Sunday, April 05, 2009

Music #30 + Movies #22

I just remembered this song and wanted to hear it again...

In Time
Mark Collie

I can hear what you're thinkin'
All your doubts and fears
And if you look in my eyes in time you'll find,
The reason I'm here

And in time all things shall pass away
In time you may come back someday.
To live once more
Or die once more
But in time your time will be no more

You know your days are numbered
Count 'em one by one
Like notches in the handle of an outlaw's gun
You can outrun the devil if you try
But you will never outrun the hands of time

In time there'll surely come a day
In time all things shall pass away
In time you may come back some say
To live once more
Or die once more
But in time your time will be no more

I can hear what you're thinkin'

It's from the soundtrack of the "The Punisher" (2004), which I still consider the best Marvel movie up to date, along with the first "X-men". The new "Punisher: War Zone" was so over-the-top (and over-rated!) that it felt like "Sin City" in colour and I hated it, but anyway - the Jonathan Hensleigh adaptation is just great.

I fell in love with this movie from the very beginning - the black background, the falling white cartridges, the titles and the main theme by Carlo Sillioto.

It has a great spaghetti western feeling. On second thought - I actually fell in love when I saw the trailer - "They killed my family... They thought they killed me... But they were wrong. DEAD WRONG! (kaboom!) This is not vengeance... not vengeance! It's PUNISHMENT!" I guess you can describe this movie as Mad Max plus Sergio Leone plus classic 80s action movie. It has all the classic motives - broken family, ruined life, inner demons, friendship, a girl in danger trying to help, revenge... It has all the classic elements also - spectacular killings, duels, arrows (Rambo homage), explosions, stone cold lines, even the armored car (Mad Max homage)! Not a single CGI shot, all good oldfasioned stunts and real explosions. The script is great, the directing is neat, the score adds to the atmosphere, Tom Jane is excellent... The result is something really worth watching! You can easily identify with the characters, you understand them... I hated John Travolta's character so much that I was thinking "Oh, they have to come up with a really nasty death for this bastard!" - and hell yeah! He kills his wife and best friend for nothing, both his sons are dead, he's beaten up, shot, put on fire, chained to a moving car and blasted! I mean - how cool is that? The movie reminds me of the good old days when the studios didn't care much about ratings and weren't afraid of rate 15 or 18.

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