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The Ascent 2017 123movies

Oct. 01, 201798 Min.
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#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Veteran LAPD detective Henry Cardenas faces off against his toughest murder suspect yet, Vince Marins, who claims to be something other than human. Over the course of 24 hours, truths, both new and long-buried, will be revealed.
Plot: Veteran LAPD detective Henry Cardenas faces off against his toughest murder suspect yet, Vince Marins, who claims to be something other than human. Over the course of 24 hours, truths both new, and long buried will be revealed.
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Should have been brilliant
This falls into a specific small niche of philosophical “shoulda been” films where there is a brilliant premise spoiled by mediocre-to-bad acting and some horrifically bad writing. I often tend to love them despite their glaring flaws but I also spend the entire time wanting to throw things at the screen.

Dialog. Does nobody teach dialog anymore? This, like many works written by untrained writers, contains a series of monologs rather than any realistic sense of conversation. There are people spouting stiff, unnatural, overwrought and perfectly turned phrases at each other. In the cases where the acting is good (the interrogator) it merely comes off as eye-roll-worthy. In the cases where the acting is mediocre (the suspect) it makes you shake your head sadly. Where the acting is horrific (the partner and the journalist) it makes you physically wince. You never forget that this is WRITING. With every word spoken you are painfully aware you are watching something that was carefully written and edited and rewritten. You can actually feel the writer agonizing over every word, trying to get it just right. It’s as if each character pauses before speaking to organize every thought into a neo-Shakespearian soliloquy. Except without the pauses, because we are supposed to believe this nonsense just falls from their tongues like hymns from the lips of angels.

Except for the ending sequences, almost every scene outside of the interrogation room is unnecessary. Every bit of plot that takes place outside the interrogation room can be evoked through the discussion between the only two characters who really matter. Characters such as the reporter are purely there for expository (and as an awkward vehicle for the “reveal”) and can be cut completely. The obnoxious partner can fade into the scenery without loss to the core of the film (and he should. And I hope the actor who plays him fades along with him). Both characters are only mildly realized and feel more like interruptions than adding any depth to the film. I don’t need to be told repeatedly that the interrogator is good at his job. I see that he is good at his job.

As for the ending, without spoiling, one of the characterizations has been done so many times it is tired and actually detracts from the impact. Later, a confrontation is unnecessary and confusing and changes the tone. It was all just six degrees south of great, and it’s a frustrating six degrees. If you are a writer, ask yourself “What is the most important thing that needs to happen here?” Then write those things. Everything else is trying too hard.

To see a brilliant example of a philosophical film centered around an interrogation, watch Una Pura Formalità (A Pure Formality) by Giuseppe Tornatore starring Roman Polanski and Gerard Depardieu. It’s an Italian film made in French (strange combo, yes), but make sure you watch with subtitles rather than a dubbed version: it is imperative that you experience the subtle, nuanced acting. Even if you are someone who eschews foreign films, watch it. If you saw and liked The Ascent at all, you will be awed by Tornatore’s brilliant work. THIS is writing. This is how you write complex philosophical dialogue that still feels like two people are actually speaking to each other rather than holding court and making hubristic, hyperbolic proclamations. You can see that once all the carefully constructed words are removed, there is room for the emotions that should be filling every inch of this story.

If this were a truly bad film, I probably wouldn’t bother reviewing. But it has so much potential I just want to grab the writer and shake some experience into him. Murtagh is obviously smart and imaginative and has something to say. Unfortunately, he still desperately needs to learn how to say it. All writers feel like they were born to their craft, but classes are important even to the best natural talent. I would tell him to study dialog (please, for the love of all that is holy in the universe, learn dialog). Hire an editor, because everyone needs a brilliant editor. Once he does, he will wish he could go back and remake this. Actually, I wish he would. It wouldn’t be the first time the film industry had a do-over, and I’d love to see this film properly made.

Review By: kay_rock Rating: 6 Date: 2019-04-25
Scratching my head with this one
So this movie is about a detective who is really good at getting confessions from perpetrators. He is about to break the record of most solved cases-he only needs one more. It is here where we meet the supposed perpetrator of a crime involving a woman being stabbed to death in her home. He claims he is Lucifer’s brother-so already weird. Starts off one way pointing the audience to the direction of this supposed brother of Lucifer and his assumed craziness and eventual confession but turns out to be that the detective actually killed someone himself when he was around 16 years old. He buried that person under a tree and made a “deal” with God that if he could get away with this murder he’d turn his life around and become involved in law enforcement and fight against what he himself did. In the end he goes back to where he buried his victim and sits down and dies.

That is a very brief summary. Obviously there is a bunch of other stuff that happens but I can’t explain those things because I don’t understand the whole Lucifer/Lucifer’s brother thing especially since the guy claiming to be Lucifer’s brother has a website showing clips of him performing this one man show about being Lucifer’s brother (which makes it out to be that he’s an actor). He seems like a regular joe but he has all this information about the detective that he couldn’t possibly know unless he was some kind of supernatural being.

I’m not the smartest person in the world but I’m by no means dumb. I get imagery and symbolism and all that but what I don’t understand is why people making/writing/directing these films feel they have to couch everything in some big mystery with twists and turns and hidden meanings to the point where rather than simply being entertained (it is after all called the “entertainment industry” for a reason) the audience must spend time after the movie ends going on Reddit to figure out what the movie meant. I have yet to meet someone who is really into ambiguity in movies. Who out there is going “You know I’ve had a really long day and I can’t think of anything better to do than to sit down and watch a movie that will leave me utterly and totally confused by the time it ends. I’m really hoping there will be no resolution and that I will not understand anything at all that the director was trying to convey. Also I hope there’s a lot of twists and turns so that I can spend the rest of my short life trying to find the answers as to what this movie means.” Anyone?

Ok so now for the good. It is an interesting premise and the acting was not the worst I’ve ever seen especially the lead detective. He is very intriguing to watch on screen. The rest of the cast is largely forgettable. And I was glued to the screen trying to figure out what the ending would be. The one thing for me that would pry have made a difference to the whole thing is if the actor who portrayed Vincent (Lucifer’s Brother) would have not reminded me of a Disneyworld actor giving a tour on one of those boat rides. That role was pivotal to the whole entire movie and if that actor had been better it would’ve been a very unforgettable movie. The role required someone who didn’t look like they were performing their final for drama class. He was smirking throughout which was annoying. That role needed someone who is a lot more intense and didn’t look like he was going to crack a joke any minute. If the director would’ve picked somebody different I really feel that I’d be giving a different critique of this film. Unfortunately that one guy ruined the whole thing for me.

Oh and one more thing…Vincent kept saying how amazing Lucifer’s voice was but when the little girl sings that song in the end it was not good singing or even mediocre…it was bad. So that didn’t makes sense. Again if the director had cast someone who had a truly beautiful haunting voice it would have had a much better effect. So that seemed like a wasted opportunity.

This starts out with potential but it just turns into something where you just don’t care what happens to anyone nor do you care enough to go on Reddit to try to find out what it all means.

Review By: apryla-58795 Rating: 3 Date: 2019-07-09

Other Information:

Original Title The Ascent
Release Date 2017-10-01
Release Year 2017

Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 38 min (98 min)
Budget 0
Revenue 0
Status Released
Rated N/A
Genre Crime, Thriller
Director Thomas Murtagh
Writer Thomas Murtagh
Actors Miguel Pérez, Stephen Buchanan, Sam Rodd
Country United States
Awards 2 wins & 1 nomination
Production Company N/A
Website N/A

Technical Information:

Sound Mix Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Canon 7D
Laboratory N/A
Film Length N/A
Negative Format HD
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format N/A

Original title The Ascent
TMDb Rating 2 1 votes




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