in The Further, a demon and spirit-infested realm.

Verdict

Bringing back atmospheric horror of the 70s, Insidious delivers rare effective scares.

4/5

Review

Spilling blood and ripping innards apart can get you for brief moments. But since the millennium began, horror movies have not sustained terror in their entirety quite like Insidious did.

Following the Splat Pack’s great ambitions, director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannel revive the true unadulterated sense of the word ‘horror’. With Dead Silence, they abandon visceral violence for creepy ambience. With Insidious, they find temerity to strip the genre down to its early roots, making minimalist horror work for a modern audience.

The new masters of suspense pay careful attention to design. In the old-fashioned spirit of beloved 70s horror, the movie completes the nostalgic experience with font and sound. They take us into the dark realms of The Further, where a father will do anything to bring his son back.

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