Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
A dude wakes up in a cave. Heís naked and thereís another dude beside him, except heís dead. Now. Heís stuck in some sort of creepy underground world and is being chased by creatures and stuff and wants to find out why he was abandoned by some organization called Eden Log.
Is it good movie?
Working as a sort of cross between The Descent, Alien, Cube and Saw, this one definitely had me along for the ride for the most part. If I give it all away, itíll ruin the ride for you but let me try to provide a little more insight. Hereís what I dug about this flick- first of all, the atmosphere and lighting are great. The remnants of the cave-like city are very well done.
Also worth mentioning is the often one-man-show skills of Clovis Cornillac and his good performance. A lot of this flick is quiet and introspective and the man is quite effective, relying on physicality and expression. Good stuff. In a way, this movie sort of feels like youíre watching someone play a survival horror game.
This one is really more of a hardcore sci-fi flick than anything else and it works. If you dig movies that are slow, introspective and heavy on sci-fi mythology then youíll dig this. If thereís anything I had to complain about its that the movie felt a bit overextended, like it could have been shorter (even at 94 minutes). Also, the big payoff isnít unbelievable, itís just okay. If youíre going to have a serious potboiler, you should really knock the socks off of your viewer.
Video / Audio
This one sports a 1.85:1 widescreen transfer and really looks quite good. This is a very visual film and the transfer does it justice.
Audio is presented in Dolby 5.1 and sounds fantastic and crystal clear. This one also was shot in French and English, which is really cool.
Weíve got only one feature here, and itís a 30 minute making of feature called Eden Log: To the Surface, which has typical stuff in there. Itís pretty good stuff, pretty much exactly what youíd expect, nice to see how some of the effects were done.
Also, a teaser trailer. Hooray!
I would recommend Eden Log. It looks cool, it is interesting enough and features a good lead performance. It doesnít totally pay off in the end, but it certainly merits a viewing.